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Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for Acid Reflux

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Posted by Tom (St Johns, Nl) on 02/23/2012

I take Apple Cider Vinegar for reflux and I feel much better in time.

If we had a headache when we were growing up, our mothers used to warm the regular vinegar and soak a piece of brown paper in and when the person go to bed they would lay it on their on forehead and it really worked because I know as I never had headache since I was five or six years old.

Replied by Satya
(Bangalore, Karnataka, India)

Plain ACV is working well for me. Almost a week I got continuous heartburn, Doctor put me on PPI. I was googling to find out more about the rememdies.

I have started with very less amount HALF table spoon. Mix in water and drink before big meal OR whenever feel little discomfort. ACV is also keeping my digestion well. Thanks to EarthClinic..

- Satya

Replied by Teresa
(St. Louis, Mo)

Is anyone have a lot of gas after taking the AVC n baking soda drink? I had been taking it for three weeks and I have gas all the time.

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Posted by Piyush (Kolkata, West Bengal, India) on 02/12/2012

I was suffering from acid reflux since february 2011 then I saw so many doctors they gave me lots of medicine but when I take medicine then its ok but when I discontinue medicine the problem starts again then in the month of september2011 I do endoscopy then it found reflux esophagitis with ulceration erosive gastritis. The doctor advice me to take razo-d before breakfast and sleeping time after two months I again done endoscopy then the endoscopy reports shows normal but after one month the same problem starts and in this problem when starts my breathing problem also started. So please advice me that will apple cider vineager will work for me about my problem if yes then please tell me how to take Apple Cider Vinegar and where to get I live in india my age is 30years. I will be waiting for your early reply

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Replied by A.barrett
(Cambridge, Shelford, England)

my friend, bicarbonate soda and molasses syrup, which brings the acid down in your body.

And cures cancer and alot more. But you have to look at your diet mate also, or colloidal silver, which will build your immune system up. And also kill off many major diseases too.

Good luck god bless

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Posted by Becky (Berryville, Ar/ Usa) on 01/26/2012

Better But With Side Effects

I have been taking ACV 1 shot twice a day with a tsp of natural honey, for 1 wk. The overall results have been amazing. I had been taking zantac 150 mg 1-2 times a day for yrs and have totally been cured of my acid reflux. My concern is the past 3 days I have been having intense pain in my back, the kidney area. It feels like spasms. I was wondering if anyone else had experienced anything like this. I also started OP with sunflower oil the same day I started ACV.

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
2073 posts

Becky, the ACV speeds metabolism and releases built-up toxins, and as the O. P. Sequesters toxins, it also allows some to enter bloodstream. Begin 1 grm Vit-C 3 daily and 1 hot bath w/ 1/4 cup Epsom Salt 1/4 cup Baking Soda 3 per week.

Marshmallow and Slippery Elm would help the kidneys. Add more purified water during this episode.

Hope this helps and good luck.

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Posted by John R (Cudahy, Wi) on 01/02/2012

I was certainly tired of acid reflux, and approaching 3 of those pepcid completes in a day's time. I went to see doctor google and ran across the statements in favor of ACV. I have a tblspn of ACV (with the mother!! ) with 12oz of purified spring water and a touch of pure flavoring in the AM with my fibery breakfast. Now it's more like 3 pepcid completes in one week if I have lots of spicy food. I'm going to have to give ACV (with the mother) two thumbs up. Been on it 2 months or so.

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Posted by Joanie (Basking Ridge, Nj, Usa) on 12/31/2011

Hi, I am so happy to have found this site. I'd like to ask Ted a question. I have been diagnosed with LPR. Almost 3 months of ppi's and no improvement. I have changed my diet completely and am doing everything right. I am reading a lot about apple cider vinegar and have just begun to try it. I am also in menopause now as a 47 yo woman. I'm wondering if hormones could be playing with my LES. Thank you for any advice. I cannot stand living with this lump in my throat anymore. My gi is now saying that maybe it is just anxiety. I don't think that is it but I suppose it could be. I also have post nasal drip and when I go to bed at night, I can feel the reflux coming up into my throat. I have had 2 doses of ACV already and I see my throat feels better already.

Replied by Mel
(Katy, Texas)

I just saw your post and wanted to let you know my doctor thought the lump in my throat was anxiety and it was. He put me on 20mg of celexa for anxiety and I feel a whole lot better. I also use apple cider vinegar along with my ppi and it has helped so much.

Replied by Kapohosue
(Pahoa, Hi)

What are you talking about when you mention ppi? I do not know what this acronym is.

I plan to give the ACV a try today. Acid reflux has just started and I really hate the idea of getting onto prescription drugs to solve this.

Love this site.

Replied by Liz
(Boston, Massachusetts)

PPI = Proton Pump Inhibitor. Prilosec, Prevacid, etc. are all PPI's.

Replied by Pat
(Minneapolis, Mn)

ppi is "proton pump inhibitor" It is a class of drugs often used to reduce the amount of acid your stomach produces. Nexium is just one of several brand names that comes immediately to mind.

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Posted by Lillian (Stoney Creek, Ontario) on 12/27/2011

I was on Prevacid for a very long time and getting worse. I did some research on Prevacid and found that I should not have been on it for the length of time that I was. I started taking 1 tablespoon of ACV in a small glass of apple juice plus eating an apple every evening(golden delicious) and have been fine ever since. Prevacid eliminated too much acid and this is what made me worse.

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Posted by Dad (New York ) on 10/04/2011

Better But With Side Effects


I had severe acid reflux and the ACV made a HUGE DIFFERENCE. Now I am 95% to 99% better with very little reflux and I have only been using for three days. But I am having now symptoms of UC -- ulcerative colitis -- spasms, some pain, etc. Is this due to not using baking soda with the ACV or should I add Humic Acid to my diet as a supplement?

Thanks to EVERYONE who has posted to this site because it has saved my life!!!!

Replied by Flyman32
(Walla Walla, Wa, Usa)

I'm 60 years old and have had severe acid reflux for years resulting in a condition called Barrett's Esophagus. I was taking a prescription drug and it was literally killing me. Couldn't work, could barely function. Not only that but it wasn't stopping the acid reflux any more. I got off that stuff and I started with ACV 2 months ago. I wanted to write here because it's working wonderfully for me. But.. I had to play around a little. I tried with just water, tasted bad and although I have NEVER had acid reflux again since I started, I got some pretty bad heartburn.

As far as the taste was concerned I read someone's post about putting it in V8 juice and I have been doing that for a while. It tastes like a bloody mary and is pretty good. But it still gave me heartburn. Finally I switched to Ted's remedy and now what I do is drink it with the V8 in morning and with baking soda at night, right before bed. I'm acid reflux AND about 98% heartburn free. Still gotta watch out for some things that make it reoccur. Also, I increased the dose to 4-5 teaspoons ACV. I mix 4oz of V8 with 4oz of water in the morning and at night I add 1 tablespoon baking soda. I will visiting my doctor so he can stick a tube down my throat if he wants I guess. Barrett's is a pre-cancerous condition and not to be allowed to progress. THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has posted here. The info here has changed my life.

Ole T,

Walla Walla, Wa

Replied by Lisa
(Hackettstown, Nj)

OMG, unbelievable relief within a couple of hours! I was reading this site yesterday, ran to the store got the vinegar pills and in addition, took 2 tbls in 8 oz of water. In about 2-3 hours, GONE! So happy because that lump in throat accompanied by the phlegm, choking, horrible, and food coming up my throat all day was insane! So happy I found this site. It's also so good for other things, like hot flashes, bloating, etc. Whoa... Yay me!

Replied by Kristy
(St. Louis, Mo, Usa)

Hi! Thanks for posting your results. I'm new to this site and I'm trying to find out Ted's exact remedy for acid reflux. What are the doses and how many times a day does he recommend the ACV and should I be doing baking soda too? I'm desperate for relief. Any info you can offer would be helpful! Thanks!

Replied by Henri
(Miami, Florida, U.s.a)

Better But With Side Effects

The mixture stopped the heartburn but, me too I get spasms in the colon and constipation when I drink AC bs as side effects so far.

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Posted by Djt (Medford, Or ) on 09/26/2011

I wake up with a horrible taste in my mouth in the morning and my throat is sore or if I nap in th recliner I have a sore throat and bad taste when I wake up. Sometimes in the night I guess I burp and up comes a horrible taste (bile?); so bad I can't get it out of my mouth. Do you think ACV would help with this?

Replied by Mike
(Stuart, Fl)

Try sleeping on your left side.

Replied by Duffy
(San Francisco, Ca)

A recommendation at is to eat 3-4 hours before bed. He also has information about how stomach contents migrate up when one stops breathing during the night.

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Posted by Rg (Singapore) on 09/25/2011

Hi, Past 6 years I am going through the hurdle of Gastrics & Bloating stomach and subsequently passing the gas with strong odor. I was diagonosed by Gastric Ulcer and undergone the surgery. However my bloating and gastric issues not fixed.

I came across the Apple cider vinegar and Mastic Gum. Can anyone advise me whether I can try this? Just want to make sure not makes the situation worst.


Replied by Wendy
(Clearwater, Fl)

Sounds like you may have SIBO. Check out the work of MD Mark Pimentel for more insight. Rifaximin is the antibiotic of choice for this, but that is just a part of the story. It is a complicated disease.

Replied by Joselyn
(Manchester, Ct, Usa)

I have just started taking acv. My mother has been using it for over a year and it has seemed to control her acid reflux. I am not sure how, but this seems to do the trick. I cannot STAND the taste of it, so I started off with half a bottle of water, a teaspoon of avc, a teaspoon of honey, and a powdered flavor I can mix in the water. I love it. ACV also cures different types of infections, helps menopause systems, etc etc! It's the magic trick! It won't do you any harm, I encourage you to try this.

Replied by Sgoyette87
(Deltona, Florida)

Just tried it 2tbs in a glass of water seems to be working thank god cause antacids are not.

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Posted by Charles (Claremont, Ca) on 09/23/2011

Apple cidar vinegar works well for me too. It stopped the acid reflux in its tracks.

My DO told me that there is something in coffee, (not caffine) which relaxes the esophageal sphincter muscle, allowing bile to come back up. So I gave up coffee and substituted green tea, but it didn't clear up the problem right away.

What causes the sphincter to close is when it detects acid. So there is probably not enough bile being generated to trigger the closure. May be a function of age. A good supplement is Betaine HCL which is what the body produces for digestion, so it's a natural supplement. But it's kind of expensive. ACV is a lot cheaper.

My idea on apple cider vinegar is that it is an acid, like all vinegars, and when it hits the sphincter, it triggers the closure. That's the end of the acid relux episode. Works for me every time, although it has been some time since I have had any indigestion. I haven't tried ACV on a daily basis as a supplement, I only swallow a teaspoon full if I feel any indigestion or acid reflux coming on.

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Posted by Judy (Redding, California) on 09/21/2011

I've just begun taking ACV along with Baking soda. According to Ted from Thailand, you're supposed to take on empty stomach which I assume is before each meal. Now I'm seeing comments about taking the ACV/BC after each meal. Now I'm confused. I assumed the idea was to prevent acid reflex and as with Prilosec, you have to take before meals, it doesn't work if you take it after a meal. Did I miss something somewhere?

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Posted by Melissa (Florence, Arizona) on 08/17/2011

I am 40 years old and have had acid reflux so bad that it got into my lungs and I was misdiagnosed with COPD! I was taking 2-4 prilosec per day and still having problems. Then I saw that medicines like prilosec can cause low iron, calcium and b12 which I have had problems with for years. I wanted to find a better way.

The first day I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar for acid reflux I put about a teaspoon in 8 oz of water and drank it with dinner, which my husband accidentally made spicy! It was burning with every bite and then it stopped and I never got heartburn! Amazing love it!!

I am on day four and still no heartburn. Fantastic! I hope it continues!!

Replied by Countrygrl
(Hodgenville, Kentucky, Usa)

I am new here and I would like to get some advice on the ACV and Baking Soda theory. I am now taking 2 meds for acid reflux(Gerd) prilosec 20mg and zantac 150mg and I am wanting to get off the both of them.. I have tried the organic ACV at one time but it seemed like to me it burned my stomach and made me worse but maybe it was because I was doing things all wrong.. I would love to get off of these meds that I am taking for this but I dont want to be in misery doing it.. Any Replys would be great.. Thanks everyone and God bless you. Sherry

Replied by T
(Houston, Usa)


ACV 2 tablespoons in 8oz of lukewarm water 2-3 times daily (empty stomach or between meals) helped me with acid reflux.

Aloe vera juice has also been very useful, when at times I felt the ACV was too harsh and felt like it was burning my stomach.

Reduce/eliminate sugar, meats, flour and fried foods from your diet for a few weeks as you do this and your system will re-balance itself out.

I do AVC for 4-5 days and am cured for months on end. The acid reflux will pop its head out again if I am not careful with diet and I have learned to in the long run eat what my body needs hence elminating this issue altogether.

Good luck, T

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

Countrygrl, lemon juice will also stop acid reflux if you don't like ACV. Lemon juice has many nutritional benefits as well.

Those reflux meds you are on are very dangerous for you (research it). I would stop those cold turkey if I were you.

Replied by Jaypee
(Metro Manila, Philippines)

I've been diagnosed with GERD-induced Asthma and have been taking omeprazole, domperidone and montelukast for the past 2 weeks. I have had no relief from the pains and extreme difficulty in breathing when climbing stairs and bending over. I would like to try ACV and D-limonene together, please anyone can share their similar COPD stories and how they were able to find some relief?

Replied by Raakhee
(San Antonio, Texas)

Do you take your tablet, before or after the apple cider vinegar? I am on day 2 and take ACV in water first thing in the morning and 10 mins later my reflux med(ppi) please help as how you took.

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Posted by Marius (Centurion, South Africa) on 08/15/2011

I'm definitely trying this ACV. I've also heard from good sources that pineapple just one ring or a sip of juice after eating will help. Lemon half an hour before.

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Posted by Kay (East Northport, Ny) on 07/18/2011

Hi my name is Kay from Long Island NY. For anyone unable to tolerate the ACV taste in water, I have been sweetening the liquid with Stevia and it tastes much better. I have not used a prescription or any antacid in three years. I have been able to sleep lying down instead of propped up..

You can also use the ACV on your salad as well.

Replied by Mike
(Montreal, Quebec)

HCl/enzyme capsules will work IF YOU KNOW HOW TO CONSUME THEM PROPERLY. Don't take HCL without water or milk otherwise of course it will burn your esophagus because it is pure acid. The best is to take it before, between or after a meal. HCL is important against GERD because it kills of many bacterias that regularly causes your reflux problem. ACV is good also but bad for your liver since it is a form of pure vinegar. Try HCL/Enzyme as a first and let us know the effect it has on your digestive system then if that does not work, there is also plan B. Mike

Replied by Dixie
(Aptos, Calif)

Can you use regular Vinegar too and Hintz Apple Cider? When I was a child I drank it all the time. Now I have Acid reflex and sometimes even with medication it gets out of control so I hate it. Am willing to try this and would love if it works to get off medication all together. Also heard if you take medication for this it takes away from your bones and that isn't good.

Thanks, Dixie

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Posted by Lori (Reedsville, Wi) on 06/03/2011

Can regular store bought ACV be used for this?

Replied by Arsh
(Dubai, Dubai, Uae)

Hi osama,

1- u can buy organic ACV (apple cidar vinegar ) at a pharmacy which does sells natural or health nutrition supplements is the requirement, as it would be unpasturised and would be consumed in water.

2- for GERD - Acid reflux...

as prescribed by previous posts by followers..

mix 2 teaspoon / ( increase it to 2 tablespoon with time ) in one glass of water (8oz approx )

for best result so that ur stomach shouldnt get irritated ( try adding sodium bicarbonate ) yes its soda bicarb and not baking soda powder....

this too is available at same such pharmacies.

this wil help to neutralize bit of acid to alkalanize it to ph 6 - 7.

here Acid ( ACV) is used to treat acid reflux (another higher kind of acid ).

hope it helps u.

I have same condition since many years and I am trying it since a week. first day it did irritated my stomach so I taken anacid ( omeprazol) which is the only solution being given by doctors till date....but since last week, now im not having any anti acid pills, and its keeping fine!

lets hope inshallah this should help us all to cure our long held ailments amin!

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