How to Get Rid of Gallstones Naturally


gallbladder cleanse presented by Cultured Palate

Have you ever had a gallbladder attack?

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.

liver pancreas

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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Comments

  1. Im 19 and had about 5 gallstone attacks since December till this day the first time I went to the er I did a cat scan and they said everything was okay, saying all my organs were remarkably healthy. About a month later I went back for the pains and got a ultrasound and that’s when they detected some stones. Since then I haven’t had an attack for about a month and a half. I just want to know can I do the cleanse whenever I feel or only after an attack? Because I was thinking of doing it every two weeks if that should be okay? Please answer ! My family does not want m e to do the surgery and we’ve been after constant natural remedies

  2. Jessica says:

    Hi I’m curious if the cleanse is safe to do in your first trimester of pregnancy?

  3. I also wanted to add the Epsom salts are taken to help expand the common bile duct so that the stones can pass through. I was advised to also do an Epsom salt/water drink in the morning. I will warn you this is the worst part of the cleanse for me (more so in the morning). It is definitely best if you use a bit of warm water and drink it quickly or you may not be able to stomach all of the drink and it’s very important (for the widening of the bile ducts) to get this drink in you. It is also best to lie flat on your back immediately after you take the olive oil/lemon juice mixture at night and remain as still as possible until you fall asleep. I have used grapefruit juice in place of the lemon juice. You suggest taking the apple juice with your regular diet, but you also might benefit from fasting or eating just raw fruits and veggies. The morning that you are flushing, you should then slowing add fruits and veggies into your day. As Dina states, I am also not a medical doctor, and you should always seek the advice of your doctor. I have done this cleanse several times and am just trying to share helpful information that I have received.

  4. Micaela says:

    Hi I am 21 years old i started getting attacks 2 months after i had my daughter i had quite a few attacks after that but they never lasted long the last one i had i landed up in hospital and they diagnosed me with a golf ball sized cluster of stones.

    I went to a surgeon and was told that i have to have my gallbladder removed today i came across your remedy and hope that it works for me as the attacks are horrible.

  5. This recipe definitely works, I have been having problems and the first thing the doctor recommended was remove the gallbladder due to stones. I gave this recipe a try and the stones came right out on the 7th day.

  6. Hey.
    I’ve been experiencing gallbladder symptoms for over 2 years now, this past october *a week before my b-day* I was in the ER for severe stomach pains, was “officially” diagnosed with gallstones. They told me the next step was surgery. I’ve read a lot of the comments and understand that it is my decision on whether or not I want to take the risk and doing the cleanse if I know i have one big gallstone, but has anyone done this cleanse with a large gallstone and if so what was the result? haven’t read anything yet

    Thanks Ashley

    • Jennifer says:

      Ashley I am curious to know how large they stated your stone was and if you had any success with this cleanse. I was told my stone is 2 cm and thinking about this cleanse but not wanting to cause more damage with such a large stone.

    • I have the same question, that I do not see an answer for. I have a large gallstone – over 2cm. I assume this is too big to pass? If so, will this cleanse break it up over time, or does this only help to pass smaller stones? Appreciate any feedback – thanks.

      • Vadner, I really am not sure how large is too large but 2 cm (not mm) is very large and I would not try it. The apple juice is used to soften the stones and allow them to pass without any pain so I have passed stones that were larger than I would have thought possible but not 2 cm!

        • I have had large kidney stones which are akin and to gallstones and for that condition I have used fresh homemade lemonade to dissolve the stones to a size that will allow them to pass when needed, I drink between about a quart to a quart and a half a day or the juice of two lemons over several days. Limes or a combination of the two also work. Currently I am working on gallstones and am planning to try this cleanse in conjunction with apple juice and lemonade to get rid of them. Thanks for the regimen.

  7. Dear,
    Dina-Marie, i recently found out from an ultra sound result, that i have 2 gallbladder stones, 1 is 1cm n the other 1 is 0.5 cm. Im very interested in doing the flush, however i have a very important question to ask you. Is it ok to do the flush if im expecting my menstrual period???? As i have a few days off from wk i wanted to do it but not sure whether i should because im expecting it sometime soon or should i wait after??? Please advise. Waiting urgently. Thank u in advance.

  8. Keith Logan says:

    Having had an ‘epigastric episode’, an ultrasound scan revealed multiple gallstones, too numerous to count and was scheduled for gallbladder removal. In my case, I was, after initial pain relief, and continued to be, pain-free, except for a tenderness at the site of the pain, which had seen me admitted to hospital. Concerned at the potential post op complications and consequences of living without a gallbladder, I was persuaded, quite easily, to look at an alternative.

    The cleanse method worked for me in that I passed both cholesterol and small pigment stones and the area of tenderness has markedly reduced. For me, the Epsom Salts left a mildly metallic taste in my mouth and, having substituted grapefruit for lemon juice, I took the olive oil a little at a time, trying to keep the remainder emulsified….. In short, any discomfort was for me both mild and temporary and well worth it. ‘Little pain for maximum gain!’

    I will get another ultrasound scan to confirm my ‘observations’ although I may try a second cleanse beforehand in a couple of weeks’ time. My family has been most interested to see whether this is worthwhile adopting themselves, even though they are not symptomatic but will in all probability have gallstones, which is what my doctor stated when I sought a second opinion before cancelling my operation.

    Thank you Dina-Marie!

  9. mina guria says:

    my mother have multiple gall stone. age:45. painful .

  10. I am not sure if I have gallstones but I have done research and I am having the system of gallstones at this time I’m unable to afford going to the doctor. Is it safe to try this recipe with out a doctor telling me for sure rather or not I actually have gallstones?

  11. can i used an iodised salt instead of epsom salt? its harder for me to look for some epsom salt on nearby drugstore or even on groceries and supermarket here.. hopin for your response soon. thanks so much

  12. Arlene says:

    My daughter had a baby 11 weeks ago and has 4 gallbladder attacks since then. She has had an ultrasound and has seen a surgeon who has suggested surgery. He would like to hold off (as long as she’s not in too much pain) so that her body can recover from the pregnancy. I have heard about your “cleanse” but I would like to know if it is safe for her to do it now while she is breastfeeding? Hope you can advise!!!

    Arlene

  13. I was wondering can u use this method on 15 year old?and does this work for kidney stones too?

  14. Jessica Z says:

    Hello Dina-Marie! Just a quick question; is it ok to use coconut oil instead of olive oil? It sure tastes better. haha. Thank you!

  15. Hi Dina, I finished my cleanser yesterday and slept by 10pm as mentioned, but I still haven’t used the washroom a single time and it’s 7 am in the morning. Confused should I take another Epsom salt cup or just wait?
    Thank u

  16. Enwerem Calista says:

    Thank goodness, l came to your site. Pls I need an urgent advise, l was diagnosed of a thyroid, and had the surgery on the 9th of May, and also the scan l did before l did my appendisotomy distected l have gallstone. Now the question, can l do the flush now cos lm still recuperating from the surgery of goiter and still on drugs, will it affact me? And the apple is it best blended or chewed. Thanks you Gina for your discovery and l hope it works for me

    • Enwerem, If you are still recuperating from surgery, you might want to wait as the diarrhea from the Epsom salt can be uncomfortable. The apple is in the form of juice.

  17. Hi Marie,

    My wife having Gallstone of approx. 14 MM. and she got gallstone attack last year. Now she is preganant and i am worry that she have to face the same pain. I just want to consult that the Gallstone is of 14 mm whereas the Duct through which bile pass is of just 8 mm. Can it be possible to adopt this method to remove the gallstone?

    • Ajit, using the apple juice softens the stones allowing them to pass but I really can not say if a 14 mm stone would pass without incident – sorry.

  18. Can I do this cleanse while Im in my second trimester of pregnancy?

  19. jen molin says:

    Is it safe for a 6months pregnant to do thE method?

  20. Suzette says:

    Hi Dina,

    I am scheduled for September surgery, just 5mm but there are a lot of them, based on ultrasound, they are almost half of my gallbladder. My mom already did this only because she had the attacks but did not really seek professional advise. I too had attacks in the past, and she always told me to do it as she feels better now. So I was just wondering if it will be certain that these stones, if passed through my stools, will no longer be seen by September ultrasound? I can’t see anyone posting that they have actually disappeared from the ultrasound so I just want to make sure. I hope you understand. Unsure or sure though, I am still doing this, better worth the try than doing nothing I guess. Thanks Dina!

    • Suzette, the stones would not show up if you pass them. One reader commented that she had the stones she passed (as a result of the cleanse) analyzed and they were in fact gallstones. This is contrary to a lot of opposition from this cleanse because after all, the main stream medical professionals stand to lose a lot of money if there is an effective alternative to surgery! I will be praying for you and please let me know how it goes!

      • Suzette says:

        Hi Dina,

        I agree about med professionals insisting on just removing the bladder and I bet they are trying this remedy too. It’s a lot of money to loose indeed. So I am in Day 1 and I will surely keep you and everyone posted as I go through this. After a week, I will try another ultrasound and I will definitely confirm if they are now gone or not. Thanks for your quick reply. :)

      • Suzette says:

        Hi Dina. So I did the flush last Monday and indeed I saw those tiny greenish rock-like floating. I dug some more forums and read one confirmation that nothing has changed after her flush (same experience), she still saw the same stones in ultrasound. This scares me a little bit since I only have 2 months to flush these stones else, I will go through surgery. I still couldn’t find a solid, affirmative statement anywhere on the web that the stones were actually gone after ultrasound. Is is safe to do this again next month? Thanks in advance Dina.

        • Suzette, I have done this monthly (while on the GAPS diet) and I am not sure where but there was a comment that the reader had the stones analyzed after passing them with this cleanse, so, they should be gone. Not sure where you read that the gal still had stones and don’t know what type of cleanse she did, but it is worth a try. I and many others (reading the comments and emails I get) have indeed received relief from this cleanse.

  21. Lynette Barrett says:

    I need to do the cleanse, but I am worried that I may experience PAIN as the gall stones leave the gall bladder and pass through the ducts (maybe they will get lodged in one or hurt anywhere down the passage leaving the body). Has any one experienced pain with the cleanse?
    Also, should we be eating more apples to keep any new gallstones from hardening?
    Thanks, Lynette

  22. Is it safe to drink anything other than the Epsom salt and olive oil after 6pm?

  23. Hi Dina,

    Wanted to know if you would recommend a colonic or an enema before a cleanse? And when you mean a glass of water do you mean 8oz with 1 table spoon?

    Thank you,
    Shelly

  24. alejandra Urbina says:

    Hi I was just wondering what kind of apple juice you used ? Just any kind from the store ? Or an organice type of apple juice ?

  25. I must admit i wasnt sure this would work and i hadnt had any pain with my gallstones, yet. It was an incidental finding on an abdo ultrasound. Today was my day 6 and im amazed first at how painfree it was, that it actually worked and third how many came out for there to not be any pain.

    Thank you xx

  26. I’m sorry Dina-Marie, but how long may I ask should she wait do you think she could flush out her gallstone (1) before she could eat something? I couldn’t find any comments on how and when could they eat. Getting very hungry… Thanks a lot. Hope you could answer my question ASAP. God bless you.

    • Suzanne, I was out of town and am just sitting down to catch up – sorry for the delay in responding. I normally eat breakfast the morning following the cleanse.

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