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Apple Cider Vinegar in Apple Juice   93  2   

Posted by Nicole (Memphis, Tn. USA) on 09/26/2010

[YEA]  After suffering with gallbladder attacks for six years to no avail. I stumbled upon earth clinic and found a life saver. When I am having an attack, I drink one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a glass of tap water and within fifteen minutes the pain is completely gone.

Replied by Icia
Manila, Philippines
I can't wait to try this remedy! I found out I had gallstones about 5 months ago. I had to change my lifestyle completely, as a teenager that sucks big time.

The doctor told me to take Buscopan (Over the counter med) when I get an attack, it works SOMETIMES. Its main job is to relax the gallbladder, but then since it is a tablet it takes a LONG time to work, sometimes it never does. :/

When I feel a bit full after a meal I immediately drink YAKULT (a probiotic drink), I dunno why but 90% of time I drink this, I don't get an attack whether I eat something a bit fatty. :) So I hope it works for others too!

Apple juice ACV: I will try this next time I get an attack!

Thank you! :) Hope it works for me! :)

Posted by Kendra (Berea, Ky) on 03/04/2010

[YEA]  ACV in apple juice really worked! Last night at 1am the same horrible gallbladder pain started. This was my third attck, the last one I ended up in the ER with nothing more than pain meds. So as soon as the pain started I drank 8oz apple juice with 1/4 cup acv and within 20 minutes the pain was almost gone! I was able to go back to sleep but still had some feelings of nausea and sore on my right side. So it looks like it's time to do another gallbladder flush, the last flush stopped the attacks for months.

Replied by Natalie
Las Vegas, Nv
I've seen mention of a "gallbladder flush" to help longer term prevention of gallbladder attack related pain. Can anyone tell me exactly what that is or how you do it? The ACV has worked great to relieve pain during an attack but I'm looking for something at preventing alltogether. thanks

EC: Much more information re Gallbladder Flushes in this section:

Replied by Rhoda
Portland, Or
Doing the gallbladder cleanse from Hulda Clarke's Cure for all Cancer book is the most liberating and empowering thing you can do for your body! No longer will you be held hostage by the medical community and be advised to have your gallbladder removed, which never solves the problem!

When you get to the point of gallbladder pain, the stones have accumulated to the point of literally choking off the bile that should flow to assist in the digestive process.

The stones are often hiding in the liver and only enter the gallbladder when the liver is so full they have no where else to go.

Personally I have done over a dozen gallbladder flushes, some more successful than others, but every time a feeling of enlightenment and empowerment has come over me that 'I did this myself' and took control of my own body and repaired an out of balance condition that could have ended me up in the hospital and cost literally thousands of dollars!

Don't give up and let the doctors cut on you and prescribe their poisons! Learn everything you can and you will amaze yourself with what you can do!

Posted by Giselle (Bay Area, Ca) on 01/11/2010

[YEA]  I started having gallbladder attacks in October of 2008.. I didn't know what they were until after I had about 5 attacks.. Didn't have insurance so going to the doctor was not an option.. My friend and grandmother both had their gallbladder removed so they told me the symptoms I had were from my gallbladder.. I tried painkillers and antacids and nothing ever worked!.. Then in December I found out I was pregnant and had to stop taking painkillers during attacks.. That's when I found this website.. My attacks would last about 10 hours!!.. I have had 3 attacks in the past month even though I have been watching my diet.. I drank a cup off apple juice with one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar and my attacks lasted no longer than half an hour after I drank the mixture!!... I am so happy I found out this trick even though I wish I never had to experience this to begin with...

I have a question for everyone though.. Have any of you tried drinking apple cider daily and had it help prevent attacks???.. or does it just help when you are having one?..

Replied by Schenderson22
Castaic, Ca, United States
ACV absolutely helps resolve the attack. However, I, too, have been searching for a preventative measure. For the past several weeks I have been suffering from attacks. It got me thinking what may have been the cause. Although a doctor has not officially confirmed this, I truly believe they came on after taking almost thirty days of antibiotics. Originally I started taking two teaspoons of ACV with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in an eight ounce glass of water twice a day and that seemed to be helping. I read that the gall bladder can experience a bicarbonate imbalance. The baking soda helps that. However, today I had enough. I loaded up on acidophilus. (two doses of 4 capsules). I have had a fear of eating for the past couple weeks and this seemed to provide immediate relief for me.
Replied by Shais
Dublin, Eire
I am also a victim of Gallstone/gall blader attack for a year ago when my second baby was due. I have been using apples, ACV and apple juice. I have also done liver flush/liver cleanse (olive oil lemon juice) twice and it has shown positive results. I had started my normal diet with meat, dairy and fats and it was all fine with no more pain. I wanted do more cleanses but I to became pregnant, and stopped my program with a doubt that ACV might not be good during pregnancy. Now I am avoiding all fatty food, no dairy, no meat in my diet (as pregnancy increases the gallstone attck due to some harmones created during it). I am 6 months pregnant now, but again feeling some medium intensity attacks. Can someone tell is it safe to use ACV during pregnancy? Is it safe to do liver cleanse at this stage?
Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Shais, Someone wrote in recently with this same question about ACV during pregnancy. And yes, it is safe to use during pregnancy. It helps with digestion and also constipation which are two issues during pregnancy. Another is heartburn in the later stages of pregnancy which ACV is known to help as well. It can also be used during breastfeeding benefitting you and the baby.

As for a liver cleanse during pregnancy, I would say no. One should never detox while pregnant. Wait until after you've had the baby for this. Just eat healthily and take care of yourself. Wishing you the best during this special time, Lisa

Replied by Shais
Dublin, Eire
@Lisa: thank you for your comments, it is true that constipation and heartburn are my issues as well. But I am afraid that these gallstone attacks or their intensity may not increase as time progresses. Since I am strictly avoiding all saturated fats from the start of pregnancy, but inspite of all this Pain has come back. That is why I am thinking for liver cleanse. I dont want to remove my gallbladder. I have read somewhere that some women did liver detox even after 30 weeks of pregnancy successfully and the baby was fine.
Replied by Maria
Frankfurt, Germany
Hi Shais, I am breastfeeding my four months old and take ACV. I took it during my pregnancy too. My baby is perfectly healthy and happy baby sleeps well and eats well. I am firm believer that ACV is perfectly safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. But I also followed Teds remedies during pregnancy. Thank you so much Ted. Thank you Earth Clinic.

Posted by Fran (Montreal, Quebec) on 12/20/2009

[YEA]  I was very happy to find the ACV and apple juice remedy for a gallbladder attach. As everyone who has experienced such an episode will attest, it is very painful and a mixture of as little as 1-2 tablespoons of ACV in 8 oz. glass of water or apple juice or half/ half provides almost immediate relief. Unfortunately, the only solution medics offer is surgery rather than prevention. I have tried to modify my diet but that doesn't always work so this info is much appreciated.

Replied by Bg
Ashland, Ky
[YEA]   I had my first gall bladder attack on Thanksgiving and was miserable w/ pain. i researched and found this suggestion and any time i feel the familiar pain i drink a glass of this. i recently had another attack and did not have any of the AVC or apple juice on hand and had to drive to the store. i was already in a full on attack when i drank this, and it stopped w/in 35 min. i was curious if it diminishes faster the sooner you take it or if it will always average the same amount of time.

Thanks for all your help! this is much better than dealing w/ surgery!

Posted by Kim F (Chicago, Illinois) on 11/12/2009

[YEA]  I am 39 years old and have been having gallbladder issues off and on. I have done one effective liver/gallbladder cleanse that was very helpful, but the power of doing the cleanse is to do them continually until no more stones are left - which I haven't done yet... The best info I have found (of course in addition to :))is available on and researching Andreas Moritz.

I wanted to add my review for the 8 oz apple juice and 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar. I started to get the telltale soreness under my right rib cage yesterday morning so I took the apple juice and apple cider vinegar at the end of the day yesterday and then again this morning. Ahhh, the relief! I still have slight soreness, but no pain.

I highly recommend this remedy, but can't stress enough how much a gallbladder cleanse can truly help out in the long run.

Best wishes in your personal quest for health. :)

Replied by Rialou
Placentia, Ca
I agree with Ti. The ACV treatment can help with pain but ultimately you want the suckers to NOT form in the first place. A change of diet is essential to avoid surgery, or even after you have surgery. I also agree with Mike who also said an ultrasound is necessary. In the meantime, though, eating more healthfully is NOT a scary thing to do, and the above diet works well. I do it a couple times a year, get relief, and don't have to buy any of the products they recommend on the site.

Please beware of cleanses or anything that claims to expel or dissolve gallstones. Your gallstones did not get there overnight, they will not leave overnight, and you could end up in the ER in the meantime. (This happened to a friend of mine when her bile duct clogged after attempting an overnight "remedy". The result? She had to have her gallbladder out anyway.)

Good luck!

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
Rialou: If you could please post a documentation as to the details of your friends "clogged bile duct" fallowing a cleanse, that would help clarify which type of cleanse she performed (as there are numerous variations). I would venture to guess her procedure was one of the "passive" type cleanse where one doesn't place any force over the gall or turn to sleep on the left side (so as for proper drainage).

If done correctly, a proper active gall cleanse will work 99% with no complication, imho.

It just seems too radical a departure if one in several thousand persons made a mistake or fallowed a bad procedure to throw a blanket of discredit over the whole of the remedy.

Posted by Sharik (Arcata, Ca) on 10/20/2009

[YEA]  I have, for years, had a disintegrating gall bladder and, because I am allergic to anesthesia, have chosen to live with it. When I have an attack, I use 1/4 Cup ACV in 8 oz. of organic apple juice and the attack goes away within minutes (usually 15). I keep small bottles of apple juice around for just such times. When I use it for a cleanser or for any other reason, I also use apple juice as a sweetener, usually the frozen kind. Just pour a little into your water bottle, along with the ACV and fill with distilled water. For some reason it makes it much more palatable. Hope this helps those who find it difficult to take with water alone.

Replied by Joe
Northridge, Ca
I don't have gallstones but I was told I have a "sluggish gallbladder" (7%) as yes I get the major pains sometimes after a meal. How often do you do a cleanse with ACV? Thanks

Posted by Melissa (Valparaiso, In) on 10/11/2009

[YEA]  I was surfing the Net trying to find a "At Home Cure" for my horrible gallbladder attacks. I came across this web site and seen the Apple Cider and the ACV remedy. I was telling my hubby about it and he went to the store and bought the stuff. About 10 mins later, I was free of pain. =) I dont take pain meds because I breastfeed my daughter so, alot of times I deal with the pain. But I am pretty excited that there is natural stuff out there to help. I cant have mine removed because my hubby was laid off and now we dont have insurance. So thank you for this website! =0)

Replied by Somethingaboutgrace
Kingsport, Tn
[YEA]   I just wanted to share that I had a similar experience. I have been diagnosed with gall stones and am waiting for surgery. Tonight, I had the worst attack ever. I discovered this site and my husband went to get me organic apple juice and ACV. The pain was gone in 30 minutes. I couldn't believe it! I'm still reading posts on this page and am completely reconsidering having surgery. I am eating healthier and do not want surgery, especially knowing how many people still have problems after surgery. THANK YOU for this site. It literally is blowing my mind that something this simple works this well.

Posted by Julie (San Diego, CA) on 06/11/2009

I have terrible gall bladder pain right now. I also have GERD and am very reluctant to drink the apple juice/ACV concoction. I did mix up a batch and took three sips to see how it would affect my GERD. I'm feeling some affect but not major. I need relief. I tried the lettuce and it didn't work. Can anyone recommend any other concoctions that will not affect my GERD or give me heartburn? Thank you!

Replied by Sharik
Arcata, California
To Julie from San Diego, CA (6/11/09) I found papaya enzymes work wonders for my stomach. I get the chewable kind from the vitamin dept. of my canned food store, but any health food store will have them. So do many grocery stores with vitamin departments. They are safe to take in medium amounts (I've never had to take more than 10 or 12 for most severe attacks) and are good for ulcers, as well. I have a friend with GERD, and I turned him on to them and he is almost entirely pain-free now (except when he stresses out!)

Peace, Sharik

Replied by Sassiecassie59
Salem, Or
Julie, The apple cider vineger is supposed to help Gerd. It balances out the acid in your body so I would go ahead and drink it.
Replied by Elaine
Lubbock, Tx, Usa
I have discovered for myself that if one thing is not working to alleviate a problem such as GERD or acid reflux to keep trying things that others recommend. Everyone is so unique and wonderfully made that what worked for me may not work for another. There is no such thing as a one size fits all remedy. On the GERD or acid reflux problem, try probiotics. For the stomach though you need a very hearty micro- organism like the lactobacillus caesei... It survives the acid in your stomach. Blessings, Elaine
Replied by Moonclm
Hobart, In
A friend told me back 6 months ago that eating an apple will eliminate GERD. Whether it is true or not, don't kow. It's worth a try.... I like apples but don't have GERD. Good luck!

Posted by Teri on 06/06/2009

[YEA]  Was up most of last night with a gall bladder attack and stumbled on your site. I read it and tried the ACV?/Apple juice and thankfully was helped in about 30 minutes.I was diagnosed with a 2 cm gallstone over 10 years ago. Thought I was having a heart attack then. They sent me to the surgeon then, and I thought then , not for me. Got to try something else first. Did a few gall bladder flushes and not much happened. I have attacks now and then. Not as bad as the first. Doesn't always happen with fatty meals. strange. I love to travel and it does worry me if I am in another country and it happens. At least I have something I can do at home!!! I was wondering how to post. I joined the email. Want to thank people for there stories and words of encouragement.

Posted by Gwendolyne (Chesterfield, Derbyshire) on 05/27/2009

[YEA]  hi There: I have had the most terrible pain with Gall Bladder Stones I have had a scan and a mri scan to confirm that I have gall stones well I have multi stones and I have one stuck in the Bile Duct Which I have to have removed before they can operate.

Well I read your artical about Cider Vineger and Apple Juice And for me it has worked Wonderfully before I was taking pain killers which did not work But the cider vinegar and apple juice is brilliant for the pain anyone who has gall stones know what pain is but pleas try this What I do is Fill a 500ml bottle with 1/2 of cider vinegar the other 1/2 with organic apple juice then I melt a little Honey and pour that in too just to take away the bitterness TRY IT WITHIN 1/2 hour the pain goes not all together but it becomes very mild pain then gone JUST TRY IT and let me know if it has worked for you Believe me when you get that sort of pain you will try anything I do not take any pain killers now.

Hope it helps you too

Posted by Sonya (Acworth, GA) on 04/10/2009

[YEA]  I would not post to this column if this did not truly work. I had an attack last night that lasted for hours and hours. I have never felt so ill. I happened on this board and saw the apple cider vinegar remedy. I did not have juice, so I used one tablespoon of ACV in plain, room temperature water. I was genuinely skeptical, and I expected the concoction to make me sick. Quite the opposite was true! I was absolutely over the attack within in 15 or 20 minutes, and I was able to sleep (the attack kept me up all night). Thanks to all who made this recommendation - it worked a miracle for me!

Replied by Trinity
Toronto, Ontario
[YEA]   What a relief to find this website and all of your ACV suggestions!

I had severe pain last night at 11pm. Tried drinking GingerAle because at first I thought it was indigestion but the pain didn't go away. Tried water and still nothing. Pain started getting worse. By this time it was 2:30am and I was at my wits end. That's when I found this site.

I didn't have any apple juice but I swallowed 3 tbsp of ACV and drank room temp water. It took about 1/2 hour for the pain to subside so I was able to sleep.

Health and happiness to all of you here.

Posted by Annmarie (Tampa, FL) on 03/05/2009

[YEA]  Remedy for Gallbladder Attacks: I've been having some pretty severe gallbladder attacks for months now and was desperate for relief. Once one of my attacks took me to the hospital, they found tons of stones and recommended removal of the gallbladder. I'm having my surgery tomorrow but had to wait a few weeks between my ER visit and surgery and I had a number of attacks since then. I came online desperately looking for a temporary fix and found the apple juice and apple cider vinegar cure. I was AMAZED and so relieved that this WORKED! I drank one cup of apple juice with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar and within 15 minutes my attacks stopped immediately! Thank you so much for publishing this information because I was so relieved that this got rid of my attack that I wanted to cry tears of happiness! Also as a note, one night I did not have apple juice and took a shot of 1tbsp of just the apple cider vinegar and this did work as well. A heating pad also helps to relieve any pain until the apple cider vinegar works to relieve the attack.

Replied by Paige
Albany, Oregon
[YEA]   I am in a similar situation Annmarie, and I am SO thankful my husband found this site! I am scheduled to have my gallbladder removed Monday, but had a terrible attack tonight. It lasted three miserable hours until my husband started desperately searching for suggestions online. He ran across this site, and I happened to have both the juice and vinegar on hand. In just a few minutes the pain was nearly gone! I was skeptical, but had I discovered this six months ago it would have saved me hours and hours of excruciating pain! This really WORKS!!! Thank you!!!
Replied by Cindy
Alameda, Ca
To Paige, Did you have totally removed your gallbaldder by now? So How are you now doing without the gall bladder? Do you still eat normally and with adequate amount of food without having any indigestion?

ACV works but I want to totally get rid of the disease.

Posted by JoAnn (Cleveland, OH) on 02/22/2009

[YEA]  When I was growing up my Mom read every book by Adele Davis, a nutritionist. Back then in the '60's the Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar Drink was promoted in the book for healthy living. Mom used to keep a glass jar of it on our kitchen counter for us to drink when we wanted. Doing so resulted in our having fewer upset stomachs, reduced heart burn, and a general sense of feeling good.

Recently when I began having gallbladder colic, I turned to your site for relief and low and behold the suggestion of "apple cider vinegar" was suggested in water to relieve the discomfort. I tried it after years of not drinking it. Like the folks above stated, it worked and worked quickly. It was such a relief to rediscover this remedy as I had been suffering several times a week with the biliary colic that accompanied my gall bladder disease. No longer did I have to suffer for hours until it subsided.

I just had my gall bladder removed and feel so much better. But like others tell me who also had theirs removed, our liver can still make stones and they still continue with some digestive upsets. So, my plan is to drink my honey and vinegar water daily to promote good digestion along with digestive enzymes to help me to digest my food.

My Mom did know best, and at a time in our world when few bought into such ideas. So glad she did and so glad you all reminded me of the wisdom of this simple, yet healthful drink.

Replied by Romona
Olivet, Michigan
I would like to know how to make this honey, vinegar and water drink that your mother made. I am very interested in trying it. Thank you, Romona
Replied by Wendy
Buffalo, Ny
We call it miracle tea and I've been wondering if I should try it for my gallstones. I usually drink it for my upper respiratory health... It's 1 tsp. ACV, 1 tsp. Honey and 1 cup of tea. You can drink it hot, warm or cold. My mom kept it in a baby jar in the fridge. She said it helped her stay regular and didn't affect her diabetes.

Posted by Carrie Smith (Pasadena, California) on 02/20/2009

[YEA]  I have had issues with my gallbladder since my late twenties (am now 39). Every time I eat something with too much fat for my body to handle, I get a pain in my gallbladder several hours later. Sometimes it will last for days and the rib becomes sore. I guess they call these gall bladder attacks. I came across the apple cider vinegar in apple juice remedy on this site 2 weeks ago and immediately went out and bought both. It worked within 20 minutes! No more gall bladder pain! I am going to wait until the spring and do a gall bladder cleanse. I was going to do one now, but my acupuncturist told me spring is the time to do organ cleanses.

Posted by Tasha (Springfield, OH) on 01/09/2009

[YEA]  So glad I have found this site for 2 years now I have been having pains from gallstones and last December of 2007 I had surgery and had my gallbladder removed hoping that would have been the end to my pains. Well to my surprise less than 3 months later was bent sideways in pain again and there was no denying that kind of pain I knew it was my gallstones but didnt know if that could be possible knowing that I had my gallbladder removed, so did some research and found out it was very possible and that the stones could be lodged in my bile ducts or pancreas. So the pains kept coming and I have no insurance and did not go to the doctor but the pains were to the point where I had to find something which brings me to thanking all the great advice I received when I come across this site. Last night the attack of pains hit me and in seconds was unbearable tried some ACV in a warm glass of water and the pain was gone within a minute thanks so much for this site it is very helpful

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