There is no healthy way of doing an olive oil and lemon juice cleanse, commonly referred to as a gallbladder cleanse or liver flush, cautions Mayo Clinic. An olive oil and lemon juice cleanse can cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain, and there is no scientific evidence to suggest that the cleanse prevents or treats gallstones or any other disease.
Proponents of the olive oil and lemon juice cleanse claim that the large doses of olive oil help to break up gallstones and release them in stool. Although olive oil has a laxative effect, the lumps found in the stool of people who undergo a gallbladder cleanse consist of oil and juice rather than gallstones, according to Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Sanjay Jagannath, MD, a gastroenterologist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, advises against remedies such as an olive oil and lemon juice cleanse, reports Everyday Health. Dr. Jagannath warns that such herbal treatments are not regulated by the FDA and the cleanse is neither effective, nor safe.
Patients should consider proven treatment options for gallstones, such as surgical removal, bile salt tablets and sound wave therapy, over a self-administered gallbladder cleanse with olive oil and lemon juice, states Mayo Clinic.