Natural Cures for GERD

Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Chef Maria Maria (Tempe, AZ) on 06/10/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I was doubter, I wasn't sure to believe the hype about using alternative meds, but after being told I have Acid reflux and trying to deal with the pain I truly believe. Last Tuesday, I got really bad heart burn induced by the stress at work, my boyfriend leaving for the summer to work and eating a heavy breakfast. I got home took a couple of tums and tried to go to bed when I had this sudden burst of wonderful acid up my throat. The pain got to point when it was hard to swallow eat and drink food! Now come on I am a chef tasting and eating food is my life and I am not able to work effectly nor sustain myself it was a complete bummer. Long story short I had this 1 ton elephant feeling on my chest and the raw pain in my thort didn't help either. I wen to urgent care. I was prescibed prevacid and instructed by the doctor that it will take time to heal the irriation in my throat and really there is nothing you can do for the pain. I immediately called my mom because my grandma also suffers from GERD as well and she gave me some helpful tips butI wanted result immediately. I first changed my diet and put my self on eating soft foods and whole grains which I am still doing Completely stopped drinking coffee :( tried honey, drinking kombucha tea which worked but got expensive. And ate soft rolaids like taffy. I fried recommended this site and this simple and inexpensive drink 2 TBSP ACV 1 TBSP desert honey and 1/4 tsp baking soda and 8 oz. of water. I can definately say that after drinking the drink it has soothed my raw throat and I an able to eat and drink things a lot bettter now and the heaviness on my chest isn't as bad but it is still there but at least I can starting eating and drinking since it hot out here ( it was a 107 today) being able to drink the fluids is important. Thank you all for your help.

Posted by Chrissy (Pittsburgh, PA) on 03/25/2008
1 out of 5 stars

I don't quite understand how Apple Cider Vineger even though a low acid, but an acid, would help anyone. I took 1Tb with 8oz of water and instantly I got heartburn and it all started coming back up. The next morning was even better, I had horrible diarrhea for hours. I have had severe gerd with tachacardia for over a year as a result of hydrocodone es and Robaxin (muscle relaxer). The recipe for ACV with Baking Soda sounds even worse, isn't that what makes the volcano eruptions in the science projects? I don't want my stomach to ingest that!

Posted by George (Toronto, Ontario, Can) on 03/18/2008
5 out of 5 stars

ACV cured my GERD. I've been suffering from reflux for 3 years. My symptoms include sore throat, gas backing up and excessive amounts of phlegm to the point I was having difficulty talking. Also, I would get these "vomit spasms" from my stomach whenever I eat any solid food. X-ray revealed that I had a loosened esophageal sphincter. The doctor gave me Zantac, Patriot and Nexium all with limited success. Finally I gave up and looked on the net for alternatives beside these expensive drugs. Found this site and decided to try ACV, it was 4$ for a large bottle so I really didn't have much to lose. I mix 2 tablespoon acv with water and honey and take it 2 times a day: One morning and one after dinner.

The result was immediate and amazing. All the symptoms disappeared. The spasms stopped, the sore throat is gone and I can speak clearly now. ACV is trully a miracle cure. Thank you so much for this site.


Posted by Katherine (Wellington, New Zealand) on 02/21/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I found your website after being given three months supply of omeprazole. I felt I needed to research the condition in more depth.
I am glad I have not had to take any. The Apple Cider Vinegar worked wonders with my very very sore throat almost immediately. The relief from the constant pain was hard to believe. I can now sing in the choir again. My throat feels wide open. It is hard to describe the sensation...
I have had a lump in my throat for years. My throat' was getting more and more dry and hoarse which spoiled the enjoyment of singing in the choir. My breath is much better. My chest is still tight, the sensation of a band wrapped around it, but not as bad as it has been.
I had a very bad virus three years ago with agonising cough and was prescribed strong ibuprofin for the pain from torn chest muscles.
Although I did not take many I did not realise the side effects.

I have stopped coffee and red wine and will try to cut back on bread products. My bed is propped up and I think I am sleeping better.
I take two cap fulls of ACV in 500ml water three to four times a day. It works for me, I understand GERD is a chronic condition and I intend to keep taking the ACV for the rest of my natural. I also mix up a concoction of manuka honey one teaspoon, big pinch slippery elm powder, pinch of powdered ginger, capfull aloe vera juice, capfull ACV, half cup apple juice and top up with water. Give it a good stir and sip during and after meals. It is delicious. I think the internet is just marvellous and your website excellent.

Replied by Joy
Manila, Philippines

Hi Sriram from India, the sensation you felt was probably not acid reflux. Taking ACV, for me, feels like taking wine. It produces a burning sensation as it goes down the esophagus.

Posted by Yadira (South Gate, CA) on 10/26/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I've been taking ACV for two weeks now and I am feeling much better (No more sore throat, dull chest pain...). I was diagnosed with GERD about four years ago and was given Prevacid -later prilosec. I thought all was lost unit ACV. Question though, will I have to take ACV for the rest of my life or will I eventualy completely heal?

Posted by Matt ( London, UK) on 10/01/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I've had serious GERD for 8 years. When the meds stopped working I consulted a specialist and bit the bullet and underwent a Lap. Nissen Fundoplication. 12 months after the op. (after a year indigestion free!) the symptoms returned and even worse...the meds (every type I tried!) gave no relief at all. Well I just discovered your incredible site and like so....SO many other testimonials on ACV, I AM ASTOUNDED HOW EFFECTIVE THIS REMEDY IS! From the first gulp I could feel it working. I've just had my 1st day waking up without a burning gullet and mucus filled throat, and even better, the constant throat clearing is gone completely :) All within 1 day of discovering this incredible, yet simple and cheap remedy. ..still astounding that professionals and doctors in the OZ & UK don't seem to know about it? You guys are fantastic - keep up the popularity and spread the word!!

Posted by Melissa (Wilmette, IL) on 06/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I developed GERD after an ulcer which the doctor suspected was caused by excessive use of ibuprofen. Prilosec worked wonders at first, but gradually I developed size effects such as lower GI problems and burping. So I tried' ACV. At first it seemed to get worse, but gradually it got better and disappeared. I also made some dietary changes such as avoiding processed foods and adding high quality protein and omega 3 fatty acids. I weaned myself off the ACV and was off it for awhile, but a vacation where I consumed a lot of triggers brought it back. Seems like I can use ACV only when needed and just be careful when I'm not using it.

Posted by Ted ( Cleveland, Ohio) on 05/16/2007

My remedy is Nexium and ACV combination. I use the ACV twice each day and Nexium as I feel necessary. Without the ACV I would have to take Nexium every day or even twice per day. What I have not tried is stopping the Advil or the Aleve. Being 52 years old and very busy, I need the drug for joint pain relief but that is what is next on my agenda.... By the way, my Father died from having GERD but was a smoker, the esphogeal cancer killed him, so this is pretty high on my "radar" screen. Ted

Posted by Paul (Anchorage, Alaska) on 03/30/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have been diagnosed with acid reflux for 5-6 years. Right off the bat they put me on prevacid, then switched me to nexium a year or two later. The past year I been doing pretty well on 20mg 1x/day. In January I started tapering off xanax which I have been on for 20 years. I have since been informed that xanax will cause reflux and other GI problems and coming off it can fire things up too. You have to taper off xanax very slowly BTW to reduce withdrawal symptoms. In February, about a month into my taper, my reflux started to get really fired up. So my GP upped the dose to 40mg. 2 weeks later I was still having bad reflux so contacted my gastro doctor. He upped it again, to 40 mg 2x/day. I didn't want to do it, I hate pills,but I wanted to protect my esophagus so agreed to the higher dose. The short of it is that I was still getting break through acid, mostly the feeling of acid fumes in the back of my throat. I'm a believer in modern medicine, but I also think that many times all the doctors know to do is cram more pills down a persons throat. I decided that if this big of dose wasn't going to fix the problem the next thing they would be suggesting is surgery. I also have read stories of many people, like those on this web site who have had only misery from pills that end up not working given enough time and maybe in fact the make things worse. I have read about the many folks here who have claimed that apple vinegar worked well, so I decided I had to try something or I saw my self heading down a one way, dead end road. So, skeptical I bought some organic apple vinegar, honey and some aloe vera. Last night I took my first dose and felt almost immediate relief.I laid down and went to sleep and slept all night.Nice. I took it again this morning and had a pretty good day. Tonight after dinner I was starting to feel miserable and took another dose and it helped a great deal right away. I don't expect ACV to cure my GERD in a couple of days, but I think there is some definite promise with plain old vinegar. Its interesting that my doctor tells me all the things I should avoid that can aggravate my reflux such as chocolate, my beloved red wine, coffee, etc. So I ask myself if natural things like this can fire it up, why can't natural things like vinegar and aloe vera calm it down? But you have to remember I'm trained in science and the empirical process. I'm sure no double blind studies have been done on the affects of apple vinegar for treating reflux, but with all the people here saying it works, and having positive experience myself I don't need a double blind study to convince me when my belly feels better :-)So I will continue to try and see how it goes p.s. if any of you out there are on xanax or a tricyclic antidepressant they could have something to do with your reflux, my GP even admitted that was possible. Hopefully, when I get off the stuff it will all be better. Cheers.

Posted by Cristina (Miami, FL, USA) on 03/28/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I suffered from GERD, actid reflux... the whole 9 yards! the doctor told me my stomach lining was detertiorating! i woke up 3 times a week with horrible pain. i was on nexium, prilosec, mylanta, malox... the works... then one desperate morning i ran into the grocery store and bought a bottle of apple cider vinegar. i had read up on it recently on this site. that day changed my life. i havnt felt pain in months. i still get a bit of acidity if i really abuse my stomach (tomato sauce, to much coffee or liquor). but that horrible pain at the mouth of my stomach. GONE! 1 ounce of ACV in a glass of water 3x's a day! after i cut down on the dose. take it in the morning and at night. I AM CURED!! i now preach to all...APPLE CIDER VINEGAR!

Posted by Con Boter (Taytay, Philippines) on 02/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi!! Its me again.. Though I've already mentioned that apple cider really helps people suffering from GERD. I also discover some product which i know can help people with GERD. I was introduce to a product called shape work of HERBALIFE. It's a drink which will not only help you loose wait but also prevent acid reflux to attack. The secret of this product is having apple cider vinegar. Its actually effective i've been taking it for 2 days now and i already lost 4 lbs..not only that it also help me sleep well and breathe well!! Its my second feedback here about apple cider!! I've no doubt why apple cider is very popular/famous here in the Philippines now a days!!Thank you so much for bringing my normal life!

Posted by Gabriel (Long Beach, CA) on 02/10/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I'm just writing to thank you for this amazing site. I had been suffering from acid reflux, gastritis, GERD -you name it- and one day I found your site which suggested I tried apple cider vinegar for the fire in my stomach. And wala, lo and behold! Apple Cider Vinegar is like magic! My stomach feels a 100% better! Thank your for spreading the good word.

Posted by Ma Con (Taytay Philippines) on 02/01/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Good day!! my name is Con from the Philippines and i read about the article about ACV which cures GERD. I'm a 26 yrs old married woman suffering from gerd. I've been taking Nexium 2x a day but since i had an allergic reaction to that medicine so i stop and go back to my old medicine which is omepron. I heard about acv from one of our trainer from hawaii who asked me to take acv with a glass of water. At first i was doubtful about it because I've been rushed to the hospital 2x because of difficulty breathing. Several days past by so i decided to check to read about acv online. Finally, i got to check on your website and learn more things about acv. I'd like to thank you guys for helping me lessen my suffering. I've been taking 2 Tbsp of ACV with a glass of water 3x a day and Thank God i my suffering has ended. Keep up the good work coz i know your website is helping so many people suffering.. Thank you so much!!!

Posted by Rita (Valley Center, CA) on 01/31/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar - Acid Reflux. I have had this lump in my throat and I already knew that I had Acid Reflux - GERD. I took Prilosec for two months and it worked very well. I have not been on anything for month three and noticed that my symptoms came back. I decided to do something naturally, I found your website today and at 5:00 PM I took 4 oz. water, 1/4 TSP. baking soda and 1 TBSP. Apple Cider Vinegar. Thank God I found your website by spelling out APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR ACID REFLUX. I have heard many times about ACV for Reflux-GERD, had some in the cabinet that I bought and afraid to try it. I have been experiencing the lump/burning in my throat that I decided to try it. My body is sensitive to any supplements etc., that I take, I decided to follow what one of your online friends wrote and followed the above amounts. Within an hour, I have noticed already how the lump feeling and burning is starting to heal. Thank you and God Bless. It really is true that Natural Cures work and that we can cure ourselves. P.S. I see my throat specialist in two weeks and can not wait to see what he says when he looks in my throat with his scope in the office.

Posted by Kathy (Vancouver, WA) on 01/20/2007
5 out of 5 stars

It's been 10 days and I can honestly say I am nearly cured of this horrible GERD that I had developed over the past several months. After the first dose of ACV I noticed a difference and now am nearly symptom free. This is the best advice I've ever received. Better yet, I've passed it on to other gerd sufferers and they are experiencing relief for the first time in years! Thank you Thank you!!!