Gall stones are very common, with thousands of people developing them each year, but only about fifty percent of “sufferers” experience symptoms or complications. Gall stones are the principal disorder of the gall bladder, and the one with which most other such disorders are associated. Women are affected up to four times as often as men, though this figure varies according to age and nationality.

Attempts by the gall bladder to expel the stone(s) can cause severe pain in the upper abdomen (biliary colic) and this pain can radiate into the back, particularly behind the shoulder blades. If a gall stone becomes stuck in the outlet for the gall bladder, the trapped bile may irritate and inflame the gall bladder, which can result in a fever with severe abdominal pain and tenderness under the ribs on the right side.

How we can help

Any abdominal pain, especially if it severe or persistent, must be reviewed by a physician. Once gall stones have been diagnosed, monitoring by the orthodox profession is essential, since an incorrectly treated blocked bile (gall bladder) duct can be a serious complication.

Complementary therapies may be used in conjunction with orthodox monitoring.  Large stones are rarely a problem because they cannot get out of the opening of the gall bladder duct. Once a gall stone is shrunk it may become mobile, cause pain and block the duct.

With the treatment of gall stones it is imperative to ascertain the size of the stones(s) by ultrasound or x-ray. If they are small enough they can be flushed out by a naturopathic or nutritional program. For larger stones, a modified treatment would be used to prevent the existing stones increasing in size.

Areas to be looked at include the appetite, the efficiency of the digestive enzymes and the quality of the bile in the gall bladder. An excess of fatty and dairy foods is usually responsible. Treatment involves herbal medications and detoxification, plus advice on adjustments to diet and lifestyle.