5 Infusions to Treat Bladder Stones
Bladder stones, also known as lithiasis, are caused by an accumulation of substances such as oxalates or uric acid. These, in turn, tend to form after the crystallization of particles from over-concentrated urine.
They’re less frequent than kidney stones but can become quite troublesome. Therefore, as the first line of treatment, it’s essential to increase your water consumption and modify your eating habits.
Furthermore, we mustn’t forget the importance that some medicinal plants have traditionally had in the treatment and prevention of this problem. Do you know any?
Discover how to use them in these five easy-to-make infusions.
Why do stones accumulate in the bladder?
The main reason for the accumulation of these small stones in the bladder is due to the incomplete emptying of the bladder at the time of urination.
This occurs when there are problems in the urinary system that alter the capacity of the bladder to store urine. These conditions may be:
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia: This is very common in older men. Due to the enlargement of the prostate, obstruction in the exit of urine from the bladder may occur.
- Kidney stones: Stones in the kidneys can easily descend through the ureters to the bladder. They accumulate there if they aren’t eliminated or dissolved.
- Urinary tract infection: This can lead to bladder inflammation and the subsequent difficulty to urinate.
- Neurogenic bladder: This occurs when the nerves that carry information from the brain to the bladder muscles are damaged as a result of neurological disease or injury.
- Use of bladder catheters.
Discover more here: 5 Natural Remedies for Bladder Infections
How do I know if I have bladder stones?
Sometimes, bladder lithiasis can be asymptomatic because the stones don’t block the normal flow of urine, and they’re only detectable by imaging tests.
However, when there’s a blockage or the stone is irritating the bladder wall, then the following symptoms may appear:
- Sudden pain in the lower abdomen
- Hematuria (blood in the urine)
- The need to urinate constantly
- Problems or inability to urinate
- Burning or stinging sensation when urinating
- Fever may appear if there’s an infection
Also, our lifestyle and eating habits can usually contribute to the formation of stones.
Low liquid intake, and a diet low in fiber and very rich in salt, proteins, and oxalates (mineral salts present in certain vegetables such as spinach) are clear predisposing factors for bladder lithiasis.
Even though the stones are spontaneously eliminated in the urine most of the time, there are more serious cases that require surgical intervention. This is because the stones end up in the urinary tract, compromising its correct functioning, and causing intense pain. For this reason, it’s essential to carry out a preventative treatment to avoid new episodes.
Another great article: 7 Foods that Protect Your Kidneys and Bladder
Infusions to dissolve bladder stones
As we’ve already mentioned, following a balanced diet and increasing water consumption are two important measures when it comes to preventing the formation of stones.
But, in addition to these healthy measures, phytotherapy plays a crucial role in both the prevention and treatment of mild bladder lithiasis. We’ll give you some options below.
1. Bearberry Infusion
Bearberry leaf owes its action to its main component: arbutuside. This is a phenolic compound that has been traditionally used in the treatment of urinary infections and urolithiasis, either alone or in combination with other diuretic plants.
- For this infusion, use 1.5 – 4 grams of dried leaves in 150 ml (5 fl oz) of water, 2-3 times a day.
2. Orthosiphon or Java tea infusion
This is a plant that’s native to Indonesia. It has a strong diuretic action, which is very useful in the treatment and prevention of urolithiasis. Due to its high content of potassium salts, it acts by increasing the excreted volume of urine.
- To make this infusion, use 2-3 g of Java tea leaves in 150 ml (5 fl oz) of water, and take it 2 to 3 times per day.
3. Dandelion infusion
In this case, we can use the whole plant, including its root, which is rich in fructose and inulin. The leaf has high levels of potassium, terpenes, and also phenolic compounds.
All these components give it a powerful diuretic action. Dandelion is recommended in the adjuvant treatment of bladder stones.
- For this infusion you can use 4-10 g of leaf or root, and drink up to 3 infusions per day.
4. Horsetail infusion
This is traditionally used in the treatment of mild lithiasic processes due to its diuretic and remineralizing properties. It increases the volume of urine excreted and favors the cleansing of the urinary tract.
- Just infuse 2-3 g of horsetail in 250 ml (around 9 fl oz) of water.
5. Hebensurine: Elymus repens, elderflower, horsetail, and ruptureworts
The rhizome of Elymus repens is highly rich in inulin, which gives it a diuretic and depurative action. In combination with other diuretic and remineralizing plants, such as ruptureworts, horsetail, and elderflower, we have the product known as herbensurine, or “stone breaker”.
- You can take these infusions 2-4 infusions times a day.
Do you have bladder stones? Don’t forget that these remedies can complement your treatment and accelerate its relief. However, keep in mind that they don’t replace the medications prescribed by your doctor.
If your symptoms persist, don’t hesitate to go to the doctor.