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6th Oct 2012, 01:41 PM #1
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Gallstones (often misspelled gall stones, or gall stone) are stones that are form in the gallbladder due to crystallization of bile. The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ just below the liver and stores the bile secreted by the liver. Bile is important for digesting food in the intestine, particularly fat. Gallstones usually form in the gallbladder; however, they also may form anywhere there is bile, in the intra-hepatic, hepatic, common bile, and cystic ducts. Gallstones also may move about within bile, for example, from the gallbladder into the cystic or common duct.
Gallstones are the most common cause of gallbladder disease.
As the stones mix with liquid bile, they can block the outflow of bile from the gallbladder. They can also block the outflow of digestive enzymes from the pancreas.
If the blockage persists, these organs can become inflamed. Inflammation of the gallbladder is called cholecystitis. Inflammation of the pancreas is called pancreatitis.
Contraction of the blocked gallbladder causes increased pressure, swelling, and, at times, infection of the gallbladder
What are the causes of Gallstones?
Gallstones occur when bile crystallizes forming solid particles (stones) in the gallbladder. It is believe that gallstones may be caused by a combination of factors, including inherited body chemistry, body weight, gallbladder motility (movement), and perhaps diet. Gallstones can be classified on the basis of the type of stones.
Pigment Stones: These stones form most often in people with liver disease or blood disease, who have high levels of bilirubin.
Cholesterol Stones: These stones form when the amount of cholesterol or bilirubin in the bile is high.
Risk factors for the formation of cholesterol gallstones can be explained as Four F's
- Female gender,
- Fat (being overweight)
- Forty (an age near or above forty)
- Fertile (pre-menopausal)
In certain cases poor muscle tone may keep the gallbladder from emptying completely. The presence of residual bile may promote the formation of gallstones.
In certain cases losing a lot of weight quickly on a "crash" or starvation diet, or taking certain medications such as birth control pills or cholesterol-lowering drugs.
What are the sign and symptoms of Gallstones?
Top Gallstones usually remain asymptomatic initially. They start developing symptoms once the stones reach a certain size (>8 mm). A main symptom of gallstones is commonly referred to as a gallstone "attack", also known as biliary colic, in which a person will experience intense pain in the upper abdominal region The characteristic features of Pain
Billiary Colic can be described as:
The pain usually starts within 30 minutes after a fatty or greasy meal.
The pain is usually severe, dull, and constant, and can last from one to five hours.
It may radiate to the right shoulder or back.
It occurs frequently at night and may awaken the person from sleep.
The pain may make the person want to move around to seek relief, but many patients prefer to lay still and wait for the attack to subside.
Other Common symptoms include:
- Abdominal Blotting
How are Gallstones diagnosed?
Top After a complete history and physical examination the healthcare practitioner may advise you a few test to confirm diagnosis.
There are no blood tests to confirm diagnosis of Gallstones. An ultrasound is the most common and effective imaging test to examine the gallbladder for gallstones. What is the role of Homeopathy in Gallstones? Top As described in the article above cholesterol stones has multifactor ail causes. Homoeopathy follows an individualistic approach towards patients suffering from cholesterol stones we believe that every individual is different and thus a full in-depth case study is the first step. Then referring to the risk factors the individual was subjected too, a particular line of treatment is adopted. The usual conventional treatment provides only surgical option. On the other hand our deep acting constitutional medicine cure the disease in depth rendering the patient free from the disease
A broad criterion of how the homoeopathic medicines act in cases of cholesterol stones is mentioned below. The response to treatment can differ from one individual to another patients are advised to consult so that the mode of treatment can be discussed pertaining to their particular case
- Preventing Pain Attacks:
- Curing gallstones by dissolving them:
Homoeopathic medicines help by relieving symptoms like
- Abdominal Blotting
Preventing Pain Attacks:
It helps by preventing any further pain attacks usually associated with the diseases.
Curing gallstones by dissolving them:
As explained in the article above gallstones are formed by crystallization of bile our medicines act by dissolving these stones and rendering the patient free from disease.
The response to treatment can differ from one individual to another depending upon the size and number of gallstones patients are advised to consult so that the mode of treatment can be discussed pertaining to their particular case.
If homoeopathic treatment is sought early it helps in preventing the progress of disease and preventing any complications