Gallstones, as the name means are stones that are formed within the bile or gall of the gallbladder in the human body. This is the organ which is located below the liver which is where the bile secreted by the liver is and is pear-shaped. Naturally, bile is the watery liquid which the liver cells make to help in digesting food when consumed in the intestine. The most prominent food that the bile processes is fat which must be broken down in the body.

Within the liver, the liver cells secrete the bile into small canals which allow the bile to flow out of the liver. The intra-hepatic bile ducts are channelled out and into the extra-hepatic bile ducts before heading toward the common hepatic bile ducts and common hepatic duct before common bile duct which will then go towards 2 different directions. The first is to the intestines in which the bile is then mixed with food present and helps with the digestion while the other direction would be into the cystic duct into the gallbladder. Here is where the gallstone problem will arise

Bile is concentrated by the removal or absorption of water. Gallstones will form here while they could form anywhere where the bile is present which means that it could be in any of the ducts mentioned as well. Gallstones are more common among women than in mean while they could be hereditary as well. In general, there are a few major types of gallstones like cholesterol gallstones which are made up of excessive cholesterol in the body, pigment gallstones which is the second most common type.

Where this is concerned, cholesterol gallstones being the most common are not related to cholesterol in the blood. Risk factors for anyone who can contract cholesterol gallstones include gender, age and more prominently obesity, among many others.

The best way to prevent gallstones from developing is to watch your weight. This is something which must be carefully planned and regulated as you need to keep your weight at watched without going through any rapid weight loss known to be one of the biggest triggers of gallstones. If you are overweight, try to reduce it gradually. Exercising is the best form of regulating your weight while minimizing on saturated fats found in processed food. In fact, look for food with beneficial fats like the Omega-3 fatty acids and food with high volumes of fiber and vitamins can help in reducing the risk of gallstones as well.

You will need to go for a proper diagnostic test for gallstones if you start experiencing problems like severe pain around the right upper areas of your abdomen. This is the same situation if pain occurs around the right chest or back and when you feel some pinch of pain after a heavy meal. Heartburns and indigestion are other signs that you need to check with the doctor immediately. The doctor will need to check certain issues before further diagnostics are involved. Among the best way to determine if you have gallstones is through imaging tests like ultrasound, x-ray, a CT (computer tomography) or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan.

It is among the health-problems which are ‘silent’ which means that there are no clear or obvious signs that someone has it. Ultrasound or x-ray examination of the abdomen would be the best option to confirm this. Remedies for gallstones are usually medical-related like Cholecystectomy, Sphincterotomy and extraction of gallstones, Oral dissolution therapy and many others although most experts would encourage preventive measures. Health supplements and nutritionals are perhaps the best option to keep the weight down as well as to ensure that your diet is healthy and that would keep your cholesterol level low.

Gallstones problems are common especially among adults. In the United States, it has been found that gallstones affect about 1 in every 10 adults. More than half a million people have to undergo surgery for gallstones each year. This figure is not that different from Asian countries. It must be noted that gallstones are most likely to occur among people who are obese than those who are not. According to statistics, it has been found that 9 out of 10 gallstone patients were obese.

If you have a problem with your gallbladder, you must seek medical treatment in the soonest time possible. This is where you need to see your family physician who will be able to diagnose the situation on whether you can take prescription drugs to cure or you might need additional help from the specialists. Pain in the abdomens and digestive areas will need to be treated by doctors like a gastroenterologist who specializes in the area of liver, pancreas and intestines. They will then be able to advice you on the next course of action on whether you need surgery or any further treatment.

Pain in the stomach areas would be the most obvious symptom of gallstones. It is more significant if the pain is around the upper right part of your belly somewhere around the bottom parts of your ribs and if the pain comes suddenly, then it is almost a sure sign of this condition. The pain could spread to the right upper back of your shoulder areas and you cannot seem to shake the pain away. Other symptoms include pain when taking deep breaths, vomiting and yellowing of your skin.

Treating gallstones can be quite challenging because in most cases, you will be required to undergo surgery through cholecystectomy which is perhaps the best medical way to remove them. Other methods include using oral bile salt therapy or through extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy

Home remedies
One of the best home remedies to cure gallstones is to use Apple Cider Vinegar where you can mix it with apple juice which can be taken when you have a gallstone attack as it can help to relieve the pain. Meanwhile you can try to drink lemon juice which is rich with Vitamin C that helps to make the cholesterol more water soluble and hence facilitates faster elimination of waste products. Other ingredients that can be used to treat gallstones include peppermint, vegetable juice dandelion and psyllium which can all be used to relieve the pain as well as to manage the waste better.


by Dr Lai Chiu-Nan

It has worked for many. If it works for you please pass on the good news. Chiu Nan is not charging for it, so we should make it free for everyone. Your reward is when someone, through your word of mouth, benefits from the regime. Gallstones may not be everyone’s concern. But they should be because we all have them. Moreover, gallstones may lead to cancer. ‘Cancer is never the first illness,’ Chiu Nan points out. ‘Usually, there are a lot of other problems leading to cancer.

In my research in China , I came across some materials which say that people with cancer usually have stones. We all have gallstones. It’s a matter of big or small, many or few.

One of the symptoms of gallstones is a feeling of bloatedness after a heavy meal. You feel like you can’t digest the food. If it gets more serious, you feel pain in the liver area.’ So if you think you have gallstones, Chiu Nan offers the following method to remove them naturally.

The treatment is also good for those with a weak liver, because the liver and gallbladder are closely linked.

1. For the first five days, take four glasses of apple juice every day. Or eat four or five apples, whichever you prefer. Apple juice softens the gallstones. During the five days, eat normally.
2. On the sixth day, take no dinner.
3. At 6 PM, take a teaspoon of Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) with a glass of warm water.
4. At 8 PM, repeat the same. Magnesium sulphate opens the gallbladder ducts.
5. At 10 PM, take half cup olive oil (or sesame oil) with half cup fresh lemon juice. Mix it well and drink it. The oil lubricates the stones to ease their passage.

The next morning, you will find green stones in your stools. ‘Usually they float,’ Chiu Nan notes. ‘You might want to count them. I have had people who passes 40, 50 or up to 100 stones. Very many.’

‘Even if you don’t have any symptoms of gallstones, you still might have some. It’s always good to give your gall bladder a clean-up now and then.