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Wondering about Herbal Help for Gallbladder Symptoms?

Many people who want to avoid gallbladder problems look to natural approaches and lifestyle remedies. Herbal supplements fit right into this approach. But which herbs help with gallbladder symptoms?


Milk thistle is one herb that is commonly recommended for gallbladder support. In fact, milk thistle supports both the liver and the gallbladder, since these organs are related.


The liver and the gallbladder work closely together. The gallbladder holds bile that comes from the liver. When you eat a meal containing fat and it reaches the small intestine, the gallbladder releases the bile. Bile is critical for fat digestion.


Contrary to popular thought that fat is all bad, it is actually important for many important functions in your body. Bile also plays a key role in allowing your body to absorb the fat soluble vitamins – Vitamins A, E, D and K.

According to Dr. Leo Galland  milk thistle*** is one herb that may help with gallbladder symptoms.  Milk thistle helps the liver and the gallbladder detoxify more effectively.


Dr. Marina Rose, who practices in Los Altos, CA uses a holistic health care approach to help people with gallbladder symptoms and other challenging, chronic health conditions.


Aside from herbal  supplements like milk thistle, these steps can help maintain gallbladder health:

  • Avoid fried foods and trans-fats
  • Choose healthy fats
  • Eliminate food intolerances
  • Stay hydrated to produce adequate bile

***It should be noted that a few individuals may be allergic to milk thistle, especially those with allergies to ragweed and similar plants. Work with a trained holistic health care provider to find out if using this herb is right for you.

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