Gall Bladder Flush:

Gall Bladder Flushes and Cleanses

by Author Unknown

Note from Chet: Do NOT do any of the following gall bladder and liver flushes unless you're working with a qualified natural health practitioner and even then, do so with your eyes open and with the knowledge that these flushes may well not do what they are purported to do. Here's what Naturopath Kevin Murray has learned:

Chet, I wanted to point out one thing about the liver flush. After recommending this dozens of times to patients, and usually seeing a lot of benefit, there are two concerns.

One is that it can and does occasionally send people to the hospital with an attack of cholitis if a stone becomes lodged in the biliary duct. The other is that what people assume to be passing as gallstones, are actually soap stones. If you leave them out at room temperature long enough, they will melt.

Also, if you send them to a lab, which many of my colleagues and I have done, you will be disappointed. That's not to say that the treatment isn't helpful, but people should not be misinformed that they are passing gallstones. At least the half dozen sample I've sent in have all been "soap stones."

Dr. Kevin Murray, ND, LAc

With the above well in mind, here's the article...

Gall Bladder Flushes

When the liver has been stagnant for a long time, sediments form in the gall bladder, according to some natural health writers, and that's the time to do a home gall bladder flush.

Gall Bladder Physiology

The gall bladder is a hollow inactive organ supplying bile to the digestive tract which is mainly used to emulsify fats and oils. According to some natural health experts who believe in gall bladder flushes, the gall bladder can be damaged by
  • Excessive amounts of fat and oil;
  • large amounts of spice;
  • very cold liquids;
  • cold dairy products
  • drafts
  • planning and thinking ahead all the time
  • stress.
These same writers say the gall bladder can be protected by
  • pickles
  • good quality vinegar.

According to these writers, gall bladder problems (thus suggesting the need for a gall bladder flush) are often found in people who are

  • constantly planning
  • hypersensitive to drafts
  • hypersensitive to noises
  • hypersensitive to strong smells.

When the liver is constantly stagnant, sediment often settles out of the bile and forms accumulations that resemble stones, sand or mud in the gall bladder.

Symptoms of sediment in the gall bladder:

  • indigestion
  • flatulence
  • periodic pain below the right side of the rib cage
  • tension in the back of the shoulder near the neck
  • bitter taste in the mouth
  • chest pain.

Gall Bladder Flush

This is a one-day purge to flush the gall bladder of sediment and stones. Beginning in the morning, eat only organic apples, at least five throughout the day. Green apples help soften the stones more than red. Drink pure water and herbal teas. At bedtime, warm up 2/3 cup of olive oil to body temperature and mix in 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice. Slowly sip the entire mixture, and then immediately go to bed. Lie on your right side with your right leg drawn up. In the morning, all gallstones should pass in the stool. This flush should be done only with the guidance of a experienced health practitioner.

5-Day Gall Bladder Flush

This is a milder, slightly less effective variation of the one-day flush. Consume apples and radishes for five days. For five consecutive days, take two tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of lemon juice on an empty stomach one time a day.

Gradual Gall Bladder Cleanse

This cleanse takes 21 days and is slower and gentler on the body. This is the one often recommended for those unsure of how much sediment or stones they may have. Cleansing two or three times a year ensures a healthy gall bladder.

During the cleanse, avoid all foods high in fat, meats, dairy, eggs. Eat unrefined grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes to help clear the gallbladder.

These foods hasten gallstone removal:

  • pears
  • parsnips
  • seaweed
  • lemons
  • limes
  • and the spice turmeric

Radish also remove stones, so, for the entire 21 days eat 1-2 radishes a day between meals and drink three cups of cleavers tea or five cups of chamomile tea a day.

For every 160 pounds of body weight use five teaspoons of cold-pressed flax seed oil. Pour the flax oil over your food during one meal of the day or divide into half and use on two meals. Take the flax oil six days a week for two months.

Disclaimer: Throughout this entire website, statements are made pertaining to the properties and/or functions of food and/or nutritional products. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and these materials and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.