Cholecystitis refers to an inflammation of the gallbladder’s secondary wall, usually caused by an obstruction of the cystic duct. In general, cholecystitis is of lithiasic character and is caused by a stone that prevents the bile’s normal flow, resulting in an infection. Cholecystitis is easily dealt with. However, if left untreated, it can quickly evolve and lead to complications.
A cholecystitis’ symptomatology is characterized by pain. Rather brief and occurring intermittently, the pain is usually felt in the right upper quadrant and radiate towards the right shoulder. This type of pain, which is quite violent in intensity and cannot be relieved with painkillers, prevents proper breathing when it manifests itself. Several symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, fever with temperatures between 38 and 38.5 °C (100.4 and 101.3 ° F), shivers and a sharp increase in the heart rate usually accompany the pain. During the abdomen’s examination, it is possible to feel a slight hardening of the abdominal wall, around the painful area. The pain can be felt when carrying out Murphy’s sign, that is when pressure is applied to the right hypochondrium using the fingers.
The treatment of cholecystitis includes medical and surgical sections. Medical treatment consists of taking antalgic and anti-spasmodic remedies in order to reduce the pain and antibiotics to fight off the infection. Surgery consists of removing the inflamed gall-bladder.
To soothe an intense rising and radiating pain that is exacerbated when the patient is lying down and that is relieved by bending the body forward, heat and applying strong pressure on the abdomen, take 3 granules of Colocynthis 6 or 7 CH every hour. When the pain is intense but disappears abruptly, and when the intensity doesn’t vary depending on the body’s flexion or extension, take 3 granules of Magnesia phos 6 or 7 CH per hour. When the pain manifests itself after strong emotions, is unbearable and can be soothed by applying a warm poultice to the sore area, it is advisable to take 3 granules of Chamomilla vulgaris 9 CH every hour. If the pain is relieved when the patient lies still in the right lateral decubitus position, and intensifies at the slightest movement, the solution consists of taking 3 granules of Bryonia alba 6 or 7 CH every hour.
A person suffering from cholecystitis needs to take 5 granules of the following remedies, all of which are to be mixed in a glass of water: Calcarea carbonica 7 CH, Pareira brava 5 CH, Arnica 5 CH, Ocimum canum 5 CH, Belladonna 7 CH, Lycopodium 7 CH and Berberis vulgaris 5 CH. The mixture needs to be shaken thoroughly before taking a teaspoon of the resulting remedy every 15 minutes. It is also recommended to boil a few flax seeds, an unpeeled and diced black radish and Ribes nigrum in 100 cl (2.113 pints) of water. Wait for the water quantity to be reduced by half before recovering the juice in a bottle. Add 50 cl (1.057 pint) of eau de vie before letting the mixture reste for 72 hours. Drink a first glass of the obtained blend in the morning, upon awakening, and a second one in the evening, right before bedtime, for approximately 20 days.
Good to know: Homoeopathy is able to quickly and effectively cure cholecystitis. However, its effectiveness is limited, notably in cases where the body temperature stays about 38 °C (100.4 °F).