Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- 2 Types of Gallbladder Attacks
- 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
- Betaine HCL
- 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
Last Modified on Apr 16, 2014<< Continued from page 4
[YEA] 06/22/2011: Amanda from Yankton, Sd: "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."Replies
02/19/2014: Natasha from Chapel Hill, Nc replies: "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.
02/19/2014: Andy from Pacific Grove, Calif. replies: "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"
[YEA] 03/25/2008: Jennifer from Chesterfield, USA: "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."Replies
06/19/2013: Kelly from Lakeland, Fl replies: "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."
06/19/2013: Mama To Many from Middle, Tennessee, Usa replies: "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~"
06/19/2013: Pbird from Everett, Wa, Usa replies: "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."
[YEA] 01/05/2009: Janie from Mattoon, Illinois: "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."
01/05/2014: Steve from Florida: "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."
[YEA] 08/30/2011: Christian from Clacton, Essex: "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
[YEA] 07/01/2009: Rossana from Toronto, Ontario, Cnada: "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."
[YEA] 03/03/2013: Veronica from St Louis, Mo., Usa: "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."
[YEA] 02/27/2007: Noel from Manila, Phillipines: "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."
01/28/2013: Joy from Manila, Philippines: "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"
[YEA] 01/20/2013: Sarah from Miami Beach, Florida: "I suffer from gall bladder pain (I guess they are called gall bladder attacks) and have tied the pain to oily food and also nuts. I take the apple cider vinegar in apple juice as prescribed on Earth Clinic whenever I get an attack, but it still takes a few days for the pain to go away. Eliminating fatty and oily foods during this period is essential to healing."Replies
01/20/2013: Steve from Las Vegas, Nv Nevada replies: "For instant pain relief from gallbladder attacks try 1TBSP of epsom salt in a warm glass of water with some juice to take away the bitter taste. You should have relief in less than an hour. It helps to lie down on your right side with legs drawn up. You may pass a few stones this way as well. It's not a full gb flush but it always works for me. The other way to relieve a gb attack is one lemon squeezed and an equal amount of olive oil. Mix and drink down."
Dilated Common Bile Duct
11/02/2011: Georganne from London: "I have been diagnosed (by ultrasound) with a dilated CBD. I have no particular symptoms - it was found accidentally while I was have ultrasound for a kidney infection last summer (which is cured). Any ideas?"Replies
01/04/2012: Faith from Forest Park, Ohio replies: "First start taking kelp and organic coconut oil, then after two weeks do the liver flush with organic apple juice... Take the first two every day... Buy the kelp by the pound, you can find it on Amazon but make sure it is organic."
[YEA] 07/14/2012: Luna from Silver Spring, Maryland: "Thank God for Earth Clinic and all the beautiful and good hearted people who share their experiences using alternative methods for healing! I suffered several attacks of gallblader pain in the past 17 years. Thank God I have not have one in the last three years. They stopped at all. I always wondered what made them go and came to the conclusion, after reading these posts, that it had to be the flaxseed tea. I started the tea because I wanted to lose some weight. Please give this a try. Boild a couple cinammon sticks and three teaspoons of flaxseeds in two cups of water for 10 minutes. Cover pot and let it stand for approximately 15 minutes before drinking. Add honey to taste and enjoy it. Blessings!"Replies
07/15/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Luna, you left out the punch-line! Did you lose any weight with the flaxseed tea?"
[YEA] 10/25/2009: Kelly from Cincinnati, Ohio: "a good remedy for gall bladder pain is to take 1 TBSP of flax seed with 2 1/2 cups of water and boil for 5min. pour off flax seed oil (rich in omega-3 fatty acids, life fish) and drink. I put some cinnamon and truvia (plant based sweetner) to taste and sip till gone. It really helped. alot of websites tell you to grind flax seed, but if you don't have a grinder, just take what you need for a week( in recipes et.),and put 1 tbsp. flax seed/1 to 1-1/2 cups water in a clear jar w/ a lid and refridgerate overnight (use distilled or spring wate of course). the flax oil will leach out and rise to the top by morning------- for the gall bladder attack though, boil and drink like a tea ASAP. It helped me. don't store too long in fridge."Replies
[YEA] 07/06/2010: Anita from Dracut, Ma, United States Of America replies: "I found this flax seed tea works very well for gallbladder attacks. I have used the same recipe as Kelly but I also let it steep for 10 min after boiling. I also did not grind the seeds before boiling.
I find the texture very difficult to swallow (pardon the pun) so I dilute the tea with hot water (about 1:1) then drink two cups. The new addition of stevia sweetener was very helpful. This remedy works within 10 minutes and is very safe. I have, literally, been brought to my knees with chest and back pain, following spicy or rich foods, that can be attributed to gallbladder attacks. I drink the tea with the first signs of discomfort and have not had a severe attack since."
10/25/2009: Jeanne from New York, NY: "Kelly's flax tea recipe caught my eye just in time. I just finished my first cup of flax seed tea after eating a very rich Indian dinner earlier tonight, which was starting to give me shooting gall bladder pain! I added half a cinnamon stick to the tea after it had boiled and a half teaspoon of blackstrap molasses since I don't like stevia's after-taste. Yummy! Too soon to tell if it has worked or not, but I think I will make a habit of drinking this regularly. My skin feels softer already. Thanks Kelly!
P.S. I did not grind the seeds before boiling them."Replies
01/04/2012: Faith from Forest Park, Ohio replies: "Use it DAILY INSTEAD of waiting on an attack, it helps to CLEANSE the liver and IT HELPS TO EMULSIFY FATS... Reducing cholesterol in the body!"
01/29/2012: Vanessa from Ormond Beach, Fl replies: "Would this tea be safe for a 5 year old to drink? My daughter has gallstones. She occasionally gets an attack at night. Would like to try to give this to her. Doctors only suggest removing the gallbladder. Working on her diet to prevent the attacks. "
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.."