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Flax Seeds

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Posted by Kim (Louisville Ohio) on 05/31/2014
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The flax seed tea worked so well, thank you!

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Posted by Luna (Silver Spring, Maryland) on 07/14/2012
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Thank God for Earth Clinic and all the beautiful and good hearted people who share their experiences using alternative methods for healing! I suffered several attacks of gallblader pain in the past 17 years. Thank God I have not have one in the last three years. They stopped at all. I always wondered what made them go and came to the conclusion, after reading these posts, that it had to be the flaxseed tea. I started the tea because I wanted to lose some weight. Please give this a try. Boild a couple cinammon sticks and three teaspoons of flaxseeds in two cups of water for 10 minutes. Cover pot and let it stand for approximately 15 minutes before drinking. Add honey to taste and enjoy it. Blessings!

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Posted by Kelly (Cinti , Ohio) on 02/14/2011

Another good remedy for gallbladder attack is put 2 cups of water to boil, add 1tbs. Of flax seed, boil for 5 min. Boiling leeches the fs oil out of the seed and it will soothe an attack. It is tasteless so you can add a little cinnamon or sweetener.

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Posted by Kelly (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 10/25/2009
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a good remedy for gall bladder pain is to take 1 TBSP of flax seed with 2 1/2 cups of water and boil for 5min. pour off flax seed oil (rich in omega-3 fatty acids, life fish) and drink. I put some cinnamon and truvia (plant based sweetner) to taste and sip till gone. It really helped. alot of websites tell you to grind flax seed, but if you don't have a grinder, just take what you need for a week( in recipes et.),and put 1 tbsp. flax seed/1 to 1-1/2 cups water in a clear jar w/ a lid and refridgerate overnight (use distilled or spring wate of course). the flax oil will leach out and rise to the top by morning------- for the gall bladder attack though, boil and drink like a tea ASAP. It helped me. don't store too long in fridge.

Replied by Anita
(Dracut, Ma, United States Of America)
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I found this flax seed tea works very well for gallbladder attacks. I have used the same recipe as Kelly but I also let it steep for 10 min after boiling. I also did not grind the seeds before boiling.

I find the texture very difficult to swallow (pardon the pun) so I dilute the tea with hot water (about 1:1) then drink two cups. The new addition of stevia sweetener was very helpful. This remedy works within 10 minutes and is very safe. I have, literally, been brought to my knees with chest and back pain, following spicy or rich foods, that can be attributed to gallbladder attacks. I drink the tea with the first signs of discomfort and have not had a severe attack since.

Replied by Tammy
(Grand Island, Ne, Usa)

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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Posted by Jeanne (New York, NY) on 10/25/2009

Kelly's flax tea recipe caught my eye just in time. I just finished my first cup of flax seed tea after eating a very rich Indian dinner earlier tonight, which was starting to give me shooting gall bladder pain! I added half a cinnamon stick to the tea after it had boiled and a half teaspoon of blackstrap molasses since I don't like stevia's after-taste. Yummy! Too soon to tell if it has worked or not, but I think I will make a habit of drinking this regularly. My skin feels softer already. Thanks Kelly!

P.S. I did not grind the seeds before boiling them.

Replied by Faith
(Forest Park, Ohio)

Use it DAILY INSTEAD of waiting on an attack, it helps to CLEANSE the liver and IT HELPS TO EMULSIFY FATS... Reducing cholesterol in the body!

Foods That Trigger Gallbladder Attacks

Posted by Kelly (Lakeland, Fl) on 06/19/2013

Can you tell me what type of foods trigger the gallbladder attacks? This is all new to me. Any thing helps I am not sleeping at night:(

Replied by Pbird
(Everett, Wa, Usa)

Kelly, when I still had my gallbladder and was having much trouble and pain with it the things that triggered it were, overeating period, too many combinations, things like chocolate. What gets it going is when what you are eating needs bile to be digested so the gallbladder tries to squeeze some out. When its full of stones this hurts.

Really simple food and not a great deal of it was best.

By the time I had mine removed it was so miserable that when I woke from sugery I told my doctor "I feel better now! Just waking up from anesthetic and all! " It was so much better just to have the pain gone. I have not experience any bad effects from losing it, compared to how rotten I felt before losing it.

Replied by KT

This will be quick... When I was pregnant the first time I was so afraid of getting stretch marks I eliminated excess fat from my diet (i.e., no butter on my toast, no mayo on my sandwich for lunch other than what was in the potato salad or tuna salad... The bread was dry). At night I had horrible gallbladder attacks. I later read that the gallbladder needs fat to contract. So, it seemed the timing of my attacks made sense. I didn't eliminate excess fat with my second one. I had no more attacks. BTW, I have no stretch marks. This may not be for you because I don't know what else you may be eating, which will make a difference, but this is what I learned and thought I'd share.


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Posted by Tina (Houston, USA) on 09/09/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I had the worst gallbladder pain this morning as I woke up and was blessed to have a friend tell me to rub gently few drops of frankincense essential oil on the front and back of the gallbladder and liver areas.

Within 7 mins, the pain was gone. The correct protocol is to do this 2-3 times daily for upto a month which enables the stones to dissolve.

Just wanted to share this here, as I will be doing this to dissolve the stones using this protocol.

Garden Greens

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Posted by Lynn (Gulfport, Fl) on 12/21/2011
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Having had horrible gall bladder and attendant reflux episodes, I read about dandelion greens and beets and beet greens. I had dandelion greens coming up all over my yard, and started picking/cooking them. I had let them grow, so they were tall stalks when grown. I would eat them every day, at least a small plate full. I cooked and ate beets and beet greens from the store and took herbs (nettle) in capsules. I felt better in two days, but kept it up for two weeks. That was a year ago. I am having some twinges now, and started back on the herbs and beets with saurkraut (I don't like drinking vinegar). The relief is instant, and water helps. Keep the fat in the diet low until the condition improves.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

My mom used to cook dandelion greens and would add a little olive oil and lemon juice to make them taste better.

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Posted by Amy (Wales) on 07/02/2015

Hi all just thought I would share this with u... I have been suffering with gallbladder attacks for around 3 months now (since having a baby). The pain has been so bad I have been to A+E 3times out of 4. The 1st 2 times they couldnt find what was wrong - but finaly seen another 2doctors about it and they said it is my gallbladder! Anyway... He told me to go on a 0% fat diet and has prescribed me with Buscopan. Buscopan is mylife savour.... Basicly the doctor explained that GB attacks are like have painfull cramping (contractions) ext.... and what Buscopan does it stops your GB from doing this. I would definitely recommend it... I also am very weary of what I eat now as I paranoid I am going to have an attack at any time! Knowing mine last around 24hours + and unbearable, At the moment I am waiting for a letter for a scan on my organs... And if it is 100% my GB which they say it is atm I will be having my gb removed... sooo I would keep going back to ur gp if your still suffering.

Ps I have been told that things like dairy products set off an attack so mayby try cutting that down to see if it helps ?

Replied by Steve

The best way to heal the gallbladder is to do gallbladder and liver cleanses:

For immediate relief of gallbladder attack pain drink a cup of warm water with a TBSP of epsom salt dissolved in it. Lay on your right side with your knees pulled up for about an hour or more. This will open up the ducts in the liver and gallbladder and release some of the stones and sludge that is causing the pain. Doing the full cleanse will get rid of lots of stones and truly get to the root of the issue.

Replied by Sam

Your doctor is wrong. Being on a fat free or low fat diet is detrimental to one's health.

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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 ...

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Posted by Judy (Meadville, Missouri,usa) on 12/07/2011

I had my gallbladder removed 7 years ago. I had nothing but trouble every since. I now have bile reflux. The bile that used to go into my gallbladder now dumps into my stomach. It's just like having my gallbladder back, pain, nauseau, back pain, bloat. Today my drs. has suggested that I eat pickled beets, and dill pickles also. So I'm going to try the apple cider vinegar. What do I have to lose at this point. I guess my comment is this, don't think because you have your gallbladder removed your problems will be over. I know it's only about 10% of the population will have this problem after surgery. Lucky me!

Replied by Rebel
(Somewhere, Usa)

Hi Judy. My wife had her gallbladder removed as well and is still having symtoms of attacks every so often. We use the shot glass or 2 Tablespoons of vinegar in a glass of room temp apple juice. Her pain and sickness is usally gone within 30 minutes. Hope this helps.

Certain foods will trigger attacks as well. Like eggs and cabbage.

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Posted by Sandy (Paso Robles, Ca Usa) on 08/28/2011

Great site- really helpful esp. Ted. Been all over. But I did want to share about my gallbladder issues. There is a good herbal formula I resort to whether it is stomach or gallbladder. It is Health Concerns GB6. One pill will take away my pain in an hour. It is an herbal formula that my natural Dr. Gave me. And you must wait and not take right after a meal. At least an hour after a meal. But I will try some of the other ideas as well.

I used to have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue and am well and the biggest thing was food allergies. They trigger so much. I cannot eat egg (and I believe that happened because of the flu shots) I had to take two of them years ago to take care of my ailing dad. Albumen in the shots and my body rejected it and now after eating eggs my whole life I cannot have any. Eating something with egg would give me both migraine and gallbladder pain.

But that aside the other big thing is sugar. NO ONE wants to hear that but you have to stop eating it. It is sooo destructive. Think of it this way:

The strongest bone in your body is your teeth and what eats teeth???SUGAR! So what is it doing to the rest of your body?

I don't eat it anymore. I do use a little honey and agave syrup because I hate Stevia.

I am thinking seriously about the fat issue and also something else I figure out. I can go along fine until I start to exercise and then I get sick. I think when I start to burn fat my body flips out as much as if I ate a fatty meal. And the water isuse is BIG. Water is so big. No one drinks enough water. I drink nothing but water and until my pee is very light lemon colored.

Check out the water cure and learn alot!!

I am also thinking more about trying to eat a little more fat like some of the posts mentioned.

Having the herbs and all is great BUT we need the CAUSE so we can be cured otherwise we are not much better than the Dr.s with their meds and surgeries.

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Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 03/03/2011

Hi, the common mistake is indeed eat little fat! If you want to understand better how it works maybe you should consider reading Barry Groves' book Trick and Treat where he explains the problem of eating a low fat diet and why when you start eating fat the stones start moving and you get pain but after you get rid of them eating enough fat will prevent you from having them! I have just had an ultrasound this afternoon because of high enzymes in the liver, luckily everything was ok and... No gallstones! The book is very interesting........ Whether ACV would help I don't know!

You can also get some information in Adelle Davis' book Let's Get Well. It is pretty much the same advice. She says that people get to afraid of having pain again that they stop eating fat which only makes things worse. She advises a diet rich in Vit. E and A also B vitamins and high in fats, low in carbohydrates. She says you should stay away from saturated fats but keep in mind that this book is very old so some of the information may be out of date. Still.... a very interesting book advised to me by some on this site and luckily I could get my hands on one! I hope this helps.....

Ginger Tea

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Posted by Molly12345 (Cleveland, Oh) on 06/02/2015
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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.

Replied by Timh
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M: Nice to hear your success story.

If I might suggest, the late, master, herbalist Dr Christopher developed an herbal formula along the same lines of your current list w/ the addition of more essential ingredience like Fennel, Peppermint, Goldenseal (or other natural antibiotics like Oregano, Garlic). If you wish, you could add all-the-above and make your own formula of powdered herbs and put them in capsules. Just saying.

Using menthol cough drops or lozenges is good way to melt cholesterol gallstones ( I use 3 loz's back-to-back to help open up bile flow). If stones are mixed or heavy calcified one may need to do a gallbladder flush. The herb Chanca Piedra is also good for gallbladder and/or liver problems.

Replied by Leigh

I had bad gallbladder pains after meals and found that training myself to eat slowly and chew well stopped them. Simple I know but it worked for me.

Hot Bath for Gallbladder Pain

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

Replied by Rebekah
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Just had my first attack in a few years, finally stopped the pain by lying in the hottest bath I could stand and hugging my knees to my chest. Also put Epsom salts in the water but no idea if that contributed. I tried drinking the ACV with lemon & lime juice diluted in about 6 oz. of warm water about 10 minutes before the bath, that may of helped as well, although I didn't get immediate relief like other posters said they did.