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Dandelion Root for detoxing liver

 
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I had my gallbladder removed three months ago and have been battling since then with my digestive system.
The local health store suggested Dandelion Root capsules to help clean up my liver.
The suggested dosage was 2 twice a day but I decided to start slowly on one a day, today heing my third day.
My question is this: does this herb cause diarrhoea? Is it normal when cleansing the liver to have bad diarrhoea? (Along with stomach cramps).
Do I grit my teeth and continue with the suggested dosage or do I stop before the side effects get worse?
I have no idea and apart from the local health store, I have nobody to ask.
 
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First welcome to the gallbladder less club. I had my taken out four years ago. Have you tried eating food with a lot of dietary fiber? Also if I ate foods that are high in fat it cased diarrhea. Anytime I have diarrhea I eat rice , just plain white rice and that helps me a lot.
 
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T Blankinship wrote:First welcome to the gallbladder less club. I had my taken out four years ago. Have you tried eating food with a lot of dietary fiber? Also if I ate foods that are high in fat it cased diarrhea. Anytime I have diarrhea I eat rice , just plain white rice and that helps me a lot.


Thank you for the welcome to the club :)
I was concerned that the Dandelion Root might be the cause but I went back to the health store and
The owner said it wasnt that. More likely tge yoghurt I ate for breakfast.
Im finding it so difficult to find foods that dont upset me and having my gallbladder removed seems to have made the IBS worse!
 
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The herb store fella might actually be right.  Without a GB to store bile, your body can't really deal with larger inputs of cholesterol (meat, dairy) within a short period of  time.  
Cut your portion sizes of these foods, at least by half of what you are used to, to start, and you may find things get a little more comfortable.  It's always been funny to me that most  docs don't prep people better to adjusting to life with a missing organ.  
Anyhow, if I were you I would stick with the lowest dose of dandelion while your system adjusts.
Good luck!
 
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Have you tried turmeric (Curcuma longa)? Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory and is used a lot in food.
 
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I had mine removed five years ago after a quite serious one time bout of pancreatitis and have had digestive problems only 4 or 5 times since that have always been due to either eating not enough fiber (as T Blankinship mentions) to balance the fat or just too much fat altogether.  Most recently  it was my usual steamed cabbage with a bit of brown rice and some cheese...that was all fine but I topped it off with a big dollop of fresh olive oil pesto and that put it over the top.

Right after surgery, I went back to my regular diet that included a lot of organic vegetables, beans, grains and small amounts of cheese and chicken, homemade saurkraut and a few good oils.  I added unsweetened low fat yogurt and some capsule probiotics for a year or so.

I like experimenting with different herbs so lately I've been drinking mugwort tea from our plants in the yard.  I've no way of knowing if it helps my liver with anything as it is said to, but I like the slightly bitter taste and relaxing effect of this herb.  I drink a lot of passionflower vine tea also that we grow...it is good for many things including digestion and relaxation.  We have harvested and dried it for years and drink it frequently.

Eribeth Ballanfield has given some very good advice as to eating smaller amounts of high fat foods.
I have a tendency to binge around birthday time on buttery iced cakes and whole fat ice cream so I just  make sure I get lots of fiber in the meal...then all those things don't seem to bother me.

I am wondering why they think that your liver needs a detox? A little fresh dandelion leaf (or other equally bitter green) might help get some bile flowing before a meal to help with digestion...I try but am pretty shot loose at eating a bitter green before a meal but I think it does make a difference.


 
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Hi, I'm Carla, and I've been GB-free since 1996. Lol, ok, all kidding aside, the gallbladder does what the gallbladder does - until it doesn't. And, nothing else does. Your body will always have this particular digestive issue, without continued assistance. Dandelion can and should help your health, but I'm not so sure it will fix this.  I'm actually living, quite well, on a keto diet, which is heavy on the fats, and can cause some unpleasantness, lol. But, I'm also an herbalist, and while making some recommendations to a friend for his digestive difficulties, it occurred to me (ugh - duh. I'm like the cobbler, who's kids go barefoot! ) that the chamomile tea, the way I was suggesting to him, would quite remarkably assist me, too. And, it has.

The thing with the gallbladder isn't simply storing bile, it also regulates distribution. If you're producing plenty of bile - and if you're struggling with extremely lose stools, chances are, your liver is not the problem - sounds like it's doing exactly what it's supposed to do. DISCLAIMER: I'm not a doctor. I don't diagnose, treat, or cure anything, yada yada yada... This is coming from my personal place of experience, and anecdotal information from others, in my experience.

My friend has/had ulcerative colitis, and often had uncontrollable bathroom urges - and accidents. He told me they dramatically eased, after following this suggestion: chamomile tea. But, not like you think. The stuff in the teabags is really just a quantity/strength for pleasure. The very best way I've found to use many herbs for therapeutic effect, has been a much stronger formulation, of 1oz herb (by weight): 1qt water. So, in this case, I set the water on to boil, while I weigh out the loose chamomile, and place it into a (muslin, cotton...) bag. When the water boils, shut it off, and drop the bag in, immediately placing the lid on top. I allow it to come to room temperature,  before removing the lid, to prevent the valuable essential oils from evaporating into the air, making sure to top the lid, so all the condensed liquid goes back into the pot. I them lift the bag up, and squeeze every drop of liquid out that I can manage, even using a potato ricer, to smash it, until the herbs are as dry as possible. Then, I add just enough water to bring the quantity back up to 1qt.

To use, this concoction is NOT going to be pleasant to drink, on its own, *like this*, so I don't! I drink 1cup, per day - but, I dilute & sweeten it, to taste, after measuring, and ship throughout the day. If I drink it hot, I tend not to dilute it quite as much. But, iced, I don't need to sweeten it, as much. As far as sweetening, use what works for you. Raw, unfiltered honey will do your body the most healing good - but, I use stevia or monkfruit. But, if sugar is your thing, you can use that, too - just go easy, because sugar can aggravate diarrhea.
 
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