TCM vs West - Gallbladder Stone

Gallbladder Stone

In TCM what people eat is the deciding factor for Gallbladder Stones. 

There are fundamental differences how Western and Eastern medicine approaches Gallbladder Stones.

In Western Medicine

Western Medicine believes that Gallstones are formed by cholesterol and other substances in the bile growing crystals that become hard stones in the gallbladder.  There are two conditions: Gallstones that do not cause symptoms and Gallstones that cause symptoms. When people with gallstones have no symptoms they do not require any treatment, but those who do have symptoms often have surgery to remove the gallbladder.

In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Emotional stresses cause Liver Gallbladder Qi stagnation, stones are caused by Damp/Heat or Phlegm. Bad diet or intake of too many vitamins made with synthetic, oysters, clams, food with sand or unclean food can cause Gallbladder Stones to form.  Anger and extreme hunger can cause parasites to move and could lead to pain. Drastic weather changes can affect the blood flow and induce pain.


Different individuals may experience different symptoms, including:

- Upper right quadrant of the abdomen becomes severely painful, either constantly or intermittently

- Nausea, vomiting, fever, cold sweat, cold limbs, bloating, belching, jaundice, yellow urine, yellow sclera, yellow skin, constipation and severe abdominal pain that could last longer than 6 hours

- The pain radiates to the right scapular region

- The gallbladder becomes sensitive to touch, and slow pressure with quick release causes pain

- The pain may get worse after a meal

- The pain can be severe or steady and would last from 15 minutes to 6 hours

Diet & Prevention

Exercise daily to keep your body and immune system strong, eat regular balanced meals.  It is best to avoid eating chocolate, uncooked (raw), greasy, and pungent food and seafood such as clams, oysters and mussels. No smoking, synthetic vitamins, drinking alcohol, coffee, drinks that contain high levels of mineral and cold beverages.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the following herbs are recommended for individuals with Gallbladder Stones

  • Lysimachia
  • Baical Skullcap Root
  • Atractylodes
  • Tangerine Peel
  • Honeysuckle Flower
  • Rhubarb Root

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