Gallstones refer to deposits of fluid that accumulate and hardens in the gallbladder, an organ located just below the liver. This tiny organ contains bile, a fluid whose role is to aid in digestion once it is released into the ileum. The sizes of gallstones range from tiny grain-like deposits to stones the size of a tennis ball. In addition to this, a number of those affected by gallstones may develop just one stone, while others may get multiple stones around the same time. Gallstones are fairly common globally.
For the most part, gallstones do not present any symptoms. In cases where the gallstones hardens to form a ball which then clogs the bile ducts, the result is pain that radiates in the central part of the abdominal region (this lasts for anywhere between a couple of minutes and a few hours depending on the size of the same).
Other symptoms that accompany gallstones formation include fever where temperatures soar above 38 degrees Celsius, jaundice, loss of appetite as well as experiencing chills. These symptoms point to a more severe complication resulting from gallstones, and must be addressed with immediate effect. If you start to experience the latter symptoms, contact your physician immediately.
Some of the risk factors linked to gallstones include obesity, diseases affecting the liver as well as a diet that is high in fats. The elderly are also predisposed to gallstones. Knowing the accompanying symptoms of this condition makes it easy for affected persons to get medical attention. The good news is that there are a number of natural home remedies that may be used for the natural treatment of gallstones. Listed below are some of the popular remedies listed alongside the approximate time required as well as the ingredients needed. Make sure that you consult your doctor prior to using any of the remedies listed below.
1. Vegetable Juice:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Beetroot, 1 large cucumber, 5 carrots and a juicer.
As mentioned above, one of the leading causes of gallstones is a diet that is high in fat. Bile, the digestive juice produced by the gallbladder is required for the breakdown of cholesterol. When cholesterol accumulates in the body, this function is impaired, predisposing individuals to the development of gallstones. In a bid to treat gallstones, one of the simplest home remedies to use is vegetable juice while simultaneously cutting down on foods rich in fats.
The combination of beetroot, carrot and cucumber packs a punch for dealing with gallstones naturally. Beetroot improves the function of the gallbladder while the high concentration of water in the cucumber is excellent at getting rid of toxins in the liver. Lastly, carrots are rich in Vitamin C which is integral to strengthening the immune system. To get the best of this remedy, it is advisable to take the juice on an empty stomach. Follow the directions below to prepare the juice. In the absence of a juicer, a blender will work just fine.
- Clean all the vegetables and set aside prior to juicing.
- You may choose to peel the vegetables or not depending on your preferences.
- Chop the vegetables into sizable pieces and transfer to the juicer.
- Turn the juicer on to extract the juice.
- Drink this juice at least once daily.
- Use this remedy until you start to feel better.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 2 Teaspoons of Apple cider vinegar, 1 glass of apple juice and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (optional).
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most reliable home remedies for a wide array of conditions. In the natural treatment of gallstones, the vinegar’s ability to hamper the cholesterol bio-synthetic pathway comes in handy. This is because the acidic content of the apple cider vinegar prevents the liver from synthesizing cholesterol as normal. Other additional benefits of using Apple cider vinegar include the dissolution of the gallstones and much-needed pain relief from the condition.
- Add the Apple cider vinegar to the apple juice and stir.
- You may add a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to the mixture.
- Drink this remedy on an empty stomach for best results.
- The remedy is also recommended for instances when the pain has a sudden onset as it helps alleviate the pain.
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Cup of hot water, 1 tablespoon of peppermint leaves (dried), 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey and a strainer.
Peppermint is recommended for the natural treatment of gallstones as it enhances the process of digestion by stimulating the release of bile. Studies also indicate that peppermint is rich in a compound known as terpene. The chemical composition of terpene allows for the dissolution of the gallstones, effectively providing pain relief from the condition. For this remedy, all that is required is the preparation of fresh tea to which honey has been added as indicated below.
- Boil 1 cup of hot water and set aside.
- Add the dried peppermint leaves and let the mixture steep for some 10 minutes.
- Pass the tea through the strainer to get rid of the leaves.
- Add the honey and stir once more.
- Drink this tea before it cools down.
- Use the remedy thrice daily to get the most out of this remedy, take it in between standard meals.
4. Pear Juice:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 2 Medium-sized pears, blender, 1/2 glass of hot water and 2 tablespoons of organic honey.
It is interesting to note that this condition that affects the pear-shaped gall bladder may indeed be solved by the fruit it is likened to – the pear. Studies point to the fact that approximately 3/4 of the gallstones cases recorded may be attributed to cholesterol deposits that have accumulated and hardened to form the balls. In light of this, pectin, a soluble type of fiber found in pears is recommended for the natural treatment and elimination of the stones. This works because the pectin attaches itself to the stones, effectively causing them to break down and removed from the body over a period of time.
- Clean the pears well before chopping into small pieces.
- Place the pieces in a blender and turn on to get the juice.
- Take 1/2 a glass of the pear juice and mix it with the hot water.
- Stir in the honey and drink the juice at least thrice daily.
- It also helps to chew on some fresh pears to compliment the function of this remedy.
5. Lemon Juice:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 4 Medium sized lemons, manual juicer, 1 glass of hot water and honey (optional).
Lemon juice is recommended for the treatment of gallstones, thanks to the high concentration of Vitamin C and a considerable amount of pectin. The acidic content of the lemon juice inhibits the synthesis of cholesterol by the liver. This in turn reduces the amount of cholesterol formed so that there’s a decrease in the number of stones.
In addition to this, it is believed that the pectin present helps in the elimination of the stones, thus providing pain relief. Vitamin C on the other hand not only boosts the immune system, it also makes ensures cholesterol is more soluble, thus easy to get rid of. Follow the directions below to prepare this remedy.
- Roll the lemons on a sturdy kitchen top to stimulate the production of juice from the fruit.
- Wash the lemons well before slicing into halves.
- Using the manual juicer, squeeze as much of the lemon juice that you can get.
- Add hot water to the juice and stir in the honey.
- Do not heat the juice as this denatures it and destroys the nutrients present.
- Stir the mixture once more before drinking.
- Use this remedy daily.
6. Milk Thistle:
Time Required: 40 Min
What You Need: Milk thistle seeds, pestle and mortar, 3 cups of water, a strainer and 1 tablespoon of honey.
Milk thistle is a reliable remedy for the natural treatment of gallstones, thanks to its active ingredients. Noteworthy is the presence of a compound known as silymarin. This compound is very bitter, yet when ingested, triggers the production of bile. This in turn, reduces the presence of the gallstones, and aids in their elimination. Overall, this remedy is recommended for proper liver functioning. Honey is added to sweeten the drink especially because the remedy requires some getting used to.
- Place the milk thistle seeds in the mortar and crush using the pestle. The idea is to have a coarse powder which you can easily use to prepare the drink.
- Transfer the crushed seeds to a pan and add the 3 cups of water.
- Bring the mixture to boil.
- Once boiled, turn off the heat and cover for 15 minutes. This allows the seeds to steep and release their healing properties.
- Strain the tea and stir the honey.
- Drink this tea daily for up to two weeks or until you notice an improvement in the condition.
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: The dried root of dandelion, a cup of hot water, a sieve and honey (natural sweetener). You may also use dandelion greens in your salad.
Dandelion is an excellent home remedy for the treatment of gallstones. This is attributed to the presence of an active known as taraxacin which is a potent stimulator of bile production. Its presence also aids with detoxification and allows for the metabolic breakdown of fat present in the liver. In the absence of the dried roots, you may add dandelion greens to your salad, provided they are cleaned well. For these reasons, dandelion is also recommended for proper function of the liver.
- Place the dried dandelion root in a cup and pour in the hot water.
- Put a lid on the cup and let the mixture steep for 5 minutes.
- Pass it through a sieve before adding the honey.
- Stir and drink the dandelion tea at least twice daily for a couple of weeks until there is a significant improvement. Alternatively, make the tender leaves of the dandelion plant a part of your salad.
8. Lifestyle Changes:
One of the simplest ways to keep gallstones at bay is to make lifestyle changes, no matter how small they may be at the onset. Over a period of time, this becomes a habit that contributes to your well-being and helps eliminate gallstones. The time required for each of the changes below varies remarkably among different individuals. This makes it important for one to choose what works best for them. These include:
- Stay hydrated to aid the body detoxify and get rid of gallstones.
- Find ways to exercise and keep fit. The idea here is to avoid leading a sedentary lifestyle at all costs. While at it, get rid of junk food and keep high fat foods at a minimum. If you are struggling with weight, it helps to eat smaller portions of healthy food frequently as opposed to 3 large meals spaced out during the day. For many people, it is advisable to get help in coming up with a balanced diet plan. This works because it ensures that the body gets the necessary nutrients while taking into account the caloric intake.
- Add fruits and vegetables to your diet to prevent constipation as this only worsens the symptoms of gallstones.
- Increase the amount of Vitamin C in your diet.