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Home Remedies for Stomach Aches & Abdominal Pain

Last Modified on Aug 28, 2015

Stomach Pain Remedies

Stomach pain can typically be treated effectively using natural remedies and simple dietary changes. While everyone experiences stomach pain of some sort throughout life, pain in the abdomen varies greatly in terms of cause and severity. Stomach pain can be described as both acute and chronic and is often associated with underlying conditions. However, home remedies like apple cider vinegar, DGL Licorice and Turmeric can alleviate and soothe symptoms.

What is Stomach Pain?

Stomach pain has many causes. Typically, the location of the pain provides insight into the cause. Conditions that may contribute to stomach pain include appendicitis, Crohn’s disease, diabetic ketoacidosis, diverticulitis, injury, obstruction, irritable bowel syndrome, lead poisoning and several others.

Natural Remedies for Gastrointestinal Pain

While specific treatment for stomach pain is often determined based on the cause of the issue, several natural remedies are effective for treating a variety of different conditions. Apple cider vinegar, DGL licorice and turmeric are among the most effective options for treating stomach issues naturally. Dietary changes and regular exercise are also effective for helping treat gastrointestinal pain.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a slightly acidic compound that can treat a variety of conditions. In regards to stomach pain, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar followed by or diluted in a glass of water aids in the digestive process and calms the stomach. The vinegar also treats a variety of underlying causes of pain and rids the body of natural buildup and toxins.

DGL Licorice

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice is an herbal extract that can be used to treat a number of stomach conditions including problems with digestion, heartburn, stomach pains and irritable bowel syndrome. The compound increases the mucous coating in the stomach and other parts of the digestive system, protecting the internal tissues from irritation. This soothing element relieves stomach pain and prevents damage.


Turmeric is a warm spice that also carries a number of healing properties. Curcumin, the chemical in turmeric, helps relieve inflammation that occurs in the stomach and elsewhere. This compound also promotes effective digestion and relieves pain associated with digestive issues.

Many causes of stomach pain are not serious conditions; however, these issues can be uncomfortable and even painful. No matter the cause, natural treatments are effective for relieving pain and reinstating normal functioning of the digestive system.

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Apple Cider Vinegar25
Grapefruit Seed Extract4
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User Reviews

ACV and Salt   2  0   

Posted by Andreina (Roma, Italy) on 12/27/2007

[YEA]  In the morning, I mix 1Tbl ACV with a pint of water, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. I put it in a bottle and drink it throughout the day. I repeat the procedure in the afternoon, so I drink 2 pints a day. It cures everything (my acne, sore throat, stomach ache, dry skin, sore joints...etc) I've been doing this for 3 months, and have dropped 7.5 kilograms! I <3 water! Be sure to mix it with salt and vinegar, so you don't lose vital nutrients, and sodium!

Replied by Dee
Porter, Tx

I have tried ACV & water alone, with orange juice, with tea, with honey, with stevia, with agave, with lemon, and various combinations of each. I couldn't stick with it because I just didn't like the flavor. I tried it this morning with salt and it is so much more tolerable. Thanks for your post. Hopefully I can stick with it now.
Replied by Deborah
California, US

[YEA]   I just tried Andreina's recipe of mixing 1Tbl ACV with a pint of water, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt for my upset stomach that has been nagging me for 3 days. My stomach aches went away in a couple of hours, plus my sore joints are much better! And I that is only with 1 pint. I'm having another 2 glasses today. Thank you! A big thumbs up!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses   1  0   

Posted by Renee (Seattle, WA) on 07/04/2009

[YEA]  My 11 year old daughter had a severe stomachache the other day that brought her to tears. She has suffered from these from time to time and I suspect it might be gall stones or constipation due to poor eating habits. Too much sugar and refined flour (lots of junk foods). It is tough trying to get her to eat better. Anyway, the pain was so bad she could hardly speak. (She's pretty talkative, so you know she was really hurting!) Anyway, I remembered that ACV worked pretty well for my mom's gall bladder attacks (that's another cure story). So I mixed about 2 tbs of ACV with 1 Tbs of Black Strap molasses for sweeter taste in a glass of about 16oz of water. These are approx measurements, I don't use measuring spoons etc, I just eyeball it. So I gave this to my daughter and had her drink it, She thought it was tasted bad and gagged a little at first, but I forced her to drink it. She complained the whole time, but this was an indication that it was working. She was able to talk well enough to complain! Within about 10 minutes, she was singing and talking again and had forgotten that her stomach was hurting. She had only drank about a quarter of the glass full. She was drinking it very slow because she thought it tasted bad. I kept reminding her that her stomach was feeling better because of the drink so she continued to finish the drink. Very fast acting!!

Apple Juice   1  0   

Posted by Cherry B (Flint, Mi) on 09/13/2009

[YEA]  Apple Juice for Stomach Ache:

One day after having dinner, my stomach began to ache. I usually keep some form of antacid in my fridge, it seems to taste better cold. Anyway when I opened the fridge, I realized we had used it all. I didn't know what to do. I was in excruciating pain, by now. I looked around, and there was some apple juice on the shelf, so I decided to drink some, thinking "doctor's tell you to give it to babies and childrem when they have colic, so I thought, what the heck, maybe it'll give me some relief. Sure nuff, I drank about a half-a-glass, and "bingo" immediately the pain went away. Just today I ate some spicey food and it caused me to have sharp stomach (gas) pains, I drank some "warm" apple juice - no more pain. I wouldn't be caught without it in my home.

Avoid Ibuprofen   1  0   

Posted by Lorraine (Half Moon Bay, CA) on 10/06/2006

[YEA]  I had a "frozen shoulder" and the physical therapy was a bit painful. I was told by the physical therapist, and previously by a chiropractor, that Advil was beneficial to help the inflammation. The chiropractor said that 2400 mg daily was okay, and I got into the habit of taking it 3 pills at a time. One day I started having lingering abdominal cramps and heartburn. I went to a doctor and he said there was a sore on my larynx that looked to be from stomach acid. he put me on Nexium and told me to stop taking Advil. He also gave me a list of foods not to eat (tomato, chocolate etc.) My symptoms got better on this program, but my stomach still seems more sensitive than it used to be.

Avoid Sugarless Gum   1  0   

Posted by Erin (Weymouth, MA)

[YEA]  I used to chew sugarless gum as a substitute to smoking cigarettes and snacking. I discovered I would get sharp pains in my stomach shortly thereafter. I wonder now if this is connected to my acid reflux.

Replied by Andrea
Parkwood Gold Coasgt, Qld. Australia

In answer to erin's question as to whether chewing gum has contributed to her acid reflux problems, unfortunately, the answer is yes. Continual chewing of gum causes the stomach to release enzymes in anticipation of receiving food as chewing stimulates the saliva glands. When there is no food forthcoming the enzymes are not utilised, and the continual signal evenutally depletes our enzyme supply. As we get older this becomes even more of a problem as we biologically produce less enzymes with age. Lack of digestive enzymes is an integral part of the digestive process as digestion starts in the mouth, these enzymes also stimulate hydrachloric acid in the lower gut to complete the digestive process. Chewing gum in all forms but especially so called"sugar free" should be avoided at all costs as they provide nothing of benefit and cause major problems down the track. Any one who chews a lot of gum should take digestive enzymes with their meals to avoid the inevitable reflux problems that are waiting to manifest.
Replied by Sandy
Berlin, Nj Usa

The sweetner in the sugar free gum is the problem. Bloating and diarrhea are the two main gastrointestinal side effects of xylitol. It is absorbed incompletely from the intestine by passive diffusion and an excessive load, over a person's laxation threshold can cause diarrhea. However, regular consumption can increase one's laxation threshold, meaning that the body adapts to higher dosages. Also, as we mentioned it is incompletely absorbed, unabsorbed quantities are fermented by the intestinal flora which can cause abdominal gas and bloating.

Baking Soda   3  0   

Posted by Kelly (Farmersville, California) on 06/17/2009

[YEA]  Baking Soda As Stomach Ache Remedy: About two years ago, a bunch of us went out to dinner, and I ended up eating too much. My stomach began to hurt and I immediately regretted eating the way I did. Afterwards, we all went to my cousin's house to watch the fights on TV. My stomach was killing me the whole time we were there. I tried walking around a bit, but it did nothing to help the problem. My cousin knew exactly what to do about this problem and mixed some baking soda in a glass of water. He told me to drink it down quickly. I drank about half of it and my stomach immedatley rebelled. I, honest to God, thought I was going to hurl! I managed to swallow the rest of the mixture, and before long, my stomach ache was gone. When we got home, I lay down on the couch, and when I got up, I felt much better. Baking soda tastes pretty nasty, but this remedy definitely helped me get over one killer of a stomach ache.

Posted by Ellyn (Framingham, MA) on 07/06/2008

[YEA]  I think my symptoms are/were caused by a stomach bug. I drank the recommended 1 Tbsp of baking soda with water (3/4 cup cold, tasted like very salty alka seltzer) within minutes I burped INSTENSELY several times. I will try eating an apple later tonight to help. I do feel much better.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn

To Ellen from Framingham, Hi Ellen, I hope that was a typo, because a Tbsp. (tablespoon) of baking soda in 3/4 cup water is a lot of baking soda. I think it should have been tsp. (teaspoon) instead of Tbsp.
Replied by Teresa
Up North, Indiana

[YEA]   Regarding Baking Soda and Stomach Bugs: I used a teaspoon or less in water for my kids. But, this worked well for them this past winter when the stomach bug was going around. Sometimes, they burped after the baking soda. Sometimes they vomited within minutes. But, either way, they felt much better.

Bitters   3  0   

Posted by Brett (Brooklyn, New York) on 10/02/2007

[YEA]  Cure Gas Fast Angostura bitters remedy... I'm a night club dj. On several occasions I've gotten terrible stomach pain just before a gig at a bar. When I say terrible stomach pain, I mean eye watering, agonizing pain that comes in waves. Sometimes it feels like my stomach is in a knot and other times like it's being ripped apart. I've asked bartenders what I should drink. A few have suggested bitters. I'm not sure if this is the same as Angostura bitters, but it's the only thing I remember working. Generally after drinking something with bitters, my pain goes away in an hour or so. Without the bitters, I'm in pain all night and sometimes for a day or two after.

Replied by Jac
East Coast, U.S.

You've got ulcers. I had them. If you smoke & drink, you have to quit or it will worsen and you won't last very long. Sorry. Raw honey will help, as will lower stress (if possible).
Replied by Jen
Beijing, China

It's crazy to assume someone has stomach ulcers just because of intense stomachaches!! I would disregard the previous reply completely, as when it comes to stomach problems, no one could possibly know what another person has until tests are done to eliminate the possible big issues (ulcers etc, ) and when that doesn't show anything, to slowly experiment with all suggested natural remedies.

I myself had chronic stomachaches with no results on CT scans, endoscopies, etc. When all that showed nothing, I was prescribed a load of medication, none of which worked. In the end, what gave me relief was going to a Chinese doctor who specialized in massage/acupuncture therapy. She was the only one who gave me long term relief, and now, if I get an onset of pains, I lie down and massage my organs for a few minutes the same way she did, and then it mostly goes away.

I say for all who suffer stomachaches, do all the preliminary testing to make sure that it's not the life-threatening issues. (Don't forget to look into MALS. ) If nothing shows, start looking into your dietary habits and allergies (like suggested by other users. ) It was unfortunately not the cause of my pains. If it's not yours either, look into natural remedies which are abundant on this site. I know how difficult life can be when living with chronic stomach aches and not knowing the cause, but keep researching and experimenting. There is almost always a cure.

Posted by Wayne (Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies) on 05/01/2007

[YEA]  Hi All: I'm from the island of Trinidad in the West Indies. Since I was a child, one of the standard remedies for alimentary disturbances - belly aches, gas etc. - has been a few dashes of Angostura bitters (AB) in a little cool water. AB is made only in Trinidad but is famous worldwide as a beverage taste enhancer. However, it was originally developed by a famous German doctor to treat his wartime patients for alimentary disturbances. Locally it is still used for same especially by "olden" folk. You can look it up yourself on the net.

Replied by Jerry
Miramar, Fl.

[YEA]   I agree, with Wayne.. When I was a kid, I always had some sort of somach issue or another. My mum reaching for the BITTERS was enough to send u screaming. (it tasted terrible) She held me and spoon fed it to me. And within a few minutes, all was well, I could go back running around and playing. I now use it in my cooking, it adds a great flavour to meats and veggies, and rum cakes. : )

Black Tea   1  0   

Posted by Mabel (Kampala, Uganda) on 03/05/2009

[YEA]  Hi, first and foremost i would like to thank EC, am so greatful for this website, it's such a blessing! Black tea has always been my remedy for stomachach and menstrual cramps. One just needs to boil a cup of water, add tea bag and take it hot (not very hot though) with no sugar (sour but helps) or add 1 tsp of honey if you cannot stand the taste. This will solve your stomach problems!

Replied by Karene
Phoenix, Arizona, Usa

When I was only 16, I was in hte hospital with 3 bleeding ulcers. I learned I have to much acid in my system. My husband on the other hand did not have enough.

The easiest test is the Apple Cider Vinegar. Thru much research & reading we found that he had great releif with this, as for my it made me much sicker. Hope you find your answer & it helps you.

Brown Sugar   1  0   

Posted by TAN KOON PENG (SINGAPORE) on 06/22/2008

China Brown sugar is effective for diarrhea, vomit and stomache.

Replied by Lim

[YEA]   Brown sugar works! I was on medication for stomachache but my pain still persisted. Hence, I turned to Earth Clinic for help. After drinking brown sugar mixed with water, the pain stopped. It was easy and effective. Thanks Earth Clinic.

Cardamom   1  0   

Posted by Matt (Charlottesville, VA) on 02/26/2009

[YEA]  For stomache ache, reflux, or overfullness, chew or swallow the sticky black seeds of green cardamom pods (breack the fiberous shell by popping between the teeth). Cardamom is a popular spice in Indian and Southeast Asian cooking, and you can find then at Wholefoods in the bulk spice area. I prefer chewing the seeds -- they have a menthol-type flavor -- others who find the taste strong can swallow the seeds like a pill. Without doubt, this is the best stomach ache remedy I have ever found. Seriously, try it -- within minutes you will forget you even had an upset stomache!

Cayenne   2  0   

Posted by Lisa (Southeast, USA) on 01/02/2008

[YEA]  2 years ago I finally got healed of an ulcer for which I'd been taking medication for several years. So when I recently began having that telltale burning, gnawing pain in my stomach, I knew exactly what was happening.

I also knew the whole's appointment, upper GI, ultrasound etc etc., just to have them tell me what I already knew. PLUS, they'd prescribe medications which my insurance will no longer cover because there are now non-prescription strengths of them available over-the-counter. Needless to say, I was willing to try an alternative method to save myself the time and expense. If you've ever had an ulcer, you usually don't have to have someone tell you what one feels like.

Anyway, I read somewhere about cayenne's healing effects. A week ago, I was up and down through the night with that burning, and all the antacids I could chew were simply giving me no relief. So Thursday morning I got up, got brave, and mixed a full measuring teaspoon of cayenne pepper into a teacup of very warm water and drank it down on an empty stomach.

It wasn't nearly as bad as I expected! And while I was warm all over and my stomach burned a little more when the fluid first hit that spot, the pain quickly diminished. Within minutes, I felt better than I had the day before, and as the day wore on, I continued to feel even better.

Anyway, I've repeated this every day now for the past week, and by day 3 the burning pain in my stomach was COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY GONE, even first thing in the morning. I'm continuing the regimen for therapeutic and preventive purposes, just to see if it cures my allergies and other problems. I'll probably reduce the daily dosage now that the stomach problem has subsided, but I'm a believer! And I'm a lifelong advocate of that little red pepper...this is news worth sharing!

Thank God for natural remedies.

Replied by Arlene
Jekyll Island, Ga

[YEA]   Cayenne is a life-saver.....I take it everyday and will continue to take it for energy and detox purposes. There is no better blood purifier than cayenne. It cleans your arteries, lowers cholesterol and improves overall health of anyone who takes it. Combined with a vegan diet you can virtually eliminate disease.
Replied by Mark
Las Vegas, Nv

Cayenne is amazing stuff. Very good for the heart, stomach all else. But you don't need to be Vegan to be disease free or for it to work, in fact the lack of protein of a Vegan diet can cause people to not have enough protein to repair the body. Vegans heal more slowly in general.

It's not for everyone I feel like crap without some meat on very regular basis. It also depends on life style and activity level. Most Vegans do it to save animals, not for good health.

Chamomile Tea   1  0   

Posted by Kathie (Houston, United States) on 05/25/2011

[YEA]  For tummy cramps (or the runs) Chamomile tea works wonders- it stops the spasms in your tummy that cause so much pain. Double bag it for extreem measures... If you know what I mean. Roman Chamomile essential oil also works well (just rub it on your tummy). - Do not use the Roman Chamomile for too long or it will stop your bowels. Please note that if you have the runs, your body is telling you that you need to get rid of whatever is inside of you, so do no clog it up too much.

I have also found (from personal experience- with in 30 minutes) that homeopathic ARSENICUM ALBUM works very well for food poisoning (vomiting and the runs), also make sure to take some probiotics to get the good bacteria back.

take care of yourself, KT

Cinnamon Tea   1  0   

Posted by Mike (Queens, NY) on 12/18/2007

[YEA]  I had a stomach virus and after 3 nights/days of diarrhea and stomach pain, I tried some over the counter drugs with no results. I was so desperate that I came across your website and I read the article on cinnamon tea. So I immediately tried it and it work about 3 hours after. So I continue to drink this tea for a few days and now I am perfect. Thanks for your information.

Replied by Manuel
San Bernardino, California

I used two cinnamon sticks broken up into smaller pieces boiled in 3 cups of water drink hot with a little sweetener if needed to taste this will stop severe diarrhea in ten-fifteen minutes also good for upset stomach mix with milk for tasty horchatta type drink. Also, garlic in warm milk with small amount of sweetener is great for stomach ailments and gas

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