Home Remedies for Stomach Aches & Abdominal Pain

Last Modified on Aug 06, 2014

Bitters   3  0   

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.

Posted 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!

Posted 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.

Posted 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 routine...doctor'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.

Posted 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.
Posted 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.

Posted by Manuel
San Bernardino, California
3 Posts
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

Dgl   1  0   

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   1  0   

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.

Posted by Timh
Louisville, Usa
1236 Posts
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.
Posted 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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allantoin
Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
1236 Posts
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   1  0   

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   1  0   

Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 11/20/2007

[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   1  0   

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.

Garlic   3  0   

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.

Posted 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!
Posted 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   0  0   

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.

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?

Posted 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

Posted 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?
Posted 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 mercola.com - 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

Posted by Rsw
Uniontown, Oh
435 Posts
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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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!

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