Gallstones are clumps of crystallized cholesterol or some pigments in the gallbladder. This condition is fairly common (affects 11% of general population) women are twice as likely as men to develop gallstones. (Medical dictum for Gallstones is: It’s a disease of fat female of forty).
Gallstones are hardened, solidified deposits of bile form within the gallbladder. Though they are initially formed in the gallbladder, they may distally travel to other parts of biliary tract causing other serious conditions.
Gallbladder is a small sac situated just under the liver and it produces bile juice that is essential for proper digestion of fats. The bile juice mainly contains cholesterol, water, bile salts and a pigment called Bilirubin. When the proportion of these contents is altered in the bile juice, gallstones start forming.
Types of Gallstones:
There are two basic types of gallstones:
Cholesterol gallstones: Made up of cholesterol (accounting for about 80% of cases)
Pigment stones: Made up of the pigment Bilirubin
Bile containing high level of cholesterol- Normally, bile contains chemicals to dissolve the cholesterol excreted by liver. But sometimes, the liver excretes more cholesterol than body requirement and the undissolved cholesterol may form into crystals, eventually leading to gallstones.
Bile containing high level of bilirubin- Bilirubin is a substance produced when there is breakdown of red blood cells. Certain medical conditions like liver cirrhosis, biliary tract infections and certain blood disorders increase bilirubin levels in the body. This excess bilirubin attributes as one of the causes of gallstones.
Incomplete emptying of gallbladder – If the gallbladder fails to empty completely, bile may become overconcentrated (supersaturated) leading to the formation of gallstones.
Factors contributing to development of gallstones
It’s twice as common in females as compared to males
People over age of 60 years are at higher risk
Fasting, diabetes, rapid weight loss can also lead to formation of gallstones in some cases
Many patients having gallstones may not have any complaint. However, some may experience pain in the upper abdomen radiating to the back. The pain may last up to 2-6 hours.
WHAT HAPPENS IN GALLSTONES?
Pain in right upper part of abdomen radiating to shoulder and back
Dull and constant pain lasting from few minutes to several hours
In severe cases, yellowishness of skin and fever may occur
WHAT CAN GALLSTONES LEAD TO?
When gallstones invade the biliary tract, they cause obstruction of bile ducts producing various other complications such as:
Cholecystitis: Inflammation of the gallbladder.
Pancreatitis: Inflammation of the pancreas.
Empyema of the gallbladder
Cancer of gallbladder (in rare instances)
All the factors that form stone are present in the bile under normal circumstances; however, they are in a dissolved state. If there is increase in concentration of cholesterol or pigments, they crystallize and precipitate out as stones. Factors such as increasing age, pregnancy, obesity, liver disorders, infections can have impact on development of gallstones. Some studies suggest that genetics and heredity factors are at the root of this condition that makes one prone to have gallstones.
Suggestion about homeopathic treatment:
When the stones are of a smaller size, homeopathic medicines will help in possibly reduce the size of the stones. Homeopathy medicines are effective in alleviating pain as well as chronic inflammation of gallbladder (cholecystitis) associated with the condition. Homeopathy also helps to control further stone production activity. It the stones are bigger, multiple and impacted, it may require surgical intervention. In cases of Large and multiple stones, homeopathy has no curative role to play.
Homeopathy has more than 100 effective remedies in Treatment For Gallstones and its consequences depending on the size of stones and intensity of pain.
Homeopathic Treatment For Gallstones is considered one of the best therapies available, because Homeopathy takes into consideration not just the symptoms, but the complete picture of the individual and treats them in a holistic way.
Homeopathic Remedies for gall bladder stones
Some of the common Homeopathic remedies for gall bladder stones include Calcaria carbonica, Chelidonium, Phosphorus, Lycopodium clavatum, Nux vomica, China sulphuricum, Berberis vulgaris, Thuja occidentalis.
Gall bladder stones are found normally among 20% of the females. Small stones in the gall bladder could be helped with homeopathy. Large stones are better treated by surgery.
Few of our amazing remedies include:
Dioscorea: For all kinds of pain especially colicky pain in hypogastric region better by walking and bending backward. Sharp pains from liver, shooting upward to right nipple.
Colocynth: For great agonizing pain in abdomen, causing patient to bend double. Pain in the upper right abdomen extending to the shoulder especially in nervous, irritable people.
Chelidonium: It is often indicated when there is pain under inferior angle of right scapula. Distended abdomen with a constricting feeling as if a string were pulled across it. Pain is worse from motion, and lying on the right side.