Kidney stones are collection of tiny crystals that are formed by high levels of components like cysteine, uric acid and calcium in the urine. Kidney stones are caused by inadequate intake of water, structural defects of renal tubes, obesity, hereditary factors and bowel diseases. The symptoms start appearing when formed stones move down the ureter, blocking the urine flow.
These in turn result in swelling of kidney and pain in the abdomen. Other symptoms include change in color of urine, presence of blood in the urine, nausea, vomiting and irritability. While drinking water is the foremost remedy for dissolving kidney stones, but if the stones are much larger in size, yoga poses and breathing techniques will aid in flushing them off and keeping the kidneys healthy.
5 Most Effective Yoga Poses For Kidney Stones
Perform bends to aid in removing kidney stones by performing cobra pose that promotes massaging of kidneys and assist in deep breathing. Lie down on the belly with hands flat on each side of the chest and keep feet and legs parallel. Inhale and lengthen the spine forward and lift the chest gently, along with head from the floor.
Hold it there for several seconds. Secondly, camel pose can be performed to improve blood circulation. Kneel down on the floor, lengthen the spine and expand the chest area. Toes should be tucked under and thighs must remain perpendicular to the floor. Now try reaching the feet, while holding a number of breaths.
2. Raise Leg Pose (Uttanapadasana)
Lay down on the floor on the back, stretching both legs straight. Keep the hands on either side. While inhaling, raise both the legs upwards perpendicular to the floor. Hold the pose for a few seconds and exhale while coming back to usual state. This yoga pose aids in strengthening digestive system and abdominal muscles. Those with lower back pain or high blood pressure should not perform this pose at all.
3. Restorative Pose
The’ legs up wall pose (restorative pose)’ regulate the blood pressure and aids in treating kidney troubles like kidney stones. Sit over the folded blankets or bolster placed aligned to the wall. Now swing both the legs up, aligned straight to the wall with neck and head resting on floor, and arms stretched out at the sides. Retain the pose for 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Wind Releasing Pose (Pawanmuktasana)
Lie down on the back and raise the legs upwards while inhaling in. Then fold both the knees and rest them over the abdomen. Now wrap the hands around the knees. While exhaling, lift the head upwards to touch knees with the chin. Hold on for a few seconds, inhale and get back to normal position.
5. Breathing Pose
Perform alternate nostril breathing as it oxygenates the blood and enhances circulation. Inhale first through left nostril, while closing the right one with thumb of the right hand.
Now close the left nostril using right ring finger and inhale through the right nostril. Then closing the right nostril, exhale through the left nostril. Repeat the complete breathing pattern for 4 times. Be careful and avoid any forceful breathing throughout this asana.
Those leading a sedentary lifestyle are highly likely to suffer from kidney stones. Therefore, it becomes a dire necessity to maintain an active lifestyle and perform useful yoga asana and exercise to improve the condition.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.