The gallbladder sits underneath the liver and acts as a reservoir for a substance called bile that is made in the liver and then passed into the digestive tract.
The function of bile is to dissolve fat, so that it can be properly digested in the gut.
Gallstones are common in Western society.
Mostly, they are symptomless, although some seem to give rise to recurrent bouts of pain and discomfort (cholecystitis), usually felt in the upper right hand side of the abdomen.
In natural medicine there exists an herbal remedy which has been used for hundreds of years to dissolve stones in the body including gallstones (and also kidney stones).
The herb, called Quebra Pedra (which literally translated means 'stone breaker'), is still used by the indigenous people of the Amazon.
Infuse 1 teabag in a cup of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Leave teabag in cup while drinking for extra strength. Add sugar or honey as desired. Drink 3 cups per day or as recommended by your practitioner.