Avoiding Surgery to Deal With Gallstones

This post was written by editor on July 30, 2009
Posted Under: Healthy body

Introduction.

For many sufferers of Gallstones avoiding surgery to deal with them is a distinct possibility. Although around one in seven people can suffer from Gallstones that does not mean that one in seven people will need surgery to either treat or remove them. Gallstones are formed in the gallbladder when the constituents that form bile, which is used to break down and absorb fatty foods, solidifies forming deposits that irritate the lining of the gallbladder.

Gallstone symptoms.

This is fairly typical of the number and size of gallstones people can suffer from.

This is fairly typical of the number and size of gallstones people can suffer from.

Gallstones can be attributed to many diseases of the digestive tract and general inflammation of the bowel. However and increasingly, links are being made between the development of Gallstones and eating a low fiber or high-fat diet. Whilst many Gallstones will be quite small and cause discomfort in the right upper abdomen, back and even shoulder blades, it is possible for them to develop into something the size of a golf ball. These will cause intense abdominal pain, possibly blocking the bile duct and will require surgery to be removed. However, it is possible to treat smaller Gallstones to alleviate the discomfort and even flush them out of your system.

Dealing with Gallstones.

Carefully reading the recommendations and dosages on the packages, the following vitamin and health supplements are recommended for treating Gallstones. Vitamin C - lowers the cholesterol levels in the bile, reducing the risk of it agglomerating into the stones. A lipotronic combination - these are fat-metabolizing tablets containing milk thistle extract, choline, inositol, methionine and dandelion; this will promote both a healthy liver and gallbladder, and is capable of helping to dissolve the gallstones. Lecithin - to further help with the metabolism of fat in your body. Flaxseed oil - despite being a fatty acid this will also help to dissolve the Gallstones. Some people also recommend two other health supplements as being beneficial in treating Gallstones. Peppermint oil - taken as an enteric-coated tablet will help in dissolving the Gallstones. Psyllium - this will basically help your bowel movements and keep you regular, which may be of benefit in preventing gallstones forming in the first place. Needless to say, if you do eat a low fiber/high fat diet - then switch to one that is high in fiber, but low in refined carbohydrates, sugar and fats.

And finally

Along with your new diet you should aim to lose weight and drink lots of water. Apparently, taking an occasional alcoholic drink with your vitamin C is believed to help its curative action, halving the incidence of Gallstones in post-menopausal women. Finally, milk thistle taken on its own can greatly reduce the risk of gallstones forming in the first place.

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Reader Comments

I ENDED UP IN THE ER LAST NIGHT AFTER A PAINFUL BOUT WITH GALLSTONES, CAN I FIND THESE SUPPLEMENTS OVER THE COUNTER, AND DO THEY REALLY REDUCE THE SIZE OF THEM? I DONT WANT TO HAVE SUGERY!!! HELP!!!

#1 
Written By GARY J. on January 3rd, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

Hi Gary,

I would recommend you go see your doctor and discuss it with him or her first. I wouldnt recommend you taking anything before you know exactly what you need.

Lea

#2 
Written By leap on January 10th, 2011 @ 11:51 am

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