Gallstones are a hard mass composed of bile pigments, cholesterol, calcium bilirubinate and calcium carbonate that can form in the gall bladder or bile ducts. A gall stone appears over many years and can range in size, some growing to a couple of centimetres. Many people will have gall stones present in their gall bladder without it causing complications and often they will dissolve naturally. Complications arise when they grow in size as they can dramatically reduce digestive function, cause inflammation and infections.
In Naturopathy any presence of gall bladder stagnation/ gall stones is indicative of sluggish movement of bile through the gall bladder or a continual demand on bile supply due to diet. There are some people who have passed gall stones successfully by drinking large amounts of olive oil and lemon juice. The amount of oil and bitters in the preparation causes the gall bladder to contract and expel the gall stones into the bowels for elimination via the stool. However we do not advise you try this without professional supervision.
It is recommended to speak to a Healthcare professional regarding gallstones as it is not professional to claim that a gallstone can be removed or broken down. This is due to the complications and possibility of a stone becoming lodged in the bile duct causing inflammation and infection as well as possible removal of the gall bladder.
Some of the risk factors for the production of gall stones are defects in cholesterol metabolism, reflux, heartburn, colitis, constipation, obesity, hormone imbalance, hypochlorhydria (low digestive acids), sluggish liver function and bile movement.
There are many complications associated with gall stones (indigestion, inflammation of the bile duct, liver damage) and caution is advisable in regards to treatment. It is not recommended that you do a liver/ gall bladder flush at this stage as it may be possible that the stone will lodge in the bile duct and cause inflammation and blockage of bile or even pancreatitis. It would be safer for to you to make an appointment with a Healthcare professional who will better asisst you with diet and supplement suggestions as well as giving you the long term support and advice this condition requires.