Gallstones can cause very painful gallbladder attacks and keep the digestive system from functioning properly. It is possible to have gallstones and have no overt symptoms. Effective natural remedies for gallstones include alfalfa, apple cider vinegar and gallbladder flushes.
What are Gallstones?
The gallbladder is under the liver on the right side of the abdomen. It stores bile which has been made by the liver. When the body eats foods containing fat, the gallbladder squeezes bile into the duodenum to help the fat break down. This makes it more easily digested by pancreatic enzymes. The bile salts are also necessary for fat to be absorbed by the intestines.
Gallstones are made of bilirubin or cholesterol from the bile.
Cholesterol stones are formed as a result of an imbalance of the components in the bile. “Supersaturation” of cholesterol crystals can lead to the formation of cholesterol stones. This may be caused by incomplete gallbladder emptying, excess cholesterol from the liver, insufficient absorption of cholesterol and fat from bile by the gallbladder lining, or high levels of bilirubin.
Pigment stones are made from calcium bilirubinate. They are commonly associated with cirrhosis of the liver or hemolytic anemia.
It is possible to have both types of stones, though the cholesterol stones are more common.
Symptoms of gallstones in the gallbladder can be mild or severe. They may come and go. They can include the following:
- Pain under the right rib cage
- Pain in the back, between the shoulder blades
- Excessive burping
- Shoulder pain
- Pain below the breastbone
Because gallstone symptoms can mimic other diseases, a medical evaluation is wise. A heart attack, which requires immediate medical care, can cause similar symptoms. ,Blood tests and ultrasound are used to ascertain the presence of gallstones. Other tests may be used to rule out other health problems.
Once the presence of gallstones and other health conditions are ruled out, natural remedies can be very effective in relieving the pain of gallstones. Natural remedies can even dissolve or help expel gallstones.
Natural Gallstone Treatment
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar will often relieve gallstone pain. For an acute attack, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar are added to a glass of apple juice or water and consumed over 30 minutes. Relief is often felt before the glass is emptied. Taken regularly, apple cider vinegar will often prevent gallstone attacks and may help eliminate some types of stones. For daily use, 2 teaspoons are added to a glass of water or juice. This tonic is taken once or twice daily.
Herbs for Gallstones
Alfalfa is high in nutrients, aids digestion and supports liver function. 1-2 tablets taken with meals helps to prevent attacks and can even stop a gallstone attack in its tracks.
Chanca Piedra is sometimes called Stonebreaker because of its reputation in dissolving stones. This herb from the amazon rainforest can be taken in tincture, tea or capsule form.
The herb dandelion supports the liver and promotes healthy digestion. Dandelion tea can be consumed. Tincture are capsules are also available online.
Consuming 6 radishes daily can help to dissolve some types of stones. This may need to be done over the course of several weeks.
Gallstones interfere with proper function of the gallbladder and thus the digestive system. For chronic gallstone problems, the gallbladder is usually removed surgically. However, removing the gallbladder means that the digestive system will never function fully again. Even after gallbladder surgery, continued digestive problems are common. An alternative is to “flush” the gallstones from the gallbladder. The gallstone flush protocol has brought relief to many. Stones are passed and can be seen if the flush is successful. And the resulting relief of symptoms is further confirmation of success. The complete protocol is explained on this page. Sometimes several flushes are necessary to totally eliminate stones.
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