Liver/Gallbladder Cleanse

I am no expert. But after reading about this on many web sites, and trying it several times, I am an enthusiastic supporter!

Here is the protocol I used, synthesized from others I read on the web.

UPDATE NOTE: I found that by skipping the Epsom salt laxative part, it still worked just as well, but was a lot easier to do and more "gentle."


Choose a day when you can stay home during the evening and at least until noon the following day.

(All times are based on going to bed at 11:00 pm this day. Adjust times accordingly.)

Eat only apples and/or apple juice today. Do NOT eat anything with ANY fat in it today. This allows the bile to build up and develop pressure. Higher pressure pushes out more stones.

According to Julia Chang, "The purpose of drinking apple juice is mainly for the malic acid in apple juice. Malic acid is a good solvent for stagnant bile in the liver. Apple juice taken during fasting would dissolve and push out stagnant bile in the liver. For someone with yeast infection, apple juice can be replaced by malic acid in capsule or powder form. The fasting procedure is the same except that apple juice is replaced by 1000 - 2000 mg of malic acid taken with 2 glasses of warm water." (Read the whole page at her site if you have time.)

3:00 PM. Stop eating solid food. If you break this rule you could feel quite uncomfortable later.

You could mix your Epsom salts the night before. If you have not already done so, mix them now to allow time for them to cool. (The only purpose of refrigeration is to improve the taste somewhat.)

Mix 4 heaping tablespoons of Epsom salts (Magnesium Sulfate) in 3 cups of water, add an optional 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin C powder (to improve taste) and pour this into a jar. This makes four servings, 3/4 cup each. The first serving will be at 7:00 pm and the 2nd serving for the evening is taken at 9:00 pm. The other two servings are reserved for tomorrow morning.

Place the jar containing the Epsom salt mixture in the refrigerator to get ice cold (this is for convenience and taste only).

7:00 PM. Drink one serving (3/4 cup) of the Epsom salt water. (If the taste bothers you take some citrus juice with it and drink it with a straw). After taking the Epsom Salt, stay close to a toilet.

(The Epsom salts should induce diarrhea. Some people experience an anal burning sensation as a result of the acidity of what they are eliminating from their bowel. Something such as Desitin ointment or Tucks pads may be helpful in such cases.)

9:00 PM. Drink another 3/4 cup of Epsom salt water. Be prepared to stay by yourself for the balance of the evening and have a toilet readily accessible.

10:00 PM. Stop intake of all fluids, including water. You want your stomach empty when you take the oil in an hour. NOTE: At all other times -- before, during, and after this cleanse -- make sure to drink plenty of water to help flush out all toxins.

10:45 PM. Prepare olive oil and juice so it will be ready to take. You should use extra virgin olive oil and fresh-squeezed juice, if possible. You can use any mixture of citrus juice, but try to use at least one lemon. Lemons reputedly work the best.

Olive oil triggers and stimulates bile production inside liver, and the excess of bile pushes the stones out. The more oil you take, the more bile is produced. So taking more oil is better. The problem is avoiding nausea. You do NOT want to throw up.

The more oil you take, the more you risk nausea and throwing up -- which you don't want -- but the more oil you take, generally the better results you can expect. Some "recipes" just call for 1/2 cup of oil, others call for up to 2 cups taken over an hour or two. I think taking what you can at one time is probably best, and getting it over with. If you can take a cup without it bothering you too much, fine. Otherwise, take less. Immediately go to bed and lay on your right side (don't ask me why).

If you do expect nausea, having some cold peppermint tea available or a little pineapple juice to drink immediately may help. Deep breathing may also help.

Use at least 1/2 cup each of oil and juice. (I try to take at least 1 cup of each. Some recommend up to 2 cups of each.) It takes about 5 lemons to produce a cup of juice. Some prefer to mix the juice and oil in a jar and shake it well. I prefer to have them separate, so I can drink from one and then the other.

Now visit the bathroom one or more times, even if this makes you late for your eleven o'clock drink. Be ready to go to bed and STAY in bed immediately after you drink the potion.

Some web sites recommend taking Ornithine capsules or Valerian if you anticipate having trouble sleeping.

11:00 PM. Take the mixed solution to your bedside if you want, but drink it all standing up. (I just drink it in the kitchen.) Drink the olive oil and juice that you have prepared. Get all of it down within a few minutes.

Lie down in bed immediately. The sooner you lie down, the more stones you will get out. Lie on your right side for at least half an hour. (Some recommend a different position, but this is the most prevalent, and what I have used.)

Lay still for about half an hour. After that you can sleep on your back or stay on your right side.

Do as Jesus taught in Mark 11:23 and speak to the stones in your liver and gallbladder and command them to be removed.

Relax and sleep. You may awaken after a few hours feeling nauseous, (a stone in bile duct can result in vomiting), or needing to visit the bathroom. Try to keep the oil down if you can, but even if you do throw up after several hours the cleanse will still work.

Whenever you do visit the bathroom, watch for "stones" being passed. They will float and are usually green, but can be other colors. Size can vary from pea-sized to over an inch in size. (Having a used egg carton and a disposable plastic spoon is helpful if you want to examine them further.)


Next morning (not before 7 am): Upon wakening, take your third dose of prepared Epsom salt solution. If you have nausea wait until this is gone before drinking the Epsom salts. Don't take this potion before 7:00 AM. This drink will act as a laxative and provoke several later loose bowel movements. Drink more water than usual to replenish lost liquids.

2 hours later. Take your fourth and last dose of Epsom salts. Drink 3/4 cup of the mixture. You may go back to bed if you like.

After 2 more hours you may get up and take something into your empty stomach. Start with some juice or broth or yogurt. Half an hour later, eat some fruit or vegetables, if you want. One hour later you may eat regular food but keep it light. By evening you should be feeling good and ready to phase into eating normally.

I had no idea how important the liver is before finding this information about liver/gallbladder cleansing on the web. A liver functioning below normal can cause trouble all over the body. For example, this site says that almost everyone with thyroid problems has a congested liver.

We also offer information for those who would prefer a more Gentle Liver/Gallbladder Cleanse. seems to have more information available than anywhere else on this subject. They have a forum where you can ask questions, and interact with others on this subject. They have many photos of stones passed by people. There is a group of testimonials on a Yahoo group. A doctor at this site makes the following statement:

"The liver purge described above has been used in the author's private practice for more than a dozen years without a single case of complications or lasting side-effects."

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: "If you do this and grow horns, or die, it is not my fault. If you have any questions, ask your doctor. He knows everything."

Here are some other sites you may find informative on this subject:

  • What to do if you are having a gallbladder attack.
  • Protocol using a pint of olive oil.
  • mentions various ways
  • Google
  • Distended stomach mentioned as result of congested liver.
  • Dr. Mercola's comment on Liver Cleanse.
  • Liver flush variation
  • includes Dr. Schulze liver detoxes

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