Gallstones are hard deposits that form in the gallbladder, a small organ in your abdomen. Their size can vary and more than 80 % of gallstones are made when there is too much cholesterol in the gallbladder.
Gallstones are very painful and they should be treated immediately with surgery. Once you get gallstones usually means to get them again. That is why important to make healthy life changes, especially to avoid eating high-fat or high-cholesterol foods.
There are several natural home remedies too, that you can use to prevent and treat gallstones.
Here are the best of them that can help your body dissolve the gallstones naturally.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar because of its acidic nature can stop the liver from making cholesterol which is responsible for forming gallstones. It can also dissolve already formed gallstones and relieve your pain.
How to use it: Add 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar in a glass of apple juice. Whenever you have a pain, drink it. The pain will be gone within 15 minutes.
Alternatively, you can add 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp. lemon juice in a glass of warm water. Drink it on an empty stomach in the morning. Do this for several weeks, it can help you dissolve gallstones and prevent pain.
Lemon juice can help you with the pain, also stops the liver from making cholesterol. The vitamin C in lemon juice makes cholesterol more water soluble, which promotes faster elimination of waste products.
How to use it: Drink fresh juice squeezed from 3-4 lemons every day in the morning before breakfast. After drinking the lemon juice, drink one glass of water. Drink this for a week.
Alternatively, drink 4 tbsp. lemon juice mixed in a glass of warm water every day on an empty stomach. Drinking this for several weeks can help your body dissolve the gallstones and eliminate from the body.
Peppermint contains terpene, a compound that can effectively dissolve gallstones. It is also believed to help relax spasms and relieve gallbladder pain.
How to use it: Boil one cup of water and add 1 tsp. dried peppermint leaves. Remove it from the heat and leave it on covered for about 5 minutes. Then strain it and you may also add some honey. Drink this tea twice a day for six weeks.
Psyllium is a very good remedy for gallstones. The fiber in psyllium binds to the cholesterol in bile and stops gallstones from forming.
How to use it: Add 1 tbsp. psyllium powder in a glass of water. Mix it well, and drink it. Do this every day for 2 times until gallstones are dissolved. After drinking psyllium, always drink a glass of water as it absorbs water.
Pears can also relieve gallstone pain. They are rich in pectin, a compound that softens cholesterol-filled gallstones, which in turn get flushed out of your body easily.
How to use it: Mix half a glass of pear juice with half a glass of hot water. Add 2 tbsp. honey. Drink this 3 times a day for two weeks.
Alternatively, peel and de-seed some pears. Cut the pears in small pieces and add them in water. Cook for about 20 minutes. Eat a bowl of the warm cooked pears twice a day for two weeks.