Natural health: Dealing with kidney stones and talking homeopathy

I recently had extremely painful kidney stones. Is there anything I can do to stop this from happening again?

Kidney stones, in fact passing any kind of stones, is certainly excruciating and debilitating. Now that you are on the other side of this episode, you might want to consider seriously reducing your intake of meat, since it contains high levels of inorganic phosphorus — linked with the formation of kidney stones.

This is not to be confused with organic phosphorous, which can help prevent kidney stones. Organic phosphorus is found in beans, wholegrains, and legumes, and it works by inhibiting the formation of stones upon being converted to phosphorylated inositols in the urine.

The role of organic versus inorganic phosphorus in the diet and the formation of kidney stones was noted over 40 years ago in South Africa, when doctors found that patients who ate a lot of meat were developing kidney stones, while those whose diet was heavily based on beans, legumes, and wholegrains were 500 times less likely to suffer from kidney stones.

It may be worth keeping the rainforest remedy, Quebra pedra (also known as “stone breaker”) in your cupboard, since this traditional herbal solution for stones has been shown to reduce inflammation, break down stones in the kidneys and gall bladder, and help with muscle spasms.Quebra pedra can be drunk as a tea, or taken as capsules. Both the tea and capsules are available from the Amazon herb specialists, Rio Health (riohealth.co.uk; 00-44-1273-570987). Take three capsules daily before food. The tea starts at £5.99 for 40 teabags, and can be sweetened with honey. You will need to take the tea three times daily.

What is the correct homeopathic dosage for a seven-year-old? I assume it is half of the adult dosage, but I am confused by the dosage information with homeopathic remedies.

Your seven year-old is quite safe using the same dosage as an adult when it comes to homeopathy, since homeopathy is a system of medicine which is based on energetic properties rather than a chemical dosage. In fact, people of all ages, including infants and children, can have the same dosage as adults without any risks or adverse effects.

You may come across directions on over-the-counter homeopathic remedies that suggest a smaller dose for infants and children — although this is largely due to meeting consumer expectations rather than being a safety issue.

Homeopathic dosage notation can be somewhat confusing for those new to this form of treatment. The potency is denoted using a number and letter – the number indicates how many times the source has been diluted, while the letter indicates the dilution rate.

X is the slowest dilution rate at 1/10

C denotes 1/100 dilution

M is 1/1000

LM is the fastest dilution rate at 1/50,000.

Each remedy is potentised during this series of dilutions and succussions (a powerful shaking action), which means that the remedy substance is activated while removing any risk of chemical toxicity. The difference between these potencies is in their action rather than the notion of being a stronger or weaker medicine.

Can I take St Mary’s Thistle whilst on prescription medication for hypertension?

There is no known issue with taking St Mary’s Thistle (milk thistle) alongside anti-hypertensive drugs. This is a great remedy to help support the liver, and stimulate regeneration and repair while reducing the toxic load on this all-important organ.

Milk thistle is also a great choice to help support the gall bladder and assist with the digestion of fatty foods. Women who have hormone-sensitive conditions (such as fibroids, endometriosis, and cancer of the breast, uterus, or ovaries) should avoid silymarin extracts from milk thistle, however, if the extract is made using the seeds then it is considered to be safe for these conditions.

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