Gallbladder Pain Relief
A gall bladder attack can be an awful experience. Given how much it hurts, patients often wonder if there’s anything they can do or use for gallbladder pain relief.
Doctors may prescribe anti-inflammatories or other such drugs in that class for gallbladder pain relief, but can anything else be done? Often, people take matters into their own hands. Some have found that peppermint, ginger or fennel, with their pungent – yet soothing – qualities, can bring some reprieve.
Perusing the internet, there are a number of anecdotal reports claiming the a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar can “do the trick”. What it might by in “ACV” that provides gallbladder pain relief is unknown, but as far as home remedies are concerned, it seems to be an almost magical “cure-all”. Others suggest sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), as a gallbladder problem may create an imbalance that seems to be resolved – to an extent – with this substance. And yet another individual claimed relief with probiotics (healthy supplemental bacteria).
The following video documents one woman’s struggles with – and success in overcoming – her gallbladder problems. She found gallbladder pain relief was possible without drugs or surgery.
It seems that the following natural substances are useful for removing stones and sediment from the gallbladder; they are not necessarily quick pain relievers, but the purpose of them is to help restore the gallbladder to functioning, and therefore, eliminate the possibility of future gallbladder attacks.
- One half teaspoon per day of turmeric powder
- Juice from raw beets
- Six radishes daily
- One per day of the following: Apple, Lime, Grapefruit, Pear
- Cleavers and Chamomile tea
Dandelion, Milk Thistle and Oregon Grape, along with Globe Artichoke and Barberry are typically combined in natural formulas to ease gallbladder symptoms. Two formulas which come to the author’s mind at this time are “Christopher’s Liver and Gallbladder Formula” and “St. Francis Herb Farm HepatoDR”.
An interesting note about peppermint; while it has the ability to soothe an upset stomach (common with gallbladder attacks), it becomes truly remarkable when one considers that menthol (its active constituent) belongs to a class of chemicals called terpenes, which have been used in Europe for fifty years to aid in dissolving gallstones.
Antioxidants, according to recent research, seem to play even more of a role in the prevention of gallstones than carbohydrates or fat. The researchers found that those whose antioxidant intake was lower, particularly in respect to manganese, Vitamin E and methionone, had greater occurrences of gallbladder disease. A lesser – but not dismissed – association was made between lower levels of zinc, Vitamin C, beta carotene, selenium and cysteine. The good news is that most or all of these nutrients are available in a quality multivitamin.
Some studies also suggest that lecithin helps prevent cholesterol precipitation in the bile – ie, helps to prevent the formation of gallstones. Lecithin is sadly lacking in many low fat diets which, ironically, are suggested to those suffering from gallstones or gallbladder disease. Consider supplementing with lecithin from eggs or non-GMO soy.
As you can see there’s more to it than sipping apple cider vinegar; it takes a multifaceted approach, including preventative measures, to find true gallbladder pain relief.