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Kidney Stones and Reflexology

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In many of us, kidney stones are formed over a period of time from the crystallization or solidification of dissolved minerals in the urine. More often than not, small specks of stones pass out through urine without any symptoms, but if the stones are larger (say, the size of a pearl) or there are many tiny stones stuck in the urinary tract, then symptoms such as pain in the lower back, fever, vomiting or blood in the urine may occur and you may require medical intervention. Both mainstream and alternative medical systems have found to be effective and successful in the management of this condition. Among others, reflexology offers a safe and pain-free alternative to tackle kidney stones.

• Option A:
Carrier Oil - 2 ounces of Safflower Oil
Top Note Oil – 2 drops of Eucalyptus Oil
Middle Note Oil – 2 drops of Fennel oil (Caution! Not to use during pregnancy; may cause skin irritation, not to be used by epileptics, causes toxicity with overuse)
Base Note Oil – 2 drops of Cedarwood Oil (Caution! Not to use during pregnancy; also may cause skin irritation)

• Option B:
Carrier Oil - 2 ounces of Safflower Oil
Top Note Oil – 2 drops of Lemon Oil (Caution! May cause skin irritation)
Middle Note Oil – 2 drops of Geranium Oil (Caution! May irritate sensitive skins and an emmenagogue)
Base Note Oil - 2 drops of Sandalwood Oil

If you have the option of seeking a solution from a certified Aromatherapist or a licensed Holistic Health Therapist, you should choose it over attempting tackling pain at home. Let us take a look at how Reflexology approaches and manages discomfort in kidney stone patients. Chiefly, discomfort from kidney stones is managed by pressing at the areas that pertain to reflexes of kidney, urinary bladder and the intestines.

Foot Relaxation:
1. The therapist holds the patient’s left foot using both hands. The therapist places her fingers on top of the patient’s foot and the thumb at the base/ balls of the patient’s foot.
2. Then the foot is ‘loosened’ with a back and forth movement - big toe is gently brought forward and the little toes are gently pushed backward simultaneously.

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