Last Modified on May 06, 2016
Natural treatments for ulcers are very effective, ranging from home remedies like cabbage to supplements like licorice. Foods like soothing potato broth are also reported to be very helpful.
What is an Ulcer?
Peptic ulcers are open sores that form along the digestive tract on the esophagus (esophageal ulcers), upper portion of the small intestines (duodenal ulcers), and the stomach (gastric ulcers). They can be very painful and progressively worsen over time. Stress from work or other aspects of life can cause the stomach to over-produce acid, which can wear away at the lining of the digestive tract, but it is now believed that most ulcers are actually caused by bacterial infections (H. pilori) and regular use of medications irritating the stomach lining.
While the number one symptom of ulcers is burning pain caused by stomach acid interacting with the affected area, able to be felt anywhere between the navel and breastbone, other symptoms of ulcers include unexplained weight loss, changes in appetite, dark blood in stools, nausea, and if vomiting red or black blood.
Natural Treatment for Ulcers
Some of the more popular cures for healing this condition include cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, cabbage, coconut oil. Additionally, some contributors have reported positive effects using potato broth, turmeric, raw honey, and licorice. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to cure your stomach ulcer. Know of a remedy not yet listed here? Please don't hesitate to share your story with us.
Remedies for Ulcers
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After reading all of these stories I feel so much more hopeful. I have been suffering from ulcer pain for about six months. I have tried omneprazole twice a day as directed by my doctor. After all these months no relief. Although I found out that taking gasX along with it makes it not work. I am just so bloated feeling and have so much burping that I felt I needed it. ANyway I stopped with the gas X when I found it made the omneprazole not work. But still the past few even with taking the medicine correctly I don't feel relief. I started eating only bananas and avacodos two days ago. Along with plenty of water. It seems to have really helped a lot, but I need this ulcer to be gone. I can't take the pain any more. I want to try the ACV and cabbage juice but I am scared. Cabbage seems like it would be one of those vegetables that would bring on bloating which is very painful with the ulcer. Has anyone noticed bloating with the cabbage juice?
Desperate for answers.
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Posted by Feeling Fine! (Lewes, Delaware) on 09/22/2008
I had an ulcer and was prescribed Nexium. The side effects were worse then the masked symptoms, so I never finished a full 8-week coarse and battled with the ulcer for 5 months.Finally I went searching for a natural cure, found Earth Clinic and decided to try a combination of things with a twist.
I started drinking Apple Cider Vinegar (2 Tbsp) in about 2 cups of water with a 1/4 tsp. of baking soda. I drank that 3 times a day in the beginning. I also took 500mg of cayenne in a capsule 3 x a day and 500mg of glutamine 3x a day (also in a capsule form). I stopped all prescribed medications and only took an occasional TUM's when I felt I needed some extra relief.
After 1 week I was greatly relieved with only occasional flare ups but nothing that couldn't be helped with the ACV and baking soda. The glutamine is what is the active ingredient in cabbage juice which is also helpful for an ulcer, but it's hard to drink 4 cups of raw cabbage juice a day so I went for the capsules. At three weeks I was 90% there, at 5 weeks 100% better. I also think it is important to cut out all caffeine and alcohol during your healing period.
I hope that those of you suffering find some relief like I did, and thank you to all of the Earth Clinic contributors for sharing your information.
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Posted by Dance (Granada Hills, California) on 05/11/2012
Aloe Vera Juice is a miracle remedy for stomach ulcers.
I was diagnosed with multiple (3) peptic ulcers which were confirmed by biopsy not to be from H-pylori (they were actually from unripe tropical fruit I had eaten). When the prescribed medication didn't work and gave me side effects after one week I discontinued used and searched, painfully and desperately, for something to relieve the pain and help my stomach to heal. Milk and food neutralized immediately but then made it worse as it caused more stomach acid to be produced; water diluted but then irritated; juices irritated; anti-acid stuff worked instantly but for only a short time after which the pain got much worse. When a friend suggested Aloe Vera juice, I tried it and was pleased.
So for about 5 months I abstained from citrus and tomatoes (and tropical fruit) and kept an 8oz bottle of pure Aloe Vera juice with me, sipping anytime during day or night I had pain, whether with meals or without. Usually I only needed about 8oz-12oz per day and it tapered off as time went on and I had less pain.
At the end of 5 months, they scoped my stomach again and all the ulcers had healed completely. The doctor (a very competent gastroenterologist) was surprised it happened without any prescription medication.
I've since had another peptic ulcer due to use of aspirin and the aloe vera worked again. I consider aloe vera juice a miracle cure for stomach ulcers not caused by H. Pylori.
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Posted by Old Joe 1964 (Jacksonville, Il) on 04/11/2016
ACV has lots of benefits. I even cured myself of a mild ulcer using ACV. Just drink one 20ml shot of ACV before each meal and enjoy the healing to many parts of the body.
Posted by Justice Adjei (Ghana, West Africa) on 09/18/2013
Hi there, is it really advisable for an apple cider vinegar regimen with other natural products to be recommended for a patient with possible symptoms of stomach or any type of ulcer?. Considering the acid nature of the vinegar? What type of fruits, food & vegetables will you also recommend for such a person? Thanks so very much.
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Posted by Layla (Atlanta, Ga, Usa) on 03/13/2011
I can't tell you how much I appreciate the advice I've found on this forum. I was diagnosed in January with suspected ulcers. The symptoms started in August with extreme stomach bloating after eating anything, and grawing stomach pains accompanied with constant stomach growling (even immediately after eating) and occasional heartburn and nausea.
In September, I upped my Probiotics and started on digestive enzymes along with daily Prilosec. None of this helped so my doctor put me on a prescription ulcer medicine to coat my stomach and Protonix. We I asked for a h pylori test she told me she couldn't do one until I had not been taking any acid reflux medicine for at least 60 days. (??)
These medicines weren't helping either so my next step was an endoscopy which they wanted to do right away. I have a huge insurance deductible so I decided to try this instead.
Last week started taking the 1/4 tsp of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of organic ACV 3 times a day. Three times a day I also take a cayenne pepper capsule and a glutamine capsule (per another post on here). By day 2 my stomach stopped bloating. By day 5 my stomach feels normal again and my appetite has returned. This is the first time since August I could eat without my stomach appearing to be 6 months pregnant.
I believe the regiment is killing the h pylori in my stomach. I really don't care what it's doing because it works!
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Posted by Anne Derasmo (Ocala, Florida) on 10/27/2007
To the person asking if her doctor is right about apple cider vinegar causing ulcers, I am shocked at the ignorance of your doctor. To the contrary I took apple cider vinegar (organic, raw) to cure acid reflux and indigestion. Without it I don't know where I would be today. As an added benefit, my blood pressure went way down. I am a firm believer in raw, unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar and would never stop taking it.
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Posted by Marguerite (Wrightwood, CA) on 06/04/2007
Hi Just want to report I have been suffering from the effects of terrible acid reflux and an ulcer for years now until I discovered this site. I would be up all night vomiting 20 or 30 times and ended up in the ER several times a year. I have been to numerous doctors and have taken all kinds of drugs with nothing working. Who would think something as simple as ACV would cure me! I also test my PH every day as per Ted's advice. I have been using ACV. baking soda, and collidal minerals mixed with apple juice and filtered water 5 days a week. I feel so good! Thank You So Much Marguerite
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Posted by Natural4ever (Hudson, Fl) on 09/30/2010
I've been having stomach problems for a while now. Symptoms started with heartburn, acid reflux, and such and then went on to burning in my stomach and bouts of neusea that would come on out of the blue and last for hours. After researching it I deduced that it was an ulcer probably caused by H. Pylori. I started with ACV, 1 Tbs. 2-4 times a day in juice or water and raw honey for a couple of weeks which provided temporary relief and controlled the acid reflux but I was still having stomach pains and neusea.
When I had stomach pain I mixed cayenne pepper in hot water and that would provide me with relief of the pain for a while. Then a friend told me about Aloe Vera juice and how it would kill H. Pylori. I bought the whole leaf version and started drinking 4 oz. with grape juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. I sip it until it's gone, I don't guzzle it. I'm amazed that after day one of taking it and now 2 weeks later I have not had one symptom of the ulcer or acid reflux. I have more energy and I'm losing some weight to boot. I did have one day a couple of days after starting the aloe that I felt really crappy, like I was coming down with a bad cold or flu but no one I knew, including my wife and kids, was sick. I think it was the detox effect of the Aloe and ACV. It lasted about 12 hours then went away as quickly as it came on.
To be fair I must say that I was not diagnosed by any doctor and I should list everything I'm taking because it might be different things that are curing me. Every day I take a multi-vitamin, about 400-800 IUs of extra vitamin D, 1000-2000 mg. Flaxseed oil, 1200-2400 mg. Fish oil with omegas 3 and 6, 1200 mg. of red yeast rice and 50 mg. of C0Q10 for high cholesterol, 50 mg. 5-HTP and 500 mg. Acetyl-L Carnitine for anxiety, and I also take, like I said earlier, several Tbs. of ACV. I also drink a yogurt drink for the probiotics. I started taking a couple of Tbs. of local raw honey and then switched to Manuka honey which also kills H. Pylori. I haven't felt this good in years so I must be doing something right. I owe it all to researching everything here on EC. Thank you guys so much for being here and spreading the knowledge of natural remedies.
Posted by Adil (New York, USA) on 07/16/2008
I've been diagnosed with H.Pylori a while ago and refused to see the doctor after one round of unhelpful antibiotics. My stomach would sometimes bleed a little. I could detect it from my saliva and stools. But it wasn't a big deal. Last week, I was trying to finish my dissertation and was really stressed. My stomach started bleeding constantly so I figured it probably turned into an ulcer, though I don't know the exact diagnosis. I started using ACV+baking soda (which had cured my acid reflux and stomach problems previously for 8 months but had then stopped working) along with Cayenne Pepper. I mix all of them in a bit of water and take it on an empty stomach. Within a day or two my bleeding stopped and I generally feel an increased sense of well-being. Thank you EC, and thank God for natural remedies.
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Posted by Marc (Montreal, CA) on 02/20/2015
The Very Best for ulcers often preceded by chronic heartburns is baking soda. Each time you have a heartburn, put a quarter teaspoon of baking soda in your mouth and let it melt. It will stop it instantly, faster than anything you've ever tried. Repeat as often it hurts. Think of carrying a tiny container filled with baking soda in your pocket or purse. The Heartburns will get less and less frequent. Soon they will vanish completely. It's the very best and it's almost free. You can find it anywhere. Enjoy life again.
Posted by Ben (Odessa, Missouri) on 06/21/2013
Thank G-d, I believe I have found the cure for stomach ulcers. Though it tastes horrible, literally the worst meal I've ever had, it COMPLETELY worked for me. I ate one whole raw bitter melon including the seeds (with salt and tomato to try to mask the taste)I had suffered on and off with ulcers since Jan 2012 and though it had waned considerably, it still hung around after taking about everything you could imagine, except that matoula (sp?) tea from SA. But that was on my list, even when nearly broke. Cayenne helped a lot, but they still were there or it, whatever. But about a day after trying the bitter melon, the pain totally disappeared. I ate the seeds too because the are supposed to kill bacteria. I did feel slightly erm, inebriated I guess, it has some insulin like effect on the body, but it wasn't a drunk or toxic feeling, just a very calming effect, wonderful actually. I tested myself slowly with all the foods that would bring pain before, coffee, a little wine (I'm not a drinker at all) and bread, pasta, potatoes, etc. zero problems. This is the answer folks, I'm thoroughly convinced that everything else may help, but this plant was made for this purpose in my opinion. Don't listen to people who want to tell you to take pills.
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Posted by Schwabbie (So Cal., US) on 03/23/2015
Cabbage Juice for Ulcer:
The cabbage juice worked for me in 2 days. Problem is keeping up with it. Its easy to do on the weekends when I am home, but when I am at work it's not so easy. And yes the pain will go away, but you still need to keep taking it otherwise the pain comes back. I am going to try juicing before or after work and using the glutamine powder during the day when I am at work.
Posted by Kris (Vancouver, WA) on 01/25/2009
About a year ago I had a major heart attack (I'm 38). The doctors told me it was because of the stress the heart attack put on my body, I developed an ulcer. I was put on a double Previcid, but nothing helped. I was at the point I couldn't do anything, or eat anything without severe stomach pain.
A friend of mine suggested cabbage juice. I did some research and started drinking about 4 oz twice a day. The first day I felt better. Within about 4 days I felt like my old self. It's been two months, I quite drinking the cabbage juice after about 3 weeks, and have not had any symptoms or flare ups since. I would recommend this for anyone with stomach problems!