How I Stopped a Gall Bladder Attack Naturally
This morning, I woke up anticipating a productive day of making applesauce, playing princess and racing imaginary horses, then finishing a post on Katie’s tooth healing diet.
Instead, I decided it would be much better to have a gall bladder attack. :insert heavy sarcasm here:
Feeling a bit inflamed and bruised for the past 3 days, it was now heartily twanging at me.
This isn’t my first gall bladder tantrum, but I was pretty clueless about what was happening in the past.
The one time I ventured to the E.R., they treated my middle-of-the-night gall bladder attack as a panic attack. Thanks doc.
The modern witch doctor that I am now, I shunned conventional medical care, grabbed my research books, and hopped on the Internet. There were no signs of acute distress or rupture so no need to rush off to the hospital.
That said, I would have probably headed straight there had I been in the dark about what was happening or how to treat it. It’s pretty scary when your insides are going haywire.
After consulting the almighty Google and my favorite voodoo site (okay, not quite voodoo but it is a little woo-woo for most people), I whipped up a concoction that got the bile flowing and added in some additional liver/gall bladder support.
- freshly-pressed juice of 3 large carrots, 2 apples, the interior leafy stalks of a small celery heart, and 4 oz of beet kvass
- 1 clove of honey fermented garlic, diced and chewed [garlic peeled and left to ferment in raw, local honey for 1 week] – the chewing part? yeah, don’t do that. havoc will commence.
- ACV Tonic (recipe below)
- dandelion root tea after the ACV tonic [2 teaspoons or 2 tea bags steeped in 8 oz filtered water just off the boil for 15 minutes, covered to prevent evaporation]
- heating pad on low while laying on my right side to promote bile flow (all day)
- second dose of ACV Tonic about 4 hours later, once inflammation went down
- second cup of dandelion root tea after the ACV Tonic
- digestive enzymes with dinner to help support the digestive system during acute illness
- 4 ounces of beet kvass following dinner
- 3 Tablespoons raw organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) with the mother
- 8 ounces organic apple cider or juice, preferably freshly juiced
- Stir vinegar and cider/juice together.
- Drink within 10-15 minutes if possible. Alternate with small sips of water if necessary.
After I finished half of the ACV tonic, it felt like gas started moving around my gall bladder area. Some mild rumbling and grumbling and then what felt like painless bubbles popping. After the ‘popping bubbles,’ the area felt slightly warm (the bile moving) and then I started feeling sick almost immediately.
Pins and needles throughout my whole body, very light-headed, dizzy, and nausea. As the bile flowed, toxins flooded my body faster that they could be filtered out.
If I had another adult at home, I would have headed right for a detox bath. Instead, I found an amazing amount of relief from drinking 12 oz of filtered water. Phew.
Thanks be to Katie for being the sweetest and most patient 4 1/2 year old on the planet.
Twelve hours after the initial gall bladder attack, I am left with only mild soreness and inflammation.
Gall bladder attacks are a result of gall bladder congestion and dysfunction. The liver and gall bladder are part of the digestive system and need to be addressed by first correcting digestion.
You can learn more about healing digestion HERE.
This post is part of Party Wave Wednesdays, Small Footprint Friday
Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.
When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.