Gallbladder Attack
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Gallbladder Attack Remedies

Betaine HCL

Posted by Steve (Florida) on 01/05/2014

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.

Replied by Xanadu

It is weird that you would say B6 helps with gallbladder attacks in that on the very day (yesterday, 11/3/17) I started taking vitamin B6 for other issues I had an attack that evening. I didn't know what is was at first because the pain was moving all over the place, right mid abdomen, right side at waist, left side at waist, under right ribs into right waist, even the pelvic area, and then sort of concentrated in the right waist. I wondered if the large amount of grass fed butter I had eaten on an ear of corn had anything to do with it, so looking up info on the gallbladder it talked about biliary colic which can have different causes, among them the gallbladder or even the heart, and the pain can radiate to different areas along with the nausea and lightheadedness. So to hopefully pin down if it was my gallbladder I came here to remind myself what I had done in the past from the methods here for my gallbladder and since I had no apple juice I just mixed up some ACV with the live mother in water with stevia to sweeten to taste and an hour later I was much better. This morning I am still a little nauseated and weak so I will continue the treatment. I am going to take another B6 and hope it doesn't aggravate the condition.

Bowel Function

Posted by Christian (Clacton, Essex) on 08/30/2011
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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.

Caraway Seeds

Posted by Alla (Los Angeles) on 05/20/2015
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There are a couple of herbs with anti-spasmodic properties: dill, fennel, caraway seed, cumin, peppermint in lesser degree. They are all relatives, except peppermint. When I feel pain coming in I take 1/3 of tea spoon of caraway seeds and chew them, then swallow. It helps to take the spasms off and does not interfere with digestion. The ACV works also, but the mechanics are different, it reduces need for bile, so it does not try to get out of the gallbladder, so no pain, but you need bile to digest fats and proteins.

There is an over the counter medication in Europe, called No-Shpa. It is widely used to alleviate gallstone attacks and spasms. I do not know if it exists here, the active ingredient is dropaverine.

I use ACV with meats, just pour over a piece. And take some caraway seeds in the end of the meal. Also, add caraway seeds in soups and other dishes.

Just my 5c, :)

Castor Oil Packs

Posted by Mama To Many (TN) on 06/19/2013
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If I have a gall bladder 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~

Celery and Mint Leaves, Lemon Juice

Posted by Rossana (Toronto, Ontario, Cnada) on 07/01/2009
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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.


Posted by Denise (Kelowna, Bc) on 01/29/2016
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After 25 years of suffering periodic, severe attacks of abdominal pain, I have finally figured out it has been my gallbladder. For relief, I have been relying on activated charcoal tablets (can buy at most natural food stores). After I feel the first twinge, I take 2, then two more every 30 minutes until the pain subsides. It doesn't work immediately, but it definitely helps. I don't go anywhere with charcoal.


Posted by Carol (Oregon, US) on 10/25/2014

To stop muscle or sphincter spasms, use the homeopathic product Cinchona Officinalis at 30X, usually available at health food stores. Take 4 tablets or pellets and allow to dissolve in mouth, repeat in a few minutes if spasm doesn't stop. I have had stomach sphincter spasms for 15 years--thought the first two were heart attacks. Found this remedy and carry Cinchona with me at all times. Stops them immediately.


Posted by Veronica (St Louis, Mo., Usa) on 03/03/2013
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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.

Coconut Oil

Posted by Noel (Manila, Phillipines) on 02/27/2007
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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.

Dietary Changes

Posted by Karen (North Little Rock, Arkansas) on 11/15/2018

I just had my gallbladder removed in emergency surgery, and told to be on a low fat diet. I want to do well, but I know we need some good fats, and heard bad things about low fat diets. Any help and suggestions would be very appreciated.

Replied by Sue

I agree that fats are needed. My mother ate moderately after her emergency gallbladder surgery and never had any more trouble.

You could try a lecithin supplement with meals with more than a touch of fat in them. Lecithin helps to break down fat.



Thank you so much. I will try the lecithin to keep on hand. I'm just 6 days from surgery, and eating far-so good. No digestion problem yet, just getting all the poisons out of system from all the drugs from the surgery.

Replied by Denise
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Hello Karen, I'm pretty new here and haven't suffered with what you are going through, but I love this site. There is so much information, and best of all, it's from people that have actually had the ailments, and tried the many different types of remedies. Here is a link I found regarding the gallbladder removal. I hope it has something helpful to you, Denise:


Thank you very much for your help!

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You're so welcome, let me know if you have the chance, how things are going for you!

Posted by Erika (Atlanta, Ga) on 03/20/2014
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I came across this site when looking for feedback on something I discovered by accident. I too have to watch fats in my diet because of gallbladder pain.

Recently I began having plain yogurt in the mornings mixed with a little honey (for flavor). I have been amazed at the positive impact it has had on my digestion and my gallbladder. Hope this helps.

Posted by Joy (Manila, Philippines) on 01/28/2013

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

Posted by Sarah (Miami Beach, Florida) on 01/20/2013
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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.

Posted by Geralyn_d (Atlanta, Ga) on 12/11/2012
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Dieting is a real problem for the gall bladder and juicing veggies is just the low fat type of diet to cause cycling of your OWN body fat into a real bad attack. I used the cabbage soup diet to lose 60 pounds a few years back and I recall a few friends losing their gall bladders to that diet. I knew how to do the gall bladder cleanse and every second week I did the diet(1 week a month) I would do a GB cleanse. I still have my gall bladder and only when I veggie feast do I have attacks now.

Epsom Salt

Posted by Steve (Las Vegas, Nv Nevada) on 01/20/2013

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.