Choleretic herbal treatment

In the human body, the gallbladder is responsible for the excretion of bile. In cases where the biliary function of this organ is impaired for any reason, choleretic herbs are indicated. You should not use such funds on your own, only a qualified specialist prescribes certain medicinal plants, since for each disease special fees are used (phytohepatols).

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The principle of action of choleretic herbs

In case of problems with natural bile excretion, doctors recommend various collections of medicinal plants. It is important to know which of the herbs have a choleretic effect. They affect the body in different ways and are divided into types such as:

  • Medicinal plants that increase the tone – are aimed at reducing the gallbladder and liver, due to which the accumulations of bile are excreted into the intestinal cavity. They cannot be used in the presence of stones in the gallbladder, since they can provoke a blockage of the ducts with stones.
  • Bile-thinning herbs are agents that accumulate water, which promotes natural bile excretion.
  • Medicinal plants that improve the composition of bile also normalize bile secretion. In the process of their use, the correct functioning of the gallbladder and liver is restored.
  • Medicinal plants that relieve spasms – relieve painful sensations. When used, the gallbladder relaxes, and bile excretion increases.

When removing the gallbladder, herbal medicine (herbal medicine) is indicated. It may have contraindications, therefore, experts strongly recommend before use to carry out tests of medicinal plants that have a choleretic effect. The doctor prescribes an examination, according to the results of which it is determined with the choice of one or another phytohepatol.

List of choleretic herbs used in traditional medicine

In cases of stagnation of bile in the gallbladder, choleretic herbs are used. They are divided into 2 types:

  • biliary herbs that stimulate bile release into the intestinal cavity (calendula, wormwood),
  • choleretic plants that provoke bile formation (yarrow, dandelion).

With stagnation of bile, among folk remedies that have a choleretic effect and combine the properties of each of these 2 types of medicinal plants, calamus, knotweed (knotweed), corn stigmas are isolated. From the list of choleretic herbs used for stagnation of bile, it is worth noting the following plants with the best effect:

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  • chamomile flowers,
  • immortelle,
  • calendula,
  • arnica,
  • milk thistle (thistle),
  • stigmas of corn,
  • dandelion,
  • celandine,
  • nettle,
  • elecampane,
  • bloodroot,
  • sagebrush,
  • mint,
  • knotweed (highlander),
  • coriander,
  • horsetail.

Choleretic action is also possessed by the roots of steel, birch leaves, wild rose, barberry, buckthorn bark.

The list of additional choleretic herbs includes:

  • St. John’s wort,
  • parsley,
  • meadow geranium.

In addition to the list of choleretic herbs that are used in case of a violation of the biliary function, there is a list of drugs based on medicinal plants:

  • Allohol,
  • Febichol,
  • Hofitol,
  • Berberina,
  • Holagol.

In addition to herbs that thin bile, its stagnation is successfully eliminated by a decoction of beets.

In case of difficulty in the outflow or secretion of bile, it is necessary not only to know what types of herbs thin bile, but also to understand which choleretic herbs are used for a particular problem with bile, and their contraindications.

With bile stasis, dandelion flowers stop the foci of inflammation, have a diuretic effect. The contraindications to the use of this herb from bile stagnation include diseases of gastritis, hemorrhoids, colitis, large stones in the gallbladder.

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Corn stigma is used at the initial stage of the disease. It is not recommended to use them in the case of varicose veins, thrombosis, in the presence of stones in the gallbladder, during pregnancy.

Birch leaves have a relaxing effect, relieve inflammatory foci. During pregnancy, the use of birch leaves should be extremely careful.

In the presence of stones in the gallbladder, the use of calamus root is contraindicated in case of nosebleeds in pregnant women. Choleretic drugs based on wormwood herb are prohibited for people suffering from thrombophlebitis, ulcers, obesity. Contraindications to the use of mint – increased blood pressure, lactation, allergic manifestations.

With a remote gallbladder, the use of Knotweed is prohibited for thrombophlebitis, during pregnancy. In case of stagnation of bile, milk thistle is not recommended as a choleretic plant for diarrhea, attacks of pancreatitis, colic in the kidneys and liver.

In the presence of an inflection of the gallbladder, despite the widespread opinion that chamomile has no contraindications, as a choleretic agent it should be used with extreme caution.

Indications to application

The intake of choleretic herbs is included in the treatment of many diseases. Among them:

  • foci of inflammation of the gallbladder,
  • pancreatitis,
  • dysfunction of the biliary tract,
  • cholecystectomy,
  • cholestasis,
  • the presence of parasites in the intestines.

Cholecystitis of the gallbladder is treated with a collection of herbs with a choleretic effect. This disease is associated with the occurrence of foci of gallbladder inflammation. As a result, a malfunction occurs in its work, biliary stagnation occurs and a pathogenic environment is formed. In addition to drug therapy, a specialist prescribes choleretic herbs for bile stagnation.

When curing biliary dysfunction, herbs with a choleretic effect are also prescribed. This disease is associated with a malfunction of the motor activity of the gallbladder and bile ducts, as a result of which bile ceases to be excreted normally. Bile thinning herbs are capable of helping the body to free itself from bile stagnation.

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Pancreatitis provokes inflammation of the pancreas. The substances produced by it are not excreted into the intestines, but accumulate in the gland, gradually destroying it. Often this process is triggered by the ingress of bile into the pancreatic duct. In this case, the use of phytohepatol is shown to improve digestion processes and facilitate the work of the pancreas.

In the treatment of gallstone disease, cholecystectomy, after removal of the gallbladder, the patient is prescribed choleretic herbs. These measures contribute to its adaptation to changes in the functioning of the digestive system.

Before driving bile stagnation out of the ducts and expelling excess bile from the duodenum, it is necessary to agree on treatment with a specialist who knows which medicinal herb effectively drives bile. After the cholecystectomy procedure, there is a disruption in the functioning of the digestive organs, which provokes stagnant biliary phenomena in the liver. It stops working properly. When the gallbladder is removed, herbs with a choleretic effect provide the normal functioning of the liver.

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Valerian, mother-and-stepmother, calendula, immortelle are choleretic herbs that are indicated in the absence of a gallbladder. They do not replace drug therapy, but they are a good help in treatment, in addition to a special diet and taking antispasmodic drugs. After removal of the gallbladder, the herbal preparations are drunk in courses, the attending physician, based on the patient’s condition, determines which herbs can be drunk and the duration of their intake.

With cholestasis, the liver is primarily affected, and its main function of producing bile is disrupted. It accumulates, as a result of which the body is poisoned by toxins. Choleretic herbs with stagnation of bile in the gallbladder caused by cholestasis are aimed at activating the processes of cleansing the body of toxic substances.

In the case of colonization of the intestine with parasites, bile stagnation is not uncommon. At the initial stage of treatment, biliary agents are used. You can drive stagnant bile through the channels and expel parasites from the body with folk remedies. For this, special fees are used, which are prescribed by the attending physician.

Among the contraindications to the use of choleretic charges, there are stones, colic, inflammatory processes in the gallbladder, hepatitis, and pregnancy.

Plants with bile-excreting properties are used in the treatment of diseases only after consultation with a specialist and after examining the organs of the digestive system.

Choleretic fees from herbs

For greater efficiency, phytohepatols are made from biliary plants. Herbal choleretic preparations are divided into 3 types:

  • choleretic collection 1,
  • choleretic collection 2,
  • choleretic collection 3.

Herbal collection in case of malfunctioning of the gallbladder contributes to:

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  • bile excretion,
  • removal of spasmodic attacks,
  • increased appetite,
  • relief of foci of inflammation,
  • improving gastrointestinal motility.

Choleretic fees can be bought at a pharmacy or prepared on your own, they consist of ordinary medicinal plants. Prices for choleretic fees are available, they are available in convenient forms for use. Choleretic drugs and herbs in the form of fees have individual packaging, which indicates which choleretic herbs are in the composition of the product and provides detailed instructions for their use.

Phytohepatols, depending on the form of release, are divided into 2 types:

  • A mixture of medicinal plants, crushed and packed in a cardboard box.
  • Choleretic tea bags.

If the collection from bile-excreting plants in crushed form is easy to make on your own, then choleretic teas can only be bought at a pharmacy.

Before using phytohepatol, it is necessary to consult with a specialist who knows well which choleretic collection is best used for a specific disease.

When treating with phytohepatol, it is recommended to exclude 4 main food groups from the diet:

  • raw vegetables,
  • alcohol,
  • bakery products made from premium flour,
  • fatty, smoked, fried foods.

The use of collection 1 is aimed at removing excess bile, stopping foci of liver inflammation, getting rid of painful sensations.

There are many positive reviews about phytohepatol 2 as the most highly effective agent among choleretic charges. It helps with bile stasis, inflammation and is actively used as a prophylactic agent after cholecystectomy.

Choleretic collection 2 must be used in strict accordance with the instructions for use. In this case, the treatment can achieve a quick result and avoid possible complications.

When taking phytohepatol 2, several important points should be taken into account, the first of which is possible side effects from choleretic collection 2. Its prolonged course use can provoke liver congestion and allergies.

When using choleretic collection 2, in accordance with the instructions, you should be aware of the second point – its contraindications. These include diseases of gastritis and pancreatitis in the acute phase, gallstone disease, ulcers.

Choleretic collection of herbs 3 is used for dysfunction of the biliary tract, hepatitis. According to the instructions for use, the cholagogue collection 3 may have such side effects as bouts of heartburn and allergic skin rashes. Phytohepatol 3 should not be used for cholecystitis associated with stone formation, when the choleretic effect is contraindicated. Also, the collection is not used for the treatment of children under the age of 12 and during lactation.

Before choosing a choleretic collection, it is necessary to study what composition it has, its possible side effects, contraindications and it is imperative to coordinate the choice with a specialist.

The composition of choleretic herbal preparations

Phytohepatols differ in the composition of the herbs. Collection No. 1 includes medicinal plants:

  • Three-leaf watch leaves – improve the functioning of the digestive system, stop the foci of inflammation.
  • Coriander fruits – speeds up the process of bile production and relieves pain.
  • Sandy immortelle flowers are one of the most effective remedies for malfunctioning of the gallbladder and liver. It has a beneficial effect on the structure of bile, stopping inflammation and normalizing cholesterol levels.
  • Peppermint Leaves – Effective for getting rid of stones. Bitterness in their composition is responsible for the normalization of the ZhP.
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The choleretic collection number 2 includes:

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  • Sandy immortelle flowers – eliminate painful sensations and normalize the state of the gallbladder.
  • Coriander fruit – has an antibacterial effect.
  • Peppermint leaves.
  • Yarrow herb – effective in treating liver and gallbladder lesions. It normalizes bile excretion, relieves inflammation and eliminates spasmodic attacks.

The composition of phytohepatol No. 3 includes:

  • Peppermint leaves – menthol in their composition has a powerful biliary property, has a beneficial effect on intestinal peristalsis.
  • Yarrow.
  • Tansy flowers – promote bile excretion, have antimicrobial properties and effectively eliminate inflammatory processes.
  • Chamomile flowers – relieve excess bile, successfully fight against spasmolytic attacks and have a calming effect.
  • Marigold flowers – eliminate inflammatory foci.

Before choosing any one choleretic collection (1, 2 or 3), you should consult your doctor.

How to use

Before you start using the choleretic collection, you should familiarize yourself with the information on the package, which describes in detail how to take it. Each fee has its own rules. However, as evidenced by the instructions for use, all decoctions of choleretic herbs are used strictly before meals.

The preparation of phytohepatol will not be difficult. It consists of several steps:

  • Pour a tablespoon of raw materials with 300 ml of hot water, bring to a boil.
  • Boil the liquid over low heat for 20-25 minutes and leave for 1 hour.
  • To increase the healing properties, you can bring the broth to a boil again, then strain.

300 ml of the broth prepared from collection No. 1 should be divided into 3 equal parts and drunk every day half an hour before the main meal. The duration of the course of treatment is 1 month, after which a break is taken for the same period.

A decoction based on collection number 2 is drunk daily in half a glass 1 hour before each of the 3 main meals. Treatment lasts 14 days, after which you should take a break for 2 weeks.

For 1 month, 1 glass before each of the 3 main meals, you need to drink a decoction based on collection number 3.

Decoctions on choleretic herbs are taken strictly before meals, this is due to the fact that the production of bile depends on the intake of food in the body, bile excretion is enhanced precisely with food intake.

In cases where the preparation of a decoction in the described manner for some reason is not suitable, with stagnation of bile, teas with a choleretic effect can be used. They are prepared like ordinary tea: a filter bag is placed in a container, filled with a glass of boiling water, then infused for 5-10 minutes.

For children

In addition to drug treatment, bile stagnation in children is eliminated by folk methods in the form of juices and decoctions. The most effective choleretic herbs for children:

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  • dandelion,
  • mint,
  • sporish,
  • stigmas of corn,
  • immortelle.

Along with this, the fruits of mountain ash and radish have excellent bile-excreting properties.

Dandelion juice helps to remove stagnant bile, juices from rowan berries and radishes disperse thick bile. Mint infusion has a strongly pronounced bile-excreting properties.

Choleretic herbs for children should be used with extreme caution and only if the child does not have allergic reactions.

In pregnancy

In most women, during pregnancy, there is a malfunction of the gallbladder and its ducts due to the influence of the female hormone on these organs. If such pathologies are detected, the attending physician prescribes a choleretic collection during pregnancy. This remedy is preferred because it is natural, effective and has few contraindications.

Often, pregnant women with bile stagnation are prescribed the following:

  • stigma of corn,
  • dill,
  • rose hips,
  • barberry root.

Despite the natural composition, choleretic preparations during pregnancy should be used only after consultation with the attending physician, who, based on the examination, will determine which medicinal herbs can be used by pregnant women without harm to their health and the unborn baby.

Choleretic herbs after removal of the gallbladder

To avoid complications in the form of stone formation, taking phytohepatol after surgery to remove the gallbladder is mandatory. After the cholecystectomy procedure, chamomile and lingonberry tea, infusions on the buds and leaves of birch, coltsfoot are prescribed.

As a rule, the course of treatment is carried out several times a year and lasts about 2 months. Phytohepatol therapy is prescribed by a doctor based on the results of the examination.

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