Herbs have traditionally been used to assist a person to come back to a healthy state of well being. Individual herbs, specifically prescribed for a particular situation may assist the body to come back into balance, thereby allowing a healthy homeostasis to be reinstated as nature intended. The herbalist looks to the whole person, their values and attitudes as well as their circumstances and physical condition along with other aspects of their individuality. This is in marked contrast to the allopathic medicine approach.
Below you will find an example of selected herbs for a particular condition. Herbal support can take a variety of forms and combinations, so it is vital that each person consult directly with a qualified holistic practitioner to gain the full benefit of immunity and health building support.
Liver and gall health depends on the liver operating normally with bile being produced in accordance with the demands of a particular persons dietary habit and stored in the gall bladder to be emptied into the duodenum in the appropriate quantities to deal with the fat content of that diet.
Bile is a strong chemical substance that is alkaline (which is really the opposite to acid) and it is secreted by the Gall Bladder to break down fatty substances so they may be digested. Therefore the acidic content of the stomach chyme (the partially digested food being passed along the gastro intestinal tract) is neutralised by the bile and turned alkaline to allow fat to be broken down.
The emotional profile of a patient suffering from gall bladder problems is a person who has too much fatty food, who eats as a response to stress, and who is often resentful or bitter about certain aspects of their life circumstances or the actions of others. These sorts of emotions can overstimulate the liver and result chemical changes in the bile being held in the gall bladder. (The Bilious Disposition)
These chemical changes can result in either fatty substances depositing in the gall bladder forming so called Cholesterol Stones or calcium or other mineral substances depositing out forming Mineral or Calcium Stones.
These stones may end up blocking the bile duct (the tube leading from the gall bladder to the duodenum) and result in extreme pain as the gall bladder fills to its limits and contractions get stronger and stronger attempting to force bile through the blocked duct.
Most folk suffering from gall attacks will already have worked out that fatty food aggravates the problem and will have reduced fat intake. They may however not have realised that milk or chocolate for example, are extremely fatty foods or that the cheese on pizza make them amongst the highest fat meals it is possible to have.
The herbal mixture that is most suited to helping a person through a Gall Attack contains powerful antispasmodics besides herbs supporting the gall and liver generally. The particular combination I include in my Gall Attack mix is: Hydrangea, St Mary's Thistle, Agrimony, Golden Seal, Uva Ursi, Black Cohosh and Fenugreek. The Bach Flower Remedies, which I include in this mix, are Rescue Remedy, Willow, Vine, and Agrimony.
This mix is taken at a dose rate of 10 drops in a little water frequently during the period of the attack until the pain and spasm has subsided. It may be continued for two or three days afterward but it should not be taken long term. Instead either the Cholesterol Stone or the Calcium Stone mix should be taken to work on dissolving the stones, which provoked the attack in the first place.
I also recommend that each patient also has three cups of Dandelion Tea daily and reduces dramatically fatty food intake to assist in the whole process.