How to Get Rid of Gallstones Naturally

How to Get Rid of Gallstones Naturally

Have you ever had a gallbladder attack?

Talk about painful!

Thankfully, I have found something that works like a charm, is not invasive and lets me keep my gallbladder!

My Experience

I had my first when pregnant with our 8th child and after an all-you-can eat pizza buffet – a high fat meat! It was no fun, in fact, it was quite painful! As a nurse, I knew that I was a prime candidate for gallbladder surgery. Having cared for gallbladder patients, I knew that it was a difficult surgery and I did not want it! In seeking an alternative to gallbladder surgery, my father introduced me to a gallbladder cleanse, also called a gallbladder flush.

I have continued to use the recipe that I will give below, as needed with success. Until I started the GAPS diet, I would use the flush once a year or so. Since I have been on the GAPS diet, interestingly, my gallbladder attacks increased during the first 8 – 10 months or so. During this time, I did the gallbladder cleanse monthly until my stones subsided. Whatever the reason, the GAPS diet seemed to accentuate my gallbladder problem. My gallbladder was not functioning properly and through the healing process of the GAPS diet it is now much better and the need for a gallbladder cleanse in almost unnecessary.

Before I give the recipe …

Did you know that nearly 1 million gallbladders are removed yearly?

Over 20 years ago, gallbladders were removed surgically and the recovery period was slow and painful.  The traditional “open” gallbladder surgery has almost completely been replaced with the introduction of laparoscopy. Laparoscopy uses small instruments and a lighted tube equipped with a video camera, all inserted through tiny abdominal incisions. The recovery period is quicker and less painful with a laparoscopy making it the preferred method of removal.

Unfortunately, the number of gallbladder operations has risen 40 percent since the introduction of the laparoscopy! Perhaps the doctors would prefer to avoid severe attacks so, the gallbladder is removed with vague symptoms like bloating and gas. This equals unnecessary surgery!

Laporascopic removal of the gallbladder while used commonly is not without risk. Accidental severing of the bile duct, which can cause permanent liver damage, occurs in 1 to 2 percent of laparoscopies—three times more often than in open surgery!

Function of the Gallbladder:

The gallbladder is located just under the liver and has a very important role in the digestive process.

According to Wikipedia:

In vertebrates the gallbladder (cholecystgall bladderbiliary vesicle) is a small organ that aids mainly in fat digestion and concentrates bile produced by the liver. The surgical removal of the gallbladder is called a cholecystectomy.

To put it another way, it emulsifies fats. Think of trying to wash greasy dishes without soap. It is almost impossible. Why? Because soap emulsifies the grease. Similarly, the gallbladder stores bile and bile acids, which emulsify the fat eaten so it can be properly transported through the intestine into the blood stream.

Bile is made in the liver, then stored in the gallbladder until the body needs it to digest fat. At that time, the gallbladder contracts and pushes the bile into a tube–called the common bile duct–that carries it to the small intestine, where it helps with digestion. Under certain conditions the bile can harden into stones.

Types of Gallstones:

There are two two types of gallstones:

1. Cholesterol stones made up of hardened cholesterol are usually yellow-green. 80 percent of gallstones are cholesterol stones. They are caused by too much cholesterol, bilirubin, or not enough bile salts or when the gallbladder does not empty as it should.

Gallstones - cholesterol stones

2. Pigment stones made of bilirubin are small, dark stones. Their cause is uncertain although they tend to occur in people with cirrhosis, biliary tract infections, and hereditary blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia – these conditions cause too much bilirubin to form.

Gallstones - pigment stones 180


Either type of gallstones can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball. The gallbladder can develop either one large stone, hundreds of tiny stones, or almost any combination.

Symptoms of a Gallbladder Attack:

If gallstones lodge in any of the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the small intestines, a gallbladder attack occurs. Symptoms have a rapid onset and may include:

  • Steady pain in the upper abdomen that increases rapidly and lasts from 30 minutes to several hours
  • Pain in the back between the shoulder blades
  • Pain under the right shoulder
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Recurring intolerance of fatty foods
  • Belching
  • Gas
  • Indigestion

An easy way to determine if your pain is related to the gallbladder is to press down below on your last rib on your right side and lined up with your nipple – if there is pain there is a good chance that you have a gallbladder problem.

Curing Symptoms Not the Problem:

The removal of the gallbladder is a procedure called Cholecystectomy. Of the 1 million cholecystectomys or gallbladder removals that are done yearly, it is estimated that only a few thousand actually need to come out! Sadly, as many as half of the patients continue to have pain after the gallbladder is removed. Rather than treat the symptoms, more care should be taken to heed the warning signals and determine why the gallbladder is not functioning properly.

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One way to relieve congestion in the gallbladder is a gallbladder cleanse or flush. I am not a medical doctor and do not pretend to give medical advise but I do want to share what has worked for me. The following recipe is one I have used since my first attack in 2002. I use it when I begin to experience pain in my right side, just under my ribs. It is a pain that once you have, you recognize instantly.  While I normally do not have severe pain (because I do the flush before it gets too bad), I have procrastinated and had sever pain, nausea and vomiting – all of which are relieved by the following cleanse and passage of gallstones.

Gallbladder Cleanse Recipe

Drink 1 qt of apple juice each day for 5 days. Drink the apple juice in addition to your regular diet.  The apple juice contains limonoid which helps soften any gallstones and alleviate any pain you are experiencing.

On the 6th day:

Do not eat anything after 6 pm.

At 6 pm, take 1 Tbsp Epsom salt with a full glass of water. Mix the Epsom salt in the water – it takes a bit of stirring. I take a big breath and down it quickly!

At 8 pm repeat 1 Tbsp Epsom salt with a full glass of water.

At 10 pm – mix and drink quickly, 4 oz. olive oil (from my affiliate -where to buy) and 4 oz. lemon juice.

Go to bed and in the morning you will pass any gallstones you may have. I normally have varying sizes of bright green gallstones visible in the toilet. The Epsom salt acts as a laxative to quickly remove the gallstones from the intestinal tract.

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  1. Carolyn Goldman says

    I have done 3 gallbladder flushes. The first one had mostly lentil like stones and a few green pea like stones. The second flush was mostly sludge and I felt very toxic. My third cleanse resulted in about a cup and a half of green and tan stones. The greatest thing is I feel much better. My referred gallbladder pain is 90% better and I have more energy. Thanks for having a site for sharing healthy alternatives.

  2. says

    Hello, on the 6th day. Can i drink water after 6pm? Can I drink water after 10pm? Can I drink water after drinking the olive oil and lemon juice?

  3. Kalee Scheuerman says

    Im 11 weeks pregnant and dont know if this is safe for my baby i dont want to eat ebsonsalts and end up having a miscarriage. Also were can i find ebsonsalts that are editable my husband wants to try this everything i find says we can’t eat it.

    • says

      Kalee, I really cannot advise you medically but can share what I have done. I have done the cleanse both pregnant and nursing without any problems. The Epsom salt container should have instructions on it about laxative use.

  4. Elle says


    I have a 2cm impacted stone. It’s not in the biliary duct so they want to just remove my gallbladder. Do you think it’s worth trying this cleanse before the surgery?

    I’d rather not have my gallbladder removed so hastily.

    Thank you!

  5. Shah Masood says

    Hi Dina,

    I forgot to clarify, meant some dull pain or pressure on the right side, it doesn’t happen all the time. At night I feel bloating and gas. Did you take anything for these symptoms?


  6. says

    Shah, I usually feel back to normal the day after the cleanse. I have not had a problem with bloating and gas. You said in your previous comment that you have changed your diet – how so? If you are now eating a lot of raw foods, that could account for the gas until your body grows accustom to it. Are you taking probiotics?

  7. shahmasoo says

    Hi Dina
    You are right, I did change my diet. Yes I have been eating a lots of salads with meals and eating steamed veggies with rice. I have been taking probiotics in the morning every day and digestive enzymes with every meal. My Naturopath told me that I have too much yeast so I am going to take some supplements for balancing that. So, what do you think?

  8. says

    Shahmasoo, I am not a doctor but do know from experience and from reading that fresh and lightly steamed veggies will cause gas and bloating until your body is accustomed to it. That is definitely the diet to be on for yeast overgrowth so I think you are on the right track!

  9. mahesh says

    Hi Dina,

    My Mom is suffering with Gallstone. she is 50 Yr old. Will this treatment work for her too. She is diabetic as well.

  10. Callum says

    Good evening, it’s 21:10 on day 6, just about manged to keep first 2 drinks down and I’ve been to the toilet about 8 times… I’ve lost count!! Absolutely dreading the oil but don’t particularly enjoy the effects of gaullstones either so no pain no gain and all that… I will update if I make it through the night haha

  11. J says

    Hi Dina,

    I’ve been having this stomach pain and have decided to see a doctor and the doctor decided to have me an whole abdomen ultrasound and in the result that I had a gallstone about 1.5cm and the doctor decided to have me an operation which a laparascopy to remove my gallbladder until I recently stumble upon your remedy, well that’s my story I have few question though I have already had my first flush last week and I’ve seen the green stone floating, first question, is during first flush on the sixth day when I try the epsom salt at 6:00 pm I could hear my tummy rumbling and I’ve feel that I’m going poop is it okey I pooped on the 6th day? or I just have to wait for the next day, second question, like I said I done my first flush but still I have the stomach pain when is the best time to have a second flush? 2 weeks after or 1 month after?

  12. says

    J, it is normal that the Epsom salt made you poop – it is a laxative. I have normally waited a month in between flushes but that is just a time I have chosen, there is nothing magical about waiting a month. That being said, I would not want to do more than 2 flushes in a months period for myself.

  13. Joselyne says

    I would definitely try this I hate getting the pain. I don’t see my primary Doctor till the 4th of December until then he will send me with a surgent. So I don’t know how long it will be until I get surgery. I trust this cleanse I read a lot of ppl comments so I’ll start first thing tomorrow good luck to me a and thank you so much for sharing what helped you.

  14. J says

    Hi Dana,

    I got few more question, although I got some stone floating on my first flush is it possible I need few more flushes because my stomach feels like it still bloating and sometimes the pain occur and the other thing I’ve read similar thread like this and on your recipe it said 1 Tbsp – Tablespoon and other thread it says teaspoon I just want to know which is which, Thanks in advance.


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