Gallstones, which are hardened bile that forms small pebbles in the gallbladder, may block the flow of bile if they travel outside the gallbladder and cause inflammation. Physicians often recommend surgery or other treatment to dissolve stones with chemicals. Unless gallstones cause infection or pain, though, sufferers do not need professional medical intervention. There are several natural ways to pass gallstones and they include homemade gallbladder cleansing solutions, herbal treatments and acupuncture.
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Those with gallstones may use a gallbladder cleanse, which is sometimes called a liver flush, to naturally encourage the passage of these stones. According to Liverdoctor.com, an effective cleansing or flush solution contains freshly squeezed citrus juice, grated garlic and ginger.
The gallbladder sufferer should drink several tablespoons of the mixture with several tablespoons of olive oil every fifteen minutes until the citrus mixture has been consumed. Warming the liver area with a hot water bottle or sitting in a hot bath may stimulate the bile ducts to dilate, making the stones easier to pass.
Chinese medicines used for the natural treatment of gallstones include rhubarb and mirabilitum to promote the expulsion of stones. These treatments relax the sphincter, encourage digestion and increase the flow of bile, all of which should help gallstones pass out of the body. Other Chinese herbal treatments focus on shrinking the gallstones in order to make them easier to pass in a natural manner. Chinese herbal treatments may take a single day to several months to work.
Acupuncture may be an effective means of ridding the body of gallstones in a natural way. According to the Yin Yang House Acupuncture and Wellness Center, many acupuncture options exist for the treatment of gallstones. If stones are small enough to pass through the bile duct, electrical stimulation used with the gallbladder pressure points on the back and front of the body can be effective. There are also other acupuncture methods to encourage gallbladder health and gallstone dissolution.