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Posted by Kong (Raleigh, Nc, Usa) on 03/12/2015
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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 Beberobozo ( New York) on 12/18/2013
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Hello, well I believe I was having gallbladder pain and issues so I was drinking lemons with water and doing tablespoons of olive oil.. I also added lecithin and doing acupressure. I also use ACV in water three times a day..and have added probiotics but not until just this week at the suggestion of healthfood store nutrionist and health guru.. The woman is in her 80's and works and looks great.

Now I have no idea what is making the pain less and less unless its a combination of all above but the pain has subsided a lot and feeling so much better....Please please let this be the cure.

thank You All and EC....

Posted by Abib (Birmingham, Alabama) on 07/22/2013
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My wife had gb problems for a couple years. Then she started taking one cheap supplement called HCL and started getting the acidity in her stomach up to help digest food. If you have acid reflux Roland's are just a base the gives temporary relief. Second thing she did was drink lots of apple juice for like a week and that softens the gallstones. Then you start doing two or more coffee enemas a day until you stop seeing the gallstones. They are green and gray and the size of rice crispies for her on average. If you want to also get rid of the parasites in your body you can eat coconut daily 1/3 of a fresh coconut a day and do a garlic enema one time a week after you have cut out all breads, sugars, and alcohol. She got rid of over 1000 parasites and 100s of gallstones. I have not done this yet but I saw it for my own eyes. My wife is super healthy now and as soon as she could not get any more gallstones out she has had zero pain or worry about it. Doctors won't tell you this because they don't make money off enemas. I believe this can cure you and potentially cure you of having colon cancer.

Posted by Ironbutterfly (Buffalo, NY, USA) on 01/29/2013

About two weeks into trying to heal my gallbladder. Still being very careful with foods. Had to stop taking the Food Enzyme with Betain. Constipation, sporadically and gas ( belching and flatulence following eating) seem to be the only issue, right now... and my spleen is swollen.

In place of the Betaine/Food Enzyme.. I added papaya. For the spleen, trying black strap molasses. coconut oil pulling, in the Am, prior to breakfast. Still no ( or little) gluten, no dairy unless it is by accident, lean meat, no hydrogenated oils... I had powedered creamer the other day and my stomach was immediately on fire. No or very little sugar. Beets, when I am not out of them... hard to find the fresh ones, locally. Hypothalimus resetting with a homeopathic. Raw vitamin for women. B-complex

Any other suggestions are welcome and thank you! What is up with my spleen....ugh.

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, USA
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Ironbutterfly: the health of the spleen is dependent mostly on the health of the liver, and the health of the liver is somewhat dependent on the health of the gallbladder.

First do a gallbladder cleanse. Fallowing the cleanse start taking liver support herbs like Milk Thistle Seed, Turmeric Root, Artichoke Leaves, Dandelion Root. Some form of Hepatitis could be active, so read up on the symptoms and maybe take some BHT or Chanca Piedra to clear out any possible viruses.

Parasites like the Liver Fluke is possible and can be severe, read up on the symptoms and maybe a round of anthelmintic (natural or pharmaceutical).

Posted by Ej (Middleboro, Ma) on 12/23/2009
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I'm in the midst of what I believe is a gallbladder attack now that had me in the hospital on Saturday. Ultrsound showed nothing, so they escorted me out. I've never had pain like this, even with kidney stones. I tried Belladonna and followed with acupuncture which seemed to work yesterday, but BD alone is not working today. My acupuncturist is now off for the holiday. I've tried ACV and have been drinking warm apple juice only for days but it doesn't relieve the pain. I've read a lot of literature on flushes and had been using gallstonex (with artichoke) but am concerned about trying to increase bile flow while I have this pain. Not sure what to do at this point. Any suggestions would be welcome. The allopaths don't seem to care.

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Cincinnati, Ohio

To EJ from Middleborro, Ma (12/23/09) something that helped me lessen the pain of a gallbladder attack was to put 1 tbsp of flax seed in a pan w/ 2-1/2 c,of water and boil for 5 minutes. Then pour the top off(containing flax seed oil) and sip. I added a little cinnamon and truvia to taste. It really helped! Also, check out for further info on diet changes. You don't need to grind the flax seed to get the oil out, just boil it for tea, or put a tbsp. of flax seed with a cup of water in a clear jar in the fridge and by morning the water(pure water) will have leached out the oil and will be ready to use( not for cooking). can be used on food as an addition(oatmeal salads,etc.) as a source of omega-3 fatty acids (as there is in fish). has alot of good info for sufferers. they might be able to help you identify triggers as, they can be different from person to person. I felt like I was having a heart attack with mine. don't give up on a naturopath. Google your area and find another one. You may have just gotten one with an attitude (just what you need when you are sick huh.) I hope this helps. Many Blessings.

Replied by Shanti
Bangkok, Thailand

Ej, Hopefully you are feeling better by now, but I thought I would say what works for me. I have been having Gallbladder attacks several times a month for over 15 years. I won't go into the list of things I have done long term that have helped right now, but what definitely helps me when an attack is taking place is Epsom Salts. It is the most vile tasting stuff on Earth, so I put it in capsules and take at least 5, sometimes up to 20, depending on the severity of the attack. I am pretty sensitive by now to how much I need to take. It helps for sure. It also causes the runs, but it's MORE than worth it! It doesn't always work quickly (sometimes it does), but always eventually. The Epsom Salts allows the bile ducts to relax. I am like you, no stones come up on multiple tests and no other issues either, though I have done well over 50 liver flushes and got multiple stones and other CRAZY stuff out of my liver/gallbladder over the years (including parasites). All this has been part of what has worked for me. Now that I am posting I will also say that there is an Amazonian herb called Stonebreaker (Phyllanthus niruri) which is supposed to heal the gallbladder and help remove stones. It has had amazing success rates in studies. I ordered some of this and took it (about a table spoon of powdered herb) during attacks and it definitely seemed to help! This is not the prescribed way to use it. You are meant to use it long term, but I went overseas and didn't take it with me, so I can't report on its long term effects. I will do it again when I get back.

Over the years the severity of my attacks has reduced very substantially... I rarely have an attack these days that has me begging for death, but that used to be very frequent a few years ago.

ACV sometimes helps me a little bit, but not enough to write home about (during an attack). Hot tea with lots of honey is a great help always, if only to calm me down. I sometimes drink litres of this during an attack.

Here are a few other things that have helped during bad attacks:

- enemas
- charcoal
- magnesium tablets (from the pharmacy)
- HOT HOT baths
- massage of area and the same area on the back
- doing a Hulda Clark liver flush during the attack sometimes releases the spasm
- sugar seems to help so sometimes I eat cough lollies if I don't have honey on hand to put in herbal tea.
- hot coffee sometimes can help (I have had no luck with coffee enemas during an attack)
- lying on a very hot surface or using hot water bottles front and back.
- Sounds silly, but sometimes TV is a great distraction during an attack. I don't normally watch it at all, but during an attack the distraction can help the relaxing of the gallbladder area in my experience.
- lying on my left side so the gallbladder can drain is less painful than on the right side normally.
- I used to have a yoga teacher who could stop an attack in its tracks with some very skillful manipulation/massage. It took him about 5 minutes to release the spasm and I was all good! :) Sorry I don't have his details anymore.

I have tried the flax remedy above with no luck, but I know many have benefited from it. Flax tends to make my gallbladder flare up more, whether it's oil or gel or seeds/flour. But that's only me perhaps.

I hope some of this helps. I know the desperation of a bad GB attack and would have loved to have known all this 15 years ago.

I wish you all the best!

Replied by Ej
Middleboro, Ma

Thanks everyone for the input. I'm in week 3 of this attack which is coming and going now. Gone at the moment, enough to make me think I can leave for my vacation on Friday.

Since my emergency room stay, where they told me it could be shingles or "something metastasized into the area" - loved that one - I've had a hydascan: normal function and no stones, two chest xrays: nothing, a CT scan on abd and pelvis (mostly looking for kidney stones): nothing. (Yes, I'm glowing a bit at this point from all the radiation) More acupunture, which helps temporarily. NO ONE knows what this is, even though it's obviously classic GB pain. I'm at my wits end with the medical establishment and can't believe this is what we are all paying for - soon to pay more with this Federal bill. All these tests are what drives the cost up, but the tests obviously DON'T WORK.

I've been drinking Apple juice mixed with carrot juice which makes me very gassy and exacerbates the pain. I don't know what to eat anymore.

I've used:
castor oil packs,
lemon juice with olive oil,
chinese herbs.
I take Mag citrate every night as a rule.
Use heating pad front and back alternating.
Have taken hot baths with Epsom salts
Use rebounder to move lymph fluid
Charcoal for gas - this really works!

I typically eat very low fat (less than 20 grams per day),Veggies, fruit, chicken or fish; next to no dairy or grain, so am perplexed at why this is happening at all. What more can I do to my diet to make my body work correctly? I've spent a fortune over and above my insurance premiums to try to stay well. It's disheartening and scary.

Well, enough of this rant. I'm going to try some more of your suggestions and hope that I don't end up in some Caribbean hospital over the next week or so.

My Best to you all!

Replied by Ytk
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My naturopath informed me that low fat diets can exacerbate the problem (I was on very low fat HCG diet and that caused gallbladder issues). Good oils such as olive oil need to be ingested.

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Posted by Jo Nelson (La Grande, Oregon USA) on 10/24/2008
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The Gallbladder and slow bile flow

Nutmeg, Cream of Tartar & Lemon Juice.

I had my Gallbladder removed in 1985. Since then, I sometimes experience a Cholic after eating certain foods. I try to remember to take Bile Salts or Digestive Enzymes before I eat something that I know may cause this problem...but sometimes I forget. When the Cholic hits me, it is in the right side about the area of the surgery scar. Sometimes, I can actually feel a "gas lump". If it is really bad, it will go up into my shoulder and neck right to the base of my head and HURT.

I take 1/2 baking soda and apply a hot rice bag to the area for quick relief.

My friend is a Clinical Nutritionist and she gave me this remedy to thin the bile flow so that my body gets the bile it needs.

For 5 mornings, I take this recipe.
1/4 teas. nutmeg
1/4 teas. cream of tartar
2 Tbls fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup warm water.

It doesn't taste bad and you will find that your digestion improves and the gas pockets go away.

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Posted by Doris (Santa Ana, CA, USA) on 04/15/2008
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Cramps under my ribs began a month ago after each dinner. I often felt nausea, overfull of food, irritable. When hubby had a kidney stone attack and this site had his (lemon + oliveoil + water) cure, we also bought ACV hoping to fix his allergies. I knew an apple slice before bed prevents heartburn, and helps gall bladder. I feared my years' lower back pains also pointed to gall bladder, liver.

I googled "gall bladder holistic" and read here and at alive(dot)com the liver, gall bladder, small intestines, stomach issues and holistic fixes. I decided to try a light purge.

My breakfast was mostly fresh fruit and lots of water, with hot lemon tea (gall bladder cleanse beginning), by lunch while hubby drank his 2nd day's kidney stone cocktail, I also drank one (2 oz lemon juice blended with 2 oz olive oil chased with big glass water) - my gall cleanse at work. 5pm dinner my usual cramps above stomach in ribcage began. But this time with bloating. At 530pm I drank a mix of 1 oz ACV with 3 oz water. At 6pm still bloated, despite the full meal, I ate an apple. At 620pm instead of worse pain from eating more volume, my stomach felt MUCH better. Rib cage felt light yet low belly felt very heavy - gall purge building. When at 630pm I sat down as lower intestines really were gathering momentum, I wondered if I had some diarrhea bug and didn't know it. I hoped it was the lemon-olive oil, ACV and apple working. At 6:40pm I suddenly felt relief under my ribs and looked down, watching bloat go away before my eyes; it not only left, but my stomach was flattening too. My tshirt was loose! My stomach didn't hurt at all, NO bloating at all, I was visibly thinner! Lower intestines were churning. Decided to eat an half-inch apple slice just before 9pm bedtime. It canceled slight nausea from the churning. In a few minutes, a repeat of the slight bloat, lower instestine churning, then relief with disappearing bloat and visibly flattening stomach. I expected gas from the disappearing bloat. The gas bloat feeling didn't travel south, it disappeared! Amazing. I woke up about midnite with slight stomach upset, so I ate 1 more bite of apple. The repeat pattern never happened. It felt so good to not be bloated, and have a happy stomach for once. At the morning toilet I did flush a terrible lot of mucousy greenish light-brownish sludge then 15 minutes later a much lesser quantity of the same. Immediately I felt like energetic and upbeat, ready to take on the day. Miracle of natural healing! My body operates like I'm 18 since then - no heartburn, no coffee cravings, no bloat, more often smaller stools, lower intestines feel calm, sleeping deep and rested, far more energy, no nausea ever after meals, no heavy stomach feeling anymore. The scale shows slow and steady weight loss too HOORAY! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Posted by Frank (Santa Rosa ) on 01/28/2016
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Gallbladder Attack:

What makes my pain go away is orange juice. Within 10 to 15 seconds, yes seconds, my pain is gone. The nurse at Kaiser was amazed how it made the pain go away. That's after being doubled over in pain. Blew the doctor away too.

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Thanks for posting that. Can you say what orange juice you used how much you drank and if it was warm or cold to alleviate the pain?



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Posted by La Saundra (Montgomery, AL) on 08/11/2006
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At the first sign of a gall bladder attack/Biliary Colic, I run for the orange juice or an orange. Every cholestoral Rx I've been prescribed, so far, causes my attacks!

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Posted by Mia0621 (Montgomery, Il) on 07/31/2016
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My granddaughter is pregnant, and was having severe gallbladder pain. She was in pain for three hours. I was looking for remedies and came across this site. One of the remedies was pickle juice. Gave her approx. 1/4c pickle juice. Within ten minutes her symptoms subsided. Thank you for the info!

Posted by April (Pensacola, Fl) on 07/19/2014
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Pickle juice did not work for me.. And neither did the apple cider vinegar. Actually... Nothing works for me.

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NOTHING has worked for me..having my gallbladder removed in 2 weeks.

Replied by Kt

Dear Elvia,

Do eat any fat at all? After I read the gallbladder needs saturated fat to contract and I started eating butter again for breakfast and not skimping at lunch I didn't have anymore trouble. I have also added coconut oil to my diet each day. Because dairy cows are being fed GMO grasses and grains, I mix butter and coconut oil (about a tsp. of each).

Getting enough animal protein is important. Just one or two medium eggs a day and just two oz. of beef or three ounces of chicken. should help you. I hope you will reconsider the surgery...things could be corrected now by changing your diet.

Adding magnesium to diet is also important.

Wishing you luck,


Replied by Charity
Faithville, Usa

I'd think that over and try more stuff first.

Good fats, B vitamins for digestion+ kefir, milk thistle for liver detox, those stones form in the liver and drop down into the gallbladder, chance piedra for stones, apple cider vinegar for ph, castor oil packs on liver

Throw the sink at it~~~ but try to keep it.

Replied by Steve

Have you tried the Hulda Clark liver/gallbladder flush? Primary ingredients are olive oil, lemon juice, and epsom salt. They definitely will clean out the liver/gb. Google it. Sometimes it can take several flushes to see stones come out if you have. But they will come out eventually with this cleanse.

Replied by Phyllis
Tuscumbia, Alabama

The best thing I ever found was here. About two years ago I had a severe attack. I tried all the flushes but couldn't hold any down. What I found here was apple juice and ACV. 3 tablespoons ACV to 6 ounces of apple juice. I used Mott's for Tot's apple juice because it's lite and has very little sugar. I had two cups Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning. By mid day I passed a belly full of stones. I sipped on water and apple juice with ACV the rest of the week-end, it was all I could hold down. By Tuesday I couldn't tell I'd had the attack.

Posted by Brandon (Texas) on 01/11/2014
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Pickle juice is always something that works quickly for me when having gallbladder attacks. I will try ACV and apple juice next time too, or use it in case the pickle juice doesn't work. If the ACV and apple juice doesn't work for you try drinking about 1/2 cup of straight pickle juice. I hope that information gives someone some relief. Thanks for sharing everyone.

Posted by Nikki (Outlandia, Louisiana) on 03/25/2013
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I was reading through the ACV and apple juice for quick relief of a gallbladder attack and thought about taking some distilled vinegar when I remembered that I had some pickle juice sitting on my counter. I went with that because I could handle the taste of that better- IMMEDIATE relief. Within 10 minutes capable of laying down to sleep. Going to try the cleanse with Epsom salts here soon. Attacks happen about once or twice a year and always when I have having a crap week or two of eating (fast food breakfast is a weakness). This always reminds me to get back on eating better.

Posted by Lucie (Houston, Texas) on 05/01/2012
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I had started a juice fast last July and was having great success. Drinking all natural juices does wonders to clean your system. I faltered around day 17 and ate something totally fattening and spent the next 5 hours writhing in pain. I had no idea what was going on. I spent several hours on the internet trying to figure out what was going on. I had never had a gall bladder attack before and so had no idea what it felt like. I just wanted relief! The site I found suggested acv, but I didn't have any, and then I saw a suggestion of drinking a little pickle juice. I had some pickles way in the back of the fridge, long forgotten, would it help? At this point I would have licked the bottom of the refrigerator shelf if someone had told me it would stop the pain! So I drank about half a cup. In less then 5 minutes the pain started to fade. And was nearly gone in 15. I hope this helps someone, I know that when you are in the middle of that pain, any suggestion is a good suggestion. I wouldn't recommend licking the fridge shelf, but hey, only you can judge your desperation!

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This was a great idea. It worked exactly in 15 min. Thank you.

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I currently struggle with gallstones. I am also on my first pregnancy to make it worse. I wake up usually in the middle of the night cringing from pain and my husband stays up with me to ensure our daughter and I are okay. I didn't think there were natural remedies to help the pain. I was given pain medicine but what good would that be being it makes me vomit anywhere from 1-3 depending on how severe the spasm is. Plus I recently developed upper abdominal cramping and little hands and feet kicking and punching me. You could say they are the least bit pleasant so I read this and I'm about like you, if eating dirt would help I would do it. So I thank you for sharing, this my gallbladder will sometimes feel swollen and sore, which it was a few minutes ago when I was reading this, but it isn't anymore. Bless you for sharing what really worked for you, bc it also helped me and mini me.

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Andrews, Tx

Does the pickle juice type matter?

Posted by Lyn (Huntsville, Ohio) on 11/24/2009
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Whenever I felt a gall bladder attack coming on, I would drink about a quarter cup of regular (not kosher) dill pickle juice or eat a lemon and I found that within minutes the pain and nausea were gone.