Gallbladder is an integral part of the alimentary canal system and is located in a pouch below the right lobe of the liver. The gallbladder stores bile salts and pigments, which are produced in the liver and play a vital role in digesting fats and fatty acids.
Polyps are abnormal growth of tissue cells, which are usually harmless, however can lead to malignancies in some individuals. Estimates suggest that gall bladder polyps range from 4 millimeters to almost 1 centimeter in size and the larger polyps are more likely to be malignant.
Gallbladder Polyps Symptoms
In most cases, gall bladder polyps are not associated with any symptoms and if symptoms are present they are usually very mild. Some of the key symptoms associated with gall bladder polyps include,
- Pain and tenderness in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen. The pain is usually intermittent. Usually the pain is not very severe and severe pain is often associated with gallstones.
- Larger polyps may be associated with other symptoms like inability to digest fats resulting in loose motion and floating stools.
- Rarely are polyps associated with other symptoms like nausea and vomiting.
What To Eat With Gallbladder Polyps?
In general gall bladder polyps are usually incidental findings observed on an ultrasound and may be associated with inflammation of the gall bladder. Once polyps have been detected, there are certain dietary restrictions or suggestions that can help in the management of the condition,
- There are different types of gallbladder polyps with cholesterosis being the most common type. These polyps are formed due to cholesterol and hence a diet rich in fatty foods and cholesterol can increase the risk of growth of gall bladder polyps or development of new polyps.
- A diet rich in fiber is often recommended. Increase the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- Consume a diet which is easier to digest like steamed rice, boiled vegetables. Avoid animal meat, fish and other high fat diets.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these are known to aggravate most of the gall bladder related complaints. Processed food also needs to be avoided since it contains a host of preservatives and saturated fats.
Natural Remedies For Gallbladder Polyps
Here are some natural home based remedies that can help in treatment of polyps,
- Consume ginger tea about three times in the day. Ginger is a natural detoxifying agent, which help eliminate toxins and waste from the body and is useful in treatment of a host of gastrointestinal disorders.
- Add a tablespoon of turmeric in a glass of warm milk and consume twice a day. Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties which help relieve gallbladder inflammation. Further turmeric has strong anti-cancer properties which prevent the transformation of the polyps into malignant tumors.
- Dandelion roots are considered to improve liver functioning and improve the production of bile and enhance digestive functions. However you need to consult your doctor before consuming these herbs as an overdose can further aggravate the condition.
- Homeopathic drug Chelidonium is considered vital in the treatment of gallbladder disorder. It helps alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with the polyps. Gallbladder polyps can be treated promptly with drugs like Lycopodium, when taken in high potency and repeated about once each day for a couple of weeks.