Gallstones according to Chinese Medicine

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What is gallstones?

Gallstones are are hardened deposits of bile that can form in the gallbladder or in the bile duct. Most people with gallstones are asymptomatic but for some it causes acute cholestasis with intense cramp-like visceral pain in the right upper part of the abdomen known as a biliary colic.

What causes gallstones according to TCM?

There are 3 patterns of disharmony in our database that are associated with gallstones. TCM sees our body (and mind) as a holistic system in which health issues stem from imbalances, known as "patterns of disharmony". These patterns can manifest in a wide range of symptoms and illnesses, such as gallstones here.

For more details on the underlying causes and patterns behind gallstones, refer to this comprehensive page on the subject.

Herbal formulas used in TCM for gallstones

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Individual herbs used in TCM for gallstones

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Acupuncture and acupressure points for gallstones

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TCM dietary and lifestyle recommendations that might help with gallstones

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