11 Benefits Of Turmeric In Gallbladder Disorders [UPDATED]

The gallbladder is found under the liver. This pear-shaped organ stores bile made by the liver and this is used to digest fat. Both the liver and gallbladder are connected to the small intestine through the bile duct.

When the gallbladder gets infected, we can suffer from inflammation of this organ called cholecystitis or gallstones known as cholelithiasis. Gallstones are the most common type of gallbladder disease and symptoms include vomiting, nausea and pain under the right arm, back or abdomen.

Gallstones can be as small as a sand grain or as big as a golf ball. If the problem persists, the gallbladder maybe surgically removed to avoid further complications. If the stone is tiny, then medications maybe used to dissolve it. However this could take long and the stones could reappear after a couple of years.

Obese people, women under hormone replacement therapy and sudden weight loss that is followed by increased weight can all cause gallstones.

11 Benefits of Turmeric In Gallbladder Disorders

Turmeric and curcumin have many medicinal and pharmacological properties that benefit in various gallbladder disorders.

1. It stimulates gallbladder contraction

Gallbladder contracts to release bile into the small intestine via bile ducts so as to facilitate digestion. A cholecystokinetic agent is one that stimulates gallbladder contraction in order to prevent gallstone formation.

Researchers conducted a study (in 1998) to assess whether curcumin works as a cholecystokinetic agent. 20 healthy individuals were enrolled in the study and they were given 20mg curcumin or placebo.

The percentage reduction in gallbladder volume was assessed at half an hour intervals for 2 hours after consumption of curcumin. Within 30 minutes a reduction of approximately 11% was observed and within 2 hours 29.3% reduction was observed.

Further the same group of researchers conducted a study to identify what dose of curcumin is required to bring about a 50% reduction in gallbladder volume. This study investigated different dosages of curcumin and its effect on gallbladder contraction.

The results were as follows:
• 20mg curcumin brought about a 34.10% reduction
• 40mg curcumin brought about a 51.15% reduction
• 80mg curcumin brought about a 72.25% reduction

The researchers concluded that a dose of 40mg curcumin is capable of bringing about a 50% reduction in gallbladder volume.

This contraction is beneficial in prevention of gallstones. However if one is already suffering from gallstones or has gallbladder obstruction then contraction of this may cause serious pain and spasms in such conditions.

Therefore curcumin supplements are advised to be avoided in case of gallstones. Dietary turmeric can help in prevention of gallstones. (Read Is it safe to take turmeric during gallstones?)

What does this mean?
40mg curcumin can bring about 50% contraction in gallbladder volume. Dietary turmeric can prevent gallstone formation by supporting gallbladder contraction and bile flow.

2. It stimulates bile flow

A study published in Journal of Food Science, 2016 investigated the choleretic or bile stimulating activity of active ingredients of turmeric.

Turmeric extracts were prepared. Three curcuminoids and two active ingredients from turmeric oil were tested. (Read Is Curcumin different from curcuminoids?)

Bisacurone was found to have the most bile flow stimulating activity followed by ar-turmerone.

Bisdemethoxycurcumin, demethoxycurcumin and curcumin were found to be choleretic in the following order.

Certain drugs such as immunosuppressants like cyclosporine are found to inhibit bile flow. An experimental study was conducted to see if curcumin can offset this reduction in bile flow.

Cyclosporine administration reduced bile flow by 40%. Curcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin increased bile flow to 100% and 125% of the initial value. However only bisdemethoxycurcumin was found to significantly stimulate bile flow. (For more details please read Turmeric Benefits For Bile Related Disorders)

What does this mean?
Turmeric contains curcuminoids and aromatic compounds which stimulate bile flow and protect against drug induced reduction in bile flow.

3. It benefits in gallstones

A study published in Indian Journal of Medical Research, 1992 demonstrated that curcumin reduced gallstone formation incidence by consuming high cholesterol diet.

Similarly Shubha et.al proved in 2011 that dietary capsaicin (active ingredient of chillies) and curcumin have anti-lithogenic property or prevent gallstone formation. Both the spices mediated this activity by virtue of their cholesterol lowering and antioxidant property.

Capsaicin reduced the incidence of gallstone formation by 50%, curcumin reduced it by 66% while the combination reduced it by 56%.

A study published in Lipids in Health and Disease, 2015 demonstrated that curcumin and piperine (active ingredient of black pepper) combination can help prevent gallstone formation (induced by high cholesterol diet) by reducing blood lipids and cholesterol levels in bile.

A recent study published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 2017 reviewed various spices that prevent gallstone formation and one of them was turmeric.

These spices lowered cholesterol levels and also influenced biliary proteins from forming cholesterol crystal that pave way for gallstone formation.

What does this mean?
Curcumin and turmeric lower cholesterol levels and improve antioxidant defences in order to prevent gallstone formation.

4. It attenuates pain in bilary dyskinesia

Bilary dyskinesia is a disorder in which the bile cannot physically move to through the duct.

Turmeric in combination with herb chelidonium is found to reduce colicky abdominal pain and other symptoms in individuals suffering from bilary dyskinesia. This is a fairly old study published in 1999.

Reduction in colicky pain was rapid in the group that was administered this combination and also there was a reduction in other symptoms like nausea, vomiting and reduction in appetite. No side effects were observed.

However turmeric does have anti-spasmodic action. (Read How Turmeric Relieves Muscle Spasms)

What does this mean?
Turmeric’s anti-spasmodic action can relieve colicky pain in bile duct obstruction.

5. It speeds up recovery after cholecystectomy

Cholecystectomy is surgical removal of the gallbladder. Readers have a common query whether it is safe to take turmeric after gallbladder has been removed. And yes, it is absolutely safe to take turmeric in diet even after gallbladder removal.

A study was conducted to assess the effect of curcumin on postoperative pain and fatigue. 50 individuals were enrolled in the study who had undergone laparoscopic cholecystectomy or removal of gallbladder.

After the surgery, individuals were given either curcumin or placebo in combination with rescue analgesics (painkillers). The patients were followed up for 3 days to up to 3 weeks.

At day 3, pain and fatigue scores were same in curcumin and placebo group. At week 1 and week 2 the pain scores had reduced significantly in curcumin group. Also fatigue scores were reduced in all 3 weeks.

In week 3, all patients were pain free. Analgesic or painkiller tablet use was reduced in curcumin group. No adverse effects were observed.

Researchers concluded that curcumin alleviates postoperative fatigue and pain.

What does this mean?
It is safe to take turmeric in diet after gallbladder removal. Curcumin can actually alleviate fatigue and pain after gallbladder removal surgery.

6. It reduces inflammation in cholangitis

Cholangitis is a condition in which the bile ducts are attacked by infection. Inflammation is one of the prominent symptoms in cholangitis.

Turmeric and curcumin have natural anti-inflammatory property and they act on multiple biochemical pathways and targets in order to control inflammation.

Experimental studies show that curcumin acts on biochemical targets PPAR-gamma and TNF-alpha in order to inhibit inflammation in cholangitis. Its anti-fibrotic activity prevents proliferation of the bile duct cells and prevents sclerosis in the liver.

What does this mean?
Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory property that benefits in cholangitis.

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7. It protects from damaging effects of cholestasis

Cholestasis is decrease in bile flow from the liver. It could be due to reduced secretion of bile or due to obstruction of bile duct.

Turmeric is used as part of Chinese medicine for treating gallbladder and liver diseases. Based on that premise, researchers decided to investigate the effect of curcumin in cholestasis.

Yang et. al demonstrated that curcumin benefits in cholestasis by protecting from liver injury, balancing bile acid content and reducing inflammation.

Curcumin also protects from drug induced cholestasis.

Cholestasis can pave way for inflammation and liver fibrosis. Curcumin is found to protect liver cells from such cholestasis induced liver fibrosis by downregulating inflammatory parameters and inhibiting the action of biochemical factors that contribute to fibrosis.

Curcumin also protects other organs from the damaging effects of cholestasis. By their experimental study, Tokac et.al proved that curcumin improves antioxidant defences in order to protect the liver and kidney from damaging effects of cholestasis.

What does this mean?
Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory action and ability to regulate bile flow benefits in cholestasis.

8. It protects from infection

Curcumin has broad spectrum anti-microbial action- it acts against various microbes.

Opisthorchis viverrini or liver fluke is a parasitic infection that causes inflammation and injury to liver and bile duct. Eating undercooked fish is held as a causative factor for this infection.

This infection can trigger cholangitis- blockage of bile duct and in some cases it may cause development of bile duct cancer.

A study published in Korean Journal of Parasitology, 2013 demonstrates that dietary curcumin can attenuate abnormalities occurring in the bile duct due to Opisthorchis viverrini infection and thus exert a chemopreventive action.

Curcumin is also proven to protect from oxidative and DNA damage in O.viverrini infection.

What does this mean?
Curcumin can protect from parasitic infection such as liver fluke that causes bile duct obstruction.

9. It benefits in bile duct cancer

Cholangiocarcinoma is bile duct cancer. Curcumin is found to prevent bile duct cancer by inducing apoptosis of bile duct cancer cells and preventing their proliferation.

Research published in Carcinogenesis 2011 remarks seven different mechanisms by which curcumin exerts anti-cancer effect in cholangiocarcinoma. Scientists comment that curcumin can act on several cell signalling pathways simultaneously in order to inhibit growth of bile duct cancer cells.

A study published in The Journal of Surgical Research, 2015 demonstrates that curcumin can overcome chemotherapeutic drug resistance in bile duct cancer by modulating molecular targets and biochemical pathways that support survival of cancer cells.

What does this mean?
Curcumin has natural anti-cancer activity that benefits in treatment and prevention of bile duct cancer.

10. It benefits in gallbladder cancer

Gall bladder cancer is a rare condition. It has a low survival rate because of poor diagnosis at early stages.

A study published in Anticancer research 2013 reveals that curcumin induces cell cycle arrest and inhibits the activity of proteins and pathways that support cancer cell survival in order to inhibit growth of gallbladder adenocarcinoma cells.

Curcumin is found to activate apoptosis (cell death) causing enzymes in order to destroy gallbladder cancer cells. Researchers state that curcumin does have potential to treat gall bladder cancer.

What does this mean?
Curcumin’s anti-cancer activity inhibits cell growth and destroys gallbladder cancer cells.

11. It lowers cholesterol levels and benefits metabolic health

Curcumin has cholesterol lowering properties. Reducing cholesterol levels ensure optimum liver and gallbladder function.

A study in healthy individuals demonstrated that a dose of 500 mg curcumin lowers cholesterol levels and improves antioxidant defences.

Similarly a 12 week treatment in patients suffering from metabolic syndrome with high dose curcumin is found to reduce LDL cholesterol ( ‘bad’ cholesterol) and improve HDL cholesterol (‘good’ cholesterol).

Curcuminoids and piperine combination is also found to be effective in reducing cholesterol levels in metabolic syndrome.

What does this mean?
Curcumin’s cholesterol lowering property ensures healthy liver and gallbladder function.

FAQS on Turmeric & GallBladder diseases

Here is a list of commonly asked questions in relation to turmeric’s therapeutic efficacy in gallbladder diseases with answers.

1. Can turmeric treat gallbladder disease?
Turmeric and curcumin have various properties that are proven to benefit in various gallbladder diseases. No study in human examines its efficacy in gallbladder diseases, but it can prove to be a safe add-on therapy.

2. Is it safe to take turmeric when suffering from gallstones?
Turmeric in dietary amounts (less than 1 tsp a day) is safe for consumption when suffering from gallstones. Also it can prevent gallstone formation. Curcumin supplements should be avoided. For more details please read Is it safe to take turmeric in gallstones?

3. Is it safe to take turmeric when gallbladder has been removed?
Yes it is safe to include turmeric in diet even after the gallbladder has been surgically removed.

4. What dose of turmeric should I take for gallbladder diseases?
This depends on the form of turmeric you take. We recommend taking Golden Paste and the details have been highlighted in the Dosage section below.

5. Should I take whole turmeric or curcumin for gallbladder diseases?
We recommend whole turmeric or turmeric powder for gallbladder diseases over curcumin as it contains curcumin as well as other therapeutic compounds. However some conditions like gallbladder cancer may require curcumin supplements.

6. Is it safe to take turmeric/Golden Paste with turmeric supplements in gallbladder diseases?
Yes it is safe to take Golden Paste or turmeric in diet when taking supplements; however it is advisable to limit to low doses say 1-2 teaspoon in a day to avoid gastric discomfort.

7. Can I take turmeric with standard medications in gallbladder diseases?
Yes it is safe to take turmeric in diet when taking medications for gallbladder diseases. If taking large doses of Golden Paste avoid taking it close to the time of taking other medicines. Consult a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.

8. Are there any side effects or precautions to note about turmeric?
Turmeric when taken in diet in moderate doses is safe. However there are a certain precautions that you should be aware of and these have been discussed below in Precautions section.

9. Should turmeric be avoided in gout?
Low doses of turmeric in diet can be used in gout but for a therapeutic purpose it is preferable to take turmeric supplements. Please read Precautions section.

10. I am taking a blood thinner, can I take turmeric?
Turmeric in small amounts in diet is safe but turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of bleeding/clotting disorder. It is advisable to discuss this with your doctor. Read Is turmeric a blood thinner? Will it increase bleeding risk?

Dosage of Turmeric For Gallbladder Diseases

There is no specific dosage of turmeric outlined for gallbladder disorders. Including turmeric in diet is a great way of reaping daily health benefits and preventing gallbladder disorders. You can add it to rice preparations, curries, soups or even smoothies.

Turmeric tea and Turmeric milk are delicious ways of taking turmeric for daily health benefits.

Curcumin in turmeric is poorly soluble in water and hence not easily absorbed in the body. (Read How to improve turmeric’s absorption/bioavailability)

Taking turmeric with fats and/or black pepper can help in increasing absorption of curcumin in the body. A recipe that incorporates these three is the Golden Paste. You can make the Golden Paste from fresh turmeric roots as well.

Start with small doses such as ¼-1/2 tsp a day and continue for a week. If no side effects or gastric discomfort is observed then increase dosage gradually. The suggested dose is 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day (precisely 1 tsp 3 times a day).

Avoid taking it on an empty stomach and close to the time of taking medicines. (Read Does turmeric cause acid reflux? Black pepper in GP: Does it cause drug interactions?)

If suffering from gall bladder cancer, please refer to Turmeric/Curcumin Dosage For Cancer: A Scientific Plan

Please consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric/curcumin supplements.

Precautions

Turmeric in diet is a very safe, but there are a few precautions and possible side effects one should be aware of. (Read Side effects of Turmeric)

High doses of turmeric may cause gastric discomfort. Avoid taking it on an empty stomach. Start with small doses of turmeric and increase gradually. This would give your body time to adjust and minimize possibility of gastric discomfort.

Curcumin in turmeric has anti-platelet property. It is advisable to take turmeric with caution if suffering from bleeding or clotting disorder or if taking anti-coagulant medications. Dietary turmeric should not pose such risk but it is best to consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric in such a case. (Read Is turmeric a blood thinner?)

Curcumin supplements should be discontinued 2 weeks prior to any surgical procedure to minimise any bleeding risks.

Curcumin at low doses causes gallbladder contraction. If suffering from gallstones or bile duct obstruction, this contraction may cause pain hence curcumin supplements should be avoided in such conditions. (Read Is it safe to take turmeric in gallstones?)

Turmeric is high in oxalates hence turmeric as a spice must be consumed in moderation in case of gout or kidney stones. Curcumin supplements may benefit in such cases. (Read Is Turmeric Safe in gout? Does turmeric cause kidney stones?)

Curcumin in turmeric interferes in drug metabolism. Avoid taking curcumin supplements at the same time as any medication, maintain a 3-4 hour gap.

Consult a health practitioner before taking curcumin supplements.

Conclusion

Including turmeric in diet is great way of preventing gallbladder diseases. Turmeric ensures good gall bladder function and improves bile flow. It can also prevent gallstone formation and prevent cancer occurrence.

More studies especially clinical trials should be conducted to understand the efficacy of turmeric in gallbladder disorders.

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    1. Turmeric can help in gallbladder polyps by lowering cholesterol, inflammation and as a chemopreventive agent. Turmeric is not advised in case of gallbladder stones as it cause gallbladder contraction and if there is an obstruction this can be really painful.

      You can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4 tsp a day for a week and if you see no side effect such as abdominal pain then increase the dose by 1/4 tsp every week. Continue till you reach a dose of 1 tsp 2-3 times a day if there is no side effect.
      Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds. https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      If you want to consume a turmeric beverage here are a few recipes:
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/brew-a-cup-of-turmeric-tea
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/benefits-of-turmeric-milk

  1. Hi There, I recently had “an episode” that I thought was acid reflux, but now believe was a bile duct obstruction. Not knowing the proper dosage (my bad!),I had been taking 2K and sometimes 4K mg of tumeric each day. Along with this, I was also taking one 325 mg aspirin and 2 grams of cod liver oil (again, my bad!). One morning I had some very strong SBC coffee and that’s what seemed to kick off “the episode.” it was extremely painful, going all the way through my chest to my back and last around 3 hours. In addition, I experienced a very upset stomach, with a lot of gas and bloating. Thinking I may have gallstones, I went to my doctor, who immediately made an appointment for a CT scan THAT DAY. No gallstones, but there appears to be “a mass” inside my liver 2-3 cm. I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist on Tuesday. I’m sure they assume it’s cancerous. I’m pretty certain my pain was due to overdose of turmeric in combination with aspirin, coffee and fish oil. Is it possible the “mass” is related to that as well? Also, 22 years ago I healed myself of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma through juicing, raw fruits and vegetable and a vegan diet (not to mention much prayer). Fortunately I had a doctor who prescribed “watch and wait” as an option. Ironically, a friend at work had the exact same thing I had, went the chemotherapy route and died within a year. Sorry for rambling, but would appreciate your thoughts.

    1. Turmeric supplements at high doses should be avoided and in any case should not be taken on an empty stomach as that can trigger acidity. Also turmeric supplements should not be taken at the same time as other medications as that might increase the concentration of drugs in the blood which in turn can have side effects.
      Turmeric definitely will not trigger development of mass in the liver. It would actually protect the liver. The combination of supplements at high doses could have triggered the acid reflux. Many people report that turmeric does not go well with coffee, but them some love the combination too.
      We would suggest taking a doctor’s advice on this and based on the evidence available turmeric may help you heal the mass by virtue of its anti-tumor property.

    2. Hi could you please email me. I am curious about more info on you curing yourself from NHL. my father is currently fighting this and I am encouraging him to NOT do chemo but the doctors use fear so aggressively!!!

  2. Kidney stones: This could just be a coincidence, but after taking turmeric for a month I had my first (hopefully only) calcium oxalate kidney stone, at age 50. A very painful experience indeed. Later I found out that turmeric is high in calcium oxalate, so if you are prone to forming kidney stones, I suggest being careful.

    1. Yes Edward thank you for pointing this out. Turmeric is high in oxalates and this could increase your risk to developing kidney stones if you already have a high dietary oxalate load. In such case it is advisable to use supplements if needed and to limit turmeric intake.

  3. I have PBC (Primary Biliary Cirrhosis) which is an autoimmune disease of the bile ducts/liver. I have found that using turmeric, dandelion and other gallbladder stimulants causes pain and discomfort if I use them every day. Moderation is the key for me, so I use turmeric in my diet in small amounts and not every day. As the saying goes, “Less is more”. I don’t take any regular medication, but if I did, I’d be even more cautious. My experience with doctors is that they don’t have a clue about diet. I’ve worked out what suits me through trial and error.

  4. hi im lovely i have gallbladder polyps and im taking turmeric juice extract 5ml-10ml almost every night before i go to bed, now my question is it safe for me taking that amount?

    1. Turmeric taken in diet is not likely to cause any problem. Turmeric juice at a dose of 5-10ml shouldn’t cause any problem. Curcumin on the other hand is found to cause gallbladder contraction which can be painful if one suffers from bile passage obstruction.
      A more therapeuutic way of taking turmeric is Golden Paste. 1-2 teaspoons once or twice a day can help.https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

  5. Curcumin increases the production of bile and if the biliary duct is partially blocked by calculi, the pressure buildup can be very uncomfortable.

    1. Dietary turmeric at low doses can be consumed and would not pose any risk for gallstone. By low doses it would mean 1/4 to 1/2 tsp.

  6. Hello, I was diagnosed with gallstones in 2015 .No pain or discomfort.Came as a complete surprise.
    No operation suggested.
    I would like to use Turmeric for other issues ( and have done but stopped when adviced it could interfere with the gallstones )
    Any ideas.

    1. Dietary turmeric would not cause a problem with gallstones. You can limit your intake to a low dose say 1/2 tsp daily. Its the turmeric supplements which may cause a problem since they cause contraction of the gall bladder which may cause pain in presence of gallstones.

    1. I caught this answer to your question on another website – good news: And now, finally!, we get to the question of the day: can we take curcumin IF we’ve had our gallbladder removed? The answer is YES. I recently contacted Prof. Aggarwal as well as a friend of mine who happens to be a well-known Tuscan urologist and whom I will call Dr. B. from now on. They both concurred that people who have had their gallbladders removed can indeed take curcumin. In fact, Dr. B. told me that he had his gallbladder removed years ago, and that he has been taking curcumin without any problems.

  7. Hi! I had some tests run over a year ago to try to find out why I was feeling sick after eating. Long story short, tests revealed that my gallbladder was only operating at 2% (as per a HIDA scan (Western Medicine)). I had never had pain/gallstones and still do not. I refused to go have surgery the next day like my gastroenterologist had strongly suggested. Instead, I turned to alternative medicine. I started taking a bromelein supplement before my meals, and I still have my gallbladder. I still feel ill after eating, on occasion. I have not consumed my favorite ethnic foods (Indian, Thai, Vietnamese) in a very long time because I am not sure how my body would react (I developed multiple food allergies, so now my diet is very basic….and bland. 🙁 )

    I was reading up on the turmeric (particularly the warnings because apparently too much of the good thing can exacerbate liver/GB/Stomach problems) at the suggestion of a friend, who said I should try applying turmeric essential oil to the bottoms of my feet. I imagine I would do ok with ingesting small quantities of the spice itself in food. I would think it would be an even gentler approach to apply the oil to the feet like I do some of my other essential oils.

    Thoughts?

    1. Hi, sorry to hear about your health issues. I am sure they will pass soon. I have no idea if turmeric oil on feet can be of help. But on the same hand there will be no side effects too – so I am sure you can try this. Using turmeric as spice is considered very safe (within the daily dosage) it is the supplements and their overdose which is an issue. But again, if in doubt please consult your doc.

    2. Hi Angela,

      In the summer of 2014 I was in & out of hospitals (I NEVER go to allopathic doctors, much less hospitals) to get help in easing the pain of gallstones blocking my gallbladder’s bile duct. This happened 4 times in the month of June of that year. I only allowed them to give me pain killers and IV hydration. I just needed some respite from the pain in order to get a plan of action together. Which I did: The last time I went in, I had already started on Andreas Moritz’s “The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse”,

      I had done my one week of Apple juicing and I was on the first day of fasting, which is also when you start the flushing of the stones from your liver and gallbladder. I was in a lot of pain, but I took the first and second doses of Epsom Salts before departing for the hospital. And I took all my flushing paraphernalia with me in a bag. I needed help with the pain because they had warned me that I was also suffering from pancreatitis due to the obstruction and that was super painful and dangerous as well. So, I got the painkiller at the hospital, which knocked me out. But I was so focused on completing the cleanse that I managed to wake up on time for the Olive oil/grapefruit flush that night and also for the Epsom salts doses the next morning. We are told these flushes and doses have to be timed precisely and I managed to comply. The next morning, I started passing the stones and I was ready to go home by that afternoon.

      I also continued doing one full flushing protocol per month, at the new moon each time, and went for colonic irrigation before and after each flush, as recommended by the book, until no further stones were forthcoming for 2-3 months in a row. I think I did a total of 8 protocols.

      I started eating out less and less. Almost all my food is fresh, homemade and organic. I also took/take lots of enzymes with every meal: Bromelain, Pancreatin and Super Enzymes (all from NOW Foods). I also take Lactose Defense Formula whenever I eat any dairy, and Beano for any gas-causing veggies. I alkalize the water I drink with AlkaPure drops, because we have hard well water.

      Since mid-May of this year, I also started Juicing, after watching a documentary called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” on Netflix. That was very motivating and I have been juicing ever since. In fact, since I started juicing, I have started losing weight for the first time in years and years! True, I also stopped eating sugar, wheat, corn, potatoes and rice. But the juicing has been the one thing to finally bring back a healthy hue to my face. I had been pale as death for years with heavy circles under my eyes and a very tired expression overall. Now, my cheeks are pink again and my eyes are bright and alive.

      I have not had a recurrence of gallstones ever since that last hospital visit. The doctors at the two hospitals I went to over that one month all tried very hard to convince me to part with my gallbladder. But, when I questioned them thoroughly about the possible outcomes and/or repercussions, the whole idea just didn’t seem all that promising. The answers they gave me weren’t terribly reassuring. So, I opted to do the above. And I can’t tell you how happy I am that I made that choice!

      My Dad had had his gallbladder removed and a few years later, he died of colon cancer, which had metastasized to his liver. I have never liked conventional medicine. The universities doctors study at are Big-Pharma driven and most doctors never take the time to put two and two together. They just keep pushing the pills and treatments they are told to do, never noticing (sometimes just not caring) that they are more harmful than useful, in the long run. So I prefer to go my own way. I have learned homeopathy over the years and that has helped me and my family tremendously too.

      I have been drinking the Turmeric Tea now too. It feels good. Especially since I have started to experience a bit of arthritic pain in my hips and fingers. This really seems to help. I think I will be making some of the Golden Paste too, for ease of use. Sounds like a winner.

      Nothing is bothering my gallbladder anymore.

      I wrote out all of the above because I have had this experience with gallstones and, the way I treated them and am treating them, my diet has not had to be bland at all. Perhaps it can help you too.

      Steph

      1. Hello Steph, I am very inspired by your conversation here. I have had back and slight abdomen pain for a couple years now. They say I have a Gallstone but that that it is not the cause of the pain. I’ve been through physical therapy twice, I do core exercises, I have just started to see a chiropractor and it’s been suggested that I receive a cortisone shot in my SI joint which is where they think the pain is coming from. I think after reading your blog here I am going to try that cleanse to see if I can get rid on the gallstone that way and see if my pain goes away. I just wanted to tell you.

        Sue