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Biliary colic

Relieving biliary colic with homoeopathy

Biliary colic is caused by gallstones. Also known as biliary calculi, these gallstones are caused by obstructions in the gallbladder. There are two types of gallstones of which the most frequent, called cholesterol stones, are caused by an accumulation of biliary cholesterol, are translucent and range from 0.5 to 2 mm in diameter. As for the second type, they are called pigment stones, are of dark colour and are made up of bilirubin and calcium salts.

Symptoms of biliary colic

Gallstones do not resorb themselves. Sometimes, they try to exit the gallbladder and end up getting stuck in the bile duct. They can then cause severe liver pain or biliary colic. This latter condition mainly manifests itself by sharp pain located in the top section of the abdomen and under the ribs. It can either last for a long period or re-occur at regular intervals. If the fit does not stop after 90 minutes, it can lead to acute cholecystitis.

Treating benign biliary colic

To relieve benign biliary colic, take Berberis vulgaris 5 CH, Magnesia phos 9 CH and Calcarea carbonicum 5 CH simultaneously.  These remedies need to be taken alternatively, in doses of 3 granules every 15 minutes. If the fits are recurrent, complete the treatment with Sepia biliaire 7 CH and Cholesterinum 7 CH. The appropriate dosage is five granules of each remedy, to be administered to the patient once a day. However, if the pain is intense and disappears abruptly, suck on 3 granules of Magnesia phos 6 CH and 3 granules of Magnesia phos 7 CH every hour. If it is very sharp and worsens in case of strong emotions, take 3 granules of Chamomilla vulgaris 9 CH and place a warm poultice on the sore area.

Treating biliary colic that results in acute cholecystitis

In some cases, acute cholecystitis can lead to jaundice and require a hospitalization.  This complication resulting from a biliary colic can even be deadly. For this reason, it must be rapidly treated by diluting 5 granules of Berberis vulgaris 5 CH, Lycopodium 7 CH, Calcarea carbonica 7 CH, Belladonna 7 CH, Arnica 5 CH, Ocimum canum 5 CH and Pareira brava 5 CH in a glass of water. Thoroughly shake the solution before drinking a teaspoon of it every 15 minutes.

When should you consult a doctor?

If the patient has been subjected to a homoeopathic treatment in spite of which his or her condition hasn’t improved, it is advisable for him or her to seek further medical attention. However, if the disease worsens and is accompanied by vomiting, shivers, fever, the patient must be taken urgently to a doctor, regardless of whether or not homoeopathic remedies were taken, in order to determine the most suitable form of treatment.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “biliary colic”

Associated treatments

  • Berberis vulgaris
  • Calcarea carbonica ostrearum
  • Chamomilla vulgaris
  • Chelidonium majus
  • Colocynthis
  • Magnesia phosphorica
  • Ricinus communis

Associated pathologies

  • Colic
  • Renal colic

Good to know: Thanks to homoeopathy, not only is it possible to relieve biliary colic, but also to prevent it from re-occurring

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.