BACK TO ASK THE HERBALIST
ANSWERS FROM AMANDA
Have had a chronic problem now for nine years. Went to
an integrative med doctor who did blood work and said I
had thyroid problem. But that's not my subject. Thought
I had a urinary problem for the first several years
because painful urine is the most obvious symptom. Tried
about everything out there and finally have come to the
conclusion that it is some sort of cholecystitis without
the stones; have done several different kinds of
flushes. Anyway, I noticed that only several things help
my gallbladder function- lying down, plant sterol
complex, pickle's, and glucosamine sulfate. But whenever
the gallbladder works with whatever method, I have very
bad smelling gas. I assume there is a septic situation
in the bilary area. I now know the urinary pain is when
the bile backs up in the liver, it then ends up in the
urine which at one time caused acidosis which led to
candidiasis and a host of other problems that thank God
I'm not dealing with now. Have tried in the past
Wormwood, Dandelion, Oregon grape, myrrh, cats claw etc,
buying bulk but not getting very far.
This is a complicated picture and you have tried many
approaches. If you have a gall bladder stone and/or
infection, more flushing may not be the answer. Did the
MD investigate the problems you have had with your gall
bladder? It would help you find the right remedy if we
know more clearly what your body's messages are saying.
In the meantime, there are two simple ways
to improve your health. Try the equivalent of 2 grams
twice a day of Schizandra, best in this instance as a
tincture, 1/2 tsp diluted in water three times a day.
This is an herb that supports liver health, bile
formation, and immunity. It works best taken
consistently for four to six weeks. Schizandra combines
well with Ashwagandha, an herb that may support thyroid
function, though there is no evidence it can replace
thyroid hormone therapy if that is required by your
body. Second, try chlorella, either liquid or tablets,
to change the flora in the gastrointestinal tract over a
period of weeks at dosages indicated on the labels. I
like Sun brand.
That should start you in the right direction.
Let the integrative medicine doctor know what you are
doing, and please let me know the results.
Part 2: QUESTION: Thanks for your input.
Bought half pound of Schizandra a few years
ago and tried it probably for a week with no results,
but have not tried a tincture. Have also gone through a
half of Ashwagandha and did get a little help from it.
Have gone through two pounds of chlorella powder in a
several month period. Had a severe detox reaction at
first pound and eased off on second pound. Felt like my
stomach was being ripped out with nausea, diarrhea, and
The integrative doctor wanted to refer me to an
endocrinologist for hyper thyroid, which I'm not into
being cut, drugged , or radiated. Did a little Lemon
Balm and calmed it right down. Also found another
therapy; "iodine" which when done in mega dose reverses
auto-immune and it did work. Currently using kelp.
Do you think that the Thyroid could be messing
with the gallbladder? I've had allot of issues in the
past nine years and this is the last ordeal "I believe"
I am facing.
Wanted to mention - ate a pickle and some
iceberg lettuce prior to my meal and the gallbladder is
working like a champ. But it gets old having to do this
before every meal. But when the gallbladder works the
urinary pain is gone every time without fail.
ANSWER: I am glad if you feel better, but it
sounds like you could use lower doses of chlorella. It
takes more than a week to get the hepatic and immune
benefit of Schizandra, at about 4 grams a day. The
thyroid affects everything but I do not know of a direct
connection between hyperthyroid and gall bladder. If you
are hyper rather than hypo (more common), and if Lemon
Balm truly sorted that out, it's a good idea to get a
second reading on your thyroid function since you're
taking kelp and since ashwagandha appears to potentiate
thyroid function. You seem to be sensitive. You can see
an endocrinologist for information without having to be
drugged or cut. If a pickle and some iceberg turns on
gall bladder function and this is why the urinary pain
clears up, I still think Schizandra may help but clear
information about what is going on would be even more