Gallbladder

Definition of Gallbladder:

A small, digestive organ positioned under the liver, which concentrates and stores bile.  Problems with the gallbladder often lead to gallbladder attacks, which usually occur after a fatty meal and at night.  The following are the most common symptoms: steady, severe pain in the middle-upper abdomen or below the ribs on the right; pain in the back between the shoulder blades; pain under the right shoulder; nausea; vomiting; fever; chills; jaundice; abdominal bloating; intolerance of fatty foods; belching or gas; indigestion.

Also: Gall Bladder

Topics Related to Gallbladder

Allergy to Foods (Hidden)

...our question about Gallbladder attacks
“A 1968 study revealed that 100% of a group of gallbladder patients were free from symptoms while they were on a basic elimination diet (beef, rye, soybean, rice, cherry, peach, apricot, beet, and spinach)...”

Artichoke Extract

...as a treatment
“...This is a very important property: if the bile is not being transported adequately to the gallbladder, the liver is at increased risk of damage...”
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Aspirin

...as a treatment
“...Aspirin has also been shown to decrease the incidence of gastrointestinal cancer and gall bladder disease, and improve diabetes, PMS symptoms, and pregnancy outcomes...”

Bariatric Surgery Complications

...the condition
“...Despite the many possible risks, overall risk of complications from bariatric surgery is now no greater than that from laparoscopic gall bladder surgery in the US...”

Bayberry

...as a treatment
“...Myricitrin promotes bile flow and may therefore be useful against liver and gallbladder ailments, but at the time of writing there does not appear to be any research that supports this theory...”

Beet Leaf

...as a treatment
“...The fact that beet leaf tops stimulate the production and movement of bile as well as have an affinity for fat, make it an excellent agent to add to tonics for both the liver and gall bladder...”

Beetroot

...as a treatment
“...Counter-Indicators and Warnings: People suffering from kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid eating beet...”

Bile

...related topic
“...Bile is stored in the gallbladder and is released when fat enters the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) in order to aid digestion...”

Bile Duct Cancer

...the condition
“...Tumors in the bile duct leading from the gall bladder to the common bile duct (cystic duct) can spread to involve the gall bladder...”

Bile Salts

...as a treatment
“Bile salts are detergent-like chemicals produced by the liver and stored in the gall bladder...”

Biliary Colic

...related topic
“...It is caused by a gallbladder problem, usually gallstones...”

Black Radish

...as a treatment
“...Black radish root powder is often used in formulas for the liver, gall bladder and digestive system...”

Castor Oil

...as a treatment
“...Why it is Recommended: Conditions which have been responsive to castor oil applications include ... gallbladder disease...”

Celandine

...as a treatment
“...This would be a good addition to bile producing, gall bladder, and liver formulations...”

Chanca Piedra (Break-Stone)

...as a treatment
“...It is believed to help stimulate the production of bile and to promote healthy liver, kidney and gall bladder function...”

Cholagogue

...related topic
“Agent that stimulates bile flow from the gallbladder into the duodenum...”

Cholecystitis

...related topic
“Inflammation of the gall bladder and ducts, for example from the presence of passing stones, or following fasting or anorexia, or because of a spreading intestinal tract infection...”

Cholecystokinetic

...related topic
“Increasing secretion of the gastrointestinal hormone cholecystokinin, which promotes emptying of the gallbladder...”

Cholelithiasis

...related topic
“Presence of gallstones in the gallbladder or bile duct...”

Cirrhosis of the Liver

...the condition
“...Secondary biliary cirrhosis can happen after gallbladder surgery, if the ducts are inadvertently tied off or injured...”

Coconut

...as a treatment
“...Counter-Indicators and Warnings: Some individuals cannot handle the medium chain fatty acids contained in coconut oil due to gallbladder/liver fat handling problems...”

Coffee Enema

...as a treatment
“...Sometimes you will hear or feel a squirting out and emptying of the gallbladder...”

Consequences of Gallbladder Surgery

...the condition
“...Gallbladder surgery is the most common operation in North America...”
...relationship to Pancreatic Cancer
“Although there appears to be a significant risk of pancreatic cancer following gallbladder removal, there is some conflicting evidence...”
...recommendation Bile Salts
“Once a gallbladder is removed it is important to be on bile acid supplements...”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“After removal of the gallbladder, a healthy low-fat, plant-food based (high-fiber) diet is very important...”
...recommendation Low/Decreased Fat Diet
“The long-term side-effects can be reduced or eliminated for people who have no gallbladder by eating a low-fat, high-fiber diet...”

Elevated Bilirubin Levels

...relationship to Gallbladder Disease
“Certain health conditions, such as gallstones or an infected gallbladder, can block the bile ducts and lead to an accumulation of bile in the body...”

Gallbladder Cancer

...the condition
“Alternative Names: Carcinoma of the gallbladder Gallbladder cancer is a rare disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the gallbladder...”

Gallbladder Disease

...the condition
“Alternative Names: Gallstones, Cholecystitis Gallstones are by far the most common type of gallbladder disease, and the gallbladder operation is the most common operation in North America...”
...our question about Flatulence
“Persistent and severe flatulence may be a symptom of gallbladder problems...”
...relationship to Cirrhosis of the Liver
“If cirrhosis prevents bile from reaching the gallbladder, a person may develop gallstones as a result...”
...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“...During surgery, bile was taken from the gallbladder of each patient...”
...recommendation Ultrasound Imaging
“...During the same procedure, the physician can check the liver, bile ducts, and pancreas and quickly scan the gallbladder wall for thickening (characteristic of cholecystitis)...”
...recommendation Surgery
Gallbladder removal for stones and disease is called a cholecystectomy...”
...recommendation L-Taurine
“Taurine and beet concentrate are very effective at thinning the bile in the gallbladder...”
...recommendation Liver/Gall Bladder Flush
“Flushing the gallbladder can help pass stones that would likely have remained and enlarged over time...”
...recommendation Aerobic Exercise
“...One study indicated that men who performed endurance-type exercise (such as jogging and running, racquet sports, and brisk walking) for thirty minutes five times per week reduced their risk for gallbladder disease by up to 34%...”
...recommendation Test for Food Allergies
“See relationship between Gallbladder Disease and Allergies...”
...recommendation Coconut
“Coconut has been reported to help normalize gall bladder function over time...”
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Gallstone

...related topic
“Stone-like objects in either the gallbladder or bile ducts, composed mainly of cholesterol and occasionally mixed with calcium...”

Gastrointestinal

...related topic
“Pertaining to the stomach, small and large intestines, colon, rectum, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder...”

Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

...the condition
“...Skin Symptoms Fever blisters; Mouth ulcers; Skin rash; Eczema; Psoriasis; Dermatitis Herpetiformis (caused by gluten); Vitiligo; Symptoms caused by the following Gall bladder problems; Elevated liver enzymes; Non alcoholic fatty liver; Autoimmune hepatitis; Lymphoma; Platelet disorders; Diagnosis and Tests: To diagnose celiac disease, physicians test blood to...”

High White Blood Cell Count

...relationship to Gallbladder Disease
“Acute cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation) often causes increased numbers of white cells in the blood...”

Kelp

...as a treatment
“...Overweight women are more likely to develop cancer of the uterine lining than other women are plus they run the risk of having cancer of the gall bladder, cervical and breast cancer...”

Lithiasis

...related topic
“Having stones, usually in reference to the kidneys and urinary tract, sometimes to the gall bladder apparatus...”

Liver & Gallbladder Cleanse

...related topic
“A liver flush, also called a gallbladder flush, is used to improve health by cleansing the liver and gallbladder of toxins and gallstones...”

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

...the condition
“...Bile movement enhancement (cholagogues) Dandelion (enhances flow and improves bile duct inflammation, hepatitis, gallstones, jaundice); Beet juice and taurine (thins the bile); Coffee enemas; Liver/gallbladder flushing; Fatty Infiltration reduction Alcohol avoidance; Low fat diet; High water-insoluble fiber consumption; Carnitine supplementation (other lipotropics less effective); Protection...”

Low Total Cholesterol

...recommendation L-Taurine
“Taurine and beet concentrate are very effective at thinning the bile in the gallbladder...”

Massage

...as a treatment
“...Abdominal massage should not be done in cases of general, femoral, inguinal and umbilical hernia; inflammation of the uterus, bladder, ovaries or fallopian tubes; kidney stones; bladder or gall bladder problems; ulcers of the stomach or intestines; and pregnancy...”

Neural Therapy

...as a treatment
“...For example, a nasty scar from gallbladder surgery might be the source of problems in the shoulder...”

Pancreatitis

...the condition
“...Pancreatitis develops when gallstones travel out of the gallbladder into the bile ducts, where they block the opening that drains the common bile duct and pancreatic duct (ampulla)...”

Poor Small Intestine Health

...the condition
“...The duodenum receives bile from the liver and gallbladder, to decrease the surface tension between the large fat globules and water, and break them into smaller globules that can be acted upon by lipase...”

Poor/Slow Wound Healing

...recommendation L-Arginine
“...Research has demonstrated, however, that in patients undergoing gallbladder surgery, supplementing 15gm of arginine for 3 days prior to surgery significantly reduced nitrogen excretion (evidence that the patients were using, not excreting, amino acids in order to...”

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

...the condition
“...signs and risks of being overweight Hypertension, coronary heart disease, predisposition to diabetes, hyperlipidemia (increased cholesterol level), metabolic abnormalities, increased risk for gallbladder disease, gout, some types of cancer, and development of osteoarthritis of the weight-bearing joints...”

Quassia Amara

...as a treatment
“...malaria, snakebite, dyspepsia, venereal diseases, rheumatism, alcoholism, intestinal worms (pinworms, ascarides), cancer, as a stomach bitter for indigestion, amebic dysentery, giardiasis, and gallbladder pain...”

Right Hypochondriac

...related topic
“...It contains the liver, gallbladder, right kidney, small intestine, transverse colon, and ascending colon...”

Right Lumbar

...related topic
“...It contains the gallbladder, liver tip, right colon, ascending colon, and small intestines...”

Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction

...the condition
“...Incidence; Causes and Development; Contributing Risk Factors: More than half a million gallbladder removal surgeries are performed annually in the United States...”

Spicy Foods Avoidance

...as a treatment
“...Chronic cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation) or gallstones...”

Steatorrhea

...related topic
“...Sometimes this can indicate liver, gall bladder or lipid metabolism diseases...”

Subphrenic Abscess

...the condition
“...Risk factors for secondary subphrenic abscess include ... gallbladder surgery...”

Supplemental Fiber

...as a treatment
“...When the liver detoxifies these substances, the end products are frequently eliminated in the bile, a liquid substance made in our liver and secreted via the gall bladder into out intestinal tract...”

Turmeric Extract, Curcumin

...as a treatment
“...Curcumin's documented choleretic effects support its historical use in the treatment of liver and gallbladder disorders...”

Typhoid Fever

...the condition
“...The bacilli are harbored in the gallbladder...”

Ultrasound Imaging

...as a treatment
“...Ultrasound is used to provide images of the following ... gallbladder (locating gallstones in the gallbladder or bile ducts)...”
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