- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Gall Bladder Pain – Natural Remedies to Help with Gall Bladder Problems
Understanding and Coping with Pain
Do you suffer from Gall Bladder Attacks? Does the pain seem unbearable? Understanding how pain works is a critical step in finding natural pain relief. Pain is a signal that something is wrong in the body. Removing the source of pain or masking it with drugs does not solve the problem of why the pain exists. While there are legitimate reasons to have something surgically removed, or to help one deal with acute pain, are there times we put the cart before the horse? If your finger was hurting…would you cut it off without doing everything you could to solve the problem? While it may sound ridiculous…often times conditions that seem unavoidable are really just our lack of education on how our body works.
Another important concept about coping with pain, is that pain can be controlled by giving the body what it needs to begin fixing the problem. Since we are talking specifically about Gall Bladder Attacks today, let’s focus there. We need to get some history on what the Gall Bladder is and what it does in order to get to the ROOT of the problem.
Liver/Gall Bladder Congestion – Clearing the Road Blocks
95% of all disease comes from some sort of blockage somewhere in the body. The body is designed to clean and heal itself if given the proper tools. When it is struggling it sends us signals that is needs attention. We are also prone to genetic traits that when there is a toxic condition in the body it can manifest itself in those genetic weak areas first….hence arthritis, cancer, migraines, diabetes, etc…. These are just where your body is accumulating the most toxins because that part of the body isn’t strong enough to fight if off without help.
You have to open the elimination channels of the body so it can clean itself, and the toxins have a way to get out. What are the elimination channels of the body? Those areas in the body that eliminate the toxins, like the bowels, lungs, skin, kidneys, etc.
The Liver/Gall Bladder area is the seis pool of the body. This area of the body takes all the poisons and transfers them into a bile solution which acts like a laxative. Toxins are drawn here like a magnet. If there are to many toxins for the body to handle adequately then they start backing up. One indication of how healthy your liver is, comes from your bowels. How regular are you? A good clean lymph system and healthy bowel should result in a minimum of 2-3 comfortable movements a day. Usually if your bowels our healthy and functioning properly than your lymph system and liver/Gall Bladder area are functioning properly.
Alternative Approaches to Gall Bladder Pain
Three Steps to Help with Gall Bladder Pain
1. Finding Pain Relief During Gall Bladder Attack
2. Long Term Cleansing and Healing of the Entire System
3. Preventing Further Attacks Through Changing Diet
Finding Pain Relief during a Gall Bladder Attack
Have a bottle of castor oil on hand. This is known for helping remove blockages and getting things moving again. There are numerous ways to apply the castor oil. The best is to dip a flannel or cotton cloth into castor oil and apply it over the painful area. The castor oil will soak into the body and help loosen the congestion and get things moving again.
To help with this, we alternate hot and cold treatments over the area. The best way to decide how often to switch from hot to cold, is what feels good to you. Typically start with 15 minutes hot, 5 minutes cold, and go back and forth as long as you can. Strangely enough, this jump starts the blood flow and also helps to get things moving.
There are some terrific herbs out there that have a calming, relaxing, anti-inflammatory effect. Some of these are:
Two of my favorite herbal products for stomach pains are from Dr. Christopher Original Formulas
Stomach Comfort Formula - This is a tincture of catnip and fennel that you take orally by
dropper. You can take it straight or mix it into a little juice. It is
wonderful for helping relax the body. Any combination of catnip and fennel would be effective.
Anti-Spasmodic Formula– This is also a tincture. I rub it into the area that is cramping and have found it works very well.
Long Term Cleansing and Healing of the Entire System
Going on a three day juice fast will be very help in cleaning up the entire system. Not only does it clean out the bowels, but nourishes and cleanses the entire lymph system drawing out toxins that will bring overall relief to your liver and gall bladder and to you. You can read more about a three day juice cleanse here.
Lemon Juice and Olive Oil
This is a remedy that can be very effective in helping the body to pass gall stones. Drink 4 ounces of lemon juice with 4 ounces of olive oil 4 times a day. (Try it for at least four days and four may become your lucky number)
Extended Herbal Cleanse
An extended herbal cleanse is a long term or "tonic" regimen. Basically, this means taking herbs specifically targeted for certain areas of the body over a long period of time to cleanse, nourish, and heal. There are unique herbs or combinations of herbs that can target the bowels, liver and gall bladder, and even the blood stream.
Dr. Christopher's Book includes Complete Instructions on how to do a Three Day Juice Cleanse
Preventing Further Attacks By Changing Your Diet
How Fresh is Your Food?
It is important to evaluate what percentage of your diet is from heavily processed foods or animal products compared to fresh fruits and vegetables. How many servings whole grains (not flour, but oatmeal, quinoa, etc.) do you eat in every week? Do you eat raw nuts and seeds like almonds, cashews, and sesame seeds?
Fresh whole foods contain more vitamins and minerals, more enzymes, more anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti viral and anti-aging compounds than anything else in your diet. Changing your eating habits can make a dramatic impact on your life, your health, your energy, and believe it or not…your gall bladder.
Gall Bladder Problems - There is hope
The most important things we can do is to take charge of our own health. Unfortunately there are no magic pills to make us healthy, no quick fix or fad diet. It all comes down to making smart choices that will give our bodies the building blocks they need to heal themselves. When our body is already malfunctioning there are wonderful natural remedies that we can reach for to try to recapture our well being. There are alternatives to coping with and managing even eliminating our pain without drugs if that is our choice. There are times when seeking the advice of a qualified medical professional is necessary but it should never super cede the responsibility we have to take care of ourselves the best way we can.
There is hope. The body is remarkable. It has an incredible ability to move toward wellness when given the chance.