Home Remedies for Stomach Aches & Abdominal Pain

Last Modified on Sep 28, 2014


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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
05/08/2013
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
05/08/2013
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
05/08/2013
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:

http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/heart_disease.html

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
05/08/2013
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
Anon
05/09/2013
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
05/10/2013
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   4  0   

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 guthrie (Salt lake city, ut) on 01/01/2008

[YEA]  Grape fruit 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
04/21/2010
[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.

Honey   1  0   

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.

Impacted Colon Connection   1  0   

Posted by Jeanne (Atl, Georgia) on 06/25/2008

[YEA]  Please be careful if you try activated charcoal! I was getting stomach pain 20 minutes after every meal. I finally figured out that my stomach pain started after I took activated charcoal (heaping tablespoon for 2 days in a row - not a lot!). I located the pain in my stomach, found a little lump in the colon, and then used my fist to move the lump to the left. A day later my husband took over, found the lump,(which had moved slightly) and did acupressure for about 2 minutes on the spot-- ohhh yes, it hurt. But within minutes I had to run to the bathroom and the rest is history. No more stomach pain. So please be careful with the charcoal, especially if you have a sensitive stomach! I think that people's stomach aches can be often be an impacted colon. The same thing has happened to me before after eating bread and another time, after drinking psyllium without enough water!

If you press on your stomach and have a painful spot that moves slowly from one day to the next, you may have clogged your colon/intestines. Tons of water helps, but acupressure massage is best to move the obstruction to your bowels and out. One last note is that I was having normal bowel movements even while my colon was impacted, so don't rely on that (constipation or elimination) to judge, but more on the location of pain and whether or not a little lump exists.

Replied by Mark
Las Vegas, Nv
06/20/2010
Actually a heaping tablespoon of activated charcoal is A LOT! I have capsules and it says take two at a time I have taken as many as four at a time for gas, bloating diarrhea, preventing food poisoning etc... A heaping tablespoon wold be equal to 15 capsules or so.

Mint   1  0   

Posted by John Smith (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) on 01/04/2009

[YEA]  Stomach Ache Cures: I have found that a simple home rememdy i have been using for years works greatly and I would like to share it with everyone. MINT works great to relieve the pain. Chewing minty gum, eating a peppermint patty, or anything with a minty flavor will help the pain decrease significantly.

Mint Tea   3  0   

Posted by Anne (Nicosia, Cyprus) on 03/25/2013

[YEA]  Hi I have a great remedy for stomach ache even for babies although a bit of sugar is required for them to drink it. Its mint tea. It needs to be diluted with water and just luke warm for babies of course. Adults is can be as hot as you like. Its amazing how quickly the stomach ache leaves when I drink it. Also another great remedy for me is to eat an apple when I get heartburn and prune juice for constipation. Also I have begun to use aloe for my skin and its helped it look so smooth. Hope this helps people feel a bit better naturally.

Posted by Rebekah (Fresno, CA) on 02/20/2008

[YEA]  I use peppermint tea and candied ginger for my stomach aches. I get daily pain due to IBS. These alternative remedies worked 10x better than the Rx meds the Dr's gave me. Ginger helps relieve nausea and will aid in digestion. Peppermint tea works to soothe a sour stomach.

Posted by Patti (Nicosia, Cyprus) on 09/23/2006

[YEA]  My family is Greek Cypriot and they use herbal medicine alot. My favorite is Mint Tea for stomach ache. If you have a bad stomach ache, boil some drinking water along with dried mint leaves and add some sugar or honey for taste. Make it in the same way you boil regular tea. Strain the tea leaves and drink it as warm as you can. It usually works on contact. I even used this for my son when he was a baby and had colic...not too hot, though.

Multiple Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Anon (Anon) on 02/15/2012

Mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (not baking powder) into a glass of water, add 1 heaping teaspoon psillium fiber, stir up real good, drink immediately. Then drink another glass of plain water.

On an empty stomach: cover and steep in water 1 teaspoon Chamomile tea and 1 teaspoon Catnip tea together, drink when cool enough, wait an hour, then drink milk/soy milk.

With meals (preferably salad) 2 teaspoon Swedish Bitters mixed into a glass of water, 2 times a day as needed.

Quit drinking soda, coffee, green and black tea, cocoa, don't eat chocolate, gluten (such as in wheat, barley, rhy, somtimes oats), dairy, sugar.

On an empty stomach: mix into hot/warm soy milk 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon clove powder, drink (you can add cinnamon, cocoa powder or coffee too, if you like). Drink lots of water. Eat several fresh oranges. Very strong, very dehydrating, do it when you have the day off. Don't go to bed until much later.

Fast on green juices and fresh fruit. Parsley, cilantro, bok choy, fennel.

Consider hepatitis, IBS, celiac, hernia.

Gluten free oatmeal, 2 tablespoons raw organic coconut oil, 1 teaspoon organic cinnamon. Mix and eat on empty stomach. Drink lots of water.

Dice and lightly cook a large onion in 1 tablespoon safflower oil, it should still have some of the bite to it, eat the entire thing on an empty stomach.

Replied by Wen
Benton, Arkansas
07/10/2013
Soy is highly estrogenic as well as having other issues, please look into using another milk such as almond if you can't drink dairy

Myofunctional Therapy   1  0   

Posted by Angela Lynne (Vancoover, Wa) on 03/27/2014

[YEA]  My daughter had chronic stomach pains and 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar helped her most mornings. But she still had pains at night. The doctors couldn't find anything wrong and one even suggested we look into removing her gall bladder to get rid of her pain. We didn't do that! After an endless search we found out she had a slight tongue tie that led to a reverse swallow. With a reverse or tongue-thrust swallow, she was gulping a little bit of air each time she swallowed and that led to chemical changes in her stomach acid. A myofunctional therapist helped her to learn to swallow right and her mysterious stomach aches went away. She's sleeping better and waking more rested

Non-Alcoholic Beer   1  0   

Posted by Robert (Orlando, Florida) on 03/10/2008

[YEA]  Non-alcoholic beer remedy

Years ago I began to drink large amounts of fruit or vegetable juices like grape or V-8 or tomato juice, but the acid content eventually began to irritate my bowels. At one point my body could no longer tolerate those juices getting severe intestinal pains if I took any amount.

Then I began drinking juices together with non-alcoholic beer and found that, amazingly, I could drink unlimited amounts of juices that way without any problem whatsoever. I don't know what it is about beer that mitigates the effects of the acid in juices but I have been mixing the two and drinking them for many years now with no ill effects whatsoever. In fact, I find the taste of the combination to be superior to the taste of either one alone. The best way to do it is to mix the juice together (maybe about 25% to 50% beer) but they can be taken separately too.

Oatmeal   1  0   

Posted by Vicky (Manila, Philippines) on 07/16/2009

[YEA]  Hi there! I read some of your problem, well, indeed, I have abdominal pain also and it has been aching for seven years and I have undergone several treatment and medicines but still those procedures which is really "costly" didn't work for me. what worst is one of my physicians whom I asked for other opinion adviced me to prevent my favorite foods that is harmful to my stomach system and that I should prevent of having full stomach.I was really on my dilema and eager to find solution for this so I tried to take "oatmeal" an instant one and though I don't really like the taste and texture of it, I drink it every morning with an empty stomach before breakfast. I used it as "hot beverage" in a half glass of hot water, eneough to dissolve the instant oatmeal. You can also try to eat it as porridge but your eating habit will be change because of lightweight food in your stomach so better you take the oatmeal as hot beverage, not thick but just eneought to drink it. Your acidity will also lessen and soon will dissapear plus you'll gain other benefit from it. I don't also prevent taking my antiallergy and avoiding my favorite foods just because of my stomach condition....I hope it somehow help you out there because the only way to cure our illness is to find remedy and it work for me... I am now free from acidity, and stomach pain...

Replied by Skinnythia
Canton, Georgia
02/12/2012
[WARNING!]   You might want to watch the oatmeal. I have had the pinching in the sides, on both sides, high and low, for most of my life. I finally got really tired of it and started questioning my drs. About a year ago. I wanted to make sure there was nothing wrong with me. So much that I had been told through out my life in way of pain had ended up as being major, (Heart area pain ended up being large hole in my heart, being found after stroke at age 40). So I started the quest and didn't let the Drs. say relax. I finally had a colonoscopy to find I had kinks in my colon, and really needed to stop all fiber, and drink the Mi_____x once a day because of how kinked up I was. He was shocked because it was so difficult to do the colonoscopy. My pain was from not emptying properly. I thought I was, but guess I wasn't. Now I don't do it like I'm told to. And the other day, I forgot and for two days ate oatmeal. I ended up writhing in pain on the floor of Hobby Lobby. The pain didn't subside for 10-15 min. My husband, an EMT was so worried, but I had realized what I had done. I went home and started a double dose, for 2 days, and then single dose for 2. I thinks I'll try 1/2 dose every day. It really helps. But do get checked out to make sure it is the problem. And people, take care of yourselves!
Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
02/13/2012
Milled Flax Seed is my daily hero for Colon health; it provides a gentle yet strong purge that keeps those inner layers clean. I also use Aloe Vera softgels every other day to purge infection, which from my personal experience, Flax cannot.

Oats With Fresh Ginger   1  0   

Posted by Robert (Sunyani, Ghana) on 01/11/2009

[YEA]  Am Robert, have been surfering from stomach aches for so long indeed but with the use of ginger cut into into water with oats cooking did help me a lot and suggest any one with same conditions to try same.

Heart burns too, olive oil one table spoon a day works so good too plus using lemon juice scrab on the chest twice daily is good too.


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