I was diagnosed with a gall stone almost ten years ago. I was in college and wound up in the ER with this horrible stabbing pain that made me want to just die. The doctors told me that I had a gall stone, that I should avoid fatty foods, and that was the end of that. I remained symptom-free for another seven years... ...and then the attacks started up again and gradually increased in frequency. First they would occur every 6 months, then every 3 and so on until they were happening almost weekly. I was sick of the sleepless nights and the incredible pain but I was not willing to have surgery to remove my gall bladder. I decided to do look into herbal supplements to see if they could help me out at all. I bought myself a 180-tablet bottle of *Planetary Formulas Stone Free*. This supplement is designed to support the kidneys and gall bladder. It contains tumeric root, gravel root, dandelion root extract, ginger root, lemon balm leaf, marshmallow root, parsley root, dandelion root, licorice root, and some other non-herbal ingredients like cellulose gum, wheat, and sorbitol. The label states that dandelion root and tumeric root are supposed to support normal bile flow while the gravel root, parsley root, and marshmallow root support normal fluid elimination. The "serving size" for *Stone Free* is an incredible FIVE tablets! You are instructed to take all five at once between meals. I throw them all down at once and try not to gag at the "herbal" taste that they leave behind. The most difficult thing about taking this supplement is remembering to take it between meals as instructed. I see the bottle in the morning and remember to take it... right after I've had my coffee and English muffin. The next time I see the bottle is usually while I'm making dinner and 30 minutes or so before I eat which doesn't really seem to qualify as "between meals". There are some days that I manage to take my five *Stone Free* tablets in the afternoon and there are others when I skip them because the timing doesn't work out. After taking *Stone Free* almost daily for the past several months, my gall stone attacks have decreased dramatically. I think I've had just two of them which is a major improvement over the weekly and sometimes twice weekly attacks that I was dealing with before I tried this product. Now I have no scientific or medical data to support my claims that my condition has improved. All I can share is my personal experience. I can tell you that my diet, weight, and activity level have remained the same as they were before I tried this product and the attacks still have decreased. Will I have to have my gall bladder removed at some point? Possibly. But for now I am very happy with the results I am getting with *Planetary Formulas Stone Free*.
New Jersey, NJ