The Wood Type. Five Element Acupuncture for wood elements.

The Gall Bladder

The gall bladder is a hollow pear-shaped organ that is attached to the underside of the liver. The opening of the gall bladder leads into a tube that is known as the cystic duct. This duct intercepts the hepatic duct that carries bile from the liver to the duodenum.

The Gall Bladder. Western diagnosis of the gall bladder by the Torbay Acupuncture Centre

What does the Gall bladder do?
The gall bladder collects and stores bile until it is needed. It also concentrates the bile by absorbing water. This makes the bile in the gall bladder 10 – 15 times more concentrated than the bile that comes from the liver. The gall bladder also secretes mucus into the bile.

The mere presence of fat and acid chyme in the duodenum can be enough to stimulate the gall bladder to contract and release its bile, but if the duodenum needs more bile at any other time, the gall bladder can be encouraged to contract by a hormone called cholecystokinin (CCK) which is secreted by the duodenum.

Bile is used during digestion to break down food, particularly fats.

Rachel Geary

Rachel Geary BA(Hons), Lic. Ac. MBAcC is a fully qualified acupuncturist, having graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2002. She has previously practised in Inverness and Barnstaple. "I first became interested in acupuncture whilst I was at university studying History and Philosophy. I was particularly drawn to eastern philosophy, which I found particularly elegant and beautiful. I then went on to complete a three and a half year course of study in acupuncture and discovered it to exemplify these very same qualities. I feel very privileged to have been able to learn so much about the Chinese understanding of health and to be able to use this knowledge to help others." Rachel Geary is a Registered Acupuncturist, she is registered at The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and The Association of Community and Multibed Acupuncture Clinic (ACMAC).