Acid Reflux
Natural Remedies

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux

Basil Seeds
Posted by Soneeta (Santa Cruz, California) on 02/10/2013
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Acid Reflux: Mix 1 teaspoon Basil seeds (Tutmalanga) in a glass of water, let sit for 5 minutes (the seeds will look like it has fuzz on it) than drink it.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Gracie (Flushing, New York, USA) on 02/01/2013

What kinds of supplements did you take to get rid of the fungus? Did you take any supplements to help your overall condition?

PS: I hope you recover from your current health issue, soon.

Eliminate Soy
Posted by Curious_Emily (Berkshire, New York, Usa) on 01/23/2013
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I've just recently learned that acid reflux can be a symptom of adult-onset soy allergy, or soy intolerance. It is very simple to see if this is all, or part, of the problem. Just eliminate all soy products from the diet for 2 weeks and see if symptoms improve. Please note that soybean oil, soy lecithin, and soy protein isolate are in a wide variety of foods, supplements, and vitamins, so it's very important to read labels carefully. For example, most brands of mayonaise are made with soybean oil, as are most products that contain vegetable oil or vegetable shortening. Factory-farmed eggs also contain a lot of soy, since soy protein is fed to the chickens; ditto for farmed fish. So many people must avoid these foods as well. After eliminating all soy from the diet for at least 2 weeks, deliberately eat something very high in soy content, preferably unfermented, such as soy milk. If your acid reflux symptoms return, you have your answer.

As a bonus, several other health issues have resolved since eliminating soy, including a decrease in chronic arthritis pain, brain fog/short term memory issues, loose bowels, insomnia, and vitamin B and D deficiencies. After some study, I've found that these are all common side effects of adult soy allergies.

Sesame Oil
Posted by Hannah (Paris, France) on 01/14/2013

Hi Nylle, I'm interested in the sesame oil. I have some virgin oil that I started using for oil pulling, but I am not sure I understand which oil you are recommending. So in the scheme of Extra Virgin, Virgin, Refined and Pure, you are saying to get Pure is that correct?

Will it specify that the sesame seeds have been roasted on the bottle, or is the name "Pure" simply a way of stating that roasting is a part of the process?Are there any brands you would recommend?

I currently live in Paris, France and the nearest Chinese grocery is not near at all. I did see a Pure sesame oil at my local grocery store but I wasn't sure if it would do.

Also, is this a cure for GERD or only acid reflux? Thanks for your help!

Ibuprofen Connection
Posted by Lea (Janesville, Ca, Usa) on 01/04/2013
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I developed acid reflux after taking ibuprofen. Once I stopped, the acid reflux slowly went away. With so many people suffering from acid reflux and with so many taking these pills, I highly suspect a connection.

General Feedback
Posted by Marlene (St Johns, Antigua) on 01/03/2013

you should avoid fry food alchol.. Tomatoes citrus.. Eat small amont of food. when u get the money do a barium meal test you could be developing a hiatus hernia.

Avoid Non-Fat Dairy
Posted by Larry (Fairfax, Va) on 01/01/2013

Your adverse reaction to non-fat milk is probably due to the highly heat treated milk protein that is added to replace the solid content lowered by the fat removal.

Avoid Non-Fat Dairy
Posted by Tracy (Charlotte, Nc) on 12/31/2012
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I stopped having acid reflux episodes when I stopped consuming non-fat dairy products. Try going to 1%. If that doesn't work, go to 2%. 2% works fine for me.

I used to think the episodes were a result of eating acidic foods (e. g., tomato sauce, etc. ), but found that consumption of non-fat dairy actually was the underlying cause that made my system intolerant of those foods. I can eat the other foods now with no problem.

Be sure to read labels, because skim milk and skim milk powder can be found where you least expect. I rarely get reflux now, but can trace it back to accidental ingestion of non-fat dairy every time it happens.

Hope this helps someone.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Pauline (Harare, Zimbabwe) on 12/21/2012

In my country most of the aloe Vera juice is not available. There is aloe Vera berry juice does anyone know if this will help a Gerd sufferer?

Posted by Kamran (New York, Newyork) on 12/06/2012

I can attest to this. This worked for me. I started making tomato tea (TT) for the colds and I started taking TT last year 2011. I usually take 1-2 tablespoons daily during late fall and early spring as well as when I sense that the weather is abruptly going up and down in the winter and my body is sending early warning signals that I am getting "sniffles" that a cold is coming. The only problem I have with taking TT is that I get very bad heartburns... It feels like I am getting heart attack / pains... At that point, I immediately swallowed small mustard packets every 10 minutes or so (they are free along with ketchup, mayo, salt, pepper, etc. ) that one gets in the fast food restaurants or sandwich shops. The packets are small, do not break and easy to carry). Yesterday I took TT in the morning and late afternoon in anticipation of an oncoming cold (which did not happen). In the early evening I swallowed three packets, 15-30 minutes apart and within or less than taking the first packet my pains went down by 50%. Within 30 minutes, my heart pains totally went away... Can't live one without the other.. This worked for me..

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Hannah (West Orange, Nj) on 11/20/2012

Hi Kaizzzma! Was wondering how long it took you to heal your gut and did this heal your reflux for good?? Or do u still have to continue with supplements?

Betaine Hydrochloride
Posted by David (Pensacola, Fl) on 10/30/2012

This works great... And so does eating fresh Grapefruits. Grapefruit juice helps, but is not as fresh.... it is not as strong then. The best was D-Limonene... A Citrus Peel Extract.

Baking Soda in Orange Juice
Posted by Drmikedo (Northumberland, Pa, Usa) on 10/22/2012
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Awesome acupressure post for reflux. I know this technique as the diaphramatic release. My understanding is that this works because diaphragm spasm (or tightness) causes it to be ineffective at supporting the LES (lower esophageal sphincter). If this is a component to your reflux, it will definitely help.

For the acid part, my favorite is Sodium citrate. Works by neutralizing and then buffering the stomach's acidity. Does not cause the rebound effect of calcium containing solutions (calcium stimulates the body to secrete more acid, as acid is required for its absorption). Can easily be made by combining 4oz of orange juice with 1/2 tsp of baking soda.

Posted by Scar1ett (Lethbridge, Alberta) on 10/17/2012

Actually toradol is also very hard on your stomach and my doctor would rather give me a slight narcotic than toradol. So, anyone with acid reflux should stay away from it.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Kaizzzma (Monmouth Beach, Nj) on 10/15/2012
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The best thing I found for Acid reflux and getting off Nexium was powdered glutamine, heaping tsp in water in the AM with heaping tsp of powdered vit c and then a carnotine pill and carnosine and NAG 750 glucosimine.... this healed my gut right away and my esophogus....

Palm Oil
Posted by Phummy (Evanston, Illinois) on 10/13/2012
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In Africa, Palm oil is used to give relief for most abdominal problems. Just take 2-3 tablespoons at onset of the problem.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Taco13 (Millard, Ne) on 09/03/2012

To: E. S. From Gulf Shores, AL; Just curious, did your symptoms start shortly after any military service or vacinations? An earlier post said his started right after a flu shot. The first time I remember having any reflux was during the gulf war right after we received all of our vacinations. I also experinced food getting lodged in my throat and having to vomit so I could breathe during this same time. Wondering if there is a connection.

Digestive Enzymes, Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Moomie (Atlanta, Ga) on 09/03/2012

Taking the prescription or even OTC "drugs" will never give you relief in the long run and will only cause other problems with all the side effects.... Such as brittle bones and depleting your body of much needed nutrients, thus "rebound". I hope you will give all the remedies another try and try them in different combinations until you get the right combo, rather than staying on the "drugs". Your problem doesn't sound like " too little acid", but rather what is called "silent reflux" that IS actually too much acid, but it does it at night after laying down. I have been battling this disease all my life and I am 62 yrs old, but am embarking on a new chapter in my life and I plan to totally get rid of this problem through a combination of these ingredients for a better life. I have tried some of them before with good results, but due to a very hectic and hurried lifestyle and much stress I couldn't stick with it. NO MORE "DRUGS" for me!!!!

Digestive Enzymes
Posted by Moomie (Atlanta, Ga) on 09/03/2012

Sleeping on my left side causes acid reflux for me. I suggest anyone try different sleeping positions, I had been told by my Gastroenterologist to sleep on my left side, but everytime I do I wake up in severe pain and choking to the point of throwing up. If I go to sleep on my right side and flip a little later to my left it will get me everytime. If I start out on my left side it gets me sooner. I can only sleep on my left side after several HOURS of being in bed. So it is different for everyone. There is no one "remedy" or "cure" that will work for everyone. You will have to try each of them single and in combination until you find what works for you, but natural is soooo much better than prescription with all the side effects any day.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Jenni (Atlanta, Georgia) on 08/30/2012

Hi, I am also interested in finding out how much to give it to 10 months old baby. My daughter is suffering from acid reflux and the prescribed medicine has helped her but not a lot. She is still spitting up after having milk or solid food. Please let me know what brand is safe for 10 months old and how much to give and how many times a day.Thank you very much.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Eva (Ballymena, Northern Ireland) on 08/18/2012
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My acid reflux started about 1 year ago. I wasn't sure at the beginning why I was so sick, had a nausea, was dizzy sometimes, tired.. Then I found out it is acid reflux. I was trying to heal it with Aloe, Apple cider vinegar and baking soda.. It did help for awhile but definately didn't heal it. Then I said to myself STOP. If I wont heal it, I can develope a cancer of aesophagus. I stopped to drink coffee, stopped to eat chocolate, began a vegan, started to make vegetable and fruit juices everyday and I feel 100% better! When I eat chocolate, I start to feel sick again. So I am better off from all these things.

I definately recomment lifestyle changes, because your body is trying to say: 'Stop to put all this rubbish to me! I need much more nutrition to keep you healthy and happy! ' I am quite glad now, that I started to have a GERD, because that made me think about my lifestyle and now I started to live healthy again with right choices of food as I used to do years ago. I make vegetable and fruit juices for my wee son as well, buy lots of vegetables and fruits everyday, try to make some new healthy vegan food nearly everyday. And I am very happy when my son eat it and like it, because I know, that I am giving him the best nutrition. So people. Don't be afraid to change your diet. It is the best think you can do for yourself in long term. I didnt want to take medicines for this, because I knew, it will only make my problem worst and then I will really get sick. I don't even need any medication anymore. Food is my medication. And avoiding coffee, chocolate and meat was the most important thing for me.

Posted by Christine (Nottingham, England) on 08/13/2012
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I have just started using a herb tincture called Centaurium by ____. I take it 3 times a day before food. It is helping my reflux problems and my digestion feels so much calmer. It really does seem to help. I obtained it from my local health food stores. It is worth giving it a try. Hope this helps.

Posted by Tony (Melbourne, Vic., Australia) on 08/12/2012
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Forget Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux. Go on to Metamucil. Metamucil is basically Psyllium Fibre with a nice taste to it. I had the worst stomach problems ever, but Metamucil has solved the problem. It is not a cure, but it is a management solution. I take it morning and evening every day. I suffered for several years, but not for the last three years. Give it a go. Best wishes, Tony, Australia.

Posted by Dr. Matt (Gilbert, Az) on 08/09/2012

Just to clarify for the above anecdote: Pepto Bismol contains BISMUTH, not BARIUM. On occasion, antibiotics may temporarily eradicate acid causing bacteria if they are present. Barium and Bismuth are relatively inert elements. (unless they are of the radioactive kind)

Artichoke Extract, Aloe Vera
Posted by Charmen (Tagbilaran City, Bohol) on 08/05/2012

hi I also want to cure mine, pls reps, what shot means, quantity?

Posted by Monil (Herndon, Va) on 08/03/2012

Acid reflux can be caused by a lot of different reasons. Things that worked for others might not work for you. You have to keep trying different things until one sticks. For me raw okra juice worked like a charm.. Please give it a shot. Make sure the okra are immature and small and also remove the seeds.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Bullet (Los Angeles, Ca/usa) on 08/03/2012

Hey I am new to this cite.. Ive been having acid reflux and gas for a month.. I started with bloating... And burping.. I am scared to death of dying from this.. My doctor put me on acciphex 20 once a day it helps but still get some reflux.. I drink live yogurt evry morning on an empty stomach.. Then a pill of garlic it has to be natural with the garlic smell.. I eat a small meal... I drink horse tail tea mix ith 8oz of water.. And two pills of dgle licorice extract... And it works.. I am waiting on blood test this sypmtoms may be h. Pylori... But can cause gerd.

Reader Theories
Posted by Sandra (Humboldt, Tn) on 07/31/2012

same here, I am going to gastro doc tomorrow for a consult. Regular doc thinks I might have narrowing of the espohgas which can be caused by reflux. I hope not because I have heard that if you have these sidtures then you will have to keep having your throat stretched to open it back up. It is bad when even water won't go down like it is supposed to.

Reader Theories
Posted by Sandra (Humboldt, Tn) on 07/31/2012

First I do not have my Gallbladder so stomach has worsened since when it comes to eating. I found that on occassion I would have bloat in my stomach when I would eat anything, like the food was not digesting and would sit in there for days, ouch hurt. Nothing helped. Not baking soda, gas tabs, nothing. I could see the air pumping up my tummy and it stayed in there, no gas no burping just bloated pain. Which of course greatly reduced ability to eat anything. I felt full all the time. Hardly ever did I have acid reflux, but on occassion I would get a sharp pain in my chest that took my breath away and made my heart race for a few seconds till it passed. Feeling of someone scared me bad. Anyway I found out by accident something that worked for the acid and bloat.

I started drinking cinnimon and honey tea I make Step One: Boiling 8 ounces of filtered water in the microwave for 1.50 minutes, then stirred in one level teaspoon of SIAGON(Spelling ?) ground cinnimon (because the cheap stuff turns to snot looking stuff impossible to filter, yuck! ) steep 30 minutes cover cup with plastic wrap of sandwich baggy. This makes one days worth which is two servings. You can drink it warm or room temp. Just don't add the honey to really hot water because it destroys the honey's properties.

Next Step: Pour half the tea in the cup you will be drinking out of reserving the remander infusion of cinnimon tea for at or around hour before bedtime.

Next step: add 1/4 teaspoon honey to the 1/2 cup of cinnimon infused tea, and stir. [I use local honey from my area due to allergies, store bought will work. ]

NEXT: Add 4 more ounces of filtered water to make a full 8 ounce cup and drink it on an empty stomach 15 minutes in the morning brefore eating and on an empty stomach before bed. Do not drink the sediment as it can upset your tummy. You can add 1/4 tsp ground or 1 slice of fresh ginger to the cinnimon mix at steeping time and that also helps restore natural balance in your tummy if you have been on meds for reflux. Not only will this over time rid you of your issue but will help with weight loss and detoix your intestines of sludge. Drink filtered water perferably room tempature cool or tepid and wait to see the difference you get. Never drink ice cold drinks when eating it turns the fats in your food to sludge in you stomach and wrecks havoic in your gut.

*If you can't find SIAGON cinnimon use the cheap stuff but there is a trick to getting the slimy blob to settle onthe bottom of the cup before pouring off measured amount for tea. After steeping stir, wait hour or so to settle on bottom then pour off for tea. Or make this the night before for morning tea to be room temp and then add filtered water to the remainder 4 ounces infused tea mix to equal 8 ounces. Stir and cover then by bed time the residue will settle to bottom of cup then just take care when pouring off this time no need to add water because you already did that. Tea time. I am having to do this for now due to stores here not carrying the SIAGON cinnmon right now.

Aloe Vera
Posted by E.s. (Gulf Shores, Al) on 07/20/2012
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I was recently diagnosed with Diverticulitis, Barrett's Esophagus and a Hiatal Hernia. I am a Disabled American Veteran and one of my problems has been GERD, which I have suffered with for many years. Some nights it got so bad I would wake up and jump out of bed, choking for air. I have been on a regime of Omniprozole for many years as well, but have recently starting takin Aloe Vera Gel, ACV, Slippery Elm, Papaya Enzyme and a Probiotic and can say I've had the most restful sleep I've had in a long time. Plus the bloated, hard and puffed out stomach is no longer there. I am not sure if one thing is doing it or a combination of all of them, but for now I am going to stick with it.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Peter (Las Vegas, Nv) on 07/16/2012

How many minutes you I should wait after I take Aloe Vera Juice before start eating. Sincerely, Peter

Posted by Connie (Youngstown, Oh) on 07/16/2012

I was having stomach pain for 3 months now. At times it would feel like I had a knot under my breast bone. The pain would go from mild to severe and there was one time I almost went to ER. I was treated with previcid for the attacks. After reading on this site, I began to eat raw cabbage leaves on July 5. Just tried to eat 4-5 leaves throughout the day. the first day or 2 I noticed some relief. I did notice more heartburn for the first few days - but I felt that something was improving pain wise. by day 5 I noticed a significant difference. Here I am 10 days later and I have not had pain for over a week. I am amazed. I started adding cabbage to all my sandwiches and salads. In addition my constipation has drastically improved. Cheap and works!! I am sold!! Thanks and good luck

Aloe Vera
Posted by Mostrefulxcannotbecured (Houston, Texas) on 07/08/2012

My reflux cannot be cured and most cannot be cured because most reflux is from hiatal hernias. Mine is a sliding hernia which causes acid to come up my esophagus, so how can that be cured? The acid can be nuetralized so it does not come up but not cured!!

Artichoke Extract, Aloe Vera
Posted by Ten (Bloomington, Mn) on 07/05/2012

Are you fully cured from gerd?? Are you able to eat anything you want??? Are you still taking artichoke and aloe regular???

Alkaline Acid Diet
Posted by Din (Kl, Malaysia) on 06/23/2012

for a quick relief try munching on cucumber. it works against hot spicy food too.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Sylvia (Alexandria, Va) on 06/21/2012
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Generally I have used mangosteen juice in the past to relieve occasional acid reflux. This last time I got a very severe run of acid reflux due to a medicine that I was taking. It seemed logical that if aloe helps heal wounds that it might help heal my esophagus and my reflux. After two weeks on aloe vera juice, I feel much better. I was using the Trader Joe's and took one ounce ( a shot glass ) three or four times a day.

Artichoke Extract, Aloe Vera
Posted by Maryb (Virginia Beach, Virginia / USA) on 06/20/2012
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I cured my acid reflux in 5 weeks. I had gone the route of apple cider vinegar (hated the taste and burning in my throat), then Prilosec, and Nexium. Then I met an Herbalist. She had me go to GNC and get the Artichoke Extract. I took two capsules right when I finished breakfast and two capsules right after dinner every day. She also had me get Aloe Vera juice extract (wildberry is my favorite). I would take two shots right when I woke up an two shots right before I went to bed. Sometimes I would take a shot mid afternoon ( not very often).

I quit the Nexium after being on the artichoke and aloe for 24 hours and had no burning I still followed the bland acid reflux diet. But at five weeks I forgot to take the artichoke one morning and had no burning, so I decided to back off the artichoke and aloe Vera in the next couple of days. Then quit it. I slowly started eating spicy foods again and had no issues. It has been a year now. I told one of my husbands customer about it. (she had been on Nexium for around a year). She called me the next morning an said she slept all night for the first time in ages, she stopped the nexium that day and was cured in 5 weeks with no more issues. My daughter told a coworker about it and hers is cured too. The artichoke help control the bile. Please try it. IT WORKS!!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
Posted by Mary (San Francisco, Ca, USA) on 06/17/2012
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Some one posted that when she took ACV, it gave her terrible acid reflux. Another lady told her to add a PINCH of baking soda to it. IT WORKS! I gave up taking ACV before because it caused acid reflux, too. So after I read the advice to add a pinch of soda, I gave it another try. Now I can drink 1 teaspoon of ACV, added a generous pinch of baking soda and a little honey; and I'm not experiencing acid reflux. THANK YOU so much!

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Susanrose (Orange County, Ca) on 06/14/2012
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I have tried nearly all of the remedies listed here for Acid Reflux. The only thing that has greatly helped me is a recommendation from a lady at the local vitamin store. I now take Activated Charcoal capsules, 260 mg. I take two at a time, up to 3 times daily. Sometimes 2 capsules per day is enough. It helps tremendously. I was in bad pain nearly all the time, but thank God, now this seems a minor pain.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Cheryl (Dalton, Ma) on 06/14/2012

Had reflux bad many years ago then lost 40 pounds and went macro, was gone until starting eating wide and getting wide again. Don't like acid reducers like Prevacid so tried calcium tablets which helped a little. Main thing is no coffee, chocolate, tomatoes, citris and grease. Hard in this culture and I love the first two. So just took the first leaf of aloe and ate the jell like I've seen my puppy do and already feel much better. Got a luncheon I need to go to so will try and find something to eat that won't react but this website and all your comments helped so much. Thanks.

Posted by Tony (Hawhtorne, Ca) on 06/11/2012

When you said mustard is it the one in a bottle or mustard powder or some kind of grain?

General Feedback
Posted by Hkw612 (Oakland, Ca) on 06/09/2012

When I initially found out I had reflux with no reason for getting it, it turned out my gallbladder had "died" and I didn't know it. I had to get it removed and have been on a low-fat diet ever since. You have to ask to have a scan done because most doctors won't offer it up. Hope that helps.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Ceci (Portland, Or) on 06/09/2012

Why should we not eat fermented foods? I had heard that if they are the right kind of fermented foods, they are good for us?

Posted by Carla (Bellingham, Wa) on 06/06/2012
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I just tried it this morning, 2 teaspoons mustard after many days of heart burn, nausea, etc. It has been about 15 minutes and I'm feeling relief already, I hope it will last!