There is no such thing as stone in the gallbladder. In fact, the bile normally produced in the liver is stored in the gallbladder; and due to changes in the physio-chemical composition of bile, cholesterol etc is precipitated giving appearance of gallstones.
Gallstones may be:
- Solitary - size can be measured accurately.
- Few (countable) - Number and size of stones is measurable.
- Multiple - Number of stones may vary up to 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 Ultra -sonography and their size and number can be monitored by subsequent Ultra-sonograms at regular intervals, while the homeopathic treatment is continued. Generally patients of gallstones can present as:
- Without any overt symptoms - gallstones discovered accidentally on routine ultrasonography.
- Severe colicky pain in epigastric area and right-sided below chest pain, with nausea, vomiting.
- Recurrent indigestion and acidity, in which ultra-sonogram reveals gallstones.
Aim of homeopathic treatment is to
Relieve the immediate sufferings - pain, vomiting. To relieve recurrent problem of acidity and indigestion. Dissolution of stones: which can be monitored by subsequent ultra-sonogram done at 6 months interval. Size and number (when few) of stones should be compared. The reduction in size and number is although slow but 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. But even after surgery, at times 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 or partially improved cases in which gallstones have reduced in size on subsequent ultra-sonograms, 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.