Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA
Since 1988 practicing acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Xiaoyan Wang
L. Ac., MD (China)
3721 Westerre Pkwy.
Suite C
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 301-1784
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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Gallstones are collections of solid material that form inside the gallbladder. They can be tiny, like a grain of sand, to quite large in size, such as a golf ball. The vast majority are one of two major types, cholesterol or pigment. Gallstone type is important since cholesterol stones are more likely to respond to non-surgical treatments than pigment stones
  • Cholesterol gallstones account for approximately 80 percent of gallstones in developed countries, including the United States.
  • Pigment stones account for about 20 percent of gallstones.
There are three general options for people with gallstones; the best option depends upon your individual situation.
  • Surgical therapy: Remove the gallbladder and stones. Removing the gallbladder does not usually cause serious complications. However, about half of people who have their gallbladder removed develop loose stools, gas, and bloating.
  • Non-surgical therapy: Eliminate the stones while preserving the gallbladder
Bile acid pill—Help to dissolve and break down gallstones. About two-thirds of people who take it become symptom free within two to three months after starting treatment. However, it may take several years for the stones to disappear completely. The treatment is safe and well tolerated. Some people develop mild, temporary diarrhea.
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy—Uses shock waves to break gallstones into smaller fragments and "sand," which can then be dissolved more easily with an oral bile acid pill. The procedure may be uncomfortable and may cause attacks of biliary pain as fragments pass through the bile duct.
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. 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. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has evolved complex methods of diagnosis and treatment tailored to the individual's subtle patterns of disharmony. This allows it not only to treat fully manifest diseases, but also to assist in maintaining health and balance to prevent illnesses from occurring. Chinese herbs and acupuncture has been using in China for the disintegration and removal of gall and kidney stone over the centuries.

Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA