Bid good bye to gallstones with these 3 simple yoga poses

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 18, 2017

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  • To gallstone reduce pain, put a warm castor oil pack on your abdomen.
  • Many yoga asanas are beneficial for the prevention of gallstones.
  • Gallstones are a kapha disorder.

Gallstones are a kapha disorder associated with underactive thyroid and slow metabolism. Gallstones begin with stagnation of bile in the gallbladder. The bile becomes thick, accumulates, coagulates and slowly leads to stone formation.

Treatments for prevention of gallstones and what to do when gallstones appear are different. First let's consider what to do when gallstones have already developed.

To alleviate the pain

In general, gallstones are not painful. They may remain in the gallbladder for a long time without causing any pain. Pain occurs when the gallbladder tries to push the stones out of the gallbladder through the bile duct.

To reduce pain, put a warm castor oil pack on your abdomen. Castor oil produces a slow, sustained heat that is soothing and healing. Warm up about 3 tbs of castor oil and pour it onto a handkerchief, spreading it equally on the cloth. Place this compress on the abdomen above the gallbladder. You can also place a hot water bottle on top of the pack.  

For acute attack 

During an acute gallstone attack, use this herbal formula:

  • Musta: 4 parts
  • Trikatu: 3 parts
  • Guduchi: 6 parts
  • Take ¼ teaspoon of this mixture 2 or 3 times a day with honey. It will reduce the pain and ease the gallbladder attack.  

Preventing gallstones

In order to prevent gallstone formation, one has to improve both thyroid function and metabolism. In general, the following formula is effective:

  • Punarnava: 5 parts
  • Shatavari: 4 parts
  • Kutki: 2 parts
  • Chitrak: 2 parts
  • Musta: 3 parts
  • Shilajit: ¼ part
  • This mixture (1/4 teaspoon 3 times a day with honey), taken regularly for two to three months, will help prevent gallstone formation.  

Yoga postures 

Several yoga asanas are beneficial for the prevention of gallstones. The Bow pose, Peacock pose, Spinal Twist, and Narayan pose (lying on the left side) will help to empty the gallbladder. These postures will improve circulation in the gallbladder, helping to prevent the crystallization process.  


Stay away from deep-fried food, dairy products such as yogurt and cheese and all fatty foods, especially animal fat and any saturated fat. These accelerate coagulation of bile into gallstones. 

Bow pose

Lie on the stomach, bend knees, hold the ankles and raise your thighs, head, chest off the floor.

Spinal twists 

Sit with legs straight in front of body. Place the right foot flat on the floor outside the left knee, then the left leg to the right. Place the left heel against the right buttock. Place the left arm outside the right leg and with the left hand. Hold the right foot or ankle. The right knee should be as near as possible to the left arm pit.Turn the body to the right placing the right arm behind the back. Twist the back and then the neck as far as possible without straining. Change and do repeat with the other leg. 

Narayan pose

Lie on your left side with arms stretched over and behind the end or one can even raise the head with the support of hand. The right foot rests in the left foot. Stay in this pose for 10-15 minutes.

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  • Louise02 Nov 2012

    Also, another question: I have been following a more alkaline diet to regain energy. It seems to work, but it involves cooking with coconut oil. There seem to be big differences of opinion about this oil and its effect on gallstones. Some say it is too heavy on the body as it is a saturated fat. Some say it is a healthy saturated fat and easily absorbed by the body. Can you please advise? I lately had some discomfort in my gall again + wondering if this coconut oil is perhaps not serving me well

  • Louise02 Nov 2012

    How can it be a kapha disorder and and caused by underactive thyroid? I had symptoms of an overactive thyroid my whole life and was diagnosed with graves disease 12 years ago. Now recovered, but still on the overactive side and have never been underactive. I had gallstones attacks 4 years ago and can still feel discomfort there. What would you say to someone like me, who is definately not underactive in the thyroid, but the total opposite!! I have always been slim and never overweight. Thanks!