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Herbs That Dissolve Gallstones

Herbs That Dissolve Gallstones
A close-up of a milk thistle bloom. Photo Credit ChrisCafferkey/iStock/Getty Images


Gallstones are pieces of hard materials that form either in the gallbladder, which is a small, pear-shaped, muscular sac located below your liver in the right upper abdomen, or bile ducts. As a result, they block the flow of bile into the bowels. Bile is important for the absorption of fat and some fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin D. Many kinds of herbs may be beneficial for dissolving gallstones, but don’t use herbs on your own; always seek a doctor’s guidance before you consider taking them.

Milk Thistle

The biologically active compounds in milk thistle have been found to dissolve existing gallstones, as well as prevent their formation. Silymarin, the chief medicinal ingredient of milk thistle, improves the liquidity of bile, which is a significant way to reduce gallstone formation.

Green Tea

Green tea is one of the best remedies for ameliorating conditions such as gallbladder pain and gallstones. It is high in polyphenols and caffeine, which may improve the flow of bile and lower its cholesterol concentrations, thus removing or alleviating gallstones. However, more research is needed to confirm the efficacy of this herb.

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Globe Artichoke

Globe artichoke is an ancient herb widely used in modern European medicine mainly as a diuretic for promoting the flow of bile and ameliorating conditions such as gallbladder pain and gallstones. It may be the antioxidant compounds in globe artichoke leaves, which are thought to produce most of its medicinal properties.

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