According to Dr. Brent A. Bauer of the Mayo Clinic¹, doing a gallbladder cleanse or flush is used to remove gallstones from the body. However, there is no sufficient data or evidence to prove that it does indeed prevent or treat gallstones. Or any other digestive condition, for that matter.
Aside from apple juice, there are those who eat or drink herbs and olive oil, believing that this will help dislodge or dissolve gallstones. Then, it encourages the body to release it during defecation.
While it’s true that olive oil is a known laxative, more research is needed to find out if it can work for gallstones.
Like most remedies or treatments, this type of cleansing comes with its own set of risks. There are those who report experiencing pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
If gallstones do not cause symptoms, treatment is not usually required. But in the event that these stones do require treatment, it’s best to consult a doctor. Treatments may involve sound wave therapy or surgical removal.