Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA
Since 1988 practicing acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Xiaoyan Wang
L. Ac., MD (China)
3721 Westerre Pkwy.
Suite C
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 301-1784
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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Kidney stones (Renal calculi) are made of salts and minerals in the urine that stick together to form small "pebbles." The most common form of kidney stones are comprised of excess calcium, however, stones can be made of uric acid, mineral magnesium and ammonia, or cystine---a material found in proteins throughout the body. They can be as small as grains of sand or as large as golf balls. They may stay in your kidneys or travel out of your body through the urinary tract. The main symptom for kidney stone is severe pain that starts suddenly and may go away suddenly: 
  • Pain may be felt in the belly area or side of the back
  • Pain may move to groin area or testicles
Other symptoms may include:
  • Abnormal urine color
  • Blood in the urine
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
Most kidney stones won't require invasive treatment. You may be able to pass a small stone by:
  • Drinking water.
  • Pain relievers. Passing a small stone may cause some discomfort.
If the stone is large enough to block the ureter and stop the flow of urine from the kidney, it may be removed by surgical or shock waves procedures. If the stones are small enough they may eventually travel along the urinary tract and pass out through the urethra during urination.

Kidney stones are more than just a health condition you simply rely on surgery or ultrasound as treatments. The root of the problem is the kidneys' functions.  If we simply treat the kidney stones without concerning for the health of the kidneys themselves, other health manifestions may arise later. According to traditional Chinese medicine, kidney stones are often caused by stagnate Qi and heat. The heat is said to 'boil' the body fluids, thus condensing them to form stones. Stagnation develops when the flow of energy is poor. TCM treatment can promote the circulation of Qi, induce urination, relieve the strangury, and shrink or remove the stones with Chinese herbs and acupuncture. To pinpoint the specific imbalance causing the disease, the acupuncturist feels the pulse, looks at the tongue, and asks your questions. Each patient will be treated as an individual. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can correct the specific imbalance and treat the root cause of the illness (not just simply symptom relief). Acupuncture and Chinese herbs provide a safe, effective and natural whole body approach.
Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA