Gallstones

From our list of herbs and spices, the following are recommended for Gallstones:

  • Milk Thistle

Natural Cures and Remedies for Gallstones

Contraindications, Interactions, and Side Effects (Artichoke) — Not covered (AHP).’Hazards and/or side effects not known for proper therapeutic dosages” (PH2). Commission E reports contraindications of hypersensitivity to artichoke and other Asteraceae; biliary obstruction or gallstones (AEH; KOM). None expected (MAB). Sesquiterpene lactones are allergenic and may cause dermatosis (CAN).

Being overweight is the number one risk factor for developing adult-onset diabetes, and overweight children and teenagers now account for half of all new diagnoses of diabetes. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes among children has increased by an estimated fifteen to twenty-five times since 1980. Being overweight also increases the risk of hypertension, heart disease, gallstones, colon cancer, and (in men) stroke.

Milk Thistle

Contraindications, Interactions, and Side Effects (Turmeric) — Class 2b. Emmenagogue and uterotonic. Contraindicated in patients with bile duct obstruction, gallstones, hyperacidity, and stomach ulcers (AHP; AEH). While in moderate doses, turmeric is said to inhibit cancers, lym-phomas and ulcers, overdoses of curcuminoids may possibly be cytotoxic and ulcerogenic, and may lead to diminution of red and white corpuscles. Still, Commission E approves 1.5–3 g/day, not nearly enough to provide 1200 mg curcumin. Commission E also reports contraindications: biliary obstruction; adverse effects: GI irritation from continued use; consult physicians before using if a patient has gallstones (BIS; KOM). At 10% of diet, turmeric caused some loss of hair in rats (MAB). Care should be taken in women who wish to conceive or patients complaining of alopecia (MAB). Rather frightening what one reads in UPW (2000): Laboratory animals treated with it are reported to have been rendered entirely infertile. Women who are pregnant, or children (not yet widely in children) with gallbladder or liver disease or ulcers, should avoid turmeric (WAM). Limit internal use to 10 days (WAM).

Caution needed when breastfeeding, in cases of peptic ulceration or gallstones, and if taking warfarin.

Contraindications, Interactions, and Side Effects (Boldo) — Class 2b (JAD) 2d. Contraindicated in gallstones, serious hepatosis, and obstruction of the bile duct (AHP). ‘Hazards and/or side effects not known for proper therapeutic dosages” (PH2). Still, PH2 cites an old source indicating that long-term consumption of boldine led to color hallucinations, depression, partial motor aphasia, and sound hallucinations (PH2). Commission E reports contraindications for leaf: biliary obstruction, severe liver diseases. EO and distillates should not be used because of their ascaridole content (AEH). CAN caution against toxicity and irritation from the volatile oil.

Contraindications, Interactions, and Side Effects (Olive Oil) — Class 1 (JAD). Not covered (AHP). Commission E reports the oil should not be used in patients with gallstones or bile stones because of the risk that a biliary colic is induced. Topical application rarely results in allergic skin reactions (AEH).