GALLSTONES, LIVER STONES
Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
Gallstones (liver stones) are stones formed in the gallbladder out of bile components (usually mostly cholesterol). Most gallstones don’t cause any symptoms but if they block one of the bile ducts, they can cause sudden, severe abdominal pain, and may require treatment or surgical removal. Abdominal pain caused by stones may last from just a few minutes to five hours.
Apart from pain gallstones may cause high temperature, yellow colour of the skin and eyes (jaundice), diarrhoea, chills, loss of appetite, itchy skin, etc.
Since presence of bile in the intestines is essential for proper absorption of fats, fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and calcium, gallstones may contribute to various life-threatening conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis. The liver uses the fat-soluble Vitamin K to produce the compounds responsible for the clotting of blood.
– Dehydration (insufficient amount of water in the body makes bile thick and easy to form stones especially when diet is high in cholesterol).
– High cholesterol (liver or gallstones consist of 90% cholesterol + some bile).
– Diet high in animal foods, meat products, dairy, eggs, poultry, custards, etc.
– Stimulants such as coffee can contribute too.
– Synthetic estrogen, unfiltered tap water (high in oestradiol) >
– Because the key cause of gall and liver stones is dietary cholesterol you need to learn what food to consume and how to lower cholesterol >
– Since apart from cholesterol also dehydration is another key cause of gallstones you need to drink plenty of soft (low in calcium) filtered water. Distilled water is the best >
– Serrapeptase helped many people to get rid of stones. It can safely dissolve and remove dead tissue in the body. In Japan research was primarily shown that dead tissue in other parts of the body that maybes causing an obstruction to arteries and capillaries was able to be cleared away. Serrapeptase helps with a number of health conditions and people over 40 are recommended to take Serrapeptase so that arterial plaque can be avoided. Read more about Serrapeptase >
Relief for Gallstones and Severe Pain as a result of taking Serrapeptase: “I ordered serrapeptase after it was recommended by a relative. My husband has suffered with extreme pain for 18 months with gallstones and severe pain after eating. It was recommended that he have his gallbladder removed, but we were so reluctant to go down this route, so I browsed the internet for alternative remedies, and decided to search natural remedies. Well, when my relative suggested serrapeptase I researched this product and was so impressed with the testimonials, I decided to order some and give it a go, as we were really desperate now and my husband was in so much pain. Although it is early days, only three days into taking the serrapeptase he has had 2 completely pain-free days and is feeling so much better, and no longer scared to eat. We are excited and hopeful, but like I said it is early days and I will keep you informed.” Lynette (source >)
– Deficiency of Vitamin K1 and K2 contributes to stones as well as to calcium deposits in the arteries.
– Quebra pedra. Read more about effectiveness of this herb in treating liver stones >
Take one tablet of Livercare (HealthAid) with every meal.
– Malic acid (which is especially high in tart cherries, cranberries or apples), softens and slowly dissolves gallstones or liver stones which consists of 80-90% cholesterol. By doing this malic acid also helps to lower the amount of cholesterol and fat in the body and liver (helps in condition called fatty liver).
– Mix equal amounts of cold-pressed olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Take one tablespoon 30 min before breakfast every morning.
– Drink 4 freshly squeezed lemons each morning on an empty stomach for a week. It helped some people to dissolve the gallstones.
– If possible go on unrefined vegan diet or at least reduce all animal foods (meat, dairy, etc.) and avoid foods with refined sugar and white flour products for at least three months.
– If stones cause pain place a hot fomentation (see video below) or hot compress (heat pack) on your liver area. In addition, drink one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water or water with added 100% apple juice (if you can’t tolerate the taste). These two methods used at the same time should remove pain quickly.
– Oat straw tea is helpful too.
– Drink 2 glasses of vegetable juice (beets, carrots, and cucumbers) twice daily before meals for 2 weeks.
– Eat pears as they can help to soften gallstones and bring some relief to the pain.
– Mix one teaspoon of raw honey with one teaspoon of organic ground turmeric and have it every day until the gallstones disappear.
– Rosemary enhances the production of bile and stops spasms from occurring inside the bile duct.
– Epsom salts helpsmall gallstones to pass through the bile duct into intestines. Mix one teaspoon of Epsom salts with a glass of water and drink it before bed.
Quebra Pedra (Stone) Breaking News
By Lesley Cutts
November 5, 2008
New research at the University of Modena in Italy has confirmed some of the positive benefits of the herb Phyllanthus niruri, known in Brazil as Quebra Pedra ‘the stone breaker’ – and also widely known under its Spanish name of Chanca Piedra.
Used by generations of South Americans to treat renal calculi – Kidney and Gall stones, this wonderful herb is free from side effects and interactions, and can be safely used alongside other therapies.
Kidney and Gall stones are estimated to effect around 5% of the UK population, with recurrences common among patients (50-80%). It is widely believed that a diet high in animal fats is part of the explanation for this, but dietary changes alone, although certainly helpful, are not the whole answer.
The conventional approach to removal of stones usually involves shattering the stone using ESWL (Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy) – but this often leaves residual fragments which often require the treatment to be repeated.
The new research, published in the medical journal ‘European Urology Supplements’ earlier this year, assessed the benefit of taking an extract of Quebra Pedra following ESWL treatment. After six months the stone free rate in those treated with just ESWL was 80% – but for the patients taking Quebra Pedra during their recovery, the stone free rate was 97%. Concerning lower caliceal stones the stone free rate of those using the herb was 94.1% versus 64.28% among those who just had ESWL.
The conclusion of the researchers was simple – the use of the Quebra Pedra extract results in an increased stone free rate and in a lower percentage of re-treatment. They concluded that its efficacy “together with the absolute lacking of side effects make this therapy suitable to improve overall outcomes of ureteral stones shock wave lithotripsy.”
Recent research has also confirmed the liver protective potential of the herb, and its antispasmodic activity has also been documented.3 In Brazil, where much of the research has taken place – the Quebra Pedra infusions are used for the removal and prevention of stones as an alternative to the use of ESWL – and it is also widely used for Urinary tract infections. (source >)