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Gall Bladder Attack

by other on July 8, 2011

A gall bladder attack, as anyone who has had one knows, can be a very painful experience.

A gallbladder attack can come on suddenly, and is usually experienced at night. Some research shows that women are more susceptible than men.

Typical symptoms include: Pain, which can be moderate to severe,  and is usually felt under the right side of the rib cage, Pain which can spread to the back, or to the right shoulder, upper abdominal pain which can be severe, nausea or vomiting, gassiness, belching and burping.

Common Scenarios and Triggers

  • Gall bladder attacks frequently happen at night
  • They may be triggered by overeating
  • They may be triggered by fatty/greasy meals
  • Breathing deeply may actually cause the pain to worsen
  • They can be as short as a quarter of an hour and as long as fifteen hours

Some people suggest the following techniques to deal with a gallbladder attack. They are anecdotal.

– Painkillers

– Natural painkillers

– Very hot baths

- A vegetarian diet

– The application of heat to the painful area

What about natural remedies to stop a gall bladder attack?

Note: Please talk to your health professional about using herbs to intervene with an attack, especially if you are taking any prescription medications.  Speak, also, with a herbalist, if you are considering the following:

  1. Barberry Bark: This herb is remarkable for stimulating bile flow.  It’s use is indicated in the presence of gall bladder inflammation or stones. If jaundice is present, its use is also suggested, as jaundice can indicate a “stagnant” (congested) liver.  The presence of berberine in Barberry Bark causes white blood cells to become active and attack microorganisms.
  2. Wild Yam Root: This herb benefits the endocrine system and the liver.
  3. Cramp Bark: It’s known as a nervine (nerve sedative), and has “anti-spasmodic” properties (think about the word; it means it helps to stop spasms, such as muscle cramps).
  4. Fennel: It can help to open obstructions, and treat jaundice/
  5. Ginger: Apart from soothing nausea and being powerfully anti-inflammatory, ginger can inhibit the absorption of cholesterol, and promotes cholesterol-bile conversion, to aid in helping the gall bladder and the liver.
  6. Catnip: Catnip soothes the stomach and reduces anxiety.
  7. Peppermint: It’s delicious and calms an upset stomach.  According to clinical research, it may reduce the size of gallstones.

These herbs are found in combination in some formula’s, such as “Christopher’s Liver and Gallbladder Formula”.

If you’re experiencing a gall bladder attack – especially recurrent gall bladder attacks, please see your doctor and get treatment.  Visit Cirrhosis Symptoms to learn more about the gallbladder and liver.

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