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My Personal Journey of Healing

Julia Chang, MSc

2. Gallstone symptoms, gallstone treatment, kidney stone symptoms and removal

Gallstones and kidney stones often occur together.  When either kind of stone exists, the liver, kidneys and the whole system cannot work efficiently.  Because the kidneys and gallbladder are very close to each other, the stagnation of one organ often causes the other organ to become sluggish too.  Gallstones and kidney stones usually occur together because both stones are very often the result of stagnation.  In order to reduce the chance of having stone accumulation and stagnation again, it is better to cleanse both kidney stones and gallstones.

Gallstone and kidney stone formation

Gallstones may be caused by chemical disturbance, faulty diet, liver sluggishness or toxicity, gallbladder stagnation or bile stasis which is often the result of sluggish liver.  “Absorption of fluid by the gallbladder occurs to a much greater extent than normal when there is stasis of bile in the biliary system. Gallbladder bile becomes very concentrated as a result, and cholesterol crystallizes out of solution, the crystals so formed gradually growing into large gallstones” [Selkurt, E.E. (editor), Physiology, 2nd edition, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1966].  When the kidneys are sluggish, they do not empty during urination.  As a result, the stagnant urine may become too concentrated and eventually calcium salts crystallize out. Estrogen replacement therapy and birth control pills are common contributing factors to these problems because they weaken the liver and gallbladder. Human body meridians

Gallstone symptoms and gallstone removal

Based on the Chinese gallbladder “meridians” (see Figure at right), gallstones may be associated with headaches, shoulder and neck pain.  According to Chinese medicine, when gallstones are present, the weak gallbladder makes energy flow along the meridians sluggish and result in tense and tight feeling.  If blood circulation becomes so poor that the blood flow becomes stagnant, pain is the result.  The presence of gallstones is often a contributing factor to weak spleen because the nerves on the spleen and gallbladder are connected to each other.  Weak spleen may lead to hypoglycemia.

Sleep problem is another common symptom with gallstones.  In more severe cases, the gallstones may cause dizziness, bad taste in the mouth, vomiting of the bile, painful flanks, aggravation, anger and depression, insomnia and nightmares or hot and cold flushes [A Barefoot Doctor's Manual, the American translation of the official Chinese Paramedical Manual, Running Press, Philadelphia, 1990].  These symptoms are often reduced significantly after the gallstones are removed.  Gallstones may take up to 25 years to show symptoms.

Women are four times more likely to have gallstones than men.  I suspect that pregnancy and childbirth may make the abdominal area more stagnant and become susceptible to gallstone formation.  I used to think that gallstones only develop in people who are obese or have a high fat diet.  I now believe bile stasis or gallbladder stagnation is a major cause of gallstone formation.  I have never been on a high fat diet and have always been under-weight.  I was never on birth control pills.  When I tried my first gallbladder flush, more than 50 gallstones were released.  Altogether, I flushed out more than 100 stones in my first 4 flushes.

I had severe congested liver which caused sleep disorders including difficulty in falling asleep and waking up several times through the night.  It was not unusual for me to sleep only 3 to 4 hours or less at night.  After my liver became healthier (see liver cleanse ), I slept much better but I still had to get up at least once every night.  I thought that I had no choice but to live with it. Surprisingly, after my gallstones were flushed out, I started sleeping right through most nights without waking up at all.  A friend of mine had headaches for more than 30 years.  They also disappeared after her gallstones were flushed out.

Details of the procedure I used to flush out gallstones is described in Gallbladder flush and gallstone treatment - alternatives to gallbladder surgery.  An important difference between my procedure and that of many other flush procedures is that I use the Chinese herbal tincture Gold Coin Grass (GCG) to soften and crush the gallstones before flushing.  This makes the flushing easier, more efficient and complete, especially for larger stones.  Many people actually experience pain relief already from using Gold Coin Grass (GCG) (botanical name: Herba Lysimachiae, Chinese sound translation: Chin-chien Tsao).

Neck and shoulder pain, a common complaint for many people, is usually attributed to working for prolonged hours in front of a computer screen, poor posture, injury or car accident.  A 55-year old man came to me a few years ago complaining about pain in his gallbladder area when he ate.  I asked him if he also had pain on his neck and shoulder area.  He said yes but that it was from a car accident 6 years earlier.  When he started taking Gold Coin Grass (GCG) in the morning and Curcuma at night, his shoulder and neck pain started to subside.  After his first liver and gallbladder flush, the pain was 90% gone.  He was very surprised to find that his neck and shoulder pain was associated with his gallstones even though his pain started only after his car accident.  According to Chinese medicine, “blood stasis” is the basic cause of pain.  It is likely that this man already had gallstone when his car accident occurred.  His gallstones led to poor blood circulation in his neck and shoulder area which is part of the gallbladder meridian.  Poor blood circulation may already have caused tightness and tension that he had not noticed.  His car accident probably triggered blood stasis leading to pain.  When his gallbladder became healthy again, blood circulation was better and there was no more blood stasis.  Afterwards, his pain disappeared.

Kidney stone symptoms and treatment

According to Chinese medicine, the kidneys support the bones. Healthy kidneys are essential for strong bones.  Other than pain in the kidney area, kidney stones may be associated with lower back and knee pain and may even cause hematuria (blood in urine), painful or difficult urination or cold sweat [A Barefoot Doctor's Manual, the American translation of the official Chinese Paramedical Manual, Running Press, Philadelphia, 1990]. Weak kidneys may also lead to weak bones, poor head hair and disorders in the ears.  Osteoporosis is a major health concern with many older people.  One of the solutions to the problem may lie in maintaining healthy kidneys.  Weak kidneys may cause increased urinary losses of calcium and phosphates due to the kidneys' inability to form an acid urine (Harper, H.A., Review of Physiological Chemistry, 14th edition, Lange Medical Publications, 1973).

The Chinese herb Gold Coin Grass (GCG) has been commonly used in Chinese medicine for centuries for gallstone removal and kidney stone removal.  For kidney stone treatment, it is taken in the form of tea because kidney detoxifies water soluble toxins. However, the tincture form with low level of alcohol seems to be more effective for gallstones because alcohol is a better solvent and carrier than water for the liver.  Since the liver detoxifies non-water soluble toxins, water is a poor carrier.  Gold Coin Grass (GCG) is capable of softening and crushing the gallstones.  This has been my own experience as well as that of many other people who used the herb.  The crushed and softened stones are flushed through much more readily.

The following kidney stone removal procedure has been used by many people with good results (disappearance of pain in a few days).  It involves drinking a tea made from 3 different herbs: Gold Coin Grass (GCG), corn silk and Eucommia. These herbs are mixed together and boiled in water for about 20 minutes.  About 4-5 cups are needed daily, taken before meals or bedtime on empty stomach.  Both Gold Coin Grass (GCG) and corn silk are kidney cleansers and diuretics which may deplete the body of potassium.  Therefore it is recommended that potassium supplement be taken to replenish the loss.  The Chinese herb Eucommia increases energy flow in the kidneys and is complementary to Gold Coin Grass (GCG) and corn silk because anyone with kidney stones or sludges has sluggish kidneys.

An important note to anyone with kidney stones is to avoid cold foods or drinks.  Cold drinks chill your internal organs and weaken them, especially the kidneys and spleen.  Many of my clients told me that they can feel the chilling effect from cold drinks after several months of not having them.  Foods that weaken the kidneys should also be avoided.  They include all citrus fruits, tomato and banana.

As a side note, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the kidney tea described above (made from 3 different herbs: Gold Coin Grass (GCG), corn silk and Eucommia) also helped dogs with urinary difficulties or prostate problems.


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