Herbal Remedies for Biliary Dyskinesia

Biliary dyskinesia is a motility disorder that affects the gallbladder and/or sometimes the sphincter of Oddi. Its symptoms are similar to those of biliary colic: right upper quandrant pain episodes that last for more than 30 minutes and are sometimes severe enough to interrupt daily activity or to wake the person in the middle of the night. Characteristic for this pain is the fact that it can not be relieved by bowel movements, postural changes, or antacids, and most of the time, it is associated with nausea and vomiting. If the motility disorder is really severe (meaning that the gallbladder is never emptied by more than 38%), a cholecystectomy might be indicated. Otherwise, you can benefit from the choleretic, cholagogue, antispasmodic, antinociceptive and tonifying effects of the following herbs.

Field bindweed tea

Field bindweed tea

Herbal remedies (composition, preparation and administration)

  • Artichoke – cynarine, cynaroside, scolimoside, cynaropicrin
    • Infusion: Add 1 tablespoon of dried plant in 500 ml of hot boiled water and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Drink 1 cup before breakfast, ½ cup before lunch, and ½ cup before dinner, for 20-30 days.
  • Peppermint – menthol, menthone, menthofuran, alpha pinene, phenanthrene, limonene, cadinene, cineol, acetic and isovaleric aldehydes, amylic and isoamylic acids, thymol, carvacrol, caryophyllene, sesquiterpenic alcohols
    • Infusion: Add 1 teaspon of dried plant in a cup of hot boiled water and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Drink 1-2 cups a day.
  • Dandelion – taraxacine, flobaphene, choline, arnidiol, faradiol, taraxerol, beta amyrin, sitosterin, stigmasterin, inulin
    • Infusion: Add 1-2 teaspoons of dried plant in a cup of hot boiled water and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Drink 2-3 cups a day.
  • Celandine – chelidonine, homochelidonine, mesoxichelidonine, cheleritrine, sanguinarine, coptisine, tetrahydrocoptisine, berberine, proptopine, sparteine
    • Infusion: Add ½ teaspoon of dried plant in a cup og hot boiled water and let steep for 5-10 minutes. take 1-2 tablespoons every 3 hours.
  • Sage – thuyone, thuyol, alpha pinene, beta pinene, linalil acetate, camphor, borneol, bornyl acetate, cineol, ursolic acid, oleanolic acid, picrosalvin, fumaric acid, nicotinic acid, caffeic acid, sesquiterpenes
    • Infusion: Add 1 teaspoon of dried plant in a cup of hot boiled water and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Drink throughout the day.
  • St. John’s wort – hypericin, pseudohypericin, alpha pinene, hyperoside, rutoside, cvercetol, caffeic acid, choline, nicotinic acid, valeric acid, sesquiterpenes
    • Infusion 1: Add 1 teaspoon of dried plant in a cup of hot boiled water and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Drink 2-3 cups a day.
    • Infusion 2: Add 2 teaspoons of dried plant in a cup of hot boiled water and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Take 1 tablespoon after each meal.
    • Oil: Mix 20 g of dried plant with 20 ml of alcohol 40% and 200 ml of sunflower oil and boil for 3 hours using a bain-marie, stirring occasionally, then let the mixture macerate for another 2-3 days. Sift and store in a cool and dark place. Take 1 teaspoon after each meal.
  • Centaury – eritaurin, eritauroside, eritrocentauroside, eritricin, oleanolic acid, eritrosterin
    • Infusion: Add 1 teaspoon of dried plant in a cup of hot boiled water and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Drink ¼ cup 30 minutes before each meal.
    • Tincture: add 20 g of dried plant in 100 ml of alcohol 40% and let it macerate for 8 days. Take 30-40 drops in a glass of water, 3 times a day, before a meal.
  • Horehound – marrubiine, marrubic acid, ursolic acid, choline
    • Infusion 1: Add 1 teaspoon of dried plant in a cup of hot boiled water and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Drink 2-3 cups a day.
    • Infusion 2: Add 2 tablespoons of dried plant in a cup of hot boiled water and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Take 5 tablespoons a day.
  • Field bindweed – convolvuline, jalapine, convolvine, caffeic acid
    • Infusion: Add 2 teaspoon of dried plant in a cup of hot boiled water and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Drink before breakfast.
    • Powder: Take 1 teaspoon, with 2 tablespoons of honey, before breakfast.
    • Tincture: Add 20 g of dried plant in 100 ml of alcohol 40% and let it macerate for 10 days. Take 2-4 tablespoons, with 2-4 tablespoons of honey, before breakfast.

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