Gallstones may steadily grow in size or number with very few symptoms for a long time, except perhaps increased indigestion or flatulence, but may cause acute colic if the gall-bladder gets inflamed. Gallstone need professional treatment, and sometimes surgery, but there is much that can be done to ease the discomfort alongside qualified medical help.
Not really a first-choice discipline, but warm compresses over the right side of the abdomen, using diluted oils of Lavender, Marjoram and Rosemary, may relieve spasm and colic.
Start with the most gentle herbs. If gallstones are definitely present, a scan is needed to establish their size before any treatment is prescribed.
Chamomile (Chamomilla reculita) tea is both anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic, and gently stimulates the whole digestive process.
Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale) is an excellent mild liver tonic; ideally make a decoction and take a small cupful twice a day.
Although dandelion leaves can be made from the roots by making a decoction.
- Simmer 50g clean, chopped root in water.
- Strain trough a sieve and store in the fridge. Give in doses of 5-20ml (1 tsp-1.5 tbsp), 3 times a day. It will keep for 3 days.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Likely in most cases to aid digestion and relieve congestion in the liver and gall-bladder.
As a short-term measure, try a few doses of either of these before consulting a qualified practitioner:
Bryonia: where food lies heavily in the stomach, there may be nausea, biliousness and headache.
Nux vomica: for feelings of nausea in the mornings, if brought on by rich meals.
Disturbances in the gall-bladder, with or without gallstones, will affect how well are digested, so the first step is to restrict animal fats and dairy produce, while increasing vegetables and fruit.
To encourage bile production and flow, eat vegetables such as artichokes and bitter salads such as endive and chicory, as well as taking plenty of garlic and fruit to reduce cholesterol (lemon juice is powerful in this respect). Use smaller amounts of light oils such as Olive,Avocado and Hemp cold extraction oils for cooking and dressings.
Source: Natural Healing: Remedies & Therapies