Gall bladder Disorder
In Ayurveda it is known as PRATISHYAYA mainly
due to vitiation of DOSHAS (Vata, Pitta & Kapha).
The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ that averages three
to six inches in length. It lies underneath the liver in the
upper right side of the abdomen. It is connected to the liver
and small intestine by small tubes called bile ducts. Bile, a
greenish-brown fluid, is utilized by the body to digest fatty
foods and assists in the absorption of certain vitamins and
minerals. The gallbladder serves as a reservoir for bile.
Between meals, bile accumulates and is concentrated within this
organ. During meals, the gallbladder contracts and empties bile
into the intestine to assist in digestion.
There are two major types of gallstones:
Cholesterol gallstones are composed
mainly of cholesterol which is made in the liver. These
account for nearly 80% of all cases of gallstones in the
Pigment gallstones are composed of
calcium salts, bilirubin and other material. They account
for the remaining 20% of gallstones in this country.
Causes for Gall stone :
Approximately 80% of all gallstones are completely asymptomatic
and "silent." The chance that a "silent"
gallstone will become symptomatic is 2% for each year.
People who are overweight
Women who use hormone contraceptives and
Persons with a family history of
Persons of American Indian ancestry
Persons with diseases of the small
Persons who have recently lost weight.
Symptoms of gallstone disease:
Symptoms of gallbladder disease occur when gallstones irritate
the gallbladder. The most common symptoms associated with
gallstone disease include:
Severe and intermittent pain in the right
upper abdomen. This pain can also spread to the chest,
shoulders or back. Sometimes this pain may be mistaken for a
Chronic indigestion and nausea.
How are gallstones identified?
Nearly all gallstones can be easily identified by an ultrasound
examination. This is a simple and painless procedure in which
sound waves are utilized to create pictures of the gall-bladder,
bile ducts and its contents. This test is highly sensitive for
identifying either gallstones or sludge within the gallbladder.
What can be done at home?
Recurrent painful attacks, if mild, can be treated with
over-the-counter painkillers. Placing something warm on your
stomach may be helpful, taking care not to scald the skin. The
frequency of attacks may be reduced by a low-fat diet.
Can gallstones be prevented?
Recent studies have suggested that persons at highest risk for
gallstone formation, obese persons undergoing weight reduction,
can virtually eliminate their risk for developing gallstones by
taking KANCHANAR GUGGULU.
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Small gallstones can usually be
cleared through dietetic cure. In case of acute gall
bladder inflammation, the patient should fast for
two or three days until the acute condition is
cleared Nothing but water should be taken during
this period after the fast the patient should take
fruit and vegetables juices for a few days. Carrots,
beets, grapefruit, pears, lemons or grape may be
taken in the form of juice. Thereafter the patient
should adopt a well balanced diet with emphasis on
raw and cooked vegetables, fruit and vegetable
juice. Yogurt, cottage cheese and a table spoon of
olive oil twice a day should also be included in the
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