Last Modified on Mar 17, 2016
What is Heartburn?
Heartburn is normal (and has nothing to do with the heart, except proximity). Everybody gets that burning sensation in their chest from time to time, right behind the breastbone and usually after a meal. It's when heartburn becomes a regular thing that you should become more concerned about your digestive health. Heartburn is simply a burning sensation in the esophagus and throat that comes as a result of stomach acid creeping upwards above the valve that usually closes the passage above the stomach, keeping those acids where they belong.
On the other hand, heartburn that recurs regularly may indicate gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or other health conditions, in which case you should see a doctor for a diagnosis. However, occasional heartburn can be easily treated with over-the-counter or better yet home remedies.
Natural Remedies for Heartburn and Indigestion
At present, mustard and apple cider vinegar are easily the most popular home remedies for heartburn here on Earth Clinic, and you can find directions for using them to treat heartburn below. Each seems to reset the gastroesophageal junction or the stomach itself, to put an end to your symptoms. Lying on your back or bending over tends to worsen heartburn symptoms, so sitting and standing or better yet going for a walk are your best bets.
Remedies for Heartburn
The Popularity of Heartburn Remedies - Full List
[YEA] I was having burning and have long suffered with heartburn. I tried the ACV, baking soda and honey last night and it did feel much better. This morning I had a second dose - this time with the organic cider vinegar - but I immediately had the "runs" -. I am wondering' if I should cut back to one tablespoon of ACV since constipation has never been one of my problems - just the opposite. The burning feels a bit better and I am belching a lot but I wonder if I should limit dosage?
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YEA (4) 67% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 17% WORKED TEMPORARILY (1) 17%Posted by Inspirewear (South Florida) on 01/28/2016
[YEA] Hi everyone:
I have acid reflux. I eat raw foods and one thing I like to eat is raw or blanched almonds. One day after lunch I realized after eating a handful of almonds that there was no heartburn for me. That's when I realized that almonds can be good for heartburn.
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Winston-salem, Nc, Usa
Apple Cider Vinegar
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Apple Cider Vinegar Cure for Heartburn
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Tablespoon
- Filtered Water - Large Glass
- Honey - Optional
To stop an attack of heartburn, take a tall glass of water and add one tablespoon each of honey and apple cider vinegar. Drinking this ACV tonic can bring heartburn relief. Taken with meals, it can stop heartburn before it starts.
YEA (25) 93% NAY (1) 4% WORKED TEMPORARILY (1) 4%Posted by Carrie (Livonia, Mi) on 12/31/2014
[YEA] So glad to have found this site. I have been taking 2 Tbs of ACV for my heart burn and completely gone. I also gave up wheat and that helped significantly.
Posted by Mavis (Ireland) on 04/27/2014
[YEA] Have been suffering servere heartburn for the past 2 weeks. This wasn't just the usual burning and pain associated with this complaint but a feeling like somebody was squeezing my throat. I tried all the usual remedies to no avail. Visited EarthClinic and tried the ACV and honey remedy and after the first dose I got immediate relief. I will keep using it until I have no further pain but I look forward to being able to get some sleep at last. Many thanks for this wonderful site. I have used it many times over the years but have only just registered so I can thank you properly.
Posted by Bill (Boston, Ma) on 09/30/2013
[YEA] Heartburn: I have tried ACV and it seems to work. I take it with some water and honey. I had a fruit citrus drink and the heatburn flared up almost right away. Lots of good filtered water helps too. You have to watch what you eat. Citrus is not good for heartburn. Bill
Posted by Valerie (Chicago, Illinois) on 12/31/2012
[YEA] I just wanted to express my gratitude for this site. I am what you'd call a return patient to Earth clinic, after curing another 'ailment' permanently, I came straight to this site at 2 am last night after a severe attack of heartburn. The second one in 2 weeks. Since no one in my household ever has heartburn I was unsure what would work fast. I tried in desperation the 2 tbs of ACV and 1 tbs of honey with a little warm water and yes within minutes I felt a great deal of relief, and within half an hour I was comfortable enough to go back to sleep. Thank goodness I can go to a site that is sincere in it's attempt to keep remedies as natural as possible. Thank you friends out there!
Posted by Laura (Houston, Mo) on 11/01/2012
[YEA] I have been using Apple Cider Vinegar(2tsp), honey(1 tsp) and cinnamon(just a few dashes)for the last week as a way to control the worst heartburn I have ever had. I could not believe how well it works!! Amazing!! I thought I'd have to take an acid reliever for the rest if my life. So happy to know there is something out there that is holistic and helps with so many other things too, like my allergies, while bringing the heartburn under control... Even better than the strongest dose of Zantac! I recommend it to anyone battling this beast!!
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San Francisco, Ca
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Posted by Michelle (Yorkshire, England) on 08/07/2012
[YEA] THANK YOU for your advice. I have suffered with persistent heartburn problems for the last 2-3 months. My GP has prescribed increasingly higher doses of PPI's which did not appear to bring any significant benefit. A gastroscopy indicated upper tract inflammation but no other problems and I tested negative for H Pylori. 9 days ago I decided to ditch the drugs and try ACV ( 2 tblsp with honey in warm water) twice a day before meals - I also began taking Aloe vera juice. I felt much better within 2 days and have not looked back. I have been able to resume my yoga practice including inverted postures and have not had any disruption to my sleep. I am still taking care with my diet and am not fully back to normal, but it has only been just over a week. I am due to go travelling in china in @ 5 weeks - do you think I will need to take the ACV with me?
Posted by Cinapia (New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States) on 03/11/2010
[YEA] I was wondering if you could just take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar straight without mixing in water. I actually did this for 3 days because I started with really bad heartburn. I have to say, it worked! I don't mind the taste taking it straight and all at once, but mixing it with water and drinking it prolongs the process in my opinion. Unless there are adverse affects if taking it undiluted. Can you advise?
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New Castle, Pa, USA
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Lake Mary, Fl
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Huntington Beach, Ca
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Posted by Brian (Lexington, Kentucky) on 08/25/2009
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] Initial results good then I hit a wall... I started out last Sunday with 2tsp ACV, 2tsp honey, dash of cinnamon and 10 ounces of water 3 times a day. I saw immediate results and was mostly heartburn free. One night I had to get up in the middle of the night and took an extra dose due to heartburn and it knocked it out. Last night, which was Wednesday I got heartburn after dinner, nothing unusual about the dinner and it would not go away. I took my normal dose at bedtime and it did nothing. I tried again about 4 hours later and nothing. I am discouraged because it was working well. Should I take more ACV or less. I am confused, help.
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Posted by Irena (LA, CA) on 07/22/2009
[YEA] It's 3 in the morning and I had such bad heartburn I was throwing up! I went to my computer to look up a natural cure since it'd be too inconvenient to go to the store. just one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar saved me!! This site is awesome. Thank you!
Posted by Pat (Tulsa, Ok) on 06/05/2009
[YEA] I've suffered from heartburn for about 8 years. I've had to take omeprazole for the last 3 years. I started taking raw, unfiltered ACV. No heartburn for over two weeks now. I take a 16.9 fl. oz. bottle, take one drink, & then fill it back up with ACV. It also seems to suppress appetite as well.
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
Posted by Patty (Suburban Philadelphia, PA USA) on 05/25/2009
[YEA] I've suffered chronic heartburn for 8 years and finally got myself down to one OTC PPI every other day but that really was not enough.I had heard that PPI's are bad for the bones. I am a 54 y/o woman, so I just had to get off this stupid pill. I have tried and tried to get off the proton pump inhibitor but always had to go back. Well I am so glad I found this info! I got the organic made in USA apple cider vinegar. 2 TEAspoons in 8 oz. 3 times a day.A little honey makes it quite refreshing on a hot day. I have it first thing in the morning, around midday and before dinner. No heartburn and I can even enjoy my cup of coffee and a before dinner beer. wow! It's only day 3 but usually by this time I am chewing antacids like crazy. have not even had one! I told my gastro guy I was going to do this and he said go ahead, it won't hurt you. I can't wait to tell him i am cured!! (fingers crossed)