Types of Gallbladder Flushes

What is the purpose of a gallbladder flush? It's designed to thin out the "bile" that is made by the liver and stored in the muscular sack called the gallbladder.  The bile should be runny/watery so the muscular sack can squeeze the contents into the small intestine assisting in the emulsification of dietary fats. When the bile is too thick, the dietary fat separates and creates intestinal distress. When the bile has been thick/sludgy for a while, stones can form. Stones can lodge in the common bile duct (a condition that requires surgery).

Do gallbladder flushes work? Yes. When there are stones, I recommend the apple or apple juice protocol so that the stones are softened improving the chance of them getting through the bile duct (and not getting stuck/lodging in the duct). Look at the lists below and decide if you'd like to try to avoid surgery.

Gallbladder Flushes

One Day Gall Bladder Flush
At any time, one can do a "gall bladder flush." There are various protocols, and some call it a liver flush; but it's really a gall bladder flush. 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. My strategy is to squeeze two lemons into 1.5-2 cups of extra virgin olive oil (I like the really green oils for this) and take two tablespoons of the "salad dressing" every 15 minutes from 7:30 PM on a Friday until the whole concoction is down.

Warning: if you take everything at once, you will almost surely barf and be very mad at yourself for trying this protocol.

Stay in bed as long as possible once finishing the lemon juice and oil. Expect to make many trips to the bathroom and to expel gooey looking marbles, mostly green, but some people have orange and/or black ones as well. Most people pass marbles, pea size to larger (like lima beans.) Moreover, most people pass a lot of these, 30-200. Ergo, before the flush, the gall bladder has to have been stretched a lot. Some people have to stay home for two days because more and more keeps coming out.


Breaking the fast is also critical, especially if the flush was preceded by the fast. A baked potato with no butter—don't worry, the sight will make you gag—or spices is a good way to break the fast. Eat the potato slowly, like you are just getting out of a concentration camp.

3 Day Liver/Gall Bladder Flush
In my humble 20 years of looking at healing methods for the human body, the liver flush is probably one of the most dramatic and successful. Many people have avoided gall bladder operations using this simple and effective technique. The tools you will need for this program are:

  • 1 gallon of organic apple juice

  • 1 bottle of Phos Food Liquid by Standard Process

  • 1 eight ounce bottle of cold pressed virgin olive oil

  • 2 whole organic lemons

  • herbal laxative


I usually start by drinking one quart or more of apple juice per day adding 45 drops of Phos Food Liquid twice to the apple juice per day (that's 90 drops total of Phos Food Liquid per day). On the evening of the third day, after the last meal, I will mix the eight ounces of olive oil with the juice from the two lemons and drink this completely. Then I immediately go to bed and lay on my right side with my knees up to my chest for one half hour.


The oil travels to the liver and gall bladder, they will spasm and throw off the oil and any stones that are present. The next morning I swallow my herbal laxatives to facilitate the exit of the stones, which come out completely soft. Usually within two or three days I will go to a colon therapist for a full colonic or at times I do this at home by myself. If I had cancer, I would do the liver flush twice a month.


Now, a person who is diabetic and cannot use apple juice, may substitute distilled water and take Phos Food Liquid 45 drops in the water three times a day for a total of 135 drops in one day, for three days. Then take olive oil mixed with lemon juice on the evening of the third day. But, most important, you must use the Phos Food Liquid in this program. If for some reason you cannot either find or use the Phos Food Liquid, do not attempt the program. Also it is important to use lemon juice from fresh lemons, and not frozen or concentrate. Within a few hours of the liver flush you will feel like a new person, reborn.

You may want to check with your naturopath or health practitioner before applying this program.

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

  • turmeric


Radishes 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.

Gall Bladder Flush


One of the most important procedures for persons over 15 years of age is the Liver-Gall Bladder Flush. If one is above 15 years of age and there are no contraindications, this should be done every 2 months. The steps in doing this are not difficult and are as follows:


For 5 days prior to the flush, consume as much apple juice or cider as the appetite permits, in addition to regular meals. Add a total of 90 drops of Ortho-Phos to the apple juice or cider each day. Nutritional supplements should also be take during this time. The first preference for juice would be freshly juiced organic apples, and secondly, apple juice or cider (unsweetened and preferably organic if possible) purchased either from the health food or grocery store. A person should be sure to read the labels carefully and obtain a juice that has no additives, whatsoever.

If one is a severe hypoglycemic, is diabetic, or has difficulty tolerating the juice or cider (e.g. allergies), he may take 30 drops of Ortho-Phos (Ortho Molecular) with each meal (90 Drops daily) in distilled or reverse osmosis purified water or some sort of juice other than apple juice. Due to the high acidity, it is wise that one brush his teeth or rinse out his mouth with milk of magnesia or baking powder after taking the Ortho-Phosphoric Acid.


At noon on the 6th day, one should eat a normal lunch and take supplements scheduled for that time.


Two hours after lunch, 1-2 T of Epsom salt should be taken, dissolved in 1-3 oz of warm mineral, distilled or purified (reverse osmosis) water. The taste may be objectionable to some. If so, the mixture can be followed by a little citrus juice if desired (freshly squeezed if possible).

Four hours after lunch, one should take a 1-quart enema with ¼ cup of Epsom salt dissolved in it. This should be retained for 15 minutes and expelled.

Five hours after lunch, take 1 T of Epsom salt, dissolved at the previous dose. (See step 3.)

6-11 hours after lunch, one may fast if desired. However, it is preferable to have a fresh fruit salad, using as many fresh fruits in season as possible. Using heavy whipping cream as dressing on the salad whipped with a little honey if desired. One can eat as much as desired of the whipped-cream-covered salad. If fresh fruit is unavailable, frozen berries such as strawberries, blueberries, boysenberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc…. can be used. These should also be covered with whipped cream and a large portion eaten. Take citrus fruit or juice after the cream and fruit meal, if desired. For hypoglycemics, the cream should balance the fruit. However, each hypoglycemic should adjust the amount of salad eaten to his individual tolerance.

At bedtime, there can be 1-3 choices (all juice should be freshly squeezed if possible):

  • Take one-half cup of unrefined olive or other oil followed by a small amount of orange, grapefruit, or lemon juice if the oil taste is objectionable.

  • Take one half cup of unrefined olive or other oil blended with ½ cup of orange grapefruit or diluted lemon juice.

  • Take 4 tbl of unrefined olive (or other oil) followed by 1 tbl of citrus juice every 15 minutes until 8 oz of oil has been consumed. This choice is preferable for those who are unusually week or have had gall bladder problems in the past. It has been found helpful to rinse the mouth with an alcohol base drink, like sherry, to cut out the residue of the oil taste or for non-alcohol, use a natural carbonated drink, or club soda (do not swallow it).


NOTE: If one should vomit during the consumption of the oil and juice the procedures should be continued until it is finished. It is not necessary to make up for the amount that was vomited. Nausea felt during this process usually indicates stimulation of the gall bladder and/or liver.