The gallbladder is a vital body organ majorly responsible for the optimal functioning of the digestive system. It acts as the primary reservoir of bile that facilitates easy digestion as bile helps to break down the fats in the food. Gallbladder secretes the bile to the small intestine through the bile duct. The excessive deposition of bile in the bile duct leads to the formation of gallbladder stones or gallstones.
Gallstones can occur in anybody irrespective of age, gender, and other health situations. However, women, especially pregnant ones, people who are overweight, people who experience sudden fluctuations in weight are at a higher risk of developing gallstones. Gallstones can be traced to genes and family history as well. Stress induced by the modern sedentary lifestyle is also a common contributor to the development of gallstones.
Though there are a multitude of gall bladder stone treatment options available, the significance of natural and home remedies can’t be undermined. As many might wonder if home remedies would be enough to treat such a complicated health condition, we have detailed out the specific home remedies and the reason behind their popularity in treating or preventing gallstones.
Natural Remedies for Gallbladder Stones:
Gallbladder cleanse is one of the most common treatment approaches for gallstones. It involves the intake of apple juice, herbs, and olive oil for a period of 2 to 5 days. Recipes may vary, and some procedures may allow food consumption while others might advise against it. This is a proven natural remedy for treating gallstones. However, it is not suitable for people suffering from hyperglycemia and other conditions.
- Apple Juice + Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar is widely available in health stores and online. It is believed to soften the gallstones and help them to get naturally excreted through urine. People with diabetes, stomach ulcers, etc. should be mindful of the consumption of fruit juices, especially apple juices as they are a rich source of glucose.
- Milk Thistle:
Milk thistle has been a contemporary treatment method used in detoxification of the liver though there is not much written evidence of its significance for treating gallbladder stones. Milk thistle is available in the form of tonics, tablets or capsules for easy consumption. Again, people with sugar imbalances, allergies or a history of hormone-sensitive cancerous development should seek medical consultation prior to considering milk thistle for treating gallstones.
Despite the lack of ample evidence, acupuncture is believed to relieve gallstone symptoms. Research and studies reinstate the significance of acupuncture in alleviating back pain, stomachache, and nausea, while also regulating gallbladder capacity and functioning. That being said, acupuncture might not exactly eliminate the gallstones from the body while alleviating the symptoms associated with gallbladder stones.
Yoga is the ancient method of ensuring health and mind well-being has a cure for almost all physical and psychological ailments. Gallstones are no exception! Yoga poses such as Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Dhanurasana (Bow Pose), Pachimotasana (Seated forward bend), Shalabhasana (Locust Pose), and Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand) are believed to be beneficial in treating and preventing the development of gallbladder stones.
Apart from the above-mentioned natural and home remedies for treating gallstones, medically-intensive approaches such as medication and surgery are considered viable for the chronic cases of gallstones.
Here are the situations to seek immediate medical attention:
- Persistent abdominal pain
- Fever and unseasonal chills
- Yellowness in the eyes and skin, visible symptoms of jaundice
- Nausea and bouts of vomiting
- Paleness of urine and stool
For further queries on gallbladder stones and potential treatment options, get in touch with the experts at Narayana Health, today!