Gallstone formation is the formation of stone-like solid material in the gall bladder which is located under the liver. This process is called cholelithiasis and may remain undiscovered the person experiences pain and inflammation in gall bladder due to blockage in the bile duct. It is more prevalent in middle aged women. The sizes of the stones vary from few millimeters to centimeters. Modern medicine classifies three types of gallstone – cholesterol stones, bile pigment stones and mixed stones.
Formation of gallstones is more common in people with obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and genetic tendency. Wrong eating habits and weight gain assist the formation of gallstones. Other factors may be liver disorders, cirrhosis and blood disorders such as sickle cell anaemia. Estrogen hormone in women’s body results into increased levels of cholesterol and decrease in gallbladder mobility. As a result of this hormonal imbalance, gallstones formation is aided.
- Flatulence and indigestion
- Vomiting and nausea
- Heartburn and abdominal pain
Ayurveda indicts all three doshas vata, pitta and kapha for the formation of gallstones. Increase in pitta and Kapha results due to consuming hot, spicy food, alcohol and heavy foods. These compose a highly sticky mixture which is dried up by vata forming a stone. Without any surgery, Ayurvedic treatment includes assisting the body in dissolving and expelling the stones by natural process.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
- Meal timings must be maintained and adhered to. Breakfast should be taken before 9.30am, lunch before 1pm and dinner before 8.30pm.
- Avoid late night eating.
- Foods to be avoided are non-veg, foods with high fats such as junk foods, bread, cakes, sweets, chocolates, milk products, carbonated drinks and alcohol.