The bile duct is an important system accessory in the process of digestion. It is a channel in the liver that secretes bile to the gallbladder and small intestine to aid in the digestion of fats. The bile duct can become blocked due to major causes such as gallstones, cysts, tumors or trauma. Inflammation and enlarged nodes in the tract can also cause blockages.
Pale coloured stool, jaundice, dark urine, itching, abdominal pain, fever, nausea and vomiting are common symptoms one may experience. Long term effects of a blocked bile duct can cause serious heath problems if not treated. If any of these symptoms are present, an urgent visit to a medical practitioner is advised.
Once assessed by a medical doctor there are many treatments you could use to remove the blockage or decrease the inflammation. These treatments usually include removing the blockage by using an endoscope or performing surgery to remove or bypass the obstruction. If the blockage is in the gallbladder it is surgically removed and antibiotics are given if an infection is present.
Holistic medicine is often called on when such severe and persistent symptoms are experienced. Following the advice of your physician there may be complimentary solutions to easing the symptoms of a blocked bile duct. The Thai herbal compress is a natural alternative that may be used in treating the painful symptoms.
The herbal ball is filled with many traditional herbs grown in the gardens of Thailand. These hand picked herbs with their many healing properties create an intoxicating aroma that soothes and heals when applied to the body. Some of the ingredients included in this comforting warmed pouch are ginger root, camphor, peppermint, turmeric, kaffir lime, and lemongrass.
Turmeric is a main ingredient used in the traditional Thai compress. It has many properties that can be useful in decreasing pain and inflammation caused by gallstones. It also contains anit-oxidant properties that can help reduce tumors and cysts that form obstructions in the duct.
Peppermint has strong connections with the reduction of gallstones when taken internally in capsules. It is strongly recommend to check with your medical doctor before using peppermint to treat a blocked bile duct if gallstones are present. Alternatively, the application of peppermint on the skin is suggested to soothe both nausea and vomiting due to its anti-emetic properties. The digestive tract absorbs the diaphoretic and stomachic properties in the peppermint to reduce inflammation and improve the health of the gallbladder.
The Thai herbal compress can also offer relief of muscle pain and stiffness that secondarily may occur due to excessive vomiting and abdominal pain.