Gall bladder stones


Overview

Gallbladder stones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that form in your gallbladder. Gallbladder is a small organ below the liver in the upper right abdomen. It’s a pouch that stores bile, a green-yellow digestive fluids that helps with digestion. Most gallstones form when there’s too much cholesterol in the bile.

Symptoms

Gallstones may cause no signs or symptoms. If a gallstone lodges in a duct and causes a blockage, the resulting signs and symptoms may include:

  • Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the center of your abdomen, just below your breastbone
  • Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Pain in your right shoulder.
  • Back pain between your shoulder blades.

Causes

  • People who are overweight.
  • People above age 60 suffer most from it .
  • Pregnant women.
  • Women who use hormone contraceptives and post-menopausal hormones.
  • Persons with a family history of gallstones.
  • American-Indian or Mexican-American ancestry are most likely to have gallstones.
  • Persons with diseases of the small intestine or issues like Leaky Gut Syndrome.
  • Persons who have recently had significant weight loss.
  • High fat or cholesterol diet .
  • Person suffering from diabetes mellitus .

According to Ayurveda there are three fundamental energies present in our body; Vata, Pitta and Kapha which should be in balance. Gallbladder disorder is known as Pittashmari. According to Ayurveda, all three doshas play a part in the formation of gallstones, with Pitta dosha being the primary culprit. Pitta along with Kapha vitiated the digestive fluids mixture while aggravated vata drys them resulting in gallstones.


 

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at:

  1. Helps to dissolve the stones naturally.
  2. Maintaining the overall health of the body.
  3. Regular intake of supplements help in preventing further occurrence of gallstones. 
    The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If the problem persists then consider the following treatment protocol:
  • Reduce the size of stones - Dissolve or destroy stones as well as stimulate digestion and reduce nausea or vomiting with the help of Lavana bhaskara churna, Shankhavati, Apamarga kshara
  • Abdominal pain and back pain between shoulder blades- These pains are occurred due to the irritated nerve because of the gallbladder stones. Along with reducing the size of stones, use some pain alleviating herbs like Trivrit, Eranda, Shivaksharpachan
  • Reduce inflammation and infection associated with gallstone by using Triphala guggulu, Arogyavardhini vati

*If abdomen pain is sudden, rapidly intensifying and unbearable seek immediate care.

Other therapies- virechana/Purgation therapy (cleaning digestive tract and purifies blood), Vasti (enema).
 

Herbs

Trivrit, Eranda, Shivaksharpachan, Arogyavardhini vati, Triphala guggulu, Lavana bhaskara churna, Shankhavati,           Apamarga kshara

When to see a doctor?

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms that worry you. Seek immediate care if you develop signs and symptoms of a serious gallstone complication, such as

  • High fever with chills
  • Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
  • Abdominal pain so intense that you can't sit still or find a comfortable position

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