Last Modified on Mar 05, 2014
Natural treatments for ulcers are very effective, ranging from home remedies like cabbage to supplements like licorice. Foods like soothing potato broth are also reported to be very helpful.
What is an Ulcer?
Peptic ulcers are open sores that form along the digestive tract on the esophagus (esophageal ulcers), upper portion of the small intestines (duodenal ulcers), and the stomach (gastric ulcers). They can be very painful and progressively worsen over time. Stress from work or other aspects of life can cause the stomach to over-produce acid, which can wear away at the lining of the digestive tract, but it is now believed that most ulcers are actually caused by bacterial infections (H. pilori) and regular use of medications irritating the stomach lining.
While the number one symptom of ulcers is burning pain caused by stomach acid interacting with the affected area, able to be felt anywhere between the navel and breastbone, other symptoms of ulcers include unexplained weight loss, changes in appetite, dark blood in stools, nausea, and if vomiting red or black blood.
Holistic Treatment for Ulcers
Some of the more popular cures for healing this condition include cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, cabbage, coconut oil. Additionally, some contributors have reported positive effects using potato broth, turmeric, raw honey, and licorice. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to cure your stomach ulcer. Know of a remedy not yet listed here? Please don't hesitate to share your story with us.
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- ACV and Baking Soda, Cayenne, Glutamine
- Aloe Vera
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe Vera Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Cayenne
- Bitter Melon
- Cabbage Juice
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver, Aloe Vera, Dgl
- Cranberry Juice, Unsweetened
- Diatomaceous Earth, Clay, Wheatgrass
- Flax Seeds
- Garlic Cured Stomach Ulcer
- General Feedback
- Honey and Oatmeal
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Makabuhay Stem Juice
- Manuka Honey
- Pine Nut Oil
- Potato Broth
- Raw Honey
- Remedies Needed
- Stomach Ulcer Remedies
ACV and Baking Soda, Cayenne, Glutamine
11/03/2013: Cindy from Texas: "After reading all of these stories I feel so much more hopeful. I have been suffering from ulcer pain for about six months. I have tried omneprazole twice a day as directed by my doctor. After all these months no relief. Although I found out that taking gasX along with it makes it not work. I am just so bloated feeling and have so much burping that I felt I needed it. ANyway I stopped with the gas X when I found it made the omneprazole not work. But still the past few even with taking the medicine correctly I don't feel relief. I started eating only bananas and avacodos two days ago. Along with plenty of water. It seems to have really helped a lot, but I need this ulcer to be gone. I can't take the pain any more. I want to try the ACV and cabbage juice but I am scared. Cabbage seems like it would be one of those vegetables that would bring on bloating which is very painful with the ulcer. Has anyone noticed bloating with the cabbage juice?
Desperate for answers."Replies
11/04/2013: Toourlady89 from Hayward Ca replies: "Hi, I had learned from Ted from Bankok that the symptoms of hyper acidity and hypo acidity are the same.. Most of the time, like 99 % of the time, MDs will prescribe meds that would lower acidity. In most occasions, this will not work, as in my case. Meaning I have low acid vs high..
I followed Ted's own regimen for herself. Maybe EC could find that thread... Take 2 tabs Mg Hydrochloride 10 mg each tab with start or during each meal. Hydrochloride takes part in manufacture of hydrochloric acid that stomach needs for digestion.This helped my stomach pains and discomfort a lot till it does not bother me anymore... You do have to continue using it till you could lower your pills to 1 with each meal....You will titrate this on your own.
I also have added with good results the use of gastric enzymes for bloating; with age, digestive enzymes could get low as well. I take it at the same time with Mg Hydrochloride.."
03/05/2014: Sean from Newe Jersey replies: "My fiancee' suffers from ulcers and started doing the ACV and Baking soda mixture 3 x per day with moderate relief. Can someone answer me the question of what role does the baking soda play in the mixture? Does it take the edge off the vinegar or does it play another role in the stomach? Thanks folks!"
[YEA] 09/22/2008: Feeling Fine! from Lewes, Delaware: "I had an ulcer and was prescribed Nexium. The side effects were worse then the masked symptoms, so I never finished a full 8-week coarse and battled with the ulcer for 5 months.Finally I went searching for a natural cure, found Earth Clinic and decided to try a combination of things with a twist.
I started drinking Apple Cider Vinegar (2 Tbsp) in about 2 cups of water with a 1/4 tsp. of baking soda. I drank that 3 times a day in the beginning. I also took 500mg of cayenne in a capsule 3 x a day and 500mg of glutamine 3x a day (also in a capsule form). I stopped all prescribed medications and only took an occasional TUM's when I felt I needed some extra relief.
After 1 week I was greatly relieved with only occasional flare ups but nothing that couldn't be helped with the ACV and baking soda. The glutamine is what is the active ingredient in cabbage juice which is also helpful for an ulcer, but it's hard to drink 4 cups of raw cabbage juice a day so I went for the capsules. At three weeks I was 90% there, at 5 weeks 100% better. I also think it is important to cut out all caffeine and alcohol during your healing period.
I hope that those of you suffering find some relief like I did, and thank you to all of the Earth Clinic contributors for sharing your information."
11/22/2008: Tilmer from Lancaster, Wisconsin replies: "ok,so i have over 25 stomach ulcer and i dont have insurance , and im deciding to try the apple cider vineger to heal these and i pray for these ulcers to vanish, iv had them for over 2 years now and im 19 .. i need help people.. so pleasae could u write to me on this.. will this veneger take them away? and how should i take this. can i take it straight? thanks alot and god bless.. my email is email@example.com"
08/05/2009: Bill from Oregon City, Oregon replies: "I have had stomach issues since childhood. Last year I got to where I had acid reflux daily, so bad I could not sleep lying down. Then a few months a go it changed. My food was slow to digest and I felt like I had some sort of virus. I could only eat cereal and yogurt. It got to the point to where I could not eat without getting major cramps. I went to the doctor. After X-rays and blood test (all my test were clean) he prescribed Prilosec and Reglan. I tried them for a week and had some relief, but was not getting better. I was up one night or early morning, searching the net for any information. I found earthclinic and started my ACV and cayenne regiment (I did not have Glutamine at the time). After my first drink I could tell a difference. After 4 days, I was able to eat and sleep better. That weekend I purchased Glutamine and have been doing the ACV and cayenne drink with the glutamine capsule 3 times a day for a week. I feel normal most of the time, eat regular and sleep much better. I intend to stay on the regiment until I have fully recovered and cut back to once a day to stay that way. I have another doctors appointment in a week. From my research I believe I have a bacterial infection or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). I intend on asking for the breath test to know for sure."
08/10/2009: Ingrid from Geneva, Oh replies: "Will the ACV work for dogs too? I was actually giving her ACV when she got the ulcer and thought that I had caused it by giving her that. I was thinking it was too acidic for her. Now I'm wondering if I should put her back on it."
09/21/2010: Garcia2894 from Norwalk, Ct, Usa replies: "Can somebody please answer my question.... How do I take the cayenne and the glutamine capsules do I take then all at the same time with the ACV. Thank you"
03/03/2011: Pratt from Hartford, Ct replies: "Tilmer ,
Here what I am doing and this might help you....
In the morning ( Empty stomach )
2 tbsp ACV in 8 ounces of water
2 (500 mg) Mastic gum - Solarray brand.
1 cup of melon ( Red , Green or cantaloupe )
3 (500 mg) L Glutamine capsules (Solgar brand)
1 500 mg Cayenne capsules (Vitamin shoppee brand)
1/2 cup of melon.
30 Mins before lunch:
2 tbsp ACV in 8 ounces of water
1 medium sized backed sweet potato
3 (500 mg) L Glutamine capsules (Solgar brand)
1 500 mg Cayenne capsules (Vitamin shoppee brand)
1/2 cup of melon.
30 Mins before dinner:
2 tbsp ACV in 8 ounces of water
1 medium sized backed sweet potato
3 (500 mg) L Glutamine capsules (Solgar brand)
1 500 mg Cayenne capsules (Vitamin shoppee brand)
Before going to bed:
2 (500 mg) Mastic gum - Solarray brand.
Intended to stay on this for a week and then slowly introduce proteins a little ....
Hope this helps - Pratt"
[YEA] 03/04/2011: Pratt from Hartford, Ct replies: "Just to post on my progress , today is my second day , my ulcers are healed... For the first time I felt hungry and my digestion was better... I will continue this process for a month. I will keep you all posted on my weekly progress. Thanks to everyone for posting on earth clinic and healing me - Pratt"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/15/2011: Rooster from Fernandina, Florida replies: "This is Rooster from Fla. I have been battling ulcers for 10 months. 5 days ago I started the cayenne pepper and glutamine 500mg of both 3 times a day before meals 5 days and the result is incredible. Still having a few aches and pains after meals and first thing in the morning, but no more blood and vomit and laying in the bed with pain. What a great web site I am so much better thanks to Ya'll gracious, Rooster"
06/02/2012: Andrew from Charlottetown, Pei, Canada replies: "Hi Lewes I was also prescribed Nexium but tomorrow I will try what u did, with the ACV, Baking Soda, Glutamine and Cayenne Pepper. Did u always take this on a empty stomach before meals or with meals?...thanks"
05/09/2013: Roy from Baguio, Philippines replies: "Hi, I'm just 20 but I have ulcer.
In short, the prefered actual remedy is eating foods with lots of carbohydrates and fats like flour based foods (breads, cakes and cookies)?"
05/09/2013: Melting from Lindside, Wv replies: "Wow, I had 4 ulcers 3 years ago. One bleeding in the esophagus. Went straight to gastro. Did the upper scope to diagnose me. Sent me home with double the prilosec pill prescription. Looked over the internet, probably found it here. Juice your raw cabbage. I bought a juicer. Juiced about 10 ounces each morning. Drank that in 3 portions, 3 times a day on an empty stomach. Not tasty by any means. I did that for 2 weeks and then off and on a few days at a time for 3 months. Went back to gastro and he said the stomach looked new. He said the meds did work well for you. I said they went in the trash, raw cabbage juice. He grinned and said see ya later. I think people on this website says it healed them in 10 days. God bless you."
05/10/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, USA replies: "Melting: I am no big fan of pharmaceuticals or doctors, but I take as much advantage I can from what they have to offer. Of course they want me taking many prescriptions meds, and not let my health improve by treating only my symptoms. It's really like Paul McCartney described in the song Tug-Of-War.
Rule-of-thumb to maintain friendly relations in the medical community is "try and meet them halfway". Give them the benefit they deserve. In your case I would have done the acid reducers for a few weeks then on to the cabbage cure. In returning to the dr say "the acid reducers pills worked real well and I read about eating cabbage and that was the icing on the cake. "
Remember, dr's have the legal clout. Acid reducing pharmaceuticals heal gastric or esophageal ulcers, cabbage does not (as according to scientific demonstration by studies and trials and approved by the FDA)."
05/16/2013: Dee from Nyc, Ny replies: "I have a question, I'm afraid to take cayenne pills or ACV if I have both an ulcer and severe acid reflux. I thought spicy foods are really bad for acid reflux and ulcers. Someone please explain. I'm so afraid to make my stomach worse. Thank You."
05/16/2013: Mama To Many from Middle, Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Dee, I used ACV for acid reflux during pregnancy and I agree, it didn't make sense that it would help, but it was amazing how much it helped. (Prveviously, I had been on prescription meds for reflux. I didn't even need Tums the whole pregnancy I took the ACV. ) It also helped my gall bladder problem. You could start with a small amount 1/2 t. or 1 t. in an 8 oz glass of water and sip it and see how you do.
If you take the cayenne, you could take it with something like ginger. Don't get something with tons of Heat Units. (90HU would be too strong.) Again, start out small. Even just a few grains in juice. And it is better for digestion to let you mouth get used to it before it gets to the stomach. (Stomach's don't like surprises! ) Apparently, when cayenne or chili powder etc. Are heated and cooked that is when they cause trouble. Work up to 1/4 t. cayenne in juice. In Lalitha Thomas' book, Ten Essential Herbs, she tells about a man who had bleeding ulcers that were healed with cayenne. You should be able to tolerate more and more.
Slippery Elm is also wonderful for digestive trouble and so very gentle and highly nutritous. You can mix a teaspoon of it with warm water, like porridge, and a little honey if you like. It is kind of slimy, so if textures bother you it might not work well. Hope you get some relief soon!"
05/17/2013: Gina from Ipswich, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi, So I'm up trying to get ready for work and My Ulcers are playing up. I have had these for years. But the last 6 months or so, they have been unbareable, so much so I just can't make it too work. My Hubby, was searching through sites to see if he could find anything to help as the meds that I have from My Dr are just not working.
So this morning he was off to buy the ACV, Cayenne Tablets and Glutamine tabs- I had my first dose this morning and another around 30 mins ago. I do wish I had emptied my stomuch of that bloating yucky feeling that we all know well, as this may have helped it kick in faster? ANYWAY, I really hope this works! It has far too much affect on my life, can barely work, I don't want to do anything, I use to be such a get up and go type of energitic person, but now, All I do is stick to my bed, most times curled up in a ball."
05/18/2013: Mt from Ottawa, Ontario Canada replies: "Are you talking about stomach ulcer?
The juice from fresh cabbage will heal your ulcer - I think is killing also the Helicobacter Pylori bacteria. There is at least one post on Earthclinic about how to take the juice.
Manuka honey (factor 16 ) is also good to clear the bacterial infection and heal the ulcer. You have to think of the honey as an antibiotic. Take one tsp every 2 hours (morning to night) for two weeks at least. After that reduce the quantity to one tsp, three times a day for a couple of weeks.
Your medication not working could be because you have stomach cancer. If that is the case start drinking 1. 5 to 2 liters/ day of a infusion made from equal parts of Stinging Nettle and Calendula (small sips spread throughout the day). Use one heaped tsp from each plant for 1/4 liter, infuse the plants for 3 to 4 minutes."
05/19/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Gina: Someone reported excellent results from drinking raw Cabbage juice. From my understanding, the phytochemicals in Cabbage both kill ulcer causing bacteria like h pylori, and promote healing of epithelial tissues.
If no parasites or pathogens are present, the combination of DGL and Allantoin will quickly heal the intestinal tract. Glucosamine Sulfate is another good healer. The amino acid Glycine may prove as effective for healing as Glutamine (Glutamine fuels immune cells located in the intestines which results in indirect healing)."
05/24/2013: Gina from Ipswich, Australia replies: "Hey everyone! So it has been a week since I began taking the Glutamine and Cayenne tablets, while drinking the ACV. I must say that, trying to cut corners and not using the raw cabbage juice STRAIGHT away(instead of replacing them with the Glutamine Tabs) was a mistake!! I began the Raw Cab juice 3 days later and OMG the improvement in myself and my stomach is AMAZING. I have been doing the whole regime now since Tues or Weds-This includes around 4 cups of Cab Juice daily, 6 Glutamine per day & 4 Cayenne per day-I found the ACV a bit too strong, so discontinued that for now, but I have tablets now instead ) From the start date though, I haven't HAD to vomit AT ALL. Although, I still feel seriously bloated if I eat a little too much and have made myself vomit, it is NOTHING like it has been for the last long time. I get sometimes sharp stomach pain, but usually now, not so sharp and much less than before. I am so happy to report this back to you all and I thank you ALL for the imput you have put into this site. ANYONE, with those nasty Ulcers, no matter how you got them. TRY THE RAW CABBAGE JUICE ASAP, I bought a new decent sized juicer which was an awesome investment. YES, I still have a ways to go, but I know by this time next week, continuing what I am taking of course, that my life WILL begin again - Although, it is feeling alot better now as it is, For me, thanks to the great advice My Future isn't so grim anymore and counting on what the Dr CAN'T seem to fix is no longer scaring the heck out of me. I do apologise if this doesn't make sense, but I just had to give someone :) an update."
05/25/2013: Tamara from Fort Collins, Colorado, Usa replies: "Hey Gina, I'm doing a similar protocol to yours with my boyfriend. He has lots of ulcers, so we're going on 2 months of treatment, but we see the light at the end of the tunnel. Before he could only eat like a bird- very small amounts before he got full, and now he can actually eat normally. I think what really helped was 2 weeks ago he started drinking a ton of kefir, like one store bought bottle every 2-3 days (we buy it on clearance but it would obviously be cheaper homemade), and adding a lot more digestive enzymes. We already did betaine and pepsin, so I added "super enzymes" to our mealtimes. He does the glutamine, cayenne, cabbage juice, and aloe juice as well. Hope this helps you on your journey!"
08/02/2013: Chem Nerd from Northwoods, Mn replies: "Just a little FYI - when an acid (vinegar) and a base (baking soda) are combined they produce water as a byproduct and are neutral. Taking the vinegar and baking soda in this situation would not have helped with the stomach ulcer. Look to the other aspects of the "treatment" as potential "cures" for the ulcer."
09/07/2013: Hayley from Ireland replies: "I am 21 and I got serious stomach pains back 7 months ago I was diagnosed with a hiectius hernia eight years ago but all the doctors won't help me keep giving me medication for inflamed stomach and ulcers I have tried holistic therapy, Chinese therapy, anti biotics and nothing works. Please help. I can't take any more pain I am in pain all the time and I can't even eat!!! Does this work?"
[YEA] 05/11/2012: Dance from Granada Hills, California: "Aloe Vera Juice is a miracle remedy for stomach ulcers.
I was diagnosed with multiple (3) peptic ulcers which were confirmed by biopsy not to be from H-pylori (they were actually from unripe tropical fruit I had eaten). When the prescribed medication didn't work and gave me side effects after one week I discontinued used and searched, painfully and desperately, for something to relieve the pain and help my stomach to heal. Milk and food neutralized immediately but then made it worse as it caused more stomach acid to be produced; water diluted but then irritated; juices irritated; anti-acid stuff worked instantly but for only a short time after which the pain got much worse. When a friend suggested Aloe Vera juice, I tried it and was pleased.
So for about 5 months I abstained from citrus and tomatoes (and tropical fruit) and kept an 8oz bottle of pure Aloe Vera juice with me, sipping anytime during day or night I had pain, whether with meals or without. Usually I only needed about 8oz-12oz per day and it tapered off as time went on and I had less pain.
At the end of 5 months, they scoped my stomach again and all the ulcers had healed completely. The doctor (a very competent gastroenterologist) was surprised it happened without any prescription medication.
I've since had another peptic ulcer due to use of aspirin and the aloe vera worked again. I consider aloe vera juice a miracle cure for stomach ulcers not caused by H. Pylori."Replies
07/04/2012: Ty from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "I noted that you mentioned about tropical fruit I would like to know what kind specifically, since I am eating alot of fruits and vegetables and I also suffer from ulcers and gastritis."
05/02/2013: Kathy from Fort Worth, Texas replies: "Where did you buy the Aloe Vera and what percent was it. My grandmother was a firm believer of this years ago. Now I can't find any person who sells the purist Aloe Vera. Please help me help my mom. Thanks, Kathy"
05/05/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere In Europe replies: "Kathy, get a plant."
[YEA] 09/28/2013: Pam Mcd from Pittsburgh, Pa replies: "Just want to share that I've got an ulcer, too. I had been using aloe vera straight from the leaf. Just cut off 2 inches, (the leaves are big!) peel it down to just the clear gel inside, pop it in a blender with the juice of a lime or lemon, 5 times the amount of juice in water, some sweetener and drink it down first thing in the morning and last thing at night. It worked great! Until I ran out of aloe vera! :( you can sometimes find it fresh like that in international grocery stores for quite a good price - in the produce section."
Apple Cider Vinegar
09/18/2013: Justice Adjei from Ghana, West Africa: "Hi there, is it really advisable for an apple cider vinegar regimen with other natural products to be recommended for a patient with possible symptoms of stomach or any type of ulcer?. Considering the acid nature of the vinegar? What type of fruits, food & vegetables will you also recommend for such a person? Thanks so very much."Replies
09/18/2013: Ed2010 from Canada replies: "Mix 1 tsp of ACV with 1/2 tsp of Baking Soda then add a glass of water. This is called Ted's Alkalizing formula. Drink 20 mins after meal or in empty stomach. This is the way to take ACV. To heal Take Carrot Juice and Milk Kefir. Good Health"
08/05/2011: Weather from Jakarta, Indonesia: "sir is that true apple cider vinegar can heal ucler? sorry if my english bad
reply me please tq"Replies
09/28/2011: Grace from Cincinnati, Oh replies: "My question for all you people with ulcers and have been helped by ACV. Doesn't it kill your stomach?? I know ACV is considered allakine in the body but it sure FEELS like acid going down. Didn't you have pain??"
[NAY] 09/29/2011: Lori from Glendale, Az replies: "Yes the apple cider vinegar is killing my stomach and seems to make my heartburn worse... Sad... lots of people seem to have good luck with it."
[YEA] 10/06/2011: Carol from Haverford, Pa replies: "When I first took ACV I felt the burn. I took 1 tablespoon. I decided to try it again at another time but I decided to try to take two tablespoons and sure enough it did the trick. I also eat red delicious apples to help my stomach."
05/09/2012: Zusie from Davenport, Florida replies: "EXCELLENT FOR PEOPLE WITH ULCERS. For years my dad had ulcers and finally a bleeding one! Dr. Prescribed pills, however, dad decided to go the healthier route. The nutritionist told him to do the following and it's helped HEAL not just coat the ulcer.
(1) 1 cup milk (skim, 1 or 2% if you don't want all the extra calories)
(2) 1 Tblsp. Slippery Elm - powder
(3) honey or maple syrup to taste
(4)optional 1/2 banana.
Mix all ingredients in a blender and drink 1/2 hr. Before meals. It thickens so you need to drink it quickly.
Dad did this for a month, when he went back to the Dr. They tested him and said he was fine. We've shared this recipe with hundreds of friends over the years which has had great success stories.
Of course, avoiding coffee, soda, acidy foods, especially while it's healing. Each person has to know their body, but this most definitely will give you great relief from pain from ulcers and acid reflux. I'm also an ulcer and acid reflux sufferer and can honestly say "IT WORKS!""
07/27/2012: Janice from Ebony, Virginia replies: "I have recently developed a bleeding ulcer characterized by burning pain after eating and black stools. I also have had a problem for several years with food sometimes feeling like it was stuck in my esophagus, a sign of acid reflux, which I ignored until this week when the black stools showed up. The pain was horrific during these episodes, but eating a dab of pure butter would help lubricate the food and let it go down. The black stools were scary, and I knew that I couldn't ignore this problem any longer. I began to research natural remedies and found this website.
I would have never believed that apple cider vinegar could possibly help, but today is my second day of this simple treatment. I mixed 1 tablespoon of ACV with 2 cups of cold water and sipped it. For the second dose, I added a packet of stevia and a packet of orange-flavored Emergen-C. I couldn't taste the vinegar.
On Day 1, I could feel relief after the first dose. I have combined this treatment with 2 500-mg capsules of L-Glutamine which I already had on hand. I did both remedies twice yesterday. I had started Zantac yesterday, also, (all bases covered), but had not felt relief until I started the ACV. Today (Day 2), I am feeling fine and am very energetic. I still had a black stool this morning, but it was not as dark as it has been. Also, my bloating and gas are both completely gone. I have ordered several other products from VitaminShoppe. Com: PB8 (friendly bacteria--14 million per capsule), _____'s organic ACV, and Lily of the Desert aloe vera juice, all of which I will start using next week when my order comes. I want these ulcers gone!
This morning, I also juiced carrots and cabbage because I read years ago in Prevention magazine that cabbage juice would heal an ulcer. To make it tastier, as it tastes quite bad by itself, I added 4 oz. of canned pineapple juice. Over ice, the combination of carrot, cabbage, and pineapple juices made a very refreshing drink.
I can't say enough "THANK YOUs" to this wonderful website and to all of the contributors who take the time to share what works for them."
02/01/2014: Raemarie from Leland, Nc replies: "To Janice of Ebony, be careful of the Lilly of the Desert aloe vera, it has carrageen in it which is toxic to some folks, like me.
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/13/2011: Layla from Atlanta, Ga, Usa: "I can't tell you how much I appreciate the advice I've found on this forum. I was diagnosed in January with suspected ulcers. The symptoms started in August with extreme stomach bloating after eating anything, and grawing stomach pains accompanied with constant stomach growling (even immediately after eating) and occasional heartburn and nausea.
In September, I upped my Probiotics and started on digestive enzymes along with daily Prilosec. None of this helped so my doctor put me on a prescription ulcer medicine to coat my stomach and Protonix. We I asked for a h pylori test she told me she couldn't do one until I had not been taking any acid reflux medicine for at least 60 days. (??)
These medicines weren't helping either so my next step was an endoscopy which they wanted to do right away. I have a huge insurance deductible so I decided to try this instead.
Last week started taking the 1/4 tsp of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of organic ACV 3 times a day. Three times a day I also take a cayenne pepper capsule and a glutamine capsule (per another post on here). By day 2 my stomach stopped bloating. By day 5 my stomach feels normal again and my appetite has returned. This is the first time since August I could eat without my stomach appearing to be 6 months pregnant.
I believe the regiment is killing the h pylori in my stomach. I really don't care what it's doing because it works!"
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 03/24/2011: Layla from Atlanta, Ga replies: "This regiment worked tremendously well for a week then it stopped completely. I don't have a clue as to what happened. Very frustrating..."
08/23/2011: Nnj925 from Quantico, Va, Usa replies: "That really stinks that it stopped working for you... I am trying it today for the first time... Have you tried anything else?"
02/04/2012: Alana from Columbia, Sc replies: "You may have food allergies that can be attributed to your stomach problems. So while you may be helping any ulcers or too high or low acidity in the stomach with these remedies, you will probably continue to have problems if you are eating foods that you are allergic to. I would start by eliminating all dairy from your diet for 2 weeks and see if stomach issues improve. I would also eliminate gluten, soy and corn. Elimination diets show you how your body responds to certain foods. Good luck"
[YEA] 10/27/2007: Anne Derasmo from Ocala, Florida: "To the person asking if her doctor is right about apple cider vinegar causing ulcers, I am shocked at the ignorance of your doctor. To the contrary I took apple cider vinegar (organic, raw) to cure acid reflux and indigestion. Without it I don't know where I would be today. As an added benefit, my blood pressure went way down. I am a firm believer in raw, unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar and would never stop taking it."Replies
07/07/2008: Mykey from Grover Beach, California replies: "Important news for those who suffer from ulcers: what you should know is that ulcers are caused by bacteria called h. pylori. Most doctors do not know that h. pylori lives in the stomach lining, and it does not live in the bloodstream. Therefore blood tests to detect h. pylori are useless, and a waste of your money. A breath test to detect h. pylori IS effective, most doctors do not know this test exists, and will not use the effective breath test. In the absence of a "positive test result", many doctors will fail to treat the cause.
With this in mind, please read the info from the CDC website:
When treated with the correct combination of two antibiotics, 98% of ulcers can be cured in two weeks or less! However, most doctors do not know or prescribe the correct antibiotics.
And then again, some individuals (like myself) do not have immunity to h. pylori and will become re-infected after a short period of time.
Which leads to the conclusion that treatments such as cabbage juice, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, cloves, turmeric, etc...may very well be worth a try due to the action of either creating an environment in which h. pylori cannot live, OR boosting the immune response to the h. pylori infection.
Although the CAUSE of ulcers is now well known, effective treatment and effectively training doctors remains elusive. So then, thank you for your kind recommendations which may indeed prove just as effective as antibiotics, or MORE effective! I hope to report back to you that one or more of these natural treatments IS effective."
07/08/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "To the one who thinks H Pylori may cause another ulcer. Getting rid of bleached flour got rid of all my stomach problems years before the medical field discovered H Pylori as the cause. It still works for me - Anytime I want the misery, all I have to do is eat a couple of bites of anything made with bleached flour. Usually this occurs when I eat something that I didn't know was made with bleached flour. My stomach tells me about it in a hurry."
07/10/2008: mykey from grover beach, CA replies: "Yes, I can wholly agree. many individuals report sensitivity to bleached flour, also butter and dairy products. Others will have difficulty with fried foods or beer. But the ulcer is already there- the flour merely sets off the bleeding and irritation. Avoiding the target food is by far the best strategy, and this is an excellent point of fact... As far as my own recent experiment with cayenne pepper capsules, 450 mg, one every other day(after the initial burn)there is no question in my case that relief from reflex and pain was obtained. The active ingredient in cayenne being capsaicin, and is indeed medically documented to shrink and destroy cancer cells (among other benefits)including prostate and lung cancer cells, yes folks it's a fact. Many doctors have been treating reflux with Nexium or Prilosec but this shuts down your digestive system and overloads the kidneys. This is treating the symptoms, not the actual cause. It's far better to restore normal digestive function than to shut off the acid in your stomach. Once again thanks to all who have shared experiences, this has been most helpful."
02/21/2012: Sueathome from Lander, United States replies: "Be careful giving concrete advice when you don't know the full story. All ulcers are not caused my H Pylori. Here is a quote from a web-site.
"If you have an ulcer without an H. pylori infection, or one that is caused by taking aspirin or NSAIDs"."
08/14/2012: Kimimila from Friesland, Netherlands replies: "Turmeric was mentioned, and I tried this twice as per suggestion. The next morning I had a strange rash on my back (red and sore) but thought I had been bitten by a flea (I have cats who are treated and therefore new 'guests' jump off my cats because they are not palatable). The next evening I took turmeric again and the rash became much, much worse. I even thought it was shingles - never had this in my life. Then a voice in my head said - because I have been my own healer for a long time - turmeric and after googling this it was confirmed as a possibility. So beware, turmeric can cause a rash!"
Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
[YEA] 06/04/2007: Marguerite from Wrightwood, CA: "Hi Just want to report I have been suffering from the effects of terrible acid reflux and an ulcer for years now until I discovered this site. I would be up all night vomiting 20 or 30 times and ended up in the ER several times a year. I have been to numerous doctors and have taken all kinds of drugs with nothing working. Who would think something as simple as ACV would cure me! I also test my PH every day as per Ted's advice. I have been using ACV. baking soda, and collidal minerals mixed with apple juice and filtered water 5 days a week. I feel so good! Thank You So Much Marguerite"Replies
07/11/2013: Aching Angel! from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hello Ted, I came across this site and I thought it be helpful, I'm suffering from ulcers. I have about 6 of them in my stomach, I love eating spices and its hard to control when my mom makes my favourites, but each time I eat I develop a very sharp pain in my stomach, absolutely unbearable it feels like I have various wounds inside me. Pls help! Will this ACV with baking soda help me? I'm not constipated, and I don't have diarrhoea. I fart a lot :( and the days I over eat I belch all day! My bowels r highly acidic.. Pls pls help!!"
07/12/2013: Baldev from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hi Aching Angel, Cabbage juice will help you for your ulcers. But you have to change your life style and eating habits at least till you are cured of the ulcers. You say that you are not constipated but at the same time you pass lot of wind which indicates that the system is not cleaned up. Avoid sugar, fried things and you can take sodium bi carbonate 1/4 tea spoon in water 30--45 mts after the meals. Good Luck.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe Vera Juice
[YEA] 09/30/2010: Natural4ever from Hudson, Fl: "I've been having stomach problems for a while now. Symptoms started with heartburn, acid reflux, and such and then went on to burning in my stomach and bouts of neusea that would come on out of the blue and last for hours. After researching it I deduced that it was an ulcer probably caused by H. Pylori. I started with ACV, 1 Tbs. 2-4 times a day in juice or water and raw honey for a couple of weeks which provided temporary relief and controlled the acid reflux but I was still having stomach pains and neusea.
When I had stomach pain I mixed cayenne pepper in hot water and that would provide me with relief of the pain for a while. Then a friend told me about Aloe Vera juice and how it would kill H. Pylori. I bought the whole leaf version and started drinking 4 oz. with grape juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. I sip it until it's gone, I don't guzzle it. I'm amazed that after day one of taking it and now 2 weeks later I have not had one symptom of the ulcer or acid reflux. I have more energy and I'm losing some weight to boot. I did have one day a couple of days after starting the aloe that I felt really crappy, like I was coming down with a bad cold or flu but no one I knew, including my wife and kids, was sick. I think it was the detox effect of the Aloe and ACV. It lasted about 12 hours then went away as quickly as it came on.
To be fair I must say that I was not diagnosed by any doctor and I should list everything I'm taking because it might be different things that are curing me. Every day I take a multi-vitamin, about 400-800 IUs of extra vitamin D, 1000-2000 mg. Flaxseed oil, 1200-2400 mg. Fish oil with omegas 3 and 6, 1200 mg. of red yeast rice and 50 mg. of C0Q10 for high cholesterol, 50 mg. 5-HTP and 500 mg. Acetyl-L Carnitine for anxiety, and I also take, like I said earlier, several Tbs. of ACV. I also drink a yogurt drink for the probiotics. I started taking a couple of Tbs. of local raw honey and then switched to Manuka honey which also kills H. Pylori. I haven't felt this good in years so I must be doing something right. I owe it all to researching everything here on EC. Thank you guys so much for being here and spreading the knowledge of natural remedies."
Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Cayenne
[YEA] 07/16/2008: Adil from New York, USA: "I've been diagnosed with H.Pylori a while ago and refused to see the doctor after one round of unhelpful antibiotics. My stomach would sometimes bleed a little. I could detect it from my saliva and stools. But it wasn't a big deal. Last week, I was trying to finish my dissertation and was really stressed. My stomach started bleeding constantly so I figured it probably turned into an ulcer, though I don't know the exact diagnosis. I started using ACV+baking soda (which had cured my acid reflux and stomach problems previously for 8 months but had then stopped working) along with Cayenne Pepper. I mix all of them in a bit of water and take it on an empty stomach. Within a day or two my bleeding stopped and I generally feel an increased sense of well-being. Thank you EC, and thank God for natural remedies."Replies
06/27/2012: Conquerorbrown from Kingston, Jamaica replies: "Can scotchbonnet pepper be used instead of cayenne pepper?"
12/04/2012: E from Miami, Florida replies: "Can you please tell me who much of ACV , BAKING SODA AND CAYENE PEPPER ? Is it in a cup of water?"
[YEA] 06/21/2013: Ben from Odessa, Missouri: "Thank G-d, I believe I have found the cure for stomach ulcers. Though it tastes horrible, literally the worst meal I've ever had, it COMPLETELY worked for me. I ate one whole raw bitter melon including the seeds (with salt and tomato to try to mask the taste)I had suffered on and off with ulcers since Jan 2012 and though it had waned considerably, it still hung around after taking about everything you could imagine, except that matoula (sp?) tea from SA. But that was on my list, even when nearly broke. Cayenne helped a lot, but they still were there or it, whatever. But about a day after trying the bitter melon, the pain totally disappeared. I ate the seeds too because the are supposed to kill bacteria. I did feel slightly erm, inebriated I guess, it has some insulin like effect on the body, but it wasn't a drunk or toxic feeling, just a very calming effect, wonderful actually. I tested myself slowly with all the foods that would bring pain before, coffee, a little wine (I'm not a drinker at all) and bread, pasta, potatoes, etc. zero problems. This is the answer folks, I'm thoroughly convinced that everything else may help, but this plant was made for this purpose in my opinion. Don't listen to people who want to tell you to take pills."
[YEA] 01/25/2009: Kris from Vancouver, WA: "About a year ago I had a major heart attack (I'm 38). The doctors told me it was because of the stress the heart attack put on my body, I developed an ulcer. I was put on a double Previcid, but nothing helped. I was at the point I couldn't do anything, or eat anything without severe stomach pain.
A friend of mine suggested cabbage juice. I did some research and started drinking about 4 oz twice a day. The first day I felt better. Within about 4 days I felt like my old self. It's been two months, I quite drinking the cabbage juice after about 3 weeks, and have not had any symptoms or flare ups since. I would recommend this for anyone with stomach problems!"Replies
05/07/2009: Mike John from cavite city, Cavite, Philippines replies: "I am suffering from an ulcer and i don't want to take those antacids anymore because of their side effects. I am looking for a natural relief for ulcer when I stumbled upon your site. I am interested in trying this cabbage juice treatment how ever I don't know the exact measurement and the when to take it. Please tell me your measurements for this cabbage juice and when should I take it! Thank you!"
[YEA] 01/08/2009: Marco from Fort Worth, TX: "Cabbage Juice is a great remedy for stomach ulcers. Most people see improvement about 5 days after starting to drink the juice. I used it for an ulcer that had been bothering me for months and I felt significantly better and pain free after only the first day of my supplementation. It's pretty simple.
Just buy cabbage from any store, most are average size and vary little from one to another. I usually slice off about half an inch off any side of the cabbage and put it into a blender. I add about 1 cup of distilled water and blend for a full minute. I let it set for about 5 minutes and then drink it down, pulp and all.
The taste is very plain. The only thing that will bother most people at first is the smell. But its very easy to drink - not bitter or foul tasting. You'll only taste it if you convince yourself it tastes like it smells, which I did at first. You generally do 3 cups a day, spaced out, until you ulcer is healed, which is usually 4-10 days for most people. If you're not seeing a doctor, its best to continue a couple of weeks as the cabbage juice relieves the pain of an ulcer, which may deceive some people into thinking it has actually healed in full. Changing your diet to avoid foods that irritate your ulcer (fats for most people are the irritants) is also crucial to healing.
Cabbage may also work for other digestive ailments. A cup of blended cabbage juice contains millions of friendly bacteria. There is actually significant scientific evidence out there that supports cabbage juices beneficial properties for ulcers and the digestive system in general. It's a very cost effective treatment and is definitely preferable to harmful antacids."Replies
03/16/2012: Kristina from Sheridan, Montana replies: "I think that your post is very helpful. I am going to try the remedy. Have you completely got your ulcer healed?"
[YEA] 05/20/2007: Sarah from Brussels, Belgium: "A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with GERD and I suffered from acid reflux and heartburn. The medication prescribed by the doctor rather worsened my situation and I suffered a number of side effects from it. I came across a site suggesting that drinking raw cabbage juice cures acid reflux and other problems related to the stomach, such as ulcer.I did further research to confirm this and decided to give it a try.
The general suggested daily dosage is about a quart [800ml] of raw cabbage juice to be taken about 4 times daily. I found that rather too much and I started with 400ml [100ml x 4].I noticed great improvement and after one week I reduced the dosage to 300ml [100ml x 3]. After about 3 weeks of the whole therapy, I decided to take only 200ml a day. Those with stomach ulcers or acute cases of acid reflux might need to take the full dosage.
I have stopped drinking cabbage juice since about 10 months now and I haven't had any serious reflux problems. For those who would like to try it, PLEASE NOTE that it is said to have strong impact on the thyroid glands [the more reason why I never consumed 800ml a day!]. Not to mention the stench - it is better stored in an air-tight water bottle and kept in the fridge. Good luck to all, and thanks for the great site."Replies
[WARNING!] 04/05/2012: Dorap from Milton, Fl replies: "WARNING: Know what you are doing before you drink cabbage juice. I have been having a lot of ulcer pain so I thought I would give cabbage juice a go. I pulled out my juicer, juiced an entire (small) head and drank it down fast. BIG. MISTAKE. Big. I guess you are only supposed to drink like half a cup at a time and take your time? I must have had at least 16 fl oz. I was miserable.... Rocking with nausea and a migraine after about 10 minutes. I finally was able to vomit, but the migraine lasted for over an hour. Anyway, just be careful with these raw juices. They are powerful stuff! I think I will be waiting a while before I try any more cabbage juice.... As bad as this ulcer hurts."
04/06/2012: Linda from New Haven, Ct, United States replies: "Hi. My husband has the same ulcer issues and, as we don't own a juicer, he simply chews the raw cabbage leaves. He'll take half a leaf at a time to chew very slowly before swallowing. He nibbles several leaves on and off throughout the day as he remembers to do so. He finds it very quickly takes care of the ulcer pain & usually only needs to do it for that one day to find relief. I'm sure there is very little juice in those few leaves so you're right... Very little goes a long way. No need for massive dosing here with those unfortunate side affects for overdosing."
07/10/2013: Carmel from Clacton On Sea, England replies: "I am very interested in the cabbage remedy having found out I have an ulcer which I think has been building up for a long time. Mine is as a result of taking ibuprofen, pain killers and other medication over a long period of time.
My doctor gave me antacid tablets but when I took one I had a blinding migraine that went on for twelve hours and was worse than the original stomach pain. I have researched a lot about this and it seems that even if you do take these antacids it does not cure or remove the ulcer it just temporarily masks the pain in the hope it does not return. Hardly worth having an awful migraine over.
I have decided to do the following regime for at least a month, it will vary a little from day to day but something along these lines. I began yesterday:
* 3 or 4 servings raw cabbage juice
* sometimes juice of a raw potato
* approximately 2 or 3 bananas a day (some say it helps the lining of the stomach others say it is to help kill the bacteria, but mine is due to pain killers so this does not match)
* once a day cayenne pepper in warm water
* several times a day long glass of plain water
* several times a day plain non sugar yoghurt
* 3 times a day glutamine capsules (750 mg x 2)
* 3000 mg vitamin c a day
* very good multi vitamin every day to replace the nutritions that leak through the gut
My problems stem from having had a lot of prior problems with sinus - headaches - ears, and all the doctor ever did was give me lots of antibiotics, painkillers and steroids which led to the ulcer and left me still with the original problem. What did help with the sinus and headaches was lots of allicin from garlic and vitamin c. I also believe that my ears will be unblocked when the gut and ulcer is sorted.
BEWARE some suggest you take raw garlic cloves. I tried this and was violently ill for a week. My stomach was in a right mess from it too. Would love to swap thoughts with others please. rychhmo(at )aol [dot} com."
[NAY] 11/17/2013: Charlotte from Clacton, England replies: "This is an update five months later by Carmel.
Gave up on the cabbage juice as did not seem to be helping, time consuming and expensive.
Took Nexium for ten weeks. Had to take painkillers for headaches and occasional stomach ache which were side effects. When you stop taking the ppis you get a bad stomach and many doctors say this means you must continue to take them. But then you would take them forever! Stick with it and the pain goes after a few days.
Whatever I eat makes no difference.
Twenty one days later have a bit of pain there that is manageable and comes and goes. Presumably I still have an ulcer but maybe a half healed one.
Live in England and waiting to see consultant for proper diagnosis in January."
11/18/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Charlotte, On the ulcer issue, sounds like you've gone down a frustrating road. I've had great success in dealing with ulcers with a three part program plus diet. First on diet; no coffee including de caff. No cokes or fruit juices that are high in acid such as orange juice. Tomatoes are off also. The no acid diet must be adhered to for at least two months. Then the supplement part: Kill the infection (most ulcers have an underlying infection) with Colloidal Silver ...I take two tablespoons on empty stomach twice daily, especially good at night before bedtime. Fifteen min later take DGL tablets (licorice extract) and then fifteen minutes later a quarter cup of high quality aloe vera drink. That for two months. I have an MD friend who used to make fun of all my remedies but after her frustrating attempt to rid herself of a tenacious stomach ulcer, she tried above formula and was successful in healing. Pretty funny as she went from making fun of me to now wanting me to go to an herbal school and become an herbal doc."
03/24/2013: Frank from Llyodminster, Ab Canada: "CABBAGE JUICE will it cure me? Hi in March last year I was diagnosed with GERD then I was prescribed with Tecta for 1 week. Before taking my prescription drugs I was vomiting acid and some undigested foods from my stomach, had burning sensations all over my stomach and chest and even had black stools and blood. I did not mention the blood to the doctor out of fear. I took the medicine and I was good for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks symptoms are coming back again little by little but there was no more blood. Not as bad as before. Then I was prescribed with pantropazole for 1 month and had been good for a few months. Lately this end of March symptoms came back and had to go to the doctor again and was prescribe pantropazole again for 4 mos. I just took only a single tablet since the prescription is once per day, then I came across a Youtube Jay Kordich video about curing ulcer with Cabbage juice.
I started it yesterday: a glass of cabbage juice mixed with carrot and celery 3 times a day and so far so good I'm feeling fine. I feel like I'm normal. I'm avoiding fried foods, chocolates, processed foods, anything that has vinegar or cooked with it. I will be sheduled for gastroscophy sometime this summer so I'm hoping cabbage juice will clear out everything that bothers my stomach in 7 to 10 days, be it acid reflux or ulcer. Its been a year since I had this discomfort so hopefully ill overcome it completely this time. I'll post back after 10 days and also when I have my gastroscopy done. here is the link of the video if you are interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBuIiviFH2Q"