Bladder stones


Overview

Urinary bladder stones are small mineral deposits that can form in the bladder. In most cases bladder stones develop when the urine becomes very concentrated or when one is dehydrated. This allows minerals, such as calcium or magnesium salts, to crystallize and form stones. This often happens when you have trouble completely emptying your bladder.

Symptoms

Sometimes bladder stones — even large cause no problems. But if a stone irritates the bladder wall or blocks the flow of urine, signs and symptoms may include:

  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Pain during urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty urinating or interrupted urine flow
  • Blood in the urine
  • Cloudy or abnormally dark-colored urine

In Ayurveda it is known as Ashmari which means calculi due to imbalance and aggravation of the three elements. According to Ayurveda, there are three elements/doshas in our body;  vata, pitta and kapha which should be in balance.

Causes

  • Due to sedentary lifestyle
  • Heavy exercise
  • Strong medicines
  • Excess walking
  • Riding vehicles
  • Loss of sleep
  • Low water consumption
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Resistance in the urine elimination
  • Improper body detoxification
  •  Excess of spicy,salty, pungent, acidic, sour, alkaline nature food
  • Non vegetarian diet
  • Eating food in indigestion or when the previous meal isn't digested
  • Incompatible food
  • Eating in stress
  • Taking an excessive amount of diet
  •  Alcohol, smoking, excess anger etc

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at:

  1. Reduce the size of stones and flush out the small sized stone through urine.
  2. Reduce pain and inflammation associated with stones.
  3. Regular intake of supplements help in preventing further occurrence of bladder stones.

The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If the problem persists then consider the following treatment protocol: 

Typical symptoms of bladder stones include: lower abdominal pain, frequent urination occurs as the stones either irritate the wall of the bladder or block the flow of urine. Sometimes the stones injured the bladder resulting in bleeding causing blood in the urine

  • Gokshura, Varuna , Apamarga kshara, Shankhavati, Pashanabheda will reduce the size of stones, improve the urine flow, also effective in pain and difficulty in urination as well. 
  • Chandraprabha Vati, Varuna and Gokshuradi guggulu are effective in reducing the pain associated with bladder stones.

*If abdomen pain is sudden, rapidly intensifying and unbearable seek immediate care.

Other therapies- virechana/Purgation therapy (cleaning digestive tract and purifies blood), Vasti (enema).

Herbs

Gokshura, Varuna , Apamarga kshara, Shankhavati, Pashanabheda, Chandraprabha vati, Gokshuradi guggulu 


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