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Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
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Kidney stone

A kidney stone, also known as renal calculi, is a solid mass made up of tiny crystals. The purpose of the kidneys is to filter waste products from the blood and add them to the urine produced in the kidneys. When waste materials in the urine do not dissolve fully, tiny crystals form that can clump together and form kidney stones over time. Signs and symptoms of kidney stones may include:

Severe pain in the side and back, below the ribs
Pain that spreads to the lower abdomen and groin
Pain on urination
Pink, red or brown urine
Nausea and vomiting
Persistent urge to urinate
Fever and chills if an infection is present

There are various types of stones, mainly calcium oxalate (which is present in 75% of the cases), calcium phosphate, struvite, uric acid and cystine. If the stone is large enough to block the ureter and stop the flow of urine from the kidney, it may be removed by surgical or shock waves procedures. If the stones are small enough they may eventually travel along the urinary tract and pass out through the urethra during urination.

Kidney stones are more than just a health condition you simply rely on surgery or ultrasound as treatments. The root of the problem is the kidneys' functions.  If we simply treat the kidney stones without concerning for the health of the kidneys themselves, other health manifestions may arise later. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the disease belongs to the categories of "Sha Lin" (strangury form urolithiasis), "Shi Lin" (strangury caused by urinary calculus) and "Xue Lin" (strangury complicated by hematuria). Kidney stones are often caused by stagnate Qi and heat. The heat is said to 'boil' the body fluids, thus condensing them to form stones. Stagnation develops when the flow of energy is poor. It is important to maintain a good intake of fluids - warm water is better than cold. The therapeutic principal behind the TCM treatment of kidney stones is to promote the circulation of Qi, induce urination, relieve the strangury, and shrink or remove the stones with Chinese herbs and acupuncture.
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