The hard deposits that form in the gallbladder are called gallstones. The gallbladder is an organ situated in the right part of the stomach, behind the liver. The gallstones can get bigger than a golf ball and a study has shown that 80% of them are formed of hardened cholesterol. They can also be caused by too much bile concentration in the gallbladder or increased amounts of bilirubin. The risk factors that can lead to the apparition of gallstones are anemia, pregnancy, a diet rich in fats, obesity, a sedentary life, liver conditions and diabetes.
Most people live with gallstones without knowing it. However, this condition can lead to symptoms such as chills, severe pain in the right part of your abdomen, indigestion, nausea, clay-colored stools, bloating and vomiting. When they’re really big, they can get very painful, so you should get immediate treatment. For example, you could use some of the home remedies presented below.
If you have been diagnosed with gallstones, you must immediately cut down on fatty and fried foods. Drink only vegetable and fruit juices for almost 2 weeks so as to cleanse your body and gallbladder. The best remedy for gallstones is a natural juice made of carrots, cucumber and beet root. The carrots contain nutrients and vitamin C that will strengthen your immune system, the cucumber contains water that will detoxify the gallbladder and the liver and the beet root strengthens the gallbladder and cleanses the liver. So, use 4 carrots, 1 cucumber and 1 beet root to extract their juice. Blend them well and consume this beverage every day for almost 14 days. You will notice the improvement right away.
This plant is known for being beneficial for the digestion. It stimulates the digestive juices and the flow of bile and the terpene in it is useful in dissolving the gallstones. At the same time, peppermint can offer relief for the gallbladder pain and relaxes the spams. Prepare a tea with dried peppermint leaves, add some honey and then drink it two times per day for up to 6 weeks. For better results, you should consume it between the meals.
The castor oil comes with numerous healing and medicinal properties and it can also reduce and minimize the gallstones. The castor oil can also reduce the pain and the inflammation thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects. Finally, this product is beneficial for the lymphatic and immune systems. Purchase some cold-pressed, pure castor oil and warm it in a pan. Use a cup of castor oil for this remedy. Take a piece of cheesecloth and soak it in the warm solution and then squeeze it so as to remove the excess oil. Apply the cheesecloth on the affected area (your stomach’s right side) and put a plastic sheet over it. In the end, use a hot water bag to put over the plastic sheet. Leave these on for maximum 60 minutes, but no less than 30 minutes. Repeat the treatment thrice a week until you notice the improvements.
Other home remedies for gallstones include the use of wine, pears, milk thistle, dandelion, psyllium, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.