One of my clients called me today (as at the time of writing this article) she was in distress and I could hardly hear what she was saying – so I opted to call her back when she will be more relaxed. After a while I called her – with teary voice, she told me that of late she’s has been feeling rapid intensifying pain in the upper right portion of her abdomen and severe back pain between her shoulders, and after explaining to her doctor, he ran regular checks on her and recommended a surgery to remove her gallbladder. May I inform you that when doctors take out the gallbladder, which is a major surgery, they usually take out the appendix too – in essence you lose two vital organs.
Although there is no risk associated with the surgery but the thought of going under the knife terrified her.
Let me cut the long story short – she didn’t go for the surgery, but rather she followed my gallstones remedy to dissolve her gallstones. If you haven’t had any encounter with this disease you might be wondering, what the hell is gallstones? Gallstones are simply those hard deposits that form inside the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver. Gallstones can sometimes range from the size of a grain to as large as a golf ball – mostly formed by the development of too much cholesterol in the bile secreted by the liver. Below are a few other causes
- Concentrated bile: A situation where your gallbladder fails to empty the bile content, and the bile becomes overly concentrated and causes a stone.
- Bilirubin: Bilirubin is a chemical produced when the liver destroys old red blood cells. Stones form when your gallbladder cannot break down the excess bilirubin. Let’s dive straight in the home remedies for gallstone.
Home remedies for removing gallstones
Instead of going under the knife and getting your gallbladder removed – in which you lose two vital organs, the gallbladder and the appendix; why don’t you save yourself the pain and the money and do a simple effortless cleanse. This cleanse takes just 4 days to complete and it simple and inexpensive. The major ingredient in this cleanse is the apple juice.
The Gallbladder Cleanse:
Get your juicer ready because this is going to be a bumpy ride. Visit the grocery store and purchase the below produce in advance before the cleanse.
- One big container, filled with apples, enough to make 4 gallons of apple juice
- 4 gallons of steam distilled water
- 1/2 virgin olive oil or cold-pressed peanut oil
- 3 lemons (or enough to make 1/4 cup lemon juice)
- Tomatoes for Tomato juice
- 1 straw (optional)
Upon waking up every morning, prepare one gallon of apple juice – which you will be drinking every day for the 4 days, coupled with a gallon of distilled water. Every morning or evening for the 4 days do a coffee enema – this will help expel the toxins which is being deposited in your rectum
In the evening before you retire to bed, drink ½ cups of virgin olive oil or peanut oil, not refined. I will advise you to first chill the oil a little bit so is get cold – always sip with a straw to minimize its unpleasantness. Follow it up with ¼ cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Now it time to lie down, but lie down on your right side with two pillows under your right hip. This is to slant the body so that the oil wouldn’t leave the stomach faster and go into the duct area and into the gallbladder. While you rest the oil will saturate and cleanse the body tissues.
Reactions to Cleanse
The usual reaction that is accompanied with drinking oil and lemon is burping or vomiting. But when this starts I suggest you sip a bit of tomato juice. Some nights you may vomit or be nauseated – this is usually caused by the gallbladder ejecting the stones with such force that it shoots the oil back into the stomach – then when the oil returns to your stomach, you get sick. Be ready to experience a night of discomfort, after all is nothing compared to the recovery from surgery that involves many months of pain and suffering. You may experience discharge of stones which usually comes like a sharp pain and mild contraction.
The Fourth Day (passing the stone)
During the fourth day you might begin to experience a bowl movement – go into the toilet and have a nice time. Trust me, it wouldn’t be as painful as you think, the oil will make them slick and the lemon juice takes the sharpness away – making them soft when passed. Take out time to look inside the toilet, you might see the stones floating near the top of the toilet water. The stones usually comes in different sizes, some are as tiny as a pebble while some can be as big as your thumb. They also comes in different shades of green and may be bright colored and shiny like gemstones. The color comes from the bile, while the light colored ones are the newest – the blackish stones are the oldest. That’s the reason why most people will tell you they saw what seems to look like ball of bright green grass. After passing the gallstone you will experience increased stamina. Don’t just back out now and get all excited, there is still more cleansing work to be done. Don’t just get back to eating normal food – start by introducing plenty fruits and vegetable into your diet and continue with the coffee enema. Below is the juice therapy I strongly recommend for you after the cleanse
Beetroot, Cucumber and Carrot Juice for Gallstones
Beetroot, cucumber and carrots are highly effective for gallbladder cleanse. Cucumber, with its high water content is great for detoxifying the liver as well as gallbladder. Beets strengthens and cleanses gallbladder and liver – It also help in cleansing colon and your blood. Carrot juice is high in vitamin C and other nutrients which also detoxifies the gallbladder.
• 1 Beet root
• 1 Cucumber
• 1 Carrots (medium)
Direction: Start by washing your produce thoroughly. Then slice them in bits and put them down the juicers chute. Enjoy you sweet red juice. You can add apples, celery and ginger while making the juice. I suggest you put an extra detoxification effort and go on another 2 days juice fast, using the above mentioned produce. My juicer recommendation is the omega juice – which is the best, (get yours here)
Apple Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar for Gall Stones
Like my grandmother will always say, an apple a day keeps you away from the doctor. Apple is an excellent source of malic acid which helps softening the gallstones and makes it easy to remove. While apple cider vinegar help inhibit the liver in making cholesterol and reduce pains associated with the stone. Both are used together in dissolving gall stones. This is done by mixing apple cider vinegar with a glass of apple juice.
• 1 Glass of Apple Juice
• 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
Direction: Juice your apple with a juicer and mix the apple juice with apple cider vinegar. Mix thoroughly and drink every day. I also recommend that you eat your apple regularly. Another great way to use apple cider vinegar is to mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with 1 tsp of lemon juice – diluted with a glass of water. This mixture should be drank on empty stomach first thing in the morning upon waking up
There are wide claims on the web that pear juice can help remedy gallstone. These claims are virtually everywhere that you can’t afford to overlook them. Most people swore it worked for them. I haven’t tried it or recommended it yet, but pear juice would never harm you. The claim behind it is that pectin contained in the pear juice binds to cholesterol-filled gallstones and helps move them out of your body. Most herbalist I know recommends pear juice for liver or gallbladder flush along with other oil and herb. Below is a simple home remedy that calls for pear juice and honey you can use.
- ½ glass Pear juice
- ½ glass Hot water
- 2 tsp Honey
Process: Add the pear juice and honey into a glass of hot water. Stir thoroughly until the honey dissolves completely. Drink this thrice daily to prevent gallstones.
Milk Thistle for Gallstones
Yes, milk thistle works, I know because I prescribed it to a client and she gave me positive feedback. A clinical trial performed at New York University Langone Medical center proves that a component found in milk thistle known as silymarin helps protect against gallbladder stone formation. Read the rest up here. There are several ways to include milk thistle into your diet. I usually recommend that my clients add the powdered milk thistle seed to their juices, salads, vegetables or make tea with it. You can get your own milk thistle here
Below is a simple recipe.
- 1 tsp Milk thistle leaves and seeds (you may even use packaged tea)
- 1 Muslin bag (Get yours here)
- 1 cup Hot water
- Honey (optional)
Do this: Start by crushing milk thistle leaves and seeds in the muslin bag. Place the bag in hot water and steep for about 5 minutes – add honey and mix thoroughly, then sip
Dandelion for Gallstones
Dandelion sure do work in eliminating gallstones, this is because it helps encourage the excretion of bile from the liver so the body can properly metabolize fat. Another way it contributes to dissolution of gallstones is by revitalizing sluggish gallbladder which duty is to store and excrete bile as needed by the body. So, it does makes perfect sense to use dandelion to cure gallstones. You can chose to drink dandelion tea, which you can get here. The tender leave can also be added to salads or steamed. It is also available in capsule form and my personal favorite is from Nature’s Way, get it here. Below is a simple recipe, if you are using the dry leaves (get it here)
• 1 cup Hot water
• 1 tsp Dried dandelion leaves
• Honey (optional)
Do this: Put the dandelion leaves in a cup and pout hot water into it. Cover and leave it to steep for 5 minutes. Add honey if you wish. Drink this tea twice or thrice daily. If you suffer from diabetes, consult your doctor before taking dandelion herb.
Lemon Juice for Gallstone
If you read the beginning of this article I talked about the 4 days cleanse and lemon is one of the vital ingredient. Lemon helps stop your liver from making cholesterol. Simply add the juice of half a lemon in glass of water and have it twice or thrice a day. Alternatively, you can try the below Ayurveda remedy using lemon juice to dissolve your gallstones.
- 30 ml Olive oil
- 30 ml Fresh lemon juice-
- 5g Garlic paste
Do this: Make a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice and garlic paste. Drink this mixture everyday upon waking up – on an empty stomach, for at least 40 days.
A naturopathic friend of mine will always suggest you increase your intake of fiber, which primary source are fruits and vegetables. One of his most recommended herb is Psyllium – which is a form of fiber made from the Plantago ovata plant, specifically from the husk of the plant’s seed, and mostly known as a laxative. Psyllium acts as a good remedy for gall stones and helps bind the cholesterol in the bile and thus preventing the formation of gallstones. When taken regularly will help prevent constipation and other causes of gallstone formation. Get one here
- 1 tsp Psyllium powder husk
- 1 glass of Water
Directions: Add psyllium to water – stir thoroughly and drink the solution. I suggest you drink this at night before going to bed every night. Make sure to drink plenty of water after taking it – because it absorbs water a lot and can make you feel dehydrated.
Peppermint for Gallstones
Peppermint oil is choleretic, which simply implies that it encourages bile secretion from the liver. It is used in a formula with other terpenes to help dissolve gallstones. Because peppermint oil is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream from the stomach – studies have concluded that enteric-coated capsules of peppermint oil deliver the benefit directly to the intestines, rather than to the stomach (get one here). Peppermint tea is very useful while you have that gallbladder attack. It helps relax spasms and relieve you from acute pain
• 1 tsp Fresh or dried mint leaves
• 1 tsp Water
• Honey (optional)
Do this: Start by crushing the mint leaves, keep them aside. Boil water and add the crushed mint leaves inside. Put off the flame and cover it. Let it steep for about 3-5 minutes. Strain and add honey. Have this tea in between meals.
Diet tips for gallstones
- Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetable contain fiber which helps encourage bowel evacuation of small gallstones
- Go on regular juice fast – dong this encourages live detoxification while cleansing the system and providing vitamin C. Feel free to do your coffee enema while on the fast. I suggest you include beetroot, carrot, celery and ginger in your fast
- Eat lots of fresh fruit, especially apples. Apples have a special affinity for binding to excess cholesterol
- Begin your day with a glass of warm water with ½ lemon squeezed in it. Lemon juice stimulates digestive and liver function, cleanse the bowels and has a beneficial effect.
- Lecithin sprinkled on your food, cereal or in a smoothie helps to emulsify fats, lipids and oils and the breakdown of cholesterol and bile in the digestion due to the phosphotidylcholine
- Maintain a diet low in cholesterol – doing this will greatly help prevent gall stones. A low cholesterol diet take the strain off your liver and gall bladder
- Bitter food stimulates liver and gall bladder function – so, I suggest you increase your intake of food like kale, endive, raddichio and endive. Food high in Sulphur should also be encouraged – these foods helps stimulate liver detoxification, they includes garlic, Brussels sprout, Cabbage, Onion, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Radish.
- Go for the good raw oil. These oil can be derived from food like raw olive oil, fish oil capsules, flaxseed oil capsules, fish, nut and seeds.
- Intake of omega 3 essential fatty acids should be increased. You can easily get this from Mackerel, Anchovies, Cod, Sardine, Snapper, Sardines and Halibut
- Reduce intake of saturated fats (animal fats and dairy foods), Trans-fatty acids, processed foods and simple sugars. Saturated fats and Trans-fatty acids are commonly found in foods such as cakes, cookies, biscuits, bakery foods, margarine, donuts, processed and deep fried foods.
- Herbs such as Dandelion, Burdock, Peppermint, Green Tea, Lemon and ginger should be taken – these herbs supports detoxification, digestion and bile production
- Increase dietary fibers such as oat bran, slippery elm powder, flax seed, apple pectin and psyllium seeds, the fiber in these foods ensures that the excess cholesterol and bile salts are excreted via the bowel