- Category: Gallstones
Home Medications and Treatments for Gallstones
Gallstones are formed within the gallbladder they are a stone-like crystal deposit. Gallstones are usually caused cholesterol or bile pigments that develop in the gallbladder. Gallstones may be as small as a grain of sand, or they may become as large as an inch in diameter, depending on how long they have been forming.
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Most people with gallstones (60-80%) have no symptoms. In fact, they are usually unaware that they have gallstones unless symptoms occur. These "silent gallstones" usually require no treatment and continue to go unnoticed.
Symptoms usually occur as complications develop.
The most common symptom is pain the right upper part of the belly (abdomen), usually called an "attack."
* These attacks may occur every few days, weeks, or months.
* The pain usually starts within 30 minutes after a fatty or greasy meal.
* The pain is usually severe, dull, and constant.
* The pain may radiate to the right shoulder or back.
* It occurs frequently at night and may awaken you from sleep.
* The pain may make you want to move around to seek relief.
Other common symptoms of gallstones include the following:
* Nausea and vomiting
* Indigestion, belching, bloating
* Intolerance for fatty or greasy foods
* Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes) Warning signs of a serious problem are fever, jaundice, and persistent pain.
These symptoms typically manifest during the period of a "gallstone attack,” which lasts for several minutes to hours.
Gallstones occur when bile forms solid particles (stones) in the gallbladder. This is caused by prolonged bile retention within the Gall Bladder, infections and high amounts of cholesterol, calcium or bilirubin in the bile. Poor muscle tone may keep the gallbladder from emptying completely and the presence of residual bile may promote the formation of gallstones.
Risk factors for the formation of cholesterol gallstones include the following:
Losing a lot of weight quickly on a "crash" or starvation diet
Taking certain medications such as birth control pills or cholesterol-lowering drugs
Native American or Mexican American ethnicity Gallstones are the most common cause of gallbladder disease.
A high-fat and low-fiber diet
Untreated gallstone disease can become life threatening, particularly if the gallbladder becomes infected or if the pancreas becomes severely inflamed.
Gall Bladder treatment using Beet:
Fresh juice of beets, and the juices of carrot and cucumber in quantities of 100 ml each, are one of the finest cleansers of the gall-bladder. This combined juice has proved beneficial in the treatment of all disorders related to this organ, and should be taken twice daily.
Gall Bladder Disorder treatment using Pear:
The pear is another excellent remedy for gall-bladder disorders. The fruit or its juice should he taken liberally by the patient with beneficial results. It exercises a special healing effect on all gall-bladder disorders, including gallstones.
Gall Bladder treatment using Chicory:
The flowers, seeds, and roots of chicory or the endive plant are considered valuable in gall-bladder disorders. A decoction of about 30-60 ml of the flowers, seeds, or roots can be used three times daily with beneficial results in the treatment of these disorders. Endive or chicory juice in almost any combination promotes the secretion of bile and is, therefore, very good for both liver and gall-bladder dysfunctions.
Gall Bladder treatment using Dandelion:
Dandelion has a beneficial effect on the gall bladder. About 125 ml each of the juices of dandelion and watercress should be taken twice daily. Combined with a vegetarian diet, without much sugar and starch, these juices help to make the gall¬bladder normal.
Gall Bladder treatment using Olive and Sunflower Oil:
An oil cure has been advocated by some nature cure practitioners for the removal of gallstones. Raw, natural, unrefined vegetable oils of olive or sunflower are used. The procedure is to take 30 ml of vegetable oil, preferably olive oil, first thing in the morning and follow it immediately with 120 ml of grapefruit juice or lemon juice. This treatment should be taken every morning for several days, even weeks, if necessary.
Gall Bladder Disorder Diet
Dietary treatment consists of a low-fat diet. The following foods need to be avoided:
- Full cream milk and any products made from full cream milk, such as full cream yoghurt and/or cream cheese
- Cheeses, except fat-free cottage cheese
- Biscuits, high-fat rolls or bread, pancakes, doughnuts, waffles, fritters, buttered popcorn, muffins, cakes, pies (sweet and savoury)
- Ice cream, fatty desserts
- More than one egg a day, and not more than four eggs per week (boil or poach to reduce fat intake)
- No more than 25 g of fat or oil a day (five teaspoons or 2,5 tablespoons a day of polyunsaturated or monounsaturated margarine or oil or mayonnaise/salad dressing)
- Fried or fatty meat or fish, sausages, poultry with skin (remove skin), smoked pork and ham, visible fat on meat, duck, goose, meat drippings and gravies made with drippings, fish canned in oil (rather use tuna canned in water or pilchards canned in tomato sauce), cold meats (except thinly sliced cooked beef or pork or poultry with all visible fat and skin removed)
- No more than five nuts a day, or one teaspoon of peanut butter
- Fatty or creamed soups
- Chocolate and all chocolate-containing foods and desserts
- Deep-fried potato chips, crisps, baked potatoes with sour cream, butter added to vegetables and potatoes, rich sauces added to vegetables, more than five small olives a day, more than 1/4 avocado a day
However, prevention is better than cure. If you have one or more risk factors for gallstones as described above, it may be a good idea to reduce your fat intake as a preventive measure.
Individuals who are seriously obese need to lose weight to prevent gallstones and gallbladder disease as well as other conditions associated with obesity.
On the other hand, those of you who are starving yourself to lose weight, should keep in mind that this increases your risk of developing gallstones. Rather use a more balanced slimming diet with a low-fat content.
The pain of gallstone colic can be relieved by the application of hot packs or fomentation to the upper abdominal area.
Warm-water enema, Physical exercise
A warm-water enema at body temperature will help eliminate faecal acculumations if the patient is constipated. Physical exercise is also essential. Surgery becomes necessary if the gallstones are very large or in cases where they have been present for long.