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Home Remedies for Stomach Aches & Abdominal Pain

Last Modified on Jun 03, 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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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   24  0   

Posted by Christina (Lakewood, Washington) on 04/16/2015

[YEA]  Anytime I have a sore or upset stomach from food or such, ACV cures it right away in most cases. I take 1-2 TBSP followed by water.

Posted by Monika (Uk) on 02/23/2015

[YEA]  I had been treated for helicobacter, with symptoms like:indigestion, painfully swollen upper abdomen. Apparently the bacteria was gone (according to GP) but I was still having painful tummy, swelling and indigestion. I started taking ACV initially for my tinnitus (don't see any changes still) but my tummy is much better, haven't had any indigestion or swelling. I give it to my husband too as he has some stomach problems and I'm hoping it will ease his snoring :-D

Posted by Mkontol (Ormond Beach, Fl) on 01/02/2014

[YEA]  I had the absolute worse stomach ache of my entire 57 years. Even my lower back started to ache. I don't use any commercial remedies and was reluctant to take the ACV with such pain. 30 minutes ago I gave in and took 2 tbs of regular old ACV. The pain is now completely gone. Why I waited so long I don't know, but whatever, it worked. Off to get a good nites sleep now.

Posted by Kingskid (Dallas, Tx) on 10/22/2012

[YEA]  Had not been sick to my stomach in many years. Contacted a health food store I use frequently for vitamins, explaining I did not know how to stop the problem. He said put 1 teaspoon of ACV in a small (4 oz) glass of water then drink it slower. It worked within 20 minutes - such a relief. If stomach continues being upset, drink 1/2 of the liquid before eating a meal and 1/2 afterwards. When pressure built up in my chest cavity causing much pain, I used the ACV/water solution and it stopped the pressure. Rather than continue using the ACV/water indefinitely, with meals I took 1 capsule of Echinacea 400 mg to break the virus or whatever it was. It worked. But I will remember the ACV/water and use when needed.

Posted by Mrsg (Jupiter, Fl, Usa ) on 08/13/2012

[YEA]  On two occasions when I woke up with a really bad stomach ache (making loud churning noises) and felt nauseous. I took two tablespoons of organic ACV followed by water. Within 10-15 minutes it felt like the stomach acids were getting neutralized. The pain, noise, and nauseous feelings were gone. Works a lot better than the pink stuff.

Posted by Annec (Hendersonville, Tn.) on 02/24/2012

[YEA]  My stomach was hurting bad, so I went to the hospital emergency room they ran test after test and found nothing. They sent me home hurting. I walked the floor through the night, because it hurt to even lay down. I decided to google. I found this site about ACV. I put two tablespoon of ACV in 16oz bottle of water sipped for 1/2 hr. Pain stopped and l was able to sleep through the night. Thank-you

Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 09/21/2011

[YEA]  I woke up last night with stomachache. I took 2 tsp of ACV in water with lemon juice and it subsided within 1/2 hour. On waking this morning it had come back and was painful so took a bigger dose of ACV with a few drops of lemon juice and water and it is subsiding again. I did try to put up with for ages but it was it was too painful so the ACV is definitely helping.

Posted by Tracee (Buffalo, New York) on 06/12/2010

[YEA]  So I was just lying in bed with a stomach ache that was really bad. I don't get them often but when I do they hurt bad! I decided to look on-line for any quick fix and also in part because I couldn't sleep when I came upon this site. After reading a bit I decided I would try apple cider vinager to see if it actually worked, plus I was desperate. I put one tablespoon with an 16oz bottle of water and began to sip it. I was surprised because it actually started to work! I feel better now and am happy because now I can go to sleep lol! Just had to post my results for everyone. Next time I have stomach pain I'll grab the ACV first! Thanks and good night!

Posted by Nayd (Istanbul, Turkey) on 11/21/2008


Posted by Debra (Turner, Oregon) on 04/24/2008

[YEA]  I have been having HORRIBLE stomach pain and nausea for months and months since my doc put me on Methadone to get me through until I can get a knee replacement. I have tried EVERYTHING in vain prescription acid pump inhibitors Aloe Vera gel (inner filet) yogurt calcium licorish caps mint All of these helped a little .. but not completely. I was still suffering a lot. Today, after finding this site, I decided to try the ACV. Wow! My stomach feels a lot better and it has only been an hour since I drank about a TBL of it in a half cup of water with a tsp of honey. WOW! Thank you to those who posted before me. Debra

Posted by Jenna M (Apple Valley, Minnesota) on 12/26/2007

[YEA]  I have had stomach problems since I was a baby. I got rotovirus when I was three and threw up almost 99 times almost dying. I now have everyday stomach nausea, acid reflux, gas, and just an upset stomach. I came across this site and read many reviews about stomach conditions and how ACV helped. I decided to try it and it actually did help. THank you so much!

Posted by Sandy (sticks, Nevada) on 11/24/2007

[YEA]  ACV is the first thing we reach for when our tummies feel out of sorts. A tablespoon of ACV in a tall glass of water has helped us many times and usually very quickly. We try to take it the minute we get that feeling of sickness. Just sip it and take it easy until you start to feel better. I have had it work almost immediately -- sometimes it takes up to an hour. I wish I had known about ACV years ago, as I am prone to food poisoning.

Replied by Taylor
Sevierville, Tn

I'm having a horrible time with my stomach. I woke up last night feeling very unsettled and then almost immediately I started vomiting and having diarrhea. I can't keep anything down. Not even the smallest annount of water and now I'm dry heaving very badly. I am a firm believer in Apple Cider Vinegar but I'm worried to take it because I just fear I'll throw it up. I need help!
Replied by Sp
Wb, New Jersey, Usa

Hi Taylor, sounds like a stomach virus or food poisoning. I think there's a virus going around right now. I hope you've found relief by now. If you are still having troubles try activated charcoal. And make sure you drink a lot of water with it or it can be constipating. I buy it in capsule form. One time when Pepto wasn't doing enough for me I tried activated charcoal and found relief. It's very safe.
Replied by Erin
Naperville, Il

My daughter had that happen to her and she too was afraid to drink the ACV for fear she would throw it up. Then I remembered that drinking is not the only way to get fluid into your system. I made ice cubes out of ACV and water and let her suck on them and I put her in a bath where I'd poured in about a quarter cup of ACV. She started feeling better that night.

Posted by Pati (NC, NC USA) on 09/21/2007

[YEA]  ACV is such a miracle cure for almost everything wrong with you. If you ever have an upset stomach, or eat some bad food...just drink some ACV..It gets rid of food poisoning..!! Its amazing how good this stuff is.. Whoever said an apple a day keeps the doctor away...was talking about apple cider vinegar..LOL God Bless. !! Drink your vinegar...and feel good !!

Posted by Karla (Okinawa, Japan) on 08/12/2007

[YEA]  I followed some advice on your website to use Apple Cider Vinegar for my indigestion. I had severe indigestion for hours, and was unable to find any relief via prescription medication or over the counter drugs. I took one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, and within 5 mins the indigestion began to ease up, and with in 15 mins I felt MUCH better. The bloating began to ease up as well. I was so happy to be free from the discomfort and horrible task of belching every few minutes for hours on end. Thanks so much! I sincerely recommend ACV to anyone experiencing indigestion accompanied with a lot of belching.

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