Gallith – a gentle approach against gallstones

Gallith relies on the gentle action of ground ivy. Ground ivy is an old Germanic medicinal herb from the mint family (Labiatae), which was already described by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) as a medicinal herb for a range of applications. Ground ivy extract can assist the body in dissolving cholesterol gallstones. The triterpenes (e.g. ursolic acid) contained in the plant, which are structurally related to the body’s own bile acids, play an important role in this. 

Active substance: oily extract of ground ivy (Hederae terrestris)

Five good reasons for choosing Gallith:


  • is a very well tolerated herbal product
  • reduces the number and size of cholesterol gallstones
  • can completely dissolve smaller cholesterol gallstones
  • reduces the typical symptoms caused by gallstones (as epigastral pain, feeling of fulness and others)
  • is available at your pharmacist

Additional information: Gallith is able to reduce the number and size of cholesterol gallstones significantly. Although the product’s mechanism of action has yet to be fully elucidated, it is presumed that it influences the composition of the bile and thus the ratio of cholesterol to bile acids.

The ursolic acid contained in the plant, which is structurally closely related to the body’s own bile acid (ursodeoxycholic acid), appears to be particularly effective in dissolving gallstones (lysis). Extracts of ground ivy also contain flavonoids, tannins, bitters, saponins and essential oil. The bitters stimulate the production of gastric juice, while the saponins and the essential oil tend to have mucolytic properties and a soothing effect on the mucous membranes.

Medical background: Bile is produced by the body for the purpose of digesting fats and largely consists of water (approx. 80%) and bile salts. It is produced in the liver and stored in the gall bladder. During meals it is released into the duodenum. Before the bile is released into the duodenum via the bile ducts, it is concentrated in the gall bladder. It is during this process that gallstones may form. The exact mechanism behind the formation of gallstones is not yet clear, however, a change in the composition of the bile most likely plays a key role. The formation of cholesterol gallstones is encouraged if, for example, there is too much cholesterol and not enough bile acid.

Symptoms: Most gallstones remain undetected. Only about 25% of all patients complain of symptoms. The symptoms associated with gallstone disease may vary:

  • epigastral pain
  • feeling of fulness
  • flatulence
  • meteorism
  • borborygmus
  • complaints with respect to frequent defecation
  • food intolerance

If a small gallstone enters one of the bile ducts, it can trigger a biliary colic involving violent, spastic pain. In the event of an acute biliary colic, a doctor should be consulted immediately.

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 For risks and side effects, please read the package leaflet and ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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