Yoga Poses for Gallstones

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Yoga, along with other regular exercise, is a natural and effective way you can soothe any discomfort and pain associated with gallstones until the particles break up on their own, with medications or surgery. Choose yoga poses that focus on improving blood circulation, activating enzymes in the small and large intestine, supporting your liver, and stretching your back, abdomen and spine.

Yoga Poses to Alleviate Gallstone Pain

Try the Bhujangasana, or Cobra pose, to help strengthen and stretch your back, spine and abdomen, which are areas where you might experience discomfort when you have gallstones. Lie face down on the floor for Cobra pose. Place the palms of your hands firmly into the ground -- parallel to your body and under your shoulders -- and spread out your fingers. Next, raise your upper body to stretch your lower back, chest and arms, keeping your legs and pelvis tightly against the floor. Keep your arms as straight as possible and pull your shoulders back into your body to deepen your stretch each time you raise up. Hold the pose for 15 to 30 seconds each repetition.

Perform the Narayan pose, while lying on your left side with both arms stretched overhead and slightly behind your head, to help empty the gallbladder, which can help prevent the formation of gallstones, according to Only My Health. You can use your right hand to slightly lift your head to increase the stretch. Rest your right foot over your left foot while you hold this pose for 10 to 15 minutes.

Continue to consult your physician to monitor your gallbladder health as you use yoga to keep you healthy and comfortable until you have fully recovered.