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Re: Reappearing gall bladder pain after flush.
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Re: Reappearing gall bladder pain after flush.

Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction isn't understood very well by the professionals. It is mostly seen in middle aged women who have had their gallbladders removed. Other people get it for a number of reasons but no common cause has been established. The sphincter is controlled by hormones and nerves and its main job is to prevent food stuff in the duodenum from entering the biliary system. It achieves this by maintaining a high pressure. It appears that this pressure is maintained beyond the usual meal transit time and the sphincter goes into a spasm about 1hr after eating. Although there are other causes that can contribute to this pain or cause it. It is a complicated topic. Medical therapy includes drugs that relax the smooth muscles. Nifedipine is used and has 75% success rate. There are several drawbacks to using drugs; side-effects may be seen in up to one-third of people and long-term use of drugs isn't known.

Electro-acupuncture applied at acupoint GB 34 (a specific acupoint that affects the biliary system) was shown to relax the sphincter of Oddi.

The use of a TENS Unit has also been used to reduce the pressure.

The only herb I have read about that specifically relaxes the sphincter is rhubarb root; available at Chinese herbalists, and taken as a tea.

Possible cause is inflammation of the duodenum (duodenitis) you may want to stop liver flushing for the present and look into something else to reduce the stress on your digestive system. I would recommend a combination diet and buying an inexpensive book called "Food Combining for Health by Doris Grant" it cost about ten dollars ( US ). Even if you follow the guidelines for a short while it may give you relief from you torment.






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