Herbal Use in the Nutrition Management of Kidney Stones

  • Judith A. BetoEmail author
Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)


The use of herbs in the treatment of kidney stones has a long and varied history. The use of natural remedies seldom claims to treat or dissolve the kidney stones themselves. They are more often prescribed by natural practitioners to relieve symptoms or promote body balance. Herbal preparations are often used in conjunction with other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) supporting therapies such as meditation, cleansing, food systems, yoga, and acupuncture. Ayurvedic medicine derived from the Sanskrit word translated as “knowledge of the life span” is comprised of interrelated therapies including herbal formulas. These formulas have multiple spectrums of intended action including analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-spasmodic, anti-calcifying, diuretic, or litholytic [1–3]. This chapter will review the literature available on the use of herbs in kidney stone treatment while recognizing there is currently a lack of evidence-based literature to support herbal therapy.


Nephrolithiasis Herbal supplements Herbal formulas Kidney stone treatment Nutrition supplements 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Nephrology and HypertensionLoyola University of Chicago, Health Sciences DivisionMaywoodUSA

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