Gallstones are hard materials that form in the biliary tract, usually in the gallbladder. Their development is slow and may not be felt for decades. Gallstones are formed because certain substances in bile are present in concentrations that approach the limits of solubility. When there is so much of bile and the material becomes supersaturated or the material cannot be dissolved, the materials of bile form crystals which in time become stone. In the US, more than 80% of stones come from cholesterol.
When stones become large enough, then symptoms appear, usually pain in the right upper abdomen with occasional gas, burping or diarrhea. Pain from gall stones is usually sharp and on/off and may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. If the stones are large and more than the size of the gallbladder duct or tube, the patient has to be operated. Patients with this condition are usually people who have high consumption of meat and animal fat. It is therefore important to pay attention to persistently high blood cholesterol and have it controlled or brought down by diet and maybe by cholesterol lowering drugs. Herbal plants that can help reduce cholesterol are soy bean derived food, banaba tea or in combination with green tea; also fruits rich in vitamin C.
If stones are small enough to pass through the common bile duct, consider gall bladder flush.