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I am having my gallbladder removed soon due to numerous stones and symptoms. I drank ginger tea with real ginger in it for years and ate small pieces of ginger. I am wondering if that is what triggered my gallbladder attacks, and if once my gallbladder is removed if I will be able to eat ginger and drink ginger tea again. I understand ginger is contraindicated in people with gallstones but does it affect people without a gallbladder?

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replied June 16th, 2018
Gallbladder Disease Answer A64016
Hello and welcome,

I appreciate your concern,

I think it's very much possible that your gallbladder attacks were at least exacerbated if not entirely triggered by ginger as it does effect gallbladder with stones.

The excessive use of ginger has been associated with a number of different health problems,like a high blood pressure,lowering blood sugar levels way too much in diabetics,increasing the chances of bleeding specially in people who are already on blood thinners,exacerbates the symptoms of people with gallstones and can cause gastrointestinal upset.So yes,it can effect your health even if the gallbladder is removed.
No more than 4G gms of ginger is safe to use per day for a person who is otherwise healthy.

I hope this is helpful,

Wishing you the best of health.

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