Abdominal pain, blood in the urine, recurrent urinary infection (UTI). These are the most common complaints of Dr. Frederick Mendiola’s patients suffering from kidney stones. Kidney stones are considered as one of the most common illnesses or disease affecting mostly middle-aged Filipinos today.
According to Mendiola, an invasive urologic surgeon at St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, about 50 to 60 percent of his patients are inflicted with kidney stones. “Kidney problems are usually detected when a patients experiences abdominal pains and hematuria or blood in the urine,” he says. “However, there are also instances when a patient does not experience any of these. Instead, the most common symptom is a recurrent case of UTI. Therefore, it is highly recommended that patients visit a doctor regularly to prevent the illness.”
If left untreated, Mendiola says a patient may develop severe infection that will later affect the blood, leading to death. “It may also lead to chronic renal failure, destroying
the kidney and its function, which will result in lifetime dialysis or a kidney transplant,” he adds.
Although this illness is more common to occur in males, it is imperative for women to have themselves checked up once they feel any of the above-mentioned symptoms.
To prevent kidney stones, Mendiola advises patients to avoid diets which are high in sodium and uric acid. Some examples of these diets include dairy products, beans, nuts and shellfishes. “Aside from diet, patient with kidney stones also need something that will induce urine formation.” He suggests drinking three to four liter of liquid a day to prevent stone formation.
When it comes to medications, Mendiola says potassium citrate and sodium bicarbonate are effective in treating this condition if combined with Sambong.
Potassium citrate and sodium bicarbonate can be obtained from certain prescription drugs. On the other hand, an optimum amount of Sambong ca be obtained from Re-Leaf Forte, made of processed organic Sambong (Blumea balsamifera), a two-in-one medication that is not only anti-urolithiasis but a diuretic as well.
Studies show that Sambong is effective in preventing calcium and uric acid kidney stone formation as well as in helping stones from lower urinary tract to pass spontaneously.
source: Philippine Star
Health & Medicine
- Written by Philippine Star
- Created: 05 May 2017