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Gallbladder Attack Remedies

Last Modified on Nov 08, 2015

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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Posted by Nicole (Indianapolis, In) on 09/05/2015

[YEA]  I had my fourth gallbladder attack last night. For the past month I've really changed my diet and have been eating very healthy and exercising. My other attacks landed me in the ER with nurses asking "Why haven't you had it removed??" I've had 5 open abdominal surgeries in the past for appendicitis, peritonitis and endometriosis. I've decided to persue any and all natural remedies before considering any more surgeries (unless life threatening). I had the Braggs ACV with the Mother ready on hand for my next attack. I bought organic unfiltered apple juice from my local Whole Foods to mix with it as I've read the ACV is quite strong.

My attack came on gradually in the middle of the night and eventually I could not lay down. I mixed 1/4 cup of ACV with 8 ounces of the apple juice. After every gulp of the mixture I sucked on a lemon wedge to miminize the strong taste which worked out great and I was able to drink the mixture completely within 5 minutes or so. My pain was totally gone within 15-20 minutes and I could go back to sleep! I could not be happier to have found this natural remedy and so many people who have posted their positive experiences with ACV! I never thought this would actually work for me, to be honest. I had pain pills waiting just in case. But never took them! Never again!! Thank you!!

Posted by Jeffery (Smithville Ms.) on 07/22/2015

My cure all:

Heat 6 oz water with 1/4 tsp powder cinnamon and ginger let it step for 10 mins if time allowes add a little cold maple syrup local honey and 1 tbs ACV. It tastes like a hot apple cider. I also add 1 oz rum during cold season adjust to taste since flavors of spice change. I also add a little brown sugar for taste. I also use apple juice in place of water if I have it.

Posted by Deborah (Chino Valley) on 06/22/2015

[YEA]  Gallbladder attacks: Just want to add that if you don't have apple juice, applesauce works great as well. Had an attack last night but no juice, so added 1 TBSP of ACV to 8 oz of apple sauce. Took small spoonfuls (1 tsp at a time) for about 20 minutes. By the end of that 20 minutes, no pain at all and I was able to go right back to bed.

Great remedy. Thanks for sharing, all.

Posted by Monica (Puyallup, Wa) on 06/07/2015

[YEA]  For the last couple of weeks I have been suffering from gall bladder attacks, I have been previously able to lessen the severity by putting a very warm compress under my rib cage which helped with the pain and allowed me to sleep. Last night was bad and could not get to sleep because of the pain, desperate for relief went to the internet and found this website and tried the Apple Cider Vinegar and lemon juice in water ...maybe took about 10 mins a most and pain gone....I of course, remained awake waiting for the pain to come back...but it didn't....and at least got 4 hours of sleep before having to start a busy day. Thank you thank you....this remedy will be at my arms length anytime I get that familiar twinge starting up...How do you spell relief: ACV and Lemon juice...thank you

Posted by Lee-anne (Australia) on 05/13/2015

[YEA]  Just started to have my 3rd gallstone attack after eating a baked dinner, so thinking maybe the lamb? Anyway googled how to ease the pain and found these post, drank 2 tsp of ACV with warm water and felt the pain ease immediately, completely gone within minutes. Thanks heaps. I realise from other posts, that this may not always work, but it did for me today, so even though I am watching what I eat and trying different remedies, I will carry a small bottle of ACV with me at all times. Thanks again.

Replied by Kris

Was there eggplant in your meal? I get attacks from eggplant and green bell peppers...arsenic in the seeds.

Posted by Jack (Singapore) on 05/01/2015

[YEA]  Diagnosed with multiple gallstones (0.4cm in size) last month after ultrasound. Had one attack late yesterday evening. Pain level was about 7. Couldn't sleep the whole night. This morning almost crawled to a shop nearby to purchase apple juice (to my surprise, I already have ACV in my kitchen). Took 2 teaspoon of ACV with 8oz of apple juice. Like magic, pain is gone. This remedy works! Going back to sleep now...

Posted by Jv (Edinburg, Tejas) on 04/12/2015

[YEA]  I've had terrible lower-abdomen pain about once every 6 months for almost 15 years and I had given up since neither Dr's, ER rooms, GI's Etc. could find or diagnose what it was (although because of the symptoms I suspected GB stones or "muds", although my pain is exactly centered on my abdomen 4" above my navel, as opposed to the "typical" GB attack which they tell me is towards the right side.

Anyway, as I said, I had given up and figured I'd have to live with this recurring pain which strikes in the middle of the night, lasts from 3 to 4 Hrs (8 to 9 pain-strength in a scale of 10). I'd just curl in a ball on the floor and press my belly with pillows until it passed...

But last night, as I was starting to feel some pain coming, I quickly googled "gallbladder pain remedies" and came accross this site, so I decided to give a try to the Apple Cider Vinegar and mixed 2 teaspoons of it plus 1 tspn of lime juice in an 8 oz glass of warm water and gulped it down. To my amazement, within 15 minutes I was pain free and able to go back to sleep!


MIL GRACIAS AMIGOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Posted by Mark (Isle Of Wight, Uk) on 03/28/2015

[YEA]  Wow. Thank you for advice. I had a Gallbladder attack last Monday with gallbladder infection and several large gallstones. Took doctors 10 months to wrongly diagnose my condition. It was A+E who diagnosed that I had gallbladder problems. Lots of anti-biotics and Tramodol!! I have a very good diet and exercise regularly. I read article as looking for more of a dietary solution. Found some apple cider vinegar in cupboard and mixed with "robinson" apple and blackcurrant (Boys like it! ). I could not believe it! It worked almost immediately! 2-4 minutes! Still researching, but glad I came across this article. (still require surgery) but infection will take 4-6 weeks to clear. Regards Mark.

Posted by Bee (New York, US) on 03/26/2015

I have gallstones so I put 2 tablespoons of organic ACV in apple juice. It stops the pain and will expel gallstones.. I also am drinking the Chanca Piedra tea (stone breaker) and I am expelling the stones. Only thing the stone breaker breaks them up into small gravely deposits which I think is great... I also drink lemons.. so far it's good but I still have pain so I am assuming I have a lot of stones.. but I am going to continue..

Posted by Mk2... (Florida Central, US) on 02/18/2015

[YEA]  I was in distress with an attack last night for about 5 hrs. Normally I just go to the ER and get pumped full of fluids till it passes however I didn't want to last night. Instead of doing that, I tried apple cider vinegar in apple juice. 30 min later I felt much MUCH better. And this morning I woke up with 0 pain! Awesome..

Posted by Gina (New York ) on 01/13/2015

[YEA]  Been in gallbladder pain for about 9 hours, came on here, saw the remedy and took apple cider vinegar and pain is gone in about 15 minutes, going to keep trying it.

Posted by Danny A (Savannah, Ga) on 01/11/2015

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Had a gallbladder attack last week and it subsided in a few hours.

Had my second a couple of days ago and was miserable. That's what brought me here.

ACV made me throw up. It dulled the pain a little. Had to drive myself to the ER as I was pacing like a cat. Couldn't sleep, sit or lay down. The drive was horrific. ER was empty at 3am and they got me right in and rushed me to surgery. It was the gallbladder and it was infected. I don't suggest anyone self medicate as my experience could have been fatal. The Dr's determined my condition with an ultrasound and blood work. Even they were not overly concerned until those results came back. I could have saved myself a lot of pain had I went sooner.

Posted by Katherine (Chicago, Il) on 12/23/2014

[YEA]  Dear all suffering with Gall Bladder issues:

My Boyfriend was suffering with GB issues a few years back. He eats way to many beef burgers... Anyways he was hospitalized and they told him they wanted to take out his gall bladder.

This is what prompted me to look into a natural remedy. If the problem is from behavioral/ eating habits vs. hereditary there is no need to remove body parts. (My opinion at the time)

So I found 2 recipes that have helped his issues subside almost immediately.

Recipe one is the one from above mixing apple cider vinegar with apple juice.

Recipe two is a combination of 1/4C of olive oil to 8oz of Coca cola. Yes its rather gross, drink it fast! Then lay on your left side so your gall bladder is on the top side for about 15-30minutes. You will feel some discomfort. But the gall stones will move through your system. Once the discomfort has subsided you can go about your day.

Other tips: Try to limit your beef consumption especially from places like McDs. Switch over to other forms of meat like turkey or chicken. Add more vegetables to your diet. Have salad made with red lettuce or spinich, broccoli and cauliflower are also excellent choices.

Posted by Jonnygouda (Madison, Wi) on 11/22/2014

[YEA]  Thank you folks. My wife came home with a serious gall bladder attack (she blamed it on eating too many fatty foods lately) and she was in so much pain she was throwing up and crying. I felt helpless because it just wouldn't stop. In a fit of desperation I typed "gall bladder attack remedy" into Google and up I came with this site. I keep apple cider vinegar on hand for my heart burn but didn't have apple juice so we used cranberry instead. It didn't take 45 minutes before she began to feel relief. Not perfect but it backed off enough to allow her to go to bed (she didn't drink all of the juice, so maybe if she had the pain would have disappeared even more). This really appears to work an tomorrow I'll have her drink some more juice and avoid fatty foods. Awesome site, folks!

Posted by Kat (Tampa, Fl) on 11/16/2014

[YEA]  First, thank you to everyone for some of the best advice ever given! For approx. six months, I have had attacks after eating various types of foods. There was no rhyme or reason to the frequency of the occurrences and I previously had no GI issues. By process of elimination (after an attack) I dropped certain foods from my diet. Still the attacks continued. Pain traveled from the gall bladder area to the back and shoulders. Scary. Also scarier, the fact that I have no insurance. Somehow, I found your site. After reading several posts suggesting ACV and apple juice, I decided to give it a go. Since I had neither of the ingredients at the time, I mixed cranberry juice and rice wine vinegar and within 30 minutes, the pain subsided. The next day, I went immediately and purchased the apple juice and ACV. I plan to keep these items as staples forevermore.

Thank you again.