Gallstones are a kapha disorder associated with underactive thyroid and slow metabolism. Gallstones begin with stagnation of bile in the gallbladder. The bile becomes thick, accumulates, coagulates, and slowly leads to stone formation.
Prevention of gallstones, and what to do when gallstones are present, are two different lines of treatment. First let's consider what to do when gallstones have already developed.
In general, gall. stones are not painful. They may remain 10 the gallbladder for a long time without causing any pain; indeed, you will not know they are there. Pain occurs when the gallbladder tries to push the stones out of the gallbladder through the bile duct.
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The gall bladder is a pear shaped organ, 10 cm long and 3-5 cm wide, attached on the undersurface of the liver on the right side. The main function of gall bladder is to store the bile secreted by the liver. Bile assists in the digestion and absorption of fats and the absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K, minerals and calcium.
Gall stones are usually caused by disturbances in the composition of bile. A change in ratio of cholesterol and bile salts may result in the formation of deposits, ultimately leading to the formation of larger stones.
The incidence is higher in females than in males, particularly who are obese.
The causes of gall bladder stones are due to digestive disturbances caused by excessive intake of fat and carbohydrates in the diet. It can also be caused by disturbances in the liver and gall-bladder. Poor health, hereditary factors, stress, may also cause gall-bladder disorders.
The symptoms include: indigestion, gas, constipation, jaundice, anemia, acne etc. To reduce pain, put a warm castor oil pad on your abdomen. Castor oil produces slow, sustained heat that is soothing and , healing. Warm up about 3 tablespoons of I castor oil and pour it onto a handkerchief or other soft cloth, spreading it equally on the cloth. Place this compress on the abdomen above the gallbladder (on the right side of your abdomen, above the line of your navel and below the ribs). If you have a hot water bottle, you may place it on top of the pack to keep it warm. (Electric heating pads are not recommended. )
During an acute gall?stone attack, use this herbal formula:
Take 1/4 teaspoon of this mixture 2 or 3 times a day with honey. It will reduce the pain and ease the gallbladder attack.
When the pain is gone, you can do a liver flush to wash out the gallstone. This liver flush should not be done if the stone is large, so before doing the treatment it is vital to get an ultrasound report on the exact size of the gal/stone and consult with your physician about using the treat?ment. If it is a small and recently formed stone, this treatment will help. If it is quite
Important: This liver-flushing treat?ment should not be done without the approval and guidance of your physi?cian or the direct supervision of an Ayurvedic physician. Otherwise, you may damage the gallbladder and experience dangerous complications.
large, such as 3 to 4 mm. in diameter, then the flushing treatment will not be good.
Combine 8 ounces olive oil, 4 ounces lemon juice, a chopped fresh garlic clove, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Drink this entire mixture in the early morning (at about six o'clock) on an empty stomach. Don't eat anything until at least noon. If you feel thirsty, drink hot water or a little lime juice.
The treatment is a shock to the gallblad?der, which contracts and squeezes the gall?stone(s) out into the duodenum.
That night, take 1/2 teaspoon of triphala with warm water. The next day you will pass some green stuff in the stools. This is thick, coagulated bile containing the gallstone crystals.
In order to prevent gallstone formation, one has to improve both thyroid function and metabo?lism. In general, the following formula is effective:
This mixture (1/4 teaspoon 3 times a day with honey), taken regularly for 2 to 3 months, will help to prevent gallstone formation.
Several yoga asanas are beneficial for prevention of gallstones. The Bow pose, Peacock pose, Spinal Twist, and Narayan pose (lying on the left side) will help to empty the gallbladder. (For illustra?tionsof yoga postures.These postures will improve circulation in the gallbladder, helping to prevent the crys?tallization process.
Stay away from deep-fried food, dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, and all fatty foods, especially animal fat and any sat?urated fat. These accelerate coagulation of bile into gallstones.