Kidney stones are a medical condition that affects approximately 1 in 11 people in the United States. These stones are small, hard deposits of salts and minerals that are formed within the kidneys or urinary tract. Though this condition can affect anyone, men between the ages of 30-50 are more prone to developing kidney stones than women.
Kidney stones are formed when there is a decrease in urine volume or an increase in calcium, oxalate or uric acid in the urine. Not drinking enough fluids is the most common cause of stone formation. Other contributing factors include heredity, urinary tract infections, a high protein low fiber diet or medical conditions like gout, hypertension and inflammatory bowel disease.
When the kidney stones are small, they may get eliminated through the urine unnoticed. But larger stones can block urine flow leading to sharp, excruciating pain in the back or lower abdomen. Frequent and painful urination, foul-smelling urine with traces of blood in it or accompanying fever and vomiting are other symptoms of kidney stones.
Large kidney stones need medical intervention but smaller stones and painful symptoms can be relieved with natural remedies. Parsley, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar are a few examples of simple home remedies for kidney stones. In this article, let us examine in detail why parsley is beneficial in treating the problem.