Gallstones:Cholelithiasis

Presence of calculi in the gallbladder (Cholelithiasis) or the biliary duct(choledocholithiasis).

Many factors appear to influence the development of gallstones, from sex to racial group, but fundamental causes
are not understood. Diet contributes to the major type of stone in that they are made primarily of cholesterol.

Actions indicated
for the processes behind this disease:


Anti-lithics are plants with a long tradition of use in easing the pain, moving or even
dissolving gall-stones.

Hepatic tonics will support the work of the liver and so have a positive metabolic effect through
the make up of the bile.

Anti-spasmodics may help ease the colic in the gallbladder or ducts.

Nervines
help ease the strain from the pain and general worry.

“Eliminative support” must be given to help the body as a whole deal
with the systemic problems that ensue from the digestive repercussions as well as the pain induced stress.

Alteratives/Tonics
will support the body as a whole in its healing work.

Anti-microbials will be helpful as surface immune support even if there
is no infection present.

Caution: Bitters and strong cholagogues are contra-indicated because they increase the strength
of muscle contraction.

Specific Remedies:


The anti-lithics will be useful here but are not
specifics as such.


One possible prescription



Wild Yam2 parts

Boldo2 parts
Valerian2 parts
Balmony – 1 part
Black Root
1 part
Fringe Tree Bark1 part to 5 ml taken three times a day.


An infusion of a carminative, anti-spasmodic, nervine should be taken regularly throughout the day. Chamomile is an excellent example.

Broader Context of Treatment

Diet and stress management are crucial. Chemical pain relief may be indicated
in the severe cases.

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David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH Written by David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH

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