To Gallbladder Or Not To Gallbladder, That Is The Question? Part One

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I am curating a personalised edit to share on  gallbladder stones.

My job in this instance is to research and compile some of the best resourceful information on functional medicine professionals and specialists in the field as well as finding effective natural products and references which may also be beneficial.

With my background in natural plant science, this is definitely right up my street.

My approach is always integrated and as my friend is already researching the western medicine approach with her doctor, I got stuck into the holistic functional and traditional medicinal approach.

I will be journaling and sharing my finds which I will present in parts so that the information and resources are not too overwhelming. You can find - Part 2 here

Part 3 & 4 - Conclusion, Effective People and Products (coming soon)

I will also be covering resources for kidney stones in my edit as they are very similar and often linked.

(Please do read our website disclaimer before using this site and always seek your doctors advice and supervision before using our resources)

Which Herbs are good for gallstones and kidney stones? 

A gallbladder attack can be a medical emergency. DO NOT use herbs to treat gallbladder disease on your own. Work with a trained herbal practitioner under the supervision of your doctors.

The following herbs are sometimes used to treat gallbladder disease: Personalised Tonics and Herbal Teas can be blended by a professional using the most beneficial herbal remedies including the required herbs for treatment. 

  • Green tea ( Camelia sinensis ). For antioxidant effects. You may also prepare teas from the leaf of this herb. Note: green tea extracts may contain caffeine. Look for decaffeinated products.


  • Milk thistle ( Silybum marianum ). For liver and gallbladder detoxification support. Patients with allergies to ragweed or a history of hormone-sensitive cancers should take milk thistle with caution.


  • Globe artichoke ( Cynara scolymus ). For support of gallbladder and liver function. Due to its ability to increase bile production, globe artichoke could trigger a gallbladder attack if there is bile duct obstruction. Talk to your doctor.


  • Turmeric ( Curcuma longa ) standardized extract. For support of liver function. High doses of turmeric can have blood thinning effects. Care should be taken if you are on other blood-thinning medications.

You may use herbs as dried extracts (capsules, powders, or teas) or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Unless otherwise indicated, make teas with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 to 20 minutes for roots. Drink 2 to 4 cups per day. You may use tinctures singly or in combination as noted. If you are pregnant or nursing, speak to your doctor before using any herbal products.

Which natural remedies are good for gallstones?

Chaca piedra is used to treat gallstones along with other herbs which are shown to be highly effective. 

What herbs help breakdown gallstones and kidney stones? 

Chanca piedra is a tropical herb known as a traditional cure for potential kidney stones. It has also been used for liver issues, ulcers, diabetes control, blood pressure, gallstones, and gout.


How does chanca piedra break down gallstones and kidney stones?

In traditional medicine, chanca piedra is used to treat gallstones. It appears to work on gallstones, much in the same way it helps break up kidney stones. Chanca piedra has alkalizing properties that may prevent and treat gallstones.


How long does it take for chanca piedra to work on kidney stones?

Based on results from a human study, a daily dose of 4.5 grams of powdered chanca piedra for 12 weeks may be recommended to treat kidney stones.


Does chanca piedra dissolve gallstones

Chanca piedra is a popular South American herb that has been used to dissolve and eliminate kidney stones and gallbladder stones.


Where can I buy Chanca piedra?





Can Homeopathy help gallstones?

Few clinical studies have examined the effectiveness of specific homeopathic remedies. However, a professional homeopath may recommend one or more of the following treatments for gallbladder disease based on their knowledge and clinical experience. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account a person's constitutional type, includes your physical, emotional, and intellectual makeup. An experienced homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate remedy for a particular individual.

Some of the most common remedies are listed below. A common dose is 3 to 5 pellets of a 12X - 30C remedy every 1 to 4 hours until your symptoms improve.

  • Colocynthis . For colicky abdominal pains that are lessened by pressure or bending double.
  • Chelidonium . For abdominal pain that moves to the right shoulder area.
  • Lycopodium . For abdominal pain that is worse with deep breaths.


How do you flush out gallstones?

In most cases, a gallbladder cleanse involves eating or drinking a combination of olive oil, herbs and some type of fruit juice over several hours. Proponents claim that gallbladder cleansing helps break up gallstones and stimulates the gallbladder to release them in stool.


What Nutrition and Supplements help gallstones?

These nutritional tips may help reduce symptoms:

  • Eliminate suspected food allergens, such as dairy (milk, cheese, and ice cream), wheat (gluten), soy, corn, preservatives and chemical food additives. Eggs, especially, may irritate the gallbladder. Your doctor may test you for food allergies.


  • Eat foods high in B-vitamins and iron, such as whole grains (if no allergy), dark leafy greens (such as spinach and kale), and sea vegetables.


  • Eat antioxidant-rich foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes), and vegetables (such as squash and bell peppers).


  • Avoid refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and sugar.


  • Eat fewer red meats and more lean meats, cold-water fish, tofu (soy, if no allergy), or beans for protein.


  • Eat more fiber. Consider fiber supplements, such as flaxmeal. Combine 1 heaping tsp. of flaxmeal in 8 oz. of apple juice for a drink high in fiber and pectin.
  • Use healthy cooking oils, such as olive oil or coconut oil.


  • Reduce or eliminate trans fatty acids, found in commercially-baked goods, such as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.


  • Avoid alcohol, and tobacco. Some evidence suggests that people who drink caffeinated coffee have a lower risk of gallstones, though study results are mixed. Talk to your doctor before increasing your caffeine intake, as caffeine can affect several conditions and interact with medications.
  • If possible, exercise lightly 5 days a week.

 You may address nutritional deficiencies with the following supplements:

  • A daily multivitamin, containing the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, the B-complex vitamins, and trace minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and selenium.


  • Vitamin C , as an antioxidant and for immune support.


  • Phosphatidylcholine , may help dissolve gallstones. May interfere with some medications, including anticholinergic medications used in the treatment of Alzheimer disease and glaucoma, among others. Talk to your doctor.


  • Alpha-lipoic acid , for antioxidant support. It is possible that alpha-lipoic acid could interact with some chemotherapy agents.


  • Magnesium , for nutrient support. Magnesium can potentially react with a variety of medications, including some antibiotics, blood pressure medicines, diuretics, muscle relaxers, and others. Large doses of magnesium may result in dangerously low blood pressure and slow breathing. People with kidney disease may have problems clearing magnesium from their body.


  • Taurine , for nutrient support. Taurine can potentially interact with lithium. People with a history of bipolar disorder should take taurine with extreme care.


  • Vitamin D , for immune support. Preliminary studies suggest a link between vitamin D deficiency and gallstones.



What Physical Medicine help gallstones?

Castor oil pack. Apply oil to a clean, soft cloth and place on abdomen. Cover with plastic wrap, place a heat source (hot water bottle or heating pad) over the pack, and let sit for 30 to 60 minutes. For best results, use for 3 consecutive days. Apply to abdomen, especially the gallbladder area, to help reduce swelling.



Acupuncture may be especially helpful in pain relief, reducing spasm, easing bile flow, and restoring proper liver and gallbladder function.


Following Up

Early surgery usually ends symptoms and recurrence. Stones may appear again in the bile duct, however.

Special Considerations

If you have diabetes or are pregnant, you have a higher risk of complications from gallbladder attacks. If you are pregnant, use choleretic (bile-stimulating) herbs with caution. Milk thistle and dandelion root are safe in pregnancy. Talk with your health care provider before you take any medication or supplement.


What dissolves kidney stones fast?

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which helps dissolve kidney stones. In addition to flushing out the kidneys, apple cider vinegar can also decrease any pain caused by the stones. In addition, water and lemon juice can help flush the stones and prevent future kidney stones.


What tea is good for kidney stones?

Green tea may also lower your risk of developing kidney stones. The key to making a perfect cup of green tea is to drink it unsweetened.


Does lemon water prevent kidney stones?

Citrate, a salt in citric acid, binds to calcium and helps block stone formation. "Studies have shown that drinking ½ cup of lemon juice concentrate diluted in water each day, or the juice of two lemons, can increase urine citrate and likely reduce kidney stone risk,"



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