ALL ABOUT ASHMARI (KIDNEY STONES)
Article contributed by By Dr. Shilpa.B.S, Consultant, Sri Sri Tattva Center for Holistic Wellness , Bangalore
The kidney is a vital organ of the body, supporting important functions like helping dispose waste through urine, filtering blood, regulating blood pressure, balancing electrolytes, activation of Vitamin D and more.
Kledha is the moisture required for the smooth functioning of the system. Balancing of Kledha is another important function of the kidney. The most common issue affecting the functioning of the kidney is the formation of kidney stones (Ashmari). With the increase in sedentary lifestyles, we notice that 1 in 10 adults are affected by kidney stones. Kidney stones are more common among the obese and the male population.
Causes for kidney stones:
- Suppression of natural urges.
- Intake of high protein diet.
- High salt intake.
- Family history of Ashmari.
- Decreased water intake.
- Dehydration by excessive sweating.
- Deficiency of Vitamin A.
- Excessive use of medication like antacids.
How are kidney stones formed?
Urine has various wastes dissolved in it. When there is too much waste and too little liquid, crystal formation starts. This disturbs the flow of urine causing pain.
The most common symptoms are pain in the flank region (sides of the lower back), nausea, fever, increase in urine frequency and urgency, blood in the urine, pain during urination.
Prevention of kidney stones:
Prevention of the formation of kidney stones is very important. If you are susceptible to formation of kidney stones, follow the diet mentioned below.
Avoid intake of:
- Non-vegetarian dishes
.Food which is good for people susceptible to kidney stones:
- Banana stem juice
- Soup of horse gram
- Cornsilk tea
- Tender coconut water
- Water intake should be adequate, especially in hot climates.
- People prone to sweating should make sure they drink adequate water
- Regular exercise and yoga is highly recommended for proper functioning of all parts of the body.
- Do Asanas like mandukasana, Sarvanagasana, Paschimotasana, Pavanamuktasana, dhanurasana with proper guidance.