The internet is flooded with medicines that claim to get rid of gallstones once and for all. Today, we are going to look at the various methods and medicines available over the internet that claim to help with Gall Stones. Join us as we unravel the uncertainties surrounding gall stones medicines, helping you make an informed decision about your health and care.

What are Gall Bladder Stones?

Gall Bladder Stones are hardened deposits in the gall bladder that can impede bile flow. Gall bladder stones have become a prevalent issue in the current times. These stones form in various sizes and shapes, sometimes even growing to the size of a table tennis ball. It is perfectly normal for people to look for non-surgical options to treat Gall Stones in hopes to avoid surgery. This kind of escapism from surgery is a natural response but there are not many effective methods to do so.

Laparoscopic surgery is the best, most reliable, and most permanent solution for getting rid of gallstones. It is, however, a natural tendency for most of us to look for an alternative non-surgical treatment to manage gallstones. We always look for an ayurvedic treatment, home remedy, or a homeopathic medicine for gallstones.

Let us look closely at these options and assess if they are beneficial for gall bladder stones treatment.

Medicines for Gall Bladder Stone Treatment

Gall bladder cleanse

This modality involves olive oil, juices, and special herbs for two to three days. The user is not clear to consume anything other than this mixture.

This mixture claims to flush Gall Stones from the gallbladders. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. Diabetic patients should be cautious while using such mixtures.

Dandelion and Milk Thistle

There is a common belief that dandelion increases bile production and thus helps dissolve cholesterol stones. This is one of the most common ayurvedic medicine for gallstones removal but with no results.

The fact is that dandelion never increases bile production, and even if it does, increased bile production is still insufficient to dissolve stones. Similarly, many people believe that milk thistle detoxifies the liver. However, there is no definitive evidence to suggest that they are effective in treating gallstones.

Also read: Gallbladder Stone Surgery Cost in Delhi 

Milk thistle is available in capsule or tablet form. People with diabetes, ragweed allergies, or a history of hormone-sensitive cancers should strictly avoid it.


Gall stone Treatment for Dandelion and Milk Thistle


Artichoke and Psyllium

Artichoke helps in the improvement of gallstone function. It means it can help the gallbladder function more efficiently, but it is one of the failed methods to dissolve gallstones.

We want to emphasize the importance to consult a doctor before starting artichoke. A blockage in the bile duct due to gallstones can cause a severe gallbladder attack.

Psyllium is a soluble fibre commonly prescribed in ayurvedic preparations, and it is beneficial for the heart, pancreas, and other parts of the body. However, it has no role in dissolving the already present gallstones.



Apple Cider Vinegar

Many online platforms claim the extraordinary benefits and results of apple cider vinegar. People are unnecessarily trapped into such false claims and consume large quantities of apple cider vinegar without the supervision of a doctor. It results in severe headaches, vomiting, and abdominal cramps.

Our advice is to never indulge in an over-treatment and never drink large quantities of apple cider, even if you want to take such treatment. The bottom line is that this treatment is also wholly non-scientific and doesn’t produce desired results.



Allopathic Medicines for Gall Bladder Stone treatment:

Allopathic medicines have a minimal role in managing gallstones. There are certain allopathic medicines for best gall bladder stone treatment but they have very limited results. It is because these drugs might take months to years to dissolve gallstones, the results are inferior, and only a very few patients can benefit from the help of medicines for gallstones.

Moreover, there is a very high chance of recurrence, which means that gallstones will reoccur in a short time.

These medicines are usually advised for patients who have very tiny gallstones or are unfit to undergo surgery.

Ayurvedic medicines play a role in dissolving small kidney stones but they are ineffective in treating gall stones. The result is abysmal, and patients sometimes end up with serious complications when they take these medicines for a long duration.


Some facts to consider before undergoing any treatment

  • Always go for the best and most evidence-based treatment.
  • The treatment should be internationally accepted and well-published in books.
  • Taking online treatments without a solid evidence basis can harm your body.
  • Ask the question “Had these non-surgical treatments been successful why aren’t they published in the books?
  • Some patients have undergone liver failure after taking these online treatments.
  • Had these treatments been so successful, why are surgeries still being conducted worldwide?


Criteria for the best treatment

  • This should be permanent and well-reproducible.
  • It is well-documented and followed all over the world.
  • It is well documented in books with solid studies to verify its authenticity.
  • It should not produce any ill effects on the body.

Also Read: When is The Right Time for Gallbladder Surgery?

There is a difference between Gall Stones and Kidney Stones!

  • The mechanism of kidney and gallbladder formation is entirely different, and their composition is also different.
  • Well-documented studies show that ayurvedic medicines can remove kidney stones of less than 7 mm in size. They can sometimes also be removed by drinking plenty of water.
  • If you have kidney stones less than 7 mm and are not causing excessive pain, you can consult a doctor and try to take medicine for gallstones.
  • However, this is not the case with gallstones. The gallbladder is situated where neither medicines nor water will reach, and hence stones won’t get dissolved.


Tips for Preventing Gall Stones

  • Diet

A well-balanced, healthy diet that includes a lot of fruits and vegetables reduces the occurrence of gallstones. Some particular types of food that can increase the occurrence of gallstones include eggs, refined sugars, and foods containing a lot of saturated fats.

  • Weight Management

Obesity is a definitive risk factor for the development of gallstones. Healthily losing weight can reduce the chances of gallstone formation, and sudden weight gain or sudden weight loss due to crash diets can increase the chances of gallstone formation.

By Dr .Kapil Agrawal

Dr. Kapil Agrawal holds 22+ years of rich experience in General Laparoscopic Surgeries (including Gallbladder Stone, appendix removal, hernia surgery, piles, lipoma, circumcision and fissure surgeries) and Bariatric Surgeries. He is a Senior Consultant with the Apollo Group of Hospitals in Delhi. Dr. Kapil has completed over 7000 Laparoscopic surgeries for all National and International Patients. He was associated with North Middlesex University Hospital, Edmonton, UK, and the Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool. He was honored with an MRCS (Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, UK) in 2007 in England. He has established a super specialty consultation center, 'Habilite Clinics,' in Delhi, intending to minimize the hospital's stressful experience and provide a warm and compassionate environment to his patients. The clinics offer a holistic program for the management of obesity and various advanced laparoscopic and laser surgeries to manage multiple ailments.

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