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Can Acupuncture Treat Kidney Stones?

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Can Acupuncture Treat Kidney Stones?

Nothing hurts quite like kidney stones. Plus, you get a side of nausea, vomiting, and bloody urine to go with the pain. Could acupuncture really help?

You have excruciating pain, blood in your urine, back or side pain, and nausea/vomiting — you have kidney stones. 

Traditional treatments, such as medication, shockwave lithotripsy, ureteroscopy, and surgery, have long been the go-to options for managing kidney stones, but there’s another — potentially better — alternative.

Acupuncture is a holistic, minimally invasive treatment that resolves various health conditions, from minor aches and pains to menstrual problems, sleep issues, and acne. Acupuncture can even relieve the painful symptoms of kidney stones and help you eliminate these spiky shards of calcium. 

At Earthy Ruby in Cupertino, California, our licensed practitioners specialize in acupuncture and are here to explain how it can alleviate kidney stone symptoms.  

Kidney stones 101

Kidney stones are hard mineral deposits that form in your kidneys. They can vary in size and composition, but the most common are calcium oxalate stones. Several factors contribute to their formation, like low urine volume, high levels of urine oxalate, and obesity.

Traditional treatment methods focus on addressing your symptoms and helping you pass the stones — a painful procedure. Most doctors prescribe pain relievers to make it less excruciating. However, in severe cases, they perform procedures like lithotripsy (using shock waves to break the stones into smaller fragments), ureteroscopy (removing or breaking the stones using a thin tube), or surgery to remove the stones.

Acupuncture 101

Acupuncture, rooted in ancient Chinese medicine, has gained popularity worldwide as an effective alternative therapy for various ailments. 

Our experienced acupuncturists insert thin needles into specific points along energy pathways in your body, called meridians. By stimulating these points, acupuncture restores balance and promotes your body’s natural healing ability.

How acupuncture treats kidney stones

Research shows that acupuncture may offer promising benefits for people dealing with kidney stones by complementing existing approaches and providing symptom relief.

Several studies have shown that acupuncture reduces pain and inflammation — two classic symptoms associated with kidney stones. Our precise placement of the needles stimulates the release of endorphins, your body’s natural painkillers, significantly reducing pain when you pass your kidney stones.

Furthermore, acupuncture promotes relaxation and reduces stress. This is crucial, as stress can exacerbate kidney stone symptoms. By promoting relaxation, acupuncture can potentially prevent muscle spasms, ease tension, and support your body’s ability to pass the stones naturally.

One of the best aspects of acupuncture is that it has no negative side effects. Unlike medication and surgery, acupuncture leaves your body stronger and healthier than before, so it’s good for your overall wellness.

Don’t deal with the agony of kidney stones any longer. Let our expert acupuncturists relieve your pain and help you eliminate those sharp shards of calcium easily. Request an appointment online, or call Earthy Ruby today.