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Cinnamon Tea  
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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

Coffee Maker  

Posted by Craig (Corvallis, Or.) on 09/28/2014

For a month I had abdominal pain that I thought might be a kidney stone. I tried a number of things to make it better, and finally had a urogram done, which came back normal. At last I figured out what was causing the pain: a dirty coffee maker!! I went out and bought a new Mr. Coffee and the pain is completely gone.

I hope this helps someone!

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Posted by Cathy (Richardson, Texas) on 07/26/2008

[YEA]  I was diagnosed with abdominal inflammation. This was in the area of the gall bladder. I tried DGL(Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice). In DGL, the glycyrrhizin compound-associated with high blood pressure-has been removed. I used the chewable kind. Dosage: two tablets when I started to have discomfort on my right side. After many years of having this condition, I have been cured with this product.

EC: Agreed, DGL is a great supplement. If you can't find it in your area of the world, try licorice root tea.

Dgl Licorice  
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Posted by Lisa (S. California, Ca, Usa) on 11/18/2011

[YEA]  I've had ulcers in the past and tried prescription medications that did help, but I don't always want to go to the doctor when they flare up. I have a flare up 1-2x a year.

DGL licorice in chewable form will get rid of stomach pain in around 10 minutes. It's a little hard to get past the taste/texture of the chewables but it is the best thing out there. We're talking about pain that will stop me in my tracks and this stuff works. I take 1-2 chewables at a time and sometimes need to take throughout the day.

Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Usa
Lisa, I have been using DGL and sometimes regular Licorice for digestive healing for yrs, but the strength isn't enough. Now I chew 2 tabs DGL and add 1/2 spoon Allantoin dissolved and swallowed. This is necessary only once a day for a few days and you're good for a long while. Manufacturers should include Allantoin to their DGL for that extra needed healing power.
Replied by Karamio
Oakland, Ca, Usa
To TIMH from Louisville - Why on earth would you take Allantoin internally for anything? I think you must mean aloe!!! Allantoin is a chemical compound used in skin care, toothpaste etc.
Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
Karamio: Allantoin is the active ingredient in the herb Comfrey. Allantoin is an epithelial tissue proliferator, that is, it increases the rate at which epithelial cells regenerate. The skin, intestines, and lungs, are made largely of epithelial tissue. Allantoin is not programmed to be effective on only skin tissue, this is why the herb Comfrey is so effective for disorders of involving all epithelial tissue organs like intestines and lungs.

Dietary Changes  
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Posted by Mg (Allentown, Pa, Usa) on 04/22/2011

[YEA]  My Doctors kept giving me acid reducers when I needed a laxative. Now I'm on an 80/10/10 diet and when I eat out of proportion I use a laxitive. No more pain, no mor sick belly.

Eliminate Bleached Flour  
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Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 11/20/2007 | 530 Posts

[YEA]  The best remedy I have found for indigestion, acid regurge, GERD, flatulence is elimination of all bleached flour products in the foods you eat - I find I can eat l00% whole grain bread without problems (usually cures most people's constipation problems also). I don't know what chemicals? are used in the bleaching process, but apparently that is where the problem comes from. However, you must really work at getting bleached flour out of your diet, as many pastas are made with bleached flour, many breads say whole wheat but read the ingredients and you'll find that most start off with bleached flour unless the label reads l00% whole grain. Most gravies, dips, sauces, etc. use the cheapest source of thickening agent - bleached flour. So try it and see if it works for you. It's nice having a "cast iron stomach" which has no problems with cayenne pepper, jalapeno peppers, and all that spicy stuff I used to blame my stomach problems on before I lucked up and stumbled upon the real cause of them.

Eliminating Chicken from Diet  
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Posted by Someone (Earth) on 03/07/2014

[YEA]  I went vegan for a year to try to cure sinusitis - it did not work, but chronic gut pain I'd had for years vanished inside 3 weeks, as it did for my wife also.

We went back to being omnivores after that year, because we were getting "run down". These days, we can eat meat, except no chicken. Even our own fresh, organic chicken meat will give us bad abdominal pain which can last weeks. Why chicken, I don't know. Google "chicken and stomach pain" and you will find its fairly common. Since I figured this out, I was muscle-tested for a very long list of foods - chicken came up as bad for me. I am blood-type B, and not supposed to eat chicken according to Dr d'Adamo, but my wife is type O and it gets her too.

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Posted by Desalegn (Harar) on 12/25/2015

[YEA]  Garlic saved me from bad stomach pain.

Posted by Will (Houston, Texas) on 03/22/2008

[YEA]  Two days ago, I was having sharp pains in my abdominal. I swollowed a whole clove with cranberry juice and the pain went away.

Replied by Erin
Tampa, Fl
[YEA]   Thank you for this suggestion! I tried a garlic pill for a nasty case of indigestion based on your recommendation, and it worked fast. Less than a half-hour after I'd taken the garlic capsule, I started feeling relief. If I had to take a guess, I'd wager that the garlic sped up the process of eliminating the toxin that was causing the discomfort. Thanks again for this!
Replied by Melissa
Crandall, Tx, Usa
[YEA]   I just wanted to say this worked great. My cousin had a stomach ache for days. She had tried tums and other over the counter stomach aides and they did nothing. I read this on here about the garlic and had her eat a clove. About 15-20 minutes later, the pain had subsided quite a bit. I spoke with her today and she said that she is free of any pain now. Thank you for the great advice!

General Feedback  

Posted by I Need Help (Bangkok, Thailand) on 06/15/2013

HELP. I have stomach pain two hours after eating, if I will eat fruits no pain, but I can't eat the food I like bread, flour containing foods, halitosis I think is present, I am suspecting h. Pylori. This is terrible.

Replied by Ali
I know this is 2 years too late, but it sounds as though you may be having problems with wheat. Modern wheat is highly-hybridized and processed and many people cannot tolerate it now. Most of the nutrition is found in the wheatgerm, but that is removed when the flour is processed as it goes rancid quickly, and that is not good for shelf life.

As our bodies need those elements in order to process the wheat, it is logical that eating lots of these highly-processed refined flour products will very quickly deplete the body of them. Those elements, which include B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, etc., are needed for a huge array of processes in the body, including the digestive ones, so eating food that robs more from the body than it gives, very quickly can put us into nutritional deficit.

The reason why fruit doesn't have this effect is because it is complete food that comes naturally packaged with everything needed to process it, and more. It adds to our nutritional fund rather than depleting it. If you eat mostly wholefoods, natural and unprocessed, and avoid processed wheat and other foods your body will thank you.

Posted by Harriette (Brighton, CO) on 05/07/2013

My husband had a massive heart attack last year. He is on many heart meds. He had his gall bladder removed a couple months ago and is having terrible abdominal pain that travels up his chest and esophagus. Doc does not know what it is. Any ideas/cures?

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi Harriette - Since your husband no longer has a gallbladder, is it possible he needs bile salts to help with his digestion? They can be found at most health food stores or online.

If the doctor or pharmacist didn't supply any information regarding side effects or contraindications with the prescriptions, perhaps you could check the Internet to see if that is the reason for his stomach distress. My dad had severe stomach problems and it turned out that the statins he had been taking were to blame.

Also, it might be an idea to work with a naturopath (in conjunction with the conventional doctor if you don't feel comfortable just using alternative medicine).

Dr. Stephen Sinatra (cardiologist) has a book that might interest you (most libraries carry it) - Reverse Heart Disease Now. If you read the reviews on Amazon, you will find that it helped a lot of folks.

I'm sure others will have some suggestions for you and your husband. I wish you the best of luck finding the right answer. Take care, Bess

Replied by Harriette
Brighton, Co
Thank you, Bess. I will ask the cardiologist about bile salts to see if they may interact with any of my husband's meds. My husband is convinced the meds (and possibly the Lipitor or Plavix) is causing these abdominal pains. The question is, how does he take them and improve his quality of life?
Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi again Harriette - I think your husband might be right. My dad's pains didn't stop until he was off the statins. That was in the 1990s and he is still going strong - he will be 91 this July!

Dr. Sinatra's book might give your husband some insight on why his body is reacting that way. He outlines what medication most people may need (as opposed to the barrage of drugs given out), the type of supplements to take and why doctors today are obsessed with cholesterol.

Another good source for information is - if you type statins in his search engine, you will find all sorts of information about muscle pain, etc. linked to statins.

And, of course, our very own Earth Clinic has some great info:

Doctors love to prescribe a whole parcel of drugs in a "one size fits all" manner, hoping that maybe one of the pills will do something eventually. Unfortunately, it's the patient who suffers through the trial and error period while the doctor denies the drugs could have serious consequences.

Be prepared when you visit the cardiologist again. In his book, Dr. Sinatra provides scientific references for those in the medical field. Since he is a cardiologist himself, your doctor may pay heed.

Best of luck Harriette! Take care, Bess

Replied by Rsw
Uniontown, Oh
There is a Yahoo group called Stopped Our Statins, and they would be able to tell you if these pains are statin related or not. Statin side effects are many and often unrelated, so can be difficult to make the connection. I'm generally not a proponent of statins, but since your husband has had a major heart attack, I believe there may be some benefit to him in continuing with a statin, if only to reduce inflammation. There may also be other things he can do, also. Dr. Ornish's recommendation for meditation has been demonstrated to be beneficial. Make sure he is also taking CoQ10 in the form of Ubiquinol (as opposed to Ubiquinone) when taking a statin, since this important compound is depleted by the statin, but is necessary for the brain and muscles.
Replied by Trudyg
Statins gave me all sorts of muscle/joint pains. Dr didn't believe me. I stopped taking them, started natural things (exercise, diet, red rice yeast, etc) and haven't looked back. I don't really trust drs anymore.
Replied by Harriette
Brighton, Co
The cardiologist took my husband off Lipitor, Plavix and Digoxin. He stopped them as of yesterday. The abdominal pains are gone! We don't know if it was the Lipitor or which one was wreaking havoc with his gut. All we know is that is feeling the best he has felt in months! Thanks, everyone, for your input and help!

Grapefruit Seed Extract  
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Posted by Thomas (Searcy, AR) on 12/04/2008

[YEA]  I was so impressed how quickly the Grapefruit Seed Extract soothed my aching stomach. I think I ate some bad food(fish) earlier in the day and had been ailing for a few hours. I tried the GFSE we had and within 15 minutes it felt better.

Posted by Kerri (Salt Lake City, Ut) on 01/01/2008

[YEA]  Grapefruit seed extract is the very best for a stomach ache 5 to 6 drops in a cup of water. It works also if you swallowed some bad water while swimming or drank some bad water while traveling in a different country. It has a very bitter taste. helps kill the germs and bugs. My child after throwing up and trying many different things was able to go to sleep and rest without pain. It has worked even for my friends!!

Posted by Mindy (Boston, MA) on 12/19/2007

[YEA]  Just wanted to add grapefruit seed extract (GFSE) to your list of remedies for stomach aches. I read how bitters have been used as digestive aids for centuries, especially in Europe. The only "bitter" I had around my house was GFSE which I use to disinfect my produce. (GFSE is a powerful germ killer: bacteria,virus, fungus, Candida, etc.) Well I put 5-6 drops in a glass of water and chugged it down fast, and within 10 minutes my stomach ache was gone!!! I drank this bitter water 3x that day and noticed how CLEAR my mind became - another benefit. I had tried other remedies like ACV, ginger, mint tea, but GFSE worked the FASTEST for me. So give it a try. There are other numerous good uses for GFSE which you can learn about on the internet.

Replied by Faithinhealing
Forest Park, Ohio
[YEA]   I used pure PINK GRAPEFRUIT for the same purposes, an upset stomach, and it worked wonders too! I also chewed the seeds because grapefruit juice extract is made from the pulp and the seeds.

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Posted by Vikas on 09/30/2006

[YEA]  I had severe pain in lower abdomen, and in spite of several medical tests nothing was being detected from past 3 months i was just having pain killers and someone told me about honey cure and i searched net and luckily came across your article. It cured my pain completely , and now i feel quite energetic n healthy.. thanks for publishing such a rich natural treatment.