How we treat kidney stones in Guelph
Guelph Naturopathic Medical Clinic has two naturopaths with roughly 25 years of combined experience in treating various conditions including digestive conditions, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and kidney stones. We treat kidney stones in Guelph using dietary changes, herbs, and other natural supplements.
A naturopathic approach to treating kidney stones is multi-pronged. Several types of kidney stones exist including calcium, uric acid, cysteine, and struvite. However, roughly 80% of kidney stones contain calcium salts; usually calcium oxalate and sometimes calcium phosphate. Our approach includes increasing urine output, raising urine pH, reducing calcium and oxalate excretion, and increasing citrate levels in the urine help to prevent and dissolve stones. We can help treat your kidney stones in Guelph with a number of dietary changes and natural supplements:
- Increase water – Increasing water intake is vital in treating kidney stones. The precise amount of water required varies from person to person, but some sources recommend drinking 2-4L per day.
- Reduce oxalates – Oxalate (oxalic acid) binds to calcium to make kidney stones. We can recommend a low oxalate diet to prevent kidney stones.
- Balance calcium – Both too little and too much calcium can produce kidney stones. We can advise you on how best to eat calcium-rich foods and when to take calcium supplements to reduce kidney stones.
- Dietary Changes – In addition to the above, we recommend specific foods to prevent kidney stones.
- Antilithic herbs – Research shows certain herbs can both help prevent and dissolve kidney stones. Dr. Matt Gowan, ND is very knowledgeable in herbal medicine, having written books on the topic. He also currently teaches herbal medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He can recommend several herbs to help treat kidney stones.
Who can help treat your kidney stones in Guelph?
Dr. Matt Gowan, ND is a naturopathic doctor with over 15 years of clinical experience. He completed his undergraduate in biochemistry before becoming a naturopathic doctor in Guelph. In addition, he is a professor, author, and researcher.
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