The gallbladder organ is a
small pear-shaped muscular sack that acts as a storage tank for bile. The
bile is made in the liver by liver cells and is sent through tiny ducts or
canals to the duodenum (small intestine) and to the gallbladder. The
gallbladder stores the bile to have it available in larger quantities for
secretion when a meal is eaten. The ingestion of food and especially fats
cause the release of a hormone, cholecystokinin, which in turn signals the
relaxation of the valve at the end of the common bile duct which lets the
bile enter the small intestine. It also signals the contraction of the
gallbladder which squirts the concentrated liquid bile into the small
intestine where it helps with the emulsification or breakdown of fats in the
attacks can be both very painful and frightening but there are many natural medicinal
foods that can manage gallbladder disease to help prevent both surgery and
the discomfort of gallbladder colic and to eliminate gallstones listed below.
gall bladder disorders
Bitter fluid comes up after eating (acid reflux).
severe pain under the right side of the rib cage.
Flatulence, burping or belching
Diarrhoea (or alternating from soft to watery).
Stools light or chalky coloured.
Feeling of fullness or food not digesting.
Headache over eyes, especially the right.
Indigestion and heartburn after eating, especially fatty or greasy foods.
Queasiness, nausea and vomiting.
Severe upper abdominal pain (biliary colic).
Pain between shoulder blades or may radiate through the back or to the right shoulder and may be worse with deep inhalation. Pain will often, but not always follow a meal with fats or grease. Attacks of pain are often at night or occur after overeating. They can last from 15 minutes to 15 hours.
Symptoms of a
gallbladder attack are often caused by gallbladder stones. A stone may block
the neck of the gallbladder or become lodged in a bile duct inhibiting the
flow of bile or possibly causing a backing up of bile. However, short of
causing an actual attack, stones may be present for years and never cause
any symptoms at all.
Biliary pain can occur in about a third of the gallstone patients (which leaves two thirds not experiencing any pain) and sometimes the gallstone symptoms are difficult to differentiate from that of dyspepsia (indigestion). The gallstones can impair the functioning of the gallbladder, however, which can result in any of the common gallbladder symptoms. Gall bladder symptoms can look and feel the same with or without stones. Therefore, all of the symptoms listed on this page can also
be the same for gallstones.
NOTE: Nitrates are used to
artificially give processed meats like bacon and sausage products a deep red colour. They have been
proven to cause cancer of the pancreas so all processed meats should be
Gall bladder disease can also be caused by the following
Gallstones are derived from
the bile and consist mainly of calcium, cholesterol, or bilirubin and can be
smaller than a grain of sand or larger than a golf ball. As gallstones
travel through the bile duct they may block the duct that transports bile
from the liver to the small intestine. When this occurs the gallbladder can
become backed up and pain results from built up pressure or inflammation. The
build-up of bile or passage of gallstones along the bile duct can also
result in liver or pancreas inflammation.
and high fat diet can cause gallstones to form as can a low daily intake of
fibre. Maintaining a normal body weight prevents gallstones forming. Losing
weight too rapidly often causes gallstones to form. Cholesterol levels can
be lowered naturally with a diet of plenty of fibre, fruit, vegetables,
herbs and spices and gentle daily stretching exercises. Cutting out
stressful situations can also lower cholesterol.
Conditions that can increase the risk of developing gallstones
Taking hormones, such as birth control pills or oestrogen.
People who are overweight and lose and gain weight repeatedly are more susceptible to gallstones, as are women who have had two or more children. Lack of exercise is a significant contributor to the development of gallstones. Inactivity can account for more than half of the risk of developing gallstones. Women are twice as likely as men to develop gallstones, although the reasons are unclear and people older than 60 years of age have a greater risk of gallstones.
Natural remedies for gallstones
Beetroot is a powerful healer of the gallbladder and liver.
Celery is an excellent healer of the gallbladder and provides insoluble fibre that helps to remove toxins from the digestive system.
Chancapuedra is an Amazonian herb that can safely dissolve stones in the bladder, gall bladder and the kidneys.
Citrus fruits can help to dissolve gallstones. Try adding lemon juice to herbal teas, fish and vegetables. Add the juice of half a freshly squeezed lemon and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink first thing after waking can help to dissolve stones.
Psyllium husks are one of the most effective herbs to protect and resolve digestive tract and excretory system disorders Take one tablespoon per day with a full glass of water afterwards to resolve gall bladder issues.
Turmeric has been used for centuries to heal gallbladder disorders. Add one teaspoon per day to meals such as eggs, fish, rice, salads and vegetables (especially cauliflower) or to a gallbladder flush listed below.
What to avoid when suffering from gallstones
Consuming the plants from the brassica (cruciferous) family can cause gas and bloating that will put pressure on the gall bladder and cause pain when there are stones present. These include Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and turnip greens. This is because they contains a complex sugar called raffinose and sulphur which reacts with the bacteria in the stomach.
Animal fats and red meats can delay stomach emptying and ferment in the guts causing pain and inflammation.
Refined sugar should be avoided.
Gall Stone Flush
1. For the first five days, take four glasses of apple juice every day or
eat four or five apples, whichever is desired. Apple juice softens the
gallstones. During the five days, eat normally.
2. On the sixth day fast but drink plenty of water and apple juice.
3. At 6pm take a teaspoon of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) with a glass
of warm water.
4. At 8pm repeat the same. Magnesium sulphate opens the gallbladder ducts.
5. At 10pm take half cup olive oil (or sesame oil) with half cup fresh lemon
juice. Mix it well and drink. The oil lubricates the stones to ease their
The next morning, there will be green stones in the stools which usually
float. There can be as many as 100 stones flushed out this way.
If there is severe pain it is important to see a health practitioner
In the event of
gallbladder discomfort, it is a good idea to cut down on food consumption
for a couple of days The remedies below also help to cleanse the gall bladder, liver and
pancreas and should be taken first in the morning unless otherwise stated. It maybe advisable
to consume a small pot of low fat probiotic live
or a small glass of
goat's milk before taking the flushes to line the stomach if there is
1 x apple
(juiced fresh), 1 x
(one tablespoons) and 1 x
powder (1/8 teaspoon) once a day.
Later in the day, consume the juice of the other half of the lemon.
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seed (250g), pure
(1 tablespoon) and
seed oil (1/2 teaspoon) mixed thoroughly with half a cup of hot water.
This should be taken in the morning on an empty stomach.
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(1/2 teaspoon) daily can dissolve as many as 80% of gallstones. Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and improves the
solubility of bile, making bile and its compounds, including those that form
gallstones, easier to dissolve.
enhances blood flow to the liver and increases bile
production. It can be combined with
dandelion root and
milk thistle in a tea. This blend is even more effective when mixed with
herbs such as
marshmallow root and
slippery elm. This mixture will also help decrease gallbladder
Place all ingredients in a large glass jug and stir well.
Place in the refrigerator overnight.
Consumes through out the next day.
Do this for one week.
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Milk thistle (trim the sharp edges off young milk thistle leaves) and
mix them with
dandelion greens and steam like spinach or eat them raw. These herbs can
also be taken as tea or tincture.
Milk thistle contains silymarin, a flavonoid believed to cure
gallstones. Silymarin helps the gallbladder with the production of bile,
which helps breaks down the components in the gallbladder than can lead to
gallstones. Substances in milk thistle can also aid liver function, which is directly related to gallbladder function.
Dandelion greens contains taraxacin that also stimulates bile
production. And the greater volume of bile is more likely to flush out a
stone. The seeds of milk thistle and the root of dandelion contain higher
levels of these beneficial nutrients.
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Raw juice therapy can successfully treat gallbladder disorders. The best organic natural foods to
juice using a minimum 900 watt slow juicer are:
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