• Dr A A Mundewadi

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Gall Bladder Colic (Cholecystitis)

Gall bladder colic, also known as biliary colic or cholecystitis, is an inflammation of the gall bladder which usually results from chronic obstruction of the common bile duct. This condition causes symptoms like pain in the right side of the abdomen, nausea and vomiting, and fever. Female white individuals in their 30s and 40s are usually susceptible to this condition. An acute attack of gall bladder colic usually requires hospitalization since the acute and severe inflammation can result in gangrene and perforation of the gall bladder.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment is useful in individuals who have recurrent gall bladder colic and who do not wish to opt for surgery or are unfit for surgery. Herbal medicines are given to reduce the inflammation in the gall bladder as well as to dissolve the impacted stones in the common bile duct. This results in a reduction of the symptoms like pain in the abdomen, nausea, vomiting and fever. Herbal medicines which act on the liver, the gall bladder, and the common bile are given on a long-term basis, usually from three to six months. These medicines help in a normalization and correction of the liver cells so that they start secreting bile to an optimum level. These medicines also help to liquefy bile to the desired proportion, and prevent sludge formation in the gall bladder. In addition, herbal medicines are also given which have a strong action on the gall stones and help break-up the existing impacted stones in the common bile duct.

These treatments help to dissolve the gall stones which have caused the gall bladder colic, and also help to prevent a recurrence of the condition. Regular and prolonged treatment is given for several months till the affected individual is completely relieved of the symptoms, and no recurrence of the pain is observed. The medicines are then gradually tapered off and stopped completely. In order to prevent recurrences, adequate dietary advice needs to be given; for example avoiding alcohol binges and regular intake of fatty foods.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment is just very effective in the management and treatment of recurrent gall bladder colic.

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment, Herbal medicines, gall bladder colic, biliary colic, recurrent cholecystitis

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