Gallbladder cleanse: Does it work?

Posted: May 17 in Surgery Blog tagged by Staff

For many, finding a way to relieve problems related to issues of the gallbladder or gallstones can involve medication, natural remedies, ultrasound therapy to dissolve stones, or even surgery to remove the gallstones or the gallbladder itself.

The gallbladder is an organ in the digestive system that sits in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen just under the liver. It stores bile that is released to aid in the digestive process. After eating a meal, the bile stored in the gall bladder is released through the bile ducts into the small intestine where it is able to break down fats.

One of the most common issues that become present within the gallbladder is the production of gallstones. This is caused by the hardening of bile into small stones that can sometimes lie dormant, not causing any noticeable symptoms. In others, the gallstones may create issues when they block the bile duct and prevent bile from being released. When this happens people may experience pain and nausea or cholecystitis. Cholecystitis can lead to fever, inflammation and the need for surgery if the inflammation progresses.

Some may turn to natural remedies to alleviate gallstone symptoms, such as a gallbladder cleansing. A gallbladder cleanse involves natural herbs, juices and oils such as olive oil that are intended to break down the gallstones and alleviate the issue. There is no scientific information that relates to this natural remedy as being successful, but there are those that say they actually see the gallstones in their stool following the process. There can also be side effects to gallbladder cleansing that include pain in the abdomen, nausea, and also diarrhea.

To find a beneficial resolution to gallbladder issues and gallstones, before it leads to cholecystitis, it is beneficial to consult with a physician or general surgeon who has the knowledge and experience to address the issue conservatively and appropriately.

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