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.