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Ayurvedic treatment for Gall bladder stones

gall bladder stone

Gall stones

The gallbladder is a pearshaped organ that is located beneath your liver. Gallstone are solid deposits of cholesterol or calcium salts that form in your gallbladder or nearby bile ducts — often cause no symptoms and require no treatment. If a gallstone exits the gallbladder, it can cause pain and other symptoms. Gallstones usually begin producing symptoms when they obstruct the duct that leads from the liver to the gallbladder or the duct that leads from the gallbladder to the small intestine. Gallstones most commonly affect people over the age of 40 and are generally associated with high blood cholesterol levels. Women who have had multiple pregnancies are also at increased risk.

According to Ayurveda, gall bladder stones form mainly due to an improper metabolic process and this process is governed by the elemental force like the bile, Pitta. Pitta controls the digestive system and all biochemical process. The Ayurvedic treatment of gall bladder stones involves herbal medications, detoxification and advice on adjustments to diet and lifestyle.

Ayurveda views gallstones as a kapha disorder of slow metabolism (including underactive thyroid). An Ayurvedic practitioner may recommend taking an Ayurvedic formula containing six herbs, including musta and shilajit, to help prevent gallstones by speeding metabolism. To eliminate gallstones, the practitioner may also suggest a liver flush of olive oil, lemon juice, and spices. Like many people, you may have gallstones and not know it.

Ayurvedic treatment         

  • Vitamin C is needed to convert cholesterol to bile acids. In theory, such a conversion should reduce gallstone risks. So, consume Vitamin C rich fruits such as aamla and citrus fruits.
  • Turmeric, citrus fruits, dried ginger, black pepper, long pepper, hing, etc., fall under these categories. Mineral compounds like Saindhava lavanam and Yavakshaar also serve a similar purpose.
  • Before breakfast, on an empty stomach, take a tsp of Saindhava lavanam or ordinary table salt in a glass of hot water. After drinking this, lie down for about 45 minutes on your right side. Do this once or twice a week.
  • Apply castor oil pack over the gallbladder area. Take a cup of castor oil, and soak a flannel cloth in it. Place the saturated cloth over the gallbladder area, and cover with plastic.
  • Apatarpana (fasting), langhana (light diet) and virechana (mild purgation) are some of the therapeutic procedures that are usually advised as a part of the treatment.
  • Specific Ayurvedic remedies such as Shanka vati, Sootasekar ras, Pravaal panchaamrit, Hingwashtak choorna, Avipatikar choorna, etc., are generally prescribed to treat this condition. The duration of the treatment and dosage of these medicines depends on the severity of the condition. Recent studies have suggested that persons at highest risk for gallstone formation, obese persons undergoing weight reduction, can virtually eliminate their risk for developing gallstones by taking Kanchanar Guggulu. Gokshuradi Guggulu Arogyavardhini vati.

Herbal Therapy

Numerous herbs are recommended for banishing gallstones, improving the flow of bile, and preventing the formation of new stones. Any of the following treatments are suggested by herbalists: Combine equal amounts of tinctures of wild yam, fringetree bark, milk thistle, and balmony, and take a teaspoonful of the blend several times a day. Drink chamomile or lemon balm tea or a combination tea of balmany and fringetree. To make any of the teas, steep 1 or 2 teaspoons of the herb in 1 cup boiling water for 15 minutes; strain. Other beneficial herbs for treating gallstones include catnip, cramp bark, dandelion, fennel, ginger root, and horsetail.

Yogic Treatment of Gall Bladder Stones

Yoga is also considered as an effective method for treatment of gall bladder stones. Exercise is essential for treating gall bladder stones, as physical inactivity is very much likely to lead to lazy gall-bladder type indigestion and eventually result in the formation of stones. Various Yoga Asanas are suggested for treatment of gall bladder stones and they are considered as beneficial in toning up the liver and gall bladder. Some of the most commonly used yogic asanas for treating gallstones include Sarvangasana, Paschimottanasana, Salabhasana, Dhanurasana, Bhujangasana, etc. Yoga poses that help ward off gallstones by emptying the gallbladder include the Bow, Peacock, and Spinal Twist.

Lifestyle Changes

In Ayurveda, gallbladder stone are known as “PITTASMARI”. They are believed to result from an imbalance among the three doshas — or energy systems — which are known as vata, pitta and kapha. simple lifestyle changes such as losing weight, avoiding constipation, and consuming fruits rich in vitamin C, such as amla, or Indian gooseberry. apatarpana, or fasting, followed by langhana — a light, wholesome diet with an emphasis on fruit and vegetable juices, yogurt, cottage cheese and olive oil.

Hot Packs

The application of hot packs are a staple of Ayurvedic treatment for gallstones. Ayurveda recommends soaking a flannel cloth with one cup of castor oil, placing it over the area of your gallbladder, covering it with plastic wrap and placing a heating pad over it for half an hour. Ayurveda advises applying the pack daily for a month, then decreasing the frequency to three times a week.

About the author

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Experienced holistic doctor, healer, teacher, and writer
Specialized in Ayurvedic detox (Panchakarma)
Trained in India and Nepal, the original lands of Ayurveda
Graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) from the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu.
Professional member of Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA)
Owner of Sunshine Ayurveda


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    Have a Blessed Time Ahead & With you knowledge Let People trust Ayurveda once Again .

  • sir,
    doctors says that my wifes’s body makes thick pitta. that’s why stones makes very fast in cbd and gall bladder. but now she does not have gall bladder. now stones made in cbd.
    we done ercp for stone removing two times. doctor says that chances of stone making is sure another time.
    so please tell us herbal treatment for cure it.

  • Sir
    I have been suffring from kidney stones, bile, and back pain at high intense since 25yrs.For that cause i could not concentrate in my job.
    pl.tell me ayurvedam treatment for cure in.

  • Sir,
    My mom (age 45)having mild thyroid has a 10 mm stone in gall bladder(cholilithiasis) .i want to know whether this sized stone can be removed by ayurvedic and yogic means…and approximate time for the same…
    Please guide

    thanks and regards,
    Rohit Khandelwal

  • I am a practicing Ayurvedic Lifestylist of 15 yrs. & specialize in Beauty & Wellness treatments …… & am currently going thru a gallstone cleanse …… I have been incorporating cleansing theraputic enamas ……. But would love some advice 🙂 ……. My dosha is Vata Kapha 100 lbs. now and get real weak & breathless sometimes & very emotional …… I know that is Vata acting up but I was wondering if it OK to add Kichardi to my diet for strength ……… It seems that juicing & broths are much easier when doing vata enemas ……. but I am very weak at times & just figure that is normal …… wish & I had someone to do all the preparations & cleaning for me I am exhausted …… We desparately need all the so called Hospitals to change to Ayurvedic Healing Centers …. Any advice is Greatly Appreciated :):):) …………… Namaste’

  • Hi, sir I m Dr Babasaheb Renushe. M.D (Kayachikitsa). I want to know how Kanchanar Guggula is helpfull in Gallstone?

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  • My wife’s age is 32 there are multi stones of average size of 0.34 cm in her Gallbladder. Is there is any healing process in Ayurveda which will eliminate it completely or the only solution is operation?

    • Try Epsom salt 4tbsp and water 800 ml drink evening – no dinner – before bed drink mixture of olive oil 1/2 cup and juice of 3 grapefruit – lie down on right side with knees hugged and sleep peacefully. Next day morning wake up and you will have bowel movement and all stones will be out . Avoid fatty foods for the next week or so … Add plenty of oat meal to yr diet . Good flush …I escaped from surgery …pls pass this on folks !

  • Dear Anonymous

    Pl tell in detail the steps how do you got rid of Gall stones and what procedure do we need to follow it.


  • hello,
    i would kindly like to have ur advise regarding gallstone.i m having multi gallstones after my first pragnency before three years.and i m having under active thyrode as well.is there any remidy to it.

  • Hello Dr. Ram
    My dad has gall bladder stone and Dr, suggested to do surgery but I was quiet upset about the surgery as they said that gall ballder need to remove; my concern if the gall bladder is removed then there might some other things comes up as we are removing it.

    So my question is : Can we stop surgery and cure gall bladder stone by Ayurvedic treatment OR does surgery is the way to cure gall bladde stone?

    If it can be curable by ayurvedic treatment then please consult doctor’s name so that we can visit as earliest.

    Thanks & Regards
    Kailas Phad

  • i have been diagnosed of gall bladder stone during preventive healthcheckup ultrasound. doctor has givenme trohitakarishta and saptavimshatika guggulu. pl advice when should i get ultrasound done to check if stones have been disloved or not?

  • i have 16mm gall stone ..do,you think it can be flushed out or .is there any treatment in ayurveda

  • today sonography kidney just small one stone and gas gallder.
    so pls give me any ayurvedic medicine . pls suggest me.

  • Dear Dr. Rammani

    I am a resident of Mumbai and a patient of livercirohsis over a year I have been suffering sevear back pain originating from back and which travels up to groin . Number of times sonography was also performed to digonise the problem but the reports show clear. Only once some presence of sand granuals were noticed and as per GI doctor no medication is required since it is dislolved on its own and pass in to stool. Whenever it passes through stool it pains sevearly and also experience sevear burning senseation in rectum .

    Kindly advise Doctor / Tratment in Aurveda


  • Sir,
    I have been diagnosed Cholelithiasis as per MRI report. This is caused by gallstones.Now there is cortical cyst on right kidney. Both kidneys are normal. Your suggestion please.

  • Respectfully Dr Ram,
    Three stones of size 6-7 mm have been dectected in gallblader when I was suggested to get Ultrasound, I am loosing my weight, suffering from acidity & gastic problem ,HB is 10.4 ,ESR is 44, mild headache, sometime sensation of vomting , can not consume salad . kindly suggest me ayurvedic medicine, there is fatty liver, small enlargement of prostate. my age is 55years Iam govt employee ,you are realy god for me

  • Respected Dr Sir,
    I would like to know Ayurvedic treatment for gall bladder stones. My wife is having this problem and Presently taking PATHARCHUR juice Ayurvedic medicine since last one week. I would like to know whether Ayurvedic medicine can completely cure gall bladder stone without surgery. She is not complaining of any severe pains or any such problems. I would be thankful if you kindly provide help and guidance for this gall bladder stones problems and sugeriless Ayurvedic treatment.

    With regards,


  • sir ,
    in my father’s MRCP shows the gall bladder stone.please suggest some Ayurvedic treatment for this..

  • sir , i m 51 yrs old . by c.t. scan report , i had gall stone in gall bladder , a specialist gastro-onchologist dr . had suggested that , gall bladder should be removed by operation . so , my quest. is , shall its necessary ??? any ayurvedic therapy can do d work of this gall blader stone should be removed without deleting gall bladder ??? , if , its can be happen , pl suggest , ur nearby , in mumbai’s based therapy center . plz . thanks.

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  • So my question is : Can we stop surgery and cure gall bladder stone by Ayurvedic treatment OR does surgery is the way to cure gall bladde stone?

    If it can be curable by ayurvedic treatment then please consult doctor’s name so that we can visit as earliest.

    Thanks & Regards

  • Parmjeet Kaur

    I’ve suffering from gallbladder stone 7 mm. plz help me how to cure it without operation

    I am aged about 58 years having gall bladder stone of size about 4 .mm and also mild enlargement prostrate gland. please can suggest home remedy and any madication to cure these

  • Sir, My wife is suffering from gallbladder stone measuring 11 mm size. Please give advice for treatment for flush out the stone and diet control in Ayurvedic medicine.

  • sir, I have recently been detected with gall stones and sludge. stone size 6-8 mm. I was under ayurvedic treatment for about 6 months for indigestion..instead of improving my weight went up by 12 kilos so I stopped the treatment and started exercising. things improved and then I had sudden pain..followed by ultrasound and discovery of stones.
    I am undergoing antibiotic course and diet control and have no pain at the moment. the doctor is going to observe over a period of 6 weeks and then decide the course of action. As I am a firm believer in our traditional medicine I want to know and follow so I can be saved from loosing the gall bladder to western system.
    looking forward to your response.

  • 5mm stone in left kidney and 4.8mm in gallbladder stone , so please give me proper medicine which effectful in my problem.

  • Is this treatment applicable if the stones are about 1.4mm in size ? Can it be treated without operation ?

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