Gall bladder flush with olive oil? Is it safe?

A course of olive oil and lemon juice is often recommended to discharge gall stones. According to current research, this procedure is controversial. Many internet sites and even natural health practitioners promoted it but this is not supported by research.

Experimentaion found that the action of gastric lipases on the olive oil yield long chain carboxylic acids (mainly oleic acid). This was followed by saponification into large insoluble potassium (lemon juice contains a high concentration of
potassium). Therefore, these “soap stones” expelled may not be gall stones.

In addition, there is risk of cystic duct damage when stones are expelled. This is especially so if the stones are calcified and the person has weak tissue healing. This can results in future complication and risk of cancer.

Women, in general are more prone to gall stones formation. The best way is prevention. A diet of low sugar, white flour and saturated fats (from meat) is recommended. Herbs such as fennel, vermouth elixir and my bitter herbs are greatly beneficial for prevention of gall stones.


About sliew

I am a practicing Medical herbalist and doctor of naturopathy from Singapore.
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