Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar in Apple Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Lettuce
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Magnesium, Beet, Olive Oil
- Apple Juice
- B12 Vitamins
- Bowel Function
- Celery and Mint Leaves, Lemon Juice
- Coconut Oil
- Dietary Changes
- Dilated Common Bile Duct
- Flax Seeds
- Foods That Trigger Gallbladder Attacks
- Gallbladder Flush
- Garden Greens
- General Feedback
- Lavender Oil
- Laying Prone
- Lemon and Lime Juice in Hot Water
- Multiple Remedies
- Nutmeg, Cream of Tarter, Lemon Juice
- Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, ACV, Apple
- Ox Bile
- Pickle Juice
- Pickle or Lemon Juice
- Remedies Needed
- Symptoms of a Gallbladder Attack
- Ted's Lemon Bicarbonate Formula
- White Vinegar in Orange Juice
- White Wine
Foods That Trigger Gallbladder Attacks
06/19/2013: Kelly from Lakeland, Fl: "Can you tell me what type of foods trigger the gallbladder attacks? This is all new to me. Any thing helps I am not sleeping at night:("Replies
06/20/2013: Pbird from Everett, Wa, Usa replies: "Kelly, when I still had my gallbladder and was having much trouble and pain with it the things that triggered it were, overeating period, too many combinations, things like chocolate. What gets it going is when what you are eating needs bile to be digested so the gallbladder tries to squeeze some out. When its full of stones this hurts.
Really simple food and not a great deal of it was best.
By the time I had mine removed it was so miserable that when I woke from sugery I told my doctor "I feel better now! Just waking up from anesthetic and all! " It was so much better just to have the pain gone. I have not experience any bad effects from losing it, compared to how rotten I felt before losing it."
07/25/2013: Courtney from Granite Bay, Ca replies: "I am with Ed2010, who said not to have your gall bladder removed. He's right - there are many, many treatments here on EC to clear up GB issues. Surgery should always be a very, very last resort."
07/25/2013: KT from USA replies: "This will be quick... When I was pregnant the first time I was so afraid of getting stretch marks I eliminated excess fat from my diet (i.e., no butter on my toast, no mayo on my sandwich for lunch other than what was in the potato salad or tuna salad... The bread was dry). At night I had horrible gallbladder attacks. I later read that the gallbladder needs fat to contract. So, it seemed the timing of my attacks made sense. I didn't eliminate excess fat with my second one. I had no more attacks. BTW, I have no stretch marks. This may not be for you because I don't know what else you may be eating, which will make a difference, but this is what I learned and thought I'd share."
07/25/2013: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "To Lily from Chicago, Il: Don't get your GB removed. There are many home treatments to clear up GB, browse in EC."
07/25/2013: Lily from Chicago, Il/us replies: "Pbird, after having your gallbladder removed have you changed your eating habits? I'm scheduled to have my GB removed but I'm afraid since I've read many people who still get symptoms after eating dairy, meat, eggs, etc.."
[YEA] 09/09/2012: Tina from Houston, USA: "I had the worst gallbladder pain this morning as I woke up and was blessed to have a friend tell me to rub gently few drops of frankincense essential oil on the front and back of the gallbladder and liver areas.
Within 7 mins, the pain was gone. The correct protocol is to do this 2-3 times daily for upto a month which enables the stones to dissolve.
Just wanted to share this here, as I will be doing this to dissolve the stones using this protocol."Replies
06/06/2013: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "That is great to know! I did Chris Gupta's (Hulda Clark's) gallbladder cleanse and it is very effective, but I'm really getting sick of the taste of olive oil. Plus, I'm worried I'm causing a potassium/magnesium imbalance in my system. I'll try the frankincense next!"
06/07/2013: Kt from The Usa replies: "FYI: You might be interested to know that OO is being diluted with cheaper oil and it goes rancid faster. That may be the cause of the bad taste."
06/07/2013: Marie from New York: "I want to do a gallbladder flush so bad but I saw a utube video that said not to do it if you are taking any kind of prescription medications and I am for now taking high blood pressure meds.
is this true??"Replies
06/08/2013: Marie from New York replies: "Oh; I forgot to add the utube video was Andreas Moritz.. The one who said no liver or gall bladder flushes if on medication. Thank You"
[YEA] 12/21/2011: Lynn from Gulfport, Fl: "Having had horrible gall bladder and attendant reflux episodes, I read about dandelion greens and beets and beet greens. I had dandelion greens coming up all over my yard, and started picking/cooking them. I had let them grow, so they were tall stalks when grown. I would eat them every day, at least a small plate full. I cooked and ate beets and beet greens from the store and took herbs (nettle) in capsules. I felt better in two days, but kept it up for two weeks. That was a year ago. I am having some twinges now, and started back on the herbs and beets with saurkraut (I don't like drinking vinegar). The relief is instant, and water helps. Keep the fat in the diet low until the condition improves."Replies
06/06/2013: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "My mom used to cook dandelion greens and would add a little olive oil and lemon juice to make them taste better."
12/07/2011: Judy from Meadville, Missouri,usa: "I had my gallbladder removed 7 years ago. I had nothing but trouble every since. I now have bile reflux. The bile that used to go into my gallbladder now dumps into my stomach. It's just like having my gallbladder back, pain, nauseau, back pain, bloat. Today my drs. has suggested that I eat pickled beets, and dill pickles also. So I'm going to try the apple cider vinegar. What do I have to lose at this point. I guess my comment is this, don't think because you have your gallbladder removed your problems will be over. I know it's only about 10% of the population will have this problem after surgery. Lucky me!"Replies
12/07/2011: Rebel from Somewhere, Usa replies: "Hi Judy. My wife had her gallbladder removed as well and is still having symtoms of attacks every so often. We use the shot glass or 2 Tablespoons of vinegar in a glass of room temp apple juice. Her pain and sickness is usally gone within 30 minutes. Hope this helps.
Certain foods will trigger attacks as well. Like eggs and cabbage."
08/28/2011: Sandy from Paso Robles, Ca Usa: "Great site- really helpful esp. Ted. Been all over. But I did want to share about my gallbladder issues. There is a good herbal formula I resort to whether it is stomach or gallbladder. It is Health Concerns GB6. One pill will take away my pain in an hour. It is an herbal formula that my natural Dr. Gave me. And you must wait and not take right after a meal. At least an hour after a meal. But I will try some of the other ideas as well.
I used to have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue and am well and the biggest thing was food allergies. They trigger so much. I cannot eat egg (and I believe that happened because of the flu shots) I had to take two of them years ago to take care of my ailing dad. Albumen in the shots and my body rejected it and now after eating eggs my whole life I cannot have any. Eating something with egg would give me both migraine and gallbladder pain.
But that aside the other big thing is sugar. NO ONE wants to hear that but you have to stop eating it. It is sooo destructive. Think of it this way:
The strongest bone in your body is your teeth and what eats teeth???SUGAR! So what is it doing to the rest of your body?
I don't eat it anymore. I do use a little honey and agave syrup because I hate Stevia.
I am thinking seriously about the fat issue and also something else I figure out. I can go along fine until I start to exercise and then I get sick. I think when I start to burn fat my body flips out as much as if I ate a fatty meal. And the water isuse is BIG. Water is so big. No one drinks enough water. I drink nothing but water and until my pee is very light lemon colored.
Check out the water cure and learn alot!!
I am also thinking more about trying to eat a little more fat like some of the posts mentioned.
Having the herbs and all is great BUT we need the CAUSE so we can be cured otherwise we are not much better than the Dr.s with their meds and surgeries."
12/08/2008: Judith from Kissimmee, Florida: "I need information on how to treat those who have their gallbladder removed due to stones formation and health concern. Any special diet and are there any remedies for that can help also with other problems that might become an issue. Also any remedy for crohn's suffering people who have the surgery and now have to constantly going in to have esteroids type of drugs and other treatment at the hospital...Please any information would be greatly apreciated the crohn's suffering is a young teenager male. Thank You"
[YEA] 12/17/2009: Jill from Bronx, New York, United States: "Biliary Pain (Gallbladder, Sphincter of Oddi, Pancreatitis)
Although I had my gallbladder removed 9 months ago, I still get the classic "attack" pain every now and then. While I will get this checked out with my doctor (it is most likely a 'Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction') in the meantime I discovered a fantastic remedy that relieves the pain within SECONDS.
One drop of pure 100% essential oil of Lavender in a tall glass of water. Sip it slowly and steadily. I went from doubled over and delirious in pain to blissful relief in no less than 30 seconds (and have not had an attack since). I make sure I always have some on hand just in case though. A nice side-effect was it relaxed me so much I enjoyed a lovely afternoon nap! Lavender is on the FDA "GRAS" List (generally recognized as safe) for ingestion. Make sure whatever brand you purchase is 100% pure essential oil (not diluted with jojoba or other carrier oils... those would not be suitable for ingestion)."
[YEA] 02/13/2011: Sherry from Kalso, Bc Canada replies: "Hi I wanted to say thanks for this suggestion. I have recently started having attacks and found out I have gall bladder sludge. I checked out this site and found the lavender oil to be something I could both afford and consume without gagging. I am amazed!! It really has cut the attacks and pain down to almost nothing!! I put a drop in a large glass of water and just sip it all the time!! An extra benefit has been the freshest breath of all time! Thanks again for a great idea :)"
02/14/2011: Kelly from Cinti , Ohio replies: "Another good remedy for gallbladder attack is put 2 cups of water to boil, add 1tbs. Of flax seed, boil for 5 min. Boiling leeches the fs oil out of the seed and it will soothe an attack. It is tasteless so you can add a little cinnamon or sweetener. See-- gallbladder. com for more info."
04/03/2012: John from Bronx, New York replies: "I think you are on the right path with Lavender. I had an ultra sound and they found NO gallstones! Then I had an abnormal result on a HADI scan (bile flow). Doctor said it was a gall bladder spasm. Thank God for you people here! Looked up Sphincter of Oddi and my problem seems like that's it. Had this problem since 2004! Lots of stress as a school teacher and codeine use for kidney stones precipitated my first GB type attack (See Wikipedia on "Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction"). Sleepy Time Tea (Celestial Seasonings) and Boldo Tea (Tadin) helped back in 2004. So antispasmodic herbs seem to help. Also lemon juice right after a fatty meal helps about 50% of the time. Just tried the Lavender once, didn't do it for me, but should work for many people out there. Short term use of a heating pad does help. Going out today to buy Sleepy Time, forgot all about it for years. Funny how a blog jogs your memory! That tea has a few antispasmotics in it, research it and decide if you want to try it."
09/19/2012: Bw from Xemxija, St Pauls Bay replies: "Lavender essential oil should not be taken internally. Ingestion may cause liver or kidney damage. Google to confirm."
[YEA] 09/14/2008: at from Clare, USA: "I have experienced the extreme discomfort of what I beleive to be gall bladder pain twice in the last year. Both times my symptoms lasted for several hours but were immediatley releived by simply laying down in a prone position. After a few moments the pain completly subsided. If it happens again I will not hesitate to try it at the onset!"Replies
[NAY] 04/20/2011: Stephen from Baltimore, Maryland replies: "This simply does not help. When faced with a bad gall bladder attack there's little I can do but lay prone. The pain may continue to persist or increase regardless."
10/27/2011: Shanti from Tiruvannamalai, Ta India replies: "I have to agree with Stephen from Baltimore. Laying prone, crawling, rolling, hanging upside down, writhing, moaning and crying do nothing to relieve the pain of gallbladder attacks unfortunately.
Epsom Salts are really the only thing that has any effect in my case. I take 2 large tablespoons with hot water. Normally I put the Epsom Salts in capsules so I don't gag taking them (I can't stand the taste). If I'm lucky, the pain will subside over the next 2 hours. It doesn't always work, but usually it does. Of course Epsom Salts not only relaxes bile ducts, it is a powerful laxative, so be prepared for an obvious side effect. It's better than having gallbladder pain though!"
[YEA] 05/20/2009: Sarah from Orlando, FL: "After my first gall bladder attack, I began experiencing chronic gall bladder pain in the way of a constant ache in my back on the right side below my shoulder blade. After doing some reading about natural cures for gall bladder issues, I decided to start with Lecithin. Within a few weeks of taking (not pill form) Lecithin Granules in yogurt, my pain was almost completely gone. I started taking it in 2005 and it's now 2009. And so far I haven't had another attack. Sometimes I do experience a small ache after eating cold dairy or a fatty meal, but once I take a dose of lecithin the ache goes away. The other thing I want to stress is that changes in the diet must be made as well. Eat low fat meals, cut down on sugar, dairy and caffeine. I have found that organic dairy products are less likely to cause gall bladder pain. My Lecithin dose was twice a day. Two teaspoons in the morning and two teaspoons in the afternoon. I did this for a year, then after wards cut back to every other day, and then gradually down to a few times a week."Replies
[YEA] 03/02/2013: Minkxy from Brooklyn, New York, U.s.a. replies: "I had done a liver cleanse. The basic apple juice, epsom salts, olive oil and lemon. I had one last year for maintence. Had no problems. This time, a few weeks later, it felt like my bladder was struggling. A fluttering feeling all the time. I thought a stone was stuck, so I began the cleanse again. I got a far as drinking a gallon of apple juice, but the dread of drinking the oil was too much. Saw lethicin option, and gave it a try. I put roughly 3 tablespoons in about a half cup of water in morning and evening. I needed a quick delivery method like water. After 3 days I stopped. A little flutter the next day, then it stopped. That was 2 weeks ago and it it's fine now. I used soy lethicin granules. Non- GMO, identity preserved. I don't know if you can use names, I had bought a big 3 lb bottle online for other health benefits previously. THANK YOU so much for posting this cure, as I doubt I can ever do the whole cleanse thing again."
[NAY] 12/24/2008: Rose Fenton from Bournemouth, England: "Have just read about lecithin helping gall-stones, and I have been taking lecithin in granules for about a year, mixed in foods, but am still getting gall-bladder attacks. I have five small stone in the gall-bladder and one stone blocking the bile-duct. I also take plenty of apple juice and other juices and also milk-thistle and aloe vera juice. As I am very ill and weak anyway with a muscle disease, I want to avoid surgery if at all possible. Can anyone suggest anything else to ease these attacks. I went about 6 months without any and they have all started again."Replies
12/25/2008: June from KC, KS replies: "Hi, Dr. Hulda Clark has a great remedy for gallstones. You can read the recipe here: http://www.curezone.com/cleanse/liver/huldas_recipe.asp
I've done her cleanse twice. It's not the most pleasant thing in the world, but it works. Good Luck!"
05/15/2012: Mardi from Toronto, Ontario replies: "Gold Coin Grass taken daily will soften, and slowly remove, gall stones. No scary gall stone flush is needed, though they may try to encourage you to do one. Google it and you'll find a company who will mail it to you. It's nasty tasting but you get used to it."
[YEA] 10/26/2007: Mary from Otisville, Michigan: "My mom had such painful gallbladder attacks that she would take to her bed, telling us that just our footsteps in her room were unbearable! I knew that, because she had the malady, I, being her daughter, might get it, as well. 'Sure enough, after I had my 3rd child, while still recovering in the hospital, I got my 1st attack. They tried to tell me it was afterbirth pains, but I knew better. As time went on, anytime I ate something containing fat, such as ground beef or sausage, I could expect excruciating pain. When my dad died, I was 7 months pregnant with my 4th child. I ate some rich ice-cream the next day; got so sick I spent almost an entire week in the hospital, unable to attend dad's funeral. The pain was always on my right side, and felt like someone tied a thick rope around my waist and pulled it tight. One day I took about 5 Swan aspirins to lessen the pain, but broke out in hives. When my tongue began to thicken, I called a friend to take me to ER, where I was given shots of benadryl and adrenaline. At a later date, when another attack occurred, I drove myself to ER. This time, I was told I needed immediate surgery; my gallbladder was full of tiny gallstones. They sent a prep nurse to my room, but, when I realized they meant business, I became so afraid that I jumped out of bed, got dressed and went home. The surgeon was not happy with me; told me I wouldn't live long! Shortly after, I joined a multi-level company that specialized in food supplements. During a meeting, a woman got up and testified that she'd been taking the company's lecithin for her gallbladder attacks; that her attacks had stopped completely. Excited, I ordered a bottle of the tablets that night, and began taking them religiously. Long story short: I've had no attacks since then; continue taking lecithin to this day. No matter what form or brand I use, the lecithin always works. I thank God for leading me to this miraculous cure! What I find strange is the fact that I've never read anything anywhere about lecithin for gallbladder symptoms. Thank you for helping me get the word out, via your wonderful website! Please, everyone suffering from gallbladder attacks, try lecithin before you opt for surgery. One tablet or capsule daily is all I take."Replies
01/04/2012: Faith from Forest Park, Ohio replies: "NOT EVERYONE can HANDLE the SOY, I would not recommend it for anyone because it could eventually lead to other problems. That said, FLAX SEED and EGGS are rich in lecithin, so is BEE POLLEN, make those a part of your daily regimen and you will get plenty of NATURAL lecithin!"
Lemon and Lime Juice in Hot Water
[YEA] 10/07/2009: Ellen from Gainesville, Fl: "Gall bladder pain: Lemon and lime juice in hot water
I have had mild to severe gall bladder pain for years. A recent spell of attacks was so bad that I could hardly sleep. My GP scheduled me for an abdominal ultrasound which revealed that I am "full of gallstones" and I was urged to have my gall bladder removed. Instead, I consulted with my acupuncturist who told me to drink the juice of a whole lime and a whole lemon squeezed into hot water every morning. I couldn't quite take the taste of the whole lime and lemon all at once so I broke mine up into a morning drink of 1/2 lemon plus 1/2 a lime in hot water (sometimes brewed with my organic green tea to add some flavor) and then again at night before I go to sleep. After 2-3 days, my pain was reduced by 75%. Within a week I was experiencing mild twinges only. Now, after 3 weeks, I am pain free and I am losing weight!
I've also been eating a lot of organic apples and grapes (good for flushing the liver) and I have cut out dairy, wheat, and all fried or processed foods. I feel lighter and my belly is shrinking daily!
My acupuncturist has said that the reason I wasn't able to lose weight is because my body can't metabolize the fat properly and removing my gall bladder would have been the worst thing to do and would NOT have solved my problems at all."
09/27/2011: Leigh from Newport, Ri Usa replies: "Thank you so much for this last bit of information from your acupuncturist about not being able to lose weight due to fat metabolization problems and how it would be worse if your gallbladder is removed. This makes so much sense and strengthens my conviction to not undergo surgery!"
[YEA] 05/26/2008: Angela from Montreal, Quebec, Canada: "I had about 15 atleast gallbladder attacks in 2 weeks -hospitalized one night as well and they wanted to take out the gallbladder for my "diamonds" gallstones which I'd had for 16 yrs. at least with no probs. except very sick in my 4 pregnancies because of excess bile... The attacks started due to taking digestive enzymes for 2 days and then going off them. The attacks began the next night with coleslaw, sausages, and saurkraut ..but continued for the next 2 weeks pretty much whatever I ate. In my worst attack I practically crawled to the computer to earthclinic.com. The 1/2 cup lettuce cure came up with 2 yeas. Sent son running to store for it and 20 mins. later after eating the 1/2 c. I had complete relief. As one writer speculated that it stimulated the liver to produce digestive enzymes that would stop the body from calling on the gallbladder to produce digestive bile.. So for the next 24 hrs. I ate nothing but iceberg lettuce -lots of it - and slices of organic apple. The next day I tried out eating whatever I wanted which had caused attacks throughout the prev. 2 wks. (except the cabbage/sausages -bad memory!) Even McDonald's failed to give me an attack. I am so thrilled with this cure of course!
Hearing once recently that digestive enz help people lose a lot of weight, I wonder if the stimulation of the liver a couple times a day with particularly iceberg lettuce (as it's supposed to work the best rather than other lettuces) would be a natural weight loss cure as well? I know it seems to make less of the slight puff around my ankles -more definition. So it might also help with fluid retention. As well my new pretty set wrinkles of 6 mos. ago have almost completely disappeared within a few days of ingesting 3x per day atleast (vertical ones beneath my eyes -not the crow's feet). Try it and I'd love to hear your feedback as I'm a personal trainer and would love to see if it helps people lose weight -at least it brings down the glycemic index of each meal you eat it with some."
[YEA] 03/07/2008: Lori from Houston, Texas: "Thank you Kelly from Toronto, taking the handful of LETTUCE for a gallbladder attack works!! Symptoms gone in ten minutes!"