Cholecystitis is the medical term for inflammation of the gallbladder and its main ducts. This inflammation is caused by blockage of the tube leading from the gallbladder to the duodenum causing an increase in pressure, or directly by infection that tends to occur in association with a drainage blockage. Blocking of the bile ducts usually occurs due to small gallstones but can occur because of more sinister conditions including cancer of the pancreas.

The symptoms of chronic cholecystitis are a dull but persistent ache on the right side of the abdomen underneath the rib cage. This ache has acute exacerbations, which can be incredibly severe and unrelenting. Very often these pains are brought on by eating, most commonly, fatty foods.

Acute cholecystitis may require an emergency operation to relieve the pain, so any suggestion of aches and pains in that area needs to be investigated thoroughly.


See your GP who will examine you and organize blood tests and an ultrasound at least.

Having ruled out more sinister problems .

The discomfort can be markedly relieved by squeezing two teaspoonfuls of lemon juice into warm water and drinking.

Until the problem is diagnosed and treatment initiated, do not eat any fatty foods.

Stop taking any fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A and E, cod liver oil and Evening Primrose Oil.

The homeopathic remedies Berberis vulgaris 6, Chelidonium 6 and Lycopodium 6 can be taken every lOmin and may relieve the discomfort.