Gallstones are small, hard deposits, made up of cholesterol, calcium salts, and bile pigments called bilirubin — that form in the gallbladder.
The gallbladder is a small, muscular, pear-shaped organ located under the liver. It stores a greenish-yellow fluid secreted by the liver, called bile. This is required to help digest and absorb fat. When needed, bile flows from the gallbladder into the small intestine through a passage called the common bile duct.
Gallstones can form in or pass into the bile duct. Gallstones in the gallbladder are called cholelithiasis. Gallstones in the common bile duct are called common-duct stones, or choledocholithiasis.
Gallstones are common in the age-group 40+, especially women.
Symptoms include nausea, tummy upset, hyperacidity [dyspepsia] and gas. When a gallstone blocks the bile duct, nausea, vomiting, chills, and fever may result. There may also be a yellowish tint on skin and whites of the eyes [jaundice]. This shows that the infection has progressed to the liver.
Small gallstones don’t cause problems or symptoms. Larger gallstones can, because they may obstruct the passageway and cause infection. Typical symptoms, in such cases, include extreme abdominal pain that radiates to the back, chest, or in-between the shoulder blades.
Not all gallstone patients require surgery. Some cases of gallstones can be treated with homeopathy. When the gallstones are small, homeopathic medicines for gallstones often help in dissolving them.
Homeopathy also helps to control the tendency, or recurrence, for gallstones.
However, when gallstones are big and impacted, they would call for surgery.
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