Gallstones and Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Gallstones and Traditional Chinese Medicine

StonesGallstones, known as Gallbladder stones, are hard deposits, like crystals, in size can range from a grain of sand up to the size of a golf ball.

According to Western medicine the Gallbladder stones are due to two main causes:

The most common, cholesterol formed calculations (these calculations are not related to the levels of blood cholesterol).

And another not so common, bilirubin formed calculations (these calculations can develop when red blood cells break down, thus bringing an excess of bilirubin in the bile). Women are more prone to gallstones, and older people 40 years old.

Several factors may contribute to the development of kidney:


-Cirrhosis of the liver or biliary tract infections.

-Transplant of bone marrow from the solid bodies.

-Intravenous Feeding.

-Quick Weight Loss, especially after de una baja calorie diet.

-Diseases that Hagan him too much bilirubin liver produzca, as for Example, the hemolytic anemia.

Los puedes llegar the symptoms vary according to each case mucho; in algunos are asymptomatic, and in the know that there are calculations rod which is held one on a routine X-ray examination doctor. In Other Cases, if a large stone blocks the cystic duct or common bile duct (ducts reaching the second portion of the duodenum), can give a cramping pain, disappears if the stone passes into the duodenum (first portion of the small intestine). Symptoms can range from pain in the right upper or middle abdomen, of cramping, or dull, which may be constant or acute, may radiate to the back or below the right shoulder blade. There may be fever, jaundice appear (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes and sometimes nausea and vomiting may occur and / or clay-colored stools.

Gallstones according to Traditional Chinese Medicine

According Traditional Chinese Medicine, estimates may be due to Qi stagnation (energy) Liver, because if the flow of Liver Qi does not circulate freely can not maintain normal levels of bile acids, and thus there will be an excess of cholesterol in relation to bile acids thereby forming the gallstones.

If Liver Qi will not secrete bile stagnates properly and this will lead to the accumulation of heat humidity Gallbladder, the action of this Heat humidity for a long time can lead to the formation of stones in the gallbladder.

These two syndromes of disharmony are the main causes of gallstones and frequently occur simultaneously.

In the cases of Liver Qi Stagnation symptoms such as: distension and pain in the upper quadrant or zone-costal- (normally the right), belching, gases, frequent sighing, alternating diarrhea and constipation (pelleted feces normally), depression, mood swings, anger and irritability and tense pulse or rope.

In this case in view points and use that relax plants Liver, Gallbladder governing, mobilize the Qi, dissolve the stones and soothe the pain.

And in the case of Gallbladder Heat Humidity symptoms such as: pain and fullness in the hypochondria-or-costal area (normally the right), epigastric fullness, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, bitter taste in the mouth pasty, jaundice (skin and sclera), fever, thick yellow tongue coating and slippery pulse.

Sources: The Practice of Chinese Medicine. G. Maciocia Ed. Elsevier – Meridians Institute

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