What is Bile?Bile is the substance produced by your liver that is responsible for helping fat digestion. Though produced by your liver, bile is stored in a pear-shaped pouch that is your gallbladder. Bile gets a bad name for its foul taste when you vomit, but maintaining correct bile chemistry is crucial to your health. Altered bile chemistry can lead to thickening of the bile and formation of stones.
Since bile is responsible for the breakdown of fats, it is the main pathway for cholesterol metabolism. Eighty percent of all gallstones are cholesterol stones, formed when the bile has excess cholesterol or low concentration of bile salts. In addition to high cholesterol in general, unwanted excess cholesterol in the bile has also been linked to hypothyroid, weight gain, low metabolism and high cholesterol in general. A fat-rich diet leads to a fatty, congested liver, which, according to Ayurveda, predisposes one to a Kapha-Pitta conditions like gallstones. Low metabolism can lead to a sluggish gallbladder that fails to empty properly, increasing the likelihood that stones will form.
Liver Congestion & BitternessSpring is the most challenging season for liver and gallbladder congestion. While you're preparing the garden and freshening up the house your body is doing some spring-cleaning of its own by shedding winter fat that it will no longer need in the coming warmer months. A congested liver, stagnant gallbladder or thick bile has an emotional effect as well. It can cause a buildup of emotions that can make a person feel like they're ready to pop. The gallbladder is associated with envy, bitterness, contempt, and irritability. When Kapha alone afflicts the gall bladder a person may feel timid and under confident. Releasing the gallbladder can release these negative emotions and increase confidence and courage.
Visually, gallbladder stagnation appears as a slightly dark or greenish hue around the eye in a Kapha Pitta constitution. Low grade liver toxicity and gall bladder stagnation may be experienced as a mild discomfort under the right ribcage.
Find more diet & lifestyle information for preventing and reducing gallstones by purchasing this CD, "Help! The Doctor Wants My Gallbladder!". Since gall bladder disease can be serious, please check with your doctor before taking herbs or making any changes to your health and wellness plan.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMSGallbladder Tonic may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any product for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this product to treat a medical condition.
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STIMULANT-LAXATIVEStimulant laxatives induce bowel movements by stimulating peristaltic movement (the contraction of smooth muscle in the intestines). They are effective when used on a short-term basis. On a long-term basis, they can create dependency.
Heart & Circulation:
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LIVOTONICAn herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
HYPOLIPIDEMICScrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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Product Reviews for Gallbladder Tonic
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Yes, the herbs in this formula were chosen to assist the body with the functions that your gall bladder used to perform. If your gall bladder has been removed, supporting your body becomes all the more important.
Can thick bile or gallstones cause low stomach acid/gastroparesis? Or does adrenal exhaustion cause low stomach acid/gastroparesis? Trying to figure out what's causing my conditions as I am a slow oxidizer thru hair mineral analysis, and a Vata-Kapha.
Are tonics cleansers?
Tonics are loosely used to describe formulas that improve function, in this case gall bladder function. In eastern medicine, tonics are often used for building strength (for example, with eggs or red meat).
Which formula or tonic would be better to flush out small Gall Stones? Very sensitive to Aloe Vera juice (Pitta/Vata).
I just realized this says to use aloe vera juice. I don't have any and was wondering if I could mix it with hot water or something of the sort. Thanks!
Yes, hot water would work fine. Thanks!
Hi Mary, thanks for your question. I often recommend an altered vata pacifying diet and routine when dealing with two doshas that are out of balance. That said, it's very difficult to recommend a formula without knowing your specific health history and imbalances. You may consider scheduling a consultation so we can create a custom formula for you- for instance, the gall bladder cleanse with additional herbs to calm vata. Hope that helps!
The individual herbs are listed where it says, "contains:" above. Do you have any other questions?
I have been struggling with digestion, pain, weakness, and mental fatigue ever since I had pancreatitis and gall bladder removal almost 8 years ago. I really need help. I have GERD, bouts of dizziness and diarrhea after certain meals and lately have been very bloated and having to burp and pass gas constantly. It's painful. Can you recommend an Ayurvedic practitioner in my area or can I do a telephone consultation with someone? I really need help. Nicole from Oakland, CA
Nicole, you can most certainly schedule a consultation with us. We usually do them via Skype. The link to schedule is here:https://www.joyfulbelly.com/wordpress/ayurveda-consultation/?lnk=273
Could you tell me what do I need to do to detoxify gallbladder and liver while having a Vatta imbalance? most bitters cause/increase gas, bloatiness, etc....
This is a challenging question to answer with such little information about you. Please consider signing up for a one on one consultation - we're currently running a half price special, so initial consults are only $60. You can find more info here:https://www.joyfulbelly.com/wordpress/ayurveda-consultation/?lnk=273
What other tonics, diets, or herbs to you recommend after Gallbladder Removal it has been ten years now and I would have never done it knowing what I know now but I am really healthy in exercise and diet and I still have flare ups..acid reflux, bloating indigestion, cramping, etc..what other diets and supplements do you suggest?
It's hard to give individual advice with so little information. You may find this article helpful - https://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/article/Diet-and-Herbs-for-Healthy-Bile-Production/3195You may also want to consider booking an appointment for a one on one consultation - https://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/product/Consultation-1.0-appointment/65