Re: Pain after kidney stone passes?
I can appreciate your concern about trying herbs. I self-medicate and have for a long time, but I haven't had reason to use too many. I learned most of what I know from an herbalist that cured my asthma, talking to others she treated, as well as friends that use herbs. The herbalist was a master herbalist and wrote approx 18 books. Two of the best are God Helps Those That Help Themselves and Healing With Herbs A to Z. Her name is Hannah Kroeger. I've done a lot of reading, but I think her books are the most informative. I have allergic/adverse reactions to many meds, or problem drs so I've learned some things out of necessity to avoid the meds.
A lot of herbs are pretty specific. Cornsilk is for use if one has kidney stones and harmless if you don't - it's a diuretic. Don't buy something recommended at health food stores. They don't concern themselves with contraindications. I do better on my own. I keep it simple and generally stick to one whole herb (for tea), perhaps a combination of two in capsules. I buy the teas I use where they sell herbs in bulk. I'm sensitive to a lot of things but I've never had a reaction, not even a slight headache taking any of them and if I did I wouldn't touch it again.
Herbs are medicinal and not all are 100% safe. If you want to try something, information about which are toxic with long-term use (about 10 are) as well as certain ones you should avoid when taking certain meds is readily available. Do your research, and double-check with a pharmacist to be sure it's okay. Some are good for a specific thing, but they might need one other thing with them to work. It can get complicated, so I keep it simple. Before I wound up having to take meds I didn't have to worry about it but now I do. Fortunately, what I've used for years is safe with the meds.