Natural Cures for GERD

Posted by Robert (San Francisco, California) on 06/22/2007
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I found an article on that offers an explanation for the GERD epidemic. I thought readers here might be interested:

An article in the New England Journal of Medicine stated that the incidence of gastric/esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma) has inexplicably risen more rapidly than any other cancer incidence in the United States. Yale New Haven Hospital and the National Cancer Institute list that rate of increase at 350%. Also noted was the observation that the majority of the unfortunates suffering from gastric cancer in this particular study were white males, and the majority of those white males first presented with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Adult white males were not the only ones suffering from GERD, however. By the CDC's own definition of "epidemic," GERD appears to be an epidemic of staggering proportions in the United States, today.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Isabel (Chicago, IL) on 11/18/2006
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For the past 5 weeks I have been experiencing coughing fits that would get worst nocturnally. It originated from a sinusitis infection that turned into what I thought was now a chest cold. Tried antibiotics and over the counter cough medicines along with codeine to control the coughs. All this did was mask the underlying problem which I finally realized was GERD (acid reflux) . My doctor wanted to try a more potent antibiotic but I refused since the first didn't work. I coughed so much I strained my back muscle which made breathing nearly impossible. I asked her to give me a proton pump inhibitor (Prilosec) and thankfully I got samples to try so I didn't have to waste my $$ if it didn't work. I tried the Prilosec that night and I was up ALL NIGHT COUGHING AGAIN. The only thing it did was reduce the burn. I went on the internet to learn more about GERD and a pop-up-screen came up saying apples was the cure but I had to pay $$$ to get the info which to me is insane. I linked "apples and GERD" and this site came up. Got the'ACV on 11/17/06 and it WORKED and I slept for 6 1/2 hrs straight! Woke up at 4:00am with a cough took a dose of ACV again and within 15 minutes (in the mean time I remained sitting up and meditated) my coughing fit stopped and went back to sleep. I have not slept through the night in weeks; it's quite liberating. With continued use I hope to heal the damage done to my esophagus and get back to my normal self. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us. Isabel

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

Posted by mcirish073 (IL) on 07/06/2023

I would like to know if Borax helps with GERD symptoms.

GERD Medication Side Effects
Posted by Adrienne (Pasadena MD) on 03/15/2022
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GERD Medication Side Effects

Protonix caused numbness and pain in my legs and apparently this medication made my B-12 levels tank (which affects your bone /nerve health)

Dietary Changes
Posted by Josh (Ca) on 02/08/2018

I haven't had any blood work done in a while and my GI doctor at the time told me I have GERD and IBS but there was nothing else he could do for me. I've been wanting to get a second opinion because I really didn't like my GI doctor as he didn't seem like he was that invested in helping me out. I don't have insurance anymore since my parents took me off their plan so I'm not sure when I'll get that second opinion

Thanks for your help I will keep everyone posted if I make any progress

Dietary Changes
Posted by Josh (Ca) on 02/08/2018

Thanks for mentioning that because forgot to add I had jaundice when I was around 16 or 17 from taking pro hormones while I was working out. I used to think I was invisible and drank alcohol while I was taking those and I ate fast food like there was no tomorrow. The jaundice cleared up after about 6 weeks I think and I was back to my normal self but I always thought there might be a connection between that and my stomach problems

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ellie (Usa) on 10/26/2017 4 posts

I have sour taste in my mouth for the past 6 months tried baking soda with potassium and 2tbs ACV and 1/4 tsp baking soda and the sour taste still there. The 3rd and half weeks I felt better only alittle sour taste on after my dinner meal. But than the next day my sour taste return even more. I also anemic and vitamin D deficiency. I cannot take iron due to GERD so I had once iron infusion still have to wait to see if my ferritn level is back to normal. I don't know what is causing my sour taste in mouth. I am on no fat and only veggie diet for 5 months and losing alot of weight because of this and in the last 4 days I tried akaline diet my saliva PH increased close to 7 but I still taste sour. My first morning Urine is 7. I still taste sour. The only that helps alittle is to rinse my mouth with baking soda and potassium. But it comes back if I don't rinse it. Almost 4 weeks on backing soda potassium ad ACV baking soda I still have sour taste and started to have pain right below my breast bone or rib. Not sure if that is heartburn or not. Don't why if I am on baking soda with morning urine ph 7 sour taste should be resolve.

Can someone help please??

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mona (Anywhere) on 08/25/2023

So does the ACV only work if you have low stomach acid? I did the baking soda test and found that I have enough acid (I burped within 40 seconds). I don't know if I should take ACV. I was putting it in my salad along with olive oil, but now I've stopped doing that. Can anyone clarify?

Posted by Ron (Port Saint Lucie, Florida ) on 07/24/2016
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Gerd: Melatonin seems to be helping protect my esophagus. There is a vitamin, amino acids, hormones, therapy, with Melatonin I found online. 170 people's I believe. Versus PPI's

Posted by Gail S. (Cardiff) on 01/03/2018

How much melatonin do you take and for how long? Thanks

Posted by Rob (London, Ontario) on 06/01/2016

I've been going through the GERD remedies here, and I'm surprised nobody has bothered to quote a 2006 study on a natural treatment for GERD that had a 100% success rate with all 175 subjects cured within 40 days.

The abstract of the study- ( from )

"The prevalence of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is increasing. GERD is a chronic disease and its treatment is problematic. It may present with various symptoms including heartburn, regurgitation, dysphagia, coughing, hoarseness or chest pain. The aim of this study was to investigate if a dietary supplementation containing: melatonin, l-tryptophan, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, methionine and betaine would help patients with GERD, and to compare the preparation with 20 mg omeprazole. Melatonin has known inhibitory activities on gastric acid secretion and nitric oxide biosynthesis. Nitric oxide has an important role in the transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxation (TLESR), which is a major mechanism of reflux in patients with GERD. Others biocompounds of the formula display anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. A single blind randomized study was performed in which 176 patients underwent treatment using the supplement cited above (group A) and 175 received treatment of 20 mg omeprazole (group B). Symptoms were recorded in a diary and changes in severity of symptoms noted. All patients of the group A (100%) reported a complete regression of symptoms after 40 days of treatment. On the other hand, 115 subjects (65.7%) of the omeprazole reported regression of symptoms in the same period. There was statistically significant difference between the groups (P < 0.05). This formulation promotes regression of GERD symptoms with no significant side effects."

Posted by Timh (Ky) on 06/03/2016 2073 posts

R: Thanks for posting this report.

If I may add, in addition to the said benefits of Melatonin, Tryptophan, and the anti inflammatory and analgesic effects, it seems an intended or unintended oversight to not mention the fat burning effects of Methionine, B-12, Folic Acid, and B-6. Maybe it was discussed in the larger content of the study, but certainly worth mentioning here as there is an increase in fatty liver in the western diet particularly due to increase sugar intake and the single worst sugar High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) which is known to cause obesity and fatty liver.

I have been using these fat burning nutrients for several yrs to keep the fatty liver at bay; if I don't take them I get the common symptoms reported of GERD but mostly constipation, both of which are a result of decreased bile flow from F.L.

Also the Lipotropic nutrients listed above are also great "methyl donors" in the extensive biochemical reactions influencing physiological functions over the entire body.

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sue (Reno, Nv) on 04/19/2016

I just started using ACV yesterday. I took 2 t. in a cup of water before lunch because I was starting to burn. That helped. I took another 2 t. in a cup of water before dinner and that didn't work so well. I took another dose before bed and I was really hurting all night. I was even burping up the ACV. Is this normal when starting? Will I feel better in time?

I'm trying so hard to get off the PPI's that I have been taking for years. I have had T1 diabetes for 55 years, have GERD, a small hiatal hernia, and delayed stomach emptying. I'm so worried I'm going to need fundoplication surgery, which really worries me. I'd like to avoid this, if at all possible.

Thank you for any help you can give me.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sandy (Vancouver) on 04/04/2017

I have been suffering with GERD for many years now, and have been on everything imaginable when it comes to prescription drugs. I've tried all of them - Nexium, Pariet and now Dexilant 60 mg every night. Without the Dexilant, I get severe heartburn that keeps me awake all night, to the point of throwing up. My esophagus tube doesn't close like it should, so I have a swooshing of acid going up and down, all the time. The only way to fix that, according to my doctors, is surgery to repair the tube, but that's something I do not want to go through if I have another choice.

Does anyone out there have the same problem, and does ACV actually work - also, have you been able to come off your prescription medication completely. I imagine stopping your medication cold turkey is not advised, but any information you can provide or suggest at this time would be greatly appreciated. I'm scared to come off the medication because the GERD symptoms are so severe without it.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Maryann (Sacramento ) on 09/11/2016
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Hi. I have been dealing with gerd for about two months now I have tried ACV for about couple weeks now it seems too help me but I get flare ups every now again I take pepcid ac occasionally I also have seen my dr because I have gurgling and chest congestion as well and she says not too worry about that I do 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and chase down with water in the am and before I go too bed should drink more of the ACV.

Posted by Jackie (Ontario, Canada) on 04/15/2015

Hi: I need to know if I can use calm magnesium chloride internally; the bottle says use externally. It's a liquid. Can you please advise me? I am following Bill Thompson's protocol for Gerd. Thank you, Jackie

Posted by Monique (South Africa) on 02/09/2015

Hi, I would like to find out, if one has GERD, would this affect the oiliness of the skin and would the condition worsen for women during their menstruation??

I have developed some kind of digestive problem since having an allergic reaction to Arial washing capsules and since then my skin is terribly oily and I get bad breakouts especially after eating certain foods. I have many other symptoms such as chest paint, gas and discomfort along with this. I will only be seeing the gastroenterologist in March and wanted to get some advice in the meantime.

Warmest Regards, Monique

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Bodulica (Barrie) on 03/10/2015
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For me, after 3 days - absolute disaster! I don't know how to repair the damage. It is really bad.

Betaine Hydrochloride
Posted by Fabio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) on 12/26/2014

What do I do if Betaine HCL flares up my acid reflux even more?

Betaine Hydrochloride
Posted by Sam (Miami, FL) on 12/26/2014

First do the test if you need it, then follow the guidance on how many to take.

Cabbage Juice
Posted by Quesno (Maple Ridge, Bc) on 12/16/2014
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I had suffered with Gerd for about 8 years after our mother passed away from Lung cancer. I tried everything, nothing worked not even the medications worked until this past week I had decided to cure it up forever using fermented green cabbage juice with the pulp.

It worked, I found a recipe online and used it. Here's the funny thing is that I have no juicer but a blender, I just poured the hot boiling water into the blender after I had added the raw cabbage. I was going through a really bad attack that night when I was making it. I ate it right off of the spoon but didn't look back when I was trying to collect the cabbage, and place it's contents into a jar or a glass.

It's a success now because I have no new problems or acid in my throat, mouth or any other irritations. I do now take the cabbage juice in between meals. I do recommend this one for all of the Gerd suffers out there.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Akin (Nigeria) on 12/01/2014
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Was diagnosed with ulcer and acid reflux 3 months ago. The doctor prescribed nexium and triple antibiotics that caused me terrible side effects. Stopped using the drugs and went on to research natural remedies and found cabbbage and carrot juice to cure the ulcer while apple cider vinegar mixed with honey to be very effective for acid reflux. Thanks guys for all the positves. May God help us all.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Rosa (Southern Cal) on 12/17/2014

Akin of Nigeria: How much apple cider vinegar and how much honey? Do you take it only when you have symptoms or a certain number of times every day? And for the ulcer, is it cabbage or cabbage juice with the carrot juice? Is that on a schedule?

Thanks for the information. It's great to hear people finding relief.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Omolly (Lagos ) on 07/06/2018

I would try all this things. I also have reflux recently and what I was given seems not to be working.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jamesh (Indonesia) on 11/07/2014

Hi there, that Apple Cider Vinegar with or without yeast.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dean Nadzri (Kl, Malaysia) on 05/07/2015

Just get the the organic ACV "with the mother".

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
Posted by Trammi (Trinidad And Tobago) on 08/09/2014
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Better But With Side Effects

Good day, In July 2014, I developed cramps running from the base of my arms, up the back of my shoulders and up my neck. I also got diarrhea and developed a fast pulse rate. I admitted myself to the hospital and was given xantrax, paracetamol and gravol for muscular pain, nausea and any vomitting without any explanations as to what was going on. I felt worst. The cramps intensified, my pulse rate got faster and I had burning in my stomach region.

I left the hospital and went to a private doctor who then took me off of the medication the hospital gave to me. He prescribed penicillin and two other medications which I cannot remember. I used them for a week. That also made me feel horrible.

I travelled for two weeks afterwards and within that period of time I developed a UTI and symptoms of a yeast infection that I felt came on after the use of the penicillin. I didn't treat it for the 2 week period. When I came back home I decided I was not going back to the hospital.

I was a member of earth clinic in the past and I used remedies from here some time ago so I decided to come to seek help.

Recently I realised during the day I would feel fine but late at night I would have the severe cramping episode, warmth in my chest region and a fast pulse rate. Several times I jumped up thinking I was having a heart attack. Then it would calm down during the next day.

Looking at the symptoms I suspect I was having a GERD or acid reflux attack. I never went to check it out. I bounced up on the ACV and baking soda treatment and decided to try it. I started with 2Tbsp ACV and 1/4 tsp baking soda, 2x a day. It was too much for me and I couldn't taste anything in my mouth. So I changed the amount to 1 Tbsp ACV and 1/2 tsp baking soda 2x a day. This still felt awful to me so I reduced the amount to 1Tbsp ACV and 1/4 tsp baking soda 2x a day (morning and at night).

I am on the second day and I have gotten some relief from the attacks I felt during the night. I have noticed the cramps lessened and I could sleep. The downside is whenever I drink the combination there is a dull pain in my chest, my pulse increases a little afterwards, I have diarrhea and nausea/vomitting.

My question is am I doing this correctly? Are these usually side effects from the combination? I have added 1 Potassium, 1 calcium/magnesium and 1 acidophilus supplement to my diet. Any advice given would be solicited. Thank you.

Raw Potatoe Juice, Baking Soda
Posted by Reflux Master (Brazil) on 04/16/2014
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GERD: Things that I tried that didn't work for me:

1: remedies 2: surgery (actually it got worse!! ) 3: Betaine Hcl 4: probiotics 5: ACV 6: Almonds 7: Lemons 8: Apples 9: Kale 10: Gluten-free, Dairy-free diet

Things that works for me, but didn't cure:

1: Raw potato juice 2: Baking Soda