Yoga For Gallbladder Pain Management
The popularity of Yoga in North America has risen in recent years with many people becoming aware of its benefits for flexibility, general musculoskeletal fitness and mental health. The holistic effects which Yoga poses can create for internal organ function are among the less-visible but equally important benefits gained from this ancient practice. The best part about yoga poses and postures is that anyone can do it. There are degrees of movement and modifications which can accommodate a variety of ages, health levels and physical strength. For each pose or, Asana, may be adapted for beginner, intermediate or advanced practitioners.
The gall bladder stores bile, which is secreted by the liver and is used to break down dietary fats and fat-soluble vitamins for absorption. When bile becomes stagnant in the gallbladder or the composition of cholesterol, bile salts and bilirubin it contains are imbalanced, small crystals or stones may form ranging in size from grains of sand to golf balls.
These hard deposits will often collect, unnoticed in the gallbladder, however when they shift position and block a bile duct, pain and inflammation will occur. Frequent blockages lead to long term gallbladder inflammation or cholecystitis. Symptoms may include nausea, upper abdomen pain, which may radiate to the shoulder, clay-colored stools, dizziness, anemia and pale skin.
Therapeutic Benefits Of Yoga Asanas For Gallbladder Function
Along with dietary changes, there are at least 5 yoga asanas, which are known to have therapeutic benefit for gallbladder function, elimination of gallstones and pain management.
Sarvangasana Or Shoulder Stand
Sarvangasana or shoulder stand is a very effective pose for improving the function of the gallbladder and helping your body to get rid of gallstones. Begin with laying on your back and placing hands under the mid-back. Slowly lift the legs and lower body up into the air, pointing the toes toward the ceiling and using your arms, upper back, neck, and head for support. You will be able to look up and see your toes while holding the shoulder stand yoga pose.
Shalabhasana Or The Locust Pose
The locust pose or Shalabhasana is a pose, which improves the circulation of blood and greatly benefits gallbladder function. It activates the healthy function of intestines and enzyme secreting glands, as well as your gallbladder. Lay face down on your belly with arms at the sides and legs outstretched. Bracing yourself with the arms and hands on the floor, lift one, straight leg at a time, from the waist. Point the toes and breathe normally.
Dhanurasana Or Bow Pose
Dhanurasana or bow pose, is helpful for gallbladder and various organ function as it provides a therapeutic massage internally. Laying on the stomach again, slowly reach back to grasp your feet with the hands, and gradually pull away with legs- forming a backward curve shape similar to a bow with upper body and legs lifted off of the floor. This asana strengthens the back and abdominal muscles while providing a deep stretch.
Bhujangasana Or Cobra Pose
Performing the Cobra pose or Bhujangasana will help to relieve pain associated with gallstone related inflammation. It allows a deep, abdominal stretch and strengthens back and upper body. Lying flat on the belly, place hands on the floor at the shoulders, then slowly lift your upper body by applying pressure on the ground with the hands. You will finish with chin pointed upward and legs straight on floor behind you.
The back-stretching pose also stimulates internal organs such as pancreas, kidney, and liver and will help to relieve pain related to gallstones. Sitting on the floor with legs outstretched, reach forward and slowly hinge at the hips to lean in with your head toward your knees. Exhale. Grasp the toes and hold this posture for roughly 30 seconds while you inhale and exhale deeply. Not everyone can grasp their toes or touch the forehead to knees initially. Reach to the depth you can comfortably hold and as your daily practice deepens, over time, your poses will deepen also.
Natural Solution For The Dissolution Of Gallstones
While yoga can be instrumental as a pain management tool, a major consideration should be dealing with the cause of the problem, the gallstones. First: why are they forming? What foods and lifestyle habits have lead to gallstone formation? And most important, is there a way to dissolve them without surgery or dangerous drugs.
The answer is yes and it is called The Pulverexx Protocol. This program takes a month to complete and will dissolve and help purge both types of gallstones cholesterol gallstones and calcified gallstones. The program is completely natural and is non invasive.