Home Remedies for Stomach Aches & Abdominal Pain

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Apple Cider Vinegar   22  0   

Posted by Vickie (Victorville, CA) on 06/04/2007

[YEA]  I occasionally have bad stomach aches. They are so painful I was desperate for a cure. Over the counter remedies didn't help. In fact they seem to make it worse. I finally decided to get on the internet and I came across this site. I read abou the apple cider vinegar cure and it didn't sound right at first. It made my stomach ache more as I thought about trying it but at that point I couldn't afford to leave any possibility unturned. I tried it and my relief was almost immediate! ... If only the answers to all problems could be this easy! Thanks!

Posted by Debbie (Leamington, Ontario, Canada) on 04/19/2007

[YEA]  Hi, My father-in-law has been suffering from serious stomach problems for as long as I can remember. He took prescriptions that were very strong and costly. He just didn't think their was anything left to try. I suggested he try apple cider vinegar capsules according to directions on the container. A while later he is raving about how well he feels and how all of his prescriptions for various health problems are put aside. I urge people with stomach, intestinal and high blood pressure problems to try acv, they won't regret it. God bless.

Posted by Lisha (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 12/09/2006

[YEA]  Every 2 days I would get these painful stomach aches that would last to the next day. I went to my doctor and he prescribed something, but it didn't help. So I tried the vinegar, and in a week I felt so much better like I felt before my stomach aches. So I want to say with tears, thank you so much. Bless this site.

Posted by Diana (Bemidji, MN) on 11/17/2006

[YEA]  For over a year my medical doctors have been unable to find a cause or treatment for my severe abdominal pain that had caused me to be unable to work full-time. They then labeled my problem "anxiety." I finally ran into the idea of hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) and the use of apple cider vinegar and digestive enzymes. WOW! I had almost immediate relief! I even love the taste of the vinegar undiluted. I work for a medical clinic and am extremely disappointed in doctors' lack of knowledge in natural remedies and their insistence on labeling me as having stomach pain as a result of anxiety. I'm glad I accidentally came across this remedy. It has saved my life, in my opinion.

Replied by Natalie
Centereach, Ny
hi there

did you have any reflux or had an endiscopy done. i was diagnosed with a small hiatel hernia and some acid reflux. nut the thing is i didnt have these pains till i started taking the ppis, prilosec. protonics, nexium, zantac. only in four months. but i stopped takiing the ppis. cause i was getting bad side effects from all of them i have been off it a month. i feel like my stomach is going crazy but i have this pain in my abdoman left side a little underneath my breast. im getting an mri done this monday to rule out pancreas. what i want to know is how you felt after you took the vinager????

Replied by Pamm
Birmingham, Alabama
I was in the hospital for 4 days with severe stomach pain under my left breast behind rib cage with burning sensation & bloated stomach worst pain I have ever experienced & they did upper gi and the only thing I was told I had was Gastritis. They put me on Prilosec prescription & at first it helped & alot of air was released out of my stomach almost immediately and it got better but today is 5 days on meds and it stopped working now, so I am back to square one & hurting again. I was told I had high stomach acid in hospital, but now wonder if I still do after taking prilosec, since it stopped working. I know I don't have colitis I don't have any symptoms pointing that direction. I have tried taking apple cider vinegar and its not helping either. I wish everyone luck here & I hope my pain goes away. I am open to any suggestions? Thank you!
Replied by Deborah R
La Porte, Texas
Have you tried two tsp of ACV with 1/2 tsp of baking soda? I've been taking this for about a month and it has made a huge difference in my digestive tract!
Replied by Brijorg
New Haven, Ct
Pamm from Birmingham, I think what you want to use is manuka honey. This stuff worked like a miracle for my reflux and is supposed to cure about any GI tract issue.

The way I did it was to apply 1 Teaspoon of the honey to a 1"x1" piece of rice bread, chew well and swallow 20 minutes before eating. The bread will prevent the honey from being absorbed into bloodstream too quickly, will coat the esophagus and GI tract to help protect it from the acid and begin healing. It is supposed to take up to 3-6 months to heal completely, but you can feel it begin to work almost immediately.

My friend thought I was nuts for not wanting to keep using the pills which gave relief (but suppressing symptoms not dealing with the problem) but then led me to eat/drink things I should have been avoiding (drinks with acid, dairy, etc) until balance is restored. I felt 80% better in just 2-3 days. Please, please, please try the manuka, it saved my life.

Replied by Artasian
Seattle, Wa
If despite medical help & Apple Cider Vinegar one doesn't find relief for excessive stomach acid... I found a highly effective ancient yoga procedure which is supposed to work miracles. It's highly effective if done a couple of times a week till u taper it off to once or twice a month. The procedure is very simple and in India one calls it " Kunjal". Any good yoga teacher can teach u the simple technique which is quite simply a warm water stomach wash. Great for ppl who suffer from excess acidity & general detox plus what better than the joys of no side effects!!
Replied by Pamm
Birmingham, Al
Brijorg, I just now seen your reply, I wish Earth Clinic sent emails to show people who replies to your post, however I am getting the stuff you said to get for your stomach today. Can I order it online? I am experiencing the tightness in stomach & lots of pressure, can't handle it anymore it keeps me up at night. They said Gastritis but Prilosec does not work anymore. I will try your remedy thank you so much!!

EC: Hi Pamm, we recently added a feature where you will now be notified if someone replies to a post you are watching in your registered member account. Simply log in and click the "watch" icon at the bottom of this thread and you will be asked if you'd like to be notified. Click yes.

Replied by Nuamah
Tema, Tema, ghana
I used to have stomach upset. I can hear a lot of noise and pains in the left side of my stomach. What is that?

Posted by Diana (Bemidji, MN) on 11/17/2006

[YEA]  For over a year my medical doctors have been unable to find a cause or treatment for my severe abdominal pain that had caused me to be unable to work full-time. They then labeled my problem "anxiety." I finally ran into the idea of hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) and the use of apple cider vinegar and digestive enzymes. WOW! I had almost immediate relief! I even love the taste of the vinegar undiluted. I work for a medical clinic and am extremely disappointed in doctors' lack of knowledge in natural remedies and their insistence on labeling me as having stomach pain as a result of anxiety. I'm glad I accidentally came across this remedy. It has saved my life, in my opinion.

Posted by Rhonald on 06/02/2006

[YEA]  Upset Stomach, Digestive ills -- I keep ACV on hand. In addition, it keeps your body pH acid level in check. I use it anytime I feel sick...which is usually in a moving car with people who are heavy on the pedals..UGGHHH, a horrible feeling. I also drink a bit in a little bit of water before a meal and digestion is greatly improved. Usually, my day is so hectic, at dinnertime if I am still wound, this helps greatly. My brother has terrible allergies and is drinking a bit each day...he says his problems are 80% better. In general it makes a tasty "cocktail" Some spring water, a bit of mineral water, some vinegar, and organic honey, or maple syrup..chill and UUMMMMMM.....UMMMMMMM...Delicious!

Posted by Connie (Houston, TX) on 05/31/2006

[YEA]  I had a stomach ailment since I was around fourteen. Not sure what it was, but found out that my sister, mother and I all shared the same symptoms. So, I thought it was a family issue. Since my teenage years I was not able to drink water first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, nor have rice and water together. If I tried, would feel so ill that I would have to lie down for 20 to 30 min. Nor would my sister and I drink and eat rice together. Even though, I tested the theory over the years, same results. In February of 2006, I was introduced to ACV by a friend. I tried it. Immediately it got rid of indigestion. After the third day of ACV, with much anticipation, I tried a glass of water with my husband by my side. Wow! no discomfort after 23 years. I can't begin to explain how I felt. Now feeling triumph, the next day, I had a glass of water and bowl of rice. I was willing to bare the pain in hopes of a victory. It worked. No discomfort, no curling up in the bed from stomach pains and no more hesitation of drinking a glass of water in the morning. I have now been drinking water every morning (on an empty stomach) since that beautiful day in February. Thanks ACV. After 23 years, I now can have a glass of water first thing in the morning.

Posted by Adrienne (Chicago, IL) on 02/09/2006

[YEA]  I got food poisoning on Feb.4th.. I saw this suggestion this morning. I immediately tried the ACV.. Another testament to this product. It took about two hours or so to start working. My abdominal pains seemed to be shifting from all around. I realized that the pain had subsided and has now left.. thank-goodness for this site and this suggestion. I feel much better.

Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash
Also if you don't have the ACV you can just drink the water 1/2 hour before eating prepares the body to pour on the acid that breaks down the food, and add a bit of salt to your diet and get similar results... Read the book Your body's many cries for water by Dr. Batmanghelidj.

For gallbladder issues and problems digesting fats, use betafood. For liver issues use coconut oil in your diet. Add magnesium to your diet for muscle health that affects digestion and elimination and add probiotics.

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]  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.

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