Gallbladder Problems

The gallbladder is a little sack that sits under the liver and above the intestines and holds our bile. When activated the gallbladder squeezes some bile into the intestines to help digest our food, particularly fatty food. Gallstones (cholelithiasis) are not normal, but are found in 10-20% of adults. They are usually mostly cholesterol based and sit in the gallbladder. Problems occur when a stone slides over the opening to the intestines and blocks the flow of bile.

Typical Gallbladder Symptoms

Symptoms of this temporary blockage include pain in the upper right section of the abdomen that sometimes radiates into the right shoulder. People also experience sweating, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, belching and increased problems when eating fatty foods. Avoiding eggs, onions, and pork sometimes helps, as does avoiding fatty foods. Naturopathic medicine also uses strategic fasting, lecithin, some excellent bile-moving herbs and food allergy testing.

THIS PART IS IMPORTANT! If you have upper abdominal pain, jaundice (yellowed white-part of the eyes), chills and fever you need to stop reading this and go to the Emergency Room RIGHT NOW.