Gallstones are tiny, rock-like substances that form in the gall bladder, the organ that stores and releases bile. Formed in the liver, bile aids in the digestion of fats and contains salts, cholesterol, water, fats, proteins and a waste product called bilirubin. When excessive amounts of cholesterol or bilirubin are present in the bile, the liquid can harden, creating gallstones. If any of these stone-like substances break away from the gall bladder and enter one of the tubes that transports bile, inflammation can occur in the gall bladder, liver, or pancreas.
When these tubes, or ducts, become blocked, the result is a gallbladder attack. During an attack, an individual may experience sudden back pain between the shoulder blades, pain under the right shoulder or pain in the upper right side of the abdomen that quickly worsens, lasting from 30 minutes to many hours.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for gallstones.Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Gallstones.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of gallstones (cholelithiasis) generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of gallstones (cholelithiasis):
The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.
The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Gallstones (Cholelithiasis)
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating gallstones (cholelithiasis). For a complete list from our store with more details see our gallstones (cholelithiasis) formula section.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
The following (1) chinese herb may be useful for gallstones (cholelithiasis). In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.