Kidney stones (also called renal calculi, nephrolithiasis or urolithiasis) are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys.
Diet, excess body weight, some medical conditions, and certain supplements and medications are among the many causes of kidney stones. Kidney stones can affect any part of your urinary tract — from your kidneys to your bladder. Often, stones form when the urine becomes concentrated, allowing minerals to crystallize and stick together.
Passing kidney stones can be quite painful, but the stones usually cause no permanent damage if they’re recognized in a timely fashion. Depending on your situation, you may need nothing more than to take pain medication and drink lots of water to pass a kidney stone. In other instances — for example, if stones become lodged in the urinary tract, are associated with a urinary infection or cause complications — surgery may be needed.
Kidney Stone in Reflexology
What has been mentioned, is the physical characteristic of a kidney stone. If we consider the psychological problems connected to this condition, we also refer to the holistic meaning of the kidney stone. The kidney represents our conscious and subsconscious fears. When the kidney goes into protection, it retains water. This retention of water can become more severe, evolving into urinary gravel. This, can be eliminated if, in that moment before it crystalises, we manage to “let go of our fears and worries”. Otherwise, if left for longer, the urinary gravel will crystalise, turning into bigger stones that won’t be able to be eliminated without surgical intervention.
Reflexology can help work on both a mental and physical level, helping the body to expel the urinary gravel or little stones and helping the mind to let go of worries and fears.
By Annarosa Petrucci