5 Natural Alternatives to Reduce Pain Caused by Kidney Stones

There are mixed studies on the benefits or risks associated with drinking coffee, tea, caffeinated beverages, and wine or beer. Some sources say beer should be avoided for people with uric acid stones (it is high in purines). Other sources say black tea (high in oxalates) and caffeinated beverages should be avoided.

Contradicting this advice is a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology that found every 8 oz. of coffee consumed reduced the risk of stone formation by 10%, for tea 14%, for beer 21%, and wine 39%. Excessive alcohol consumption, i.e., binge drinking is associated with an increased risk of developing kidney stones.

Dandelion Root

Dandelion root is a powerful antioxidant source, which may provide support for overall healthy gallbladder and liver function. It has also been shown to support the urinary tract and the detoxification process of the bile duct. Dandelion root may also stimulate bile production in the gallbladder.

Turmeric Root

Turmeric root extract contains curcumin, the primary dietary source of his herb. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that supports the metabolic and nutritional alterations caused by gallbladder problems. Studies have shown that turmeric (curcumin) may stimulate bile formation to relieve gallbladder emptying.

Phyllanthus niruri or chanca piedra

Phyllanthus niruri or chanca piedra is an herb that grows widely in coastal areas of India. The extract has been used for hundreds of years to support gallbladder function and other urinary disorders. Chanca piedra also provides antioxidants and muscle-relaxing agents, and immune-enhancing compounds to help overall health.


Parsley is full of nutrients like vitamins A, K, and C. It is used to support kidney function but also to enhance the gallbladder. Parsley has also been shown to help the urinary tract's role by decreasing calcium and protein excretion in the urine.

Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow root extract (Althaea officinalis) has been shown in studies to support the gallbladder and liver functions, assist digestion, stimulate heart health, and keep the lungs healthy. Marshmallow root is rich in antioxidants and immune-enhancing compounds that may help soothe the pain caused by inflammation in the gallbladder. It is also a soothing and mucilaginous herbal diuretic as well.