Treatment for Gallstones
There are a variety of methods available for treatment of gallstones. Cost-wise the remedies vary from very cheap natural methods to expensive medical procedures. The results and side effects also vary widely.
- Cholesterol gallstones can sometimes be dissolved by oral ursodeoxycholic acid, but it may require a two year course of medication, and the gallstones may return once treatment is stopped. This works best for thinner, younger patients.
- If the gall stones are located in the common bile duct then they can sometimes be relieved by a medical procedure called endoscopic retrograde sphincterotomy.
- Another remedy that is used when there are not many stones is concentrated ultrasonic shock wave therapy. This causes the stones to be broken into tiny pieces that can then be passed naturally by the body.
- A more drastic solution is surgery to remove the gall bladder but potential unpleasant side effects put many off this method.
- A low cost and self administered remedy for gallstones referred to as a gallbladder flush or gallstone flush has many advocates and since it only takes a couple of days to get results it is a good first step where you have very little to lose from giving it a go. It is claimed to be fast, effective, and painless. It uses readily available ingredients like apple juice, lemon juice, and olive oil but the exact formula and method are copyrighted so I cannot share it here. For more information on the gallstones flush method click here.
- One final thing to try if you have gallstones pain – you may be able to control your symptoms by reducing your weight and going on a low-fat diet.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult a licensed health care professional about your personal health issues.
Gallstone Flush Benefits
Natural remedies for gallstones usually involve a gallstone flush to get rid of gallstones from the gallbladder and in the common biliary duct.
You can read numerous testimonials online from people who have successfully completed a gallstone flush. It is amazing to hear their stories of the number of gallstones ejected during the cleanse.
The body has the ability to eject gallstones from the gallbladder and this happens on a regular basis with a large part of the population. The stones are so small that they pass undetected through the body and are released in body waste. Larger stones may remain in the gallbladder or biliary ducts unless removed by surgery or other methods.
The basis of the gallstone flush is softening the gallstones with apple juice, lemon juice, grapefruit juice or similar, then relaxing the gall bladder and bile ducts with epsom salts, and then precipitating the flush with olive oil or other fats that cause the gallbladder to suddenly contract and expel its contents which in turn flushes the biliary ducts. Proponents claim that the success of the gallbladder flush depends on rigid adherence to the formula and associated timing of the different elements for its effectiveness.
There are arguments for and against the effectiveness of a gallstone flush but there is general agreement that it does no harm.
NOTE: Never postpone gallstone surgery if you are at risk of major complications. Also be aware that some people are allergic to large doses of epsom salts which can be fatal to them.