Gallbladder stones represent a troublesome condition within the liver and gallbladder system, two organs that are important for the generation of bile (made up of cholesterol, salts and bilirubin). The secretion of bile helps in digestion to emulsify fat and, consequently, promotes detoxification processes and counteracts cholesterol. The presence of stones in the gallbladder, the so-called gallstones, hinders this secretion.
Less bile flow can lead to digestive problems, overgrowth of harmful intestinal bacteria, inflammation and excess toxins.
Cholesterol, mainly produced by the body, is also involved in the formation of bile, and an excess of it causes problems related to cardiovascular risks.
To achieve good bile flow and regulate cholesterol, a variety of herbs or herbal ingredients can be used, which facilitate the dissolution of stones and the secretion of bile. The herbs, fruits and vegetable substances selected for this liver purifying blend or herbal tea are: agrimony, barberry, combretum, blueberry leaves, olive tree, rosemary, verbena, hawthorn, grass, mint, dandelion.
Herbs to relieve gallstones: properties and benefits
Among the herbs mixed in this composition, the most important is undoubtedly the dandelion, known as “The dandelion” . It has been used for centuries to treat problems with the gallbladder, liver and bile ducts. In herbal medicine, it is also known for its beneficial action on cholesterol levels.
The bitter roots of dandelions possess, in fact, choleretic and cholagogue properties, that is, they stimulate the production of bile in the gallbladder and help its expulsion.
Dandelion is normally used in the form of an infusion, also to help gastric motility, as a detoxifying diuretic, to help liver enzymes not to increase excessively.
In addition to this herb, mint also plays a well-defined role in phytotherapy . This medicinal herb contains natural elements (terpenes) that prevent the stones from increasing, and facilitate their expulsion. Traditionally it benefits the health of the liver and gallbladder.
Mint stimulates the digestive system, relieving intestinal problems. It acts as a natural muscle relaxant for the intestinal wall. Among the other components of this purifying herbal tea for the liver, there is barberry, a plant known in herbal medicine for its content of berberine , a yellow alkaloid with which wool and leather were dyed . This active ingredient contained in the leaves, is useful together with the other, berbamine, to counteract the increase in cholesterol, improving hepatic functioning and the outflow of bile. For gallstones, therefore, it favors digestive conditions, purifies the liver and as a cholagogue it stimulates biliary release, preventing the formation of stones. By enhancing the bile, it promotes the correct emulsion of fats in the intestine.
Combretum is also a plant similar to willow, which helps the liver function naturally, protecting it from eating disorders. Contains silymarin, which helps liver tissues regenerate from toxic substances. Promotes hepatic activity, a support for the secretion of bile and counteract the appearance of gallstones. Agrimony is another plant known for its purifying properties for the liver, due to the action of substances such as ursolic acid, flavonoids and bitter glycoside, eupatorin. It stimulates the function of the liver correctly, purifies, increases the secretion of bile and promotes its expulsion.
A historical ingredient is verbena , already considered a sacred plant for its properties. Its diuretic and tonic action is also useful for purifying and promoting the activity of the liver, and soothe intestinal spasms. Blueberry leaves are used in the herbal mixture for gallstones, for their natural astringent and anti-inflammatory properties ; as well as for the polyphenols useful for alleviating the condition of the so-called fatty liver. The properties of hawthorn, in the purifying herbal tea for the liver, is due to the antioxidant flavonoids useful for liver function. Same mention for rosemary, and its digestive action, diuretic and stimulus for proper liver function.
The gramigna plant is included in this mixture again for the diuretic and purifying properties of the liver. A final ingredient is given by the olive leaves, known to bring well-being to the liver thanks to the polyphenols contained. They detoxify it, fight fatty liver and solve constipation problems related to poor digestion.
Origins and History of cultivation
In the mixture for gallstones and cholesterol, various medicinal herbs, vegetables and fruits are introduced, which can promote liver health. These are ingredients known since ancient times in herbal medicine, which may also come from different areas of the world, but for the most part known in Europe for centuries.
To create this infusion some parts of agrimony, barberry, combretum, blueberry leaves, olive tree, rosemary, verbena, hawthorn, grass, mint, dandelion were dried. The ingredients of the herbal tea against gallstones and cholesterol are available dried and ready for infusion.
Plant and flowers
The components of the herbal tea are various, and from various sources.
The dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) belongs to the Asteraceae family. Also known as a dandelion or dandelion, it is a perennial plant that grows wild in many soils and climates.
The Combretum , is a plant that belongs to the Combretaceae family, and includes nearly 300 species of trees and bushes. It is mostly native to the tropical areas of Africa, Asia and America.
Blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is a spontaneous plant in Europe, belonging to the Ericaceae family. Famous for its berries, the part of the leaves is also used in herbal medicine. In Italy it is found in the Alps and in the central-northern Apennines.
Agrimony is a perennial herb of the Rosaceae family. It has a small rhizome, from which the stem is born, whitish and green leaves, yellow flowers. It is widespread throughout Europe, North America and Southeast Asia.
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) , is a flowering plant of the Rosaceae family. Its origin is varied, having been present for centuries in Europe, northwestern Africa and western Asia. It displays white flowers and thorny branches, from which it takes its name, and red fruits.
Mint (Mentha) is a perennial herb of the Lamiaceae family. Known for its aroma, it has a woody rhizome, oval and serrated leaves. The many species of mint have similar medicinal properties, thanks to the presence of menthol.
La Verbena , formerly known as Herba sacra or Herba veneris, is a perennial herb, with a fibrous root, small purple flowers. In herbal medicine the dried flowering plant is used. It is part of the Verbenaceae family.
Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) is a shrub belonging to the Lamiaceae family. It is known for the use of the leaves in cooking. Already known to the Latins, who named it with the terms ros (dew) and maris (of the sea). Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) is a plant belonging to the Berberidaceae family. It is widespread in mountain areas in Europe and the Caucasus. It has a shrub that can reach 3 meters in height, yellow roots, thorny branches, yellow flowers.
The gramigna (Agropyrum repens) is a plant famous for being a spontaneous plant that resembles wheat, it is part of the Graminaceae family. It shows a rough stem, leaves covered with hair, and the dried rhizome is used in herbal medicine. The olive tree (Olea europaea), is a plant native to the Mediterranean coasts, of the Oleaceae family. It represents the only species whose fruits are used. Wood is used for other Olea species. The green and gray leaves are evergreen and the inflorescences are white or greenish.
Nutritional values of the herbal blend for cholesterol and gallstones
The herbal tea contains effective elements on our body. It is rich in substances such as flavonoids, silymarin, berberine, eupatorin , natural anti-inflammatory agents. Among the many molecules present, there is ursolic acid. Considered useful for reducing the amount of lipids present in the liver. How to use the herbal blend in the herbal tea depurative of the liver The infusion is obtained by inserting in a cup (250 ml), about 3-5 grams, the mixture of herbs for cholesterol and gallstones with water at 100 ° C.
Leave to infuse for 8 to 10 minutes, before drinking the herbal tea. Add honey or sugar if desired.
Herbal tea for the liver: side effects and contraindications
Although the herbs and vegetables that make up the tea are considered safe, it is essential to keep the intake within the recommended doses. Consumption must be limited to the recommended doses, also due to possible effects of gastric acidity and ulcers. Due to the presence of substances that act on liver activity, it is recommended to seek medical advice for those suffering from liver and kidney diseases.
It is good to evaluate possible allergies or intolerances to individual ingredients. Caution is also recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.