Cholelithiasis, the development of gallstones, refers to a collection of one or multiple stones in the gallbladder, a hollow organ, found underneath the liver, which stores the digestive enzyme bile. Mostly, the stones tend to form in the gallbladder but can also form in the bile duct when the duct gets narrowed or the gallbladder is removed.
You have a terrible pain and tenderness in the upper right area of your abdomen, a pain between your shoulder blades, you feel nauseous and ready to die. You sit, stand and lie down but cannot get comfortable. So you go to see your doctor, who very helpfully informs you that you have Acute Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) and that the only cure is to go through gallbladder surgery process. What? Did you hear correctly? Sadly, yes you did.
The standard medical treatment of gallbladder stone is the removal of the gallbladder, an operation called a cholecystectomy. This is akin to removing one’s nose to cure the common cold! But, gallbladder surgery gives invite to other problems as well, which is not good for gut health. It increases the risk of bowel cancer as bile drips continuously into the digestive system. This constant dripping also causes diarrhoea in some people. Removing the gallbladder may also cause higher blood cholesterol levels.
Does it mean - there is no safe treatment for gallstones?
There is! Homeopathy has a solution for this ailment. It is the natural, safest and painless way to get rid of the gallstones and keep gallbladder healthy! Before that, let us first understand in brief about the ailment -
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What is Cholecystitis (Gallstones)?
Bile, which comprises water, bile salts, lecithin and cholesterol, is first produced by the liver and then secreted through channels within the liver into a small tube called a hepatic duct. From there it passes through a larger tube called a common duct, which leads to the small intestine. Then, except for a small amount that drains directly into the small intestine, bile flows into the gallbladder through the cystic duct.
Function of the gallbladder
The gallbladder is a four inch sac with a muscular wall that is located under the liver. Here, most of the fluid (about 2-5 cups a day) is removed, leaving a few tablespoons of concentrated bile. The gallbladder basically serves as a reservoir until bile is needed in the small intestine for the digestion of fat.
When food enters the small intestine, a hormone called cholecystokinin is released, signalling the gallbladder to contract. The force of the contraction propels the bile back through the common bile duct and then into the small intestine, where it emulsifies fatty molecules so that fat and the fat absorbable vitamins A, D, E and K can enter the bloodstream through the intestinal lining.
The majority of gallstones are formed from cholesterol (which comprises only about 5% of bile) and grows because the liver begins secreting bile that is unusually saturated with cholesterol. The cholesterol then crystallises to form stones while in storage in the gallbladder. Around 15% of stones are formed from bile salts and are called pigment stones. Whilst cholesterol stones are usually green in colour, pigment stones are usually brown or black. It is possible to have a combination of both stones.
Causes of Gallstones Formation
The formation of gallstones may be caused by a large number of factors:
A gallbladder that does not contract sufficiently to empty the bile regularly will encourage the formation of gallstones. Researchers believe dieting may cause a shift in the balance of bile salts and cholesterol in the gallbladder. Skipping meals decreases gallbladder contractions, as does eating meals that are extremely low in fat. A meal or snack needs to contain approximately 10 grams of fat to contract the gallbladder normally.
How common is Cholecystitis (Gallstones)?
The incidence of acute cholecystitis is 0.12%. Between 10-20% of all adults over 40 years of age have gallstones. Approximately 80% of all gallstones show no symptoms and may remain ‘silent’ (asymptomatic) for years.
If symptoms do occur, the chance of developing gallbladder pain is about 2% per year for the first 10 years after stone formation, after which the chance of developing gallstone symptoms decreases, although the reason for this decrease is unclear. On average, symptoms take eight years to develop. After an attack, the chance of a recurring attack within a year is less than 50%.
Left untreated, gallstones may cause peritonitis, pancreatitis and an increased risk of gallbladder cancer. Gallstones are present in 80% of people with gallbladder cancer, although this is a very rare cancer, even among people with gallstones.
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The most common triggers for gallbladder attacks are caffeine, chocolate, eggs, dairy products (especially ice cream) and greasy/deep fried foods.
The presence of gallstones is often a contributing factor to a weak spleen (leading to hypoglycemia), sleep disturbances including insomnia and nightmares, dizziness, a bad taste in the mouth, vomiting of bile, painful flanks, anger and depression.
Gall bladder stone treatment
Gallstones are generally dissolved using drugs such as chenodeoxycholic acid, ursodeoxycholic acid, methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) and ethyl propionate. These drugs are only effective on smaller stones and may cause a variety of unpleasant side-effects including diarrhoea, nausea, pain or fever, hepatic injury and may also increase cholesterol levels. They also have a failure rate as high as 50%, and even if they do dissolve the gallstones the recurrence rate can be as high as 50%.
There is also a gallstones treatment called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL), in which you sit in a bath of water and high-energy, ultrasound shock waves are directed through the abdominal wall toward the stones. This procedure is suitable for solitary stones of less than 2 cm, but less than 15% of patients are suitable for this treatment. Complications of this gallstones treatment include pain in the gallbladder area, pancreatitis within a month of the treatment, and not all of the fragments may clear the bile duct, which then provides a home for bacteria. There is also the risk of raised blood pressure and permanent damage to the kidneys, which is more pronounced if the stones are close to, or in, the kidneys.
Gallstones and kidney stones often occur together, and if you have either kind, your liver, kidneys and entire system cannot work efficiently. Because the kidneys and gallbladder are very close to each other, the stagnation of one organ often causes the other to become sluggish too. In order to reduce the chance of having stone accumulation and stagnation again, it is better to cleanse both organs, which is possible through homeopathy treatment.
Homeopathy treatment for gallstones successfully dissolves small and medium-sized gallstones and helps you avoid the gallbladder removal. It also provides fast pain relief in gallbladder attacks and can be used for prevention and treatment of biliary colic. The medicines are natural, effective and have no side-effects. In patients with gallbladder removal homeopathy can alleviate the digestive disorders after surgery.
So, if you or your loved one is suffering from gallstones, seek help of homeopathy. You can consult our expert homeopathic doctors for an individualized treatment. To book an appointment, call us on 9033001642 or click on https://www.drbatras.com/book-an-appointment
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