Natural Volatile Oils in the Management of Renal Calcium Stone Disease
Volatile (essential) oils derived from plants are used widely in clinical medicine and lay pharmacy. Perhaps the best known examples are the use of menthol as a nasal decongestant, and dill in gripe water as a carminative. There is anecdotal evidence for the effectiveness of natural oils in renal stone disease1, and European patients not uncommonly turn to “herbal” remedies (e.g. in U.K. — “Dutch drops,” “Six-Herb kidney and bladder tablets”) to augment more conventional treatment (this is often unadmitted unless interview is particularly thorough). Is there any reason to believe that these are more than fanciful placebos?
KeywordsIrritable Bowel Syndrome Renal Stone Calcium Oxalate Glycolic Acid Calcium Salt
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