What is Gall Stone?

Gallstones are clumps of crystallized cholesterol or some pigments in the gallbladder. This condition is fairly common (affects 11% of general population) women are twice as likely as men to develop gallstones. (Medical dictum for Gallstones is: It’s a disease of fat female of forty).

Gallbladder is a small sac situated just under the liver and it produces bile juice that is essential for proper digestion of fats. The bile juice mainly contains cholesterol, water, bile salts and a pigment called Bilirubin. When the proportion of these contents is altered in the bile juice, gallstones start forming.

There are two basic types of gallstones:

  • Cholesterol gallstones: Made up of cholesterol (accounting for about 80% of cases)
  • Pigment stones: Made up of the pigment Bilirubin

Factors contributing to development of gallstones:

  • Obesity

  • It’s twice as common in females as compared to male

  • People over age of 60 years are at higher ris

  • Fasting, diabetes, rapid weight loss can also lead to formation of gallstones in some cases


Many patients having gallstones may not have any complaint. However, some may experience pain in the upper abdomen radiating to the back. The pain may last up to 2-6 hours.

Remarks:

All the factors that form stone are present in the bile under normal circumstances; however, they are in a dissolved state. If there is increase in concentration of cholesterol or pigments, they crystallize and precipitate out as stones. Factors such as increasing age, pregnancy, obesity, liver disorders, infections can have impact on development of gallstones. Some studies suggest that genetics and heredity factors are at the root of this condition that makes one prone to have gallstones

Suggestion about homoeopathic treatment:

When the stones are of a smaller size, homoeopathic medicines will help in the dissolution of stones and passage of the stone. Homoeopathy medicines are effective in alleviating pain associated with the condition. It the stones are bigger, multiple and impacted, it may require surgical intervention. But even after surgical removal of stones,homoeopathy still has a role to play in preventing its recurrence (as the chance of having recurring stones are about 50%).