There is no such thing as stone in the gall bladder. In fact, the bile normally produced in the liver is stored in the gall bladder; and due to changes in the physio-chemical composition of bile, cholestrol etc. it gives the appearance of stones which are referred to as ‘gall stones’.
Gall stones may be
- Solitary : size can be measured accurately
- Few (countable) : No and size of stones is measurable.
- Multiple: Number of stones may vary upto 200 or more, filling the gall bladder completely. Size of the stones is generally difficult to measure but the size of the few larger stones can be monitored.
Gallstones can be seen initially by Ultrasonography and their size and number can be monitored by subsequent Ultrasonograms at regular intervals, while the homeopathic treatment is continued.
Generally patients of gallstones can present as
- Without any overt symptoms i.e. gallstones discovered accidentally on routine ultrasonography.
- Severe colic (?)pain in epigastric area and pain on the right below the chest with nausea, vomiting.
- Recurrent indigestion and acidity, in which ultrasonogram reveals gallstones.
Aim of homeopathic treatment is
- To relieve the immediate sufferings like pain, vomiting.
- To relieve recurrent problem of acidity and indigestion.
- Dissolution of stones: which can be monitored by subsequent ultrasonogram done at 6 month intervals. Size and number (when few) of stones should be compared. The reduction in size and number though slow is sure to follow if the symptomatic improvement is there and treatment is continued.
The general medical opinion about gallstones is that there is no treatment available, only surgery is the answer. And in the name of surgery, gallbladder is removed fully instead of gallstones. But even after surgery, at times the indigestion and acidity, phantom pains and discomfort continue to bother the patient as the basic physio-chemical change in the bile remains uncorrected.
Fully cured cases of gallstones, in which stones have dissolved completely and partially improved cases in which gallstones have reduced in size on subsequent ultrasonograms, negate the general belief. Thus, gallstones can be cured with homeopathy, provided treatment is continued and size of the stones is monitored by ultrasonography at regular intervals.
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