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9 Best Natural Remedies for Gallstones

9 Best Natural Remedies for Gallstones

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If you have been diagnosed with gall stones, you might be worrying about the surgery that your doctor has recommended for removing your gall bladder. However, before going for the surgery, you should at least try once to dissolve your gall stones with the help of various home remedies. A little precaution in your diet and other natural ingredients may dissolve gall stones that give you so much of pain all over your abdomen and even at back and shoulders. These natural remedies will not only cure the symptoms like nausea, vomiting and indigestion along with pain but will also make you get rid of your gall stones.

Natural Remedies for Gallstones

1. Apple Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar for Gall Stones

The golden saying- an apple a day keeps the doctor away- is not so popular without any reason. With all its health benefits, apple is also capable of dissolving gall stones when taken in the forms of juice and apple cider vinegar. The malic acid present in the apples assist in softening gallstones and vinegar stops the liver from making cholesterol that are responsible for forming stones in gallbladder. Not only this fruit dissolves gall stones but also prevents the recurrence of gall stones as well as subsides the pain that you get during flare ups.

Get this:
• Apple Juice- 1 glass
• Apple Cider Vinegar- 1 tbsp

Do this:
• Mix apple cider vinegar in the glass of apple juice.
• Mix well.
• Drink this once everyday.

In fact, this is a very good natural remedy to quickly get relief from the pain which you get during the gall stone attack. Also, once you get rid of gall stones, you should continue to have apples. You can actually make a habit of having fresh uncooked applesauce mixed with shredded raw beets and 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a little fresh lemon juice.

2. Pear Juice for Gall Stone Removal

Your pear shaped gallbladder can be cleaned with the fruit whose shape it takes- yes the pear itself. The American Medical Association (AMA) says that about 80 percent of gallstones are formed by hardened cholesterol. It is believed that pectin present in pears binds to cholesterol-filled gallstones so that they be flushed out of your body. However, according to the British Journal of Nutrition, pectin does not prevent gallstones nor have considerable effect on metabolizing cholesterol. However, traditionally, pear juice is said to dissolve the gallstones. Looking at the benefits of the fruit, there’s no harm in taking pear juice. You may want to combine it with other home remedies for your gallbladder stones. If you do so, here are the instructions, how to have pear juice for gallstones.

Get this:
• Hot water- half a glass
• Pear juice- half a glass
• Honey- 2 tbsp

Do this:
• Mix pear juice with hot water.
• Add honey to it and mix well.
• Have this juice thrice a day.

3. Beetroot, Cucumber and Carrot Juice for Gallstones

Juice therapies are what are mostly recommended by traditional natural remedies for gallstones. Among these juices, one that is made from the combination of beetroot, cucumber and carrots is highly effective for gallbladder. Beets not only strengthen and cleanse gallbladder and your liver but also help in cleansing colon and your blood. Cucumber, with its high water content, is great for detoxifying liver as well as gallbladder which is also done by carrot juice high in vitamin C and other rich nutrients.

Get this:
• Beet root- 1
• Cucumber- 1
• Carrots (medium)- 4

Remember, you should get equal amounts of all the three juices. So, if needed, increase or decrease the quantity of each vegetable accordingly. For example, you should get 13/ glass each of beet root juice, carrot juice and cucumber juice to get a glass of their combined juice.

Do this:
• Take out the juice of all the three vegetables- beetroot, cucumber and carrots.
• Mix them.
• Have this juice twice a day.
You may even add apples, celery and ginger while making this juice to get added benefits.

4. Milk Thistle for Gallstones

Milk thistle, the herb from the Mediterranean region, is widely used as a traditional natural remedy for gallstones as well as detoxifying liver. Milk thistle helps in shrinking gallstones and eliminate your bladder pain. Add this herb to your diet to get rid of gallbladder stones. Now, how to take milk thistle. You can make tea or add the powdered milk thistle seeds to your juices, salads, veggies, burgers etc. Here is the recipe to make milk thistle tea.

Get this:
• Milk thistle leaves and seeds (you may even use packaged tea)- 1 tsp
• Muslin bag- 1
• Hat water- 1 cup
• Honey (optional)- as per taste

Do this:
• Put crushed milk thistle leaves and seeds in the muslin bag.
• Place this bag in the hot water.
• Steep for 5 minutes.
• Add honey if using.

5. Dandelion for Gallstones

Dandelion herb helps support your liver which aids your gallbladder in its functioning. The dandelion Leaves help in promoting bile excretion from the liver thus detoxifying it and metabolize fat efficiently. They are also effective when it comes to stimulate your sluggish gallbladder. So, it does make sense to use dandelion to cure your gallstones. You can always add the tender dandelion greens to your salad or steam them and have it. You can also have dandelion tea. Here’s the recipe for the same.

Get this:
• Hot water- 1 cup
• Dried dandelion leaves- 1 tsp
• Honey (optional)- as per taste

Do this:
• Place the dandelion leaves in a pot or cup.
• Pour the hot water over it.
• Cover and steep for 5 minutes.
• Add honey if using.
• Drink this tea twice or thrice a day.
If you suffer from diabetes, you should first consult with your doctor before having dandelion herb.

6. Peppermint for Gallstones

Peppermint oil is known to be helpful in digestion as it stimulates the flow of bile and other digestive juices. It also contains terpene, the natural compound that is said to dissolve gallstones. What’s the better way than having peppermint tea made with mint leaves. However, if you don’t want to make the tea, you can also have peppermint oil capsules- enteric-coated capsules- as they release the oil in the small and large intestine and not in the stomach. Peppermint tea is very useful while you have that gallbladder attack. It helps relax spasms and relieve you from acute pain.

Get this:
• Fresh or dried mint leaves- 1 tsp
• Water- 1 cup
• Honey (optional)- as per taste

Do this:
• Boil the water.
• Add mint leaves. (if fresh, crush them first)
• Put off the flame, cover and steep for 3-5 minutes.
• Strain and add honey if using
It’s better to have this tea in between meals.

7. Psyllium for Gallstones

High fiber diet is very essential to cure your gallbladder stones. While you should have meals rich in fiber and vitamins, especially Vitamin C, you may have psyllium too as a remedy for gall stones. It is a very good source of soluble fibers that bind to the cholesterol in bile and help prevent gallstone formation. Psyllium also prevents constipation which also leads to gallstone formation.

Get this:
• Psyllium powder husk- 1 tsp
• Water- 1 glass

Do this:
• Add psyllium to water.
• Mix well and drink immediately.
• Drink it at night before going to bed everyday.

8. Lemon Juice for Gallstone

Just as vinegar stops your liver from making cholesterol, lemon juice or such citrus fruit juices also do the same task. So have a lots of citrus fruits but don’t forget to take lemon juice daily. You may just add the juice of half a lemon in glass of water and have it twice or thrice a day. Alternatively, you can adopt the following Ayurvedic remedy using lemon juice to dissolve your gallstones.

Get this:
• Olive oil- 30 ml
• Fresh lemon juice- 30 ml
• Garlic paste- 5 g

Do this:
• Mix olive oil, lemon juice and garlic paste.
• Have this mixture every morning on an empty stomach.
Do this for at least 40 days.

9. Diet and Lifestyle Changes for Gallstones

There have to be certain changes in your diet and lifestyle to cure gallbladder stones. Here are some suggestions.

  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water everyday.
  • If overweight, reduce weight. Avoid fatty foods. Exercise regularly. Eat smaller meals and spread it over the day- instead of 3 big meals, have 5-6 smaller meals.
  • Avoid constipation, it helps in forming gallstones.
  • Have coffee everyday but do not drink it in excessive amounts. One or two cups a day is enough. Coffee increases the flow of bile and thus prevents gallstones.
  • Have loads of vitamin C during the day. For this, include citrus fruits in your diet. Have lemon juice.
  • Use such spices and herbs that stimulate liver as well as gallbladder like turmeric, dried ginger, black pepper, long pepper, asafoetida, etc.

Careful planning of diet and intelligently selected home herbal remedies according to the needs of your body can sure give you a chance to keep your gallbladder by removing the gallstones naturally.

About Sara

Sara is a Boston-based registered dietitian who works with clients to improve their health by optimizing nutrition. You can find her running, sweating in hot yoga, cooking in the kitchen, dining out, or exploring. Eating Food-Mostly Plants, and improving our relationship with food, is the secret to lifelong health in her eyes.


  1. Nice Natural Remedies for Gallstones (Pittay ki Pathhriyon ka qudrati elaj)

  2. Thanks for the valuable information.

  3. Sarah, do we use apple juice from the bottle or make a juice from the apples (fruit) to be mixed with the apple cider vinegar?

  4. I tried the apple cider vinegar when my gallbladder attack was very bad. I used a quarter of a cup of the vinegar with the apple juice. In 20 minutes my pain was almost gone. A few hours later I felt so much better and could go back to work.

  5. Hi Sarah, will it be effective if i just take apple cider viniger mixed with water.

  6. Omg im in so much pain right now im glad i found this

  7. I dont want to have surgery did yours go away?

  8. I so happy to found this web. I have a surgery set for Monday 13,14. Im going to cancel it for a month till I finish drinking my teas. Then an ultra sound. I dont wish to have my gall bladder taken out. I will post the results.

  9. Jacqueline Kraber

    Has anyone had any noted success in dissolving stones completely?

  10. Try Rain Soul product. Im not selling it but I know a person that uses it and its the only thing that dissolves oils. Its an oil dissolving oil that is blocking cells and it should cure also stones.

  11. How long do you keep taking the apple juice and cider vinegar solution?

  12. This cleanses don't work. Talk to a real doctor to see possible treatments. It's an investment on the only body you have. This kind of disinformation is not only unethical but also very dangerous.

  13. I've done number 9, and I haven't passed a gallstone in a month. I used to pass two or three a week since August.

  14. Rachel Qilaq Birt Wow! How many stones where showing in your ultrasound scan?

  15. actually seeing a doctor for everything is only an investment to them Memo. Are you a doctor? Have you tried different cleanses? I have and they work. Your body has a natural ability to heal itself…

  16. Hey how is it going with the cleanse? I was afraid of getting my gallbladder removed, but now it's been over a week since I had surgery and I'm pretty much back to normal and pain free. If your gastroenterologist has recommended surgery but you are still not sure, go see another one for a second opinion and even a third one. There are few things more important that your health 🙂

  17. Yasmin Plata My pain went away with surgery. I was scared, but it's not so bad 🙂 It's been over a week since my surgery and I feel great. I had laparoscopy.

  18. @Memo i had surgery aswell im sooooo much better

  19. Yasmin Plata I'm very glad to hear that 😀

  20. Hi Sara,
    I am diagnosed with gallstones. Doctor advised surgery. But I have no pain. I tried the first point-1 glass Apple juice with 1tbsp apple cider vinegar. I want to know for how long I have to take this.

  21. is store bought apple juice ok to use

  22. Actually, they do work in some cases.

  23. we are waiting for your experience..

  24. Jayant Sir .If you could please post the result .

  25. Use Braggs raw apple cider vinegar. I would juice whole apples, as regular juice is processed and pasturized. No nutritional value.

  26. Hi MIss Irma,
    How is the result of your ultrasound? Did the gallstones already removed by natural procedure? Thank you.

  27. Read all the comments. Did anyone have success in dissolving their stones with acv or apple juice. AKA…Have an ultrasound before and after showing proof that their stones were dissolved?

  28. I'm doing the bean diet but these all sound good!

  29. Briefly I will sumarise my earlier comment. I was to consume 1.50 Ltr of Fresh apple juice prepared at home no other intake of food except water for six days. On seventh day I drank Olive oil about 120 ML. To my surprise I could collect about 50 number of 2.5 mm diameter dark green colour oval shape rubberised (like grease) after 3 hours when I passed my motion in the after noon. Through out the day I consumed only liquid diet. Next day morning about another fourty stone of same size was collected. I could not find a proper laboratory who could analyse the stone.

    I took ultra scan which again diagonsed 9mm stone. I apporached the naturalopathist, He asked me to continue with apple juice in the morning and lot of lemon in my food. After a month Ultra scan showed hazzy picture. My doctor asked me to take CT Scan / MRI and he asked me to get the gall bladder removed as he belived the bladder has developed gangrene which in fact was true as certified by the laboratory.

    I wonder what conclusion one can draw.

  30. Dear jayant g what is the best time in a day to consume it or we can take it any time

  31. Hello sir, please share if anyone got rid of gallstones, using these natural remedies?

  32. thanks for the warning….cuz we all know there is no cure…but i know who to avoid at the club.
    PS: nice try at an advertisement.

  33. American Apple juice is ultra pasteurized and filtered. leaving nothing but flavor and fruit sugars. you need freshly made juice. I live in japan and have access to raw apple juice. perhaps i should just drink more.

  34. I took apple juice (natural) and organic apple cider vinegar. After 3 weeks of 8 ounces apple juice, 4 ounces of water, and 2 tbsp of cider vinegar, I started to pass both kidney stones and gallstones. Now I just do 1 tbsp of cider vinegar with 8 ounces of apple juice for maintance. It worked for me.

  35. I, too, tried the apple cider vinegar and the chaser of 8 ounces of apple juice once a day — the pain is gone, and it took just minutes to feel the effect. Don't know if I have stones — don't know if this will disolve them, either — but the pain is contained.

  36. I need a bit of advice ….After a week in the hospital because of gallstones colic doctors have insisted I should have the gallbladder removed in order to avoid possible future pancreas Inflammation and other complications but after the gallbladder has been removed, after some years new stones are by the Body produced they would end up accumulating in the pancreas or other organs. Please tell me what you think would be best for me in the long run. I wouldnt want finding myself at 85 with pancreas inflammation in the emergency room (as some do) but I docs arent giving me me any other option. How can I remove naturally gallstones ? thanks.

  37. I will start drinking apple juice and acv, check with me in a few days.

  38. I am in the very same situation Irma ! I will start taking tonight slackstones II, research a bit about it. I still have hope to keep my bladder. I will also start drinking apple juice and acv and see what happens. I will take only a glass during the day because mornings and evenings I will be taking slackstones II.

  39. My Mother have the problem of Gall Stones and doctors suggest for operation but thanks to you first i have to apply the apple cider vinegar remedy for her , plz i need yours prayers also , and thanks for the wonderfull naural remedies

  40. Won't work… Surgery is best and only option… If stones infected it can

  41. Brian Ferris be sure to remove the seeds from apples before you juice them (or 'smoothie' them). Although the content is small, they do contain arsenic.

  42. actually it creates a chemical reaction in your liver and the balance in the gallbladder changes which softens your stones. It worked for me and I was having pains going up my right chest area from the gall bladder which is a common complaint for gall bladder disease. It is now 4 months after I started having issues and the only problem I ran into was eating sausage lasagna which caused minor pain and diarrhea.

  43. Just diagnosed with gallbladder stones. Surgery was suggested … I'm waiting to try a natural way. So, I ate beets today, drank coffee, and had a glass of apple cider vinegar / apple juice. Tonight I will add sauerkraut into my meal. This is only Day 1, and I will try to post results as I can. Prayers, please. I will say a prayer for all of you now as well, typed: Heavenly Father, we thank You for this website and the opportunity You've presented to us to be healed naturally, and, by your Son, Jesus, to avoid surgery. Please renew our health and strength, increase our trust in You and heal our bodies of these stones, Lord. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.

  44. Had four and last ultrasound was negative. Worked for me

  45. Had four and last ultrasound was negative. Worked for me

  46. Nick Rossetto Both seem to help, acv I have used as painkiller when pain starts after eating and it works for about 2 hours. I find that lemon juice in the mornings works even better. I am still hopping to dissolve my little stones in my GB.

  47. Indranil Ganguly What about if the stones were small ? how can I dissolve them ?

  48. Stuart Anderson What worked for you??

  49. Indranil Ganguly Spoken like a true quack. Take away your drugs and knives and you're all just bad golfers in smocks.

  50. Indranil Ganguly Sorry, surgery is not the ONLY option. Gallstones can be flushed out safely if they are small enough to pass through the bile duct. If the gallbladder is infected OR if a stone gets lodged in the bile duct, then yes, surgery would be needed.

  51. should i do all the 9 remedies in removing the gallstone?,.or will i just choose any of that 9?,.thanks for the immidiate response..

  52. quantity of 9th 9th option is one time quantity of OR that quanity has to be divided in 40 part to for 40 days.

  53. gall stones will always form even if you are very careful with your diet. my mom always medicate using this remedy and she flushes the stones out after a week of medictaion. she feels more lighter and healthier, doesn't have to suffer cuts due to operation anymore. MIGHT work for you guys too, but you need to consult with a physician also, my moms stones were a bit smaller than a grape but they're many.

  54. Stuart Anderson what worked for u?

  55. i think just one is ok,the first one

  56. i had two people recover by useing the apple natural remedies.

  57. Thank you so much, doc,for you share these to us

  58. What size stone can be dissolved with these therapies . Mine is 30 mm

  59. Do I have to exclusively only drink one of the recipies? Can I eat regular clean food a the same time?
    Also, for how long I should drink them?

  60. Rob Stowe the seeds contain b17 and are actually good for you

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