Gallbladder Attack Remedies

Last Modified on Aug 21, 2014


Apple Cider Vinegar in Apple Juice   84  2   

Posted by Cathie (Lansdale, PA) on 02/09/2006

[YEA]  i have had frequent "gall bladder attacks" since having my gall bladder removed over 5 yrs ago - the drs say it is due to spasms in the biliary ducts. nothing eliminates the pain or stops the spasms - believe me i've tried EVERYTHING! i read somewhere to fill an 8oz glass with apple juice (which i drink tons of anyway since the malic acid is good for the biliary system) & add a shotglass full of apple cider vinegar. then down the whole thing as fast as possible. within a few minutes (maximum) the pain subsides almost completely about 95% of the time. why don't the drs know about this? and why didn't anyone suggest it to me in lieu of percocet, morphine, etc??

Posted by Amy
Cleveland, Ohio
06/12/2008
[YEA]   "After having a gallbladder attack that lasted about 12 hrs, I tried the shot of ACV. And by golly, you were right. I does work! After about 15 minutes, I felt alot better!
Posted by Ashley
Bensalem, Pa
05/04/2010
Hi Cathy,

I was curious if you could update on how you've been fairing since you discovered the ACV drink? I recently had my gallbladder out and did fine for a few months before I started having similar intense attacks as well. I'm 24 y/o female and my GI thinks its sphincter of oddi dysfunction. Thanks so much!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice   4  0   

Posted by Elangelique (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 12/25/2010

[YEA]  I had many attacks prior to finding the solution here with ACV. That helped immensely with immediate relief. The interesting thing to note for me was that I had an Ayurvedic doctor tell me to take, upon first rising, 2 tsp ACV 1 tsp lemon juice mixed in a glass of water. I had done this religiously for almost 11 months and have had awesome results with no attacks. The funny thing (or uber painful thing) is that I just woke to a major attack and am feeling that my 2 days of missed morning ritual has had an effect on my system! I see how the effects of NOT taking my morning "alkalizer" I call it, can wreak havoc on me. Here it is Christmas morning at 3:14am and just having my symptoms slowly subside. Hmm, maybe I'll run into Santa! I truly believe that this morning "alkalizer" balances my system.

The side effects have been that I lost weight on it too! I follow the ACV lemon juice (all organic) with a glass of "sole" (pronounced So-lay). The water/salt solution of Himalayan sea salts and water from a jar. 1 tsp of Sole with water before or after the ACV mixture. For 1 thing it prevents me from having coffee first thing in the morning and know that it helps to bring my PH balance into alignment.

If you don't know, the most important thing is to have the body in an alkaline state... For most diseases do not live in an alkaline body, only in an acid body. Research this yourself. This was shared with me by my holistic practitioner. All good information to share for better health! Our bodies know what is wanted. BTW I know that my niece of 6 years craves the vinegary taste and likes just 1tsp ACV with water now and again. (At times she craves pickle juice). Well, my symptoms have subsided and know that I will not overindulge even though it is Christmas. Off to bed before I run into Santa and surprise him!

Posted by Robyn
Waldport, Oregon
05/26/2011
[YEA]   "I was having a gall bladder attack tonight and Googled what to do for myself and read this thread, so I gave the apple cider vinegar in apple juice a try, and sure enough about 20 minutes later I was feeling a great deal of relief. Thanks for this awesome advice and thread! I didn't want to end up back in the ER again, which I understand I only need to do if I get a fever, severe nausea or vomiting, or increasing pain that doesn't go away after a few hours. I'm glad there is something to do for self treatment to help deal with the problem though. It worked great!
Posted by Jennifer
Snohomish, Wa
08/12/2011
[YEA]   "This works! I was starting to have pain from my currently sluggish gallbladder. I put a TB of _____'s raw, organic apple cider vinegar in a cup of apple juice (not organic, I have Trader Joe's Macintosh apple juice on hand), and within minutes the pain subsided, I still can't believe it.
Posted by Kat
Los Angeles, Ca
09/29/2011
I've been reading this site.. I have gallbladder attacks twice already.. But I'm scared to have surgery. When I went to ER for the second attack they told me I have a big stone like a golf ball.. I don't know what to do please help me.... I don't know if the flush thing works..
Posted by Jen
Bozeman, Mt, Us
09/30/2011
114 Posts
You should get some Chanca Peidra (stone breaker). It works great for gallstones and kidney stones. Even for constipation. I have no gallbladder as I had mine removed when I was 27 years old. I still get stones now so I use this when I start to feel them by palpitation of my liver. I take one capsule for a few days and it has helped fairly quickly. I don't know what it does scientifically but it works.
Posted by Trudy
Burton, Mi
10/16/2011
I have a sluggish gullbladder with no stones. I have had this problem for years and what I found is lettuce was causing most my attacks. After I stopped eating lettuce I don't have as many attacks and they are rarer than when I ate lettuce. I am now going to write down what I ate before every attack and see if there is a common link. Some say dairy products too can cause you problems. Next attack I will try the ACV and apple juice and add some baking soda in the mix for good measure. Thanks your site is awesome.
Posted by Kerry
Sheffield
05/30/2014
Elangelique from Canada - where did you get the sole from? I'm from UK but not sure where to buy it. Thanks

Posted by Sp (Austin, Tx) on 11/27/2010

[YEA]  I had a gallblader attack about 8 months ago and did the apple juice and ACV and it worked very well, I then improved eating habits and had no problems but after Thanksgiving I began noting some discomforts and just thought it was "overeating. " The next day the pain began at about 4am, but I had no apple juice this time. So I did a mixture of ACV and Lemon Juice and within 5 min the pain was gone. Thanks

Apple Cider Vinegar, Lettuce   1  0   

Posted by Zella Sauer (Terre Haute, Indiana) on 09/17/2008

[YEA]  Hello, First let me say I love this site!

I plan to try many many things here.

I came here because of a gallbladder attack. I was sooo sick with this last attack, and I am not working and have no medical insurance. So I started out with AVC in apple juice and wow !! I felt much better (((but a very wonderful side effect occurred, which I wasn't expecting.... I have been holding water a lot lately in my ankles, and I have been drinking lots of water to help rid my body and eating very little to no salt, but still some puffiness.... I have been using ACV for 3 days now and my ankles and lower legs are TINY again !!! I can't believe it !!!) I have since then been reading all the wonderful things ACV does so I am a believer and will be taking it from now on.))) I did start out drinking the regular kind from the store in apple juice, but I have bought the organic ACV now...

My second subject is LETTUCE. I wanted faster relief on my gallbladder and eating a chunk of lettuce makes your stomach and gas build up from all of this ease down quite fast ...and it works! THANKS

My third subject is comfrey.... comfrey has many many used more than just bones.... I have it growing in my yard, and ((of course I haven;t been using it for about 1 month)) but that was me being dumb))) anyway I have a whole read out on comfrey and all of it's cures... but it may be too long for here. One thing it is for is the digestive system in your body. I usually cut me about 8 to 10 leafs each morning and bring them to a simmer and eat them. They are delicious and taste like rough spinach. My mom drinks comfrey tea. It is supposed to heal any upsets in your digestive track from your stomach right on down to your bowls, and ground comfry root is powerful stuff. Here is a small readout on just a few of it's healing powers......

((Tea of the leaves or decoction of the root was traditionally used for arthritis, respiratory problems, persistent coughs, pleurisy, bronchitis, bronchial pneumonia, lung disease with dry cough, lung congestion, quinsy, whooping cough, consumption, metritis, periostitis, gastrointestinal ulcers, ulcerative colitis, internal hemorrhage (lungs, bowel, stomach), bleeding piles, bloody urine, bladder infections, prostate infections, cystitis, leukorrhea, excessive menstrual flow, scrofula, anemia, wasting disease, DIGESTIVE & STOMACH PROBLEMS, spitting blood, colds, nasal congestion, diarrhea, and dysentary.))

I know a lady of 98 still going strong, a dear friend of my mom's, gave a plant to my mom and she in turn gave me some starts from it years ago, to help us with stomach problems and I did use it for 3 months once ... and was wonderfully healthy and no digestive problems at all... then I moved and my landlord would not allow me to pull it up. So it took me years to find it again and only this year, I have plenty... so along with my AVC, lettuce and comfrey I plan to get healthy and well.... ohh and I am just starting to use organic coconut oil on my skin ... will let everyone know .... :)

Thanks again !!!

Posted by Kelly
Cincinnati, Oh
10/18/2009
[WARNING!]   "lettuce is a great remedy for some to alleviate indigestion, but for someone with a bad gallbladder it can make things WORSE. Be careful!
Posted by Lillamor
Whitsett, Nc
02/08/2011
[WARNING!]   "Just wanted to add a word of caution concerning eating too much Comfrey... Comfrey leaf has been regularly ingested by thousands of people without negative effect, but there are studies that suggest that comfrey root has a component that can damage the liver. It is therefore recommended that comfrey root should not be taken internally.

I would do some serious research on this herb before taking too much of it. There is a lot of conflicting into about it.
Posted by Mesem
Toulon, France
02/12/2011
My mother who died of cancer (liver, breast, utereus) would blend up big batches of comfrey and drink it. She didn't realise that too much was not a good thing. I remember feeling naturally uneasy about this pracitise of hers as a child. This and her move to New Zealand advanced the cancer.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Magnesium, Beet, Olive Oil   1  0   

Posted by Peach (Bath, Wiltshire, England) on 02/15/2012

[YEA]  After suffering a gallbladder attack six weeks after giving birth I knew I had to change my lifestyle. The pain of that attack was worse than my labour pains and I couldn't imagine going through it again.

A trip to the Dr resulted in a referral to a surgeon who after confirming by ultrasound that I had a collection of small stones advised that the best result would be if I had it taken out.

Leaving my little boy just wasn't an option so I went about researching as much as possible to prevent a recurrence. I now drink organic apple juice every morning and have 1 tbsp of ACV with a little apple juice at night. I take magnesium everyday along with high strength (time release) vitamin C. The vit C I take at night as your immunity is naturally lower at night (when you are also more susceptible to an attack).

I also eat a beetroot everyday, and a spoonful of olive oil. I eat lots of fresh foods and try to eat as much raw food as possible, I have dramatically limited my sugar intake which has had an amazing effect on the horrible bloating I always seemed to have.

Thank you for this site and for all of the amazing comments that have helped me so much and prevented me losing my gallbladder.

Apple Juice   3  0   

Posted by Emerson (Newton, Ma) on 12/02/2012

[YEA]  I have been having episodes with my gallbladder and scheduled for surgery. I am already regulating my diet even more but last night, felt another episode coming. I found this page before I was doubled up in pain. Unf it was too late and the stores open only had apple juice from concentrate and non organic apple cider vinegar. I started taking it before the pain was 100% (compared to previous episodes). I was careful to also stay upright the whole time.

The cocktail did work - pain subsided slowly over an hour. In an hour I was better but it had not completely subsided so I took another serving. It continued to subside but I had some stomach acidity. That said, the acidity was manageable (i.e. , wont keep me from going to sleep or not requiring Zantac). I would rather have that over the intense pain that emanates from underneath my ribs to all the way to the back. I will be going to stock up on organic apple juice/apple cider in case I need it again. Thanks ANN for sharing.

Posted by Amanda (Yankton, Sd) on 06/22/2011

[YEA]  I have recently had issues with my gallbladder, and I read somewhere that apple juice may help prevent symptoms. I now drink at least a glass a day, I chose the all natural stuff personally, and if I have eaten something that I know will probably trigger an attack, I drink an extra glass before I go to sleep. So far, most excellent results for three weeks now, no attacks, and no pain. I wish someone else who gets attacks would try for awhile and let me know if it works for them or not. Just thought I'd share my good luck with something semi-preventative with you all.

Posted by Natasha
Chapel Hill, Nc
02/19/2014
I'm having pain and I recently found out I have gallstones and since then I keep having attacks and just wanted to know does apple juice really work, I'm in unbelievable pain And it don't seem like nothing can take this away

EC: Apple cider vinegar in apple juice is the most popular remedy for gallbladder attacks.

Posted by Andy
Pacific Grove, Calif.
02/19/2014
I would like you to take an old family receipe that seems to work for my family and fiiends. The follow is natural and reasonable:

1. Squeeze two grapefruits and add juice to glass

2. Immediately after drinking the grapefruit juice, take a tablespoon of olive oil (or coconut oil) and you should get some relief in the restroom

Caveat: Sometimes stones have increased over a long period of time and you might have to repeat the process. God Bless Andy

Posted by Jennifer (Chesterfield, USA) on 03/25/2008

[YEA]  I had some sort of gallbladder blockage that was hurting so bad for over 15 hours. I didn't eat anything but I drank water and regular apple juice. The next day I was fine, the blockage had cleared.

Posted by Kelly
Lakeland, Fl
06/19/2013
2 Posts
I just started having issues about three weeks ago on and off. I never was told about the apple juice. Starting today I am going to try drinking apple juice to see if that helps me. I will keep you all updated. I'm praying this helps, I can't stand the pain. If anyone has any other ideas please post.
Posted by Mama To Many
Middle, Tennessee, Usa
06/19/2013
627 Posts
So sorry about your gall bladder pain. I have been there. I almost had to have it out several years ago but I was pregnant and it was not quite bad enough to have it out. Anyway, here is what helps me...

If I have an attack, I use a castor oil pack. I make a square of several layers of flannel (I think wool is better but didn't have a wool cloth.) and pour castor oil on it. Lay it over the gall bladder area. (maybe a 5 inch by 4 inch square?) Cover with plastic wrap. Cover with a heating pad. Usually the pain subsides in 1/2 hour. But I leave this on for 2 hours. Some say you should then rise the area with water and baking soda but I don't do that.

Sometimes Apple Cider Vinegar in water (1 T. in 8 oz. Water) will help a lot. I usually do the ACV and castor oil.

Over the years I have figured out what triggers attacks... Caffeine, dairy (except butter). If I stay away from those two things I very rarely have any trouble. If I have them once in a while, it doesn't seem to be a problem. I also only use coconut oil and olive oil in food prep and almost never eat out. (Fast food, fried food etc. Is usually a trigger for gall bladder problems. )

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Pbird
Everett, Wa, Usa
06/19/2013
17 Posts
Hi. I suffered with gallbladder attacks for years. I tried some things to expel the stones but it didn't work. I finally had to consult a surgeon. My stones were very large, like an inch and half across. No way I could have expelled those.

I feel for your pain and remember it well. Sometimes you just need a surgeon and thank GOD for their skills when you need them.

B12 Vitamins   1  0   

Posted by Janie (Mattoon, Illinois) on 01/05/2009

[YEA]  First of all I absolutely love this website! It is so helpful and... eye-openingly refreshing!

I am a vegetarian and know the importance of getting protein especially. Little did I know until later that I wasn't getting enough protein when I thought all along I had! Last year I went through a sleugh of tests to try and figure out why I was having this God-awful stabbing,jabbing pain directly below my right rib cage which to me, felt like a heart attack. It seemed to flair up an hour or two after a meal. I also suffer from Gerd so I would somehow associate it with that. But, I would have this uncomfortable pain consistantly every day -And it was more apparent at night or in the wee hours of the morn. My doc thought it might be gallbladder so I underwent tests for that. They came back Negative. During the many visits and not to mention the dollars spent trying to get to the bottom of what was causing that pain - I decided to get up on the internet to try and find the answer myself. Realizing that I am a vegetarian and have been for many years, I checked out everything food related and that I needed in the way of nutrtion, that was beneficial to my living this vegan lifestyle. During the research I found that a lack of B12 could be the cause for this sharp, unexplained pain that I was having - and I had been having it for more than a year or so - Anyways. to make this long story short, I went back to the doc. Told her what I found that might be causing this pain - She ordered up a blood test and found out that I was deficient in B12! She didn't want to give me the shots so I was put on B12 supplements that she recommended from the health food store ( Must contain methylcollomin - check my spelling on that word though ok?) - Anyways,after taking the 1,000 mcg's of B12 - 2 a day at first - now down to one,the pain was gone almost immediately (with-in a week I'd say) and remains to be gone to this day!!!! Yeah.... The brand I take is B12 Infusion by Enzymatic, for those of you who might be interested. Thanks for letting me share my story.

Betaine HCL   0  0   

Posted by Steve (Florida) on 01/05/2014

I just hope that this message reaches as many gallbladder attack victims as possible because what I am going to state is the absolute truth and the last thing I want to see happen is another senseless surgery. When you feel an attack coming on or if it is in its peak pain just take one 600 mg tablet of betaine HCL and the attack will subside in just a few minutes. People get these attacks due to their stomachs not producing enough natural HCL. 50% of the people above 40 yrs old have this problem. HCL naturally stimulates the gallbladder to pass bile and stones through the duct. It is wise to take 100 mg of B6 each day as B6 dissolves the gall stones over time. Also, instead of waiting for a gall bladder attack to take the HCL, it is best to take one 600 mg tablet of HCL with each large protein meal. Just give our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ credit for this tremendous piece of advise.

Bowel Function   1  0   

Posted by Christian (Clacton, Essex) on 08/30/2011

[YEA]  Keeping the bowel moving is a key to stop the liver/gallbladder system gettting congested; probiotics, raw food, healthy fats, fibre such as psyillium, inulin, kefir etc. Chlorella can help normalize bowel function, and gut ecology but should be introduced slowly, and may require the help of digestive enzymes.

Artichoke extract can help, five days on followed by two days off.

if nuasea or an attack develops, lay off fats and oils for a few days, take plenty of water and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Choline bitarterate each day in body temp water will help, especially with nausea.

A Cacommile or choline bitarterate retention enema follow by swedish bitters will help. some people do 3 enemas within 36 hours, but dont forget to drink plenty of water, fibre, moderate amounts of healthy food and probiotics.

got to normalize bowel function as priority. if constipation is present or you alternate between that and loose fatty pale stools the liver is struggling and will do so as long as bowel function is poor.

some people find a castor oil pack with hot water bottle on it, - over the gallbladder/liver area for 30 mins gives relief AFTER an enema has been given.

do keep well hydrated, especially if using enemas.

Celery and Mint Leaves, Lemon Juice   1  0   

Posted by Rossana (Toronto, Ontario, Cnada) on 07/01/2009

[YEA]  For gallbladder attacks, or when you feel it coming, boil water and in a 250ml cup add fresh celery leaves, mint leaves and 1/2 lemon juice and drink it gradually. This may cut down the pain from regularly 3 hours to 1 hour. I have been scheduled for surgery in August and had been using this as backup.

Cinnamon   1  0   

Posted by Veronica (St Louis, Mo., Usa) on 03/03/2013

[YEA]  Hi- I just wanted to post something I stumbled across completely by accident. I had been having daily gallbladder pain and had tried a flush (the apples one on here) and used lemon juice daily for two weeks with some success.

Then I accidentally bought some Chai tea and it tasted funny so I added cinnamon to it- and no gallbladder pain for the last few days- WEIRD and wonderful!

Granted- this is totally my expereince and I would not presume to tell anyone this is a cure- but cinnamon is cheap and easy to add to tea - so try it and post if it works for you too.

I add about a teaspoon to a cup of tea (Vanilla chai by bigelow) either once or twice a day.

Coconut Oil   1  0   

Posted by Noel (Manila, Phillipines) on 02/27/2007

[YEA]  Chronic gallbladder pain: I took 2 tablespoons of VCO (Virgin Coconut Oil) and within 2 weeks felt much better. It also helped me in my bowel movements. I used to very irregular. Now its every day! VCO that has been extracted using a cold press method.

Dietary Changes   1  0   

Posted by Joy (Manila, Philippines) on 01/28/2013

Hi guys, I also suffer GB attack. I've been this situation for about 5years. The pain occurs 1-3days, and it is very painful everynight. When it gets better I feel im so tired and hungry but I don't want to eat because it may cause another gb attack


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