Natural Gallstone Remedies

Dec 13, 2017

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Your gallbladder is located on the right side of your abdomen, right beneath the liver, and it holds the bile fluid that gets released into your small intestine to break down the food you eat. The reason gallstones form is still clinically unclear, but the bile excreted by the liver begins to crystallize and eventually form solids; different stones form under different conditions. If the liver excretes too much cholesterol, more cholesterol than the bile can remove, this cholesterol can form stones in the gallbladder. Another reason for gallstones is another chemical produced by the liver when breaking down red blood cells, bilirubin. Excess bilirubin can build up in the gallbladder and form stones.

Gallstones can remain silent and cause no trouble, but if a gallstone gets stuck in the body and causes a blockage, the result can be very painful. Gallstone pain can be sudden and intense, felt in the center or right side of the abdomen, or even back and shoulder pain. Gallstone symptoms can also include yellowing of the skin and eyes.

Find a Cure for Your Gallstones

This page is for the discussion and suggestion of natural remedies for gallstones. Some of our more popular cures for gallstones are apple cider vinegar, gallbladder cleanse, apples, figs, and a number of dietary suggestions. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to cure your gallstones. Have a remedy not yet listed here? Don't hesitate to share you story with us.


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Posted by Jojo (Wisconsin, US) on 02/21/2015
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I experience terrible pain in my stomach. I research the net and found that eating fried foods, spicy dishes, pizza and etc. I have gallstones and never knew. It started at about 3-4 am in the morning with eating those dishes I listed above. I start the pain in stomach, nausea, and feelings of constipation. I would first throw up and the nausea passed. When this ended I would finally be able to go back to sleep. I would have to be at work at 7am and extremely tired.

Finally I discovered Alfalfa pills, no particular store brand but they worked!!! 2-1300 mg pills in the afternoon before eating the above listed foods. No more attacks!!

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Posted by Prioris (Fl) on 12/18/2016


I just want every one to know that it is the malic acid in Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) that softens gallstones.

One source says, it takes 1 apple to make 1 ounce of ACV or 2 tablespoons. One apple has 0.08875 grams or 88.75 mg of malic acid in it from what I understand.

Another source says there is 200 mg to 1000 mg per apple.

Another source says - The amount of malic acid in two apples is about 3 grams which is the recommended daily dose. If you are eating one apple then you will need to 2 and a half 600 mg tablets. Each pill needs to be taken with a cup a water.

So an apple may range from 88 mg to 1500 mg but this allows you to ball park therapy doses.

I see on the bottle of malic acid that I have that 1 tablet contains 600 mg. You'd also avoid that acid damaging your teeth.

Another piece of info - Apples have a combination effect because they also contain pectin which is an water-soluble fibre. This binds to bile and we pass in out in our stools. Therefore if we can consume more pectin then more bile will be passed and this forces the liver to produce more fresh bile which washes through the biliary system.

This means that it may be easier to take malic acid instead.

I can take malic acid without problem but I get side effect like migraines / neuralgia etc if I take ACV.

Posted by Liz (Hollywood, Ca.) on 02/21/2013

I was doing very well prior to slipping back into eating out. Little by little it seems to build and bam, attack!! The Stone has been released!

I noticed that table bread for me in any amount should be avoided at all cost. I also noticed that excessive fat content in one or two meals in a day will bring it on.

I am doing a flush now with Organic Apple Juice. I drink warm/hot water in the morning with Lemon Juice. I am sticking to mostly vegi's and rice during the Flush. I am doing this Flush with the help of a Dr and a Nutritionist. I am taking a bile thining supplement. I am tying to eat healthy fat and do not have an issue with Real Organic Butter or Salt in moderation with vegi's. I did this flush before and flushed many Stones. Yet, it dawned on me after eating a slightly escallating amount of trigger foods which I am probably also alergic to, I was passing a stone. The Apple Juice is a miracle disolvent for Stones. After an attack rest your body because there is so much going on with the Bile Duct. Drink Apple Juice and try to stay stress free. Eat carefully.

If I have to have surgery but with more disapline and time, MAYBE I can avoid it because I also contemplate the what if's. You know, what if it the start of hospital surgeries. I have read that if your healthy and your bloodwork shows high levels resulting from an attack then you may be able to heal by eating a better diet. Potatoes (Gold) seem to also be a miracle food for some reason. Good luck with your health.

I read last night that it takes years for stones to develope. If you have cleaned up your diet and you go back to eating something you are not use too you will trigger a potential stone release. You have to dissolve the stones and you have to eat healthy fat. The Gallbladder needs good fat.. That's it's job. I underworked mine. I didn't eat good or bad fat just refined breads and sugar over the years and minimal vegtables. I love carb's.

Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash

Yes fats and food in general, I have found that taking some Betafood stops the misery for me. I only have one tiny stone in my gallbladder but I get this miserable pain under my left shoulderblade that stings and burns and the tabs help a lot 1-3 a meal if needed. Hope it helps.... All the reviewers on amazon say it is for gallbladder health. I plan to keep my organs as long as possible.

Posted by Chance (San Diego, Ca) on 08/31/2012

I'm a 27 year old woman scheduled for a sonogram to check for suspected gallstones based on symptoms I've had for years. I have other factors stacked against this too. All women on my mother's side (including her) have had their gallbladders removed due to stones. I'm also overweight; have lost a lot of weight; am an ex-smoker; ate poor diet for the first 80% of my life; have Native American genetics; have magnesium deficiency and slightly low running thyroid.

Since improving my health by exercise, choosing fresh and homemade foods, and taking magnesium supplement, my frequency of "attacks" (what I think are gallblader attacks) is very low to what it used to be. Ocassionally I'll still indulge. Unfortunately when I do, it still triggers an attack about 20% of the time. Usually after eating fast food, red meat, or something dairy-rich.

My definition of attacks is: a horrible pain in my upper stomach that can become so intense, I can barely manage to straighten my torso. I'm doubled over constantly, walking hunched if I can muster the will to walk around. The pain radiates up my sternum and into my upper back between the shoulder blades. It feels like a gigantic pair of fists are shoved into my chest and stomach, squeezing and twisting in opposite directions so that nothing can go further in or out. My upper stomach will feel a little hard or rigid too - like it's all tensed up.

Sometimes I get my boyfriend to pound his fist into my upper back, like he's punching back for me! I'll grind my fist into my back too and sometimes that pressure helps minimally but only while I'm doing it. I know, totally bizarre of me. But it's what makes sense at the time. In the past for attacks, I've taken carrot juice which I read helps digestion and/or a cup of my powdered magnesium supplement (called Natural Calm -it's amazing! ) which takes the edge off. Once, I chewed raw ginger I cut right off the root in pure desperaton. All these things have helped (although carrot juice stopped being as effective for some reason).

The attacks last an hour to several hours and can be mild or severe to where I'm panting and squirming all over the bed, moaning in helpless pain. Sometimes there's oh so ladylike belching involved but if it's bad, it doesn't matter how much my body tries to do this, it doesn't alleviate anything.

I had an attack that woke me up very early this morning. :( It's my fault. I even thought it might be coming last night. I was SO tired last night I didn't want to cook, even though that little voice inside my head said I should do it. I didn't listen and got a chicken burrito from a taco shop on the way home thinking chicken is a mild choice. It didn't even end up being that good - it was gross and had unexpected amount of greasiness like it was cooked on an uncleaned surface that had been used for red meats. I only ate half feeling how heavy it was getting in my stomach. Less than 2 hours later, I could FEEL like this attack was coming. In preperation I found this page with all the great reviews about apple cider and apple juice working. I was hopeful and meant to go get apple juice and the apple cider from the store but fell asleep with my phone still on my chest, this page still on the screen when the attack woke me up.

It was a milder attack so I took the magnesium, then drove to the grocery store for the apple cider vinegar and apple juice. It got worse at the store but it's so close to my house that I made it. Like described here, I took the suggested 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (the Heinz brand) mixed with a glass of apple juice (Simply Apple brand). It took me 10-15 minutes to finish drinking it. I was a little taken aback a little at the burny feeling in my throat and through my stomach but I thought of that as working magic. The burn is nothing really unpleasant or harsh - nothing compared to the pain of the attack at least! :)

As I took the last few sips I had already started feeling the pain subside. My stomach softened to the touch and the little swell the rigidity creates sometime went away. About an hour later, the pain was pretty much all gone and just some minor discomfort and remnant soreness was all that was left! THIS is the best pain remedy for the attacks I've EVER tried. I've never had the pain go away as rapidly or as close to complete as this before. Now I DID start with the magnesium supplement but it's help was minimal (it's MUCH better for preventative than reactive purposes).

It's drained me though. These attacks take nearly everything out of me. I've mustered the energy to write this post because I want it to be read by people looking for experiences of other people who go through it and what has worked for them. I'm telling you it works! If you're having an attack, my say is try it.

Thank you to Earth Clinic and all who took the time to post their experiences too. I would not have turned to the apple cider/apple juice concoction and gotten my quick relief if not for you!!

Replied by Debbie
Rsm, Ca
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Hi Chance, Your story is exactly the same as the attack I had today. I thought I could have some pasta with a creamy sauce, boy what a mistake that was! I had read your post earlier in the week and had my husband go to the store and get the apple cider vinegar and apple juice. It kind of burned going down my throat. But after 15 minutes or so the bloating in my tummy started to go down and the pain lessened enough to breathe easier! But my tummy is still sore hours later. I don't know if I used too much Apple Cider Vinegar but my tummy still hurts. But the pain is mostly gone thank goodness! I need to do a flush to get rid of the gallstones. I do not want surgery. The surgeon wanted me to schedule the surgery to remove the gallbladder but I told him that God gave me a gallbladder for a reason. :). So my husband and I are starting to eat healthy foods and cut out the processed foods! Thank you so much to sharing your post and to the other people who post their stories! I just need to find the flush now! Wish me luck!! Thank you EARTH CLINIC!!!!!!

Posted by Kharma (La, Ca ) on 08/13/2012
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Recently learned I have gallstones (ugh).

Performed a successful liver/stone flush. While I feel some better, I'm still experiencing gallstone related symptoms (i. E. Nausea, gas, acid reflux, gurgling sounds, asthma attacks, allergies, etc. ) Sought a way to deal w/the attacks, while preparing for next flush in a few weeks. With a google search, found this site and the Apple Cider Vinegar solution. Figured I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Thrilled to report, it worked...!

I obtained apple cider vinegar (w/out the mother) and combined with organic apple juice (both generic store brands at local health food store). Result was a tangy, delicious drink. Within minutes, I started to feel relief.

Thanks so much to those that shared this worked for their symptoms, and thanks to earthclinic. Com, for making this resource available on-line!

Posted by Liz (Irving, Tx) on 04/05/2011
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Hello, I have been having gallstone issues for the past month and a half without realizing it for the first month, then after the pain and nausea became so bad that it drove me to the hospital I found out that I either had gallstones or gastritis. I started doing some research and started taking Lecithin, Magnesium, Milk Thistle, Burdock Root, Cinnamon and Ginger.

And it all started to go away very quickly, and I could actually feel the stones moving through the ducts and out!

Then about a week ago I heard about Apple Juice, and I wanted to do as much as I could to disolve the gallstones as quickly as possible so I tried it - but it upset my stomach and gave me diarrhea so bad that I had to stop. (My mother told me it did the same thing when I was a baby, so she wasn't surprised. ) And the nausea started to go away immediately after stopping it.

Then I noticed a few days ago that I was having horrible Heat Intolerance in 80 degree weather and other symptoms of low electrolytes- dizziness, confusion, faitigue- and I was having symptoms of Malabsorbsion from the very beginning- so I started taking apple cider vinegar to replenish my electrolytes and liquide multi-vitamines to help my body absorb them better. But I think the apple cider vinegar has made my nausea come back just as strong as before!

When I stopped the apple juice, the nausea went away. Now that I'm taking the apple cider vinegar it's come back, and I can barely eat anything!

I feel much better when I take it, and I haven't had any painful or uncomfortable feelings in my gallbladder area for two days now. I feel almost completely normal except for the upset stomach, and there is now a burning/clawing sensation going on in my stomach along with it that I think is a symptom of high stomach acid caused by the apple cider vinegar.

I'm worried that if I stop the apple cider vinegar I will run low on electrolytes again, and since I'm still not digesting my food all the way so I know that is still a possiblity.

Is there anything I can take with the apple cider vinegar to stop the nausea? I've heard about taking baking soda with it. Does that work?

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Irving, Tx
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Hi, this is Liz, I'm responding to my own post to let you know what's happened to me since I made that first post.

About two days after I made that post I passed a huge gallstone that had been slowly working it's way out, and obviously making me feel nauseous and terrible while doing so. I was sitting on the couch feeling horrible, then, boom! Felt it pass, got a lot of gurgling sounds from up around my gallbladder area and instantly felt much better! Nausea gone! Yay!

A couple days after that I did my first Liver Flush with olive oil and lemon juice. I flushed out over a 1/4 cup of pee sized to almost marble sized stones. I have done three more since then, and durring the third I was amazed when I flushed out two huge stones that were between the size gumballs and golfballs. I couldn't believe it, especially since I hadn't felt any pain or discomfort while doing the flush. I was still passing around the same amount of stones, around a 1/4 or so each time. The last flush I did I didn't pass any at all, which is kinda suspicious considering that in all the ones I'd done before I had passed so many. But I do feel better, so I'm going wait and do another one and see what happens then.

I didn't realize that by doing these flushes you're also giving your body a really good detox. Your liver can hold a lot of toxins so if you do a flush it's likely going to release some of them. So if anyone out there is doing one of these flushes and it makes you feel worse or feel kinda sick afterwards, it might not be that it's made you worse, it could be detox. Remember to drink lots of water to help flush everything out and keep up on your electrolytes and it will pass faster and make you feel better.

Also I wanted to say that I've found that taking 4 Tablespoons of Epsom Salt was WAY too much for me. My mother and have had the same amount of success with only taking 2 teaspoons - 1 tablespoon once in the evening and then once again in the morning. But of course everybody's different, so that might not work for you.

I have had No Problems Whatsoever with taking ACV or Apple Juice since passing that first gallstone, and I take back everything I said about it making me feel sick and nauseous. It's actually very good and recommended for nausea and stomach problems becuase it settles the stomach and is good for your body.

Thank you. Good luck to all of you, and thank you so much to everyone who has posted their stories here, you've helped me so much! - Liz

Replied by Peteria

Liz, what's the recipe for the flush? Been experiencing pain from gallstones for years. ACV works, but I want to get rid of them once and for all. Thanks, P.

Posted by Jody (Westlake, Ohio) on 03/24/2008
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I have been having attacks for a little over a year thinking that I had aniety problems. In the last week, I discovered that I have Gall stones and I have had an attack everyday for the last seven days. I tried taking a very hot shower and then a cold shower to shock my system, while the pain subsided nothing seemed to work. I found this site and I happened to have Apple Cider Vinegar handy along with Apple Juice. After I found this site and read the comments others posted, I tried the vinegar with Apple Juice. It has been twenty minutes and the pain is diminishing. I am very happy to land on a temporary relief for the pain. Thank you!

Posted by Kathy (Baltimore, MD) on 06/22/2006
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Hattiesburg, Ms, Usa

For Maria in Shreveport--I have had Gallbladder problems as well. I have wonderful success with Milk Thistle and Dandelion. You can find the two as a mixture in capsule form in a good Vitamin Store. I also take a high grade Acidoph at night on empty stomach,and ACV in my water bottle-about a teaspoon for half litre. I drink 2 a day. She may also check for gluten sensitivity and too much omega 6. Good Luck!

Posted by Grace (Cairns, Australia) on 01/22/2006
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Yes I was suffering awful stabbing pains in the right side of my upper abdomen, I think it might have been a gallstone. However, after taking only one tablespoon of apple cider vineger in some warm water the pain has now gone.

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Posted by Elizabeth (Chicoutimi, Quebec) on 11/16/2014
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Undiagnosed officially but when I had acute pain in area where gall bladder is supposed to reside, after eating too many greasy foods, on more than one occasion I have taken apple cider vinegar which helped quickly. Again, several times I had sudden great pain and pressure in lower back, again undiagnosed but which appeared to be the passing of a kidney stone, I drank Aloe Vera juice and got immediate relief. It can't be proved, but at any rate both products are harmless.

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Posted by Ladyblink (Chattanooga, Tn) on 05/01/2016
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I have to say I was having the worst gallbladder/gallstone attack and came to for help. I read that ACV and also Lavender oil helped this. I was desperate and reached over to my lavender essential oil and put one drop on my forefinger and stuck it in my mouth. Within 5 minutes my pain had subsided greatly.

I then put 2 cap-fulls of ACV into a drink. Within 10 minutes I felt 95% better!!

I have looked into research about ACV helping dissolve gallstones, so far I'm only 1.5 days in after a month-long battle. I have had oily/fatty foods without a problem!! I can't believe it is working, but I am going to stick to two cap-fulls of ACV twice a day in my drink in hopes to get rid of these gallstones I have. I've taken 3 doses of 2 cap-fulls for the past two days and have no pain! It is a miracle!

I am also now administering it topically to my boyfriend's unknown rash. I just put the first treatment on him and will update in the appropriate thread.

Thank you so much earthclinic!

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Posted by Amit Rajvanshi (India - Meerut(up)) on 03/23/2015
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I am suffering from gallbladder stone. I had multiple stone in gallbladder. After lot of searching on internet I'm try a treatment using ACV, Olive oil and lemon juice. and guess what its flush out :):) in a 24 hours

NOTE:- first I m taking ACV around 2 weeks earlier before doing this process with olive oil & lemon juice.

Replied by Shenaaz
South Africa

What's the correct amount or dosage of this remedy and how many times a day should I have it?

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Posted by Whisperingsage (Northeastern California) on 03/30/2014 26 posts
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ACV blasts gallstones! I was doing a cholesterol cleanse with the Atkins protocol, and cleared out the smaller ones, but the bigger ones were very painful- so I took 1 quart of ACV over 3 days and they were gone, confiremd wiht ultrasound, the tech just knew he would find stones because "everyone " has stones. but they were gone!

However, I found I had to keep them away with high dose vitamin D. For me that is 25,000 IU a day.

Replied by Andrej

I have gallstones as well. Can you please give me detailed instructions on what and how much to drink at what time and for how long. Thank you


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Posted by Marie (Canada) on 09/08/2014
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I have a large gallstone and when I have apple or apple juice it causes me to have a gallbladder attack with pain and severe vomiting. Now I'm guessing it's because the apple softened the stone and mine is too big to pass so it instead makes me sick. ACV does seem to help some of the time but my attacks are severe and I'm getting my gallbladder removed, just waiting for the call for surgery....

Posted by Nicole (Sydney, Australia) on 01/31/2012
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A few years ago I was diagnosed with Gall Stones and was having to sleep upright on the couch due to the reflux. My doctor said well all we can do is schedule you in for an operation to remove your Gall Bladder as if we just remove the stones they will eventually come back. I argued that I didn't want a part of my body removed for no real good reason but doctor knows best, right? There was a waiting list at the hospital so I suffered for about 4 weeks until my operation date and in the meantime a colleague at work noticed I wasn't in the best health and asked me what was wrong and I told her. The next day she came to me and said she had mentioned me to her Chilean Grandmother who passed on this old folk cure for me to try.

You need to eat a minimum of 8 big apples in a 24 hour period (green are the best as they are the most acidic but you can mix it up).

Starting at breakfast on day one, eat nothing but raw apples for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Day two repeat as per day one. On day two before you go to bed drink 2/3 cup of virgin olive oil, follow this with a 1/3 cup of lemon juice (to get the oil out of your mouth). Then go to sleep on your right side for the night. Freshly squeezed apple juice and herbal teas are ok for these 2 days but don't skimp on the apples, the more the better.

The acid in the apples will break down the gallstones naturally and the olive oil will help with the elimination of the broken down stones. This is amazing and worked for me so well that my awful symptoms immediately passed and I could lie down in my bed again to sleep that 2nd night.

I went to my pre-op appointment and when the nurse asked how I am I said I'm fine now, the stones are gone. She didn't believe me until another ultrasound showed I was all clear! She then asked me how I did it and said she would tell a relative of hers about it.

Unsurprisingly the doctor didn't believe a word of my story and just said there must have been a mistake in my original ultrasound to which I replied "I've not mistaken the pain I've been in the past few weeks, it was real and now it's completely gone". I still have both ultrasounds and my whole body is intact. I do the apple diet every year as a preventative although my diet has also changed for the better so therefore I don't expect to have Gall Stones ever again.

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Do you mean cooking apples or granny smith apples?

I managed to eat just over 2 apples in the morning and my stomach kept trying to tell me to stop. Did that happen for you? I have been on drips in A & E so those kind of signs scare me a bit. There was no way I could have eaten more apples when I got home for lunch it felt.

I was trying with the granny smith apples and it hurt my gums and teeth quite a bit.

I really hope you can reply and I can get this to work. Thank you so much

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Hi Darryl,

I ate 1-2 apples every 2-3hrs or whenever I felt hungry. I ate a variety of types of apples so I wouldn't get too bored. I even baked some green apples whole at dinner with a raw one for desert. Optimally is to have nothing but raw apples go through your system for minimum of 24hrs as it is the natural acids in the apples that break the stones down. Best of luck

Replied by M Wong
Hong Kong

What size of stone did you flush? Do I need to care what size of stone it is inside? What did you feel during the 2nd night? Did you go to toilet too often? Did you take any epsom salt? Many Thanks.

Replied by Nicole

Hi there,

I had several smaller size stones 1mm-2mm from memory. I suggest for bigger stones to extend the cleanse to 3 or 4 days perhaps. After 5 years I'm happy to report I have not had a recurrence of gallstones.

It is challenging to eat only apples but the results are worth it. As the old saying goes - an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

I also changed to a healthy diet (Namely the Eat Right 4 Your Type - Blood Type Diet), regular exercise and meditation in the last 5 years, taking a holistic approach to my health and well-being.

Health and happiness to you all :)

Replied by Papa
Lausanne, Switzerland

I'm almost crying here. Thank you very much for your article /cures/gallstones. Here goes... And I'll be sure to let you know how it does.. Again, THANK YOU