Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Gallstones (Cholelithiasis) - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

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).

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 Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Gallstones (Cholelithiasis)


There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for gallstones (cholelithiasis):

Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan
Li Dan Wan
Li Niao Pai Shi Wan

The following (1) acupuncture points may be useful for gallstones (cholelithiasis). A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



There are (1) Chinese herbs currently associated with gallstones (cholelithiasis). Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for gallstones (cholelithiasis). For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

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