Bladder stones can be absolutely dreadful to deal with even though they’re less common than kidney stones. Why do these stones appear? Urine comprises 95% water and 5% waste, minerals, and salts. When it passes from your kidneys to your bladder, it is stored there to prevent the frequent urge to urinate. However, when your urine has less water, the waste products in it tend to cling to your bladder even after urination, which leads to the formation of hardened, rock-like accumulations of the leftover urine mineral salts commonly known as bladder stones.
Causes Of Bladder Stones
Men are more prone to bladder stones than women as men generally consume higher levels of protein and salt. The following factors are the most common causes of this condition:1
- Enlargement of prostate gland
- Weak bladder muscles
- Urinary tract infections
- A damaged urethra
Symptoms Of Bladder Stones
Bladder stones are usually accompanied by these symptoms:2
- Pain in the lower abdomen or around the penis
- Pain and difficulty during urination
- Changes in color and concentration of the urine
- Frequent urges to urinate
- Blood in the urine
5 Home Remedies To Treat Bladder Stones
1. Onion Bulbs Or Juice
A study conducted on medicinal herbs used for the treatment of urinary stones showed that onions are an effective remedy for bladder stones.3 If taken daily on an empty stomach, 5 g of onion bulbs or 1 oz. of onion juice could dissolve bladder stones over time.
2. Radish Juice
3. Watermelon And Its Seeds
Consuming watermelon as well as its toasted and ground seeds can help dissolve urinary stones and provide relief.5 For best results, the fruit and its seeds should be consumed on a regular basis.
Berberine is a yellow-colored compound found in Orlando grapes, tree turmeric, and the barberry fruit. Several studies that look into traditional and herbal medicines for urinary stones have highlighted the effectiveness of this compound by branding it as an antiurolithiatic phytochemical. In other words, consuming natural sources of berberine can either dissolve urinary stones or inhibit the process of their formation.6
5. Olive Oil
A spoonful of olive oil with a dash of salt for taste when taken every day prevents bladder stones from growing in size.7 When taken with lemon juice, olive oil helps in breaking down and passing bladder stones with urine. It also protects the inner membranes of the bladder from damage, helping it regain strength and function properly.
- Drink enough water (at least 3 liters) every day to prevent your urine from getting too concentrated.
- Avoid holding the urge to urinate for long to prevent bladder stones.
- If you’re a man over 50 years of age, consult your physician regularly to keep your kidneys, urethra, and prostate gland in good health.
Try these simple home remedies and tips to keep bladder stones at bay.
|↑1, ↑2||Bladder stones. NHS Choices.|
|↑3||AzamMohsenzadeh, S. A., Saeedeh Ahmadipour, and Zohreh Eftekhari. “A review of medicinal herbs affects the kidney and bladder stones of children and adults in traditional medicine and ethno-botany of Iran.” Der Pharm. Lett 7 (2015): 279-284.|
|↑4||Kumar, Arun. “Influence of radish consumption on urinary calcium oxalate excretion.” Nepal Medical College journal: NMCJ 6, no. 1 (2004): 41-44.|
|↑5||Erhirhie, E. O., and N. E. Ekene. “Medicinal values on Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon): Pharmacological review.” International Journal of Research in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences 4, no. 4 (2014): 1305-1312.|
|↑6||Deepak, M., D. Suresh, S. Mahendra, and R. Wendy. “Herbal remedies for urinary stones used in India and China: A review.” Journal of ethnopharmacology (2017).|
|↑7||Alenzi, Mohammed, Shaik Rahiman, and Bilal Ahmad Tantry. “Antiurolithic effect of olive oil in a mouse model of ethylene glycol-induced urolithiasis.” Investigative and clinical urology 58, no. 3 (2017): 210-216.|