Natural Cures for GERD

Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Julie (Hemet, CA) on 05/21/2009
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I am amazed at what I am reading. I have been the ACV Queen for 15 - 20 years! My doctor told me that I contributed to my Gerd by taking the ACV. He also told me not to eat apples. He put me on 20mg of Prilosec Jan. 2009 and I have changed my diet to the point that I am afraid to eat anything and what I do eat has no flavor. I just started to take an additional pill in the late afternoon. I am in shock over what I am reading. I even requested a homeopathic doctor and he looked at me like I was stupid! I drank 8oz.water with 1-2 tsp. ORGANIC ACV with or without the honey. There were many times that I did not drink it daily. I believe in ACV more than I believe in the doctors! But I experience such great pain when having an attack that I am afraid to try the ACV for my Gerd. My pains are also in my back, neck and chest and last up to 4 hours without relief. Similar to heart attack symptoms. ORGANIC ACV to me is the answer for most everything. Have any of you mentioned the positive response to your doctor? And if so, what they had to say re: ACV? Usually I am the one convincing everyone else the amazing benefits of ACV. I guess I am just really hoping to clear this up? Anyone - please, I am so against Meds. and I miss my ACV.

Posted by Shelley (Sykesville, MD) on 04/14/2009
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I wish this website was posted in every doctor's office! I was absolutely miserable with this stupid GERD, and the medication the doctor prescribed made my Restless Leg Syndrome worse. It was a toss-up...RLS so bad I couldn't sleep or GERD so bad I couldn't sleep. I am so glad that I kept looking online and found this remedy. As soon as I read down the page of positive responses, I climbed back in my car, even though I just came home from the store. I grabbed two different kinds of Apple Cider Vinegar and rushed home. I put two tablespoons each of ACV and honey into water and drank it as fast as I could. Well, I won't do that again. I thought it was going to come right back up. However, it seemed to relieve the symptoms, so I was more than willing to give it another try, with different proportions. Now I take 1/2 cup of warm water, mix in an overflowing teaspoon of ACV and a teaspoon of honey. The honey melts quickly in the warm water, and it seems to be enough ACV to do the trick! This is the second day, and I did three treatments; one before I ate breakfast, one in the afternoon, and one right before bed. My throat is feeling normal for the first time in two weeks, and I can swallow normally as well. I am still taking 300 mg. of Zantac twice a day, but this offers much more relief immediately. I don't want to stop the Zantac for fear it will make the GERD come back, so I'll do both for right now. I highly recommend trying this if you have GERD.

Posted by Sam (Manila, Philippines) on 03/29/2009

I have GERD for like 5 months now and i just started using ACV just today with 2 tsp and 8 oz water and 1 tsp of honey. This natural remedy sounds very interesting, Thank God!

Posted by Juli (Philadelphia, PA USA) on 03/10/2009
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I used 2 tsp ACV in 8 oz water 2x/day (I'm small, around 105 pounds), to treat GERD. I used Eden's Organics unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.

After almost one bottle's worth of this, I no longer need it. So far, it has been 2 weeks with no problems.

I did a number of things though...I took GNC's probiotics (39.99) twice a day for a while before meals, ACV twice a day, and chewed on papaya enzyme tabs during the day.

I found this website, was so skeptical, but let me tell you..try it. Also, for a professor who is around really sick kids all the time, I didn't get sick this semester for the first time in years.

The Apple Cider Vinegar got me off of the Protonix my doc was giving me, and took a week to noticeably help...but now, I'm medication free.

Thank you earthclinic and all the people who post here!

Posted by Gil (Niagara, Ontario) on 03/09/2009
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I would just like to say to those wanting to give up, DON'T!

I was not feeling too much better @ first, but gave it some time. The ACV has helped so much, that I haven't taken any meds in over 3 months! I was taking two Prevacids a day before for my Gerds. When you get good results, spread the good news so others can enjoy the benefits as well.


Posted by Richard (Bishops Stortford, Herts UK) on 03/08/2009
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I have just started to use ACV, and the early signs seem good (2TBS 8oz). However, it is early days yet, so I am not counting my chickens yet. I have long history of GERD, and have been diagnosed with a Granuloma, on my vocal chords. At the same time this arrived a weird itching sensation arrived too. Usually at the base of my neck, but also in my cheeks top of chest, and sometimes on my tummy. It is not like a normal itch, it feels like something is movin in my skin, and it goes red too. Could this be part of the effects of the acid? Or is this something else? Any advice gratefully received.

Posted by MK (Washington, DC) on 03/03/2009
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I have been on some type of GERD prescription for at least 10 years. I was getting desperate because I haven't been able to sleep through the night lately, even with maximum stomach meds. So I started doing some research online and found out about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). My Chiropractor mentioned it before, but I never tried it. Well, I've been off my Protonix/Zantac for 5 days. And it's even better than the medicine because since I've been using the ACV, when I lay down I don't feel stuff come up into my esophagus. I'm still playing with the ACV dosage and the timing, but I'm so much better already and sleeping better, WITHOUT the drugs. I take 2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water at mealtime 3 times a day and 1 teaspoon before bed. If I wake up in the middle of the night with any heartburn, I eat 1 or 2 apple slices and it stops it right away and keeps it from coming back up better than the drugs. It is amazing!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by S (Novi, MI) on 02/24/2009
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I get GERD occasionally by eating too much sometimes. I take 2 tablespoons of ACV or red wine vinegar and down it, within minutes I burp and the mucous feeling goes away. The vinegar makes me hypersalivate which I think helps a lot.

Posted by Marty (Chicago, IL) on 02/21/2009
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I am a believer of ACV and it has really reduced my AF. I eat apples and drink 1-2 TSP of ACV in my morning and evening Apple juice. I find this combination settling to my stomach. I have had GERD for probably 27 years (I am 50). Sleeping on my right side for awhile and then waking up gasping for air with bile in my throat was not very pleasant for me or my wife! I have GREATLY reduced my tums and pepsid AC/Priloec intake. I love alcohol, chocolate, coffee and sweets of every kind. I have now addapted a life-style change for the better. The pot and 1/2 of coffee in the am has been reduced to a couple of mugs. I start to feel a little stomach upset and I grab my apple and like magic, the discomfort disappears. I have found this website a blessing! Thanks! Marty

Posted by Ken (Woodstock, CT) on 02/15/2009
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After reading all the positive responses to apple cider vinegar curing GERD I figured why not. I have spent thousands of dollars, countless anguish, and many sleepless nights why not try vinegar.My most severe symptom was some type of anxiety attack when I lay down horizontally to go to sleep. I also had the usual symptoms of waking up choking and severe sinus congestion. Obviously not getting a good nights sleep is beggining to take it's toll. I was up late not able to sleep, and reading your site. I had some balsamic vinegar ,so I took about 4 swigs a minute or so apart and got almost immediate relief. I slept for ten hours only woke up once, and was not choking. I will brush with a little baking soda on my teeth trying not to swallow to protect my teeth from acidity. I can't prove it but it feels like the acidity from the vinegar washing on my hiatal hernia caused the stomach valve to close and my constant indigestion was gone.One night and I am quite hopeful. Thank you for your website.

Posted by VAR (Los Angeles, CA) on 01/07/2009
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I believe that I have acid reflux. I've had a horrible burning in my esophagus and severe nausea. I went to the doctor and they gave me a drug which is usually used for GERD. But, I hate taking medicines long term and the doctor didn't even tell me I needed to come back and take more of it.

So, every time I've gotten the burning sensation and nausea, I've taken ACV (and it was the aweful tasting grocery store kind), but it totally works. I've discovered that I don't even need a lot of the ACV in water for it to be effective. I used to use about a teaspoon to a tablespoon of ACV with a 8 oz cup of warm water and honey. It tastes horrible, but it works so fast! Now, I take maybe a capful of the ACV in 8oz of water and even that works fairly well. But I'd like to try the daily regimen or the tablet form to get this under control.

Posted by Mary (Altadena, Ca) on 01/06/2009

My husband and I are searching for a remedy to help cure our 6 year old daughters acid reflux and GERD. She has been dx for 8 months now. We just recenly took her off Prevacid and started her on ACV. Due to her age, the tea thing, ( no matter how much honey i put in it) just didn't fly with her. So we went to a health food store and bought the tablet version of ACV. It has been amazing. But it is imperative that she has a tablet (equivalent to 1 1/2 tsp acv) before each meal. We have made many modifications to her diet as well. Most of the information that I read on the Web really deals with the adult pt. Because she is just 60 pounds, I do worry about throwing off her electrolytes. These are my 2 main questions:

1)What is a safe dosage of ACV for a child?
2)If we wanted to try adding the baking soda, what is too much for her little stomach?

I would appreciate comments from anyone with experience with children having GERD.

Posted by Rebecca (Simi Valley, CA) on 12/25/2008
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I was diagnosed with GERD a year ago my valve between my esophagus and stomach was gone and I had surgery to rebuild it last Jan. I started having symptoms again in Nov I was nauseous for a month straight after many expensive tests ( i moved states) they told me I have Gerd (surprise) and put me on Nexium (expensive)and Reglan, to no avail.

I found this site and wow! Thanks so much. I wanted to give you all some help I found. I drink the ACV hot in lemon tea with honey tastes like strong apple cider but it is much more palatable! I can eat all foods thanks to ACV and I am only nauseous maybe 1 out of 15 days instead of everyday. What a life saver.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all and thanks for sharing such vital info.

Posted by Kenneth (Manila, Philippines) on 12/09/2008

i have been suffering from this almost 2 years now. im having a hard time to breath, my chest is heavy, and the food i ate seems to back up from my stomach to my upper abdomen up to the esophagus. and there's like a air pressure from my stomach that's pushing whats inside up. and the pain seems to be reflecting up to the side of my neck. i have a difficulty of turning it, and when i do, seems to be worsening the pain in my chest. and i also have difficulty being with other people or spending time with them when I'm in pain. (like a melting candle).

i have episodes morning, noon and night. a pulmonologist a expert doctor of respiratory problem diagnosed me of having GERD. i went there because i toughed that I'm suffering from a respiratory disease. he prescribe me to take proton pump inhibitor. i take it for 2 weeks and it helped me to ease the pain just a little but pain is still there. i came back and he advice me to see a gastrointestinal doctor, and he also said, that i can have surgery if my case is worse, i am very frightened that time. so before i decided to go, i searched the Internet one night for some remedies for acid reflux, and my search lead me to i have read about many post regarding ACV, and that ACV cured thier acid reflux.

so we immediately buy it from a local supermarket we buyed the unfiltered one, the one thats with the mother on it. i drink 2tbsp. of it in a 8oz of water 3x a day. and after drinking it, i felt relief from the heaviness of my chest, but some of the pain is still there. i continue to use it and i am on my 4th week now, but most of the time im still having episodes of: air pressure in my stomach, food backing up on my upper abdomen, pain still reflecting on the side of my neck, difficulty in breathing and speaking.

i am fully relieved from all of this when i fart, and release all the air inside my stomach. base on my condition, am i really suffering from GERD? Because I haven't gone to a gastroenterologist doctor yet, and afraid to do so because it might cause us fortune on the medecines on laboratory such as endoscopy.

because most of all the postings that Ive read from ACV user's that after 2 weeks or so, they have been already cured from acid reflux. i am on my 4th week now, what do you think should i do?

by the way, i can't also choose the food i eat in lunch, and dinner because of finacial status. but im still trying to do so.Avoiding fatty foods, specially fried, chocolates, milk, and many more. and i also smoke a little for time to time. Does all of this affect the effect of ACV? what should i do?

please help me, because im always in pain and having frustrations because despite of using ACV Im still in pain. Hoping for your fast reply on my letter. Thank you in advance and GOD bless.

Posted by Rita (Valparaiso, IN) on 12/08/2008

I have been on Protonics for about 6mo now and am still suffering horribly with acid reflux. I also have developed a chronic itch in my throat which causes me to cough constantly. I dont sleep at night and neither does my husband due to all the noise. I sometimes cough to the verge of throwing up. I now believe I may have GERD. I am going to the store on my lunch hour and purchasing organic ACV and giving it a whirl. It is worth the try after reading all these comments. Thank you so much!