Gallstones (Cholelithiasis)

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 following TCM Diagnostic Patterns May Be Involved With Gallstones (Cholelithiasis)

Acupuncture Points That May Be Useful For Gallstones (Cholelithiasis)

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