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Has anyone used Milk Thistle and will it help my gall bladder?
I have had 'sand' diagnosed - ie not quite gall stones. I don't want my gall bladder removed as I am not in pain like some others on MN have described. I also have IBS, and wondered if improved liver function would help this too. Hence my thoughts about milk thistle.
But I guess I should lay off the booze too
No, consultant was useless. The Ultrasound technician told me more than he did - low fat diet, but that is what everyone is told isn't it, and I eat low fat already! Apart from the Baileys - but it is Christmas!
When I had gallstones last year, I was recommended a low fat diet, no onions, and to eat plenty of Granny Smith apples (there's something in that particular type which isn't in others) plus artichokes.
I don't know whether this stops the formation of gallstones, but it certainly controlled the attacks - I went from having attacks three times a week which lasted the best part of an hour, to having them once a fortnight for between four and fifteen minutes. The person who gave me this advice was actually a pharmacist, so you may find one who will be able to advise you as to whether this might help you.
(I know low fat without onions is really tough, but you get used to it, and the avoidance of gallstones is a great incentive. Meanwhile, enjoy the Baileys!)
Thanks Caligula, once again, mumsnet triumphs
I am glad your attacks have subsided. Have you contemplated having your gallbladder removed? After reading another thread on here, it seems that can cause problems too.
Do you have to avoid garlic and leeks too? What about olive oil, or Omega 3/6 fish oils - can you still take these kind of supplements? (I have psoriasis too and these help my skin)
I had my gall bladder removed last year and was absolutely fine until three weeks ago, when I had that stomach bug which was going around and had what felt like a gall bladder attack but it went on for about 4hours. It was horrific and I would have gone to A&E, but it was 4 O'clock in the morning and I didn't know how I would manage it with the kids. Apart from that, though, it's been fine.
I didn't give up garlic or leeks, but I didn't eat many leeks! I ate garlic all the time though. Also, I did have some oil in my diet, though kept to a minimum - I wouldn't have thought fish oil supplements would cause much of a problem, as they are a very small amount.
Gall bladder herbs include Milk Thistle, Dandelion and Fringetree and tons of apple juice - it is also great to do a gall bladder flush - see www.curezone.com for some incredible but revolting photos of what you can get out! Best to see a good naturopath e.g. www.gni-international.org if you choose to have this amazing experience!