Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, has been touted as a folk remedy and supplement to help your gallbladder and gallstone pain. As you’ll see in the comments below this post, apple cider vinegar often brings immediate relief to gallbladder pain. This natural home remedy, also called cider vinegar, contains acetic, lactic, and citric acids. However, the malic acid apple cider vinegar contains may be the most beneficial if you have gallbladder problems.

apple cider vinegar ACV gall bladder gall stoneApple cider vinegar comes from fermented apple cider. During fermentation, the apple cider sugars are broken down first into alcohol and then into vinegar. Unlike white vinegar, apple cider vinegar is usually a light brown color. The unpasteurized, unfiltered kind often develops a sediment cloud called “the mother,” which many claim is the most health beneficial part of the vinegar. “The mother” is acetic acid bacteria.

This may be beneficial for gallstones. While clearly ACV is clearly an acid, when your body processes the vinegar, the end result is your body becomes more alkaline, which can help your bile become more in balance with our natural diet of lots of fruits and vegetables. (Western diets of meat and grains are highly acidic when metabolized.)

Possibly more important than the alkalizing effect of apple cider vinegar, are the benefits of malic acid. This acid is widely claimed to break down and soften gallstones, as well as thinning bile and gallbladder sludge.

Gallbaldder apple cider vinegarYou can buy apple cider vinegar at nearly any grocery store, and buying the organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized brands (like Braggs pictured here), is recommended. To add some apple cider vinegar to your diet, use it to create your own salad dressings with extra virgin olive oil, a teaspoon or two in a glass of water for an energy pick-me-up, or even taken as tablets. Keep in mind that too much of a good thing can be unhealthy –too much ACV can damage your tooth enamel and hurt your esophagus over time…not that guzzling down ¼ cup or so would be that easy…

One of the best natural remedies for gallstones or gallbladder pain is to add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of apple juice or cider and to drink that mix every couple of hours.

Please read through all of the comments below to see the additional advice our readers have…and feel free to ask questions or comment as well.


Gallbladder Help with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) — 50 Comments

  1. Braggs helped my bf pass a large kidney stone with 250 mg of magnesium and 300 mg of b6…Now im having gallbladder problems and hope it will help me as well..took a shot of the vinager and i already feel much better

  2. Excellent! Braggs is one of the best brands as it’s unfiltered and can grow “the mother” — the large dark strands that are supposedly very beneficial. Thanks for sharing your update, Angi!

  3. Just came across this site…I have to say I had a gallbladder attack last Thursday. At the time I didnt know what it was. I ran to the healthfood store the next day and bought apple cider vinegar as well as lemon juice, apple juice and chlorophyll is what the owner recommended. Taking 1 TBS ACV with apple juice works wonders…drinking apple juice throughout the day and then taking organic natural lemon juice and water before bed helped too. The chlorophyll will help the rest of the body (all the cells) detox and bind toxins. I honestly did take Biology class and I know we learned about plants, cohesion tension, plant parts etc but its amazing how information escapes you if you’re not using it. Chlorophyll promotes oxygen in the blood which helps the body cleanse. It also binds to toxins and helps them be eliminated with other wastes. Doing lemon juice and olive oil mix before bed and directly after waking can help push through a gallstone if you’re trying to pass one. A really good book is Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch. The healthfood store I go to has this book laid out for customers to reference and its helped me greatly so far. I’m no longer in dire pain but I think it will take me a while to want to start slowly trying to incorporate some fats back into my diet. Right now I’m on next to as zero fat as possible while eating plenty of fruits, veggies, some fat free cheese, fat free mayo, fat free fig newtons for a snack…you get the idea. I am going to purchase that book on Amazon after payday because if I hadn’t seen that I would still be beside myself with attacks and\or had some expensive doctors bills! Wish anyone else that reads this forum the best of luck!

  4. Wow, thanks for all of the additional tips, Sherry. Greatly appreciate it!

  5. Sherry, how is your gallbladder now? I am dealing with a bladder full of stones plus a fatty liver. I want to fix this naturally I have bought apple cider, apple cider vinegar, herb stone break drops and free stone pulls. Got them at the health food store.

  6. Thank you all so much for the information. My husband is on his way to the store as I type to get me some acv and apple juice along with lemons to try and stop this pain. Your information helped, just hope it works. I am already pretty much eating fat free but the pain started this afternoon again and it has not let up. I will try the health food tomorrow. Thanks


  7. It did, I am actually pain free as long as I don’t eat any fat. I am now having another problem due to the limited diet. I am getting night time leg cramps, any suggestions?

  8. Boy, I’m not sure about leg cramps…but I believe more potassium helps. Try adding a some bananas?

  9. I’m not sure about all the other information, but I can tell you that I have been taking a shot of ACV every time I feel a gall bladder attack coming on for about 2 years now. Works like a charm EVERY time. Within 15 minutes, the pain is gone.


  10. Wow. That’s so great to hear. I’ll try it next time…and I bet a lot of the other readers will to. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. I’m in the throws of the worst gallbladder attack I’ve ever had. I found this site and thankfully I have ACV in my fridge. I’ve never drank it straight only used it for salad dressings. Wish me luck. This is not fun!

  12. I was told not to do the cleanse for gallstone due to it may clog your bile duct tying to pass, my question is will the vinegar help dissolve the stone or do it help it pass ?

  13. I have been using ACV for many years every time I have an attach. Been telling everyone I can about it. Surprising that not 1 doctor has ever heard of this. Recently I have not been able to eat any meat, cheese, or dairy so I am using this every day and eating only veggies, brown rice with bullion, and some rice cakes for snacks. Doctors are doing tests and I may give up and have gallbladder out but for anyone having problems and in pain, please try this. I has stopped my pain within 15 min.. and I do not leave home without a bottle of it with me. SO helpful!

  14. Hi Lisa, I recommend getting a splash here and there whenever you can. Do note that it’s not that great for your tooth enamel. That said, if you could work in a teaspoon a day or so, that would probably be ideal. Best of luck!

  15. Suzanne, thanks so much for this insight…this really helps out everyone that reads this. Cheers.

  16. I did the apple cider vinegar with apple juice twice a day and the raw shredded berets with olive oil and lemon juice one tablespoon daily for a year. When I started eating again my pain was gone, I do take it if I feel any slight pain and it takes care of it. I’m able to eat most foods again! Truly a miracle.

  17. If you take too much ACV in one day, it will burn when you pee! Im taking 1/3 to a 1/2 a cup of ACV mixed with a cup of water twice a day and it doesnt make me feel ” the fire down below! ” I jsut started today, again, and this time im not going t ostop for a long time to make sure i get rid of any stones ! My sister has just gotten her galbladder removed from a stone blocking her bile duct and causing pancreatitis. She also has a type of cyst and she is going through a bad time right now! My personal experience i found mixing ACV with apple juice or apple cider isnt as effective as mixing ACV with water. ACV is acetic and it keeps its aceticness as it goes though the body, that is why it will make your pee burn and i think mixing it with apple cider/apple juice cuts down on the aceticness from the sugars and pectin tehre fore making it impaired in doing its job(the acid in ACV is what dissolves the stones). Kind of like adding sugar to spaghetti sauce to cut down on the acid from the tomatoes. Hope this helps everyone. Happy healing! :)

  18. I absolutely agree that the apple cider vinegar quells any attack coming on. I have “multiple gallstones” and was told by my naturopathic doctor that I should not try to do a cleanse due to a stone “possibly getting stuck in a duct.” I was highly disappointed to say the least:( I am interested in the olive oil, lemon juice and ?shredded berets. Is it 1 tablespoon of each? Never heard of berets? Please help:)

  19. Yes, this is absolutely right…this is why the classic Hulda Clarke flush works so well. But, I’ll tell you, drinking those epsom salts (Magnesium sulphate) is terrible…and it “cleans you out” as well…

  20. Hi Kamie, I think who ever told you about “berets” actually meant “beets,” which are good for gallstones. I was in the same boat. I actually did the flush and gallstones did not get stuck…and that was years and years ago. Now I do my “quick flush” (recipe on this website) about every 6 months…Works great!

  21. My blood glucose went out of control as my stomach hurt more and more. My stool turned pale and my urine was dark and smelled bad. My doctor increased my meds for diabetics ( I didn’t tell her of stomach problems because I believed it was my gallbladder) Sure enough, after some research, I started taking 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar along with 8 oz of some apple cider that I know has fermented. It tasted nasty so I did add some apple juice to it. I drank it twice yesterday and once today and I can’t believe how much better I feel. My stool has returned to normal color also. I hope it brings my blood sugar down soon. I’m so thankful for anything natural that helps me stay healthy!

  22. Hi, I have been having intense pain on a regular basis due to gallstones.( 3 trips to Emergency ) My GP strongly suggested surgery ASAP, which is what I may end up doing.
    I recently started 2- 3 cups of Santa Cruz Organic Apple Juice with a little Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar added to it. Over night, the pain stopped completely, and no sensitivity in that area either. I didn’t change anything else in my diet, and the pain was everyday prior to starting this routine. It’s been about 10 days so far, and I may try a natural approach to remove the Gallstones, if this continues.– John, in Toronto

  23. Hey Cheryl, thanks so much for the great success story of apple cider vinegar for gallbladder symptoms.

  24. Awesome, John. That ACV is so great for gallbladder issues. Make sure to check out our flushes (especially the Classic Hulda Clarke flush)…it’s worked well for me and so many others on this site. Keep us posted on your progress!

  25. Thank you for the reply.Still no pain at all, so I’m really impressed now.
    I read 2 books by Andreas Moritz and he suggests using Epson Salts for the cleanse to open the ducts and make things easier. I’m not sure which way to try, but I do want to start.
    Another popular book called Prescription For Natural Healing suggests a few different things including Alphalfa, but then I was told the products thin your blood and are not suggested if you might require surgery, so Im holding off on those, just in case I got an extreme attack and ended up in Emergency. again.

  26. Hey John, that’s great there’s no pain. Yes, Epsom salts help…but, man, are they tough to get down. The tried and true classic flush is here: this is the one I started doing. Now, I do a modified version of the flush every six months or so whenever my gallbladder feels “tight”: Hope this helps!

  27. Thanks again for the information, As I mentioned, from what the Dr.who did the Ultra Sound said, I have a lot of stones, and should do the surgery ASAP. My diet does not include any meat, butter or milk, but I do have cheese, and is not a low fat diet, but as long as I take the ACV and Organic Apple juice, 2 or 3 times a day, it totally stops all pain and sensitivity.I will read Hulda method, and if she doesn’t suggest it, possibly I could add the Epson Salts.

  28. What about using ACV post gallbladder removal. I’m a month out from emergency removal and still having some issues???

  29. Hi Jae, Yes, I would take ACV now. There is no harm in taking it. Please let us know if it helps as much post-gallbladder removal as pre-. Thanks!

  30. I wrote here a couple of times about ACV. After having pain every day and a few trips to Emergency,I started ACV twice a day in Organic Apple Juice, and after a month started adding half an organic lemon. I went to zero pain, first day,and from then on, and kept my regular diet, so even fat in meals will not do anything, its unbelievable.

  31. Crazy isn’t it. A gallbladder miracle cure. Thanks SO much for sharing and helping everyone who reads this!

  32. LOL, “Crazy” is the same word the Dr. used, ( but describing me) about believing this could actually help.

  33. :-). Doctors are not always that well versed in nutrition and natural remedies. They’re most always surprised when non-surgery, non-pharmaceuticals work. Good stuff. Again, thanks for sharing!

  34. Thank you for all the info. Has anyone experience extreme fatigue during this. It’s not every day, but there are days that I can’t even keep my eyes open. Let me know. Joel

  35. I was more tired than usual but I think it was from all the pain. I hope you feel better soon.

  36. I found that ACV and some water mix in some healthy HONEY is a good shot in the morning.
    The honey is beneficial and helps if you have trouble chocking down the Apple Cider Vinegar.
    I prefer to choose Braggs ACV and Natural unfiltered Honey.

  37. There is also a connection between celiac and having gallbladder issues. Some of you may want to check into that if you are having chronic attacks. I am having a bad attack now and am downing the apple cider vinegar. Looking for quick relief. Anonymous, pain does wear on you and causes tiredness.

  38. This worked for about a year then I started eating again. After another year the pain and nausea started again. I’m back to the basics again and feeling better. I will not stop again, it isn’t worth it. Apple cider vinegar with apple juice and beets with olive oil and lemon are again my best friends.

  39. Hello,
    I have had gall stones for over a year now , and i still haven’t gotten used to the pain. I came across this site and the use of apple cider to relieve this death like pain. I have all the comments and the procedure. It really looks like the real deal . I believe it can help me with my pain as well. But i am a little confused as to weather i should take the apple cider with water or apple juice and the amount of apple cider and the juice . I am really looking forward to your quick reply. I am suffering from this pain right now, i have tried taking a teaspoon of ACV with water.
    Please reply soon.

  40. And i am taking American Garden Apple cider vinegar.
    I took a teaspoon of it with some water , two or three sips maybe. But so far it isn’t acting like am instant pain reliever . Did it take it the wrong way? Please help! The pain is becoming unbearable

  41. Hi Kira, you’re doing it right. It doesn’t really matter how you get the apple cider vinegar down, just try to get down a few tablespoons at a time (in water or apple juice, etc.) Sorry it’s not working for you now. I’d keep trying it and see if it helps over time. Good luck!

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