September 15

Kidney Stones

Many people have said that the most agonizing pain they have ever felt was when they were trying to pass a kidney stone. These are typically calcium oxalate stones, though other minerals can sometimes result in stones. Kidney stones range in size, from small, sand-like grains up to 5mm (3/16 inch) and even sometimes even larger. Kidney stones develop when waste products in the urine partially breakdown and clump together over time. 

Kidney stones may be found in the kidneys, as well as the ureter (tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder), urethra (the vessel through which urine passes after leaving the bladder), and vesical (bladder).

The format of oxalate stones can result from not drinking enough water during the day, as well as poor magnesium intake, a history of gout, and certain medications.

Kidney stone pain often starts in the back. It may move downward to the thighs, as well as  the lower abdomen or groin. Urethral and vesical stones can cause painful urination..


Acupuncture, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, has been been used for thousands of years. Acupuncture involves the placement of tiny, hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to help promote healing, balance, and well-being.

Acupuncture for Kidney Stones

Research has found acupuncture to be an effective treatment for the treatment of kidney stones. 

In one research study that examines ureteral stones (kidney stones stuck in the ureters), acupuncture outperformed standard drug therapy for pain relief. 

In another study, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) alone was compared against acupuncture with ESWL; the latter was more effective for removing kidney stones.

Acupuncture can also help relieve lower back pain or abdominal pain caused by kidney stones. 

In addition to kidney stones, acupuncture has shown great promise with other kidney issues as well. Because of this, the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture treatments for patients with renal issues is an increasing area of focus 

Acupuncture helps patients with kidney issues by enhancing renal function, lowering proteinuria, managing hypertension, treating anemia, relieving pain, and managing various hemodialysis-related side effects such uremic pruritus, sleeplessness, and fatigue. 

Vero Beach Acupuncture

Kim Netling is a Board Certified & Licensed Acupuncture Physician in Vero Beach, Florida. Kim also holds extensive training in Functional Neurology and is certified in Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET).

Conditions treated include: 

  • Chronic Pain
  • Infertility
  • Sinusitis
  • Autoimmune Issues
  • Stress / Anxiety Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Neurological Issues
  • TMJ
  • Respiratory System
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Hormone Issues
  • Endocrinology 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Weight Management
  • Dermatologic Disorders

Contact us to book your Vero Beach Acupuncture Appointment now!


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