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Renal colic

Relieving renal colic with homoeopathy

Renal colics is a type of abdominal pain felt around the kidneys and caused by the formation of gallstones in the urinary tract. Given that the kidneys’ function is to filter organic waste present in urine, they are sometimes faced with cases in which the undesirable substances form  a stone composed of calcium, sodium or potassium and clog the urinary tract. Renal colics can be cured by homoeopathic remedies, to be used as long-term treatment or as an emergency measure, to prevent new stones from forming after urination.

Symptoms of renal colic

A renal colic is characterized by the back pain it provokes, which is often so sudden that the diseased person has no time to react accordingly. This is due to the pressure exerted by the urine on the kidneys, which desperately try to get rid of body waste. Sometimes, the gallstones are formed within only a few hours while in other cases they can slowly develop and cause sharp pain once they are large enough.

Blood-stained urine, as well as difficulties urinating are all early warning signs that indicate the presence of gallstones and thus of a renal colic. If the gallstone is already present, a renal colic will inevitably appear if the affected person goes horseback riding or rides a motorcycle since engaging in these activities will favour the gallstone’s penetration into the urinary tract. An extremely painful affliction will then propagate itself from the groin to the top of the thighs which can even, in the most extreme cases, prevent the affected person from walking.

Preventing renal colics with homoeopathy

If the patient knows that his or her body is an environment likely to favour the formation of gallstones, he or she can resort to homoeopathy in order to prevent renal colics from occurring. Homoeopathic treatments to relieve renal colics are not very helpful when the pain manifests itself but have proven their effectiveness when taken as a preventive treatment.

To fight off phosphate and oxalate gallstones that are caused by a build-up of oxalic substances, it is recommended to take 3 granules of Oxalicum acidum 5 CH three times a day.

If the patient has difficulties urinating or feels painful itching around the groin area during urination, administer Sarsaparilla 5 CH. In this case, the treatment will consist of 3 granules, to be taken three times throughout the day.

Berberis vulgaris is recommended in the case of chronic renal colics that result in irregular amounts of urine during urination. The affected person may also feel back pain that eventually spreads to the bladder and urethra. To remedy this, take three granules of Berberis vulgaris three times a day.

Some people who suffer from kidney stones sometimes have high levels of albumin in their urine. Most of the time, this concerns subjects suffering from arthritis and hyperuricaemia. These patients are advised to take 3 granules of Formica rufa 5 CH 3 times a day.

To anticipate and prevent renal colics and spasms of the urinary tract from happening, it is possible to mix Belladonna, Lycopodium, Berberis vulgaris and Pareira brava – all of in dilutions of 5 CH – in a bottle of water, demineralised preferably.

Homoeopathic treatment of renal colic

Once the stones have been evacuated by urination, the patient can resort to a homoeopathic treatment to prevent further stone formations. These homoeopathic remedies need to be taken outside of pain attacks and should be diluted to 200 K. The dosage is 5 granules, to be taken daily.

Patients who are likely to develop uric acid stones will be better protected with a long-term treatment based on Collubrina, Calcarea carbonica and Lycopodium. When suffering from phosphate gallstones, Calcarea phosphoricum and Phosphoricum acidum are the most suitable homoeopathic treatments to resolve the situation.

When should you consult a doctor?

If the patient has a hard time urinating or is in the presence of foul-smelling or blood-stained urine, he or she should not hesitate to seek further medical attention. After establishing a diagnosis, the doctor will be able to prescribe the most suitable homoeopathic treatment, to be used in combination with allopathic drugs. If despite taking preventive treatments and post-pain remedies the renal colics persist, a medical consultation will prove to be necessary.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “renal colic”

Associated treatments

  • Belladonna
  • Berberis vulgaris
  • Calcarea carbonica
  • Collubrina
  • Formica rufa
  • Lycopodium
  • Oxalicum acidum
  • Pareira brava
  • Phosphoricum acidum
  • Sarsaparilla

Good to know: Renal colics can be treated and prevented by homoeopathic remedies. To prevent the resurgence of an oxalic acid gallstone, the affected person may take Oxalicum acidum. However, it is primordial to respect the prescribed doses for the remedies to be effective.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.