Gallstones and Gallbladder Health

burekcrew86 Posts: 248 ✭✭✭
edited November 2020 in General Health

My sister-in-law was recently diagnosed with gallstones. Before pursuing surgery, does anyone have any ideas of things she can try to help with the gallstones and gallbladder health?


  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,502 admin

    @burekcrew86 If you go to TNG's academy, the Conquering Sugar course has information on the gallbladder in Module 8. There is a download "Tips for Avoiding Gallbladder Attacks". Increase fibre (more veggies, less grains) and water consumption. Avoid all refined starches. Avoid saturated fats. Add bitter foods to the diet (Dandelion, Arugula, Artichokes, etc.) or take bitters (commercial or make your own). Citrus', Dandelion & Parsley roots and some of the culinary mints may help to break down stones. Oregon Grape Root (Mahonia aquifolium) tincture is a bile stimulant but should be started in smaller doses, tritrating up. To ease pain from spasms and cramps, Crampbark (Viburnum opulus), Turmeric or CBD might help. Black Radish and beets are recommended for gallbladder conditions. Marshmallow can ease the passage of stones. Hops can help prevent the formation of stones.

    Hope that helps a bit.

  • SuperC
    SuperC Posts: 916 ✭✭✭✭

    @torey Thank you for posting. I will be passing this onto my Auntie who has had gallstones removed. (perhaps this may optimize functionality for her gallbladder).

  • burekcrew86
    burekcrew86 Posts: 248 ✭✭✭

    @torey Thank you so much for this information. I will pass this on to her.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,502 admin

    @Teacher & @burekcrew86 You are very welcome.

  • @burekcrew86 as @torey already said some good information here on TGN. In short go slow on alcohol and fat especially saturated fats. Increasing the bile flow by eating bitter leaves or drink herbal bitters as said is a good first guess. Doing a liver flush to detoxify the liver may also support the gallbladder but this is something I am not that firm with ;-)

    As gallstones are mostly cristalized cholesterol you can try to disolve some of it again by increasign the amount of fluid (bile) flowing through the gallbladder.

    Applejucie and ACV are thought to be supporting in the process of softening the stones as well as citric acid.

  • Karin
    Karin Posts: 272 ✭✭✭

    As bile is used to emulsify fats, the low-fat diet could be what causes gallstones - they are, after all, formed when bile sits in the gallbladder and becomes sludgy because it is not used. Eat fat, allow the gallbladder to empty regularly!!

    But also, do use the above-mentioned herbs to help with liver and gallbladder health. You want to have the bile moving as it is one of the ways the liver gets rid of toxins - they are flushed out with the bile, bind to insoluble fibre and are removed from the body. So very important to NOT let it sit in the gallbladder.

    This is a good article :

  • nksunshine27
    nksunshine27 Posts: 343 ✭✭✭

    i'm thinking homegrownherbalist has a tincture t help with gallstones he has the ingredients listed that are in it that might help

  • 7207chablis
    7207chablis Posts: 46 ✭✭✭

    Andreas Moritz wrote The Liver and Gallbladder cleanse and describes a protocol to get rid off stones. You may want to read the information about it. It looks to work but I have not tried it personnally.

  • Obiora E
    Obiora E Posts: 517 ✭✭✭✭

    @burekcrew86 An ex-girlfriend and her youngest daughter both had gallbladder surgery last year (about a month apart), and after the fact I did some research to try to and learn what could prevent it, what caused it, and how her life will be different now. Most of what I read said that it is often caused by an issue with the liver, so any herbs that can help the liver to do its job should help with it.

    Also in the book, Rainforest Home Remedies by Dr. Rosita Arvigo, ND she mentions some treatments that can help to eliminate gallstones, however, I do not recall what they are, but they were said to be very effective.