A Chance To Review Our Gallbladder Tips & Tricks

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Today’s attack was a great chance to blow through the bag of tricks and test again what works. I tried them all, and believe they did in fact make a noticeable impact on the pain and intensity:

All 3 of those things really helped to manage the pain.

After a while, I took to my bed for some rest. I lied down and did some deep breathing. Thanks to those tricks taking the edge off, I was really able to focus on the pain of the gallbladder attack which revealed a few interesting things.

First, The tea, cucumbers, and beats helped to relieve the overall spread of the pain through the abdomen an back. Many gallstone cases are mis-diagnosed as ulcers and such precisely because the pain spreads so far. Today though, I could really feel the source of the pain: the gallbladder. The back pain was still the work facet, but I could actually feel the gentle “throb” of the gallbladder pain, and I could feel how it radiated out into the back and into the abdomen.

Next, because I could feel the acute pain, I was able to do a few small tests to see what aggravated or relieved it.

  • I tried gently shifting positions, from my back, to my right side, to my left side. I saw no difference in the acute pain in the gallbladder.
  • I tried light pressure and rubbing around the abdomen. No effect.
  • I tried the heating pad. SUCCESS

The heating pad took about 10 minutes and achieved an elimination of the throbbing. This is a significant discovery for me. While it certainly helps to RELAX as much as possible, and to use some pain relief, the fact is you will still have an attacking gallbladder that needs to be dealt with. The assumption is that a stone must be in a bad place. It appears the heating pad was able to move that stone, or somehow bring the situation back to normal.

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Give The Neurovascular Bundle a Rub for Gallbladder Health

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X marks the spot

X marks the spot

Years ago I suffered from some serious “mouse arm”… an aching right shoulder and wrist that was a consequence of too many hours on the computer. The search for relief led me to an amazing Chiropractor/Kinesiologist/Nutritionist who I now lovingly refer to as my witch doctor. You’ll hear more about her later as she is a key part of my strategy to heal my gallstones.

From that treatment I learned about the concept of neurovascular bundles. Basically your nerves and blood vessels are routed through your body like a giant interstate system. As with any road system, there are major intersections, and different intersections serve different areas and organs, just like certain exits and offramps serves specific towns and cities.

For my mouse arm, I noticed she would often rub under my collar bone, and that the spot she rubbed was incredibly tender. Working and rubbing that spot brought tremendous relief to my arm. I later learned that this is the site of the neurovascular bundle that serves my arm. I now know, when my right arm hurts from the mouse, to rub under my right collarbone for relief.

Well yesterday was my big kickoff appointment for coming up with a gallstone plan. As expected, while testing my body she went right to the neurovascular bundle for the gallbladder liver. I’ll show you where it is but please use caution. Overworking the area can cause it to become incredibly swollen and tender.

The magic spot is on the right breast, about an inch to the left and an inch down from the right nipple. Use a little lotion or some oil and rub the area from left to right, increasing pressure as much as you can stand it. If you have had serious gallstone attacks and gallbladder/liver issues recently, you should feel the tenderness and the relief.

Enjoy. Just don’t overdo it.

Magic Beet Salad for Gallstone Pain

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One strategy for determining which nuggets of Internet-gallbladder-advice might work is weighing the sheer volume of recommendations and the relative harmlessness of the advice.

It seems clear that BEETS are a beloved food of the liver and gallbladder. Beets are generally tasty, relatively harmless, and most of us don’t eat them enough anyway.

This simple, humble, beet salad is easy to make, easy to eat, and causes gallby no distress:

  • Grate 1 whole organic beet into a bowl
  • Add a quarter cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Add two table spoons of flaxseed oil

Gallbladder snack. Anyone can eat this for good health. You can nibble on it all day long as an important in between meal snack. Alternate this with  cucumbers during snack times and you’ll be on the right track.

Castor Oil Packs: 3 days Wax On, 3 Days Wax Off

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An important note about Cayce’s Castor Oil Packs. In his reading about this, Cayce was clear that the packs should not be used everyday. You should use them for 3 consecutive days then stop for 3 days, then start again. Wax on, Wax off. Don’t ask me why. But I will take the advice and assume it is an important part of the process. So my first 3 days are up and it is time for 3 days off.

I’m going to miss it. Once you commit to the time suck (an hour at night), you’ll find it to be extremely relaxing in addition to feeling great.

Cayce also suggests drinking 2 teaspoons of olive oil, straight, after the 3rd pack. The alleged purpose of this is to help move anything that might have been “released” through the digestive track. I personally am skipping this part right now. I’m hesitant to swallow a load of fat before bed. Hesitant is the wrong word… I’m terrified because of what I know might strike me at 3 AM from one dumb move.

Castor Oil Packs For Gallstone Pain

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Crazy Cayce Castor Oil Pack Kit

Crazy Cayce Castor Oil Pack Kit

I’m a huge fan of Edgar Cayce’s health advice. Cayce is often considered the “father of holistic medicine”. Sure he is a little bit kooky… but overall his advice is simple, sound, and healthy. Like I said, I’m a huge fan.

One of Cayce’s classic remedies is the Castor Oil Pack. I have tried these in the past and enjoyed them. I instantly recalled them when I was diagnosed with gallstones. Sure enough, they are recommended as a gallstone remedy and a general technique to promote gallstone health.

I don’t think there is too much magic to the packs. While it is hard to pinpoint the actual medical value of the castor oil, it is in fact soothing to the abdomen even if only superficially. I also think there is something to the whole “ritual” of preparing the pack. It takes some time and requires some care. Importantly, this forces you to make a time commitment to the therapy which has the natural benefit of forcing you to take some time out and focus on your healing.

The process is simple but you’ll need a few simple things:

  • Large Bottle of Castor Oil
  • Heating Pad
  • Old scraps of wool flannel or cotton
  • Some garbage bags
Getting the Castor Oil requires a little planning because you need a substantial (16 oz) bottle. There are several companies that sell these online, and you can also order “kits” that include everything you need. The Castor Oil itself is only about $5 for a bottle. See some of the options for Castor Oil Packs on Amazon.
I just use some old, cut up flannel sheets for the wool.
The basic process is:
  • Saturate the scrap of wool in Castor Oil
  • Warm it in the oven
  • Put it on your abdomen, cover with some plastic (I use garbage bags), cover with heating pad, and then cover with a towel
  • Relax for an hour
That’s it. The trick and the care is that Castor Oil is nasty and extremely sticky. All the care goes into not soiling anything with the oil, hence the garbage bags and old towels.

Here is a great video. Don’t be put off by the super creepy narrator: Castor Oil Pack Preparation Video

Bottom line, these feel great and really reduce the pain by relaxing the abdomen. It takes an hour which is a big time commitment. But if you are not willing to take some time out to get better you’re better off with gallbladder surgery. I’ve found that gallby responds well to the attention.

I’ve been doing the packs at night before bed. It is requiring me to go to bed an hour earlier, but it is a really nice, comfortable hour and I sleep great afterwards. I’ve also found they are relaxing my back and all of the muscles on the right side of abdomen that have been extremely tense due to the gallbladder attacks.

Edgar Cayce’s Castor Oil Packs: They’re good fer  what ails ya’. I highly recommend these for anyone with abdominal discomfort of any kind. I consider these to be a key part of my gallstone therapy now. If you are keeping a sick gallbladder order some castor oil today and get started.

Magic Food: Cucumbers For Gallbladder Pain

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Having read about them, I set out to test them myself. It’s True. Cucumbers are a fantastic food to eat for gallbladder attacks and gallstone pain. Being mostly water (sadly low in nutrients) and so easily digestible, cucumber easily keeps the stomach full without upsetting your actively attacking gallbladder. If they come from the fridge they are also nice and cool which feels great too.

I’m not convinced that the cucumbers have as much of a direct pain-releiving effect as the Flaxseed Tea. I think it is more that their bulky, cool-wateriness, and easy digestion provides nice all around relief to the stomach during an attack.

Either way, add cucumbers to the list of Magic Food and pre-cut some slices, keeping them on had for your next attack. They are an easy, non-offensive snack which I am able to nibble on even during extreme attacks accompanied by nausea.

Flaxseed Tea For Gallbladder Pain

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My first success. I have discovered a simple tea that brings tremendous relief to gallstone pain and is an all-around healthy drink to boot. Flaxseed Tea. Or As I have named it: Torreflaxtion

All you have to do is get your hands on a bag of golden flax seeds from the healthfood store.

  • Put a Tablespoon of seeds in a pot, with 2 and 1/2 cups of water
  • Bring to a boil
  • Simmer for 6 minutes
  • Turn off the heat and let it steep for 10 minutes

I found adding a stick of cinnamon while it steeps adds a nice flavor.

The first time I drank it, I thought I must be salivating because the rim of my mug felt a little sticky. Nope, that was the tea. As it cools, the flaxseed tea develops a thick, kind-of-gelatinous texture. Sounds gross but it is not. It is unbelievably soothing and is probably fantastic for a dry or scratchy sore throat. The flax seeds have a nice, mellow, nutty flavor, almost coffee like. It does a tremendous job easing the pain of an attack, and soothing the stomach. It relieves the pain in about 10 mins. My impression is that it was way more effective than the codeine.

Flax seeds are rich in Omega 3s. I believe the science behind this is that the flaxseed oils thin the bile, coat the stomach, and are generally knw to support the body’s anti-inflammatory work.

I know it may sound unbelievable that a simple tea could ease such extreme pain so quickly. But, I’ve tested it here myself during a gallstone attack and it works. It’s a shame our world’s medical knowledge is not more integrated.