Gallstones afflict nearly 80% of the western population and majority of gallstones are caused due to cholesterol. Conventional treatment for gall stone removal is cholecystectomy but nearly 15% of patients suffer from recurrence of gallstones or develop new gastrointestinal symptoms despite this treatment. Another conventional therapy for treating gallstones is administration of bile acid orally to dissolve the stones. This treatment is effective but, if discontinued, could lead to recurrence of symptoms in nearly 50% of the patients. In this guide, we will study ways to dissolve gallstones naturally.
1. Lose weight
Weight loss is an important natural remedy for preventing and dissolving gallstones. It is important to lose weight slowly and steadily rather than drastic loss of more than 3 pounds per week (which could actually lead to gallstones). Therefore, daily exercise and eating healthy to lose weight is important natural remedy to prevent gallstones. We will discuss natural remedies and healthy gallstone dissolving diet later in this guide. Daily physical activity of at least 40 minutes is essential to prevent constipation which increases tendency of gall bladder stone formation.
2. Eat vegetarian food
Studies have proven that people who consume a vegetarian or vegan diet are less likely to suffer gallstones than those who eat meat based diets. So increase your consumption of vegetarian protein and reduce meat if you wish to reduce occurrence of gallstones.Stay away from hard-to-digest foods like chocolate, processed flour, red meat and white sugar which put a strain on the spleen that is also connected to the gall bladder.
3. Consume more dietary fiber
Men and women who eat more fruits and vegetables are likelier to have lower prevalence of gallstones. Studies have shown that apart from eating more fresh green produce and fruits, people who consume wheat bran for 4-6 weeks decreased their cholesterol saturation of bile and prevented gall stones. So a high fiber diet is an essential part of home remedies for gallstone flush.
4. Drink Beet juice- an all natural gallstone remedy
Beet juice is one of the most effective alternative medicines for gallbladder stones. You can drink beet juice daily as is, or mix it up with cucumber juice in equal amounts. Both these juices are very effective in cleansing the gall bladder and help dissolve stones immediately. Drink 100 ml of cucumber juice mixed with 100 ml of beet juice twice a day to cleanse the gall bladder.
5. Eat pears
One of the most important natural remedies for preventing and dissolving gallstones is eating more pears or drinking fresh pear juice. Pears are beneficial for gall bladder health and, in particular, are very important in treatment of gallstones.
6. Eliminate refined carbs and sugar from diet
Many studies have shown that people who consume a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates are more likely to have cholesterol. So, people at a risk of developing gallstones must avoid excessive intake of sugar and refined carbs as part of the gallbladder stones treatment without operation.
7. Chicory- natural remedy for gallstones
Chicory or the endive plant is an alternative remedy for dissolving gallbladder stones. The flowers, roots and seeds of Chicory can be used for making juice or steeping into a tea to drink twice daily for natural gallstone flushing treatment. Chicory powder is also available in the market. Boil a tablespoon of it with 8 ounces of water. Cool and drink it twice daily or each time you experience gallstone pain.
A study conducted on dogs has shown that adding caffeine or coffee powder to the pet’s drinking water prevented occurrence of gallstones caused by high cholesterol diet. Some studies on humans are also suggesting that drinking 1-2 cups of caffeine daily can reduce gallbladder stones.
9. Dandelion tea-one of the best natural remedies for diseased gall bladder
Drinking dandelion tea is a proven remedy for flushing gallstones. You can combine juice of watercress and dandelion and drink the mixture twice daily as a natural home remedy for dissolving gallstones. Dandelion is an excellent herbal remedy which increases bile production. You could also combine milk thistle and dandelion, both of which help in contraction of the gall stones and flush them out. Both herbs also stimulate production of cheneoxycholic acid which is known to naturally dissolve small gallbladder stones.
10. Dissolve gallstones with olive oil
Looking for natural remedies to flush out gallstones? Then mix raw, natural and unrefined olive oil and sunflower oil with some orange juice and drink it first thing in the morning. You can follow this up with grapefruit juice or apple juice. Take this remedy for several days or weeks until your symptoms disappear. You can also use olive oil for cooking as it has many heart-healthy and cholesterol reducing benefits. You could even mix pure olive oil with lemon juice and honey and take a tablespoon or two of this mixture daily for a few months.
11. Castor oil compress
Use a warm compress of heated castor oil and press it against the abdomen. Castor oil is a powerful natural remedy to stop gallstone pain as it reduces swelling of the gall bladder.
12. Use hot water enemas
Water enemas at body temperature can reduce constipation and also flush out gallstones naturally by eliminating fecal accumulations.
In most cases, one or more of the above 12 natural remedies for gallstones show effect immediately. If however, you continue experiencing pain, then you must consult your doctor immediately.