Are you unable to digest your food especially dinner? Soon after a meal, do you feel a lot of pain in the upper right abdomen, followed by nausea and vomiting? The pain then travels up to the right shoulder and between the shoulder blades and lasts for more than a couple of hours. This does not appear to be a normal case of indigestion. Since the right abdomen is affected, there is every possibility of you having gallstones , the symptoms also point in the same direction. Hence, do get yourself checked for this condition. It will test positive in all probability, and do not get worried if the doctor advises surgery. Take some time to explore other options of which there are several, the best of them being Natural Therapy. This is most suited to teenagers since the chances of complications arising out of it are nil, all treatment being carried out with natural methods and substances only.
Gallstones can occur in children of any age, from infancy through adolescence. The risk seems to increase with age, with 50 percent of all childhood gallstones occurring in teens between the ages of 14 and 18. Many adolescents have silent gallstones that cause no symptoms and require no treatment.
Among teenagers, the reasons for formation of gallstones could be obesity, constipation, high fat/cholesterol diet,excess estrogen, or heredity. These gallstones tend to travel into the ducts along with the bile which needs to flow into the intestines. If they are large enough, they block the ducts and consequently, the flow of bile as well. When this happens, the gallbladder swells, and becomes inflamed. Natural Therapy is the most recommended form of treatment in such cases, since it is able to bring about relief without surgery and its consequent side effects, bowel cancer being one of them.
The gallbladder is a thumb sized organ nestled in the liver where bile is stored and concentrated. The gallbladder releases bile produced by the liver into the small intestine where it is used for proper digestion and absorption of dietary fats.
Gallstones (biliary calculi) are small stones made from cholesterol, bile pigment and calcium salts, usually in a mixture that forms in the gallbladder. They are a common disorder of the digestive system, and affect around 15 per cent of people aged 50 years and over.
Some things that may cause gallstones to form include the crystallisation of excess cholesterol in bile and the failure of the gallbladder to empty completely.
In most cases, gallstones don’t cause any problems. However, you might need prompt treatment if stones block ducts and cause complications such as infections or inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis).
There are three main types of gallstones being:
mixed stones – the most common type. They are made up of cholesterol and salts. Mixed stones tend to develop in batches
cholesterol stones – made up mainly of cholesterol, a fat-like substance that is crucial to many metabolic processes. Cholesterol stones can grow large enough to block bile ducts
pigment stones – bile is greenish-brown in colour, due to particular pigments. Gallstones made from bile pigment are usually small, but numerous.
Diagnosis of gallstones
Doctors diagnose gallstones by using a number of tests, including:
general tests – such as physical examination and x-rays
ultrasound – soundwaves form a picture that shows the presence of gallstones
endoscope test – endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). A thin tube is passed through the oesophagus and injects dye into the bowel to improve the quality of x-ray pictures
hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid (HIDA) scan – a special type of nuclear scan that assesses how well the gallbladder functions
magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) – a form of the body-imaging technique magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The person’s liver, biliary and pancreatic system is imaged using an MRI unit. The image is similar to an ERCP test.
Quick Home Treatment for Gallbladder Pain:
1.Peppermint: Peppermint aids digestion by stimulating the flow of bile and other digestive juices. Plus, it has a compound called terpene that can effectively dissolve gallstones. It is also believed to help relax spasms and relieve acute gallbladder pain.
Boil one cup of water.Add one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves.Remove from heat, cover and steep for five minutes.Strain and add one teaspoon honey.Enjoy the tea while it is still warm, twice daily for four to six weeks. Drink it between meals for maximum results.
2.Lemon Juice for Gallstone: The pectin in citrus fruit and juice is believed to help get rid of gallbladder pain attributed to blockages or stones. Lemon juice is especially effective.Squeeze the juice from four lemons and drink it on an empty stomach. Note that this should be anywhere from 8 to 12 Tbsp (120 to 180 ml) of juice. Do this on a daily basis for about a week, and follow the drink with a glass of water.
You can also drink half a glass of olive oil mixed with half glass of lemon juice. The oil lubricates the stones to ease their passage. Lemon juice helps to extract the stones out from gallbladder ducts. Soon you will purge again. This time you can find greenish stuff floating in your toilet bowl, that is if you have gallstones.
3. Apple Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar for Gall Stones: The golden saying- an apple a day keeps the doctor away- is not so popular without any reason. With all its health benefits, apple is also capable of dissolving gall stones when taken in the forms of juice and apple cider vinegar. The acidic properties of apple cider vinegar provide quick relief for gallbladder pain and may even significantly ease the pain within 15 minutes.Not only this fruit dissolves gall stones but also prevents the recurrence of gall stones .Mix apple cider vinegar in the glass of apple juice.Drink this once everyday.You can actually make a habit of having fresh uncooked applesauce mixed with shredded raw beets and 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a little fresh lemon juice.
4.Dandelion: Dandelion is another very useful herb for the treatment of gallstones. It contains a compound known as taraxacin that helps in bile excretion from the liver. This also helps detoxify and metabolize fat accumulated in the liver. When the liver starts functioning properly, it aids gallbladder functioning.
Place one teaspoon of dried dandelion root in a cup. Pour hot water in the cup, cover it and let it steep for five minutes. Strain and add honey for taste. Drink this tea two or three times a day for one or two weeks.Those who are diabetic should avoid dandelion.
5.Vegetable Juice: When suffering from gallstones, it is essential to cut down on fried and fatty foods. For a week or two, follow a strict diet based on fruit and vegetable juices. A mixed vegetable juice made of beet root, cucumber and carrots is a good remedy for gallstones.
Take out the juice of all the three vegetables- beetroot, cucumber and carrots. Mix them.Have this juice twice a day.You may even add apples, celery and ginger while making this juice to get added benefits.
Beet root helps cleanse the liver and strengthens the gallbladder. Cucumber’s high water content is great for detoxifying the liver and gallbladder. Carrots are rich in vitamin C and other nutrients that are good for the immune system.
6.Blend turmeric and honey: Consume honey poured in a teaspoon of turmeric and have this everyday.The curcumin in turmeric should help make the bile in your gallbladder more soluble, while the honey has antiseptic properties that can help prevent infection from setting in and making things worse. Mix 1 Tbsp (15 ml) of honey with 1 tsp (5 ml) of turmeric and consume the combination once a day.
7.Herbal Tea: Natural extracts work nicely in treating gallstones. St. John’s Wort is a well-known herb that you can have as tea. Drink about a cup of this tea a few times throughout your day. To make this tea simply boil water with 4 or 5 leaves.
8. Red Bell Pepper: Red bell pepper has lot of vitamin C, which is essential to prevent gallstones. Red bell pepper has 95 mg of vitamin C, so it’s always best to eat a single red bell pepper.
9. Psyllium: Psyllium is a very good source of soluble fiber, hence it is considered a good remedy for gallstones. The fiber in psyllium binds to the cholesterol in bile and helps prevent gallstones from forming.
Plus, it promotes normal bowel movements, which reduces risk of the gallbladder system becoming congested. In addition, psyllium prevents constipation, a condition associated with increased gallstone formation.
Add one tablespoon of psyllium powder to a glass of water.Mix well and drink it two times a day.Repeat daily until your gallstones are gone.Make sure to drink plenty of water after taking as it absorbs water more and makes you feel dehydrated.
10.Castor Oil: Castor oil has many healing and medicinal properties. It helps to minimize and reduces the number of gallstones in the gallbladder. This oil contains an anti-inflammatory property that helps to neutralize the inflammation and reduces the pain.Pour pure, cold pressed castor oil in a pan.Warm it gently for few minutes.Soak the cheesecloth in this warm oil and wring out to remove the excess oil.Place this over the right side of the stomach where the gallbladder is located.Cover this cheesecloth with a plastic sheet for few minutes.Place a hot water bag on the plastic sheet for about 45 – 60 minutes to get rid of the pain.Repeat three times a week.
11.Heat Packs:For immediate relief, apply a hot water bottle, heating pad, or other heat pack to your stomach, directly over the gallbladder. The heat should help soothe the pain.It is recommended that you apply the heating pad in 20 to 30 minute intervals and keep a layer of cloth in between the heating pad and your skin to prevent burns.If you do not have a heating pad or hot pack, you could also try soaking in a hot bath.
12. Try an herbal remedy:There are a number of different herbs believed to help relieve gallbladder pain. You can take an herbal supplement in oral pill form, or you could mix four or five leaves from your herb of choice with boiling water to make a tea.
Rosemary is yet another essential herb which assists with gallstones. It enhances the production of bile and stops spasms from occurring inside the bile duct. It also aids in breaking down fat.
13. Epsom Salts:Epsom salts allow the gallstones to move readily through the bile duct. Pour one teaspoon of Epsom salts into room temperature water and drink it during the evening.
14. Wine: University of East Anglia researchers have found that wine is effective in preventing gallstones.Drink half a glass of wine whenever you suffer from gallstones pain and you will get relief from the pain within 20 minutes. Also drinking half a glass of wine daily will help to reduce the gallstone attacks by nearly 40%. Make sure to consult your doctor.
15. Get more fiber: Soluble fiber helps to control the metabolic rate and supports the elimination of cholesterol from our bodies.As a result, there is less cholesterol in your body that could build up in your gallbladder. Eat cereals and other grains that are high in fiber.Whole grains, lentils, and raw fruits and vegetables are typically good sources of fiber. Among vegetables, dark green leafy vegetables tend to have the highest fiber content.
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