An Edgar Cayce remedy, the versatile abdominal castor oil pack has been used by many for various ailments over the years. The following testimonial from one of Dr. David Redding's patients discusses the successful use of this therapy for gall stones:
I had intermittent gallbladder pain and discomfort since I was about 55 years old. My [primary care] doctor had told me that if the episodes got more frequent or any worse that we needed to talk about surgery.
It did continue to get worse, but I certainly didn't want to talk about surgery! I had a previous bad experience with being intubated and I couldn't face going through that again. I was willing to put up with the discomfort and pain for as long as I could stand it just to postpone repeating that experience.
Then about three years ago my pain and digestive problems worsened to a point where I was having problems almost on a daily basis. I felt so miserable most of the time that I finally admitted my problem to my doctor the next time I saw him.
I was sent for X-rays and was told that it showed "multiple small stones." My doctor urged me to schedule surgery to avoid the risk of having an emergency situation. I asked for a bit more time to see if I could get myself mentally prepared.
Fortunately, at that same time, I also happened to be seeing Dr. Redding, who was treating me for whiplash injuries from an automobile accident. I told him about my reluctance to have gallbladder surgery and that I did not think I could do that even though I was advised to. He said if I was interested, there was an old fashioned alternative treatment I could try that had a good record of success. That really got my attention.
Surprisingly, the treatment was simply a matter of using a castor oil pack and a heating pad. At first, it sounded too simple to really be an effective treatment, but I was willing to try almost anything to avoid surgery. The second part of this treatment was to take olive oil by mouth every three days from 1/2 teaspoon to 1/2 cup depending on what I could tolerate. The caution was that this might precipitate surgery if the stone was too large to pass. I never got enough courage to try this part of the treatment because I was fearful of precipitating surgery.
The amazing thing about the castor oil packs was the immediate relief I got from the discomfort and pain. There was never a time that I didn't get relief. Any time I had that pain, I would run for the castor oil pack. I meditated with it on, watched television with it on, and slept with it tied on. I even took my castor oil pack with me when I traveled frequently between California and the Midwest and used it in the motel rooms where we stopped. It truly worked, and I wanted it near me, as I was hoping it would keep me from having an emergency surgery.
After a while, the frequency of my overall problems had eased and I was able to go without the castor oil packs for several days at a time and then weeks at a time.
The episodes had become so infrequent that I thought I was over my gallbladder problem. Then unexpectedly I would suddenly have another acute episode and I would rush for the castor oil pack again and use it until the symptoms would go away once more.
I did the castor oil packs on and off for about a year and a half. I felt much better and my symptoms seemed to have almost disappeared.
Then about two months ago, I had an episode of a severe pain that traveled across my back. I went back to my primary doctor because the pain was so sharp. He said I would probably have to have gallbladder surgery as soon as it could be scheduled. He sent me for an ultrasound. Much to our surprise it showed no evidence of ANY gallstones! It showed a normal gallbladder! Boy was my doctor puzzled about that! I told him what I had been doing and he just raised his eyebrows. He said that the pain I had was most likely the passing of a gallstone.
I continued to have little colicky pains in my gallbladder area for a few days after that, but since then I have not had ANY symptoms at all. I no longer have any digestive problems or pain like I had before.
In retrospect, it dawned on me that those acute episodes I was having off and on during the past months must have been because I was passing small gall stones. That puzzled me, because I thought that happened only when you took the olive oil to flush them out and I had avoided that part of the treatment. I started thinking more about that and then I finally realized that, since my habit is to use Paul Newman's Olive-Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing several times a week, I was actually taking the olive oil treatment that was recommended!
I am so grateful that my Gallstones are gone and that I did not have to have the surgery I dreaded. I certainly want to add my name to the list of people who got relief from using this alternative treatment. I also want to say that I continue to use the castor oil packs for other discomforts like indigestion and muscle spasms. They continue to bring relief. Just using the heating pad alone does NOT bring the same results.