Gallbladder Attack
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Gallbladder Attack Remedies

Ginger Tea
Posted by Molly12345 (Cleveland, Oh) on 06/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I've had 10+ gallbladder attacks of varying intensity over the last year and tried various things including ACV and lemon juice but nothing works as well for me as ginger tea. It has always helped and in many cases allayed an attack. Once I feel better and get hungry again then I eat some simple carbs, this seems to help as well.

First of all as soon as I realize I am having a gallbladder attack I stop eating. Probably not recommended for diabetic folks and others who need steady blood sugar but this is absolutely crucial for me.

I boil (or have someone boil) a handful of peeled chopped ginger for 10 minutes or so. The concentration doesn't matter as I just dilute it if it's too spicy. The boiling time doesn't seem to matter either and I often leave ginger pieces sitting in the water after turning off the burner.

I drink a little and then lay down, sipping more at intervals. It helps me to lay on my left side and periodically turn and stretch The change in positions seems to help the gallbladder release the bile but of course when it's really bad I don't try to move at all.

I've sometimes taken the ginger with lemon as well.

This has only worked on an empty stomach. After the first couple of attacks I clued in on this. I wait until I feel better, and also hungry, to eat. Best foods for me after an attack are simple carbs--boiled potatoes mashed with a fork and some salt, or rice crackers if I have them, etc.

I hope this helps someone.

Caraway Seeds
Posted by Alla (Los Angeles) on 05/20/2015
4 out of 5 stars

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, :)

Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice
Posted by Missi ( Chipley, Fl) on 04/11/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I've been having major gallbladder attack for about 2 yrs least 3-4 times a week....they lasted about 6-10 hrs..puking, pain, would rather go thru child birth..been using epsom salt so awhile, has always worked but lately it hasn't been working, so tried the apple vinegar n lemon juice n 4 ozs of water...WORKED BETTER THEN ESPOM SALT...STICKING TO VINEGAR N LEMON JUICE....GOOD LUCK EVERYONE...

General Feedback
Posted by Meagem (Ridgway, Pa) on 04/03/2015
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I had the attacks without the stones. found out my sisters also had the same thing ...sadly my oldest sister died from GALLBLADDER CANCER. Very rare. My youngest sister and I had adhesions so bad it squeezed our gallbladder in a very small size. mine was larger then a golf ball! ..went to local, backwoods, ER a few times when I was having attacks and they did the same stupid testing to see if I had stone ...hello you don't need stones to have attacks! Makes me mad all the testing I went through and money spent just to be wrongly diagnosed. My oldest sister went through the same ordeal. Please if they tell you you don't have stones so nothing is wrong ...go to a different hospital or dr and get a second opinion. I got lucky and found a great surgeon that knew what he was doing. gl ....oh before the surgery I was taking Dandelion root, milk thistle , apple cider name it ...

White Wine
Posted by Barbiehoo (Fl, US) on 03/30/2015

Your symptoms sound like something a friend experienced. He had jogged the day before his attack. During his sonogram I could see a stone sitting in the duct. It seems the jogging packed the stone in the duct.

Tim's Gallbladder Protocol
Posted by Timh (KY) on 03/18/2015 2072 posts


I am constantly musing about you and your situation as it has many parallels to my own. This internet forum just linked us up whether or not or how much we enjoy it. I, like most people, especially folks here, suffer from personal pain and it effects our overall constitution; so by your admission I will place more emphasis on ridding the cynicism.

As for the gallbladder, the presence of gallstones can cause many problems, including: indigestion, esophageal reflux, acidosis, constipation, heart arrhytmia, to mention a few. Another interesting note, gallstones can cause fatty liver and visa versa, so one needs to address both. I have chronic fatty liver which requires periodic gallstone treatment. For fatty liver I take lots of b-vits, Carnitine, Methionine, TMG, and Triple Strength Lecithin. Two or three days without Methionine and I grind down to barely functional. Tonight I have realized that I must also get back (3-5 yr break) on the Choline/Inositol (it's on my get list now). These fat burning nutrients are a must for gallstone & fatty liver prevention.

Now, for gallstones themselves, I must admit that I have not the energy & stamina to do a 2 or 3 day cleanse, fortunately consuming Menthol cough drops (usually 6 drops twice a day about once or twice per month) seems to work fairly well; I can feel things opening up and get some needed relief. I have also stumbled upon another treatment that also uses Menthol plus Eucalyptus, and Camphor in the form of Solonpas adhesive strips. In an attempt to eradicate likely Tapeworm Cyst in my liver ( I have two in each cheek or jaw area which is common in cattle and named "bovine measles". Also many older cows gone to butcher have diseased livers full of Tapeworm cyst). Anyway I placed two stripes directly over the gall and took a foot spa. I literally felt the gall opening and heard that gurgle noise. Next night I placed two more strips over the liver this time w/ nothing to report except some bad side effects from the chemical fragrance in the strips. For this reason I do not advise using them, but do encourage the same ingredience found in many otc heat ointment, cream, or gel for sore muscles and joints. Make yourself a compress with a big dab of this heat gel placed directly over the gall. These ingredience (Camphor/Menthol/Eucalyptus) literally melt cholesterol gallstones. Try 1 treatment per day for at least three days.

Back to a personal observation, I, like yourself as you have reported, face event upon event of bad health challenges and some near death in nature. Out of nowhere something just knocks me down, I make necessary adjustments (treatments & remedies) and come back around, seeming like yourself. So, it is good that you are open about your situation and myself & others can lend a helping hand as you also do the same for others.

On a serious note, aside from your humor and with the odds seemingly stacked against us, from what I have been learning lately, it is best to not reincarnate fallowing our departure from this body & earth. It is advised to not sign on to any agreements from what appears to be angles but are really malevolent creatures with great sorcery power that will erase your mind of previous lives and throw you back to earth in servitude of their dark agenda (slavery planet).

My apologies for being overly serious, maybe I am agitated from learning a fellow classmate was found in the cold creek dead, after several days missing. He had confessed to relatives of suicide. They found his vehicle at a pretty country church by the river with an open Bible. I feel so bad that he needed some help but I was nowhere to be found.

Tim's Gallbladder Protocol
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn.) on 03/17/2015

HI U Timh, , , , , , , , , , Boy, you beginning to sound like the cynic that I am. Life is getting more interesting as I age. The episode last Monday morning I hope was a gall bladder thing . I will soon know because I go to Knoxville for a test to verify if the trauma was my gall bladder. The tests so far show that it was not my heart.

I almost outsmarted myself on this deal. We do sex once a week and I take a couple of L, Arginine capsules to dilate my blood vessels. Can't afford Viagra. Anyway after my bowl of hot chili that night, I got what I thought was indigestion. When that continued then I thought it was a heart attack and took cayenne extract.

The ambulance folks gave me aspirin and nitro. My poor body did not whether to sheet or go blind. My blood pressure tanked and I thought I was gone. I began to tell my wife what to sell, about the funeral, etc.

The ER folks said to hell with a heart attack, you're going into a coma because of your low blood pressure. Anyway, the bad guys always pull through and I did. It did scare my mule.

I have gone through the EC site and learned that you have posted lots on the gall bladder thing. I would like to keep my bladder and would appreciate your comments.

Today, I passed stuff that looked like the cholesterol stones that we pass with a liver flush. I am in earnest with my Rife Machine to address my cancers and I just did an organ cleanse thing.

I worked my butt off in my working days and do not apologize for my expensive health toys.

Timh, you one of the good guys on this site and I would appreciate your comments.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Kong (Raleigh, Nc, Usa) on 03/12/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I am using apple cider vinegar for my gallbladder, but also TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) herbs, acupuncture, strict diet...feeling much better but want to be well and avoid surgery, but not avoid it if something is getting worse or risky! Hard to know exactly what to do.

Hope others are still reading this thread and will reply. Had a gallbladder attack mid to late January of this year (2015). Went to ER, internist, gastroenterologist, then surgeon. Surgeon said remove if more painful. My symptoms aren't too painful, but are there daily, especially at night. Mild discomfort at the right ribs and left shoulder blade. Some constipation/bloating and a hard feeling at the upper abdomen near the sternum.

I started traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herbs (many in a formula, e.g., gold coin grass, curcumin, coptis, bupleurum, and several more that go together) and one treatment of acupuncture a few weeks ago. I now eat mostly whole grains, vegetables, fruits, some lean protein like chicken, fish, tofu, and lots of warm water with lemon, as well as some teas and of course apple cider vinegar and apple juice. In the past couple of days I added some coconut and flax seed oil and krill oil, wanting to help the intestines and also to make sure the GB will still release some bile. I take some vitamin B and C and milk thistle as well.

I mostly feel absolutely fine during the day but about 4-5 hours after a very healthy lunch start to feel a bit bloated, constipated. At night is when I notice some discomfort at the right rib area or left shoulder blade. It's hard to tell if I'm improving but my symptoms seem "managed". So I don't really know if I want to get surgery or if there are various other signs besides pain increase I should look for. Also not sure if I should look for other particular signs of improvement. I do not want to do a liver or GB "flush" but if there are signs that buildup of plaque or other gunk from cholesterol plus bile plus bilirubin and toxins are being eliminated, I hope to know. For example, somewhat green color in poop could be elimination of some of that? What happens as the liver and gallbladder start to clear up (if they do) and function more effectively? Any blood or other tests you can take for hard evidence?

Anyone else experience any of those same details or diet or supplements or treatment?

Posted by Ozzy (Orlando, Florida) on 01/25/2015

What seems to bring on my gall bladder attacks are: hot melted cheese, heavy creme, spicy mexican food, hot chocolate.

Best remedies: organic apple cider with apple cider vinegar, warmed up but not hot.

1 apple grated and mixed with 1-2 inch grated ginger root. (Both grated with a micro-plane grater)

20 drops of peppermint oil in warm peppermint tea.

Use one of these combinations but if you don't feel much better you can try any of the other remedies.

I recommend the grated apple-ginger in addition to any of these remedies.

White Wine
Posted by Cat (Allentown, Pa) on 01/06/2015

Hello that might be hiatel hernia. Look into it. I've had it. Feels like a volcano is ready to rip at the top of my tummy

Posted by Jill (Texas, US) on 11/01/2014

Fried foods seem to be my big trigger. But, I have found that when I feel an attack coming on, usually within thirty minutes of eating, I can drink two bottles of water, quickly, and it will greatly reduce the pain and it will eventually go away all together. Short of that, I don't eat much in large portions.

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.

Lemon Juice
Posted by Stephanie (Georgia, US) on 09/27/2014
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter had a severe attack about 4 years ago and we had no idea what was happening. A visit to the ER told us it was gallstones.

We tried the ACV but she would not take it, I tried it in every concoction imaginable... no go. Then I read somewhere on EarthClinic about lemon juice for gallstones. This was a miracle for her.

She likes lemon juice and had no trouble taking a big swig straight. HER RELIEF WAS INSTANT!!! She was doubled over in severe screaming pain and within 5 minutes or even less she was pain free. She did feel sore after such a bad attack but the lemon juice worked like a miracle.

She used it every morning first thing and she would take a swig before every meal. After about a year she could start eating some of the trigger foods again like eggs and beef. One bonus of the lemon juice is that it will start to dissolve the stones but this takes a year or longer depending on the size and severity and you have to be consistent and take it daily.

My elderly mother always complained her back hurt and they would give her Tylenol which never helped at all. Then I noticed it always happened after she ate, after what I learned with my daughter I guessed it was gallstones and not mom's back cause my daughter always said it hurt in her back.

I got mom some lemon juice and it worked! Mom couldn't believe it. The nurses couldn't believe it. The doctor was amazed and once they saw with their own eyes they started asking me the dosage. The doctor actually wrote it down! Huge win for natural remedies!!

The sooner mom would take the lemon juice after she ate the faster it worked but if she forgot about it and waited an hour of being in pain, it would take about 10 minutes to work completely but she could feel it ease off immediately.

We always used the lemon juice straight. No water or sugar added. We found that if we added anything it would not work as well. We never really measured just took a big swig. If I had to guess on the amount I would say about 1/4 cup.

Another thing lemon juice cures almost instantly is an allergy attack. My husband has allergies that cause his eyes and noise to run and he will start sneezing. Lemon juice stopped it all. He would take about 1/2 cup and sometimes need a second dose if he had waited too long or its a really bad attack.

Thank you EarthClinic and thank you to all the people that have contributed, you are saving lives and you have done more for my family than I could ever fit in one post. ~Steph

Lavender Oil
Posted by Anna (Evans, CO) on 09/06/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Wow. After supper last night my sister had another severe gallbladder attack. We already ran out of pain pills and after $4000+ in urgent care bills she decided she didn't want to spend that much again just for acetaminophen. After searching the web we tried the Apple Cider Vinegar/Apple Juice mixture. After 3 minutes she threw it up sending her into worse pain then before. We tried the ACV and apple juice once before to try to help with the pain and she had the same reaction, vomiting and worse pain. Then we saw the one comment about 1 drop of PURE ESSENTIAL OIL OF LAVENDER IN A TALL GLASS OF WATER SIPPED SLOWLY BUT STEADILY. She said it tastes terribly bitter but Praise the Lord, within 5 minutes the pain level went from 10 down to 7 and she stopped shaking from the pain. Thank you so much Jim for sharing your discovery of this use for Lavender oil. I hope the ACV and apple juice works for those of your reading this, but if not please try the lavender oil. I'm so glad we did!

Pickle Juice
Posted by April (Pensacola, Fl) on 07/19/2014
1 out of 5 stars

Pickle juice did not work for me.. And neither did the apple cider vinegar. Actually... Nothing works for me.

Two Types of Gallbladder Attacks
Posted by Phil (San Jose, California) on 07/18/2014

Consider adding magnesium to your diet. Magnesium is needed for muscle relaxation, while calcium is needed for muscle contraction. Muscle spasms may indicate magnesium deficiency. Dark leafy greens contain magnesium, since it is part of the chlorophyll molecule. You could also use a supplement such as magnesium malate tablets, which readily decomposes in the digestive tract into a bio-available form of magnesium and malic acid, the latter being found in apples.

Instant Relief Juice
Posted by Semele (Australia) on 07/03/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have a 4 week old child and got my first gallbladder attack at 15 weeks pregnant which put me in emergency. Throughout my pregnancy we managed avoiding attacks with a very strict diet; something as simple as lamb cutlets would strike a severe attack. towards the end of my pregnancy. I was getting a nasty attack weekly, so you know my pain threshold. My most recent attack was last week and that one put me in hospital and to compare the pain, I would have preferred to go through my labour and childbirth drug free again; and yes, the birth is fresh in my mind only being 4 weeks ago. My gallbladder attacks can be nasty; just waiting for my body to settle from birth to get surgery.

Instant relief from severe gallbladder attack:

3 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar mixed in a juice consisting of:

2 apples; 1 beetroot; 1/4 cucumber, 1/3 lemon (rough estimates) and a couple of drops of flaxseed oil if you can get your hands on it.

Get in the shower. Hot water on your abdomen/gallbladder, arms above your head against the wall; if you have someone with you, get them to apply pressure and massage in between your shoulder blades.

it takes between 10 - 20 mins to work. But you will have instant relief!

Only on 2 occasions did I need a second drink and same process above for it to completely get rid of the pain and only twice did I end up in emergency.

Posted by Marcy (Rochester, Ny) on 06/16/2014

I had a gallbladder attack that put me in ER, but I declined the surgery because I want to heal myself and keep my parts, so have been doing research. I found and explanation for why coffee is helpful to prevent gallbladder problems, but not after:

"Coffee induces cholecystokinin release and gallbladder contraction, which may explain why patients with symptomatic gallstones often avoid drinking coffee.

Flax Seeds
Posted by Kim (Louisville Ohio) on 05/31/2014
5 out of 5 stars

The flax seed tea worked so well, thank you!

Flax Seeds
Posted by Tammy (Grand Island, Ne, Usa) on 05/21/2014

I love flax seeds. I going to try the tea recipe. My daughter is having these attacks. I'm using homeopathy to help, but I like the tea idea. The homeopathy, in case any are interested, is: Biliousness for the pain and Chamomile for nausea. It takes a little while to work when it's bad, but it does work. I hope anyone that's having these pains, can use these ideas and save money from surgery.

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