Kidney Stone Dissolve

Alleviate pain, eliminate stones

Crataeva Crataeva nurvala, Uva ursi Arctostaphylos uva ursi, Gravel root Eupatorium purpureum, Dandelion leaf Taraxacum officinalis, Corn silk Zea may, Marshmallow root Althea officinalis.

Contains lithotrophic/anti-lithic herbs & diuretic herbs to break down& eliminate stones & anti-inflammatory herbs to alleviate pain & soothe mucous membranes of the genitourinary tract (GUT).

Dosage: 5mls 3 - 6 x daily in water or fruit juice. Shake well before use.1:1 cold percolation tinctures.

Traditional Indications

This tincture is formulated specifically for kidney stones. It contains lithotrophic/anti-lithic herbs that prevent the formation of stones or gravel in the urinary system and help the body in their removal. The herbs included will break down the stones and promote elimination of them while soothing the mucous membranes of the genitourinary tract (GUT).

Crataeva / Varuna Crataeva nurvala  Crataeva is anti-inflammatory and anti-lithic i.e. an agent which reduces or suppresses urinary calculi (stones) and dissolves those already present. Crataeva nurvala is used for genitourinary conditions such as an atonic bladder (lack of normal tone), benign prostatic hyperplasia (increase in volume of a tissue or organ caused by the formation of and growth of new cells) bladder tonic, chronic urinary tract infections, hypotonic bladder (reduced tone or tension) and incontinence and possibly enuresis, prevention and treatment of kidney stones.

Dandelion Leaf Taraxacum officinalis Dandelion leaf is a gentle diuretic, choleretic. It is indicated for oedema, oliguria, gout. Taraxacum leaf is a very potent diuretic and is an excellent remedy for water retention and oedema, particularly when it is of cardiac origin, or hepatogenous oedema (ascites). Its action comparable to the drug Frusemide. The usual effect of a drug which stimulates kidney function is a loss of potassium from the body, which aggravates any existing cardiovascular problem. A high level of potassium is particularly desirable when digitalis heart drugs are being prescribed, because if potassium levels fall, the drugs will produce irritability of the heart muscle. Luckily, Taraxacum is one of the best natural sources of potassium and therefore is a perfectly balanced and safe diuretic. Taraxacum leaf may be applied to urinary disorders in general, especially where worsened by the presence of oliguria.

Uva ursi/ Mountain cranberry Arctostaphylos uva ursi – Uva ursi is a. antilithic, astringent; birthing aid; diuretic, hypnotic, kidney, tonic; urinary antiseptic; women's complaints. It is indicated for cystitis, urethritis, dysuria, pyelitis and lithuria. Arctostaphylos has a marked antiseptic and astringent effect on the membranes of the urinary system, soothing, toning and strengthening them. It is specifically used where there is gravel or ulceration in the kidney or bladder. It may be used in the treatment of infections such as pyelitis urethritis and cystitis and is specifically indicated in acute catarrhal cystitis with dysuria and highly acid urine, where it helps to reduce accumulations of uric acid and is hence indicated in gout. With its high astringency it is used to treat some forms of enuresis and in diarrhoea. It is also used to treat dysuria. The herb should not be prescribed to children, pregnant women or patients with kidney disease.

Gravel root Eupatorium purpureum - Gravel root is astringent, diuretic lithotrophic (stone-breaking), nervine and tonic. Gravel root was used by the native Native American Indians as a diaphoretic to induce perspiration and break a fever. The plant was quickly adopted by the white settlers and still finds a use in modern herbalism. It works particularly on the genito-urinary system and the uterus. As a urinary tract tonic and lithotrophic herb, gravel root is used to eliminate stones from the urinary tract, to treat urinary incontinence in children, cystitis, urethritis, impotence etc. It is also said to be helpful in treating rheumatism and gout by increasing the removal of waste from the kidneys. 

Sweet Corn Zea mays - Corn silk is anti-cancer, cholagogue, demulcent, diuretic, hypoglycaemic, hypotensive, lithontripic, stimulant and vasodilator .A decoction of the leaves and roots is used in the treatment of strangury, dysuria and gravel. The corn silks are cholagogue, demulcent, diuretic, lithontripic, mildly stimulant and vasodilator. They also act to reduce blood sugar levels and so are used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus as well as cystitis, gonorrhoea, gout etc. The silks are harvested before pollination occurs and are best used when fresh because they tend to lose their diuretic effect when stored and also become purgative. Corn silk contains the cell-proliferant and wound-healing substance allantoin, which is widely used in herbal medicine (especially from the herb comfrey, Symphytum officinale) to speed the healing process. The plant is said to have anticancer properties and is experimentally hypoglycaemic and hypotensive. Cornsilk is loaded with flavonoids and polyphenols. Flavonoids and polyphenols are phytochemicals thought to have cancer fighting antioxidant properties

Marshmallow root Althea officinalis Marshmallow is demulcent, emollient, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and expectorant. Its’ abundance of mucilage makes Marshmallow an excellent demulcent that is indicated for all inflammatory conditions of the G-I tract, e.g. inflammations of the mouth, gastritis, peptic ulceration, colitis etc. Priest & Priest says it is a "soothing demulcent indicated for inflamed and irritated states of mucous membranes. Particularly suitable for inflammatory conditions of the gastro-intestinal system such as gastroenteritis or diarrhoea”. It is specific to alleviate inflammation of the genitourinary tract and to alleviate pain and inflammation.

Carahealth Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures

Not all herbal tinctures are equal. Our Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures are 1:1 where possible or 1:2 strength only where 1:1 strength is unavailable, This means they are 1 part herb in 1 part liquid or 2 parts liquid respectively, as opposed to other herbs on the Irish and UK market which are either 1:3 or 1:5 which is 1 part herb to 3 parts liquid or 5 parts liquid respectively. This means Carahealth tinctures at least 3-5 times greater in strength therefore effectiveness.

All tinctures are supplied in a one month supply only consisting of 2 x 200 ml bottles (400 ml total). Again your purchase will last one month when taken at the therapeutic dose of 7 1/2 ml 2 x day or if preferred 5 ml 3 x day in a little water before meals (or after meals if you have a sensitive stomach).

Quality Control

The herbs prescribed are organic, biodynamic or wild crafted where humanly possible. Endangered species are not used.

Our herbs comply with current Good manufacturing Practice (cGMP). At various stages during the process, manufacturing and distribution, samples are taken for validation and verification in the manufacturer’s laboratory to ensure standard levels of active constituents are present in every batch. These tests involve standard pharmacopoeia testing, such as:

  • Analytical chromatography including Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC)
  • Gas Chromatography (GC)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

Herbs are also tested for

  • Microbial levels
  • Foreign matter
  • Total and acid insoluble ash
  • Loss on drying
  • Ethanol soluble extractive and insoluble residues
  • Water soluble extractive
  • Alcohol estimation
  • Swelling index
  • Large number of other specialist Pharmacopoeia monograph assays and tests
  • Pesticides/heavy metals

Ethanol used in production of Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures

The ethanol high grade (pharmaceutical quality) ethanol distilled from French sugar beet, is guaranteed gluten free and complies with the full requirements of the British and European Pharmacopoeia for residue levels.

Water used in manufacture

Public mains water is not used. Only highly filtered water which is piped from deep underground, or pharmaceutical grade purified water is used. Every single batch of every product leaving us is tested for conformity to European Pharmacopoeia microbiological limits.

Drug/herb interactions

The Carahealth Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tincture range has been formulated to have no negative drug/herb interactions. If you are on medication, pregnant or breastfeeding, Carahealth recommend getting expert naturopathic advice on herbal contraindications and drug/herb interactions by booking a Skype consult.

Carahealth accept no responsibility if you self-prescribe my herbs whilst taking medication or are pregnant or breastfeeding (although Carahealth Partus Prep and Carahealth Birth Aid can be self-prescribed as they are specific for pregnancy).


The general rule is for every year you have had a condition, a month of treatment is required. If you are on the correct prescription you should notice an improvement within the first 2 weeks and then expect slow and steady improvement the longer you are on the herbs.

Carahealth Dispensary

Herbs are dispensed in HDPE plastic bottles. Plastic bottles are used to prevent breakages and reduce weight for postage. HDPE is number 2 in the triangle and considered to be a stable, non leaching and hence safe plastic. The bottles are widely recyclable. Carahealth Herbal Tinctures are mixed personally and professionally by our triple degree qualified CAM practitioner with 19 years clinical experience, Carina Harkin.

Special orders

For children's doses, for a tailor-made remedy or if you would like to mix and match your 2 bottle order contact our Naturopathic Consultant Carahealth can supply virtually any herbal tincture you require. Carina can make a herbal tincture specifically for you that is safe in pregnancy, breastfeeding or if you are on medication. Or perhaps you are not on medication but would like to book a Skype Consult to ensure your self-prescription is correct and would like advice on diet, lifestyle and supplements.

Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.

Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem.