Effective Natural Remedies for Gallstone Relief and Prevention

Lemon Water

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Posted by Jessica (Oceanside, Ca) on 05/10/2013

I have had some success. I had a large stone 2.1 cm in 2011 and the Dr said it was up to me if I wanted to get my gb removed. He said a large stone only puts pressure on the duct, but wont get stuck in it. I already knew I would opt for surgery anyway since the gb is very important! I called my naturopath up and she suggested I drink a very warm glass of water with the juice of a yellow lemon every morning on an empty stomach. This thins the bile. A few days later my pain was gone. I then did a liver flush with some herbs, cascara sagrada and beet root formula. Followed with olive oil and gIrapefruit juice. Didn't notice too much difference from that, but I'm sure it helped. I changed my diet to include plenty of fats (i eat eggs over easy, avocados, cheese, meat, butter, coconut oil, olive oil, etc. ) and eliminated grains and most sugars. I supplemented daily with sunflower lethicin, magnesium, vitamins, and drank my lemon water every morning. In 2012 I had a second ultrasound done on my gallbladder and the stone was 40% dissolved. My doctor was in disbelief to say the least! He told me he had really doubted me in going a natural route but that he is happy I have done so well. I no longer have pain so I'm anxiously awaiting my upcoming scan this summer to see what's left!

Replied by Jean
(San Francisco)

That's wonderful! Thanks so much for giving out this great information. So generous of you! I'm going to try it myself.

Here's a question by chance you will see it and be able to answer.

Could you describe this..... liver flush with some herbs, cascara sagrada and beet root formula. Followed with olive oil and gIrapefruit juice......A bit more. Especially how you took the cascara and beet root formula...how much...

Lemon, Digestive Enzymes

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Posted by Cathy (Mason, WV) on 05/17/2008

Gallstone Issues: You can try the juice of 1 lemon in an 8oz.glass of water on an empty stomach. Do not eat or drink anything for 30 or so minutes and let this sit in your gallbladder. This will help dissolve stones. Do this for a year. Also take about 4 digestive enzymes with each meal. Eat pinnapple with meals or papaya which also have digestive enzymes in them and stay away from fat, sugar, and fried foods. It is hard to change your diet, but it will help tremendously. Eat bananas, and long cooking oatmeal. This helps. Some can't eat the oatmeal. Whatever works for you. Eat more vegatables, baked potatoes, greenbeans, tomatos, carrots,cucumbers, salad, fiber filled fruit, chicken and fish (nothing fried), but especially beets. Ginger is good for digestion. Avacados, coconut, garlic, grapes, plenty of water is good also. No beans, eggs, milk, pork, grapefruit or oranges, icecream, choclate, alcohol, cofffee.If you eat something and your stomach starts bubbling, you know that is something you can't eat.

Drink the lemon water religously and you will get relief. Keep drinking it for a year. There are meds doctors can give to dissolve stones, they don't tell you that. The lemon water will do it.

Try this: take a small rock the size of a quarter, and as thick as you finger and place it in a small glass in the kitchen window and cover it with lemon juice or concentrate you can get in the plastic lemons in the veggie section of the grocer. Cover the rock every day for about 3 months and you will dissolve that rock....Drink lemon water on an empty stomach upon waking and eat or drink nothing for about 30 min. Do this for a year. Drink the same just before going to bed the first week to two weeks of your attack. You will find that a gallbladder attach lasts about 3 to 5 days, but the lemon juice will start to dissolve the stones and the sludge. Take red yeast rice to get your cholesterol down which is the culprit here. Lemon water, red yeast rice and a change in your diet ot remove fat and you will see impovement in the next 3 weeks or so. Include exercise by even just walking, to lower your bad cholesterol also. You can live to eat or eat to live. Your choice. Hope this helps someone.

Replied by Judi

I really like this since I'm not in much pain except my stomach feels knotted and hungry with a slight back pain between shoulder blades. It is easy and I'm already doing the morning hot water with the squeeze bottle but will switch to fresh lemons.

Magnesium Chloride

Posted by Toourlady89 (Ca, Usa) on 08/26/2013

There are studies that confirms Magnesium supplementation prevents gallstone formation by lowering cholesterol in the blood. If there is already gallstones formed, it also can help dissolve it. It will take time. Magnesium Chloride was the studied mineral. They also advise to eat foods rich in Magnesium such as green leafy veges, nuts such as almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Mg Chloride comes as liquid or capsules or tablets.

Milk Thistle, Dandelion

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Posted by Glight (Hattiesburg, Ms, Usa) on 05/13/2010

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!

Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Magnesium

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Posted by Mike (Baltimore, Maryland) on 02/04/2008

Ted has a lot of good insights and makes for a very interesting read, but he forgot one important thing regarding Lecithin.

Dandelion root contains more Lecithin than even soy products and also acts as a mild diuretic, but unlike other diuretics, it does not deplete the body of potassium due to the high amount of it found in the plant. Dandelion also contains loads of trace elements and should go a long way in dissolving gallstones as well as improving and increasing bile flow through the gallbladder.

Milk Thistle is also very good for this although to my knowledge, does not contain Lecithin. It reduces cholesterol in bile as well as other beneficial effects on liver/gallbladder health though.

About all this "flush" business that is so obviously fake that it bears mentioning. To say that there are over 2000 stones in your liver and gallbladder is ridiculous considering the size of these organs and appears even more ridiculous when people say this continues to happen over years of doing these flushes. What people should be doing is changing their diets and taking supplements to deal with these things. It's amazing to me that everyone that does this flush seems to report hundreds and thousands of "stones" even though an ultrasound may only show one or two small ones. Whether these flushes actually work or not is debateable since people seem to want to exaggerate the effectiveness. If they worked, there would be nothing to exaggerate and if they really do work, it's a tragedy that those pushing it on other people have to make things up to make it look better than it is when there is no need. It can't possibly be good for someone long term to continue to do this to their bodies.

To anyone wanting to dissolve and/or prevent gallstones, cut back a little on the fatty stuff you eat and do some research on supplements. Dandelion Root, Magnesium, Milk Thistle and even a daily multivitamin is a good place to start. Make a habit of having a glass or two of apple juice a day as the Pectin in apples and apple juice will soften the stones, exercise a little and watch what you eat to a point. If you really want to change, you can do it. If you're looking for an easy way out where you can have your cake and eat it too, you'll fail everytime. Supplements alone won't fix this problem and neither will 100 flushes. You have to make lifestyle changes as well and you have to stick with them.

However, things like constantly checking your pH and constantly monitoring pH of water you drink and all this stuff seems to be a pretty paranoid and stressful kind of life, constantly worrying and all. I don't think I'd ever go that far and eating enough fruits and vegetables should keep you balanced just fine.

Replied by JLlerenas
(Ventura, CA, USA)

Have you considered that the stones passed are from more than just the Gall bladder? So it's really not that preposterous, just not well understood. This is not a claim of veracity either or of proof that they are stones. Thanks for your post, it supplement's Ted's post well.

Replied by Jpozo

Hello I have a question about Milk Thistle and Dandelion, are these really effective in curing Gallstones. My mom has a big Gallstone and two smaller ones. She does drink lemon with warm water each morning and apple juice too but not organic. Can someone please help, I really want her to be cured without surgery.

Replied by Steve

If she really wants to be cured then she will need to do a liver/gallbladder flush. Google Hulda Clark liver/gallbladder flush or cleanse. Chanca piedra can be helpful for breaking down the stones as well.

Replied by Bee


I have been getting rid of gallstones by first drinking the organic apple cidar vinegar with apple juice.. and then drinking a few cups of chanca piedra tea.. I have gotten rid of tons of stones.. I am like omg. how many can I have? But its working.. the chanca piedra breaks up the stones really well...............I bought some online..


Bee - Can you tell me how you know you've gotten rid of some stones? Did you have an ultrasound to show this? Thanks!

Replied by Bee
(New York)

Angie... (Gallstones)

No, I never had an ultrasound for gallstones.. I try and stay away from western medicine. I did have really bad pain exactly where the gallbladder is.. I checked a dozen sites about it.. plus since I expelled them they looked exactly like stones so I am assuming they are stones lol.. some were huge.. anyway; what I did was put half glass of apple juice in a glass and then two tablespoons of apple cidar vinegar. braggs organic and I drank it.. maybe once a day..then I drank a few glasses of chanca piedra tea (stone breaker tea) but not every day.. maybe every two days.. well I noticed that the stones were coming out in the toilet with a BM.. as time went on and it was a few months the pain subsided more and more.. I didn't do the whole flush because I was afraid so this is what I did. it takes longer but its so worth it.. sometimes I also drink lemons in water...sometimes I never even measured that apple juice . I just do things by intuiton.


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Posted by Whisperingsage (Ca) on 02/08/2017 45 posts

I am well acquainted with gallstones and the flush. I have one comment on " eating cleanly" as referenced above. Low fat diets and fasting, skipping meals are causes of gallstones. The gallbladders main job is to emulsify fats. A normal happy gallbladder squirts out a quart a day if bile. If it doesn't get the chance to do that, it concentrates and forms stones.

I learned over multiple times of the flush that something in my physiology was forming them faster and the flush was pretty exhausting. Finally I tried MSM after listening to a Mercola interview with Dr Stephanie Seneff on sulfur. That was the one nutrient I hadn't been sure to get. MSM combined with TMG ( a glyphosate detox nutrient made from beets) pretty much cured my gallstones and chronic 13 year diarrhea ( which originated from retaking childhood vaccines to get into nursing school, expensive mistake). I do have to be careful to stay on those as otherwise they come back quickly. I have also helped two people with gallstones, my husband one of them, and MSM worked within an hour.

Also, I had learned coffee is a gall bladder stimulator, and pops stones out 75% of the time and cumin is also a gallbladder stimulator. That's what I looked for, things that would cause it to squeeze. Not making it squeeze out ( low fat diets) will just leave old bile to concentrate.

Replied by Daiva
(Los Angeles, California)

How do you use cumin or coffee to stimulate gallbladder contractions? Also, what amounts of MSM and other supplements did you take?

Replied by Robert
(Dayton, Ohio)

Thank you SOOOO Much for the post about MSM and TMG, I have suffered for years with stones, sludge and constipation, this has cured me as well.

Replied by Bernie

Do you mean MSM completely dissolved your gallstones?

Multiple Remedies

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Posted by Carolyn (Melbourne, Australia) on 07/10/2015

About 3 months ago I started getting reflux off and on. 2 weeks ago I came down with a heavy cold, and about 6 days ago the reflux got really bad and I also had gallbladder pain. I have had gall bladder pain before, several years ago and cured it then with a liver diet, and grapefruit juice and olive oil.

With a bad cold, reflux and gall bladder pain I decided that my first line of attack needed to be my cold.

About 4 days ago I got serious with the cold cure- cod liver oil- 1 desert spoon full, Rose Hip Vital- 3 capsules, colloidal silver- 1 dessertspoon full and olive leaf extract- 1 dessertspoon full. I did this about 4 times per day, away from food.

In between, I also took about a desert spoon full of casa casa seeds in water about 3 times per day. They are a special type of poppy seed that I get from the Indian grocery store. You put them in water and they go gluggy and expand. After 2 days of this treatment my cold was quite a bit better as I had expected....but the funny thing is that my reflux and gall bladder pain has COMPLETELY disappeared!

I don't know what did it, but knowing how difficult to treat and common reflux and gall bladder problems are, I would say this cure is worth pursuing for anyone in pain and discomfort.

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Posted by Gbear (N. Calif., US) on 03/12/2015

In a emergency short of ER, if there are stones stuck in the duct, I have used 1200mgs., (milligrams), of Magnesium Citrate which relaxes the opening to pass the stones. A Harvard study & Amer.Journal of Epidemiology showed "5 or more units of nuts per week (frequent consumption) had a significantly lower risk of gallstones". Juicing beets with tops is good maintenance as is 2-3 Tbsps. of lecithin granules daily with meals. Digestive enzymes are good before meals & less expensive is a spoon of sauerkraut with meals, homemade is easy.

An 'old' simple remedy I've used is to cut up a whole lemon including the rind/skin, add 1-2Tbsps. olive oil, 2-3 cloves of garlic, in a blender, & blend till milky & smooth. May add water to thin. Strain through a wire mesh & drink. Stay away from foods that aggravate stone production. Add to the diet burdock root, parsley, milk thistle dried as tea or pick the entire plant if grows locally, clean & lightly steam for vegie use. Eat more fiber & apples are good for the pectin & malic acid. Don't forget daily 'clean' water. Make magnesium chloride solution, NOT epsom salts, from Dead Sea salts or equivalent.Take 1/2 cup boiled RO or distilled water & dissolve 1/2 cup mag. chloride salts in the water.Stir until clear, store in a mason jar. Apply, when cooled, to gallbladder area when feeling stone probs. This solution may be diluted with water if it stings the tender skin areas & can be used on other painful body parts to relieve pain. It may also be placed in a spray bottle for easy application. Sometimes there are problems absorbing calcium which boron helps with, low dose, in a 'general' mineral supplement. Keeping the body alkaline avoids using the body's own bone minerals to buffer acids, which contribute to stone formation.

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Posted by Gbgirl (Tabernash, Co) on 05/07/2013

Most of the large visible "stones" from these olive oil flushes have been proven to be saponified fat from ingesting all that olive oil; it's likely smaller, actual gall stones could be flushed out too, but my N.D. warned me these flushes could be very dangerous for people with stones experiencing attacks as they trigger the spasming of the GB and could cause stones to release and become stuck. She advised me to eat an 80% pesco-vegan diet, and take peppermint, vit. C, fish oil, and lecithin capsules 3x daily to help prevent, soften, and dissolve stones. Also to reduce or cut alcohol intake, and drink LOTS of water to keep bile flow moving. So far I have been attack-free for 3 months, only some twinges now and then when I am stressed, dehydrated, or not eating well.

Replied by Jennie

Hi. I'm afraid the liver does not have the power to saponification fats of anything else for that matter. If you look into this thoroughly you'll find it was falsified research. Flushes are safe and effective but as with anything must be done properly and to a proven protocol.

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn.)

HI U JENNIE,,,,,,,,,,,,, since I's SJS, what did you just say? Did you say that liver flushes are good or bad.

We do liver flushes a couple of times a year per Hulda Clark's protocol. Are you telling us that we are pissin up a rope?


Replied by Nat

Actually they are false, flushes do not work. A lady went in to hospital and had her 'stones' checked when she carried on having pain and they melted when heat was applied. Flushes are dangerous and left many in emergency surgery.

Anna B

Flushes DO work—I did 5 so far and they kept me from a gallbladder surgery and returned my vitality!

Replied by Wyandotte
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Of course gallstones would melt if heat was applied. Most "stones" are not made from mineral, they are chunks or balls of cholesterol. Cholesterol is wax. Wax melts when heated. However, I myself did pass a handful of these things and there was a sort of tough grayish-white possibly mineral skin around them. How would a flush cause THAT?

The following statement is from the Mayo Clinic:

"The most common type of gallstone, called a cholesterol gallstone, often appears yellow in color. These gallstones are composed mainly of undissolved cholesterol, but may contain other components. Pigment gallstones. These dark brown or black stones form when your bile contains too much bilirubin."

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Posted by Tanya (Hailey, Id) on 09/30/2009

I suffered unusual pain in my upper right abdomen and just thought about it for 36 hours wondering what it could be. Remembering my mom's problems with her gallbladder, I thought I'd try her sworn remedy. I purchased some ground mustard and opened it in the car to take some - about 1/4 teaspoon using the foil top as a spoon.. Got home, drank a ton of water! Craving my homemade white bean, tomato, corn soup and wanting more of the mustard in a palatable form, I dumped 1 tsp in each of 2 good bowls of the soup. I also bought a bunch of organic cherry tomatoes I was craving. I ate it wondering if I ate too much.. Then took a hot bath, dressed up really warm, sweating everywhere, put a magnet on my side, went to bed and woke up pain-free. Completely. I am surprised I had this issue because I try hard to listen to my body but I read that my diet may have contributed to it - and severe stress. "Thank you mom!" (June 1923- October 2008)

Olive Oil and Lemon Juice

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Posted by Cindy (Illinois, Usa) on 10/10/2020 404 posts

Lemonade and Olive Oil for Gallstones

I may have already reported but haven't had any trouble since discovering remedies on EC.

I just drink lemonade in summer - and occasionally at other times of the year - and take a couple of swigs of olive oil from time to time. Seems to keep things cleared out. The lemon juice breaks down the "glue" that holds the crystals together as well as that which keeps crystals attached to the walls of the gall bladder and the olive oil just seems to grease the way on their way out.

Someone pointed out that the olive oil doesn't travel the urinary tract, which is probably true, but I suspect it is distributed through the walls and membranes, rather than the kidney/bladder path one ordinarily associates with the urinary tract if for no other reason than that it works and passing stones that should hurt like the dickens on their way through don't hurt at all, nor create blockages.

As it takes time for the crystals to grow, once formed, I suspect olive oil alone, in passing through the membranes, may actually do both jobs, detaching the crystals from the walls of the gall bladder when they're just small AND flushing them out but I like lemonade so I drink it anyway :)

Olive Oil and Lemon Juice
Posted by Anne (Ny) on 02/18/2014

I came across this site in a search for natural gallstone remedies. Last week I had intense bloating and a trapped gas feeling that would last a few hours then subside. I went to see my doc and he sent me to the ER as a precaution. They did blood tests and said I had mild pancreatitis :( They did an ultrasound and they said I had a small stone or a couple of small stones in my gall bladder. Right away they were talking about taking it out and I said NO WAY. They also wanted to to an MRCP to see if there was a stone or stones in the bile duct. My amylase and lipase were high upon arrival, but overnight, with nothing by mouth, not even water, my numbers dropped a thousand or more points. I graduated to liquids ( I was admitted ) and put on IV fluid with potassium and magnesium. Next day there, numbers within normal range ( higher end ) and I was put on solid but low fat food. I went to ER late friday afternoon and came home Tuesday around same time, by that day my numbers were normal range. While in the hospital, a Facebook friend told me about lemon juice and olive oil and I started researching. While there I requested apple juice and lemon wedeges and I age them. I think it helped. Since I am home, I am doing lemon juice and olive oil every day, so far so good. But I am wondering if the mild pancreatitis was not due to long term, but intermittent Immodium use because of irritable bowl, as certain foods seem to go right through me. Lately they seem to be finding a connection between Immodium and pancreatitis, so I don't know. Any thoughts on me trying the full cleanse ? I have yet to try ACV, but am going to go get some. I am drinking organic apple juice now. They say pears are good and if you look at pears, they are shaped like a gall bladder and are green. Many foods look like the organ they are good for. I was so shocked by the attack, but it seems more and more younger people are getting gallstones these days. All the hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup and crap in our water. I felt much better and never felt acidic when I was on a lower carb diet, I have to go back to that too.

Replied by Timh
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Anne. Thanks for your informative post as it will likely help others in similar situation. If I may, along w/ your current rx, triple strength lecithin plus a combination of root of Burdock - Dandelion - Yellowdock will help considerably. This combo will increase the soluability of the fats while simultaneously increase the flow of bile (much like the lemon). As for the mild infection in the pancreas, I would recommend Oregano Oil softgels during meals.

Olive Oil and Lemon Juice
Posted by Kk (Seattle, WA) on 07/01/2012

Have to post this! I am doing liver flush by H. Clark. I could not follow exactly how she recommended it like lye doing right after taking olive oil/lemon juice. I was up for about 4 hrs afterward because had a lot to do. This liver pain I had for months is something that worries me a lot, it is mild but annoying (have to say my USS liver was negative for stones or anything abnormal). I learned about liver flush and decided to proceed after antiparasitic treatment. This am I had bright green irregular shape forms come out, hard to touch, but smashable with gloved fingers. They were wax like texture. Green hard wax! They would not desolve in water, if to press them against sink surface they would stick to it and not get flushed with water. Such odd and ugly stuff! Looks like they were about to form into stones.

I have to follow instructions next time and get more of this out. Highly recommended!

thanks to this website, I would never get to this on my own

Olive Oil and Lemon Juice
Posted by Elisha (Manila, Philippines) on 06/27/2008

I was diagnosed with "Focal Caliectasia" in my right kidney via ultra sound 4 years ago. Per doctor's recommendation, I need to undergo further IV xray which I did not follow because of fear. I just leave it as is.

After reading EarthClinic several times, I decided to take 2oz of olive oil and 2oz of lemon juice and followed by 500 ml of water for the kidney cleanse regimen two weeks ago. I'm not aware if anything came out when I urinate but one thing for sure when I have my bowel movement I saw something floated. I took the same regimen last night and again something floated. This time, I used chopstick to pick them one by one and I was surprised to see green gallstones.

I did not take any apple juice nor epson salt. I took my normal breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Breakfast - Old Fashion Oats with walnuts and almonds, Soy Coffee and Strawberry Jam Sandwich
Lunch - 1/4 Roast Chicken (Remove the skin) with one cup of White Rice and kelp with tofu soup
Snacks - Cinnamon Sweet Potato Crisps and Tien Chi Flower Tea
Dinner - Steamed sliced Lapu-lapu (grouper fish in the Philippines) with 1/2 cup Brown Rice and stir fry mustard with ground ginger & few drops of sesame oil.

I guess it all depends on the condition of your body that's why these gallstone came out with 2oz of olive oil and 2oz of freshly squeeze lemon juice.

EC: Read all about the olive oil and lemon juice remedy here.

Replied by Monika
(Lawrence, Ks)

The reason why it is important to take the apple juice for a week or so before the cleanse is because it contains malic acid, which softens the stones. Last thing you want is to pass a non-soft stone. Also traditionally the Olive oil/lemon mixture is done after several servings of either epsom salt, or in my case Magnesium Citrate to clean you out. Good luck.

Olive Oil and Lemon Juice, Dietary Changes

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Posted by Dan (Hollywood, Fl, U.S.A.) on 09/04/2010

I have been flushing my gallbladder on occasion for the last approximately 18 years simply using 10-12 ounces of olive oil taken a few ounces every 15 minutes followed by a sip of lemon juice.

I am a 52 year-old male, 6 ft. Tall, 150 pounds. I have been a Vegan for 27 years, eating a mostly raw food diet. Yet, I still get a gallbladder full of
Gallstones periodically (twice in the last 4 years.) I had always attributed this to occasionally eating foods cooked in oil or roasted nuts, as these indulgences would result in either a gallbladder attack or extreme discomfort. However, everything I have been reading says that these green wax-like stones are comprised mainly of cholesterol which my girlfriend informed me only comes from animal products. Therefore my experience tells me that the cholesterol theory may be incomplete. In my search to eliminate gallstone producing fats from my diet I stopped eating "raw" cashews because they are heated in the shelling process and so are actually not raw. Does anyone have any ideas on why non-cholesterol eating people get gallstones?

Replied by Kimberly
(Minneapolis, Mn)

Hi Dan. Just to let you know, the cholesterol in your gall bladder and gallstones is produced in your own liver. It is not the cholesterol that we may or may not choose to ingest.

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