Natural Ways to Eliminate and Prevent Painful Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are mineral deposits which are made up of calcium, uric acid or the amino acid cysteine. There are many different theories as to how these "stones" form, but no one seems to know for sure. Regardless of how they form, kidney stones can often be avoided and eliminated naturally without resorting to mainstream drugs or treatments.

Experts agree that diet is a major factor and note that kidney stones only develop about half as often in vegetarians and other people who eat plenty of fresh vegetables as is the case with people whose diets do not include plenty of vegetables. Other risk factors include obesity and repeated kidney infections.

One effective way to dissolve kidney stones is to consume large quantities of watermelon and nothing else for an entire day. Watermelon fasts help cleanse your kidneys and the rest of your system as well. Regular consumption of watermelon helps keep kidney stones at bay.

Hydrangea tincture may dissolve kidney stones in only hours. If you have the plant in your garden you can make a tea from the leaves – take a teaspoon 3 times a day.

Uric acid stones are found in overly acidic urine. Cherries, strawberries, apple juice, asparagus and nettles help make urine more alkaline. One thing that can cause overly acidic urine is too much of protein. The herbs meadowsweet, sarsaparilla, joe-pye weed and plantain (which is widely used by the Chinese to treat kidney problems) help rid the kidneys of excess uric acid.

Parsley is an excellent diuretic and as such it is used for edema and urinary stones. It is believed to increase the elimination of waste products like urea, and other acidic metabolites. Fresh parsley is also very nutritious. Note: Parsley should not be used during pregnancy, nor is it recommended during painful menstrual periods.

Some other herbs that can help with kidney stones are:

  • Joe-pye weed is aptly nicknamed "gravel root" for its ability to get rid of stones.
  • Goldenrod has received official recognition in Germany for its effectiveness in getting rid of kidney stones.
  • Agrimony, horsetail, yarrow, shepherd’s purse, St-John’s Wort and nettles benefit the kidneys and can also help reduce bleeding from kidney stones.

Two effective kidney stone remedies are:

1. Kidney Stone Tea

  • 2 teaspoons hydrangea root
  • 1 teaspoon wild yam root
  • 1 teaspoon cramp bark
  • 1½ quarts water
  • 1 teaspoon joe-pye weed
  • ½ teaspoon each corn silk, plantain leaf and yarrow leaf

Place the water in a saucepan and add hydrangea, wild yam and cramp bark to water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add the other herbs, then cover the pan and steep for at least 20 additional minutes. Strain and keep refrigerated. Drink 3 to 4 cups daily. If bleeding occurs, add 30 drops shepherd’s purse tincture to each cup of tea.

2. "Chicken Bone Grass" herb, dried red dates and water.

This Chinese remedy reportedly works very well on kidney stones. Simmer all ingredients in three cups of water until reduced to only one cup of water. Drink it twice a day and repeat for 10 days. Occasional regular use of the remedy should also prevent future kidney stones.

"Chicken Bone Grass" is a common herb which found in Chinese herb shops. This remedy also works on gallstones. A variation of the remedy is to make a tea out of HB Abrus frutus losus, dried red dates and water and drink twice a day for three weeks.

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Tony Isaacs

Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group S.A N.E.Vax. Inc which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV vaccine dangers.

Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near Austin and San Antonio to give lectures and health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs - featuring Luella May forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group Oleander Soup and he serves as a consultant to the Utopia Silver Supplement Company.

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  1. Tom says

    Phyllanthus Niruri, known in the U.S. as Chanca Piedra, dissolves calcium oxalate kidney stones in hours.

  2. Alan says

    I have kidney stones, so I read this column with great interest. I have never heard of the watermelon cure for kidney stones. Nor did I know that watermelon is good for the kidneys. Can you tell us why that is so Tony?

    Most of these herbs are very esoteric to me. Where can I get hydrangea tincture? Can I buy hydrangea plants and use the leaves for tea? Thanks.

  3. says

    Thank you for the Kidney Stone Tea, I have someone in my home who had Kidney Stone and had to be operated upon. I hope it will help her in future by not getting the same thing.

  4. says

    I have seen many folks have ongoing pro blems with kidney stones– mostly men. Mostly men who drink coffee, beer and soda all day long. Considering how painful these things are particularly for men, you’d think they’d wise up already! Drink water! Eat watery fruits, like Tony said– you can’t beat watermelon for rehydration and energy during these hot summer months. If you keep the urine flowing, the sediment flows out with the urine, and doesn’t hang out in the bladder to form stones. Great article! And thanks for the other useful tips!
    Diane Lassen, RN, HHC

  5. Alan says


    Where do you get Chanca Piedra and do you know it to be safe? Did you use it to dissove kidney stones? What is the source of your knowledge of this substance?

    What is there about watermelon that makes it better than just drinking water? What does watermelon have to do with the kidneys? The author needs to explain, not just make statements. It’s not at all obvious that watermelon has properties that can dissolve kidney stones.

  6. Melissa S says

    Great advice, watermelon has been known for its diuretic properties for hundreds of years, and it really works to keep your kidneys healthy.
    To Poster Alan: When you have a question about advice not only from a natural health care specialist, but JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, from an Allopathic Dr. (MD, Physician), do some research and find out as much as YOU can. Don’t rely on anyone but yourself to ultimately be responsible for your health, well being and healing.

  7. Anonymous says

    I’m shocked that the doctor didn’t talk about chanca piedra. I’ve had problems with kidney stones for three years. They wanted to operate on me until I discovered chanca piedra. It is everything that it says it is. I stopped taking chanca piedra about six month’s ago, and lo and behold, I started feeling pain in my kidneys. I took chanca piedra again and in three days, passed a stone. It’s my own fault for not taking it. I was feeling so good, I thought I didn’t need to take it anymore, but I’ve learned my lesson. I will take chanca piedra for the remainder of my life. I purchase mine online at

  8. Anonymous says

    i’m a supporter of natural remedies and would like to heal my kidneys, but i do have one concern… i’ve read somewhere that the very herbs that are said to be beneficial, may be a burden on the kidneys, making them work harder …can anyone tell me if it’s safe to use any herbs for the kidneys on a continued basis? thanks for your help…

  9. Miriam Jones says

    My neighbor’s mother was visiting recently. She took my advice over the fence about her husband’s kidney stones and it worked. She bought him a watermelon and he did a one-day watermelon fast. One stone passed that evening and the other one passed the next morning. Eureka!

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