Here we will introduce you some of the most common home remedies you can try to get rid of gallstones naturally within 24 hours. You should remember though that while some of these remedies may have worked for some patients, they may not be so effective for other patients. Therefore, be patient and try different remedies to see what works best for you.
We also suggest you to first consult with your doctor before trying any of these remedies especially when you suffer from gallstone pain. You should understand that these home remedies are suggested only based on previous patients’ experience and are not yet proven through any medical research.
Types of gallstones
Gallstones can have variety of shapes and sizes, but generally speaking, there are two main categories of gallstones:
- Cholesterol gallstone: which is the most common type of gallstones with a cholesterol structure, and
- Pigmented gallstone: which has black or brown color and its main constituent elements are other than cholesterol.
Symptoms of having gallstones:
Gallstones are often associated with the following symptoms:
- Pain in the right side of the upper abdomen (right upper quadrant)
- Right shoulder pain
- Pain between two shoulders
- Gray stool
- Urine losing the yellow color and becoming translucent like water
- Yellowish skin and eye
The last three symptoms are mostly seen when the stone blocks the normal excretion of bile from liver. Remember that not all cases of gallstones need to be symptomatic. Most of the time, they occur without any recognizable symptoms.
Natural treatment of gallstones
The following methods can be effective in gently breaking down gallstones and excreting them through the intestine. The most common natural ways for most people to get rid of gallstones are:
Mixture of apple juice and olive oil:
Mix fresh apple juice with olive oil in a blender. You can also pour special herbs into the blender to have better taste. Consume this concoction for two to five days.
It is recommended that you do not eat food for the next 12 hours if you want to use this method of cleansing the gallbladder. Remember that this method should not be used in the following people:
- People with blood sugar disorders
- People who cannot eat solid food like those who recently have had surgery.
Apple cider vinegar:
For this method, it is better to combine apple cider vinegar with apple juice before drinking it. Some researchers believe that apple cider vinegar can soften gallstones, but in general, it cannot be considered as a sole treatment for gallstones.
Who cannot use this method?
- People with diabetes
- People with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- People with stomach (gastric) ulcers and duodenum
- People with gastritis
- People with inflammation and ulcers of the esophagus (muscular tube connecting the throat (pharynx) with the stomach)
Although scientific studies have not yet proven the definite benefits of this substance for the liver, milk thistle has been used for many years to detoxify and cleanse the liver. It is forbidden to use this substance in the following groups without consulting a doctor:
- Diabetic people
- People with hormone-sensitive cancers, such as people with a history of breast cancer, prostate cancer and …
Note that there are a variety of therapeutic tonics and capsules containing milk thistle available today.
This plant has long been used to treat liver and gallstone problems. Some believe that bitter roots of this plant can sometimes stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile.
If you have gallbladder problems, gallstones or kidney stones, do not take this medicine in the form of tea or coffee arbitrarily and without consulting your doctor.
The extract of this plant can be useful for treating gallstones. You can either cook and eat the globe artichoke or use supplements available in pharmacies. Generally speaking, most researchers and doctors prefer supplements over cooked herbs.
Warning: if you have a bile duct obstruction, taking this medicine arbitrarily can lead to an acute biliary attack.
Castor oil pack:
This is very popular among natural remedies and people use it to improve various complications.
Soak a fabric or cloth in the oil and put it on your stomach. You can use a towel, warm cloth or heating pad.
You can use this soluble fiber which besides cleansing the liver, has numerous benefits for the heart and pancreas.
In addition to the above remedies, you can also consider the following two methods for the natural removal of gallstones.
A study has shown that proper acupuncture can reduce the symptoms of gallstones. In this study, it has been shown that the pain between the shoulders, stomach pain and nausea can be reduced with acupuncture in patients with cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder). Note that as mentioned above, this method is more suitable for reducing symptoms and does not help to expel stones.
Lemon juice and olive oil:
It is recommended that you do not eat food for 12 hours if you want to use this method for cleansing the gallbladder.
To follow this common liver cleansing recipe, drink one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice plus four tablespoons of natural olive oil every fifteen minutes, seven times in the afternoon.
The following poses may be helpful in getting rid of gallstones:
- Cobra pose
- Dhanurasana (Bow pose)
- Seated forward bend
- Locust pose
Among the useful drugs for gallstones are the following two:
Smaller stones may respond to these drugs. However, these drugs sometimes take more than two years to take effect.
What is the medical treatment of gallstone?
Gallstones are not excreted spontaneously in many cases and it is necessary for the surgeon to remove the gallbladder containing gallstones with open cholecystectomy surgery or through a laparoscope.
Many stones that have no symptoms, may need nothing more that periodic follow up. But in the following patients, gallstones may need surgical removal despite the lack of any symptoms:
- Diabetic patients
- Sickle cell anemia
- Gallstones larger than 3 cm
- Immunosuppressed patients like who have cancers or take chemotherapy medications