Presence of calculi in the gallbladder (Cholelithiasis) or the biliary duct(choledocholithiasis).
Many factors appear to influence the development of gallstones, from sex to racial group, but fundamental causes
are not understood. Diet contributes to the major type of stone in that they are made primarily of cholesterol.
for the processes behind this disease:
Anti-lithics are plants with a long tradition of use in easing the pain, moving or even
Hepatic tonics will support the work of the liver and so have a positive metabolic effect through
the make up of the bile.
Anti-spasmodics may help ease the colic in the gallbladder or ducts.
help ease the strain from the pain and general worry.
"Eliminative support" must be given to help the body as a whole deal
with the systemic problems that ensue from the digestive repercussions as well as the pain induced stress.
will support the body as a whole in its healing work.
Anti-microbials will be helpful as surface immune support even if there
is no infection present.
Caution: Bitters and strong cholagogues are contra-indicated because they increase the strength
of muscle contraction.
The anti-lithics will be useful here but are not
specifics as such.
One possible prescription
An infusion of a carminative, anti-spasmodic, nervine should be taken regularly throughout the day. Chamomile is an excellent example.
- Wild Yam - 2 parts
Boldo - 2 parts
- Valerian - 2 parts
- Balmony - 1 part
- Black Root
- 1 part
- Fringe Tree Bark- 1 part to 5 ml taken three times a day.
Broader Context of Treatment
Diet and stress management are crucial. Chemical pain relief may be indicated
in the severe cases.