Natural Treatment for Gallstones

22 Mar

Image of a gallbladder containing stones. The bile duct is red and inflamed as a stone is lodged in it. You can’t hold food down, and the pain beneath your right lower ribs feels like a dull-edged sword lodged amid your flesh. Your doctor has run every test possible, and still cannot find anything wrong. Sound familiar? If your symptoms include nausea, vomiting, clay-colored stools, and a severe onset of pain, you may have developed gallstones. So now what?

An ultrasound can be done to determine how large the stones have become. If they are too large to pass through the bile duct, you may have to get them reduced with laser surgery or some other technique. If you are predisposed to having gallstones, your doctor may suggest removing your gallbladder. Before you make that decision, you might want to give alternative medicine a try.

How do Gallstones Develop?

Your gallbladder is responsible for storing bile made by the liver. Gallstones develop when cholesterol particles, calcium deposits and other substances bind and harden in the bile. The common culprits that cause gallstones include:

  • A poor diet (fast food, processed foods, packaged foods, etc.)
  • Excessive fasting or dieting (rapid weight loss)
  • Pregnancy or hormone imbalances
  • Diabetes
  • A family history of gallstones
  • A high level of triglycerides in the blood
  • Low physical activity
  • A low level of HDL cholesterol in the blood

What to Do During an Onset

Before trying the following treatment, you might want to ensure that your gallstones are not too large to fit through your bile duct. This is typically done with an ultrasound. If your stones are too large to pass, they may cause damage as they flush through your system.

The Gallstone Flush

This flush is effective at alleviating pain and dissolving stones before they become a problem. As mentioned before, you want to make sure that your stones can be passed without causing damage. This flush continues for one week.

What you will need:

Direction for the Flush:

  1. For the first five days, drink as much apple juice as you can tolerate throughout the day. Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to each glass. Make sure you shake the vinegar before you pour. You want that good stuff that settles to the bottom. Eat your healthy meals as normal.
  2. On the sixth day, early afternoon, take three capsules of disodium phosphate with eight ounces of water.
  3. Two hours later, take three more capsules of disodium phosphate with another glass of water.
  4. Limit your evening meal to a grapefruit or other citrus fruit or juice.
  5. At bedtime, drink a half cup of warm olive oil mixed with a half cup of lemon juice or grapefruit juice. It goes down easier if it’s warm. Add hot water if you must. Take three pills of Nux Vomica (explained below) if you start to feel nauseous.
  6. For the first 30 minutes, lie on your right side with your right knee pulled up close to your chest.
  7. Come morning, an hour before breakfast, take three capsules of disodium phosphate with eight ounces of water.

What to Expect From the Flush

It is normal to feel nauseous after drinking the olive oil, but taking the Nux Vomica should help. It is also normal to feel slight discomfort under your right rib cage, but it will soon fade. The pain is a good indication that the flush is working. On day seven, when you defecate, you may notice green, pea-like nodules in your stool. This, too, is normal. The nodules are the gallstones that were passed during the flush.

Recommended Homeopathic Remedies

The following homeopathic remedies have proven effective in the treatment of gallstones:

  • Nux Vomica 30c (to reduce nausea, heartburn, bloating, and spasmatic pain)
  • Calcarea Carbonica 30c (if your family has a history of gallstones, kidney stones, or if you are overweight and have high cholesterol)
  • Lycopodium 30c (if your family has a history of gallstones, kidney stones, or chronic digestive issues. Good for those who are irritable but who tend to suppress their anger)

How to Take Homeopathics:

There are several ways to take homeopathics, but I recommend the following technique:

  1. Crush three to five pills into powder and spill the powder into a bottle of water. Try not to touch the pills or the powder because the oils in your fingers can alter the medicine.
  2. Shake the bottle vigorously until the powder is dissolved. Sip the water throughout the day, making sure you pound the bottom of the bottle against the palm of your hand before each sip. It is ok to combine the remedies into one bottle.
  3. One day of treatment is all you should need. Repeat treatment once a week if symptoms do not subside.

An Ounce of Prevention …

Once you have completed the gallbladder flush, you want to do all that you can to prevent a reoccurrence. Try to implement the following ideas into your daily routine:

  • Cook with organic ghee made from grass-fed cows. This is a very healthy fat that has a high flash point for cooking. Medium Chain Triglyceride (MTC) oil is another good choice. Start with one tablespoon and work your way up. These oils are great for healthy brain function and can even help you lose weight.
  • Every morning, add hot water to a glass of grapefruit juice or orange juice and mix a teaspoon of turmeric, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory with digestive properties.
  • Take two capsules of Milk Thistle every day to eliminate the buildup of medications, heavy metals, and other undesirables that tend to burden the liver.
  • Take two capsules of Dandelion Root powder; a natural diuretic that helps to detoxify the liver and kidneys.
  • Take two capsules of Activated Charcoal to bind toxins and remove them from the organs.
  • Take 500 to 1,000mg of Bile salts or Ox bile before each meal to help break down fats and improve gallbladder function.
  • Take a digestive enzyme that contains Lipase to improve fat digestion and the use of bile.

Beneficial Foods and Nutrients

The following foods and nutrients are good to incorporate into your diet whether you have had your gallbladder removed, or just want to keep your gallbladder functioning well:

  • Beets and Beet Greens are a fabulous way to keep your blood clean and your organs well tuned. If you don’t care for eating beets and beet greens, you can choose to take an extract, instead. When you include beets, or beet extract with bile salts, it improves the overall effectiveness.
  • Artichokes are a delectable treat that can be enjoyed with minimal effort. You can even drink the water they are steamed in for added benefit. Just add a cup of water to a pan and place the artichoke inside, stem side down. Cover and steam for 45 minutes. Drink the water and scrape the soft flesh of the leaves from the fatty parts. When you reach the center of the flower, remove the spines with a spoon and enjoy the heart. Do not eat the spines, they can get caught in your throat.
  • Sauerkraut is not just for hotdogs. You can enjoy this refreshing side with potatoes, meats, and all on its own. It increases the flow of bile and improves digestion. Drink a cup of sauerkraut juice every morning as an effective tonic.

In the event that you do encounter another gallstone, drink a glass of apple juice with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to alleviate the pain and to help dissolve the gallstone.

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