Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
What are some natural methods for treating gallstones?
A: There are many methods that are traditionally used in conjunction with the treatment of gallstones. Some of these include:
Preliminary clinical trials suggest that formulas containing peppermint can dissolve gallstones. Excessive doses of peppermint oil can cause severe gastrointestinal distress and other symptoms, so do not overdo.
Milk thistle has been shown to improve the liquidity of bile, although its actual effects on gallstones in real life are unknown.
Other herbs that are widely prescribed for gallbladder pain include artichoke leaf, boldo, dandelion root, fumitory, greater celandine, and turmeric.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao herbal supplements helpful in dissolving gallstones: “Colon Clear”, “Abundant Energy”, and “Indigestion”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.