Gallstones in Chinese Medicine

Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder. In most cases, gallstones blocking the tube leading out of your gallbladder cause cholecystitis. This results in a bile buildup that can cause inflammation. Before seeking any alternative treatments for cholystitis or gallstones you should always see your MD and get a proper diagnosis to make sure there is not a more serious life threatening situation occurring. In Chinese medicine we look at these conditions as a pattern of: damp-heat in the gallbladder, or damp-heat drying up fluids in the Gallbladder leading to stones. After you have seen your MD and gotten your situation under control, diet and Chinese herbs can be very helpful with maintenance of this pattern. When looking for a modern formula for clearing Damp Heat, spreading the liver qi, and moistening to assist movement look for a formula containing one or more of the following herbs:

Best Chinese Herbs for Gallstones

Long Dan Cao – Enters the Liver and the Gallbladder to clear damp-heat.

Zhi Ke – Unblocks qi obstruction and facilitates the passage of gallstones.

Yin Chen –  Clears damp heat for the liver and gallbladder channels, promotes urination to help the flow of bile.

Formulas Containing Chinese Herbs for Gallstones