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Small stones in the gall bladder are
common, and many people are not aware they have them until a
distressing episode occurs. If a gallstone moves into the duct that
carries bile, and stretches it or gets stuck, distressing symptoms
(such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, even
jaundice) can result. Some remedies may be helpful as first-aid for
pain relief, but medical care is required in these situations. A
constitutional remedy chosen by an experienced prescriber is the
most appropriate way to treat deep-seated, serious, or chronic
conditions. Remedies below have been helpful to some people with
gallstones. They are mentioned here to introduce a few of the
possibilities homeopathy can offer, and not as recommendations for
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Berberis vulgaris: This remedy may
be indicated when stitching pains extend from the gallbladder region
to the stomach and sometimes to the shoulder. Sharp twinges
radiating outward can be felt in the groin and pelvic bones and may
seem to come from the lower back. Pain can be worse when the person
is standing up, and from changing position. The person may be
constipated and have a tendency toward gout or joint pains. Rapidly
changing states (sudden thirst, then thirstlessness; hunger, then a
loss of appetite) can point to this remedy.
Calcarea carbonica: When a person
needing this remedy has gallbladder problems, the abdomen may feel
swollen on the right and be very sensitive to pressure, with cutting
pains that extend to the chest and are worse from stooping, The
person feels worse from standing, worse from exertion, and better
from lying on the painful side. Calcarea carbonica is often
indicated for people who tire easily, feel cold and sluggish with
clammy hands and feet, crave sweets, and tend to feel anxious and
overwhelmed when ill.
Chelidonium majus: This
remedy is often indicated when pain extends to the back, right
shoulder, and shoulder-blade. The abdomen is distended, with a
constricting feeling as if a string were pulled across it. Pain is
worse from motion, and lying on the left with the legs drawn up may
help. The person may feel nauseous, especially after eating fat or
drinking something cold (warm drinks stay down more easily). The
person may feel tired, worse from being cold, and worse in the early
cramping pains that make a person double over or want to lie down
and put hard pressure on the abdomen may indicate a need for this
remedy. Pain in the upper right abdomen, extending to the shoulder,
may also be seen. A person needing this remedy may have aggravated
physical symptoms after feeling angry or emotional, especially after
suppressing those feelings.
Dioscorea: This remedy is indicated
when abdominal pain from gallstones is relieved by bending backward,
and is worse when the person is bending forward or lying flat.
Standing up and moving around in open air can also bring
improvement. Pains can spread to the back, chest, and arms, or may
shift around. The person tends to feel worse in the evening and at
night, and also when lying down.
remedy is often indicated for people who have chronic digestive
problems with abdominal bloating, flatulence, and discomfort.
Problems are worse from eating, and the pains may extend from the
right side to the left. A person who needs this remedy typically
craves sweets, prefers warm drinks, and may feel worse in the late
afternoon and evening.
Nux vomica: Constricting
pains that travel upward, stitching pains, and a swollen feeling in
the upper right part of the abdomen suggest a need for this remedy.
Digestive cramps and nausea, along with a general feeling of
chilliness, are likely. The person may crave fats, strong spicy
foods, alcohol, coffee and other stimulants, and feel worse from
having them. Irritability and impatience are usually pronounced when
this remedy is needed.
remedy is sometimes indicated in liver and gallbladder problems when
soreness is felt in the upper right part of the abdomen along with a
feeling of weakness, sinking, or emptiness. Heat may also be felt in
the area. Constipation with clay-colored stools that are dry and
hard to pass may alternate with watery diarrhea.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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