Choleretic herbs: a list of how to use

Medicinal plants are the main means of traditional medicine. Her developments are used by professional doctors. Therefore, Choleretic herbs are often prescribed to prevent diseases of the digestive system. Certain fees can cure and prevent bile stasis. The article provides information on which choleretic herbs with the stagnation of bile have proven their effectiveness and how to drink them correctly, as well as possible contraindications for their use. Read and be healthy.

Choleretic herbs: mechanism of action, indications for use, contraindications

Disorders of the digestive system are a problem that even quite young people face: they complain of pain in the liver, nausea, and a feeling of heaviness after eating. Such pathological conditions can be associated with impaired excretion and/or excretion of bile. In this case, stagnation of bile is formed, which ultimately leads to a deterioration in the functioning of the liver and the entire excretory system.

What is bile? This is a special yellow-brown bitter liquid that is secreted by liver cells, noted in the article. The main tasks of bile in the body:


  • ensuring the change of gastric digestion to intestinal;
  • neutralization of the action of pepsin, which is dangerous for pancreatic enzymes;
  • enhancing the action of enzymes, which contributes to easier digestion of food;
  • activation of intestinal motility;
  • stimulation of mucus production for smoother passage of food through the intestines;
  • stimulation of the production of cholecystokinin and secretin (gastrointestinal hormones); elimination of bilirubin and cholesterol;
  • participation in the digestion of proteins;
  • bactericidal action.

The function of accumulating bile is performed by the gallbladder. Most often, the disruption of his work occurs due to irrational nutrition (excessive consumption of fatty foods, irregular meals), poor ecology, alcohol and medication abuse, a sedentary lifestyle. Then bile stagnation occurs. This condition is manifested by painful symptoms. These include:

  • bitterness in the mouth;
  • nausea, belching, heartburn;
  • bad breath;
  • diarrhea or constipation;
  • darkening of urine and clarification of feces;
  • pulling pain in the side of the liver (especially after physical exertion);
  • enlargement of the liver (seen on ultrasound or palpation);
  • yellowing of the skin and eyeballs.

The described symptoms require confirmation from a doctor. Seek medical advice. But if you have similar symptoms, then this is an indication for taking choleretic drugs.

Of course, serious illnesses such as cholecystitis or gallstone disease must be treated with special medications under the supervision of an experienced physician. But to prevent the development of diseases or improve the general condition of the liver and gallbladder, choleretic agents, which are used not only by folk but also by classical medicine, will help.


Choleretic herbs
bear root
oregano for cough
horsetail weed

Who can be harmed by choleretic herbal preparations? I do not recommend drinking choleretic teas if there are the following contraindications:

  • individual intolerance to certain herbs;
  • acute pain in the liver;
  • defect of the bile ducts;
  • cholecystitis and pancreatitis in the acute phase;
  • peptic ulcer;
  • toxic poisoning of liver cells;
  • cholelithiasis;
  • hepatitis (B, C).

And don’t forget: the information provided is for informational purposes only. To correctly select the necessary methods of treatment, I recommend going to the doctor’s appointment.

Choleretic herbs: a list with a short description


Choleretic tea, made from specific medicinal herbs, is an effective remedy that helps relieve bile stagnation. The correctly selected choleretic herb is capable of:

  • Eliminate bile stagnation. This effect is achieved by the ability of certain herbs to liquefy and remove bile from the body.
  • Stimulate the production of bile by liver cells.
  • Activate the work of the bile ducts, as well as relieve spasms. This improves the circulation and flow of bile.

How to dilute bile? For this, herbs that have a choleretic effect are used. I wonder what exactly choleretic herbs should be drunk? A list of the most effective of them, as well as information on how to drink choleretic herbs correctly, is provided below:

Calendula officinalis

If you are looking for herbs for the gallbladder, check out Calendula officinalis. 

In the people, such a plant is also called marigolds. Calendula has such pronounced actions:

  • bactericidal;
  • anti-inflammatory;
  • antispasmodic;
  • choleretic.

To improve the work of the gallbladder, a tincture or decoction of calendula flowers is suitable. To prepare the broth, take 3 tbsp. l. dried flowers, fill them with water (300 ml), and put on fire. Let it boil and boil over low heat for another 5 minutes. Then leave to infuse for a day. Ready broth drink between meals with 50 ml of food.



dandelion gnc
dr axe dandelion

Dandelion medicinal is a plant with a unique composition and healing properties. The benefits of dandelion for the gallbladder and the liver were discussed by my colleagues in their scientific article.

Many doctors claim that a dandelion decoction soothes an inflamed gallbladder, promotes liquefaction and excretion of bile. Also, the folk remedy has an antiseptic and diuretic effect, which improves the general condition of bile stagnation in the body.

But remember: taking a dandelion decoction or herbal preparations containing such a plant is strictly forbidden for pathologies such as:

  • gastritis;
  • colitis;
  • hemorrhoids;
  • the presence of stones in the liver or kidneys.

Corn silk


Corn silk is a unique remedy with a proven complex choleretic effect. My colleagues write about this in an article published in the scientific medical journal “Biology and Integral Medicine”.

  • Corn silk is used as an adjunct to the main treatment of such serious diseases:
  • cholangitis;
  • cholecystitis;
  • the presence of stones in the gallbladder and biliary tract;
  • hepatitis.

The main effects of corn stigmas, which are appreciated by traditional medicine, are the ability to thin the bile and also control bilirubin levels. For medicinal purposes, decoctions, teas, and infusions from the indicated part of corn are often used.

In addition to the herbs described, the following medicinal plants are widely used to improve the functioning of the gallbladder, dilute and excrete bile:

  • elecampane;
  • sagebrush;
  • centaury;
  • milk thistle;
  • nettle;
  • tansy;
  • Tatar grass (calamus);
  • mountain arnica. 

I also recommend paying attention to the special fees that should be drunk under various conditions:

  • stagnation of bile – a decoction of corn stigmas, dandelion, birch leaves;
  • dyskinesias – immortelle, wild rose, mint, lemon balm;
  • cholecystitis – wormwood, sage, calendula, chamomile;
  • prevention of gallstone disease – immortelle, St. John’s wort, mint, lemon balm, chamomile, and swamp calamus.

When bile stagnation occurs, herbs for the gallbladder can help get rid of unpleasant symptoms, as well as prevent the development of dangerous diseases. You can use them individually or make up whole herbal compositions.

However, do not forget that it is important to consult a doctor beforehand. He will help you find a natural choleretic agent that will improve your health.