Gallstones are small stones formed in the gallbladder or bile duct which cause pain and blockage. According to medical dictionary chemicals like cholesterol, bilirubinate, calcium and calcium carbonate exist in the gallbladder. When these chemicals solidify, they make one large or a few smaller stones which are known as gallstones or gallbladder stones. The stone may be composed of all these chemicals or just one of them. According to an estimate 20 million people in America and 5 million in the UK suffer from gallstone every year.
According to WebMD, studies have shown that a moderate intake of olive oil on a daily basis may reduce the chances of gallstone being formed. Because the olive helps to reduce the levels of cholesterol in blood and gallbladder, it may lower the chances of cholesterol solidifying.
Dr Penny Stanway writes is his book called the Miracle of Olive Oil that the oil may actually help in preventing the risk of gallstones formation. Dr Stanway points out that as olive oil is rich in antioxidants, it may discourage its formation. The slight acidity in the oil encourages contraction of the gallbladder which, in turn, discourages building of solidifying substances.
What is a gallbladder flush?
A gallbladder flush is to cleanse the gallbladder by taking oils and juices. It is suggested that juice and oil softens the stones and once taken in good amount flushes the stones out. The most widely used mixture for gallbladder flush is olive oil and lemon.
How to flush the gallbladder with olive oil and lemon juice?
There are many ways suggested by people to flush the gallbladder. Medical professionals and doctors normally do not recommend it. There are mixed reports from people on its effectiveness even variant ways of doing it. The method shown below is based on Dr Penny Stanway’s book “the Miracle of Olive Oil.”
- Drink plenty of apple juice each day for six days. The amount of apple juice consumed daily should be around 8 cups or 2 liters.
- On the seventh day, do not take supper.
- Take one tablespoon of Epsom salt and wait for an hour.
- Mix half cup of olive oil with four tablespoons of lemon juice.
- After an hour of the Epsom salt intake, drink the mixture.
- Lie down on your left side before going to sleep.
- See the results in the toilet next morning.
Many users suggest there is no need to take apple juice for six days before doing the flush. They suggest to fast on the day of the flush and take the mixed juice of olive oil and lemon before going to bed. An intake of two liters is considered to be sufficient amount.
Does it Really Work?
There are many success stories reported by users or sufferers. The are claims and counter claims to its effectiveness. The medical professionals, for the most part, believe that it does not work and there is no such effective treatment. On the other hand there are thousands of people who tried it and reportedly have been cured of the pain and symptoms. Some people even reported that the liver and gallbladder flush not only relieved them of the gallstones but also many other ailments.
The NHS UK website rejects this by calling it an old wives’ tale and a charlatan trick. The site further clarifies that if you take lemon juice and olive oil you will only end up passing solidified olive oil. They also suggested such a treatment is often very painful.
Dr Michael Picco, who is an assistant professor and gastroenterologist consultant at Mayo Clinic, says that there is no reliable evidence that a gallbladder flush effectively treats the gallstones or any other disease. He further recommends that it is best to go for proven treatment options such as sound wave therapy, bile salt tablets or even surgery.
Dr Penny Stanway also writes in her book that there are very few success stories which have been verified by x-rays and scans. Like Dr Michael of Mayo clinic, she thinks that what people reports as gallstones in the toilet after the flush are just lumps of soaps formed of olive oil and salt and not the actual stones. Yet, she recommends it to be worth the try.
According to Quackwatch, the stones like substances which people claim to have passed are not stones but lumps of soap. Quackwatch relates that a recent test proved these balls were only substances made of olive oil and the acids which simply look like gallstones, but they are not stones. It should be also noted that people who report success stories of the flush find the fake “gallstones” floating, but the reality is that gallstones do not float, they sink. Despite claims by Quackwatch that the stones reported by the proponents of gallbladder flush are fake, the site admits that oils might help to expel gallstone and that small stones are regularly expelled from the gallbladder.
Medical experts and doctors generally do not recommend the gallbladder and liver flush. They term the success stories of users as fake and inauthentic. The so called stones are termed so just because of ignorance and lack of knowledge. However, there are tons of people who report success stories not only based on fake gallstones but the symptoms of pain relief. Gallstones causes very sever pain and a relief to such pain cannot be faked. It may not work for some and might work for others because of a variety of reasons. Even some professionals and doctors have suggested giving it a try. The best course, in our opinion is, to consult your doctor before doing the procedure.
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