The role of the gallbladder is to store bile (released by the liver) for later use in fat digestion. When the gallbladder is surgically removed, the liver releases bile directly into the stomach and small intestine through the duodenum. Certain herbs are known to support liver function and help remove stored toxins. However, its always recommended to consult a health practitioner before using unfamiliar herbs for serious health issues.

1. Yellow Dock Rootyellow dock root

Yellow dock naturally purifies blood and acts on the liver to help increase bile flow and aid in the digestion of fats, according to the Global Healing Center. Additionally, it acts on the small intestines, stimulating the rapid elimination of toxins. Side effects that could occur include diarrhea and nausea. However it is considered safe when used as directed by experts/ herbalists/ health practitioners.

2. Burdock Rootburdock root

Burdock root flushes toxins out of the body through the skin. Burdock root when combined with yellow dock makes a potent diuretic, removing toxins through urination, which would normally be deposited in the liver. Some people may develop a rash after handling burdock leaves. Stop using it in that case, and contact your health practitioner.

3. Green TeaGreen Tea in cup

Green tea is high in catechins, compounds that provide antioxidant effects that support liver function. Too much green tea may cause skin allergies, and therefore, you should do so under the supervision of a health practitioner.

4. TurmericTurmeric herb

Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that protect the liver against damage from exposure to various toxins. In animal studies, it was shown to slow down or inhibit liver disease from liver toxins. It can thin the blood, so if you take medicinal blood thinners, use turmeric only under your health practitioner’s supervision.

5. Milk ThistleMilk Thistle herb

Milk thistle is a commonly-prescribed herb used to treat a variety of liver problems. It helps to clean, and protect the liver against toxin buildup. Milk thistle stimulates the flow of bile, decreases liver enzymes and extends the survival rate of liver cirrhosis sufferers. It may be an effective treatment of liver disease in alcoholics as well. However, do consult your health practitioner for dosage and usage guidelines.

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