Gallbladder Attack Remedies

Last Modified on Apr 16, 2014

Natural Relief for Gallbladder Pain

Few things are scarier than a gallbladder attack, but once the shock goes away and you realize what is going on, a few natural remedies from home can quickly relieve the pain of a gallbladder attack. After that, a gallbladder cleanse or other home remedy can help you eliminate the causes of your digestive issues.

The gallbladder is a small digestive organ located on your right side beneath the liver and feeding into the small intestine. The organ's role is to store bile produced by the liver and release it into the duodenum as needed for intestinal digestion of fats and protein. When the organ goes bad, gallbladder symptoms include abdominal pain, pain in the right shoulder, nausea, and loss of appetite. All are the result of inflammation of the gallbladder, usually after a gallstone forms and blocks the bile duct (cholecystitis). After a few hours of gallbladder symptoms, the attack will often subside on its own. However, in some cases gallbladder surgery becomes necessary.

Natural Alternatives to Gallbladder Surgery

A well-balanced diet and keeping a healthy weight can help you to prevent gallbladder issues. Some food allergies can also lead to gallstones, so an elimination diet may help you determine the cause of your gallbladder issues. In the event of an attack, Earth Clinic users have reported that they can stop gallbladder pain with a simple apple cider vinegar in apple juice treatment. Over the long-term, milk thistle supplements reputedly offer help, as well as several home remedies to be found below.


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2 Types of Gallbladder Attacks

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[WARNING!]  02/25/2014: Jewels51 from Ohio: "I have gall bladder attacks. People must differentiate between 2 types. One type is due to gallstones and the other due to a sphincter problem called sphincter of oddi. If there are gallstones a flush might help, I don't know, since I have no gallstones based on scans. I do have spasms in my sphinter of oddi, which is a spasm in the spincter or tubes that do not allow the bile to release. WARNING if you have this particularsphincter problem fats will make it worse. Do NOT a flush involving oil or fats of anytime, it will put you in the ER. I was taking fish oil and flax oil and my gall bladder was killing me. This is because fats cause the bile to build up because they are needed for fat digestion. When you build up fats and can't release the bile because of a spasm in the sphincter that will not let the bile flow out into the digestive system, the gall bladder overfills and backs into the pancreas at times. If you do an oil flush or increase fats pain will increase!!!! Removal of gall bladder does not help this because the sphinter is not removed with the gall bladder and in fact, gall bladder removal will often make this condition worse. I don't know the cure, however, my gall bladder and pancreatic pain calmed almost completely when I stopped the flax and fish oil and cut down on fats in general. Now if anyone knows how to get the gallbladder sphincter to relax from spasm and release the bile, WITHOUT using fats or oils, I would love to know the answer so Please POST it."

02/25/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Jewel51,

I read your post and think, "Lobelia! " It is an anti-spasmodic herb and we have used it with success in our house for a number of things, though not for gall bladder issues. We have used it for asthma and for suspected appendicitis.

You can buy the loose herb and make a tincture of an oil infusion. I would use this externally over the area where you have pain. It absorbs readily into the skin. You may be able to buy a tincture or oil. I can give more detail on making the infusion or tincture if you want to try that. You may also be able to take it internally and have it work, but be careful as a small amount of lobelia is a relaxant and too much is a stimulant. If your body is toxic, a small amount internally can cause vomiting.

I also would not be surprised to see a charcoal poultice or castor oil pack help you in this situation. I have used both for pain in the gall bladder area as well as for other things. There is information about both on this website.

Do you know if any foods are irritating your gall bladder? I know certain ones do mine, especially coffee, sadly!

Let us know what you find out. I hope you get relief soon.

~Mama to Many~"

02/25/2014: Prioris from Fl replies: "Good information about the two types of gallbladder attacks. It is easy to just assume stone related. Won't milk thistle get the bile flowing?"
02/26/2014: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Jewels51: To strengthen the Liver/Gallbladder and increase the flow of bile take Triple Strengthen Lecithin and Dr. Christopher's Liver/Gallbladder Formula. There are many herbal suppliers w/ different names to this formula. The one I used to take was called Liveron. An internet search should produce some good results, but if not report back and I can give you the list of the home made formula I use.

I also occasionally use lemon Water to help open things up down there."

03/11/2014: Mary Lou from Cincinnati, Ohio replies: "To Jules51, For your spasms of sphincter of Oddi. Try 1-2 tsp of Bitters (Angostura) in water. It is in the grocery stores aisles with the drink mixes, cheapest at Walmart. It is an antispasmodic and antiflatulent. I swear by it for an upset stomach and gallbladder pain. I know it saved me from an ER visit twice in the past 20 years when I was doubled over in pain and nausea so badly I could barely speak or chew a Tums. Each time was due to meals with hidden fat, which I normally avoid. It tastes like an unsweetened coca cola, has a bit of alcohol, 44.7% by volume. Worth a try, I know I would have been in ER both times. When I can't talk, I am sick! hahaha"
03/20/2014: Erika from Atlanta, Ga replies: "I came across this site when looking for feedback on something I discovered by accident. I too have to watch fats in my diet because of gallbladder pain.

Recently I began having plain yogurt in the mornings mixed with a little honey (for flavor). I have been amazed at the positive impact it has had on my digestion and my gallbladder. Hope this helps."

04/14/2014: Rebecca from Co, US replies: "I found that my attacks were brought on my a combo of stress (huge!!!! ), not drinking enough water, and eating a large meal late in the evening with lots of salad and dairy fats, my favorite combo. Too hard to digest. Under advice of a naturopath I take lecithin, vitamin C, fish oil, and GB 6 which is a chinese herb blend. I ditched dairy and coffee and drink green tea, which is a calmative, and I have been symptom and pain free for a year. And, I'm healthier than I've been in ages. My GB was the canary in the coal mine for me. I find that stress really triggers spasms. If I feel spasms coming on, I sip a little cider vinegar in juice, and I take a percocet which my primary doc prescribed in case of attack. In addition to helping with the sudden onset of debilitating pain, it has muscle relaxing properties that can help calm the spasming before it gets full-blown."
04/14/2014: Rebecca from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Rebecca, Can you tell us the ingredients in the GB6, Chinese Herbal blend."
04/15/2014: Rebecca from Co replies: "Rebecca, it contains china berry fruit and other herbs; it's supposed to slacken the sphincter of oddi and contract the gall bladder. I notice my gall bladder feeling "busy" or twingey when I take it; the goal is to keep things moving and/or dissolve and expel stones."

Apple Cider Vinegar in Apple Juice

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Apple Cider Vinegar in Apple Juice for Gall Bladder Attacks

Home Remedy Ingredients

  • Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 to 3 Tablespoons
  • Apple Juice - 1 glass

To stop a gallstone attack, add 1-3 tablespoons of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to a glass of apple juice and drink. Relief should come quickly!

[YEA]  03/31/2014: Katt from Austin, Tx: "I am waiting on having my gallbladder removed. Had some discomfort tonight after eating a little excessively. Went out and bought some 100% apple juice and ACV. I used 1 TBS to 8 oz of juice. It is 40 minutes later and the pain and pressure are going away. Glad I found this. Will Be a drink I'll mix in the morning and take to work in case of pain."

[YEA]  03/16/2014: Rastomp from Raleigh Nc: "My doctor found 3 "silent" gallstones while looking to see if my kidney stones were gone. They act up if I have sour cream, cream cheese, etc I have been doing the apple cider with mother/apple juice for the last few days and it is great!! I heat up the cider/juice in a cup, and sip it slowly twice a day. Have not had one peep from the stones since. Very happy and will continue this daily."

[YEA]  04/01/2014: Macy from San Juan City, Philippines replies: "I am now having terrible gallstone attack and its been days. I took several Buscopan Plus capsules but the pain did not go way. I did not bother tell anyone about since I am afraid to end up again in an ER. Last night I tried taking 2tbs of ACV mother but to no avail. After reading some tips here I increased it to around 6 ounces with apple juice. It was very unpleasant to the point that I'm going to vomit. Now after 15 minutes, the sharp stabbing pain that goes through my back subsides to almost gone but the burning sensation is still there which is much more tolerable. I am so afraid to have any kind of operation - just the thought of visiting a hospital makes me so nervous. Good thing I have ACV by Braggs in hand and I swear it is working even in the most excruciating pain that I just experienced for two days in a row."
[YEA]  04/09/2014: Arya926 from Port Huron, Mi replies: "to Macy fromSan Juan City: I am also afraid to have my gallbladder removed. I was recently released from the hospital and I am determined to do anything necessary to keep all my parts. I learned that barberry bark will slowly dissolve gallstones and it is the main ingredient in Dr.christopher's liver and gall bladder formula. I have been taking it since I got home from the hospital and, although it has only been about 10 days, I am feeling much better.

i have tried to cut many of the fats from my diet and I also take a digestive enzyme tablet before each meal. If the meal will contain fat, I add a betaine hcl tablet to help digest the fat so my gall bladder and pancreas don't have to work so hard.

i indulged a bit last night and ended up sick all night; however, I took some Apple Cider Vinegar and the symptoms have subsided. Usually, I am sick for several days so I think it really helped."

[YEA]  03/06/2014: Db from South Carolina: "Last night, after my 3rd "attack" in 6 days of what sounds like gall bladder issues, husband found this site. Was on hour 5 of hurting, drank the ACV with AJ and, just like the other comments here, the pain was gone with 20 minutes! Then I slept like a baby! Am following up with doc today to determine root cause. But am praising the Lord for His natural medicines!"

[YEA]  03/06/2014: Marie from North Las Vegas Nv replies: "Thank you so much for your posting. I made the mixture 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar with 8 oz apple juice. I was on the verge of another ER visit. I drank the cocktail and in about 45 min was able to fall asleep. I actually use the vinegar all the time but it had been so long since I have had a gall bladder attack that I forgot. I like adding it to the apple juice. It made it much more tolerable. Hope your husband feels better too!!"
[YEA]  03/08/2014: Joey from Chicago replies: "I just read this, I ended up in the hospital Friday night with the most unbearable pain imaginable, it took 3 shots of pain killers to dull the pain. I had and ultrasound and I have gallstones. Still in pain I've been looking up everything possible when I say this. My sister kindly went to the store and picked up ACV and apple juice( they didn't have organic ) I just drank 8 oz of Apple juice with 3 table spoons of ACV and the pain is gone. Thank all of you sooooo much. That did in ten minutes what 3 shots of strong painkillers failed to do"
03/29/2014: Paula from Va replies: "If the apple juice and vinegar does not work, only sometimes, why is that? Going back to get results in 2 days. The pain across upper back is unbearable."

[YEA]  02/08/2014: Happy Wife In Nj from New Jersey, Usa: "My husband has gall stones and was having attacks every 2 months or so for 6 months starting about a year and a half ago. After a trip to the ER on the 4th or 5th attack, he learned he had gall stones. Started eating healthier and only had one mild attack in the last year. He became a little more lax recently and tonight had an attack that came on rapidly. After the last attack I had read about this remedy and bought a bottle of apple cider vinegar to have on hand just in case. I looked up remedies today and was reminded about this one so I told him and he ran to the store to get apple juice. He drank the concoction (3 1/2 tablespoons to about 8 oz apple juice). He was in a decent amount of pain and tried a few different positions to ease his discomfort. He finally laid on the couch and after about 15 minutes following drinking the potion told me to throw a post up here on the forum to say that it really worked! He's feeling much better. He's still on the couch not wanting to jinx it but I'm so happy he's feeling better and hopefully won't need a trip to the ER tonight!!!"

02/10/2014: Centralperkeast from Atlanta, Ga replies: "My son is 19 and has been suffering off and on for several years. Last night was his worst attack. I've just given him 3TBS mother of vinegar in organic apple juice. Is there a maintenance version of this to prevent more? For example, can he take this daily?"
[YEA]  02/22/2014: Hatman from Asheville, Nc replies: "Apple cider vinegar in apple juice works just like everybody says!"
03/03/2014: Ann14 from Texas replies: "Hi, I am wondering- how long do we drink the apple juice with ACV for a gallbladder attack. After that first glass, what about the next day? Thank you"
03/04/2014: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Ann: Without the presence of gallbladder disease, many people have adopted a one dose ACV/Apple Cider for an array of general health conditions. The list of positive benefits of daily ACV is a long one, so drink up."
03/04/2014: Ann14 from Texas replies: "So drinking this drink will not irritate your stomach? Where can I read about the healthful benefits of this drink. Thank you again"
03/04/2014: Ann14 from Texas replies: "I forgot to ask this: If a person has acid reflux, I take over the counter Prevacid everyday 2 tablets once in the morning. What I don't understand is that I would think ACV would be irritating to the stomach, (which I haven't felt yet) I have been taking the ACV with apple juice for a couple of days now. Does anyone know if this will irritate the stomach more or is it less? I do know that fermented sauerkraut has been suggested for acid reflux. I thought "OMG" that would be so irritating, but I guess not. Does anyone here have acid reflux?"
03/04/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Ann,

I have had acid reflux in pregnancy (and once it a while at other times.) I would live on TUMS. (Not good.) I ended up on prescription medication for reflux. In my last pregnancy I used Apple Cider Vinegar the whole time. Never took any tums or any prescription for it. It also helped my gall bladder issues to settle down. Yes, I agree, it seems like vinegar would be irritating to the stomach, but I found that opposite to be true. Perhaps for some, it would bother them, but many find it helpful. I have used it now for year and love it.

~Mama to Many~"

[YEA]  01/23/2014: Aw from Manchester, Uk: "The gallbladder remedy has worked! I bought the unpasteurised ACV this morning & got a bottle of apple juice. I used 3 tbs of ACV in a glass of apple juice & the discomfort I was having has subsided. It hasn't even been half an hour yet. One word of caution though - it is very sour but it is definitely worth it!"

02/06/2014: Audra from Regina, Saskatchewan replies: "Hi, Can you tell me if the apple cider vinegar pills would work the same as the apple cider vinegar and apple juice. I have been waiting for surgery to have my gall bladder removed on the 'list' for about 3 years now. And I have been home remedying myself with cranberry pills, they provide some relief but doesn't take the attack completely away. We went to Emerg last Oct and doc gave me morphine for the pain. I have been having a very bad attack since Sunday and have taken morphine twice. I would rather take something that is not pain medication. But we are planning on going to Mexico in a few days and if we can take the pills instead of apple cider vinegar in our suitcase we will do that! Thank you"
[YEA]  03/02/2014: Gerri from Dallas replies: "THANK U! I have been in PAIN SINCE FRIDAY - iT. WORKS!!!"

[YEA]  01/15/2014: Emmanuel from Waco, Tx: "Thank god for this web site and all the helpful remedies. My wife was having her first attack and I had no idea what to do! When I heard about the apple cider and apple juice I was absolutely certain it wouldn't work but just as everyone said it kicked in after just 15 min now she is pain free!!! Thank you all"

[YEA]  01/21/2014: Jnz from California replies: "Hi! I don't have much new info to add, but I've been finding amazing remedies and helpful advice on Earth Clinic for a couple of years now and thought it was about time that I said thank you and contributed if only to say, "Yep, it worked like that for me too!! "

I was having these attacks a couple of years ago off and on for about 5 or 6 weeks and didn't know why or what they were. I went to the Dr. and she told me if these "stomach aches" were resolving themselves, there was nothing to worry about. After that 5 or 6 week period of time, it stopped happening until a couple of days after this Thanksgiving. It happened twice and then it went away again until Jan. 4th of this year. I had 4 or 5 attacks from the 4th - 7th and after the first one, I looked online to see what type of food was linked to causing these type of symptoms, as I thought it was probably a reaction to something that I was eating that wasn't agreeing with me, and saw that my symptoms matched gallstones exactly and then I found this remedy. I mixed 4TBS of ACV with approx. organic sparkling apple cider and two of the three times, the pain was gone within 15-20 where it would normally last (at least moderate pain) for two to three hours. One day though, I was getting a little bit of a headache and so I drank a cup of coffee cause most of the time it will get rid of a headache for me. OH MY GOSH!!! About thirty minutes later - the worst of these attacks that I have ever had!! My face, neck and chest flushed dramatically (like it was on fire) and the pain was super intense for 45 minutes, despite drinking the ACV and apple cider. Moderate pain lasted for about an hour and a half longer and then slight discomfort for another couple of hours. This is not to take away from the ACV and apple cider remedy, it works fantastically. I am fairly sensitive to caffeine, (and prone to very mild flushing) so this is just to say that if you are too, you might want to think twice about drinking coffee while dealing with these on going type of attacks.

After that incident, and while waiting for a doctor's appt., I was worried that I was going to have another attack like that so I tried the ACV and apple cider for prevention. I'm used to using ACV for other things anyway, so it was no big deal. I put two tsps. of ACV in about 6 oz of sparkling apple cider and I would drink half of it before I ate and the other half after. After a day or two, I used water instead of apple juice. I haven't had another attack since the one on the 7th after drinking coffee. I can't say for sure if it the situation was resolving itself anyway or if it was the ACV that kept it from happening again, but my feelings are that it was the ACV. After about a week of that, I've just been having about 1tsp ACV in 6oz water when I first wake up and right before I go to bed and, so far, I haven't had an attack since the 7th. I have also started taking my probiotics again and began taking milk thistle. Not sure what of these different things has helped me not to have another attack so far, but they sure haven't hurt!

I went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago and they agreed that it sounded like it was gallstones and ordered an ultrasound, which I had a few days ago. Still waiting for the results and will post if I have anything to share that I think might benefit anyone else.

Thanks again for everyone posting their experiences and to Earth Clinic for providing this community - I very much appreciate it!! :O)"

01/22/2014: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Jnz: Many health practitioners recommend annual colon, gallbladder, and parasite cleanse as optimal health cannot be achieved otherwise. Oregano, Garlic, Neem, Oilve Leaf, and Grapefruitseed are all good herbs for killing parasites and pathogens; incorporate one in the daily diet or take supplement. A one week rotation of these will be most effective."

[YEA]  01/06/2014: Gatorbyt from Tampa Bay, Fl: "ACV in apple juice for gallbladder attack: Without a doubt, this works great, and quickly! I had 100% pure apple juice and put a couple of tablespoons of vinegar in it and within 15 minutes, I was pain free. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

[YEA]  01/06/2014: Tyjj from Houston, Tx replies: "I have been diagnosed with H. Pylori and GERD and all this time I've been taking Zantac and Prilosec for the pain that I was told was from stomach ulcers. Turns out almost after 6 hours of excruciating pain, lost work hours, injuries from falling, not knowing I was eating triggering foods ... in desperation the symptoms of the pain did not match the diagnosis. After a $4,000 ER visit....I have gallstones.

Apple Juice & Unfiltered ACV is the I plan on doing a gallbladder cleanse next."

04/16/2014: Donna from Charlotte, Nc replies: "I have had a history if gall bladder issues. I have done the flush 5 times in the last 7 months with good results. One flush PAINLESSLY removed a stone in the shape of a tangerine section but a bit smaller. It was the green shade and floated. No wonder I was in so much pain. The flush works it works it can store up to 2000 stones in there and it does NOT hurt at all when they come out. Oh, by the way, stress is AWFUL for this and any other of our God designed organs. We all need to calm down and trust Him! (I am preaching to myself.)"

[YEA]  01/06/2014: Ronnie from Pikeville, Nc: "Wife has been hurting 2 days with a gallbladder attack & tried the apple juice with vinegar remedy & it works fantastic!!! Thank You!!!!!"

[YEA]  01/03/2014: Steven from Wa: "Kid you guys not. I've been in pain on and off for three days. And I did two table spoons of apple cider vinegar. Drove to the food coop. Bought organic shelf apple juice... Drank about a glass in the car before leaving. Got stopped by a train I'm home now I'm a matter of 15 to 20 minutes I can actually say this worked. Thank you everyone. I'll recommend it."

[YEA]  01/04/2014: Nicole from Saint John, Nb replies: "Wow! I was completely doubled over, barely able to get to my iPad and google "ease gall bladder pain" and I found this post. Very skeptical, I made my way to the kitchen and thankfully had both apple juice and ACV. I drank it, and thought, "there's no way this can work". The pain was still bad, and all of a sudden after about 8 minutes it just disappeared completely. I am so grateful for this post, thank you!!"
[YEA]  01/05/2014: Lisa from Cedarhill, Tennessee replies: "I will have to say I took two swigs of Apple cider vinigar and a drink of cranberry juice my gallstone attack eased up really quick. I'm thinking I will get tums and should be fine to go to sleep."

[YEA]  12/30/2013: Angela from Manassas Virginia Usa: "The week after Christmas I was suffering such an awful gallbladder attack that I was willing to try anything. I never tried home remedies for anything in the past so I wasn't a huge fan of starting by drinking vinegar. As luck would have it, I had both ingredients. I had apple cider instead of the apple juice, and felt the difference couldn't be much and went ahead and mixed it with the vinegar. It wasn't 5 minutes before I realized the pain had not only disappeared but It didn't even hurt when I sat up and bent over to the floor. I was amazed. I am still amazed. That was 7 hours ago and still no pain. Unbelievable."

01/01/2014: Jada from La replies: "Can you use any type of juice ??? Thank you."

[NAY]  12/21/2013: Pat from Kentucky: "I have been having more gall bladder attacks lately and found this site and thought why not. Well, I took a couple ounces of ACV mixed with apple juice and nothing. Did it again about a half hour later and still nothing. I did read elsewhere that these attacks can be caused by at least two different things, gall stones getting stuck and the total release of the bile stored there such that the harden bladder irritates itself. I don't see how the ACV can help so quickly in either case really, but maybe it only handles one of them and I had the other. It was worth a shot."

12/21/2013: Steve from Las Vegas replies: "Try 1TBSP epsom salt dissolved in 8oz of warm water. Stops a gallbladder attack for me everytime.


12/29/2013: Pat from Kentucky replies: "A little update for you. I wound up having my gall bladder removed the other day and the surgeon said it was about dead. That may explain why ACV didn't help in the slightest."

[YEA]  12/09/2013: Allison from Kelowna Bc Canada: "I have been in pain for three days off and on with another bad gallbladder attack.Thinking this is it off to another night in the hospital.Decided I would google Home Remedies to see if I could find some relief ..AND came across Apple Cider Vinegar in Apple juice!!! , , , "YA RIGHT who comes up with these crazy things."..BUTTTT HOLY COW it worked ..with in less then 10 mins the pain is gone ..I MEAN GONE PEOPLE!!!! :) one happy mommy"

[YEA]  11/29/2013: Aaron from San Diego, Ca: "Apple cider vinegar in apple juice: This absolutely works. I was enduring my second gallbladder attack. I went to the ER for the first one and they kept me over night thinking it was a heart attack. I refused to do that this time around so I felt strong enough to endure it. I wasn't. About 3 hours in I came groveling to the night god Google and he pointed here. I did exactly like everyone said and in 10 minutes too I felt good enough to write this and go to bed. Thanks so much."

[YEA]  11/21/2013: Sarah from New York: "I can't believe how well apple cider vinegar in apple juice worked... I was just doubled over for 30 mins and found your site on my phone. Had my husband run to the gas station near by to get apple juice which I mixed with the ACV and it is been 10mins after I drank it, the pain is totally gone and my stomach is warm and happy. Thank you!"



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