Gallbladder Attack Remedies

Last Modified on Jul 31, 2014

Natural Relief for Gallbladder Pain

Few things are scarier than a gallbladder attack, but once the shock goes away and you realize what is going on, a few natural remedies from home can quickly relieve the pain of a gallbladder attack. After that, a gallbladder cleanse or other home remedy can help you eliminate the causes of your digestive issues.

The gallbladder is a small digestive organ located on your right side beneath the liver and feeding into the small intestine. The organ's role is to store bile produced by the liver and release it into the duodenum as needed for intestinal digestion of fats and protein. When the organ goes bad, gallbladder symptoms include abdominal pain, pain in the right shoulder, nausea, and loss of appetite. All are the result of inflammation of the gallbladder, usually after a gallstone forms and blocks the bile duct (cholecystitis). After a few hours of gallbladder symptoms, the attack will often subside on its own. However, in some cases gallbladder surgery becomes necessary.

Natural Alternatives to Gallbladder Surgery

A well-balanced diet and keeping a healthy weight can help you to prevent gallbladder issues. Some food allergies can also lead to gallstones, so an elimination diet may help you determine the cause of your gallbladder issues. In the event of an attack, Earth Clinic users have reported that they can stop gallbladder pain with a simple apple cider vinegar in apple juice treatment. Over the long-term, milk thistle supplements reputedly offer help, as well as several home remedies to be found below.

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[WARNING!]  02/25/2014: Jewels51 from Ohio: "I have gall bladder attacks. People must differentiate between 2 types. One type is due to gallstones and the other due to a sphincter problem called sphincter of oddi. If there are gallstones a flush might help, I don't know, since I have no gallstones based on scans. I do have spasms in my sphinter of oddi, which is a spasm in the spincter or tubes that do not allow the bile to release. WARNING if you have this particularsphincter problem fats will make it worse. Do NOT a flush involving oil or fats of anytime, it will put you in the ER. I was taking fish oil and flax oil and my gall bladder was killing me. This is because fats cause the bile to build up because they are needed for fat digestion. When you build up fats and can't release the bile because of a spasm in the sphincter that will not let the bile flow out into the digestive system, the gall bladder overfills and backs into the pancreas at times. If you do an oil flush or increase fats pain will increase!!!! Removal of gall bladder does not help this because the sphinter is not removed with the gall bladder and in fact, gall bladder removal will often make this condition worse. I don't know the cure, however, my gall bladder and pancreatic pain calmed almost completely when I stopped the flax and fish oil and cut down on fats in general. Now if anyone knows how to get the gallbladder sphincter to relax from spasm and release the bile, WITHOUT using fats or oils, I would love to know the answer so Please POST it."

02/25/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Jewel51,

I read your post and think, "Lobelia! " It is an anti-spasmodic herb and we have used it with success in our house for a number of things, though not for gall bladder issues. We have used it for asthma and for suspected appendicitis.

You can buy the loose herb and make a tincture of an oil infusion. I would use this externally over the area where you have pain. It absorbs readily into the skin. You may be able to buy a tincture or oil. I can give more detail on making the infusion or tincture if you want to try that. You may also be able to take it internally and have it work, but be careful as a small amount of lobelia is a relaxant and too much is a stimulant. If your body is toxic, a small amount internally can cause vomiting.

I also would not be surprised to see a charcoal poultice or castor oil pack help you in this situation. I have used both for pain in the gall bladder area as well as for other things. There is information about both on this website.

Do you know if any foods are irritating your gall bladder? I know certain ones do mine, especially coffee, sadly!

Let us know what you find out. I hope you get relief soon.

~Mama to Many~"

02/25/2014: Prioris from Fl replies: "Good information about the two types of gallbladder attacks. It is easy to just assume stone related. Won't milk thistle get the bile flowing?"
02/26/2014: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Jewels51: To strengthen the Liver/Gallbladder and increase the flow of bile take Triple Strengthen Lecithin and Dr. Christopher's Liver/Gallbladder Formula. There are many herbal suppliers w/ different names to this formula. The one I used to take was called Liveron. An internet search should produce some good results, but if not report back and I can give you the list of the home made formula I use.

I also occasionally use lemon Water to help open things up down there."

03/11/2014: Mary Lou from Cincinnati, Ohio replies: "To Jules51, For your spasms of sphincter of Oddi. Try 1-2 tsp of Bitters (Angostura) in water. It is in the grocery stores aisles with the drink mixes, cheapest at Walmart. It is an antispasmodic and antiflatulent. I swear by it for an upset stomach and gallbladder pain. I know it saved me from an ER visit twice in the past 20 years when I was doubled over in pain and nausea so badly I could barely speak or chew a Tums. Each time was due to meals with hidden fat, which I normally avoid. It tastes like an unsweetened coca cola, has a bit of alcohol, 44.7% by volume. Worth a try, I know I would have been in ER both times. When I can't talk, I am sick! hahaha"
03/20/2014: Erika from Atlanta, Ga replies: "I came across this site when looking for feedback on something I discovered by accident. I too have to watch fats in my diet because of gallbladder pain.

Recently I began having plain yogurt in the mornings mixed with a little honey (for flavor). I have been amazed at the positive impact it has had on my digestion and my gallbladder. Hope this helps."

04/14/2014: Rebecca from Co, US replies: "I found that my attacks were brought on my a combo of stress (huge!!!! ), not drinking enough water, and eating a large meal late in the evening with lots of salad and dairy fats, my favorite combo. Too hard to digest. Under advice of a naturopath I take lecithin, vitamin C, fish oil, and GB 6 which is a chinese herb blend. I ditched dairy and coffee and drink green tea, which is a calmative, and I have been symptom and pain free for a year. And, I'm healthier than I've been in ages. My GB was the canary in the coal mine for me. I find that stress really triggers spasms. If I feel spasms coming on, I sip a little cider vinegar in juice, and I take a percocet which my primary doc prescribed in case of attack. In addition to helping with the sudden onset of debilitating pain, it has muscle relaxing properties that can help calm the spasming before it gets full-blown."
04/14/2014: Rebecca from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Rebecca, Can you tell us the ingredients in the GB6, Chinese Herbal blend."
04/15/2014: Rebecca from Co replies: "Rebecca, it contains china berry fruit and other herbs; it's supposed to slacken the sphincter of oddi and contract the gall bladder. I notice my gall bladder feeling "busy" or twingey when I take it; the goal is to keep things moving and/or dissolve and expel stones."
06/23/2014: Cindy from Utah, US replies: "I have been on HRT since age 39 (early menopause) to reduce risk of osteoporosis. Can anyone tell me the effect of taking 3 Tbs ACV daily on my bone density? Does the ACV have to be downed all at once or can I mix it w/ a liter of water and sip all day? What does it do to tooth enamel?"
06/28/2014: Mikemo from Michigan replies: "ACV/apple juice remedy: Be advised this does not work in all situations. If your gallbladder is inflamed or has a wall thickening issue, this remedy MAKES ATTACK MUCH, MUCH worse. I tried it and ended up in ER 2 hours later....."
07/18/2014: Phil from San Jose, California replies: "Consider adding magnesium to your diet. Magnesium is needed for muscle relaxation, while calcium is needed for muscle contraction. Muscle spasms may indicate magnesium deficiency. Dark leafy greens contain magnesium, since it is part of the chlorophyll molecule. You could also use a supplement such as magnesium malate tablets, which readily decomposes in the digestive tract into a bio-available form of magnesium and malic acid, the latter being found in apples."

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Apple Cider Vinegar in Apple Juice for Gall Bladder Attacks

Home Remedy Ingredients

  • Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 to 3 Tablespoons
  • Apple Juice - 1 glass

To stop a gallstone attack, add 1-3 tablespoons of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to a glass of apple juice and drink. Relief should come quickly!

[YEA]  07/31/2014: Mitch from Usa: "Apple Cider Vinegar in Apple Juice for Gallbladder Attack

Another believer after unbearable pain. This natural remedy is truly amazing. Last time we took olive oil and lemon which seems counterintuitive now. Is it too soon to drink the beet apple cure smoothy cleanse? Also wondered why Dr Oz suggested a spoonful of ACV every day. Might not be a bad idea after this episode. Thanks to all that posted so I could get relief and sleep!"

[YEA]  07/25/2014: K from Delray Beach, Fl: "Gallbladder Attack Treatment - it really works!!!

I've been sick for 4 days, and can't go to the hospital. This is nothing short of miraculous. I drank the ACV in fresh apple cider, and within 30 minutes, pain started to subside. With next glass, I fell asleep and woke up with NO PAIN!!!! Does this mean it is not a valve problem? I hope so, because I plan to proceed with the cleanse tonight unless someone out there has had a bad experience or a reason to not do the cleanse just yet."

[YEA]  07/21/2014: Govols from New York: "I have suffered with occasional (4 to 8 times per year) gallbladder pain since I was a child. As a teen I was hospitalized due to the pain and was told that the issue was just gas pressure. Later testing in my thirties proved that my gallbladder functions at about only 10% of what it should. After this I was referred to a surgeon who told me that doing the surgery was no problem, he did this surgery every day. He said 85% of his patients are "cured." However, about 15% experience side effects. One of the side effects is lifelong chronic diarrhea. So, I could either take the chance with the surgery or watch the fat content in what I consumed. I chose the latter and the surgeon gave me a reaffirming nod;-)

This past weekend I sensed another flare up as the pressure and pain slowly increased under the right side of my rib cage. I drugged up last night with anything I could find (over-the-counter) to knock me out and help me sleep. I woke up feeling better. However, after lunch the pain came roaring back with a vengeance. I had to leave work early. On the way home I drove by our local health food store to see if they had any insights (they always do a GREAT job) but they were closed, bummer! Got home and began taking anything I could find to help ease the pain (again, over-the-counter only.) Then I thought I would search the internet for "natural cures." That's when I found this article on this site.

I found organic Apple Cider Vinegar and mixed 3 teaspoons with 8 oz of apple juice and sipped the concoction until it was gone. Over the course of about an hour and fifteen minutes I went from wanting to curl up in fetal position due to the pain to feeling just some mild pressure. Not sure how this will turn out BUT this solution has been RADICALLY more effective than anything else I have tried for the last 30 years. Now I'm sipping an a second batch just to see what happens.

It is absolutely unbelievable. I cannot say if it will work for anyone else, but it has truly been a God-send for me. I wish you all good health, body soul, and mind."

[YEA]  06/19/2014: Bobe from Atlanta, Ga: "I had my first gallbladder attack back in January of this year. I went to an urgent care center where the MD diagnosed the problem within seconds. He offered me a shot, which I accepted, and it stopped the attack in less that 15 minutes. This morning, I woke up with excruciating pain on my right side. At first I wasn't sure if it was my gallbladder or perhaps appendicitis. After moving around for about 30 minutes, the pain definitely centered higher in my abdomen. I was sweating a bit so I decided to also take my temp. When I saw that my temp was normal, I became convinced that it was my gallbladder again. I remembered reading about ACV on this site back in January. Faced with deciding to go to the ER, or trying this remedy, I decided to try it. Sure enough, within 15 minutes after drinking the ACV with apple juice, the symptoms (PAIN) went away! Someone asked in their post if ACV pills would work. I've not heard of ACV pills and I didn't notice any reply. Does anyone know? I'm about to leave for an extended trip in 2 weeks and I would love to figure out if I can have an emergency remedy in my back pocket. Thank You!"

[YEA]  06/08/2014: Truckwife from Ranger, Tx.: "Hi, I'm 57 yrs old and have high blood pressure controlled by medication and 220 Cholesterol. I have been reading this thread for a few days now, and am going to start the process today after waking up yet again with a painful attack. The first attack I had was about 7 years ago, of course, not knowing what it was, but since then they have become more frequent. The attack I had this morning was the same as usual, 6 hours after fat intake. But this time I drank 8oz of apple juice with 1 tbs of ACV and 45 min. later I was able to go back to sleep. Usually, I would be up for the next 6 hours doubled over in pain wondering whether I should go to the ER. I don't have insurance so I just deal with it! Since the AJ and ACV that I got from another website, worked I'm going to assume these attacks are gallbladder related. What God gave me, I'm not giving up without a fight!! My only concern is the affect on my blood pressure. Any thoughts??"

06/09/2014: Timh from KY replies: "This confers my suspicion that liver/gall problems can cause hypertension thru reduction of blood flow. You will also need to support your liver (Milk Thistle, Turmeric, and Artichoke herbs) while cleansing the gallbladder. During this time your BP will probably drop so you must take a BP reading daily and adjust (lower) the medication accordingly."
06/09/2014: Truckwife from Ranger, Texas replies: "Thank you for your reply.. but I have had BP problems for 20 years, so not likely it is related to my gallbladder problems. What do I need to do with Milk Thistle, Turmeric and Artichoke ??"
06/11/2014: Truckwife from Ranger, Texas replies: "Timh...So If I understand you correctly, my high BP could be from my system not working properly and I should take Milk Thistle as a daily routine? Does Milk Thistle work alone or only with the other herbs you mentioned? Will it reduce the gallstones I may already have or prevent new ones from forming? Thanks"
06/11/2014: Timh from KY replies: "Truckwife: I have found a direct correlation between liver and/or kidney problems and hypertension. This seems to be an issue of blood, urine, and bile flow.

Be careful w/ your logic. If you were to, say, begun having gallbladder issues at the beginning of 2014 and conclude that for many yrs prior there was no (noticeable) problem. One can have gallstones for many yrs and worsening all the time until finally there is a crisis.

The herbs I suggested increase bile flow; increased bile flow reduces gallstones."

06/12/2014: Timh from KY replies: "Yes, these recommendations should help to some degree almost immediately as well as long-term. My first symptoms of gallstones were irregular heart beat and heart pain which were totally relieved by the flush.

The liver herbs I mentioned are predominately used for protective regenerative effects specifically for hepatic function. Dr Christopher developed an herbal formula specifically to improve liver/gall function and increasing bile flow. Taking a supplement of either Glycine or Taurine will increase bile production. All this will help digestion and elimination. Also recommended to reduce or prevent cholesterol gallstone is Lecithin and Choline/Inositol. The Christopher formula was once marketed as Liveron but is now called something else like Liver Tone or something (not sure). Also big on the herb list for liver/gall as well as kidney is Dandelion Root, Burdock Root, and Yellowdock Root. Cranberry and Parsley are the top 2 herbals for kidney problems."

06/14/2014: Truckwife from Ranger, Texas replies: "Well, I am going to be doing the last part of the gallbladder cleanse tomorrow. One question tho, is it ok that I have been drinking my usual quart of water along with the quart of apple juice every day for the last 6 days? I was starting to think that maybe the water is diluting the apple juice and therefore preventing it from softening any possible gallstones. And advice is welcome....Thanks!"

[YEA]  05/02/2014: Rod from East: "I had some sharp pains, since I didn't have any Apple Juice, I added 2 tblsp of Apple Cider Vinegar to a glass of water and had 2 apples, the sharp pains have gone and now I can lean down a bit better. Since this has worked a bit, then my message to everyone is try to always have your oily food with either ACV or some lemon juice to prevent this attacks from happening - it also make the food more tasty anyway."

[YEA]  03/31/2014: Katt from Austin, Tx: "I am waiting on having my gallbladder removed. Had some discomfort tonight after eating a little excessively. Went out and bought some 100% apple juice and ACV. I used 1 TBS to 8 oz of juice. It is 40 minutes later and the pain and pressure are going away. Glad I found this. Will Be a drink I'll mix in the morning and take to work in case of pain."

[YEA]  03/16/2014: Rastomp from Raleigh Nc: "My doctor found 3 "silent" gallstones while looking to see if my kidney stones were gone. They act up if I have sour cream, cream cheese, etc I have been doing the apple cider with mother/apple juice for the last few days and it is great!! I heat up the cider/juice in a cup, and sip it slowly twice a day. Have not had one peep from the stones since. Very happy and will continue this daily."

[YEA]  04/01/2014: Macy from San Juan City, Philippines replies: "I am now having terrible gallstone attack and its been days. I took several Buscopan Plus capsules but the pain did not go way. I did not bother tell anyone about since I am afraid to end up again in an ER. Last night I tried taking 2tbs of ACV mother but to no avail. After reading some tips here I increased it to around 6 ounces with apple juice. It was very unpleasant to the point that I'm going to vomit. Now after 15 minutes, the sharp stabbing pain that goes through my back subsides to almost gone but the burning sensation is still there which is much more tolerable. I am so afraid to have any kind of operation - just the thought of visiting a hospital makes me so nervous. Good thing I have ACV by Braggs in hand and I swear it is working even in the most excruciating pain that I just experienced for two days in a row."
[YEA]  04/09/2014: Arya926 from Port Huron, Mi replies: "to Macy fromSan Juan City: I am also afraid to have my gallbladder removed. I was recently released from the hospital and I am determined to do anything necessary to keep all my parts. I learned that barberry bark will slowly dissolve gallstones and it is the main ingredient in Dr.christopher's liver and gall bladder formula. I have been taking it since I got home from the hospital and, although it has only been about 10 days, I am feeling much better.

i have tried to cut many of the fats from my diet and I also take a digestive enzyme tablet before each meal. If the meal will contain fat, I add a betaine hcl tablet to help digest the fat so my gall bladder and pancreas don't have to work so hard.

i indulged a bit last night and ended up sick all night; however, I took some Apple Cider Vinegar and the symptoms have subsided. Usually, I am sick for several days so I think it really helped."

04/22/2014: Grannypooh from Austin, Tx replies: "Thank you, Thank you!

I've been having discomfort in the gall bladder area for two+ days...had to be the Easter Dinner with all the fat...

I went to the store and got the apple juice and apple cider vinegar (with the mother)...and proceeded as others was a very few minutes and the discomfort is gone. Why and how does it work this way? What's the mixture to do the daily preventive?"

[YEA]  03/06/2014: Db from South Carolina: "Last night, after my 3rd "attack" in 6 days of what sounds like gall bladder issues, husband found this site. Was on hour 5 of hurting, drank the ACV with AJ and, just like the other comments here, the pain was gone with 20 minutes! Then I slept like a baby! Am following up with doc today to determine root cause. But am praising the Lord for His natural medicines!"

[YEA]  03/06/2014: Marie from North Las Vegas Nv replies: "Thank you so much for your posting. I made the mixture 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar with 8 oz apple juice. I was on the verge of another ER visit. I drank the cocktail and in about 45 min was able to fall asleep. I actually use the vinegar all the time but it had been so long since I have had a gall bladder attack that I forgot. I like adding it to the apple juice. It made it much more tolerable. Hope your husband feels better too!!"
[YEA]  03/08/2014: Joey from Chicago replies: "I just read this, I ended up in the hospital Friday night with the most unbearable pain imaginable, it took 3 shots of pain killers to dull the pain. I had and ultrasound and I have gallstones. Still in pain I've been looking up everything possible when I say this. My sister kindly went to the store and picked up ACV and apple juice( they didn't have organic ) I just drank 8 oz of Apple juice with 3 table spoons of ACV and the pain is gone. Thank all of you sooooo much. That did in ten minutes what 3 shots of strong painkillers failed to do"
03/29/2014: Paula from Va replies: "If the apple juice and vinegar does not work, only sometimes, why is that? Going back to get results in 2 days. The pain across upper back is unbearable."
04/17/2014: Rahoz from Bc replies: "Paula from Va, the pain shooting towards back is a sign of pancreatic inflammation (pancreatitis) and SHOULD NOT be ignored. Many patients with gallbladder problems can have concomitant chronic pancreatitis."
04/18/2014: Timh from Ky replies: "My pancreatitis pain is almost always between the shoulder blades. I have used Dr Christopher's P14 herbal formula w/ good or lifesaving results. Buffering salts were also needed as acidosis was severe. Most recently I use a strong magnet over the gall/pancreas area for about 30 min w/ good results. For gallstone prevention I suck menthol cough drops fallowed w/ liquids. Menthol literally melts cholesterol stones."

[YEA]  02/08/2014: Happy Wife In Nj from New Jersey, Usa: "My husband has gall stones and was having attacks every 2 months or so for 6 months starting about a year and a half ago. After a trip to the ER on the 4th or 5th attack, he learned he had gall stones. Started eating healthier and only had one mild attack in the last year. He became a little more lax recently and tonight had an attack that came on rapidly. After the last attack I had read about this remedy and bought a bottle of apple cider vinegar to have on hand just in case. I looked up remedies today and was reminded about this one so I told him and he ran to the store to get apple juice. He drank the concoction (3 1/2 tablespoons to about 8 oz apple juice). He was in a decent amount of pain and tried a few different positions to ease his discomfort. He finally laid on the couch and after about 15 minutes following drinking the potion told me to throw a post up here on the forum to say that it really worked! He's feeling much better. He's still on the couch not wanting to jinx it but I'm so happy he's feeling better and hopefully won't need a trip to the ER tonight!!!"

02/10/2014: Centralperkeast from Atlanta, Ga replies: "My son is 19 and has been suffering off and on for several years. Last night was his worst attack. I've just given him 3TBS mother of vinegar in organic apple juice. Is there a maintenance version of this to prevent more? For example, can he take this daily?"
[YEA]  02/22/2014: Hatman from Asheville, Nc replies: "Apple cider vinegar in apple juice works just like everybody says!"
03/03/2014: Ann14 from Texas replies: "Hi, I am wondering- how long do we drink the apple juice with ACV for a gallbladder attack. After that first glass, what about the next day? Thank you"
03/04/2014: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Ann: Without the presence of gallbladder disease, many people have adopted a one dose ACV/Apple Cider for an array of general health conditions. The list of positive benefits of daily ACV is a long one, so drink up."
03/04/2014: Ann14 from Texas replies: "So drinking this drink will not irritate your stomach? Where can I read about the healthful benefits of this drink. Thank you again"
03/04/2014: Ann14 from Texas replies: "I forgot to ask this: If a person has acid reflux, I take over the counter Prevacid everyday 2 tablets once in the morning. What I don't understand is that I would think ACV would be irritating to the stomach, (which I haven't felt yet) I have been taking the ACV with apple juice for a couple of days now. Does anyone know if this will irritate the stomach more or is it less? I do know that fermented sauerkraut has been suggested for acid reflux. I thought "OMG" that would be so irritating, but I guess not. Does anyone here have acid reflux?"
03/04/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Ann,

I have had acid reflux in pregnancy (and once it a while at other times.) I would live on TUMS. (Not good.) I ended up on prescription medication for reflux. In my last pregnancy I used Apple Cider Vinegar the whole time. Never took any tums or any prescription for it. It also helped my gall bladder issues to settle down. Yes, I agree, it seems like vinegar would be irritating to the stomach, but I found that opposite to be true. Perhaps for some, it would bother them, but many find it helpful. I have used it now for year and love it.

~Mama to Many~"

04/17/2014: Rahoz from Bc replies: "@Ann14 from Texas: ACV, though sound and taste "acidic" and thus one may think it would cause more acidity and worsen acid reflux, however, its not about the acidic taste but the end products of ACV (and lemon juice too) in body which are actually alkaline in nature. If you look up acid reflux section of this website, you will be surprised to see how hundreds of people actually found relief and even cure from acid reflux (GERD) by using ACV.

I myself had an esophageal motility disorder which would cause me extreme reflux symptoms to the point of vomiting every thing out. No meds worked but ACV has almost cured it. Last year I only had 4 reflux incidences resulting in vomiting, where as it used to be at least twice every day just two years ago.

I would suggest you give ACV a fair chance with full confidence and get rid of prevacid or any other PPI you might be using for reflux as they rob body off much needed magnesium resulting in increased migraine headaches and hypertension over the years, where as ACV actually provide good amount of Mg too and has no side effects. I have become a strong believer in ACV now."

[YEA]  01/23/2014: Aw from Manchester, Uk: "The gallbladder remedy has worked! I bought the unpasteurised ACV this morning & got a bottle of apple juice. I used 3 tbs of ACV in a glass of apple juice & the discomfort I was having has subsided. It hasn't even been half an hour yet. One word of caution though - it is very sour but it is definitely worth it!"

02/06/2014: Audra from Regina, Saskatchewan replies: "Hi, Can you tell me if the apple cider vinegar pills would work the same as the apple cider vinegar and apple juice. I have been waiting for surgery to have my gall bladder removed on the 'list' for about 3 years now. And I have been home remedying myself with cranberry pills, they provide some relief but doesn't take the attack completely away. We went to Emerg last Oct and doc gave me morphine for the pain. I have been having a very bad attack since Sunday and have taken morphine twice. I would rather take something that is not pain medication. But we are planning on going to Mexico in a few days and if we can take the pills instead of apple cider vinegar in our suitcase we will do that! Thank you"
[YEA]  03/02/2014: Gerri from Dallas replies: "THANK U! I have been in PAIN SINCE FRIDAY - iT. WORKS!!!"
06/25/2014: Bobe from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Did anyone ever reply to the question regarding ACV pills? I am also traveling and would love to have this figured out, knowing how many ACV pills to take along with apple juice for gallbladder problem. Thank you."
06/25/2014: Bee from New York replies: "Hi, I think you can find Apple Cider Vinegar pills online somewhere or in health food store .. I went on a cruise and just took a small bottle of ACV the liquid kind with me.. just wrapped it in a plastic bag and put it in my suitcase in case you can't find the pills.."
06/26/2014: Bobe from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Thanks B. I did find ACV tablets from GNC. My plan it to take them with me. Did you have to use them? What I was wondering is how many to take with the juice. Actually having gallbladder pain now so I may find out the answer really soon. Uggg!"
06/26/2014: Bee from New York replies: "Hi

No I have never used the tablets myself.. Be careful of GNC products also.. You want to get the Braggs organic ACV with the Mother in it.. I did buy the small bottle of ACV and it fit in my suitcase... then when I get to my destination I just use the liquid.. I use about two tablespoons in water and sip it throughout the day.. maybe more or less.. depends on how you feel... I believe the apple juice is mixed with ACV for the gallbladder. I would also try and drink some lemons.. organic of course..."

[YEA]  01/15/2014: Emmanuel from Waco, Tx: "Thank god for this web site and all the helpful remedies. My wife was having her first attack and I had no idea what to do! When I heard about the apple cider and apple juice I was absolutely certain it wouldn't work but just as everyone said it kicked in after just 15 min now she is pain free!!! Thank you all"

[YEA]  01/21/2014: Jnz from California replies: "Hi! I don't have much new info to add, but I've been finding amazing remedies and helpful advice on Earth Clinic for a couple of years now and thought it was about time that I said thank you and contributed if only to say, "Yep, it worked like that for me too!! "

I was having these attacks a couple of years ago off and on for about 5 or 6 weeks and didn't know why or what they were. I went to the Dr. and she told me if these "stomach aches" were resolving themselves, there was nothing to worry about. After that 5 or 6 week period of time, it stopped happening until a couple of days after this Thanksgiving. It happened twice and then it went away again until Jan. 4th of this year. I had 4 or 5 attacks from the 4th - 7th and after the first one, I looked online to see what type of food was linked to causing these type of symptoms, as I thought it was probably a reaction to something that I was eating that wasn't agreeing with me, and saw that my symptoms matched gallstones exactly and then I found this remedy. I mixed 4TBS of ACV with approx. organic sparkling apple cider and two of the three times, the pain was gone within 15-20 where it would normally last (at least moderate pain) for two to three hours. One day though, I was getting a little bit of a headache and so I drank a cup of coffee cause most of the time it will get rid of a headache for me. OH MY GOSH!!! About thirty minutes later - the worst of these attacks that I have ever had!! My face, neck and chest flushed dramatically (like it was on fire) and the pain was super intense for 45 minutes, despite drinking the ACV and apple cider. Moderate pain lasted for about an hour and a half longer and then slight discomfort for another couple of hours. This is not to take away from the ACV and apple cider remedy, it works fantastically. I am fairly sensitive to caffeine, (and prone to very mild flushing) so this is just to say that if you are too, you might want to think twice about drinking coffee while dealing with these on going type of attacks.

After that incident, and while waiting for a doctor's appt., I was worried that I was going to have another attack like that so I tried the ACV and apple cider for prevention. I'm used to using ACV for other things anyway, so it was no big deal. I put two tsps. of ACV in about 6 oz of sparkling apple cider and I would drink half of it before I ate and the other half after. After a day or two, I used water instead of apple juice. I haven't had another attack since the one on the 7th after drinking coffee. I can't say for sure if it the situation was resolving itself anyway or if it was the ACV that kept it from happening again, but my feelings are that it was the ACV. After about a week of that, I've just been having about 1tsp ACV in 6oz water when I first wake up and right before I go to bed and, so far, I haven't had an attack since the 7th. I have also started taking my probiotics again and began taking milk thistle. Not sure what of these different things has helped me not to have another attack so far, but they sure haven't hurt!

I went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago and they agreed that it sounded like it was gallstones and ordered an ultrasound, which I had a few days ago. Still waiting for the results and will post if I have anything to share that I think might benefit anyone else.

Thanks again for everyone posting their experiences and to Earth Clinic for providing this community - I very much appreciate it!! :O)"

01/22/2014: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Jnz: Many health practitioners recommend annual colon, gallbladder, and parasite cleanse as optimal health cannot be achieved otherwise. Oregano, Garlic, Neem, Oilve Leaf, and Grapefruitseed are all good herbs for killing parasites and pathogens; incorporate one in the daily diet or take supplement. A one week rotation of these will be most effective."
06/16/2014: Marcy from Rochester, Ny replies: "I had a gallbladder attack that put me in ER, but I declined the surgery because I want to heal myself and keep my parts, so have been doing research. I found and explanation for why coffee is helpful to prevent gallbladder problems, but not after:

"Coffee induces cholecystokinin release and gallbladder contraction, which may explain why patients with symptomatic gallstones often avoid drinking coffee."

[YEA]  01/06/2014: Gatorbyt from Tampa Bay, Fl: "ACV in apple juice for gallbladder attack: Without a doubt, this works great, and quickly! I had 100% pure apple juice and put a couple of tablespoons of vinegar in it and within 15 minutes, I was pain free. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

[YEA]  01/06/2014: Tyjj from Houston, Tx replies: "I have been diagnosed with H. Pylori and GERD and all this time I've been taking Zantac and Prilosec for the pain that I was told was from stomach ulcers. Turns out almost after 6 hours of excruciating pain, lost work hours, injuries from falling, not knowing I was eating triggering foods ... in desperation the symptoms of the pain did not match the diagnosis. After a $4,000 ER visit....I have gallstones.

Apple Juice & Unfiltered ACV is the I plan on doing a gallbladder cleanse next."

04/16/2014: Donna from Charlotte, Nc replies: "I have had a history if gall bladder issues. I have done the flush 5 times in the last 7 months with good results. One flush PAINLESSLY removed a stone in the shape of a tangerine section but a bit smaller. It was the green shade and floated. No wonder I was in so much pain. The flush works it works it can store up to 2000 stones in there and it does NOT hurt at all when they come out. Oh, by the way, stress is AWFUL for this and any other of our God designed organs. We all need to calm down and trust Him! (I am preaching to myself.)"

[YEA]  01/06/2014: Ronnie from Pikeville, Nc: "Wife has been hurting 2 days with a gallbladder attack & tried the apple juice with vinegar remedy & it works fantastic!!! Thank You!!!!!"

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