Jumping kidney stones

Kidney stones, gallstones, and such calculi pose severe risks and create severe health problems.  We all know this.  Among the Chinese, there are many cases of calculi in the appendix.  The risk and the danger are due to the fact that these calculi are stuck, creating pain, blocking ducts and passageways.  Some kidney stones get into the urinary tract and the bladder and become bladder stones that create blockages in the urinary tract.  It is precisely because they are not jumping that they are so dangerous.

Modern medicine now uses sonic blasts to “shatter” the stones into smaller pieces so they can flow out on their own.  If the stones are not jumping by themselves, we can make them jump by jumping about ourselves.  Hopefully and theoretically, jogging and jumping rope will create enough shaking of the body and of the internal organs to loosen foreign objects lodged in a tube, a duct or a passageway of our internal organs.  In essence, we are using an external blast of energy, sound waves in this case, to cause the calculi to “jump” apart from each other and shatter.  Somewhat like an atom bomb blast.  Jumping kidney stones that shatter are less risky to our health than a stuck kidney stone that grows.   Earthquakes cause stones to move.  By jumping rope and jogging, we create a bodily earthquake that hopefully will be strong enough to make the internal stones move. 

The concept of using external stimuli to cause internal change and response is a basic principle of Chinese medicine.  Acupressure, acupuncture, “cupping” (ba guan), healing touch, reiki, reflexology, deep tissue massage, gong fu, tai chi, martial arts, and even meditation all use external stimuli to cause internal change.   

So, a boom box at maximum volume placed on the stomach is equivalent to blasting the internal organs with maximum sound waves.  Jumping rope and jogging create a massive bodily earthquake that hopefully is violent enough to shake the lodged stone out of its foundation.  Of course, drinking a lot of water, and some have suggested drinking acidic drinks, will help.  I personally do not like any kind of acidic drink.  Acidic drinks give me severe heartburn.  The only acidic drink I do ingest actually every morning when I brush my teeth is distilled white vinegar, the cheapest kind.   I also do not ingest and I refuse to ingest Californian and Australian wines.  They are acidic and they are really bad wines, in my opinion (As you can tell, I am trying to be politically correct here).

Enquiry about “lingering kidney pain”

Lingering kidney pain may indicate a variety of conditions and malfunctions.  There is also a difference depending on the severity of the pain and what type of pain it is.  A sharp pain usually indicates kidney stones.  A dull pain may indicate kidney inflammation, kidney infection, or weak kidney function and even infection in the urinary bladder and the urinary tract.

Eucommia is the Chinese herb to cleanse the kidneys.  If it is a lingering dull pain, a heavy dose of Eucommia tea is in order.  Eucommia tea is absolutely harmless and a coffee cup of relatively strong Eucommia tea gets rid of lower back pain in 10 to 20 minutes.   Continue to drink hot Eucommia tea, at least several to a dozen tea cups a day, and stop drinking anything that is cold, and then check the color and smell of the urine. 

It is important to note if the kidney pain persists during urination or whether you feel less pain during urination.  If you feel less pain during urination, that means that the pain is being alleviated by the Eucommia tea that you just drank as well as by the action of urination.  If this is the case, then taking Eucommia tea would be the right way to go.  Continue to drink hot Eucommia tea as your only beverage for at least two weeks. 

Mentholated ointment or any kind of pain relief rub applied to the kidney area should alleviate some of the pain. 

If kidney pain lingers, there may also be the possibility that a kidney stone is stuck in the kidney, the kidney bladder, the kidney and urinary tract and is not moving, thus producing a lingering dull pain.  If this is the case, apply some rather drastic measures like making a fist and hitting the kidney area, jump rope for 40 minutes, take a 40-minute run around the yard.   Run, not jog or walk, run vigorously.

Enquiry:  “Does jump rope help with kidney stone?”

According to the Chinese article on alleviating kidney stones, the most important suggestion is “Exercise!”  Jumping rope is an up and down motion, not a horizontal motion.  There is more movement of the internal organs than, for example, jogging or bicycle riding.  The purpose is to “shake the stone loose.”  The medical procedure to use ultrasound to “blast” the stone into smaller pieces or “pulverize the stone with the ultrasound blast” essentially is an aggressive attack in military tactics.  Shaking the stone loose is essentially to change the position of the stone enough so that it will somehow be released from the surrounding tissue and “drop out” or “slide out”.  This is a typical Chinese military strategy.   A shot of vinegar or perhaps wine and jumping rope may be a good combination to alleviate the kidney stone as well as the gallstone.

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About masterchensays

Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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