Natural Cures for GERD

Digestive Enzymes

Posted by Coye (Newberry, SC) on 09/05/2007
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I had moderate asthma and chronic gerd. I started using a natural enzyme that contained PAPAYA!! I take the tablets everyday. I haven't had a problem or symptom since I've taken them.I've read many studies that papaya helps withs gerd!!

Digestive Enzymes, Baking Soda

Posted by S. Jones (Litchfield, Mn) on 08/18/2011
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I have tried it ALL. Prilosec, Zantec, Nexium, Apple Cider Vinegar just to name a few.

I have found IT! Digestive Enzymes with Betaine HCl. It works. I doubled the dose for the first week per my natural doctor I see, and then brought it down the next week to normal dosing. Take with every meal. Give this at least a week to do its thing! Oh and along with that take NO GERD, that contains Licorice Root Extract... double that dose for a week as well.

In the meantime to relieve the pain, try 1tsp Baking Soda in a 1/2 glass of water.

Replied by Adloule

Hi, how are you now? I hope your GERD is cured.

General Feedback

Posted by Michel (Oslo, Norway) on 01/17/2012

Hi, I have problems with my throat for years, when I swallow acidic food or alcohol it is hard to swallow and it hurts and burns in my throat but also my back and my chest. My doc says it is GERD, but does the throat really hurt in that case?

Posted by Candy60 (Union City, Oh/usa) on 01/05/2012

I have GERD for a few years now. It makes me feel like I can't get a deep breath when it flares up. I was taking zantac before bed each night. It has stopped working. I was wondering if Lemons (fresh squeezed) will have the same effect as the ACV? I prefer the lemon with BS. I was doing the ACV a few years ago but felt like I burned my esophagus. I was just drinking it straight-- now it scares me. Or should I try this diluted? Also, have been trying to eat the apples to help with the acid reflux. It helps somewhat but still waking up after 4 or 5 hrs sleep and feeling heartburn. Any help appreciated.

Posted by Lucy (Los Angeles, Ca) on 06/19/2011

Does one have to have heartburn to be diagnosed with GERD?

Posted by Trammi (Trinidad, Trinidad And Tobago) on 05/27/2011

Hi all, I was diagnosed with GERD in April 2011. I was prescribed Omeprazole and Gasec. These did not make me feel any better. I developed cramps under my skin. A friend of mine recommended herbal treatments of Kangen water and wheatgrass tablets combined. I have improved greatly. The fast pulse rate, heartburn and short breath feelings I used to have, have lessened. This seems to be helping but lately I have seen bright red blood in my stool. Can anyone help with this please?

Replied by Mike

Trammi....when you have excess acid it bloats you and presses on you vagus nerve ..this causes heartbeat craziness..and pain in centre of chest..there is nothing wrong really with your chest heart just pressure on the nerve causing th e symptoms....omeprazole with COLD water first thing in morning 15 mins before breakfast /cups of tea /coffee cure mine .. when in dire straits I use half tea spoon bicarbonate soda with half glass cold water mixed twenty minutes later relief...bicarbonate soda is an alkaline and dilutes the acid that is causing the bubblingin your gut which causes the probs....when you put alka seltzer in glass of water it fi=zzes like hell ..this is what is happening in your gut ...the bicarbof soda neutralise this fizzing

Posted by Sharingwanderer (Quezon City, Philippines) on 05/14/2011

Hi I would like to ask if Apple cider vinegar and Kefir can be drink simultaneously for the relief or cure for GERD? I got GERD more than 2 months ago and been taking proton pump inhibitor for almost a month cause the doctor said drink it in 2 weeks time and take it if symptoms still occurs. Until I found this site sharing the wonders of apple cider vinegar, I stop taking my meds(PPI) for a while and started drinking 2tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in 8oz of water 3 times a day and I felt a little better hope to continue it til I found the relief I needed. And then 2 days ago my boss gave me a half jar kefir and he said I should grow it and drink it twice a day, and since I'm drinking apple cider vinegar 3x a day I'm wondering if they are working together? or giving better results?

that's all for now thanks

Posted by Richard (Quezon City, Philippines) on 05/13/2011

Hi guys, I'm battling with an acidic stomach / heartburn for almost 2 months, then a week ago I've found here in Earth Clinic the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux it really does make my tummy better.

First I've stopped my Omeperazole, Sodium Bicarb meds for a while (because I've extended my 2 weeks treatment of capsule and got no bail of tummy shaking) to try the Apple cider treatment.

2tsp of Apple Cider in a 1 cup / 8oz of luke warm water, sometimes I do add a teaspoon of honey for 3 times a day, upon arising, mid morning and mid aftenoon or after dinner.

I've notice that my heartburn and crumbling tummy got better though I still feels it but not like before and since I just started ACV for a week, I believe I'll get the relief :)

I only got one question, because yesterday my boss shared his Kefir and he said it has a very good help for acidic stomach, I'm just wondering if I could drink both Kefir and Apple Cider Vinegar? for treating acid reflux/gerd/heartburn without any unusual result?

thanks for your kind reply

Posted by Joey (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines) on 08/31/2010

Hi, I just came from my doctor to get my results from my endoscopy. I have Non erosive reflux disease(NERD)my esophageal mucosa is pinkish and smooth. Unremarkable antral-type mucosa. My doctor has me on prevacid for 30 days. This is quite costly for me. I've been on 2TBSACV and 1/4 BS for 5 days and 2 days off. I'm on my 2nd week now(7th day today)I'm confused now. I thought I have GERD/acid reflux. What do I do now? Please help me anyone?God bless Earth Clinic.

Replied by Kaypeepogi
Manila, Philippines

try checking this site this helps me a lot with me having hiatal hernia and GERD

Gentle Remedies for GERD

Posted by Krishna (Dubai, Uae) on 02/17/2013

My daughter aged 20 years has been suffering from GERD since one year. We are based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Her symptoms are:

- Loose Esophagus Sphincter.
- Prescribed Clintodac one tablet daily after dinner.
- Initially she was vomiting as soon as she takes food.
- Started taking juices, coconut water, Glucose water, milk.
- She cannot take Paracetomol etc due to acidity.
- Started Ayurvedic medicines and after five months she started taking Salads, Curd, Milk, Oats, Bread, Eggs, cereal, Vegetables (without spice). No spicy or oily foods or fast foods. Most of them alkaline foods.
- Due to college activities she may not have taken regularly her medicines or food. She had stomach infection and fever that lasted for 10 days.

- Now she is back to beginning and vomitting whatever she takes. We are again starting with Juices, Coconut water, milk only.

Is there any treatment that would help her eat food without vomiting them?

Replied by Mahi
New Delhi, India

When my daughter was 8 years old she had this problem and now she is 16 and completely out of it. This is what I did with some ayurvedic medicine. Soak raisins at night and give her that juice in the morning. It is very cooling. Also I gave her sometimes chia seed. You have to soak this seed for couple of hours (This is what they used on top of faluda icecream in India. In Gujarati we called it Takmaria) This is also very cooling. My daughter completely stopped taking any kind of soda or diet soda. I was reminding her to drink lots of water. Also ask your daughter to eat little food one at time not to full stomach. This is a big help. It took my daughter one year to recover complety but she is completely out of it. Also at night we raised her bed so food does not come up. I hope it helps.

Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada

Hello Krishna, Looks like your daughter is having low stomach acid. When there is low stomach acid, the Esophagus Sphincter will not close properly. This results in vomiting, burping, indigestion, infection.

IMO, high stomach acid is better than low stomach acid.

Clintodac what your daughter is taking now is a protob pump inhibitor. Which worsens the problems more. Now to increase the stomach acid. First stop cintodac.

After every meal drink lemon juice. Lemon juice made with half lemon squeezed and mixed with jaggery not white sugar in a glass of water, if you don't get jaggery then you can use sugar or honey. If your daughter sees any improvement make this to 1 lemon. If she feels good when taking this, she has to continue this for 1 - 2 months. During this time the stomach may heal and start producing its normal acid. This is like giving rest to your stomach so it can recuperate. If lemon juice works you can notice improvement in the 2nd day.

Alternatively, there is a supplement called Betaine Hcl which provides acid to your stomach. I am not sure whether you can buy in dubai. you can buy it online.

Take 1 betaine hcl capsule with meals. If you are feeling comfortable, then take 2 betaine hcl capsules in the next meal. If you are feeling good then take 3 betaine hcl in the next meal. Now if you are feeling acid reflux or stomach burning sensation then drink a glass of water mixed with half teaspoon of baking soda to neutralize stomach acid.

Now, the result is you have low stomach acid and you have to take 2 capsules with your meal for some time.

Some people are very low in stomach acid for which they have to take 4 - 6 capsules. Try Betain Hcl with pepsin. Betaine Hcl does not cure GERD, it just supplements Hcl, But the idea is lessen the burden of the stomach and give it time to rest and heal. If you don't find Betaine HCL, lemon juice is the simple and best remedy.

Let us know how your daughter is proceeding, it can help many here.

Good Health.


GERD Medication Side Effects

Posted by Micaela (Lincoln, Nebraska) on 07/27/2009
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I take 40 MG of pantoprazole daily for GERD; and though it helps, I am wondering if it could be contributing to gout-like symptoms? Does anyone else report similar findings? The symptoms are: itching and burning sensations at the ends of my toes and arms. Sometimes a numbness in the legs. The sensations come on in the middle of the night and wake me to the point that I cannot get back to sleep. I thought that maybe too many carbs might be causing this, but now I am wondering. I am looking at a more alkaline diet to see if that might help. What do you think, could it be the meds? Thanks.

GERD Surgery

Posted by Dana (Columbus, OH) on 02/25/2007
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OK, 10 years ago Iwas diagnosed with gerd. meds didn't help. natural cures unknown to me. had surgery. called Nissen Fundo. the top of the stomach is wrapped either 180 or 360 degrees around bottom of esophagus. It took care of gerd but other major problems developed. Barely left house in 10 years. Please say NO TO GERD SURGERY.
The problem is that there is a good chance of vagus nerve being damaged. Google "nissen fundo wikipedia" and get the facts. Click on each complication. Impossible to find a surgeon to reverse. Did research on doc at cleveland clinic. He's the head of thoracic surgery and does 2-3 nissen repairs per week and did research article on why the surgery doesn't work. Not sure if i can have it reversed. Start taking hoodia tomorrow b/c i can only function if i don't eat. If remedies don't help you may also have a hiatal hernia. when you wake take a glass of water and jump 3 times. Look into other cures for hernia. praying works.

Replied by Gina
Austin, Texas

Hi, I am curious as to how you are doing at the present time and if you have found relief after the GERD Surgery. Also, what complications have you had that has kept you home bound. I too had that surgery and have had various ailments. I would appreciate any other info. Thanks & God Bless You, Gina

Glutamine, Chamomile Tea

Posted by Annette (North Branford, Ct) on 12/01/2012
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I have been suffering with GERD since March of 2012, I am 52 years old, and recently after many months of researching the best natural treatments, I must say that Glutamine along with Chamomile tea is absolutely amazing. My GERD is nearly 90% gone. I take the Glutamine on an empty stomach or between meals, 1/4 teas. In water. And I drink a cup of chamomile tea about 20 minutes after I eat a full meal. And now my GERD is nearly gone within a few days. Brown rice and sweet potatoes are a staple side dish in my everyday meals and this has also helped tremendously. I just wanted to share this with those suffering from GERD. All the best~


Posted by Joan (Tolland, Ct) on 11/20/2011
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I have suffered from GERD for about a year. Recently I read online that chewing sugarless gum right after a meal for about half an hour could help and I have found that to be true for me. Happy it works but I still hope to find a permanent cure.


Posted by Bobbie (Burbank) on 04/28/2016
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I disagree with the thread that states you need to neutralize stomach acid to cure acid reflux, which is the ideology of mainstream meds like Prilosec. Doing so will only exasperate the condition. Hear is why.

Poor eating habits high in crabs cause an overgrowth of starch metabolizing bacteria, like h pylori, in the stomach. These bacteria actively lower the stomach acids to facilitate their own growth, which reduces the stomachs ability to do its job, digest food. If food does not reach a certain acid level, it will not be released into the intestines and will sit in the stomach like a rock. This causes stomach bacteria to begin metabolizing the food in the stomach, which causes a gas byproduct to build and resultant burping. The burping brings up gastric acids into the esophagus, and resultant GERD.

Curing GERD means healthy eating habits (low starch diet) and restoring stomach acids with HCL acid tablets. If your GERD has already progressed to stomach ulcers, you will first need to address that problem before re-acidifying the stomach. Worked like a charm for me.