Between meals, resistance to flow through the sphincter of Oddi (at the end of the pancreatic and bile ducts in the liver) is high and bile excreted by the liver is diverted to the gallbladder. After feeding, the resistance to the flow through the sphincter of Oddi is reduced and the gallbladder contents and bile enters duodenum, where it assists in the digestive process. This motor response of the biliary tract is affected by the hormone cholecystokinin, released by the upper intestinal mucosa in response to food, particularly fats.
Imbalances in this network may lead to biliary stasis, infection and a multitude of compromised metabolic states.
Conditions of low functioning gallbladder are often missed, yet may well be at the core of a wide range of health challenges. For example, a low functioning gallbladder may be associated with cholesterol problems, “stones”, liver congestion, E. coli infections, Ascaris lumbricoides (large intestinal worm) infestation, structural pain (upper right quadrant), hiatal hernia, ileo-cecal valve (ICV) problems, all manner of colon problems (diverticulosis, Crohn’s etc), pancreatitis, hormone imbalances, etc.
Over the years many practitioners have “jumped” to gallbladder and liver cleanses using variations of olive oil, apple juice and disodium phosphates, etc. Patients have reported feeling better on these protocols and gall bladders often have been saved from the knife. However, gallbladders, while resilient, are typically overworked and damage sets in over the years.
Drainage and tonification must be included before, during, and after any protocol that relates to the gall bladder.
GB Milieu was specifically designed to assist in the gentle drainage and tonification of the gallbladder and liver.