This weekend, I embarked on my second liver & gallbladder flush after my Cyberscan Report indicated bile flow was restricted in my body, my gallbladder meridian needed attention, and then recommended multiple gallbladder-related alternative healing therapies to help me balance my body.
A lot of people think gallstones only reside in the gallbladder, but they can form in the gallbladder, the ducts in the liver that control bile flow to/from the gallbladder, and in the ducts that connect the pancreas, gallbladder, and liver. Not only can removing these stones and freeing up physical blockages within the digestive organs, help someone avoid gallbladder surgery, but it can improve energy flow to all body parts on a specific energy pathway/meridian, because if energy is restricted in one area, less energy will be able to circulate to other areas of the body that you might not even realize is associated with the gallbladder.
For example, when I reviewed the various body parts associated with the gallbladder meridian, I recognized several of my physical symptoms that had lingered over the years and come back after previous detoxes that I had not associated with my gallbladder, including sinusitis, on and off hip pain, acne/moles above my shoulder blade, and menstrual cramps (which improved with acupuncture on my gallbladder meridian).
I do not think that a liver and gallbladder flush is the best alternative healing therapy for everyone. There might be another therapy more effective at bringing balance to the body, there might be some emotional work that needs to be done first in order to facilitate the physical release of the stones and toxins, or there might be a certain amount of cleansing/strengthening of other organs that need to happen first, to minimize detox symptom associated with a flush. If you're curious in knowing which alternative healing therapy would be ideal for you at this time, based on analysis of your energy field, you can read more about the Cyberscan Alternative Healing Modality Report here.
Tips on A Successful Liver & Gallbladder Flush
There are many different variations on how to do a liver gallbladder flush, but the main objectives remain the same.
Objective 1: Increase bile flow production
This is usually accomplished by ingesting herbs for liver & gallbladder (e.g. milk thistle, dandelion root, etc.) up to 2 weeks before the actual flush. The raw food diet (especially apples, beets, ginger, greens) used before and during the flush also contribute towards this objective.
Objective 2: Detoxify the bowels
Since many accumulated toxins will be stirred up and trying to make their way out your body, it's important that your bowels are moving properly before and during the flush so that "exit door" is completely open. This can be done several ways by working with enemas, colonics, etc., but I prefer to use the raw food diet to reactive proper bowel function and herbal botanical formulas to cleanse the bowels before and after a flush. However, if there's significant detox symptoms after a flush (e.g. fatigue, weakness, vomiting, etc.) then an enema or colonic can be helpful in assisting the body in purging toxins.
Objective 3: Soften existing stones
This is usually accomplished by drinking apple juice before the flush as the malic acid in the apple juice has a softening effect. There are other supplements (e.g. malic alic supplements, chanca piedra, etc.) that help soften stones and make them easier to expel but I prefer to work with Phosfood Liquid for this objective, which has been shown to be very effective for softening all sorts of calcifications in the body include gallstones, kidney stones, and bone spurs.
Objective 4: Trigger the liver and gallbladder to expel stones
This is usually accomplished by drinking a combination of olive oil and fruit juice. I prefer grapefruit to lemon juice as it tastes better but I've also read that grapefruit juice is ideal for gallbladder cleansing because it contains limonoid, a substance that dissolves gallstones.
Objective 5: Facilitate an easy release of the stones
Lying on your right side and resting after ingesting the olive oil/grapefruit mixture allows the stones to be released more easily from the body. Other methods that some people use to relax the bile ducts are consuming epsom salts and using castor oil packs over the liver after you lie down for the evening.
Whatever flush protocol you decide on, make sure it's accomplishing the above objective. Instructions for the liver & gallbladder flush that I followed and that I believe is good for someone new to flushing is at the bottom of the post.
A Daily Journal of My Recent Liver & Gallbladder Flush
Day 1: I added Phosfood Liquid to my cold pressed apple juice from Whole Foods and made raw tacos for lunch with taco nut "meat" made from walnuts and tortilla chips and had berries for dinner. Yes, the tortilla chips meant I wasn't 100% raw, but I was 100% happy during my cleanse. :) I took the rest of my herbs for my colon and liver throughout the day. After the berries, my body was literally buzzing with energy, which happens often when I switch from an omnivore diet to a raw foods diet.
Day 2: I took my herbs and supplements with apple juice and water in the morning. Today was less about meals and more about eating when I got hungry. First meal of the day was pears, second meal was blackberries/strawberries/blueberries/raspberries, third meal was seaweed and grape tomatoes, and the fourth meal was a taco salad with quinoa, taco nut meat, salsa, guacamole, and corn. I did get super hungry between the end of the work and making dinner. I brought fruits with me to work to snack on, but my body was craving greens not sweets that afternoon, so I waited until I got home to make the salad. I felt really clear today and enjoyed spending my lunch hour doing something else other than eating.
Day 3: I took my herbs and supplements in the morning with fresh made apple juice from my Vitamix since I do not own a juicer and did not feel like making the trip to Whole Foods. It took about 8 apples to make 8 oz of juice. I cut up the apples into medium sized chunks, added a bit of water to the Vitamix, blended until it became a puree and strained the juice. I had some berries for lunch and stopped eating by 1pm, as I was on liquids for the rest of the day to prepare for the actual flush. Today was challenging. I felt nauseous on and off today and a bit emotional. I noticed myself very irritated by the evening time and angry for no reason. I debated waiting until Day 4 to do the flush when I felt more emotionally balanced and less nauseous but in the end I decided to stick to the original plan.
I made 8 oz fresh grapefruit juice from my Vitamix using the same method I used to make the apple juice. The two grapefruits I used were large, red, and sweet (trust me, you don't want the other ones that are super tart). I mixed 8 oz olive oil with the grapefruit juice and I have to say the mixture looked pretty intimidating as the two liquids would not combine. I tried whisking and it still wouldn't combine. So I basically had to pour it into another glass, back and forth, until everything merged, before drinking it. I watched Netflix as I drank the concoction over 45 minutes and then lay down to watch more Netflix before falling asleep.
Based on my first flush experience 7 years ago, I was prepared for a rough night but I only woke up four times and had two trips to the bathroom for regular bowel movements. I experienced some sweating but it lasted a couple of minutes and I took it as a sign that my body was in purging mode and was using the sweating to eliminate toxins that needed to exit quickly.
Day 4: In the morning, I had about 5-6 more trips to the bathroom expelling green colored stuff from waking until about 1pm when things settled down and I started drinking juices again. I did not dissect my bowel movements to look for stones, but I can appreciate people who are that bold!
I mostly rested the day after the flush, but my overall energy was good, my mind was clear, and sinuses started to drain a bit. I'll be looking for shifts in energy, emotional triggers, digestion, sinuses, and physical symptoms along my gallbladder meridian path over the next 30 days.