Last Modified on May 08, 2016
Treatment for acid reflux requires neutralizing the stomach acid that escapes the stomach. Apple cider vinegar is one proven natural remedy. Stomach acids leak into the esophagus by way of an abnormally functioning lower esophageal sphincter, causing burning chest or throat pain. This causes significant discomfort as well as other health concerns. However, several home remedies for the condition have been identified and are generally effective for curing the condition.
Acid reflux is a condition that involves the escape of stomach acids out of the stomach and into the esophagus. The condition often causes burning chest pain called heartburn as well as burning in the throat or mouth. Regurgitation, bloating, burping, bloody or black stools, nausea and hiccups are also common.
Natural Remedies for Reflux Disease
Treatment for acid reflux requires the neutralization of the stomach acid that escapes the stomach. While it may seem counterintuitive to use an acidic compound to solve an acid problem, apple cider vinegar is a proven home cure for the condition. Aloe vera and baking soda as well as a variety of other home remedies are also effective for treating the condition.
Apple Cider Vinegar
While apple cider vinegar is an acidic compound, it functions to regulate the pH in the body. When taken daily, apple cider vinegar creates an alkaline environment in the body and maintains a stable pH. As such, stomach acid is neutralized and acid reflux is well-managed. Organic apple cider vinegar is best.
Aloe vera is effective for treating a variety of health conditions, including acid reflux. The compound contains a number of active vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutrients that make it an effective health treatment. The enzymes in aloe vera help it neutralize stomach acid while the other nutrients reduce inflammation and irritation caused by acid erosion.
Baking soda is also helpful in treating acid reflux. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, helps neutralize acid in the body as well as maintain a balanced pH level in the bloodstream. This restoration of balance in the body reduces the acidity of acids in the stomach, which prevents the harmful effects of acid reflux.
A common condition, acid reflux causes significant discomfort and can lead to abrasive damage in the esophagus. Natural treatments work to balance the pH of the body and combat the harmful effects of acid reflux.
Continue reading below to learn the most effective and popular remedies as reported from our wonderful readers. Some of these simple remedies may surprise you!
Remedies for Acid Reflux
The Popularity of Acid Reflux Remedies - Full List
I've been suffering with GERD since my gallbladder surgery. It has been pretty painful at times. I was never able to take the meds for it (too many side affects). The Apple cider vinegar tore my stomach up. My routine is papaya enzyme after each meal and acidophilus at bedtime with chamomile tea. You have to make lifestyle changes too. No caffeine, smoking. I eat to live not live to eat. My meals are simple grilled meats and lots of fruits and vegetables. Processed bread seemed to make it worse so I went to gluten free. I've given up all spices and seasonings and no longer miss them. Switched from whole milk to coconut milk. Exercise is just 30 minutes of walking. Losing weight will help.
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Posted by Anonymouscat (La, Ca) on 04/14/2013
I took some parasite medication for a few days on an empty stomach soon I had a burning stomach and esphogas and acid reflux... Feeling I was also having shortness of breath and pressure type of feeling on my chest, My ND gave me probiotics and told me to open the capsules dump the content into a 1/2 glass of water and swish the probiotics powder in my mouth then drink it down. And the ND suggested pt drinking lactose free PLAIN KEFIR no sugar in and within 24 hours I felt a dramatic change, within three days I had zero pain and my symptoms all feel away.
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Posted by Toomba (Kuching, Malaysia) on 05/27/2007
66 percent of cases, a treatment consisting primarily of acidophilus and digestive enzymes will usually do the trick. In Dr. Spreen's words: "Acidophilus supplements (powder form, the liquid tastes awful) protect the oesophagus without killing acid (while killing the pain almost immediately). The hassle is, you have to keep it handy and take it often if you don't solve the whole problem, which involves tightening the gastro oesophageal sphincter. Dr. Spreen describes his treatment as "ridiculously simple and cheap." And while he feels confident that he can stop more than 2/3 of all heartburn and reflux cases.
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Posted by Max (Greene, NY) on 05/20/2007
I have been suffering from acid reflux for many years; I came across your website and tried the pure cherry juice as well as the acidophilus pills. I ran out of the cherry juice and can't comment on how well it worked but I can tell you that the acidophilus has been working; I was taking it at night after my meal and was sleeping without a problem. I'd recently taken a few generic pain relievers and coincidentally or not my acid reflux returned; I'm going to carefully monitor when I take it and how I feel from now on.
Posted by David (Fort lauderdale, FL) on 05/09/2007
I have only one word.. Probiotics'... After 15 years of taking toxic medications, I found a nutritionist who introduce me to Probiotics... Trust me just find a website that sells this product. I personally take _____. Stop taking those life threntening medication for gastrointestinal problems and try probiotic, you will thank me...I take a few before or after every meal.... You will not be disappointed I promise... Good luck...
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Posted by Susanrose (Orange County, Ca) on 06/14/2012
I have tried nearly all of the remedies listed here for Acid Reflux. The only thing that has greatly helped me is a recommendation from a lady at the local vitamin store. I now take Activated Charcoal capsules, 260 mg. I take two at a time, up to 3 times daily. Sometimes 2 capsules per day is enough. It helps tremendously. I was in bad pain nearly all the time, but thank God, now this seems a minor pain.
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Posted by Ila (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) on 03/14/2009
Hi All, Would like to share a trick I use when I get acid reflux at night and have no ACV or other remedy at hand. Fluff up your pillow, get into bed and roll over onto your LEFT SIDE, make a fist and press into the hollow area at centre of chest just under your rib cage, and above the stomach. If you use enough pressure, you should feel relief within a minute or two, it works almost immediately for me. I hope it may work for others also. Never sleep on your right side, as it tends to make the reflux worse. It is very difficult for me to get ACV down my throat ,as I dislike it so much, it gives me shivers just thinking about it. I managed to get it down mixed with some water a few times so I know it works for acid reflux. Now I just sip a little pickle juice but I don't recommend this for others because of the salt content,Thanks for the great site,cheers to all,Ila
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Posted by Lisa (Abilene, Texas) on 02/02/2012
I have had constant acid reflux/heartburn for weeks and I mean the kind that will wake you up at night in tears and not want to eat:( I tried every remedy on here and I finally got desperate and started doing random google searches on acid reflux cures and came across this Amish remedy.... It's called "proven old Amish formula-stops acid reflux in about a minute" by: Caleb Treeze organic Farm. It is sold in certain health food stores if you do a search on their site you can find one in your area. This stuff is a combo of ACV, ginger and garlic... This stuff is nothing short of a miracle!!! If you have tried everything else and nothing worked try this it's awesome!!!
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Posted by Saab (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) on 04/30/2010
query: I suffer from acid reflux. Drinking lemon juice makes it worse, however apple cider vinegar works wonders. Why-the difference as both have alkalizing properties.
Also, would the acid effect of lemon be reduced if mixed with sugar/baking soda/salt? thanks
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Posted by Carolyn (Hobbs, Nm) on 04/25/2010
I have read so very much on this site about those of us with Acid Reflux. I have tried everything and nothing seemed to work until I discovered that acid problems are caused by eating too many or too much food that produces acid. Then I discovered the alkaline diet which has wonderful foods on it and it has changed my life. There are still wonderful foods on this diet. I make a green smoothie for breakfast with spinach, a banana, an apple, and a handful of greens such as spring mix or any of the other dark lettuces or kale,collards, etc. I also add a scoop of Whey Protein and 1 T. Chia seeds. Then I add 8 oz. water and a small glass of ice. I blend all of this in my Vitamix and drink this power house of nutrition. I'm not even hungry at noon many times. Then for lunch and dinner I eat from the alkaline side of the alkaline acid chart that you can download after you google acid alkaline food list. When I eat like this I never burn or have acid problems and don't need acid drugs of any kind. It has been wonderful for me. I love snacking on dates, figs, other dried fruits, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, etc. And isn't this the way God intended for us to eat? I also take Michael James minerals and potassium capsules because they also help to keep you alkaline. Chlorella is also alkaline. It helps too. This protocol works for everyone.
God Bless and good luck,
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Posted by Evelyn (Ogden, Utah) on 01/06/2010
I have had acid reflux for years and I hardly ever feel the symptoms of heartburn, I only have that irritating tickling on the left side of my throat, followed by lots of coughing and then mucus that I'm clearing my throat for minutes afterwards, it is very troublesome. I can only lay on a certain side at night and cough all of the time. I have a book that lists some common alkaline ash foods and some common acid ash foods. Eating the foods on the alkaline food list help control the acid while the acid ash food list leave strong acid in your body, so by eating the alkaline foods such as apples, almonds, apricots, bananas just to name a few, versus bacon, beef, bran, wheat, cheese, chicken, crackers, these foods are on the acid list. Just an example of how we really have to watch our diets if we want to help control our acid reflux. I am going to try the ACV (apple cider vinegar) tonight, wish me luck, because I have been suffering with this annoying cough for years!!!
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Posted by Cynthia (Bergen County, New Jersey) on 11/23/2007
All these remedies do not address what people are putting initially in their bodies! Everyone is consuming acid causing foods. The basic theory is that acidic foods (ex. orange) cause an alkaline tummy. Alkaline foods cause an acid stomache. If you eat a lot of bread, rice, grains, etc. you will have reflux or an acid stomache. If you balance your diet with fruits and vegetables you will greatly reduce your chance of an acidic stomache. Find an acid alkaline food chart on google. There are quite a few. This explains why some people found relief from apples. It is an alkalizing fruit! So are beets, broccoli, carrots, etc. But be careful! Some fruits and vegees are acidifying like corn, lentils, blueberries, cranberries, canned fruits, plums, prunes, etc. That is why the chart is so important. I was a candidate for nexium and anti-acid pills. However, I changed my life by maintaining the acid alkaline diet. Please consider this. I've changed a lot of people's lives by sharing this information. However, a couple of my friends and family who have NOT taken this advice are now on anti-acid pills. Oh, by the way, fennel seed tea is a miracle worker for after dinner tummy calming. It helps to maintain an alkaline tummy. I need 2 cups to be helpful (I'm 144 lbs). Find the right dose for you. Best of luck!! Here's to your health!
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