A Standard Method for the Liver and
Gallbladder flush is:
1. Freshly squeeze some citrus fruits such as grapefruit,
orange, lemon and limes to make 300 mls (11oz) of juice. This will have a
slightly sour taste, which is good, as bitter tasting fruits and vegetables
stimulate the flow of bile from the liver and gall bladder. Dilute this juice
with 200 mls (7oz) of filtered water.
2. Finely grate 1 to 2 cloves of fresh
garlic and half a teaspoon of fresh gingerroot, and then press both in a garlic
press to make juice. Add this juice to the water and citrus juice mixture.
Garlic and ginger are liver cleansing and garlic contains sulphur compounds that
the liver requires for its detoxification enzymes.
3. Pour 300 mls (11oz) of cold pressed
extra virgin olive oil into a warm glass.
4. Every 15 minutes swallow 3 tablespoons
of the citrus juice mixture and 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Try to relax in
between these 15- minute intervals. Some people find it beneficial to lie down
on their right side with a hot water bottle over the liver area, which helps to
dilate the bile ducts to allow the passage of small stones and sludge from the
gall bladder. Others prefer to sit in a warm bath, which also helps to dilate
the bile ducts.
5. If you desire, collect all your bowel
actions (they may be loose and messy) into a bucket and when the flush is over,
place them in a large strainer or colander and run tap water over them. You will
probably find many greenish stones/gritty sludge around the size of a lentil or
slightly larger. There may also be some large soft stones full of fatty
cholesterol. Some people may not want to collect their bowel actions and are
content to hear the stones clanging as they land in the toilet bowl!
I recommend that a qualified health practitioner always
supervises the liver/gallbladder flush. Certain people such as pregnant women,
young children, very elderly and frail people, insulin-dependent diabetics or
those with severe liver disease or an acutely inflamed gallbladder, should not
try the liver/ gallbladder flush and should discuss it with their own doctor.
Some people who do this flush may find that they feel very nauseated (bilious),
and/or vomit several times. Abdominal cramps and diarrhoea may accompany this,
before the stones are passed.
An Alternative Method for the Liver
and Gallbladder flush is:
• Drink one quart (one litre) of organic unsweetened apple juice daily for
five days. This will soften up the stones to such an extent that they can be
squashed with the fingers. During these five days eat mainly raw fruits and
vegetables and no dairy products, red meat or chicken.
• On the sixth day, skip dinner and at 6 p.m. take a
tablespoonful of epsom salts with 3 glasses of water. Repeat this at 8 p.m.
• At 10 p.m. make a cocktail of 115ml (4 ounces) of olive
oil and 115ml of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Shake this very well and drink
• Next morning you will pass green stones varying from the
size of grains of sand to as large as your thumb nail. You may be amazed at the
results, as have many thousands of people who have used this technique to avoid
Preparation for the flush:
To prepare for the flushing procedure, I recommend that during the two days
prior to the commencement of the flush, you only consume raw fruits and
vegetables and drink 2 litres (4 pints) of water daily. This preparation will
lessen the chance of a bad reaction. Begin the liver flush in the morning after
some brisk walking and deep breathing exercises. Make sure that you drink two
litres of water gradually by sipping it slowly during the day, otherwise the
flush may induce dehydration.
Some protagonists of this procedure, recommend that you
begin the flush at 7 p.m. because they believe that the gall bladder is “more
active at night”. This may be true, however you will not get much sleep that
night, if you decide to do the flush while the moon is shining! If you are a
person who forms recurrent gall stones you can do this flush 3 times every year
to prevent gall stones from building up. Some people do it every month and find
that it does not cause any problems or side effects. This is because a healthy
liver manufactures and secretes healthy bile, which prevents gall bladder
inflammation and gallstones.
We do know that family history often plays a part in liver
and gall bladder disease so if you find yourself with gallstones, have a good
look at your family history and take extra special care of your liver.
Gallstones are more common during pregnancy. If gallstones are recurrent in
younger persons, this may be a sign of an underlying blood disease.
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Revised: June 23, 2007