Effective Natural Remedies for GERD Relief - Holistic Approach

Baking Cocoa
Posted by Diane C. (California) on 01/16/2022

Baking Cocoa helps GERD or Stomach acid/Acid indigestion!

I just wanted to share with people what has helped my husband's stomach indigestion and acid problem!

He was diagnosed with GERD. He has tried different antacids for years and nothing helps him. He discovered that "baking cocoa" in warm water or milk as a chocolate drink takes away his acid completely and instantly! This is how he uses it:

1. 1 teaspoon of baking cocoa in a cup of warm water to dissolve it,

2. A little bit of coffee creamer or any type of milk.

3. You can also use stevia or sugar to taste.

Cocoa is very good for your health! Check out health benefits on line.

My husband uses the generic brand to cut cost and it works fine!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Elsa D. (New Zealand ) on 01/01/2022

GERD caused by Hiatal Hernia (HH), diagnosed thru endoscopy. Started my GERD with too much burping, I got worse, I have strong palpitation in my stomach and feeling like I have heart palpitation but it was my stomach. This is my own sickness that cannot be cured, I think bec it was caused by HH.

My treatments: Chiropractor will pull down HH. Acv, baking soda, DGL, LIFE Extension brand of ESOPHAGEAL Guardian tablet sucked during bedtime Elevate my head when sleeping And most of all, I used my fingers to press the stomach, chest, neck, all parts that is painful . Breathing problems is solved and it happens bec your intestines is full of air that goes up . Press upper bone on the chest and burp so acid reflux will not go up to the throat. Occasionally use a belt between my diaphragm and stomach to prevent acid going up to the chest . It caused anxiety too when acid is up, Lobella is calming. Lots of warm water. Chew the food.

When there is pain press it or poultice clay leave it overnight. The remedy is to press and burp plus all remedies mentioned above to manage it. Don't worry you will not die, something had trigger it and you will be sick only for three days. Don't worry too much and carry on with life as long as you can IF not have a rest.

I inherit this weakness from my mum and she is 86 yrs old now, not taking any medication and I am 70 yrs old, started this ‘pet' when I was 52 yrs old, on menopause- life still beautiful and living the dream.

Love Elsa

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Elsa D. (New Zealand ) on 01/04/2022

hello everyone with GERD

I'm back again for some exciting experience I had just a few days.

i have sooo much things happening in my stomach bec I have eaten different nice but naughty foods during the holiday season.

i woke up spinning and my stomach is giving me too much problem . I can't drive bec I'm dizzy and feeling in my stomach

i want to vomit but I can't I did the suggestions I have posted earlier, it does help but problem always came back. I have been dizzy nearly a week, not vertigo . It's coming from my stomach

When someone had the same experience I had, recommended Eno Fruit Salt. Went to Indian store bought one but the lady owner recommended ‘TRiphala' as well.

Arrived home and took some Eno, seems good.

before bed I took Triphala, next morning took another dose .

The next day morning, the GERD sickness I had for more than 20 years seems fixed

Oh I took some slippery elm that day too, to calm down the spasm in my stomach .

Bec that spasm in my stomach make me dizzy too that urge me to moved my bowel (sorry)

Would you like to try?

Go to Indian store or store online


Baking Soda
Posted by Stephen K. (Clayton, Ca) on 06/26/2021

How I cured my GERD was to take a half teaspoon of baking soda with an 8 oz glass of water on an empty stomach three hours after I eat dinner and nothing else.

I did that for so many weeks and I cured my GERD.


Betaine HCl
Posted by Bry (Escondido, CA) on 05/23/2021

Betaine HCL worked like a miracle for me too after many months of suffering from GERD (chronic heartburn or acid reflux). It felt like a rat was living in my tummy, gnawing my insides every day.

It is necessary to take 5-7 caps instead of the 1-2 the bottle says, and ONLY take it with protein meals, never with light meals. Made my suffering that lasted for months go away in several days. I still maintain my stomach health by using this supplement occasionally with a heavy meal. (If you take betaine HCl with a light meal you will probably feel burning in your stomach.)

If you have been suffering, you have got to try this method. The reason it works is because when we get older and the stomach acid level drops, the signal sent to the brain weakens and the sphincter closing the esophagus off from the stomach relaxes and lets a tiny bit of the very strong HCl (hydrochloric acid) through. It is counter-intuitive, but raising stomach acid during a protein meal will send a stronger signal, and the esophagus sphincter will shut tightly again.

Using a drug that shuts off stomach acid can be detrimental since stomach acid kills germs that you do not want entering your intestines, and makes minerals from food available to the digestion. Mineral deficiencies can start a new host of illnesses.

Actually, sipping a slightly strong ACV drink with a protein meal *might* create the same situation of raising stomach acid during a heavy, protein-laden meal. God bless!

Dietary Changes
Posted by KT (Usa) on 02/06/2018

Hi Josh,

I'm so sorry to hear of your troubles. Have you had any blood work done recently? What does your doctor advise?

It's hard to know what to suggest but I would try a Tablespoon of BSM (Blackstrap Molasses) in warm milk or water. It is rich in minerals and a good source of B vitamins which may help stimulate your appetite.

If you have trouble keeping that down maybe you could start with 1 tsp. of BS (baking soda) and 1 tsp. of BSM in the morning.

Hopefully someone else here can provide helpful information for you.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Steve (Nv) on 02/06/2018

Try doing the Hulda Clark liver/gallbladder flush. Once you get the liver/gallbladder flushed out your digestion should improve.

Dietary Changes
Posted by KT (Usa) on 02/08/2018

Hello again Josh,

I neglected to mention the Nutrition Almanac declares "A mineral deficiency often results in illness, which may be checked by the addition of the missing mineral to the diet." Minerals are not always shown with a CBC (Complete Blood Count) so you have ask for specific ones.

Another thing you need to keep in mind is you could be having trouble with binders, fillers and even capsules. During production of various ingredients a manufactured form of glutamic acid (MSG) is created that can destroy nerve cells needed for peristaltic action. MSG is a nerve stimulant and when it is a consequence of manufacture it is more damaging.

Since you had trouble passing the pill cam you might want to incorporate cayenne pepper with your meals. Cayenne pepper is reported to restore peristaltic action. I have been using this myself to help with elimination.


Dietary Changes
Posted by KT (Usa) on 02/09/2018

Hi again,

I think we are not supposed to share links here anymore so I copied a statement that may give you some hope...

Cayenne can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action in the intestines.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 02/10/2018

Dear Josh,

You have gotten many good suggestions. I will add a couple of thoughts.

I agree with Steve that a liver flush may help. Whenever I get heartburn it means it is time to do a liver/gall bladder flush for me. Then I am usually good for months.

Activated charcoal tablets may help with the bloating and general detox.

Have you tried slippery elm to heal the GI tract? Highly nutritious, very gentle and healing as well.

~Mama to Many~

Dietary Changes
Posted by Larry (Wichita, Ks) on 02/11/2018

Josh, I think you are on the right track. This is what has worked for me. Betaine hydrochloric acid 2-5 with every meal, aloe vera sips a couple of times a day and apple cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon in 12 oz water drunk throughout the day. You can find out more about betaine in other entries on Earth clinic.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Geo Phil (Uk) on 09/21/2017

In my case AVC did not work. It exacerbated the issue!

Strawberry Powder Extract
Posted by Lewpatrick (Thailand) on 12/26/2015 2 posts

A remedy I used to successfully treat my acid reflux GERD of over 20 years is strawberry powder extract. There was a study performed on a series of patients who had Barrett's Syndrome which is a precursor to esophageal cancer. The patients took one ounce (2 Tablespoons) of the powdered strawberry in 8 ounces of water(not tap water, filtered water, no chlorine) 2X/day. This protocol was for six months. The study resulted in a positive result in over 80% of the participants.

I had an upper GI to determine the extent of the damage to my esophagus. Fortunately, it had not progressed to the Barrett's esophagus stage. I found a source for the powder on the internet and ordered several pounds(if you want to do the whole six months figure 2 oz./day times 180 days or approx. 22 pounds.) I took the solution after meals in the morning to allow the extract to coat the esophagus and refrained from drinking and eating as long as possible.

The second dose was taken a couple of hours after dinner and before bedtime. In approximately 8 weeks my reflux symptoms had disappeared. Before I could not sleep on my left side. To sleep on my back I had to elevate my head. I also greatly reduced my refined sugar intake. Also, no sugar after noon.

Randomized phase II trial of lyophilized strawberries in patients with dysplastic precancerous lesions of the esophagus.


Hopefully this will help some of you out there with potentially life threatening problem.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Joe (Manteno, Il Usa) on 12/14/2015

Here's how I cured a LIFETIME of suffering of GERD: I took ~1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to ~12 ounces of water in a glass bottle. Took a sip whenever you feel gerd coming on. Have this bottle by your side at all times. If you don't feel instant relief this process may not work for you. You may need to protect your teeth from the vinegar by drinking through a straw.

Also very important: When starting this process, I weened my self off of prilosec by switching to one pill every other day then after a few weeks 1/2 pill every other day. You can't split a capsule so just open the cap and pour half out. Prilosec (omeprozole) will cause lifetime damage to your body so this is important to get off of it.

Pickle Juice
Posted by Rebecca (Cincinnati) on 05/24/2013

This is a total shock! I have been suffering from GERD symptoms for about two weeks. I realized I have been eating all the foods that trigger it from reading this forum. I tried ACV, baking soda, even drops of food grade hydrogen peroxide in water. Nothing worked. Out of desperation, I looked in the frig for pickle juice after reading all the comments and voila, the symptoms are dissipating. Amazing!

Posted by Annette (North Branford, Ct) on 12/01/2012

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~

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Cheryl (Va Beach, Va) on 08/14/2011

I recently was made aware of an article by Dr. Bruce West, M. D. , who said that it's very possible that "diaphragm strain" is the CAUSE of many cases of acid reflex, GERD, and hiatal hernia! To me, this is a landmark document and anyone interested in healing their stomach issues should definitely check into it. ARTICLE 2: Hiatal Hernia, Indigestion, Heartburn, Reflux, GERD And Esophagitis. If this is the cause of many cases of acid reflux and hiatal hernia, these could be fixed without surgery or drugs - just by contacting one of the specialists (chiropractor-kinesiologists) on a list Dr. West mentions in his article. Most doctors don't seem to know anything about this (no surprise here! ). I think the article does say you need to be a member of HealthAlerts to get access to the practitioner list, but a small price to pay if you find you have a hiatal hernia and want to avoid surgery, drugs, and working only with the symptoms for the rest of your life! It's worth a shot by anyone with symptoms of GERD, hiatal, hernia, etc. I go to my doc. NEXT Fri to find out if I have a hiatal hernia, since I did the barium xray series last Fri. If he says yes, the first thing I will do is locate one of those practitioners and see if I can get relief that way! In fact, even if he says no, I plan to check it out -- tests don't tell you everything always, and my symptoms are 100% of every symptom Dr. West mentions for this problem (yes, 100%- acid reflux, weakness in my body, fatigue, headaches (I never had headaches before I got the reflux), sore ribs, poor appetite, nausea- horrible nausea, and wt loss)! ).

Another thing-- I began fresh cabbage juice, undiluted (not bad tasting) and find it helps with increasing my appetite - even if not resolving the underlying problem of acid reflux, etc. (Just juice 3 days-worth of cabbage in a juicer or blender -- take 1 oz. 3 times a day for 3 days, meaning juice 9 oz. Of juice each time. Don't think you can keep in fridge longer than 3 days fresh, but maybe; then, before you drink your last 1 oz. of the 3 days' worth, juice 3 more days worth! Do this for 2 weeks- or more, if you find it's really helping. ). I have been on the cabbage juice for just 3 and a half days and I have had three-four bigger appetite "bonuses" since getting the reflux months ago! Having small meals is also a good idea and has helped me. My idea of a small meal is a reasonable-sized pc. (between the size of your palm to even the size of your palm plus fingers! ) of fish or a cube steak cooked in a little bit of sunflower oil (my favorite), salt, and perhaps pepper for flavor, and about 6 tbsps of corn or other veggie, and then frequent small meals after, whenever you get hungry (don't overeat at any of them--limit yourself, knowing it could cause a bad reaction AND knowing you can eat again in 2 hours! ). Have the cabbage juice on an empty stomach. What I do is have 1 oz cabbage juice when I get up, wait 2 hrs, then have a reasonable meal- 4-6 oz. Plain Seven Stars (Original, full fat) yogurt from health food store (more creamy and less sour than Dannons or others I've tried-- you can add stevia too, and it's quite nice! ) and fresh fruit, or a medium-sized Kyo-Green drink and some protein (like 1-2 slices Swiss cheese and/or yogurt) plus my vitamins, and then I wait 2 hrs more without food ( I might have water after a half hr after eating, or 1 oz. of aloe vera juice, diluted w/ water or not), then another 1 oz cabbage juice, wait another 2 hrs (most people can wait 4 hrs to eat, can't they?), and have another meal. I like fish or meat, with fresh or frozen veggies -my favorites are artichokes, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, and if you feel like it , a small salad, and there is also rice! I have a last 1 oz. of cabbage juice before bed. It took away a queasy stomach last night! This appears to be improving my appetite and is also cutting down a lot on the nausea, my major gripe with all the symptoms! Reflux is less troublesome also, esp. at night. It seems to have improved my quality of life enough to keep me content until I can get a firm diagnosis, and hopefully fix the issues without conventional medical intervention!

Aloe vera juice is very helpful too- said to kill h. pylori in studies (http://www.mangosteen--juice.com/aloe-vera/aloe-vera-juice-research.php) -- cabbage juice does too, but there is a protocol by Dr. Shallenberger- think you have to get his newsletter -so will tell you the gist: it involves the use of 1 oz. of cabbage juice 3 times a day as I'm doing but adding 1 cayenne pepper cap with the cabbage juice 3 times a day, for 2 weeks- -- he says this kills the h. Pylori. The BIG caution I discovered is : you can ONLY use the cayenne pepper caps if you have ulcers but DON'T HAVE acid reflux or hiatal hernia! SO, DON'T USE the cayenne/capsicum if you HAVE acid reflux or a hernia! That's why I decided not to assume I had h. Pylori now-- I hope I don't. The ulcer protocol ALSO uses "mastic chewing gum" (find on Web) that kills h. Pylori in mouth and esophagus, AS WELL AS mastic gum capsules (I think mastic gum is OK to use with acid reflux/hiatal hernias, but pls check before buying). It also says to use a new toothbrush before you start as h. Pylori can exist on your toothbrush! Clean it with tea tree oil nightly to keep the h. Pylori down.

AND for acid reflux, also remember Slippery Elm losenges. I suck on those at night if I get reflux after I've gone to bed and don't want to get up. I take as many as 4 over a hr or two, if I stay awake. They're safe! Good luck and hope this helps! I may not be back on this site but this should get you started if you want to try some of these things...

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rosario (Virginia Beach, Va) on 11/06/2010

I can attest to the fact that the ACV has cured my GERD! I've been taking Nexium since May 2009 until Sept 2010. Initially, the Nexium helped ease my GERD but in recent months, my condition was back to square one with having acid reflux/heartburn each time I ate and difficulty sleeping at nights. Thank goodness I found this site! I decided to start drinking the organic ACV tonic at a low dosage of 2 capfuls in 4 oz. Water, plus 1 tbs of raw honey, three times a day. 6 weeks later, my upper GI endoscopy results showed normal esophagus/stomach with no signs of tissue damage... Plus, no hiatal hernia! A small one was discovered a year prior so maybe it shrunk?. My surgeon couldn't explain why it was no longer there, but he encouraged me to continue taking the ACV while it obviously worked for me. I'm now able to sleep at nights with one pillow versus four!

One day, I forgot to drink the tonic, realizing that the I didn't have any symptoms that usually trigger or remind me to take it. I'm now just adding two capfuls of ACV and honey in my cup of hot tea that I drink an hour before bedtime. In addition, my cholesterol levels improved dramatically to normal levels and my physician even took me off my high blood pressure medication. I'm just sooooo happy and thankful for finding this site. Now I'm not only able to share my experience here but by forwarding this site to other people I know that suffer from this disease.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Gina (Philadelphia, Pa) on 04/29/2010

Right after having my gallbladder removed, I developed uncontrollable asthma. After years of misery, I was diagnosed with LPR (reflux of the larynx). No matter what I ate, I had heartburn and coughing/wheezing. I was on two reflux meds and 4 asthma meds. I started taking 1TB of ACV twice daily, and the LPR FINALLY responded. I now take no meds for asthma or reflux. It appears the ACV is doing the trick (it's been a year now). And a nice side effect has been my lower blood pressure! :-)

Posted by Nick (Johnstown, PA) on 10/03/2008

See i have the opposite reaction, when i eat any kind of nuts, my acid reflux gets hella worse.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Charmaine (Peekskill, NY) on 09/14/2006

No eating or drinking rich beverages after 8pm and always brush and or gargle before going to bed. Also cut down on fatty foods and coffee. I think the prevalence of GERD is related to ubiquitous coffee shops and the resulting increase in consumption of coffee.

Leg Raise Exercise
Posted by Prioris (ME) on 01/09/2024

How can I strengthen my esophageal sphincter naturally?

Straight Leg Raise Maneuver

Leg raise exercises can be done to strengthen esophageal sphincter muscle
Studies have shown it works. You can do them from bed. I had immediate improvement in my GERD. Just did a couple sets of 10.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Don (Michigan, USA) on 02/15/2019

Ok folks here we go. I got rid of my GERDin about 7-10 days doing everything I was told not to do. I refused to take PPI's and the aluminum packed ant-acid pushed on my by doctors.

1. I started with the traditional tsp. baking soda in small amount of water morning and night. It helped.

2. I ate a thick slice of raw organic ginger root with every eating. It has natural antibacterial and huge amounts of digestive enzymes. And it really helped.

3. I ate lots of dill pickle spears. Felt good.

4. Soak in a glass jar, steel cut organic oats in pickled juice / water over night in fridge and ate by spoonful as needed. Lasted several days. Was filling and stopped acid. This was working but I felt this overwhelming hunger to rinse my stomach with beer. Previous to this it had been about 10 years since I drank alcohol.

5. One evening I drank 6 lights beers. It felt SO GOOD RINSING MY STOMACH WITH THE SUDS.

6. The next morning (with a little headache) I felt a need for grapefruit. I bought a bag of 9 grapefruit and ate EVERY ONE of them. And it felt so good. Citrus is supposed to be a no-no.

7. I started eating about two big salads of whatever MIXED GREENS DAILY. With 2-3oz fish protein, canned salmon or shrimp. THIS DID MORE FOR ME THAN ANYTHING.

Today, although I am not thrilled with drinking beer, I drink a light beer on the days I feel the need. BEER WITH CORN STILL HURTS MY STOMACH. BEER WITHOUT CORN SOOTHES MY STOMACH.

No more butt burning acid gas, hoarse sore throat or upper stomach pain.

Here is the biggest thing I learned from this. Have you ever watched a dog sniff food before it eats. If it sniffs good he scarfs it down, if it sniffs bad he walks away. SNIFF FOOD BEFORE YOU EAT. YOU WILL KNOW IMMEDIATELY IF IT IS GOING TO HEAL YOUR STOMACH OR HURT YOUR STOMACH. For instance, any kind of apple does not smell good to me, and if I eat it my GERD will flare up.

CONCLUSION: For me eating lots and lots of mixed green leaves is the number one thing that keeps GERD away. A daily grapefruit is refreshing and soothing. An occasional corn free beer. A few dried cranberries WITHOUT SUGAR is good.

Experiment with small amount to see what your body wants and does not want.

Grapefruit hack: Stop trying to spoon out a grapefruit half, that is just plain silly. Cut the grapefruit into six wedges; then eat it holding like a watermelon or easily pull out of the peel to eat in one piece.

Dietary Changes
Posted by KT (Usa) on 02/11/2018

Dear Steve and MtM,

I am old and never heard of liver/gallbladder cleanses until joining EC and know nothing about them.

When and how was it discovered they needed to be done and why? Please explain what a cleanse is and how does it work? Wouldn't this damage internal organs? If I get indigestion, which is rare now that I know what has happened to our food supply, I take 1/2 tsp. BS in 1/2 cup water.

I do not experience indigestion until I have ingested too many carbohydrates and now that our food is being engineered to last longer I have learned this can come from any combination of dairy, eggs, meat, produce, medication and/or supplements. It's been a piecemeal endeavor by the process of elimination for over two decades.

Thank you in advance for any reply.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Josh (Sheffield, England) on 01/04/2016

I'm a 26 year old male and have been suffering from GERD about 6 months now. I have tried all the prescribed medication and none of it worked.

I then came across this website and saw that apple cider vinegar is a good way of helping with the constant heartburn and tightness in my throat.

I have also seen that using DGL licorice can also help.

I am just wondering if you can use both at the same time to try and combat acid reflux? I have been taking 2 tbl of ACV with abit of honey watered down with water and it has eased my symptoms. I am hoping to start using both apple cider vinegar morning and night and HGL with meals, was just seeing if this can be dangerous or have adverse effects? Thanks.

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