The author hails from South Indian village, situated in the South-West coastal region. He is into farm science and agriculture.
We all know that good food is the basis for good health. Majority of the people take good food intentionally. The materials obtained from the crop we grow and the foods we cook are all mostly safe for health. Owing to busy lifestyles and busy time we end up in drinking less water and eating junk food.
Packaged Artificial Stuff
We do not have any control over the quality of material which we buy from the market. Most of the times we have to rely upon the appearance and disclosures on the labels. For having good sales in the market, most of the times some of the ingredients are hidden from the label. We never bother for such things until someday someone makes it alarming news. We must be extra cautious to buy good quality food items.
For enhancing the taste and improving the texture, many ingredients are added to food materials. Similarly, for increasing the shelf life, some of the harmful chemicals are also added in minute quantities. Adulteration in other raw materials also is becoming rampant. So, when we purchase ready to eat food materials, the above ingredients in combination have different added effects which result in unexpected lifestyle disorders.
Sometimes marketers also do not have control over the quality, since the production is from elsewhere. Due to this, the consumers of various food materials face problems and health issues sooner or later.
One of the food-related health problems is the kidney stone and bladder stone. Due to pesticide residues, problematic minerals and other chemicals, people consuming the products face the stone issue.
A kidney stone is a problem and painful trouble depending on its location. When it is in small size within the kidneys, it is causing abdominal pain, back pain and vomiting, occasionally. But when the stone passes from the kidney to ureter, it causes acute pain because of the pressure exerted on the passage. Then, it remains there inside the bladder. When it reaches the urethra, it blocks and creates extreme pain and complications. Sometimes, it gets dissolved in the bladder and passes out like dark coloured urine.
Depending on the size of the kidney stone or bladder stone it is creating problems. If it is smaller than 10 mm size it can be cured by using medicines. Only when it is bigger than 10 mm size, it needs other surgical interventions. These are understood properly through CT scanning, ultrasound scanning or X-ray.
Control Food Habits
Controlling food habits is important once the kidney stone disorder starts. Some of the vegetables such as tomato, cauliflower, dark-leaved vegetables, and high protein foodstuff including meats, minerals and sodium are not good for such disorders. Such food items can be wisely avoided for the diet. Having medicinal tablets also are said to enhance the stone problem due to their calcium content. Therefore, long-term eating of pain-killers such as acetaminophen are not good to relieve pain in these cases.
In the initial stages, the stones can be dissolved using certain medicines and help to get rid of the menace.
Drinking plenty of water helps in avoiding kidney stone problems. 2 to 3 litre of pure water per day is ideal for such benefits. However, there are other causes which induce the formation of kidney stones which cannot be solved by drinking water alone.
At this stage the litho-lytic natural herbs are helpful. Aerva lanata, commonly known as Mountain Knot Grass, Pashanabheda, Polpala herb, Chhaya, Gorakhbooti, Cherula, Bili Himdi Soppu, Shatakabhedi, etc. This plant is a native of Asia, Africa, Middle-East, Madagascar Island and can grow in tropical climates.
Aerva lanata (Amaranthaceae) is a diuretic, used in curing lithiasis. The plant has beta-sitosteryl palmitate, alpha-amyrin, beta-sitosterol as medicinal principles. It is also used in cough, sore throat, diabetes as a remedy. It is also a mild anti-inflammatory and anti-helminthic natural remedy, even useful for arthritis.
The plant is used completely including its roots. It is chopped and a hand full of it is boiled in half a litre of water and brought down to one tumbler. It is used 1/3 every day early morning in empty stomach. This may be continued for two-weeks for getting completely rid-off the stones.
Daily drinking of tender coconuts is good. Drinking more of milk and milk products, juices of with oxalate salts may harm due to accumulation of calcium in kidney stones.
Age-Old Traditional Methods
Mountain Knot Grass (Aerva lanata) is used in Ayurveda for very long. It is a proven natural medicine without any side-effects. Only those who are having other ailments such as liver, kidney or diabetic problems should not take it. Those who have mild diabetics can control the sugar levels to normal.
There are several natural medicines available, by using which physiological improvements occurs Freshness of the natural herbs ensure that there will not be any unwanted impurities. In case if fresh Aerva plants are not available locally, dried plants can be used for preparing decoctions.
This is a nature's boon and proven remedy well-known for indigenous traditional use over centuries. Since the plant is propagated through its seeds, like its other family member amaranth, regeneration is enormous. Thus, mass multiplication, useful characters combined with quick lifespan makes the plant very promising as a natural remedy for kidney stone. Natural remedies for kidney stone are now also available from reliable natural remedy manufacturers. Always make it a point to buy assured ready to eat natural products from reliable sellers to keep good health.
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Mysoon Al-Ansari, L.A. Al-Humaid, P. Vijayaraghavan, B.Ravindran, S.W. Chang, P. Agastian, M.A. Rathi, B. Balamuralikrishnan. 2019. Identification of phytochemical components from Aerva lanata (Linn.) medicinal plants and its in-vitro inhibitory activity against drug resistant microbial pathogens and antioxidant properties. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, 26 (6): 1129-1133. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sjbs.2019.02.010
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2020 Halemane Muralikrishna
Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on May 23, 2020:
Thank you Dr C V Singh sir for spending time on my article. Due to the litholytic property of the herb, early diagnosed stones can be eliminated using the decoction.
C V Singh from India on May 23, 2020:
Useful and nice information supported by the authentic evidences.
Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on April 13, 2020:
Sure, Mr MG Singh, you can source and use this remedy for complete happiness.
MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 12, 2020:
This is a very informative article and I found it elevating. Stones are pretty common and home remedies may help out as suggested by you.
Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on April 11, 2020:
Well said Mr Nitin. You really got the crux of it. So, it should be a personal choice to live healthy with healthy food and in the events of pandemic, prophylactic natural remedies and healthy habits are good.
Nitin Khaire from Mumbai on April 10, 2020:
This is a very informative article. Thank you for mentioning the importance of the right diet in the whole healing process. It is like Hippocrates said, " Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food." If our food is healthy, there won't even be any need for medicines. Great article.
Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on April 07, 2020:
Thank you Mr Akash Agarwal.
AndazeAkash on April 07, 2020:
Writing this type of article, demands immense hard work so this shows your passion of writing.
Keep going and growing sir.
Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on March 30, 2020:
Thank you, Ms Natasha, for spending time on my article and finding it useful.
Natasha Tungare from India on March 30, 2020:
Very nice article sir! My father has kidney stone. This is truly useful article!
Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on March 30, 2020:
Thank you Dr S. Rajagopal for giving value by informative comments. Mr Prateek and Mr Bharat Saran ji, you may consider growing this herb in grow bags or pots easily. It will give beauty to your garden as well as natural remedy for household and neighbours. Whatever, be careful while eating outside. Thank you Ms Mitara and Ms Swati for going through my article.
Mitara N from South Africa on March 30, 2020:
Very interesting and enlightening,
Thank you for sharing
Bharat Sharan from Dhanbad on March 30, 2020:
Very Informative article. I had stone in my kidneys in 2009. Got it crushed and removed through lazer.
Swati on March 30, 2020:
Prateek Jain from Madhya Pradesh, India on March 30, 2020:
This article remind me of 2004 when my mom was suffering from kidney stone. It was so painful for her. That time she used to drink a lot of water and at the same time bear so much pain into her abdominal muscles. Seriously i request everyone to read this article and take precatuonary measures to avoid the chances of suffering from this disease. Wonderful article sir and you taken a brilliant step to educate us on this very sensitive topic. This is really a brave effort.
Vd. Rajagopala S on March 30, 2020:
It's also known as Pashanabheda (Pashana - Stone & Bheda - to crack/split...so the name Pashanabheda).., a time tested and good remedy, it prevents stone formation in persons with Kidney-bladder stone history.