Fact Check: Can olive oil and lemon juice treat kidney stones?

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Can you get rid of kidney stones naturally?
Not exactly. It is difficult to confirm whether you can get rid of kidney stones naturally using olive oil and lemon juice. Also, there is scant scientific evidence that suggests olive oil and lemon juice may prevent kidney stones. Managing kidney stones should involve medical guidance due to their complexity and individual variation.

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A social media post claims that the mixture of olive oil and lemon juice treats kidney stones. We fact-checked and found this claim to be Mostly False.

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The Claim

A Facebook post on kidney stone remedy suggests that individuals combine 3 ounces of extra virgin olive oil with 3 ounces of lemon juice. It recommends consuming this mixture just before going to bed and repeating the process until the kidney stone passes.

We have attached the screenshot of the post below:

olive oil and lemon juice treat kidney stones

Fact Check

What are kidney stones?

Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in the kidneys. They contain minerals and salts that can build up in the urine. Kidney stones can vary in size from a grain of sand to a golf ball. There are different types of kidney stones. But the most common are calcium oxalate stones, uric acid stones, struvite stones and cystine stones.

What causes kidney stones?

The common causes of kidney stones include dehydration, high levels of calcium, oxalate, or uric acid in the urine, medical conditions like gout or diabetes, family history of kidney stones, and certain medications such as antibiotics, diuretics, etc. These factors can contribute to the formation of kidney stones, emphasizing the importance of preventive measures and proper management to reduce the risk of developing this condition.

Can olive oil and lemon juice treat kidney stones?

Not exactly. Some proponents claim that a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice can help dissolve kidney stones or ease their passage through the urinary tract. But our research shows that kidney stones are complex conditions and they need proper treatment from medical professionals. We also found scant scientific evidence that suggests olive oil and lemon juice can prevent formation of kidney stones.

Lemon juice contains citric acid, which may help prevent certain types of kidney stones, such as calcium oxalate stones, from forming. A research states that fresh lemon juice supplementation might prevent stone recurrence. So, even though lemon plays a role in prevention, we need further studies to prove it can treat the condition.

The proponents of this claim believe that drinking olive oil will facilitate the stone’s passage. However, there is no research to prove that it can act as a lubricant

Dr Varun Kumar Bandi Nephrologist

Dr Varun Kumar Bandi, Nephrologist informs, “The assumption that lemon juice dissolves stones and olive oil helps in passing the stone is a myth. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which can lower the risk of stone formation. But it does not lead to rapid dissolution of stones. As for olive oil, there is no scientific research supporting its efficacy in aiding kidney stone passage. Nevertheless, both lemon juice and olive oil have been experimentally tested in a limited number of mice with oxalosis, where they showed beneficial effects in preventing stone formation. However, animal studies may not directly translate to human experiences. We need more research to fully understand the potential benefits and limitations of using lemon juice and olive oil in stone prevention or treatment for humans.”

Nutritionist

Nutritionist Nidhi Sarin explains, “People often suggest that olive oil and lemon juice can pass kidney stones. But there is no authentic research to prove it correct. Also these remedies show results in mild cases but if the condition is severe then the person should take medical advice and proper treatment.”

Nevertheless, proper medical treatment rather than relying solely on home remedies can manage kidney stones effectively. While debunking, Kalanchoe pinnata plant with honey treat gallstones, we found that kidney stones vary in composition, size, and location. The right treatment depends on these factors. So, kidney stones may not respond well to only natural remedies, and more severe cases might require medical intervention.

dietitian

Nabaruna Ganguly, Clinical dietician at D. S. Research Centre for Cancer, says “Olive oil in limited quantity has a beneficial effect on liver health but not on kidney stones. In fact, no oil can act as lubricant inside of the urinary bladder. Lemon can be beneficial as it contains citric acid which is well known as a stone preventer, and so does apple cider vinegar. Lemongrass is also beneficial due to its diuretic effect”.

What is the treatment for kidney stones?

The treatment for kidney stones varies depending on the stone’s size, type, and location, as well as the patient’s overall health. Small stones may be managed with observation and pain control medicines. While medications like alpha-blockers and citrate supplements can prevent stone formation. Non-invasive procedures like shock wave lithotripsy or ureteroscopy can break or remove stones. Minimally invasive surgeries such as PCNL (Percutaneous nephrolithotomy) or laparoscopic procedures are considered for larger or complex stones. Preventive measures and dietary modifications are also recommended to reduce the risk of recurrence.

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Dr. Shikha Shiromani
Dr. Shikha Shiromani
A dental surgeon by education and medical writer by profession, Shikha is passionate to bring her knowledge and experience in busting the myths around medicine and health. At THIP, she is involved in researching, fact-checking and answering all kinds of questions related to health.

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Not exactly. It is difficult to confirm whether you can get rid of kidney stones naturally using olive oil and lemon juice. Also, there is scant scientific evidence that suggests olive oil and lemon juice may prevent kidney stones. Managing kidney stones should involve medical guidance due to their complexity and individual variation.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can you get rid of kidney stones naturally?
Not exactly. It is difficult to confirm whether you can get rid of kidney stones naturally using olive oil and lemon juice. Also, there is scant scientific evidence that suggests olive oil and lemon juice may prevent kidney stones. Managing kidney stones should involve medical guidance due to their complexity and individual variation.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can you get rid of kidney stones naturally?
Not exactly. It is difficult to confirm whether you can get rid of kidney stones naturally using olive oil and lemon juice. Also, there is scant scientific evidence that suggests olive oil and lemon juice may prevent kidney stones. Managing kidney stones should involve medical guidance due to their complexity and individual variation.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can you get rid of kidney stones naturally?
Not exactly. It is difficult to confirm whether you can get rid of kidney stones naturally using olive oil and lemon juice. Also, there is scant scientific evidence that suggests olive oil and lemon juice may prevent kidney stones. Managing kidney stones should involve medical guidance due to their complexity and individual variation.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can you get rid of kidney stones naturally?
Not exactly. It is difficult to confirm whether you can get rid of kidney stones naturally using olive oil and lemon juice. Also, there is scant scientific evidence that suggests olive oil and lemon juice may prevent kidney stones. Managing kidney stones should involve medical guidance due to their complexity and individual variation.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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Not exactly. It is difficult to confirm whether you can get rid of kidney stones naturally using olive oil and lemon juice. Also, there is scant scientific evidence that suggests olive oil and lemon juice may prevent kidney stones. Managing kidney stones should involve medical guidance due to their complexity and individual variation.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can you get rid of kidney stones naturally?
Not exactly. It is difficult to confirm whether you can get rid of kidney stones naturally using olive oil and lemon juice. Also, there is scant scientific evidence that suggests olive oil and lemon juice may prevent kidney stones. Managing kidney stones should involve medical guidance due to their complexity and individual variation.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can you get rid of kidney stones naturally?
Not exactly. It is difficult to confirm whether you can get rid of kidney stones naturally using olive oil and lemon juice. Also, there is scant scientific evidence that suggests olive oil and lemon juice may prevent kidney stones. Managing kidney stones should involve medical guidance due to their complexity and individual variation.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can you get rid of kidney stones naturally?
Not exactly. It is difficult to confirm whether you can get rid of kidney stones naturally using olive oil and lemon juice. Also, there is scant scientific evidence that suggests olive oil and lemon juice may prevent kidney stones. Managing kidney stones should involve medical guidance due to their complexity and individual variation.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can you get rid of kidney stones naturally?
Not exactly. It is difficult to confirm whether you can get rid of kidney stones naturally using olive oil and lemon juice. Also, there is scant scientific evidence that suggests olive oil and lemon juice may prevent kidney stones. Managing kidney stones should involve medical guidance due to their complexity and individual variation.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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