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Apple Cider Vinegar in Apple Juice   100  2   

Posted by Tony (Singapore) on 11/16/2013

[YEA]  I have several attacks in the past but like some, thought it was acid reflux.

After having experienced these painful attack previously, I can anticipate an attack was building up last night and I google for pain relief. I wanted to write in to thank you for posting this pain relief remedy of ACV in apple juice. I took 2 tablespoon of ACV, mixed with a freash apple juice and within 15 mins, I am feel the attack going away.

Thank you for sharing with us this remedy and I am feel responsible and thankful to pass this on to those who are suffering this attack.

Posted by Wendy (Cumbria, Uk) on 11/08/2013

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar in Apple Juice for Gallbladder Pain:

Just want to say THANK YOU for this rememdy. I've had gallstones for years but they've never been a terrible problem until 2 nights ago, when I actually thought I was having a heart attack - never felt pain like it, it was dreadful. Paramedics came and took me to hospital and dosed me with morphine. But my heart was fine and the docs could find nothing wrong. When my heart was all fine, I suspected gallbladder problems. After about 4 hours, the pain went and I was discharged.

But then last night, the pain came back and I googled for a remedy for instant relief. This brought me to your site. Luckily I had both apple juice and cider vinegar in the house and my husband made me up a glass of the mix. I was crying with pain; it was really dreadful. But within about 10 minutes of the applejuice cider vinegar drink, the pain just melted away.

I still can't believe how simple and effective this remedy was. It was like a miracle. So thank you again, from the bottom of my heart for sharing this information.

Posted by Joe (New Jersey) on 11/05/2013

[YEA]  Two nights ago I had my first attack. It was probably one of the most painful experiences of my 42 year old life!

found symptoms online and knew it was a gallbladder attack.

I didn't have any apple juice, but I had the ACV, I shot down about 1/2 a cup, desperate for relief.

after 3 hours of the worst pain, a warm/hot feeling came over the area under the right side of my ribcage (where most of the pain was coming from). Within 40 minutes the pain had subsided.

I'm a believer. It also want anyone reading this that its the first time I've ever replied to something like this. I feel that this information is too valuable to someone in that predicament not to have.

Replied by Linda
Eugene, Oregon
[YEA]   I was diagnosed with probable gall stones at urgent care last night. I was shocked and didn't want to believe it but checked out home remedies on google tonight since symptoms were worsening- tried lemon juice and ACV IN WATER 15 minutes ago and my pain is subsiding as I send this!!! I will get apple juice tomorrow! Thank goodness for proven home remedies!!

Posted by Dillydolly (Phoenix, Az) on 10/31/2013

[YEA]  Gallstone Pain:

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I just drank 3 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar in 1 glass apple juice, and the pain got tremendously worse for about 10 min. Then, like the end of a storm, the pain began to subside and now, 20 minutes later I am all but pain free. In the past two years, these attacks last me from 2 to 12 hours. This remedy is truly a miracle. This attack began about 2 hrs ago and while still in horrible pain, I came to the computer and your website. An angel of a woman had overheard me at the vitamin dept of Sprouts Mkt just a few days ago. She came over and gave me your web site while I was asking for help for my frequent gall bladder attacks (last one just 2 wks ago). She told me to go to and I only did so now, and there was the remedy. I am so greatful to you people for your help!!!!!

Replied by Jenny
Boston, Ma
Yes, agreed. Apple cider vinegar in apple juice is an incredibly fast acting remedy for gallstones! I usually need it right after eating a meal that in a restaurant that has been slathered in butter. If I don't take the apple cider vinegar, I get so nauseous I throw up within 2 hours. My gallbladder can't handle rich food any more.

Posted by Steven (Ca, Usa) on 10/08/2013

[YEA]  Gallbladder Attack: I am completely blown away at how effective this impromptu home remedy works. 45 minutes after two tbl spoons of apple cider vinegar and a store bought single serve apple juice, pain is completely gone! Thank you so much for this! Sleep time!

Posted by Beth (Toronto, On) on 08/25/2013

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar in Apple Juice: This works!! After suffering for over 6 hours and unable to get any sleep, I googled for home remedies to stop an attack and found this website. So glad I did! Within 10 minutes of drinking it the burning sensation was gone in my chest and back and within 20 minutes the pain had subsided in my right side enough that I was able to sleep. Thank you!!!

Posted by Franb (Perigueux, France ) on 07/19/2013

[YEA]  I have been suffering with gall stone pain attacks for several years which had been misdiagnosed as gastritis. For the past week I have had several really bad attacks always at night and normal painkillers like paracetemol have had no effect. I read this eve about your Apple Cider Vinegar with apple juice recommendation. Fantastic. It's worked within 30 minutes and hopefully I will be able to get to sleep. What a great site!

Fran B

Replied by Sandhya
Kihei, Hi
There is a Chinese medicine for breaking down gallstones naturally..... I think it is called Stone Breaker. Check the internet for where it is sold if not in your health food store. The other thing is doing a liver cleanse for several months.... Check on line for the formula..... Olive oil, cayenne and grapefruit. Good luck. Any chinese doctors in your area?
Replied by Luis
Ontario, Canada
[YEA]   Just wanted to say thank youso much for the info..

I was in so much pain, that I was ready to go to the hospital, I know it was my gall Bladder because it's the 2nd time in 2 yrs, due to too much choc, ice cream.. same trigger as well 2 years ago....

So I did not have any ACV but I had Apple juice and balsamic vinegar.. Lol

2 table spoons of balsamic and a cup of apple juice and within 20 minutes I could feel the pain going away.. Its been now about 45 minutes and I can sit up and type this with barely no pain at all... So again thank you.. Wish I knew this remedy the last time, I spent the whole day in the hospital... Cheers


Replied by Kavstarr
Just gave 2 tablespoons of ACV a shot. I do not have apple juice but cranberry/concord grape. Hope it works!

Posted by Jason (Michigan) on 07/12/2013

I just went through a lasting attack, 3 plus hours or so. I will have to try the Apple Cider Vinegar next time. What helped me tonight was a hot bath. My pain was pretty high when I got home from work, I could not get any relief from anything so I ran a hot bath and laid in there for about a half hour. The pain wasn't completely gone in the bath but it provided so much relief and that made me more comfortable.

Posted by Darin (San Diego, Ca / Usa) on 02/09/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Been suffering from intermittent Gallbladder Attacks for over 20 years (maybe once or twice per month), but didn't know that's what they were until recently - I'd always been told the pain was related to my Kidney Stones (referred pain) or ulcers (stress) or GERD, so I never have received proper treatment for the pain and have just learned to live with it until the past 2 months.

For the past 2 months my Gallbladder Attacks have steadily increased to daily episodes which have lasted longer and longer until, for the past 3 weeks, the pain continued unabated 24hours per day every day.

I've come to this site because the Attacks are making daily activities, including eating and working, nearly impossible anymore and I need to find some relief from the pain and perhaps a cure as I do not wish to have my Gallbladder removed to fix this.

I've begun with the Apple Cider Vinegar treatment - it has helped reduce the pain by about 50% for a short while after taking a mixture of 4 Tablespoons of ACV with 8oz of water (chasing it with Cranberry Juice to kill the taste and help reduce my Kidney Stones), but it can't stop the pain. I plan to move on to the Epsom Salt Cleanse to see if that helps and, of course, alter my diet to remove those foods which aggravate the condition.

Thank you all, and this site, for the helpful information provided regarding Gallbladder experiences, symptoms and treatments.

Good luck to us all in dealing with this ailment.

Regards, -Darin

Replied by Julie
Sydney, Australia
Thank you for this info. Just had second excruciating gb attack this evening. My attacks started two years ago after birth of my daughter. I was told to expect wind pain after c-section but it went on for months, but othi g like this and surely for not such a long leriod afterwards. Mum had gall bladder out years before and it was her who alerted me to what it might be. Had experienced attacks that last for several hours and only relief was to drink literal buckets of water, stick finger down throat and throw proverbial guts up (sorry for descriptive text). Googling never provided remedy until now so big thank you for this info... Will try as off tomorrow, as prefer natural remedies to surgery.
Replied by Kathy
the USA
I don't know about ACV for the gallbladder but thought I would mention what happened to me. When I got pregnant my husband was concerned about me gaining too much weight and I was concerned about getting stretch marks so I cut out butter on my toast and eliminated as much fat out of my diet as I could. I experienced gallbladder attacks so bad I would vomit. This would only happen in the evening. I later read that the gallbladder needs fat to contract and function properly which supports why my fat-free breakfast caused me so much discomfort at night.
Replied by Abib
Birmingham, Alabama
My wife had gb problems for a couple years. Then she started taking one cheap supplement called HCL and started getting the acidity in her stomach up to help digest food. If you have acid reflux Roland's are just a base the gives temporary relief. Second thing she did was drink lots of apple juice for like a week and that softens the gallstones. Then you start doing two or more coffee enemas a day until you stop seeing the gallstones. They are green and gray and the size of rice crispies for her on average. If you want to also get rid of the parasites in your body you can eat coconut daily 1/3 of a fresh coconut a day and do a garlic enema one time a week after you have cut out all breads, sugars, and alcohol. She got rid of over 1000 parasites and 100s of gallstones. I have not done this yet but I saw it for my own eyes. My wife is super healthy now and as soon as she could not get any more gallstones out she has had zero pain or worry about it. Doctors won't tell you this because they don't make money off enemas. I believe this can cure you and potentially cure you of having colon cancer.
Replied by Tawana
San Diego
[YEA]   Worked within 30 mins, I am very surprised it worked so well! I feel great and very grateful to have found this site! I've had gallbladder pain for the past couple years but just found out it was gallstones. I don't wanna have my gallbladder removed which is what the Dr recommended. I've heard too many stories from friends saying they have diarrhea problems after gallbladder removal. I'm gonna try the enemas, thanks so much for the post!

Posted by Labragg (Sitka, Alaska) on 01/29/2013

Hello. I just became a big fan of this site. I've been having gallblader attacks off and on, ( more on than off) since sunday afternoon. I found your site searching on google, Thank you so much. I used the Epsom, warm water and pear juice remedy as we didnt have any ACV on hand. It has helped. I plan on stocking up on apple cider viniger as we have used it in the past for other things as well.

I was wondering if there is a gallblader flush that anyone can recamend. I've had these attacks in the past and was always told it was ulcers and treated for that. Aparently they were wrong. After reading the articals on your site I finaly know whats going on. Again thank you.

Replied by Vreed27
Granite Falls, Wa
I was diagnosed with gallstones (after having 5 or 6 attacks since Thanksgiving) I did the Hulda Clark liver/gallbladder cleanse and have not had an attack since. One week of eating vegetarian only (lots of apples and lots of apple juice - apparently the acid in the apple juice softens the stones and you don't eat any protien because it causes the liver/gallbladder to work too hard and you want it to be rested for the day of the cleanse). Then followed by the cleanse. I did the cleanse on Friday night so that I could be home on the Saturday (good thing because you are basically "chained to the toilet" due to diarrhea.

The cleanse is a follows. 3 cups of water with 4 tablespoons of epson salts mixed in. (I mixed in some fresh lemon juice to help with that nasty taste). 1 cup of olive oil 1 cup of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Drink 3/4 cup of the epsom salt mixture at 6:00 pm. Take the next 3/4 cup of the epson salt drink at 8:00 pm. Mix 1 cup of olive oil and 1 cup of freshly squeezed grapefruit just thoroughly. Drink at 10:00 pm and lay down immediately for 30 minutes.

When you wake up in the morning, but not before 6 am take another 3/4 cup of the epsom salt mixture. Exactly two hours later take the rest of the mixture. Be prepared - you will need to be close to the toilet! The stones will float as they are mostly made out of cholesterol. Any stones that are calcified should sink to the bottom of the toilet. I had to use some vaseline on my behind from the burning of going so much.

I was very tired after doing this cleanse. According to the directions you will need to keep doing the cleanses until no more stones come out. I will not do them more than once a month because it made me so tired.

I also did the apple cider mix and that worked after 20 minutes but it's just a temporary fix. You need to get the stones out in order to quit having the attacks. In the mean time avoid, dairy, high fatty foods such as beef/pork, chocolate, nuts. I carry the epsom salts in my bag in case I have an attack. The epsom salts relaxes the tubes and helps the stone pass. One tablespoon in a cup of water or juice. Sorry for the long explanation.

I will keep you in my prayers. Like you, I thought I had acid reflux and instead found out that my gall bladder was all this time letting me know it was full of stones.

Replied by Vreed27
Granite Falls, Wa
I was diagnosed with gallstones (had about 5 attacks) and verified with an ultrasound. I did the Hulda Clark liver/gallbladder cleanse and haven't had an attack since even when eating the fatty foods that cause the attacks. I have not had this verified since I don't want to pay another $900 for the ultrasound and doctor visits though. 6 weeks - no attacks and two cleanses in which I've passed the stones. :)
Replied by Anonymouscat
La, Ca
Apple cider vinegar may help, but to get rid of the stones I would first get rid of the cause if it is stones see an ND and get started taking the amazing herb Chanca Piedra drink lots of water to flush the system clean
Replied by Vreed27
Wa, Usa
Update: So I have subsequently had a couple of more attacks since my liver cleanse flushes. Both attacks were less painfull than the original attacks and they went away within 20 minutes once I had a tablespoon of epsom salts in some apple juice. (Holding my nose plugged as I gagged it down, of course).

I have found that if I take some digestive enzymes right before any "fatty" meal, I do not have attacks. I use the puritan's pride enzymes, buy one get two free. Very good deal. Also, I went to see a ND and she recommended that I take a food allergy test. I found out that I am allergic to milk, eggs, bananas and yeast. (It's been really hard to not eat dairy but I had already cut much of it out due to it causing gallstone attacks anyway. ) Eliminating these foods have also helped me to cope both with the attacks and some inflammationa and sinus issues.

I've also been having tea made from chanca piedra. I will let you know if this works once I've used it for a while. I'm working on getting my liver functioning better since that is the starting place for all gallstone issues.

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 Ann (Midland, Mi) on 06/13/2012

[YEA]  I was in a great amount of pain yesterday and today that radiated from under my ribs into my mid-back. Horrible!!! I googled "immediate gall bladder pain relief" and this site came up. I drank 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (Organic) with 8 oz 100% apple juice. I experienced relief within about an hour. Whew!! I'm going in the morning to have an ultrasound of my gall bladder. I do not want to have it removed. I'm very happy the pain is gone for now. Very thankful!

Ann Midland, MI

Replied by Tina
Houston, Usa
Ann, Daily consumption of kombucha helps dissolves the stones in your gall bladder.

If you buy kombucha from a grocery store, keep on counter for 3-4 days to allow to ferment longer. The longer the ferment the better in terms of dissolving stones.

Or visit to learn to make kombucha at home for pennies. Ferment/brew for atleast 9 days to allow the properties of dissolving stones to form in the tea.

Build up daily consumption slowly. Start 4 oz per day and build to 32 oz daily within few weeks. Your stones will dissolve and you will NOT have to remove your gallbladder.

Good luck, T

Replied by Klola
Brighton, Mi
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Thank you! I was so skeptical but my pain kept getting worse and worse (I found out today that my GB is functioning at 20%) three eggs set my attack off tonight. Then I came across this thread and thought is give it a try. I still feel nauseous but the pain has subsided. Thank you for your help! I hope I will continue to improve tonight and maybe be able to sleep.
Replied by April
Toronto, Ontario
[YEA]   ACV and Apple juice so works cant believe it- bought german cider vinegar with mother ( Cloudeness) timed it. After an hour pressure and nagging pain 90% diminished. Thank you Ann so much, so afraid of an iodine injection CT scan just to see the problem, will try this for awhile to see how it goes.
Replied by Jon
Oakland, Tn
[YEA]   This page and remedy is a lifesaver! I had two gallbladder attacks last week that put me in the ER two nights in a row. The first night night, I thought it was gas, and all the Dr did was give me narcotics until the pain stopped. I got 3 doses of morphine which took the edge off just a tiny bit if anything. Finally they gave me some dilauded which worked in about 30 seconds. They discharged me and I went home to sleep off the drugs.

The second night, I had a different ER Dr. He gave me a "GI cocktail" which was mylanta, mixed with viscous lidocain (to numb everything), and a third ingredient. It worked in about 10 minutes. Said I had GERD, gave me a prescription for Prilosec, and sent me home. The next day I saw a GI specialist, who properly thought it was my Gallbladder. The next morning I had the HIDA test and my gallbladder didn't even show up on the radiological camera photos.

Last night I felt the discomfort and pressure of another gallbladder attack coming on. I did some googleing and found this page. My wife had some apple cider vinegar and my kids had 2 100% organic apple juice left. I made the potion and in 15 minutes the symptoms were almost completely gone. In 30 minutes I was back to normal.

Thank You! I was worried this was a bogus remedy, but it works. Thank God!

Replied by Patricia
Wilmington, De
[YEA]   Thank you so much for posting this. I had a gall bladder attack last night and I tried this. I did not have apple juice and used orange juice. Once I mixed the combo of oj and apple cider vinegar I realized the oj may too acidic, but I tried it anyway. I had relief with in a half hour and no pain within an hour. I was able to get a much needed good night sleep. I have had about 4 attacks but they are spaced about once every couple of years so this will be good to remember.
Replied by Susan
Westlake Village, Ca
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Wow - I can't believe how fast this remedy works! I just took about 1/2 a glass of Apple Cider Vinegar. I didn't have apple juice, so put in some pear juice. It was a bit hard to swallow down, but 30 min. Later, my pain is greatly reduced. I've been feeling absolutely aweful for about a week - pain, a pressure/bruised feeling under my right ribs and a sharp pain through my back between my spine and right shoulder blade, gas, diarrhea, nauseau and some vomiting. I went in to see a specialist yesterday and he ordered blood tests (liver and thyroid too) and a fasting ultrasound which I just had this morning. But waiting days for a result has been aweful. He said if I get a fever or the pain is excruciating, go right to the ER. I took the drink about 30 min. Ago and I'm much more comfortable. I wouldn't say it's completely gone, but I definitely feel better.
Replied by Crose
[YEA]   Thank you so much for this post! I suffered from a gallbladder attack and was in the ER for 2 days. They sent me on my way with a packet of pain killers and nothing else. I was feeling discouraged becasue I wanted a solution to the pain and discomfort rather than a band aid. I drank 1/4 cup of the apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of mango carrot juice (we were out of apple) and within an hour I felt much better! 24 hours later I am still without symptoms!

Posted by Sufferingfromattack (Buffalo, Ny) on 04/29/2012

[YEA]  I just tried the Apple Cider Vinegar and apple juice for my gallstones and it really works. I have been suffering from an attack for over a day and this started working within 30 minutes. I can finally get some much needed rest! Thank you so much! If your are suffering give it a try, what do you have to lose!

Replied by Sue
Flagstaff, Arizona
[YEA]   OMG!! Works like a charm!! Been having bad gallbladder pain for nearly 3 hours, and trying to sleep, I decided to check online for remedies. I found this and unfortunately didnt have apple cider vinegar, but used distilled white vinegar. Mixed the drink about 10 minutes ago, and still half of the cup left and my pain is going away!!! Thank you so much for this site and the testimonials... I can sleep!! =)
Replied by Allovejus
Dayton, Ohio
i had severe pain under rt ribs and felt sick febuary of 2o1o. I honestly thought I was going to die. I had husband take me to er. Sitting in waiting room wondering what it takes to be seen as hot tears flooded and shaking in pain. When they took my bp it was high and have never had that problem. They sent me for test and came back that I needed gallbladder taken out. Thinking doctors know best and that I was in worst pain while on morphine they gave me. I was willing. They got me to a sleepable pain level with the morphine and awoke for surgery. Please understand I have never had any gallbladder issues before this. After surgery I couldnt wake up very well nor speak hardly and I was in lots of pain. Thankfully someone came in to empty the trash and he somehow knew something was wrong or he was surprised to see me cause finally a nurse came in and she thought I was discharged and had gone home hours ago mind I stll had my fluid iv and gown on. I was in so much pain still that at this point I was wondering if they had taken the wrong organ out. I argued with the nurse that I couldnt go home in all this pain. Basically my surgeon discharged me at the time when I was in surgery so afterwards nobody came to give me meds or check on me since they thought I was gone. So my pain was extremely bad not to mention I needed to potty which is one of the reasons I think I woke up in the first place. I went home for recovery still in same pain as when I went in but also from surgery. Went for post op apt after calling severals times bout the gallbladder pain now after alot of internet searching I know I was having attacks my surgeon said he didnt know why I was in so much pain and ordered a scan he said nothing showed up a week later and it might be causee they pulled out a bad gallbladder that might have caused scar tissue so now I have no answers from my surgeon which soon after a recieved letter he isnt there anymore. So I terrified of doctors now but after all this time I have had to suffer through many many attacks but about 3 weeks ago I have been under attacks numorous times everyday so I had to call dr havent had appt yet on tues. I have done much research not wanting surgeries nor drugs and was really upset not to find any success just alot of people suffering. I took your suggestion of 1/4cup Apple Cider Vinegar with 8oz apple juice at 5pm and I felt 2 sharp spikes of pain soon after it went down and got worried it wasnt going to help me or make things worse but after about a hour or so lots of things were going on in bowels no bm yet but my pain had eased for the first time in 3weeks I think im going to drink it again when im done writing. My attack symptoms are that I have severe pain in gallbladder location which isnt there. Gas that sounds of monsters in my tummy. Diareha that is explosive and bile looks oily no constant light or dark in color which does wonders for internal hemoroids. Heartburn and inajestion. Nearly no appitite maybe from fear but rarely hungry. Nor do I know what to eat or how. Im losing my mind I want to be better not just manage pain and spend most of my life in bed this is not fair to my husband who has totake up for all my slack nor my two sons. I found something else that claims to fix things that is all natural in a liquid and guess what the main inngredient is... Apple cider vinagar. Alot of the other s are things that are mentioned on this great site. This site doesnt allow me to say name of product for reasons I understand. But this stuff might help me for long term I dont know so im going to my drs apt to ask them about the product I really wanted to ask anyone on this site if they have heard pos or neg about it. Tried to contact tom but email expired. I think I will probably try it even if my doctor says it wont work cause I dont want to be on pain meds nor surgery nor expensive scans as I have no innsurance anymore anyways who would ever believe that your Apple Cider Vinegar and apple juice would help with gallbladder attack pain with no gallbladder... I was surprised and very thankful I will be passing this on to friends and family my husband was very skeptical of all this but now claims he is going to take a shot a day.
Replied by Eliz
Rhode Island
To Allovejus from Dayton -- Doctors have made mistakes... I would seek out another doctor and make sure they did in fact do what they were supposed to!

Posted by Pete (Live Oak, Fl) on 02/24/2012

[YEA]  I can only say this about apple juice and vinegar: It works!!!

When I have a gall bladder attack, I quickly drink 1/4 cup of organic vinegar in 8 oz of apple juice. The average time for pain to stop for me is abput 10 minutes. It leaves completely at that time. I am going to try to take a couple glasses a day, maybe a teaspoon to 8 oz juice. I stopped doing that and think that was a mistake!

If you are skeptical, please by all means try this remedy and keep the juice and vinegar with you when you go out also. I avoided surgery for several years now using this method. I tell you the attacks are horrible as anyone knows who has had them.

Good luck, and God Bless. Pete

Replied by Colleen
Perry, Fl
Wow thank you Pete.. This really worked. I didn't have any apple juice to chase it with so just drank it straight and it took the pain away almost completely!
Replied by Rennygrl
Brantford, Ontario Canada
I have had a gallbladder problem for about 4 years. I was diagnosed with gallstones and sludge in the bottom of my gallbladder. This is what I did the first time to cleanse it. I ate normally for I think it was 3 or 4 days and drank lots of apple juice. On the last day I drank only apple juice. That night I took shots of pure lemon juice (fresh from lemons) mixed with extra virgin olive oil every half hour until bed time. I went to bed and to sleep and in the morning the gallstones came out in my bowel movement. For the best effect in doing this after the olive oil lemon juice mixture go to bed and lie on your right side with your right hip propped up by a pillow. Also make sure that it is not processed apple juice. It has to be 100% pure apple juice for the gall stones to soften.
Replied by Roger
Georgetown, Guyana
My wife was having these severe heart burn like symtoms after the birth of our son. We visited many Doctors who diagnosed Acid Reflux and of course recommended a whole lot of pain medication and antacids to no avail. On our last visit to a hospital they did an indepth chack and found the problem to be as a result of gall stones. It was good that they diagnosed the problem but those people were preparing her for surgery without even informing us. We opted out and decided to check online for natural remedies and came accross this thread. To sum up the results I will just say that this thread was a blessing to us. She had one more attack the same night we first saw this thread and that was the last. She is still using the mixture twice daily and we will try the lemon juice and olive oil shortly. Once again thanks very much.

Posted by Amy (Abergavenny, South Wales) on 01/10/2012

[YEA]  I have recently been diagnosed with gallstones and awaiting gallbladder removal after suffering with numerous 'attacks'

my last attack was 3days ago and it lasted 9 hours:( I have tryed all the usual stuff painkillers from docs etc but nothing worked! The attacks are sooo painfull id rather do childbirth twice over than have gallstone pain! Soo after reading on the internet about Apple Cider Vinegar apparently easing gallstone pain I ordered a bottle to try, earlier on this evening I felt the usual gallbladder pain begining to build up, I went and made up some Apple Cider Vinegar and within 15mins of drinking it the pain eased off! Soo I am one very happy bunny this evening :)

Replied by Mike
Montreal, Quebec
Probably the reason you get these attacks is because you have insufficient bile flow from your liver into your gallbladder. Since bile is a very strong antibacterial agent, it protects your gallbladder from infection which is the source of pain when it becomes infected. The gases emitted by these bacterias causes the same type of pain as the gases emitted from bacterias inside an infected tooth.

The most logical way of eliminating the sometimes unbearable pain due to a gallbladder attack is by ingesting food that tend to promote bile flow. These include pure olive oil, turmeric and even HCL Betaine consumed with yogurt to avoid any stomach burn.

In my case it was clearly due to an infection because my gallbladder pain always occur as soon as I wake up in the morning and never immediately after a fatty meal. During the night your immune system is low which gives an opportunity for these bacterias to flourish inside your Gallbladder and thus begin the process of causing pain the next morning.

In the long run if this problem is not treated then every time you let a gallbladder attach last for hours, the tissues become scar and eventually the gallbladder will cease to function entirely. At that point you will begin to vomit with severe pain because your dead gallbladder is not able to protect itself from any surrounding bacterias just like an infected tooth cannot be saved once it is completely infected and damaged.

So it is very important to keep your bile flowing in healthy quantities by changing your eating habits in such a manner as to include food that stimulate the liver to produce more bile.

Anyone who has ever experienced a real toothache knows that eating sugar only aggravates the pain just like eating a fatty meal would initiate a gallbladder attack. The difference between ignoring a tooth ache and ignoring a repeated gallbladder attack could mean the difference between life and death. If an infection spreads to other parts of your mouth than the result is fewer teeth. However if an infection goes beyond the wall of your gallbladder then you can be certain that your other internal organs will be infected to and if that happens, you will find yourself clinging to your life inside an emergency room in the worst case scenario.

Just to be safe, make a point to always consume the right food that can stimulate the production of bile in the same manner as you take the trouble to brush your teeth every morning to protect your teeth for bacterial infection.

With ACV and apples for relieving pain may only present itself as a band-aid solution to your gallbladder problem. The safest and most reliable way of treating this problem before you risk damaging the gallbladder beyond repair is by adding to your diet food that tend to promote the flow of bile.

Unfortunately, western processed food does nothing to promoting healthy bile flow and is the reason why so many people complain about gallbladder attacks and end up losing it in the end.

One of the best food to consume is pure olive oil and mainly raw vegetables.

You can go to

for an excellent account on the various type of gallbladder diseases.

When I had my last gallbladder attack, believe it or not I only consumed food that promoted the flow of bile and within 45 minutes of a major attack THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO MORE PAIN NOT EVEN A TICKLE.

From there on I learned a valuable lesson about what to include as part of my eating habits and since then never experienced another gallbladder for the last 6 months.

I hope this helps everyone who has had a similar experience but could never figure out the exact root cause of pain when a gallbladder attack occurs.

Remember that toothaches occurs intermittently just as gallbladder also occurs intermittently and is thus the most convincing evidence on the root cause of Gallbladder pain that can be so excruciating in the end.

Of course by adding two and two together, insufficient bile flow can only lead to sludge deposit inside your gallbladder which ends up as Gallstones and we all know what passing a stone feels like ...

I only regret one thing in my life and that is I did not figure this out sooner in my first major gallbladder attack three years ago. At that time my gallbladder was so infected that the excruciating pain went on non-stop for 9 straight hours. I could have done something about it at that time. The results of my inaction is low fever, jaundice and white stool the next day. Because it was my very first attack, my gallbladder held on and as a result the infection did not spread to my other internal organs (Thank God for that!! )

But the damage of this Gallbladder attack lasted more than a year: major white coating on my tongue, constant stomach pain, unbearable coughing especially during the day and always lacking energy.

In spite of this horrendous attack and pretty much to the surprise of my doctor, I still have my gallbladder and now everything is completely under control as a result of a complete change in eating habits.


Replied by Timh
Louisville, Usa
Mike, great post. The health of the gallbladder cannot be overstated, as so many other problems are associated with it. In my case, my liver suffered the worst. I did not have the infection as you, but I did have a load of cholesterol stones blocking bile flow. We have been drilled on the importance of Fibre for Colon health, BUT Fibre is also very important for the gallbladder as it sequesters fat in the intestines BEFORE it reaches the bloodstream, and thus re-entering the gall.

Good herbs for increasing bile flow include: Dandelion Root, Burdock Root, Yellowdock Root, Artichoke Leaves. Also VERY important nutrients for bile are the two amino acids that help create it ---Taurine and Glycine. Also VERY important nutrients to prevent the formation of gallstones are choline, lecithin, phosphatidylcholine. For infection ---Neem, Olive Leaf, Grapefruitseed, Echinacea, Goldenseal or Oregon Grape, Cats Claw, to mention a few.

Replied by Mike
Montreal, Quebec
Hi Timh, may I also add to your list MSM which is most important for repairing damaged Gallbladder tissues since it is a sulphur based compound. Mike
Replied by Liz
Den Haag, Nl
Hi Mike, I found your post very interesting, as I have been diagnosed with gallstones just less than a month ago, when on New Year's day I had my worst attack ever (I didn't know what it was, but it felt like a heart attack) and called the emergency room, who sent an ambulance over to my place, just to confirm it was nothing related to my heart, but probably to do with the drinks and food I had with the typical celebration of New Year's eve. Since then I've been eating a healthy diet, but just the other day I had some Sushi followed with dessert of 1 scoop of chocolate ice-cream, and the next morning I woke up with the very familiar pain which lasted all day long, from moderate to feeling a fist lodged between my chest and back.

I have been advised to try the gallbladder cleanse remedy, which means; eating only apples all day and finish with a cup of olive oil and a cup of lemon juice before bedtime. I was wondering if you were familiar with that? You seem to know a bit about this and would appreciate some advise from someone who's suffered the same pain.

All the best! L.

Replied by Mike
Montreal, Quebec Canada
Hi Liz, before taking any action with your gallbladder you must IMMEDIATELY schedule an ultrasound test to determine the state of your gallbladder.

Don't try anything yet until you can determine how big and how many stones you have inside your gallbladder. In my case my stones were not that big so I went ahead in treating my gallbladder condition using natural products. When you know exactly what is inside your gallbladder then let us know.

In the meantime don't take any chances by consuming large amount of fat and at least start consuming extra virgin olive oil, plenty of apples and lecithin. If you experience another attack then try granulated soy lecithin as this worked for me in my last attack.


Replied by Mike
Montreal, Quebec
It's been more than 10 days now since I have decided to use granulated soy lecithin as an alternative to the olive oil gallbladder flush method now so popular on the internet.

The results up to now using lecithin proved to be much better than what I expected. Everything I described about the emulsifying properties of granulated soy lecithin as the perfect liver and gallbladder cleanser proved correct!!

Here are a few major improvements I have noticed in the last 10 days of consuming on the average 3 tablespoon of granulated soy lecithin:

(1). I keep noticing on occasions in my stools several lumps of very dark green matter each about the size of a large pea. I suspect that maybe it is finally old cholesterol deposit from my liver that has been dissolved by the soy lecithin.

(2). A yellow stone with sharp edges was also noticed just 1 day prior to having a gallbladder attack pain which I was able to keep under control by consuming large amount of granulated soy lecithin.

(3) Most significant to me is not experiencing any more loose stools in the last 10 days. This is quite important for me since I have had this problem over the last 2 years and could never figure out why this was always happening.

(4) My gall bladder is no longer sensitive to touch as it used to be in the past, the usual precursor to any future gallbladder attacks.

Should someone with a gallbladder problem decide to experiment with this method please let me know as this might prove to be a far better and much less exhaustive method then following the olive oil cleaning method.


Replied by Mj
Stanthorpe, Qld
Hi Mike. I would like to try it. I am currently trying fulvic acid to dissolve the pigment stone in my gallbladder as it is to large to pass. Let me know what you did. MJ.
Replied by Mike
Montreal, Quebec Canada
All I do is take 3 tablespoon of granulated Soy lecithin a day for dissolving the cholesterol in the liver and gallbladder. You must however take it over a long period of time to gradually loosen all the cholesterol.

If this works for you then you might alsp notice that you become less bloated then usual.

If the stone is very large then you might on occasion take some epson salt to relax your bile duct while pasing a large stone.

Let me know if you notice any improvements over time.

Replied by Ili
Miami, Fl
Where do you buy the granulated Soy lecithin?
Replied by Quiet
@ Mike of Montreal: I am commenting on your first post, above, where you state, "...The most logical way of eliminating the sometimes unbearable pain due to a gallbladder attack is by ingesting food that tend to promote bile flow..."

If that is true, it is the reason my pain and bloat subside within an hour or two if I go out to a local burger joint and eat two breaded, deep-fried chicken tenders, a lemonade and a two scoop ice cream custard (ice cream custard is ice cream with eggs in it). I dip the tenders in sweet tomato ketchup. It's my thing. It started when, after inadvertently ingesting one of the triggers that sets off my gall bladder related symptoms, I said, [phooey! ] I feel terrible anyway; I'm going out for a custard. And I did, and I quickly felt the episode pass. I was stimulating my gallbladder to release more bile!

My other "thing" that I try when an episode hits is to lay on my stomach on the floor on top of a row of pillows. Flat on the floor without the pillows does not put as much pressure on my abdomen; works better with the pillows for me. (I am usually slim, except when a gall bladder episode hits, and then I look all distended, as if a few months pregnant.) For all the years before I knew my pain was caused by a malfuntioning gall bladder, I never knew that lying down that way puts pressure on the gall bladder, pushing out sluggish bile.

Now, I am taking steps to heal my gall bladder and detox my liver before it gets much worse. I do not imbibe alcoholic beverages, so my problems must be due to something else; I know not exactly what. I did live on lots of beef, refined grains, salty canned vegetables and sweet dishes for many years. All that changed about fifteen years ago, but I have had the occasional bout with troubled gall bladder or liver symptoms off and on for at least twenty years. I always blamed it on specific food additives. Now I know that they were only the triggers.

Thanks for your post, Mike.

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