Gall Bladder Attack!

Natural, and quick Rx for acute Gall Bladder attack 

An acute Gall Bladder attack is painful and debilitating. If left untreated, the root causes may result in permanent damage to the liver, biliary and digestive systems causing a toxic overload, or worse. An acute Gall Bladder attack can be quite capable of dropping a strong, otherwise healthy individual, right in their tracks. 

The symptoms of an acute GB attack would present sharp, sudden pain and or discomfort in the upper right abdominial quadrant. This usually occurs after eating a heavy, rich, high protien meal. Often, there is a short term history of having a lead up to an acute attack by small occurances of a passing twinge of pain after heavy meals. Most often these small reoccurring episodes are disregarded and ignored as simply a slight indigestion. If an inflammed Gall Bladder is present, the “twinges” start to become more frequent, again with a progression of intensity of symptoms, usually presenting after eating. 

A few years ago, my wife woke me at 1:00/am in the morning with a sense of urgency. “I have to go to the hospital. I think I’m having a heart attack”. I asked what was wrong and she indicated Pain in the upper right quadrant. She didn’t appear to present any cardiac symptoms other than abdominal pain. I took her vital signs, Blood Pressure and had her point to the area of discomfort which was intermittent and coming in waves. I palpated the area and she recoiled from the pressure. I knew she was having an acute GallBladder attack. 

During an acute GB attack, the pain is sudden and sharp, even palpable to the touch. Pressing on the area of the gall bladder, or the Common bile duct from the liver to the GB will cause a person to recoil from the pain. The area surrounding the tissues of the Common Bile Duct and the Gall Bladder itself will be undergoing acute inflammation. At this point, there most likely will be Gall Stones or Calculi already forming in the Gall Bladder or in the common bile duct. These “Stones” will continually grow and eventually occlude the flow of bile, and or the Gall Bladder completely if left untreated requiring surgury to remove them. 

My all natural approach to my wifes painful episode was to mix in a small glass: 

1TBS of Apple Cider Vinegar, (ACV) 

1 TBS of pure Lemon Juice 

1 TBS of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, (EVOO) 

I instructed her to drink it all down at once. Her pain subsided completely in 15 minutes. she was in bed, asleep in 30 minutes. 

The next morning she appeared fine, had no complaints of any pain. I suggested there may be some formation of Gall Stones starting, as there was some tenderness to the touch still present. She called her doctor for an appointment, which was given for 6 weeks later. He gave her instructions that if she had acute pain symptoms again that she just go right to the ER. 

I suggested that while she was waiting for her Doctors appointment, she start a daily regiment of the ACV, Lemon, and ,EVOO  dose once a day for 10 days. This would eleviate the inflammation and start to dissolve the stones. She did my treatment daily for the suggested 10 days and the pain never returned. (She never did keep the doctors appointment). 

If Gallstones are suspected and the pain persists or re-occurs with some frequency, I suggest an alternative to a longer term solution. Bacteria will also inbed themselves in Gallstones as bacteria can escape an over worked, toxin laden, or unhealthy liver. Larger stones may be involved and need to be dissolved. and this can be done naturally also, with Daily dose of 

1) Olive leaf, Tincture, dose: 45 – 60 drops of tincture, 3X /day (TID) (Olive leaf is an effective Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Hepatic AND a broad spectrum Anti-Biotic, both Gram Positive AND Gram Negative). 

2) Gravel Root, (aka Joe Pye weed, Purple Boneset), Tincture, Dose: 45 – 60 drops 3 X /day (TID) 

Tinctures to be taken with water after meals. 

These tinctures have proven to be very helpful in dissolving stones naturally. 

During this time a daily regimen of a wellness tonic is suggested, including Dandelion root/ leaf and flower, Milk thistle, Schizandra Berries, Oregon Grape Root, to help nourish and promote a healthy liver.. 

My suggestion is to tincture a blend of these dried herbs in a base of Apple Cider Vinegar, strained after 4-6 weeks. Then tincture taken 1 TBS, up to 1 oz / per day, diluted in water, taken once daily for 30 days. 

The TinMan


TinMan’s Joint Remedy

Pain: Chronic Muscular/ Skeletal

There is a huge difference between acute, (sudden onset) pain and “Chronic Pain”. There is also a huge difference in the way treatment is applied. Acute pain can usually be resolved with temporary powerful pain killing drugs, the application of ice/ cold alternating with Heat on an effected area, or elevation or total rest including immobilization of a body part such as a splint.

Chronic Pain, however, requires a different approach to treatment. Again Pain medications can help. But in My Humble Opinion, (MHO), pain pills usually complicate matters with serious side effects, Unintended Consequences, (like addiction) or some other systemic involvement like kidney failure, liver damage, or respiratory impairment, making the original injury seem secondary.

I never understood the immediate response by physicians, to treat a symptom and not the problem. Popping pills has become a national pastime. Most cases of Chronic Pain revolve around inflammation of surrounding tissues. If these tissues are not permanently damaged, they eventually will be if the problem isn’t addressed and not by just relieving the symptom, (pain).

Here is a typical example. For years I drove truck, often driving 1200 miles a week. through age and being a bit overweight, my spinal column suffered with a natural degenerative disk problem. Often lifting objects, machinery and boxes, resulting in muscle strain contributed greatly to the problem. Over the years, this line of work took it’s collective toll on my back, resulting in Sciatica. Sciatic pain is caused from pressure/ irritation on this rather large nerve where it passes through the vertebra in the lower back, and travels down the leg. This burning pain is is debilitating to say the least. But the pain is exacerbated by inflammation and subsequent swelling of the surrounding tissues.

Theres not a whole lot that can be done to correct the degenerated disk causing the narrowing and pressure on this nerve, short of major back surgery. And I have found that the surgeons scalpel rarely corrects the problem (again, unintended consequences). 

 I theorize I can relieve the inflammation on the surrounding tissue to to diminish the pain significantly by using anti-inflammatory agents. This is where the allopathic doctor prescribes NSAIDS, ie: Ibuprofin, Naproxin Sodium, Motrin, Acetameniphen, etc. My approach was to research naturally occurring compounds that act the same way, but do not have to be delivered systemically or involve the very nasty side effects of long term NSAID use. I rationalized that an all natural, botanical based, topical anti-inflammatory was the answer. Apply a healing Balm directly over the effected or injured area and massage the pain away.

I researched and developed such a balm and have tested it (on myself and now others) with astonishing early results. The herbal oils are absorbed directly over the injured area, not having to ingest them through the digestive tract, then through the circulatory system. The inflammation recedes dramatically. Within 30 minutes, I could feel the pain melting away.

I have tried this on various sources of chronic pain and it shows varying, but very positive results. The joint remedy even worked on damaged connective tissue injuries, Torn Rotator Cuff, Carpal Tunnel, Tennis Elbow, Osteo-Arthritis in hands and feet, Sore knees where there was previous ligament/ tendon damage from injury. It even worked on chronic hip pain.

In severely debilitating cases, I also utilize a tincture form of this blend to take as a daily supplemental fluid extract. The two similar compounds work together as an effective adjunct to deminish the pain

The Balm consists of some old, even ancient herbal compounds, so they are tried and true. But what became a Blinding Flash of the Obvious, (BFO), was the synergistic combination of these herbs seems to pull together to work remarkably well, sort of the whole being stronger than the individual parts.

The healing Balm, which I call “TinMan’s Joint Remedy”  is a carefully formulated blend of the following herbal compounds:

Comfrey, (Symphytum Officianale)

Sarsaparilla, (Aralia Nudicaulis)

Devils Claw, (Harpogophytum Procumbens)

Plantain, (Plantago Major)

White Pine Bark, (Pinus Strobus

Ginger Root, ( Zingiber Officianale) , (Freshly grated)

Oil of Wintergreen, (Gaultheria Procumbens) Wintergreen, besides having a pleasant aroma, enhances absorption and penetration to deep tissues.

All blended in a base of Organic Olive oil (Olive oil is a natural anti-inflammatory in it’s own right).

Bees Wax to form a consistency to apply the blend evenly.

To find out more, contact me, The TinMan through this blog or my Email

Below, is a link to article written by the reknowned Dr. Julian Whitaker who agrees that popping pills is not the only answer to chronic joint pain. There are effective and healthier natural alternatives to a debilitating, painful experience.

Below is the link to Dr Whitaker’s article

The TinMan

Purslane: Portulaca Oleracea

Today, I’d like to write about Purslane, also known by farm folk as “Pigweed”, (cause Piggy’s just love it).  It’s one of the earlier wild herbs, (wild edible) found in the spring, but thrives through early and mid-summer. By most people, it’s considered a nuisance weed that pops up everywhere in late spring, (Albeit it is now being cultivated and sold in nursery’s as an ornamental). It grows well in the wild in disturbed soils, and can be found handily, growing mostly in old garden plots, meadows fields and along trails, stone walls and fence rows.

It’s a small inconspicuous looking weed that grows to about 6 inches to a foot tall, sometimes lying down to assume a creeping ivy like plant. It’s dark green, wedge shaped leaves are thick and succulent as they are rich in juice and nutrition high in Vitamin C and trace minerals. According to Simopoulous Portulaca/ Purslane contains the highest amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids than any other leafy green vegetable tested to date.  Chickens are often fed Purslane to produce eggs lower in cholesterol.

Portulaca: courtesy of Harvard University Herbaria

The entire plant, (including the stems and roots) can be used both as a wild edible and as a medicinal plant. Tasting tangy with a slight sour taste similar to sorrel, (often mixed with Sorrel as a pot herb to make the French Sorrel Soup known as Bonne Femme). Purslane can be used raw in salads or just to chew on right out of the garden or on the trail.  Purslane can also be cooked and use as you would spinach.

Medicinally this little gem has the ability to pull “heat” from the body.  On a hot day blend some fresh picked Purslane, stems and all, with a stalk of celery and an apple in a juicer for a very refreshing and highly nutritious drink to allay thirst quicker than ‘Lemonade’.  Just one Purslane leaf crushed or bruised and placed under your tongue can relieve thirst while hiking or working in the garden or yard. During bouts of heat exhaustion a poultice of macerated leaves and stems placed over the eyes and temples will pull heat out of the body making recovery quicker.

As long as you have your juicer out, try making a juice of Purslane and Strawberries, even Wild Strawberries.   It can also be used as a mouthwash or gargle and will help fasten loose teeth.  Take a swallow and swish briskly in the mouth then carefully spit, trying not to dislodge the loose tooth further. A few applications will help ‘set’ the loose tooth.

Purslane, (including leaves, stems and roots) when cooked down and strained through a sieve or colander, then adding sugar and honey to the liquid to make a simple syrup to taste can be used as a very effective cough syrup.  Native Americans have often used Purslane for dry non productive coughs.

In ancient times, Purslane was used as an anti-magick herb.  It was strewn in a circle around a bed to afford protection against evil spirits and spells. It was also placed on window sills and in doorways to protect against Lightening striking.

Keep an eye out for this little inconspicuous and little known wild weed as its healthful value is little appreciated now.