Healing the Gallbladder with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Healing the Gallbladder with Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Chinese medicine, the Gallbladder is responsible for many important functions. Firstly, it has a very close relationship to the Liver. The Gallbladder is a Yang organ and the Liver is its Yin organ partner and they work in tandem, supporting and balancing each other. The Gallbladder stores and excretes bile, governs decision making and planning, controls the sinews and effects dreams. On a deeper emotional level, the Gallbladder is responsible for our passion for life, inspiration, action and assertiveness. When we are having problems being assertive, making decisions or following through, are lacking passion, feeling timid or uninspired, we are experiencing an imbalance of the Gallbladder. When the Gallbladder is balanced and its energy is flowing freely, we are happy, healthy, assertive and passionate.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), organs are categorized as either Yin or Yang. Yin organs are defined as organs that produce, transform, regulate and store fundamental substances, such as Qi, Blood and body fluids, and in general, the Yin organs are not empty cavities. They are function versus form. The Yin organs in TCM are the Heart, Liver, Spleen, Lungs and Kidneys. The Yang organs are organs that are mainly responsible for digestion and for transmitting nutrients to the rest of the body. Usually, they are organs with empty cavities, and have a connection to the outside of the body. The Yang organs in TCM are the Gallbladder, Stomach, Small Intestine, Large Intestine, Bladder and San Jiao (Triple Burner).

The Gallbladder is unusual in the sense that it is the only Yang organ that does not have direct contact with food and drink, or a direct connection to the outside of the body. Because of this it is also considered an extraordinary organ.

Just as in Western medicine, the Gallbladder receives bile from the Liver which it stores until it is needed in the digestive process. When the Gallbladder releases bile, it is regulated by the energy of the Liver, or Liver Qi. When digestion is smooth, so is the Liver Qi. The Gallbladder also needs the Liver Qi to be able to release its bile smoothly. If this relationship is impaired, it can adversely affect digestion and cause problems like vomiting, regurgitation, belching and hiccups, which are all symptoms of rebellious Stomach Qi.

It is common in the modern age to see many patients who have had their Gallbladders removed because of gall stones and other problems. In ancient China, the organs were never removed. That has remained the thinking in Traditional Chinese Medicine today, and if a patient is having problems with their Gallbladder, the practitioner of TCM would always explore dietary options, herbs and acupuncture, and possibly cleanses before considering surgery as a last resort.

Why Do So Many People Have Problems With Their Gallbladders?

So, why do so many people have problems with their Gallbladders? It is a good question. I believe that one reason is diet, and the other is stress. These are 2 of the things that affect the gallbladder the most. Another, in Chinese medicine, is the emotions. Each organ in TCM is associated with an emotion. And the Liver/Gallbladder’s emotion is anger. Now, experiencing emotions is a healthy part of life and one of the things that make us human. But in TCM, the philosophy is that not having a healthy emotional life is just as important to our health as eating well, getting enough sleep and keeping your Qi strong (your immune system) so that you can fight off pathogens. The effect of anger on the Liver/Gallbladder works in 2 ways.

1. If you repress anger, hold it in and never express it, it will eventually hurt the Liver/Gallbladder and cause imbalance, which will lead to disease.

2. If you are experiencing unusual levels of stress because of things going on in your life (a traumatic event, death, an illness, breakup of a relationship), or stress at work, and/or are eating badly (lots of greasy, fatty, rich or spicy foods), then eventually, the Liver/Gallbladder will become impaired and can cause an excess of anger which can manifest in symptoms like red face & eyes, irritability, angry outbursts, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and migraines. These are symptoms of Liver Fire (excess heat in the Liver).

So, How Can You Take Care of Your Gallbladder?

Here are some things that you can do to keep your Gallbladder healthy and happy.

1. Avoid Greasy, Fatty, Rich or Spicy Foods

Sharp abdominal pains after eating these types of foods points to Gallbladder stones and other problems. Because the Gallbladder is responsible for releasing bile which helps break down fats, you want to keep intake of these foods to a minimum and not overload your Gallbladder.

2. Express Emotions Freely

This may be easier said than done, but any stagnation or blockage in TCM is what causes disease and pain. This includes emotions, so it is important to have a healthy emotional life, and always try to express what you are feeling instead of allowing it to build up. Emotions specific to Gallbladder are anger (frustration, resentment, etc..) associated with its partner, the Liver. Emotional changes such as depression (which is considered anger turned inward) can also point to a Gallbladder imbalance.

3. Eat Foods Grown Locally and in Season

This is a big one in Chinese Medicine, and, if you look at history, it is the way we are designed to eat. Our digestive systems have evolved to digest the foods that people ate once we were able to leave our nomadic roots and start farming. People only ate local foods that were in season because that is what was available. With the recent proliferation of air travel, we have been spoiled by the ability to have whatever foods we want, any time of the year (strawberries in winter, blueberries in the tropics, mangoes in the far North…). And although this is wonderful, it is not the way our digestive systems were designed, so we are overloading them with too many kinds of foods at all times of the year.

In Chinese Medicine, nutritional therapy is a huge aspect of the medicine. What better way to heal the body than to use the food that we eat 3 times a day? In TCM, every food has a temperature, that interacts with your body, adding heat, cold, or keeping it neutral. Foods also all have healing properties, so the Chinese felt it very important to eat the proper foods when they became sick to help rebalance them so they could recover. I will include a list of some foods beneficial for the Gallbladder at the end of this article.

4. Exercise. Keep Moving!

The Gallbladder meridian runs bilaterally along the body starting at the outside corner of the eye (at the end of the eyebrow) and runs along the side of the body, ending at the corner of the nail bed of the 4th toe. Therefore, any exercise that stimulates the sides of the body are beneficial for the flow of Qi and to help remove any blockages in the Gallbladder organ and meridian. Side stretches are ideal. There are many Chinese internal as well as external martial arts that are excellent for mind, body and spirit. Tai Chi and Qi Gong are 2 examples of internal martial arts that are beneficial for moving Qi in all of the meridians, as well as strengthening the body and the mind. Kung Fu is a bit more rigorous, but has an emphasis in circulating Qi throughout the body to maintain physical and mental health. Movement is the most important aspect for keeping your Qi from stagnating, so if Tai Chi, Qi Gong or Kung Fu are a bit more physical activity than you are used to, just simple things like walking are a wonderful way to keep Qi moving.

5. Be Kind To Your Gallbladder In Spring

Spring is the season related to the Gallbladder, and its partner the Liver.
The Spring element is wood, the taste, sour and the colour is green. So you can imagine after a lengthy winter, the new bright green shoots of plants breaking through the ground representing new life after a long, cold slumber. This is the reason that it is especially important to give the Gallbladder and the Liver a rest from things like caffeine, alcohol and other intoxicants during this time. It is also beneficial to cleanse these organs by drinking lots of water and eating things like fresh greens to nourish the Gallbladder and Liver, especially in the spring.

6. Know What Time It Is

In Chinese medicine, every organ is seen to have 2 hours out of every 12 where its Qi is at its peak. The time when the Gallbladder’s energy is its most abundant is between 11pm-1am. During these 2 hours, it is helpful if you can refrain from drinking alcohol or other intoxicants, as they place unnecessary stress on the Gallbladder. It also helps the Gallbladder if you can rest the body as much as possible in these 2 hours.

Foods that are beneficial to the Gallbladder include:

Broccoli
Rocket
Beetroot
Oranges
Jasmine tea
Green tea
Radishes
Basil
Garlic
Cayenne (this may seem contradictory, but Cayenne is very moving for qi. Just remember, moderation!)
Dill
Chive
Cardamom
Lemon
Dandelion root
Licorice root
Cumquat
Grapefruit
Kale
Carrot
Celery
Peppermint tea
Chrysanthemum tea
Tea with orange peel

Foods that hurt the Gallbladder are:

Deep fried food – (Greasy)
Alcohol – (Damp)
Spicy foods (remember moderation is important!)
Hot foods – Foods that are considered “Hot” in TCM are:
Lamb
Beef
Curry

If you are experiencing any Gallbladder symptoms, or have been told by your doctor that you should consider surgery, I encourage you to seek out a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine.They will help you to explore the non surgical options to rebalance your body and heal your Gallbladder.

The wonderful thing about Chinese medicine is that it was developed to be a system that focuses on prevention. That is why, it is not only the oldest medical system on earth, but it teaches an entire way of life, teaching how to live in harmony with nature, eating with the seasons, moderation in work and play, exercise and emotional wellness. If you would like more information on using Chinese wisdom to live a balanced lifestyle, please visit www.chinesemedicineliving.com.

happy gallbladder

55 Comments

  1. naturedog

    question: foods to avoid = spicy; acceptable = cayenne.
    is there a contradiction there?

    • Emma

      Good question. Yes, it does seem confusing. Let me explain. To keep the Gallbladder healthy, you want to eat certain foods that are moving, to keep the Qi flowing (this is the specific job of its partner, the Liver), but it is important for the Gallbladder Qi to keep moving freely as well (keeping bile moving and stagnation in the Gallbladder causes stones). Cayenne is very moving. It is however, spicy. We want to eat things that are moving (and many spicy foods are) while not eating too much, which will create heat which can dry things out, and impede Qi flow. Chinese medicine preaches moderation in all things. So, while you should enjoy some cayenne in your diet, as long as you keep your intake moderate, you should be fine. Good question though, perhaps I should make a note in the article explaining that part a bit more. :)

  2. Ana B

    Thank you so much. This page has been very helpful! :)

  3. This information is gold. I didn’t know Chinese medicine had this kind of lifesaving application. Thank you so much for this.

    • Chinese medicine is incredibly diverse and powerful, and there have been thousands of years behind its development and evolution. The best thing I can do is to share it with as many people as possible! And it is my great pleasure to do so. :)

      • Can anyone recommend what to do if someone has already had her gallbladder removed?

        Thank you

        • This is a question that I get asked a lot because many, many people have already had their gallbladders removed. Of course, it is difficult to say what specifically to recommend without knowing your particular case, but an acupuncturist would be able to, after looking at your medical history, determine what systems were out of balance and created the problem with your gallbladder in the first place and then would work to correct them. Having the gallbladder removed often thrown things further out of balance, but with acupuncture and herbs the equilibrium can be restored. There is also a large dietary component to gallbladder problems which the acupuncturist would be able to advise you about.

          The amazing thing about acupuncture is that it is so individualistic. 10 patients might come to you with the same gallbladder problem, but the treatment will never be the same, as the reasons for the problem and thus the treatment are always different. This is why acupuncture is so effective, because everyone is getting their very own individualized treatment to their particular problem.

          I hope that helps!
          Emma

          • Teena

            Hi ms emma i was diagnosed for having 1.5cm gallstones and free fluid in POD can u advice me what to do. Coz i really dont want to go surgery..

          • Emma

            Hello Teena,
            My best advice to you would be to find an acupuncturist/herbalist who could help you with a cleanse/flush to try to dissolve your stones, and then help you with some dietary modifications and can support your body through the changes with acupuncture and herbs. There is also a wonderful book called – The Amazing Liver & Gallbladder Flush by Andreas Moritz that is full of information about how to dissolve stones and heal up your gallbladder. It is available on Amazon.

            Best of luck to you!

        • Tijmen

          You may want to turn to using ox bile with every meal that contains fats. This is because your own body cant produce bile anymore, but you still need to assimilate cholesterol, and fat solubale vitamins like D3.

  4. Thank you for this site.

  5. Is it possible to dissolve stones and cleanse the gallbladder back to normal? I have a 2cm stone and do not want to have surgery. I also dont want to get it stuck if it decides to start moving out.

    • Hello Tom,
      Yes, it is possible to dissolve gallbladder stones and avoid surgery. It is a huge commitment and a lot of work, but if you are willing, it can be done. I would always recommend to patients to go with this approach and avoid surgery if at all possible. If you would like more information on some of the way to do this, feel free to drop me an email at emma@ukiahclinic.com and I can get you the information.

  6. Thanks so much, very helpful in working to get me and my gallbladder back to a happy place.

  7. Leo Bzaid

    Hello Emma
    thank you very much for this information, and I would like if you sent me more information about how to clean my gallbladder, because I am going to have a scan for my liver and gallbladder, I don’t want to have surgery, because one year ago I had a surgery for repairing my hernia but sometimes still having pain in my groin.
    Thank very much you are doing a good job and God bless you.
    Take care
    Leo

    • Hello Leo,
      To give you more information about how to heal your gallbladder I would need more information from you. There are some general ways in which you can be kind to your gallbladder, but getting into specifics would mean a full intake and diagnosis to see what is going on with you personally. If you would like to email me, I can try to give you some more info so that you are aware of the options when you get the results of your test. You can email me at info@ukiahclinic.com. Many blessings to you.

  8. Deb Smith

    Hi Emma

    I have had my gall bladdr removed. I have regular acupaunture for pain that is “blocking” the gall bladder meridian. My acupunturist advises that I look at diet. The removal of my gall bladder has really not made any significant improvement on what I can eat – I still have the same reaction to the spicy/fatty foods as I did prior to gall bladder removal. Appropriately I try to avoid these foods as much as I can. Iam a 57 yo woman sitting beautifully in the middle of menopause and experiencing such things as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and weight gain – things that really did not worry me prior. Is there a diet that will assist with the balancing of Qi and help remove the “blockages” of energy?

    • Hello Deb,
      I so often hear from patients that after the removal of their gallbladder, they still had many of the symptoms they had before the surgery. One of the beautiful things about Chinese medicine is that it is always working to rebalance the system. An organ is not removed because it is not functioning properly, it is in need of repair, and the body has an incredible ability to do so. The acupuncturist is the facilitator of this healing.

      It is wonderful that you are seeing an acupuncturist. It sounds to me like there are many changes happening for you at this time. Menopause is a big change in a woman’s life, but it is not seen as a “disease” the way it is in Western medicine, it is a natural transition from one stage of life to another. Usually I tell people that the healthier or more balanced they are before they enter menopause, the easier it will be, so if you were a little out of balance before, you might be having a hard time now. The good news is that by getting regular treatments, taking Chinese herbs and making changes to your diet, you can find that balance again and all of these unpleasant symptoms you are experiencing should disappear.

      Best,
      Emma

  9. Theresa

    I am 45 yo female and have a thickened gallbladder wall and zero CCK ejection factor. My gallbladder is just sitting there, not doing much of anything. I don’t have any stones. Drs have recommended removal but I would like to try to regain health. if I can, great, if I can’t, then surgery is always still an option. I want to embark on a healing diet and do anything else I can to regain function and health in my gallbladder. And I very much want to keep my gall bladder. Could you recommend the best approach for a person with my situation? I know diet is important, and I am starting down that path, but what else can I do?

    • Theresa,
      I would find qualified acupuncturist or Chinese medicine practitioner. Chinese medicine is wonderful for these kinds of issues, mainly because it looks at the entire body. Your problems with your gallbladder are a symptom and the acupuncturist will determine the cause of the imbalance and work to correct it. If you need help finding someone in your area, let me know.

      Best,
      Emma

  10. Jeanne

    Emma this is a great article. I’m doing a cleanse with raw veggies and fruit.
    Just started. Do you know anything about scleritis? It’s inflammation of the
    Whites of the eye- redness, painful and is worse with stress and bad eating. My acupuncturist
    Told me I have gallbladder liver imbalance that has helped to create
    The scleritis I have. I’m at my wits end with getting rid of this illness because
    I’ve been on prednisone since Jan , my eye looks bad and people think
    I have pink eye. The steroids don’t help so I’m thinking that a raw food diet
    For now with a little brown rice and lentils for protein — may finally heal my eye, and
    Gall bladder. Also I’m looking to seen off the prednisone through my doctor
    This week, while I’m off work and can rest a little.

    Please let me know your thoughts on this. I’m seeking information and
    Encouragement. Thank you!

    • Emma

      Hello Jeanne,
      I do know a little about scleritis, and in Chinese medicine there are a few causes. Without doing a full diagnosis it would be difficult to diagnose, but if your acupuncturist has told you that it is a Liver/Gallbladder imbalance then I suspect that it is heat from the Liver?Gallbladder which is causing the redness and irritation. Raw veggies and fruit would be helpful as many are very cooling, especially if you have an abundance of inner fire. Look for cooling foods as all foods have a temperature in Chinese medicine and food is used as medicine to treat illnesses.

      That part of the eye (the sclera), is also associated with the Lung, so there may be an imbalance there as well. The emotion of the Lung is sadness and grief, and an abundance of those emotions can lead to an imbalance in the Lung.

      There are also many herbal formulas which may be helpful for you, the combination of acupuncture and herbs is extremely powerful. I am sure your acupuncturist could advise you on this. :)

      Good luck to you!

  11. Shirley

    I love reading about how Westerners came to welcome TCM into their lives. I grew up with anti Asian sentiments in my city, so I rejected TCM and wanted only Western medicine.

    When it couldn’t help me, I finally listened to my parents and have really seriously tried to be mindful of incorporating it into my life in the last few years especially now during the menopause years.

    I also have gallbladder issues and wonder if this is making my skin really dry still. I have eliminated the heat issues and hot flashes, painful periods and think my periods are finally sort of on a predictable cycle but still have dry skin even though I use facial oils that are nourishing. My face seems to not be able to hold moisture. I have an eczema patch near my left back side near the rib cage.

    I try to eat more fish oils and coconut oils but could that be making the gallbladder worse?

    Thank you.

    • Emma

      Hello Shirley,
      It is wonderful to hear that you have opened up to TCM. I think all of these things exist so that when we are faced with problems we have options. No one system has all the answers, but it is good to have access to as many tools as possible.

      As for your gallbladder issues, without getting a full medical history I couldn’t tell you what is happening, but it sounds like you are having some excess heat in one form or another. This could be due to many things, liver fire, a lot of anger and frustration not being expressed or eating lots of heating foods which is causing your skin to dry out. I would seek out an acupuncturist in your area and have a consult. It is their job to determine where the imbalance lies and help you to correct it. Chinese medicine is wonderful for these types of problems and I have seen it work very well for gallbladder/liver issues as well as menopausal symptoms.

      I am sure with the right practitioner you can sort out your skin issues – it is important to get to the root of the problem which is what Chinese medicine does so well.

      Good luck to you!

  12. e.anne

    Hi I have had gall bladder issues for 13 years now. After giving birth to my daughter I passed stones for 6 months. Ended up in emergency room, supposedly formed pancreatitis. I had an endieoscope. Did not have my gallbladder removed. Two years later I did a 3 week raw diet and then a liver flush….too intense for me. I have experienced sharp pain in right shoulder blade off and on over the years. I have a swelling on right side some times tender. I get head aches off and on that last for a period of 24 hours.I recently experienced a bowel movement that was pale in color. I am rally not into western medicine or surgery. I am not wanting to do a flush again as I feel it can be so aggressive. What does Chinese medicine offer in cleansing and healing the liver/gallbladder. I do also know that I have a family history of being angry (I had great loss as a child) and I notice the younger of us (family of 14 children) mother passed when I was 2), are all a bit slow on finding and sustaining happiness, will power, and success. My father was very angry and a mean spirited person. Often I see that in myself. I am not proud of this and I do strive to be in balance and have some compassion for myself. I am 52 , through the change, and wanting more in life. I feel scared right now …Well this is a start and I know I shared much. I hope you have some suggestions.
    thank you

    • Hello,
      Thank you for sharing. I can tell you that you are not alone as I get many questions about this subject with people searching for natural solutions and alternatives to surgery. It is also very insightful that you recognize your problems with anger, loss and difficulty finding happiness. These are all factors contributing to health and anger in particular is associated with problems with the gallbladder and its partner in Chinese medicine, the liver. It sounds like you are very consciously looking for answers and are brave enough to look internally as well. This is often the hardest part.

      Chinese medicine offers a wide variety of options for gallbladder issues from acupuncture and herbs to nutritional therapy, qi gong and tai chi to help deal with emotions. What I would suggest to you is to find a qualified practitioner and go in for an initial appointment and share everything you have shared here. The more information the practitioner has the better they are able to find the root of the problem and rectify it. The beauty of Chinese medicine is that it is not just treating the physical construct of the body, but the entire being, so things like your emotions and the way you view the world are all part of the complete picture of diagnosis and treatment. The thinking is that if all these aspects make up the human being, then they can all contribute to illness and disease.

      Best to you,
      Emma

  13. Kathy

    Just wanted to share that I am in the process of the amazing liver cleanse. I passed about 150-200 stones the first time. I will continue til they are gone. Hopefully no surgery will be needed.

  14. Melissa

    I had my gallbladder removed. How can I achieve balance without it? Wish I had read this information prior to having it removed.

    • Emma

      Hello,
      I also wish that everyone with gallbladder problems knew all the information before having surgery, but there are ways in which you can stay balanced even without your gallbladder. If you follow the Chinese medicine principles of moderation and balance in all aspects of your lifestyle then you can live a healthy and happy life without suffering from problems because you don’t have your gallbladder. The best way is to see an acupuncturist and have a thorough initial assessment and speak to them about how to achieve a healthy lifestyle. This can also be supplemented with acupuncture and herbs.

      I also run a website that does just this. It is called Chinese Medicine Living and its aim is to teach how to use ancient Chinese wisdom and apply it to living a healthy lifestyle in the modern world. I write articles about how to do this using the principles of Chinese Medicine. There is also a newsletter that goes out once a month that is full of useful health and lifestyle info, you can subscribe here.

      Best to you,
      Emma

  15. Hi Emma,
    I have been treated with TCM for a variety of ailments over the last 3-4 years with great success and the process has led me to develop a cleaner, healthier lifestyle too! Most of my issues have apparently stemmed from the liver. About 3 weeks ago, I decided to eliminate all alcohol and cut out almost all animal products from my diet in order to reduce inflammation which seemed to plague me. What is troubling me now is my right shoulder. Out of the blue, I have serious trouble raising my right hand over my head OR crossing my right arm across my body. I read that this is associated with my gallbladder.
    Could this be a kind of toxin-dump? I can’t recall injuring my shoulder…Could you recommend any kind of basic gallbladder protocol that should keep one happy? Emotionally, I have been through a difficult marriage and divorce- and have been actively working through anger and resentment issues. I have 5 teenage boys and a very stressful job. Right now, I DO feel uninspired, burned out and incompetent. I appreciate your insight! Thanks, Kim

    • Emma

      Hi Kim,
      Thanks for your note. I am so happy to hear that you have been using TCM with success and has helped you to have a better lifestyle, that is wonderful.
      Without doing a full intake and medical history it is difficult to say exactly what may be causing your shoulder problems, but it sounds like the emotional component is definitely a factor. Anger, frustration, resentments all impact the liver/gallbladder and can have a major impact on health. One thing that TCM teaches is how to live according to its principles, things like nutritional therapy, exercises like tai chi and qi gong (which are incredibly healing and balancing to body and mind) and how to help you deal with the emotions as they are all part of being a healthy human being on all levels. Here is an article I wrote on the importance of the emotions in Chinese Medicine.

      I have started a website to discuss all of these things as they were things I spent so much time explaining to patients. On the site I write about how to live according to Chinese medicine principles in an attempt to help people live balanced healthy lives. It is called Chinese Medicine Living. There is a newsletter that goes out once a month and I am always posting articles, interviews, etc to share the limitless wisdom of TCM.

      There is also a section called “Ask an Acupuncturist” where people can write in with questions and I will answer them in as much detail as I can. Any questions can be directed to info@chinesemedicineliving.com.

      I hope that helps!

      Best,
      Emma

  16. Thank you! I’ll check out the links and look into tai chi and qi gong. I have several friends who practice both.

    I really appreciate it,

    Kim

  17. JTH

    Excellent and thank you. Can you recommend any excellent TCM practitioners in Northern KY? Thank you again, great article. JTH

    • Emma

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome, it is my pleasure to write about what I love, especially if it helps people.
      I don’t know any practitioners in KY personally, but there is a good resource for finding acupuncturists called acufinder. It is a directory of acupuncturists by country and region. Here is the website – https://www.acufinder.com/. I hope you are able to find someone and best of luck to you.

  18. Lisa

    About a year and a half ago, I had a Hidascan, and was told my gall bladder was only functioning at 8% and the dr recommended instant removal. I’ve completely changed my diet with sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, and I’ve cut back on meat and a few other things. I had been pain free for a long time, but now it’s acting up again. My question is… Is it possible for a gall bladder to be too far gone to save? Thanks.

    • Emma

      Hi there,
      I think that there is a bit of a tendency in Western medicine to jump to gallbladder removal without considering lifestyle changes first. It is great that you took the initiative and made changes to your diet, the most important thing to me when I am seeing patients with potentially serious problems is their willingness to do the hard work (as some people are just NOT willing to do it). As to your question about a allbladder being too far gone to save, that is a bit difficult to answer. I would say that there are probably rare cases when there is a complete obstruction that would be life threatening, but as long as there is still some functionality, there is hope. There is a wonderful book I can recommend to you. It is called the Amazing Liver & Gallbladder Flush by Andres Moritz. I would also recommend seeking out an acupuncturist/herbalist and getting onto a treatment plan. With acupuncture, herbs and dietary changes, the body can begin to heal and rebalance itself, which is what Chinese medicine is all about.

      Best of luck to you,
      Emma

      • Lisa

        Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my question. I will definitely get this book and keep fighting for my gall bladder. :) Do you have any tips on how to go about finding a good acupuncturist/herbalist in my area? I live in the Boise, ID area.

        • Emma

          Hi Lisa,
          You are most welcome, I am happy to help, and as you can see, it is a very common question. :)

          There is a website called acufinder (www.acufinder.com) that will allow you to search qualified acupuncturists by country and state, so I would try there.

          Also, I have a website where I write articles called http://www.chinesemedicineliving.com and I will be doing a series very soon on the gallbladder as I get questions about it so much. If you like, you can go to the blog and subscribe to the newsletter which comes out once a month and is full of articles on Chinese medicine and how to live a healthy lifestyle according to its principles.

          Best,
          Emma

          • Lisa

            Thanks Emma! You’re awesome! I’ve subscribed to the blog, and found 4 acupuncturists in my area. Ordering the book you suggested today! Thank you again for all your help!

  19. Emma

    That is wonderful! I am so glad I could help. :)

  20. HI EMA! I am happy to find your site. I use a very healthy nutrition,now I am not doing physical activity -only walk -even I love modern dance an fitness. Have galdbladder since last 20 years. Started right now, July 2013 to feel mild fever, mild pain come and go, some nauseam mornings and the doctors always wish a surgery. I do not want do it now after a big stress: country change and many changes on my life. Feel very stressed.- Otherwise I do not want to be with this horrible pain on emergency and am very attached on aesthetics and informed about surgery risks.The brown color of urine ( first time) is related with some stones went away?Please give me some lights. Am Dr in pychoanalysis. -Knows acumpunturist here in Germany ( Düsseldorf),medical doctor. Please give me your opinion. Thank you so much! Augusta

  21. Hi there! I was just told that I have gallbladder polyps. They really didn’t give me any direction to go, I just have to wait it out. Well, I’ve been waiting for years and I feel sick all the time. What direction would you suggest I go?

    • Emma Suttie D.Ac, AP

      Hello Tina,
      It is awful to feel sick all the time. I would suggest acupuncture, definitely! And, there is a very good book that can give you a lot of useful information about the gallbladder and how to keep it healthy. It is called – The Amazing Liver Gallbladder Flush by Andreas Moritz. Also, to start learning about Chinese medicine, you might check out Chinese Medicine Living. It is a site where I write articles all about health from a Chinese medicine perspective. That is where I would start. :)

  22. Hello Emma,
    I love your information about the gallbladder , it helps me a lot to understand the connection with unexpressed anger and the problem I have now.
    I have tinnitus in both ears. I know that it is connected to the gallbladder problem ( early childhood abuse, long unexpressed anger , feeling of guilt etc…)The tinnitus is very disturbing , loud and never stops even for a second .
    Have you got any suggestion how to deal with it? I tried herbs but usually they are preserved in alcohol and I have a very bad reaction even after a drop of alcohol so it is out of question for me…

    Do you think that I can have any hope of decreasing the noises?

    Kind Regard
    Beata

    • Emma Suttie D.Ac, AP

      Hello Beata,
      I am so glad the article was helpful to you. Information is empowering! The gallbladder is connected to the Liver in Chinese medicine, and liver stagnation or excess can cause tinnitus. If it is high pitched, then it points to a liver disharmony. There are many herbs you can take that are not preserved in alcohol. Thankfully nowadays there are many different preparations including pills that are much more convenient. I would recommend seeking out an acupuncturist/herbalist who can diagnose what is happening and prescribe herbs. Another important part to rebalancing and recovery is working through all those emotions from your past which is not easy but will allow you to let them go which is so important. I offer skype consults, feel free to drop me an email if you are interested.

      Good luck to you and thank you for your comment!

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