Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What happened after the gallbladder removal?


In Chinese medicine, the Gallbladder
is a Yang organ and the Liver is its Yin organ partner and they work together,
supporting and balancing each other. The Gallbladder stores and excretes bile,
governs decision making and planning, controls the sinews and effects dreams. On
a deeper emotional level, the Gallbladder is responsible for passion for life,
inspiration, action and assertiveness. When digestion is smooth, so is the
Liver Qi. The Gallbladder also needs the Liver Qi to be able to release its
bile smoothly. If this relationship is impaired, it can adversely affect
digestion and cause problems like vomiting, regurgitation, belching and
hiccups, which are all symptoms of liver Qi stagnation. It is common in the
modern age to see many patients who have had their Gallbladders removed because
of gall stones and other problems. The consequence of losing gall bladder- a
very yang organ is weight gain, hypothyroidism, depression, feeling cold and fatigue
as the body losing fire or yang to keep up the metabolism.

So, why do so many people have
problems with their Gallbladders? I believe that stress and inappropriate
eating habit are two main reasons. If you are experiencing unusual levels of
stress because of things going on in your life (a traumatic event, death, an
illness, breakup of a relationship), or stress at work, and/or are eating badly
(lots of greasy, fatty, rich or spicy foods), then eventually, the
Liver/Gallbladder will become impaired and can cause an excess of anger which
can manifest in symptoms like red face & eyes, irritability, angry
outbursts, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and migraines. These are symptoms of
Liver Fire (excess heat in the Liver).

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