13 Herbal Teas for Biliary Dyskinesia

Use herbal teas to treat biliary dyskinesia and ease your pain.

Biliary dyskinesia is functional disorder of the mechanism to eliminate bile. The bladder capacity to ensure the bile flow through the common bile duct to duodenum is reduced.

The outbreak of the disease is caused by complex digestive disorders, abdominal inflammatory processes (appendicitis, annexitis, pregnancy, menopause) or neurotic conditions during or just after meals.

Biliary dyskinesia may be hypertonic or hypotonic:

Hypertonic biliary dyskinesia occurs when the bladder capacity to contract is increased and the gall is emptied rapidly, over the biliary tree drainage capacity.

The disease is seen frequently in women and young people following a psychological stress or nervousness. Also, the disease can be caused by some problems such as: appendicitis, peptic ulcer, gynecological disorders, pregnancy, menstrual cycle and hormonal diseases.

Hypotonic biliary dyskinesia (lazy gallbladder) occurs when the bladder increases in volume due to its inability to contract. The gall accrues in excess within the lazy bladder.

The disease is manifested by pain in the hepatobiliary area, nausea and bloating after meals, headaches, migraines, physical and intellectual asthenia, intolerance to certain foods.

Herbal Remedies for hypotonic biliary dyskinesia (lazy gallbladder)

Biliary dyskinesia can be treated with herbs. The most effective products are herbal teas made from various plants, including Artichokes, Dandelion, Lemon balm etc.

They stimulate bile secretion in the liver cell (choleretic action) and the gallbladder contraction in order to eliminate the bile in the duodenum (cholagogue action).

globe artichoke1. Globe artichoke (Cynara scolymus) tones liver cells and enhances their antitoxic function.

Artichokes proved to be a strong cholagogue. It causes bile secretion and has a strong digestive action, facilitating food assimilation. It is also an excellent diuretic and depurative.

Although the tea from leaves and root is bitter it is very good for maintaining health and body regeneration because it has a high content in salt and minerals.

Infusion: 1 teaspoon of leaves to 1 cup of water.

Drink 2 cups a day before the main meals: 1 cup in the morning on an empty stomach, after which lie half an hour on the right side, the second cup is drunk in 2 halves, half an hour before the main meals.

Treatment is done gradually starting with lower doses. It lasts for 20-30 days, 1 month break, then resume.

2. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). The active principles of dandelion doubles the amount of bile secreted in just half an hour.

Infusion: 2 teaspoons of whole herb to a cup of water, 2-3 cups per day.

3. St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) rejuvenates the liver.

St. John's Wort is inflammatory and cholagogue (favors the bile evacuation in the duodenum), so it is suitable in liver diseases and digestive tract.

St-John-s-wortIt prevents liver cell degeneration and soothes stomach pains.

  • Infusion of 1 teaspoon of herb to 1 cup of water. Drink 2-3 cups a day.
  • Infusion of 2 tablespoons of herb to 1 cup of water. Drink 1 tablespoon after every meal.
  • 1 teaspoon of St. John's Wort Oil after meals.

4. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Infusion: 10 g / 0.35 oz leaves and blossom into a cup with water. Drink 2-3 cups a day.

milk_thistle5. Milk Thistle seeds (Silybum marianum)

  • Decoction: 20 g / 0.7 oz seeds in a cup of water. Drink half an hour before meals.
  • Mixture of Milk Thistle and Artichokes tincture, in equal proportions. Drink 1 teaspoon of this combination 4 times daily, preferably before the main meals.

It ha a strong stimulating effect on bile production, favors its ejection. It prevents the accumulation of calculi (gall stones) in the gallbladder and decreases inflammatory states.

This treatment is recommended also for dyspepsia (upset stomach or indigestion) or difficult digestion.

6. Centaury (Centaurium umbellatum) has a strong stimulant effect on the gallbladder muscle, favoring the ejection of bile.

It is very effective in preventing cholecystitis and especially biliary lithiasis (gall stones).

  • Drink 1 teaspoon of Centaury hydroalcoholic extract diluted with some water, a quarter-hour before each meal for 3 weeks.
  • Infusion of 1 teaspoon of herb to 1 cup of water. Drink a quarter cup half an hour before the main meals.
  • Drink 30-40 drops of tincture in sweetened water before eating (20 g / 0.7 oz of plant soaked in 100 ml of alcohol for 8 days).

Use with caution during byliary dyskinesia crisis, as it can cause contraction of gallbladder muscles and can aggravate the pain.



7. Buckthorn bark (Cortex Frangulae) excites the gallbladder, increases the biliary secretion and is being used especially in cases where insufficient bile secretion cause biliary lithiasis.

Decoction: 1 tablespoon of bark to 1 cup of water. Drink before bedtime.

Celandine8. Celandine (Herba Chelidoni) also has an antispasmodic action (calms gallbladder pain)

Infusion: Half a teaspoon to a cup of water. Drink gradually during the day (1-2 tablespoons, 3 hours apart).

Avoid overdosage or drinking a larger quantity than prescribed, because it may have a toxic action.

9. Chicory (the aerial part and root) (Herba et Radix Cichorii), which Galen called a friend of the liver, can be eaten as a salad made from young leaves

Infusion: 15 g / 0.53 oz of dried leaves to 1 l / 34 oz of water. Drink 1-2 cups per day.

10. Sage leaves (Folium salviae)
Infusion: 1 teaspoon of leaves to 1 cup of water. Drink gradually during the day.

It is contraindicated for nursing mothers as it will decrease milk secretion.

11. White Horehound / Common Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)

  • Infusion: 1 teaspoon of herb to 1 cup water. Drink 2-3 cups a day.
  • Infusion: 2 tablespoons of herb to 1 cup of water. Drink 3-4 tablespoons per day.

12. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) - reduces inflammation and calms gall spasms in byliary dyskinesia.

Mint regulates stomach, gallbladder and liver functions and combats aerophagia, vomiting, stomach cramps, colic, intestinal parasites and liver diseases.

rhubarb_rheum13. Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum / Rheum officinale) reduces cholesterol and cleans the liver.

Attention! Only the stem are edible and only if they are healthy! The rhubarb leaves are toxic, they contain oxalic acid in a concentration damaging the human body.


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