Ashmari (Urolithiasis) is a very common worldwide problem, troubling mankind since ages and is one of the major reasons of abdominal pain these days. The therapies available in different systems of medicine are not able to prevent its pathogenesis, even the surgical methods available for the management of calculi like extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, cystolithotomy etc. also fail to prevent the recurrences and have even got many side effects such as sepsis, strictures, splenic rupture, renal haematoma, hydrothorax etc. So, the recurrences even after removal of the calculi is becoming a great problem and efforts are being made constantly to find out an effective treatment of urolithiasis as well as prevention of its recurrence. Hence, alternative treatment modalities have gained importance. A number of Ayurvedic single medicinal herbs or formulations have been used since past for managing disorders including urinary stones. They have been claimed to have litholytic and litho preventive properties. The main aim of this review paper is to understand the Ayurvedic concept of urolithiasis and to explore its management with herbs, dietary and lifestyle interventions on scientific basis.
Urolithiasis, Ashmari, Mahagada, Ayurveda, Litholytic herbal drugs.