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Kidney stones can result, most commonly, in lower back pain

Kidney stones

Kidney stones are hard masses of minerals and salt that form in the kidneys and can result, most commonly, in lower back pain.

Understanding kidney stones

Kidney stones

Kidney stones, also known as renal calculi, are hard mineral and salt deposits that form in the kidneys. They can vary in size, ranging from tiny grains to larger stones that can cause severe pain as they pass through the urinary tract (1). Kidney stones are a common urological condition and can affect people of all ages, although they are more prevalent in adults, particularly between the ages of 30 and 60.

Kidney stones are a common condition worldwide. According to estimates from the National Health Service (NHS) in England, kidney stones affect about 10ā€“15% of the population at some point in their lives (2). The prevalence appears to be increasing in recent years, possibly due to changes in dietary habits and lifestyle factors (2,3). 

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (ā€˜If you want to find a herbalistā€). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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