Difficulty in urinating, passing of urine drop by drop instead of in a flow, stoppage of urine, blood in urine, etc., are symptoms of kidney-stones.
Causes: The kidneys are located one on each side of the body, just below the liver and the spleen. When the liver, busy in its manifold duties, is not entirely capable of doing its job of purifying the blood, the remaining work is taken up by the kidneys. The kidneys, after filtering out the wastes and impurities and surplus water of the body, supply pure blood to nourish the body. The surplus water and waste materials are then accumulated in the collecting system of the kidneys and from there are passed on to the bladder. Ultimately these waste fluids are expelled from the body through the urinary tract as urine.
If the acid content of the blood becomes excessive or if the blood suffers from other poisonous contaminations, this upsets the heart, liver and kidneys. The harm may be so great that the heart becomes incapable even of exerting sufficient pressure to keep the blood circulating unobstructed through the blood vessels. If such a situation continues for some time, the different waste materials found in the urine (accumulated naturally in the collecting system of the kidneys and in the urinary bladder) become high in proportion to the surplus water found there. And when that urine becomes sedimented, the waste materials start crystallizing. These crystals or stones can occur in different sizes and kinds. During urination, the presence of these stones blocks or obstructs the natural flow of urine. In that situation the bodily organs try to eject these stones from the kidneys to assure the flow of urine. This very effort of the organs is very painful for the patient. So wherever urine containing such impurities gets a chance to settle, the impurities crystallize and form kidney stones.
Treatment: Morning – Utkśepa Mudrá, Yoga Mudrá, Diirgha Prańáma, Padahastásana, Násápána, Ágneyii Mudrá or Ágneyii Práńáyáma.
Evening – Agnisára Mudrá, Karmásana and Sarváuṋgásana.
Diet: Intoxicants, non-vegetarian food, ghee and foods that may cause constipation should be strictly forsaken. The patient should drink plenty of water, about four or five seers a day, and should fast on Ekádashii, Amávasyá and Púrńimá on water and lemon juice. Whenever the disease is particularly bad, the patient should take nothing but lemon-water. Fasting without water is strictly forbidden with this disease.
Dos and don’ts: With this disease, the more rest that the liver gets the better. So fruit juice and alkaline foods are best for gall-bladder patients. The patient must also be sure to do sufficient physical labour, because gall-stones are the disease of the affluent. They are especially prevalent among rich housewives. With this disease, lemons are both food and medicine.
Some remedies: 1. Urinary trouble will be eased by soaking 2 tolas of linseed or kuláttha kalái overnight in 1/8 seer of hot water and drinking it in the morning.
2. By drinking 2 tolas of the juice of pátharkuci leaves with water. With this disease also, the patient must consume a great amount of water, and use plenty of lemon, and should never fast without water. The more one can fast on water and lemon juice, the better. Boil milk with a myrobalan seed and drink the milk after removing the seed; or mix myrobalan, muthá, lodhá and banyan fruits in equal quantity and drink 2 tolas of their extract. This will yield good results within a short time.