Natural Remedies

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment

Chromium Picolinate
Posted by Rajat (New Delhi, India ) on 09/13/2018
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I have had ibs d from last 2 yrs. After so many treatments, I found chromium picolinate helps a lot. My symptoms gone.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Art (California ) on 04/18/2017 1847 posts

In reply to Elizabeth (Ny),

I forgot to mention, colloidal silver is also worth discussing with your doctor for IBS d as it is a broad spectrum antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal. The body typically will use diarrhea as one method to rapidly rid the body of virulent toxins.

The probiotics then can be used to repopulate the gut with good bacteria.


Posted by Ben (Bremerton, Wa ) on 03/20/2016

Sorry some people can't be nice, here is a little advice you won't find from a doctor.

Cows have a disease called johnes it is caused by mycobacterium avium paratuburculosis. It goes right through the cow into milk. It is a high heat resistant organism that easily goes through pasteurization unaffected. The usda sets the standard for milk pasteurization at 165 degrees for 15 seconds. Map bacteria can withstand 194 degrees for up to one minute. I will let you guess whether the USDA knows it or not.

When you drink milk you get live map bacteria with every deliciously deadly drop of moo juice. The milk is transported in semi truck size tanks and milk from thousands of cows is mixed together virtually assuring the whole lot is contaminated. See dr greger at not milk.com about this issue.

If you must drink milk then boil it or drink only "ultra pasteurized" milk as the microorganisms are killed by a higher heat range that map can not tolerate.

Now for the good news. since a few of us do know what causes crohn's disease in the alt medical world we can treat it with a very potent mineral solution that kills off pathogenic organisms such as mycoplasma fermentans and map. It is called gallium nitrate

Here is an article for you about a woman who suffered with crohns for ten years. She tried every sort of drug her doctors could think of to no avail until she met a wiley old alt who knew what she needed, gallium nitrate.


Fulvic acid has immune strengthening properties to it which help the intestines to absorb minerals properly and detoxify roundup herbicides.rOundup frequently causes havoc with the intestinal tract killing off beneficial bacteria and helping bad strains to flourish.

Inulin, a prebiotic, can assist klebsiella, a harmful species, to overgrow and crowd out friendly bacteria. That's not what you want.

Colostrum helps heal the intestines as it provides immune system factors needed to preserve the health of the digestive tract.

Immune system "transfer factors" help teach the immune system how to defend its self against bad bacteria like map.

One more thing you need to research is the beneficial effect of soil organisms such as are in primal defense a probiotic specifically formulated to combat harmful species like map. One of the species in the formula bacillis subtillis creates 24 different antibiotic compounds some of which are lethal to map but friendly to you.

Hope you get feeling better soon, see ya.

Posted by Cindy Bells (Ca, United States) on 05/16/2013
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I want to say how grateful I am to find this site and the buttermilk suggestion cure for my IBS - D. I'm absolutely amazed, I have suffered severely for at least 15 years with absolutely no other helpful treatments or cures at all until now and within one day Yes only one day and I'm cured. I couldn't eat or drink anything without having to run to bathroom and I alway felt like I was starving even nauseous feeling even during and directly after eating. Organic buttermilk was suggested but I could only find CULTURED or regular buttermilk so I chose the cultured at my local grocery store in milk section [ just FYI info for other desperate people ] to someone else that may not have acsess to healthfood stores and it was very inexpensive aswell... Cultured Buttermilk worked a miracle for me. Thanks for reading and I hope this helps other aswell. Cindy

Coconut Oil
Posted by Carol (Central, Ma) on 09/14/2012
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After I saw the recommendations on this site, I started mixing coconut oil into smoothies, adding to butter on toast etc and within hours of the first time I used it my stomach stopped hurting and making that percolating sound for the first time in over a year. I take a little bit now whenever my stomach seems out of sorts (I can even eat a bit of chocolate which is an IBS trigger for me if I have some coconut oil afterwards) and the chronic discomfort is gone.

Posted by Kerina (Bergerac, France) on 05/18/2012
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I had suffered for so long with bloating and stomach pains after meals. Nothing the doctor prescribed made any difference. I tried altering the diet, eliminating gluten, lactose and vegetables, but nothing made any difference. I was becoming very miserable, because as well as the physical side, IBS is a horribly embarrassing problem, and I was loathe to stay in friends' houses.

Then I discovered Kefir, a probiotic. Even my GP had never heard of it, but it's made so much difference. My stomach is flatter and the pains have disappeared. It couldn't be simpler to use. Just add a sachet of Kefir to a jug of milk or soya milk (keep covered and out of bright light) and up to 24 hours later it will have fermented, like yogurt (but the effects for me were far more beneficial than yogurt). I eat it every morning on cereal with a little honey to taste.

I hope this helps other people as it helped me.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kazim (Peshawar, Pakistan) on 04/11/2012

I'm suffering from food intolerance/allergy and IBS for last 12 years, I have always stomach upset, gas (brosy abdomen) , burning/swelling, when I tap on my back I feel severe pain on middle and right side of ribs (stomach side), no appetite, low mood, weak concentration, sleep disorder, unsocial life, lost weight, fatigue, blur vision, thin thick sticky paste like stool (sticked with intestines/burning while passing/not hard soft but not like watery diarrhea/dont feel urgency to toilet)(1 or 2 times a day to clear bowls. I have severe intolerance/allergy with milk, all dairy products, all kinds of sweets, milk tea, cola drinks, all fruits, fish and eggs, bakery products, everything I eat makes gastro upset. I totally avoid dairy products and sweets.

I have done all kinds of tests ( food allergy test is also normal). endoscopy (5 times)[few years back I had always severe pain in stomach, vomiting with pain but now I feel good after using stomach medicines/h.pylori course etc. ]last endoscopy was normal, barium meal follow through, ultrasounds, stool tests, all tests are normal, but nothing is diagnosed, I also went to psychiatrist but no improvement (im 200% sure these all problems r due to gastro upsetness not due to psychological disturbance. (i have used many medicines advised by GI doctors but no improvement). Do u have any solution?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ladyliza (Granada Hills, Ca/usa) on 04/11/2012 33 posts

Gavin, how long do you have to drink the lemon juice until you wiped out the parasites?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Janice (Ebony, Va) on 07/30/2012

Kazim, I sympathize with you. Please read Jordan Rubin's book The Maker's Diet. Jordan nearly died from Crohn's disease and searched the world over for a natural cure. The doctors wanted to remove his colon, but he was determined to not let that happen. He tells his story of healing in great detail. You may find help and inspiration from his ideas.

Jordan is a huge proponent of organic foods, friendly bacteria, and raw milk. After getting well, he founded his own organic health food company, Garden of Life. Products are pricey, but superior in quality. I order mine from vitaminshoppe.com where they are discounted. Good health is an investment.

Good luck to you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mama To Many (Middle, Tennessee, Usa) on 06/17/2013

Jessica, 1 T. in 8 oz. of water, morning and evening is generally enough to help with tons of health problems. But you might want to start with 1 t. per glass of water for a few days first and then work up to 1 T. I know it has made a big difference in my own digestive challenges. (reflux and gall bladder.)

If you have not tried Slippery Elm, you could try that, too. It is a great herb for IBS. You would take 1 t. Of powder 4 times a day. Rachel Weaver recommends this in her book, "Be Your Own Doctor. " For IBS, she would also recommend 2-3 cups of comfrey tea each day. Both herbs are excellent for IBS and other disorders. She would also say you must resolved the cause of IBS, be it constipation, diet, etc. But that the slippery elm and comfrey will help give much relief. Both are healing to the digestive tract.

Let us know what helps you!

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Trudyg (Xxx, Yyy) on 06/17/2013

Which kind of ibs? I have predominantly diarrhea and when people say 'this is great for ibs' they typically mean constipation. In that case, this thing they are suggesting is the last thing I need to take!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, SC) on 06/18/2013

In the classic book on the beneficial use of Apple Cider Vinegar, "New England Folk Remedies" ACV's anti bacterial quality and helpful digestive capability effectively deals with diarreah. I've used it many times over the years for any kind of lower track issue especially diarrhea. Use a tablespoon or two in a glass of water and sip over thirty minutes. If you can take it faster than that do so. Repeat an hour later. You might need more depending on the severity of the microbe.

I was overseas a few months ago and knew that the area along the Mediterrainian where I would be, would likely give me a bad case of lower track infection and sure enough it hit me hard; but I'd brought a small container of AcV. I found some more in a local market and between the two warded off a really nasty assault by some unknown microbe.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jessie (Riverdale, Md) on 06/18/2013

Trudyg - have you ever tried activated charcoal for your IBS? My husband had chronic diarrhea for years. (Decades?) He never saw a doctor for it, just suffered and took a lot of Pepto Bismol. After learning about IBS I figured that was what it was. It did seem somewhat diet related (ice cream especially aggravated him) but he isn't much for dietary changes. A few years ago I started to learn about charcoal and was using it for lots of things. I started to give it to him for diarrhea. He was skeptical, but did start seeing it helped him a good bit. He now reaches for it himself. I realized at some point, that I haven't bought Pepto Bismol in years! And he doesn't seem to need the charcoal much anymore either. His diet has slowly improved and he has given up some foods as they cause heart arrythmia for him (caffeine). Anyway, John Dinsley, in his book, Charcoal Remedies, talks about using charcoal for IBS. You can take the tablets - 4-6 between meals. He says if this is too much to put 4 T. In water, shake it up, strain out the particles and then drink the water. (6 oz. ) I think. You can reuse the charcoal again and again to make more grey water to drink. Jessie

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lorrie (Florida) on 08/22/2018


Have you recently had an in-depth stool test? Not the kind they use to check for colon cancer as advertised on tv, but one that also tests for microbiomes and gut flora etc. Only that way can they see what is in your gut and how to combat it, whether it be digestive enzymes, probiotics, quercitin, etc.

Chromium Picolinate
Posted by Kimma (Prescott, Az) on 06/23/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I second that! I recently started taking Chromium Picolinate to help with blood sugar regulation. Right away I noticed my digestion and subsequent bowel movements improved significantly. Wish I would have known this a long time ago.

Posted by Cindy (Orange County, California) on 09/04/2011
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I was having terrible IBS symptoms along with extreme anxiety. I started taking 5-htp on the advice of my naturopathic doctor. Within 1-2 weeks, my IBS reduced substantially and my anxiety lessened dramatically. I felt great everyday with a more stable, consistent mood than I have ever felt in my life.

According to my doctor, a large proportion of serotonin either resides or is made in your gut (I forget which) so it makes sense that it helped my IBS. When I started, I was taking 200 mg each morning. It didn't help me sleep though, in fact it kept me wide awake. After taking for about a year or so, I started feeling very ill every morning. It took me a long time to figure out it was the 5-htp. However, my general health has improved much over the past year and I have now cut the dose back to 50 mg per day and can handle it fine. My doctor told me my system probably did not need as much now and this is perhaps why larger doses were making me so ill.

IBS and Herpes Virus Connection
Posted by Suzanne (Indiana) on 11/26/2022

Lecithin will stop a herpes breakout and, if taken regularly, prevent a breakout. I tried everything and lecithin is the only thing that works. It has been years since I have had an outbreak. Lecithin is also cheap. My granddaughter takes it and no longer has psoriasis.

There are a few old posts here on earthclinic you could read or you could just buy a bottle do the happy dance. Lol

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ed2010 (Oakville, Canada) on 07/22/2013

To Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe

Good question.

You can drink Ted's Alkalizing formula at any time of the day, there are no rules. However, there are certain times when you take, it will assist in digestion and healing.

Why after Lunch and dinner?

When you eat your food, the stomach secretes the acid HCL to pre digest the food, break the proteins and creates an acidic mixture. When this predigested food (which is still acidic) enters the Small Intestines the pancreas releases the bicarbonate to neutralize the acid and make it alkaline and to create a healthy environment so the intestines can digest the food normally.

So as I said approximately after 10 mins or 15mins the food enters the small intestine, when you take ted's alkalizing formula at this time, the already acidic small intestine environment( for a person with IBS CONSTIPATION) will be neutralized and the food is properly digested. And this alkalizing mixture inhibits the bacterial activity. When the digestion is normal and complete, the excretion is is natural and complete. No constipation.

Why After Bowel Movement?

After a bowel movement the fecal matter in large intestine is almost empty and digesting foods in the small intestines are minimal (if this is a morning bowel movement).

Now you have more region to be easily reached by the alkalizing formula. This alkalizing formula acts an intestinal ointment. The empty(nearly) small intestines which has more bacterial overgrowth that release acids can inflame the intestines and cause constipation as well. When the alkalizing formula reaches the intestines it will neutralize the acid and also inhibit the pathogenic overgrowth. Neutralizing the acid in the small intestines relieves constipation and promotes intestinal rejuvenation.

Depending on the type of bacteria or parasites IBS can vary from Constipation to Diarrhea.

This is only a first step towards the treatment of IBS, fortunately this is alone enough for few people.

Hope I explained well.

Good Health

Posted by CheeMiss (Toronto, Ont) on 05/26/2009
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I know that this might sound to simple, but please try CERTIFIED ORGANIC BUTTERMILK.

I have been in such IBS intestinal pain, gas, bloating, burping, D etc., ....all this came about after I finished an IBS study for meds (4mths), incl CBT (cognitive behavior therapy.) The meds gave me nasty side effects and the CBT although nice, but also not effective. You have no idea all the natural things & meds that I have tried all these years. Nothing worked.

Our local health food store recently started to carry the NEW and ONLY one out there...Certified Organic Buttermilk. I could not find this before. The conventional buttermilk just did not help me as it did prior to the late 60's. I grabbed the last 3 liter cartons and drank 1 liter that day and started on the others first thing on an empty stomach in the mornings. By the afternoon of the 2nd day....everything started to subside drastically. After the 3rd liter (3rd day), I could not believe that all my IBS attacks symptoms had vanished. All these years of suffering with next to no remission time.

I ordered 4 more liters and drank 1 liter per day. It has now been 2 weeks and I am IBS free. My D stopped on the 2nd day, along with the intense cramping. My tummy has greatly reduced in size and I am not gassy, burpy or acid reflux, and my D is gone.

I have been eating all my trigger foods with no problem. If I feel a twinge coming on, I merely pour a very large glass of this amazing thick, rich buttermilk and drink it all in one shot. Do not sip at it. It seems to work best when you drink it all at once.

I can't seem to get enough of it. My body is craving it like nothing I have experience before. I advance ordered another 4 liters. THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CERTIFIED ORGANIC BUTTERMILK AND THE CONVENTIONAL ONE.

Research the ingredients for yourselves and you will see. This type of buttermilk is like the product my mom use to give me when was a kid to settle down my IBS. Nothing has worked like this since until now. Check out Harmony dairy in Ontario. They seem to be the only ones supplying it so far. (btw: the ACV almost killed me and although I have been using coconut oil for the past 2 yrs., it too has not settled down my IBS.) I hope this remedy helps someone as much as it has helped me.

Posted by Dr. Brandeis (San Francisco, Ca) on 10/28/2010

I totally agree. I see this all the time with my patients. I treat hundreds of people for symptoms of 'IBS' and test everyone for intestinal infections- yeast, bacterial or parasitic. 9 times out of 10, there is an untreated infection. Once that is appropriately treated, no more IBS.

Posted by Dr. Brandeis (San Francisco, Ca) on 10/28/2010

True. Glutamine works in 2 ways. First, it is the preferred source of fuel for enterocytes- the cells that line the small intestine. Second, it increases sIgA (secretory immunoglobulin A), an important immune cell. If the IBS is caused by an infection such as yeast or parasites, Glutamine will be helpful. However, symptomatic relief from glutamine should make you consider testing for parasites- but not through conventional labs such as Quest or Labcorp. The best lab I've found and use with all of my patients is Metametrix. -Dr. Andrew Brandeis

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Christina (Florida) on 09/16/2015

Can you please say how much and what kind of aloe vera juice, I would like to do this? Was it raw? Is there a particular brand that works the best?

Purified Water
Posted by Megan (Riverside, Ct) on 10/25/2017

Tap water also contains high amounts of heavy metals, sediment and fluoride... it might not have been the chlorine necessarily. Type in your zip code on this site and get a reading of TDS (total dissolved solids) for your area. http://zerowater.com/tds.php?zip=

Dietary Changes
Posted by Popsicles (Consett, England) on 04/18/2017

Hi Elizabeth, I used to have the same problem. As soon as I stopped eating wheat these problems disappeared and I now make my own bread with spelt flour which is a very old type of wheat and also spelt pasta.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Janet (In) on 05/14/2017

Elizabeth. Having not seen your thread....ibs d. ugh. I had it for years. Could not leave the house, the whole 9 yards.

Followed many remedies and suggestions. The second biggest help for me was Teds Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tbsp 1/2 tsp of baking soda in a glass. Let fizz. Add 1/2 glass of water. Drink. It helped but was never the complete cure.

I was reviewing some notes earlier this year and stumbled on Teds remedy. In my notes it related to the connection of hormonal health being first in getting well. I did not write down what section I found it in.

It was dhea 12.5 mg to balance a females hormones. 1x a week. Second was 25mg dhea for intestinal health for a 130lb woman. I am a nearly 6 ft. Woman and average weight. So I used 50 mg of dhea. In the am

5mg of melatonin at bedtime. Within a day. It stopped. I took it 3 days. It was gone.

I followed up the following month with another 3 days.

It has been three months or so. It has not come back. Even if I take lots of c as sodium ascorbate. Which used to undo me.

The cost is about $10 to $15 to try.

I also am detoxed of fluoride and use teds other remedies. My diet is anything that is clean.

No msg

Vegetables oils...butter and coconut oil only.

Gluten and mostly grain free.

Avoid plastics



Sugar very little

It might be your answer.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Janet (In) on 05/19/2017

Eleanor, I have been trying to post a correction to ec. My phone was not cooperating, I got it half typed and poof..gone.

Hopefully this will hold. Pregnenolone 25mg. My last 2 bottles are from Vitamin Shoppe and are by mg not mcg. Teds instruction says mg. I took a quick look at available doses 30 mg is what is being sold. From what I am seeing.

Yes lithium is mcg.

The first problem I encountered in sending the answer was the paragraph on progesterone cream. I had not realized it was not appearing on my post.

My son cleaned up my phone somehow. Hopefully this reaches you.

Progesterone cream. 1 pump placed on upper body changing location each time. 2 to 3 x a week. Ted says real progesterone not mexican yam derived. I have used Now brand. But there are others that are in tubs with dosing instructions.

Sorry for the mistake. Being unable to send a reply was torture. Janet

Dietary Changes
Posted by Janet (In) on 12/11/2017


I know exactly what you mean. IBS d.

It is awful. It has many causes. MRSA. C Diff can be thrown in there. Bacterial infection, Viral components. Mine is from no lower intestine. Surgically removed. My Mom picked it up after her last colonoscopy. Bacterial I think. I could not leave the house, or the bathroom most days. For 5 years She is in the same boat.

Things that helped:

no gluten
table salt, sea salt only
vegetable oil, coconut oil or butter only

These eliminations provide a solid base to heal. Foundational platform.

Killing the viral bacterial component.

Ted's lysine remedy.

These are taken hourly. As lysine only lasts 55 minutes in the body. I make 3,4 dose bottles to last 3 days. 3 water bottles, fluoride free spring water. I pour off about an inch of water. in each bottle.

4 doses of 1000mg l lysine
1 dose 1500mg l threonine, sold as a pure powder on amazon
2 plain aspirin
1 dropper of methelene blue, from amazon aquarium suppliers.

M.B. recipe, It arrives in a powder form in a bottle. carefully add spring water to bottle to rim before cap area, this stains, make on a glass plate. Vitamin c mixed in some water removes stain, if it spills or drips. Order 1 2oz glass dropper bottle, fill dropper 2x with M.B. add to dropper bottle, fill remaining with mineral water leave enough room to put dropper back in.

Cap and agitate the bottle. you now have M.B. solution of .01solution to add to your remedy.

Add 1000mg of sodium ascorbate, vitamin c reacted with baking soda for optimal absorption.

Do each bottle the same. Cap and shake. Mark 4 equal doses for each. Take 1 dose an hour for 4 hours in AM. 1 bottle each day.
Alkalizing drink, the best one for the runs contains apple cider vinegar. The malates it provides help slow down the runs. It also helps constipation. It is a bowel corrector. It has many functions. It provides bicarbonates to digestion where it is critically needed in gallbladder and pancreas. It cleans up kidney and bladder carrying out debris and toxins harmlessly. It improves sleep and sleep stages. It also helps control cortisol during sleep when it tends to jump all over the place.
2 tbsp of ACV in a glass. Add 1/2 tsp baking soda, let fizz, add 1/2 glass of water and drink. 2x a day, 1/2 hour after food, 5 days out of 7. This also has some pain relieving qualities.

Hormones, the hidden culprit in most illness, especially intestinal issues. This has held true for my husband, daughters and my Mom. It does not matter your age. You need correct hormones in your intestine to run everything optimally. First, the devil in the details. Over estrogenation of every living thing on the planet. It is in food. water and environment.

Teds recommendation is DHEA, I took 100mg in the AM for 3 days. 2.5 to 5 mg of melatonin at bed time. Most people take 25mg a day of DHEA, or so but to get over the problem you need more. The first day my problem ended with just melatonin and DHEA. Then 2 extra days to make sure. I take a higher dose because I do not have a lower intestine and long past menopause. 5 days out of 7. Once you are well you can determine better your standard dosage. Quite a miracle.

For piles. 3 different things help. An old baby wipe container. Cut paper towels in half add to clean container. Pour in 1/2 spring water, 1/2 apple cider vinegar. Let it saturate the towels pour off any excess. Use these for cleaning area. Do not flush them.

Soothing pain. In a bottle. I mix 1/2 milk of magnesia and 1/2 castor oil. It acts as a barrier and healer. Apply with toilet paper.

Or a baby organic zinc ointment. Like desitin without petroleum.

2 things I recommend to look into. Vitamin d to get your immunity up to throw off the bacterial and viral things we encounter every day. Grassroots Health on Facebook is a great place to get solid information on it.

Bulletproof coffee. We have had great results with it. It is a great boon to health. Gut health and immunity. You can buy Dave Asperys products or cobble together your own. We just make our own.

When you get past the problem you most likely will be able to take magnesium maltate 250 mg 2x a day. Or use magnesium oil topically. You need it for everything. Especially strengthening sphincters.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Timh (Ky) on 04/14/2016 2073 posts

Most conventional dr's do not diagnose or treat parasitism, even in children; and if you mention the possibility, you will likely be recommended psychological counseling or prescribed an antidepressant medication.

IMHO, many or most cases of IBS are caused by some type parasite and/or infection, so treatment with natural remedies is a good start.

Here are E.C. links for more info


Posted by Jan (Netherlands (Nederland)) on 11/18/2014
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Beta Glucan for IBS.

I found a huge relief with 3 x 400 mg Beta Glucan daily. Allready used psylium ( always let it soak in water for at least an hour or it will dehydrate your bowels ) and FOS. Ofcourse this was helpfull with the constipation. But the addition of the Beta Glucan took the pain in the bowels away.

For more info go to "http://www.youngagain.org/books.html" look for the pdf. Beta Glucan and you will find a reference for a given patent to the connection IBS and Beta Glucan.

-- "Another PCT patent was issued in 1992 WO94 04,136 for irritable bowel syndrome, including diarrhea and constipation in humans. This shows that many companies around the world realize the value of beta glucan in many health conditions and are busy trying to
patent their particular product. Every year you will see more and more such patents." --

It helped me .. hope it will help you to.

IBS and Candida
Posted by Gigi (Denver) on 02/04/2014

ICV and Candida: 2012 was a tough year after 2 surgeries that lead to much research. In fall 2012, my period became quite heavy where I couldn't leave the house for more than 3-4 hours. In March 2013 was given a prescription to clot menstrual cycle, which resulted in a thrombosed vein - I believe was caused a blood clot (April 2013, surgery #1). Anemic and weight loss for a few months, then had ablation July 2013. Since ablation, symptoms of menstrual discomform persisted (low back pain and what seemed to be swollen ovaries). November 2013 had painful intestinal reaction after reintroducing wheat, dairy and sugar back into my diet (and probably stress). Took ACV and high quality aloe vera juice successfully with a couple bouts during the holidays. In late December, visited gastero doctor who diagnosed it as IBS. He suggested colonoscopy and CAT scan. The day after colonoscopy (December 21), I was in a fetal position in great pain. MD, Gastro and OB said it was probably yeast from drugs after surgeries. After consulting with a host of non-traditional resources, it seems my ICV (ileocecal valve) is problematic and bloating a sheer misery for 5 weeks.

Earth Clinic has helped immensely as well as Jini Patel Thompson's site to heal my inflamed large intestines. Looking back, my occasional symptoms have included bad menstrual cycles, sinus problems, tinninus, brain fog, heart palpitations and muscular issues. ICV symptoms can be many and is known as The Great Mimicker. The recommendation is to resolve inflamed intestines to alleviate it turning into IBD or Crohn's. There is a massage technique to address the ICV online; peppermint tea (enteric coated peppermint is excellent to help the peristaltic movement of the intestive), marshmellow and slippery elm to coat the intestines. I'm eating bone broth (made from organic grass fed beef bones and chicken, carrots, celery, onion, zucchini and garlic. I eat all except the celery and easy to digest foods such as avocado, banana, pear; juicing green vegetables with apples, parsley, cilantro and fresh ginger; avoiding dense foods, chips, sugars, wheats, dairy, fermented foods, legumes that cause gas (a little hummus is good), spicy hot, carbonation, scratchy veggies, grains and processed foods. I've also been doing allergy elimination via acupuncture which seems to help. I'm also taking wild oil of oregano and Grapefruit Seed Extract to kill bad bacterial and repopulating with a super good probiotic (Lactobacillus acidophilus, NAS super strain, 5 billion cfu (colony forming units), Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, LB-51 super strain, 5 billion cfu), Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. Also incorporating oil pulling and castor oil packs (3-4 x per week) and activated charcoal 2-3x per week to help flush out the bad. Will start an Elemental Diet this week for 10-14 days, then plan to begin eliminating the candida through continued diet, rife and acupuncture (the candida diet is basically what I'm doing now to keep the pain away).

Moral? If you're suffering from any type of intestinal problems, please consider having olonoscopies and GI tests carefully. Even though my physicians were talking with one another, not one thought of telling me about the potential yeast problem nor did they caution me not to have the colonoscopy while my intestines were in a very fragile state. This ordeal has diminished my health considerably and is costing me financially, physically and emotionally just to get my life back to normal. Blessings and healing to those of you with any form of IBS.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Joseph (San Jose, Ca, Usa) on 11/17/2012
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I have had IBS / Chrohn for awhile now. Probably over 10 years or more. I always thought that I was weak and was easily food sensitive or that my intestines were weak and it would constantly get scarred and bleed. I often get diarrhea after eating and my stools would often contain Mucus and Blood. Never knew that it was abnormal. Not until my sister was diagnosed with an intestinal infection that was resistant to anbiotics and displayed the same symptoms as me, and that was when I became aware that probably I had an infection as well.

I read that alot of times, IBS could be caused by a parasite infection. These parasites are very hard to detect in the stool samples and hard to kill, because they live in your mucus membrane of your intestines which is very thick in Fat and the parasites themself also have a very thick layer of cell wall protecting their bodies from regular treatments as well, making them extremely difficult to get rid of. If you want to get rid of these Parasites, you need to strip the Fat off 1st, and a good way to do this is by Sea Salt. and These parasites also live off of carbohydrates and feed off our foods. So we need to cut off their supply of foods as well. So I decided to go on a Flush and Fasting for the next 4 days. Here is what I did below.

1st Day: Drink 2 teaspoon of Sea Salt mix in 1 Liter: Early morning before eating or drinking anything. within 30 minutes, I went to bathroom and alot of diarhea and gunk came out. Then I Prepared 2 Liters of Lemon Mixture. Each Liter contained Water, 2 lemon, 6-8 Tablespoon of Maple Syrup (100%, Grade B), and 1/2 cayenne pepper. Mix well. And drink about 8-10 oz every hour or so for the whole day.

2nd Day: (Same as 1st day). But, I flushed with sea salt 2x. One time in morning and one time before I go to bed. and I also added 2 tablespoon of Applecider Vinegar mixed in 8 oz of water after each flush. I waited for 30 -45 minutes after the Sea Salt Flush to go through, then I would drink my Applecider Vinegar in 8 oz of water. Wait for about 15-30 minutes, and then drink my lemon mixture (8-10oz every 1 hour or so, until I am done with the 2 liters).

3rd Day: (Same as 2nd Day). But, I flushed 3x with Sea Salt (and now, I increased by 1 teaspoon, so each time I flushed, I was using 3 teaspoon in 1 liter of water), followed by 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar within 30 -45 minutes after each flush.

Note: The reason why, I flushed 3x istead of 2 (and also increasing 1 extra teaspoon) is because , I want to make sure to do it frequent enough and for the Sea Salt to be strong enough to kill all the Bacterias that are harmful and parasites or anything else in my intestines that are living in there that could be harmful to me. And I want to flush them all out. On this 3rd day, I honestly feel like a hollow tube. Flush, Flush, Flush.

4th Day: I also Flushed for 3 times (with 3 teaspoon of Sea Salt in I liter of water), but now, I discontinued and stop using the Lemon Mixture with cayenne pepper. Instead, I bought 3 bunches of Cilantro at the store and I blend it with 2-3 Tablespoon of Milk Thistle ( you could either use milk thistle seeds, roots, or stems). What I had on me was milk thistle seeds that I ordered online (i already had this a few months before), so I ended up using those.

After I flushed with Sea Salt, I waited for the flush to go through, then I would drink the 2 Table spoon of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz of water and waited for at least 15 minutes, then I would grind 1 bundle of cilantro with 2-3 tablespoon of flax seeds. (I repeat this process every 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours or so, because by this time, I am begining to crave for food and I just wanted to end this 4 day fasting as fast as I could. But I couldnt stop yet, because I wanted to make sure that I got rid of eveything and also I wanted to detox my body from heavy metal and mercury.)

The reason why I chose not to use the lemon mixture with Maple syrup on my 4th day, was because I wanted to make sure that All surviving parasites or bacterias or harmful creatures living in my intestines will finally starve on this 4th day. Also, cilantro and Milk Thistle is a good combo to get rid of all heavy metals, including mercury in my system. So I wanted to also get rid of heavy metals and other toxins in my intestines and body systems as well.

By the time, that I was done with my 3rd and final flush, I got so sick from drinking the Sea Salt water, (Just the smell of it was bringing fear and chills down my spine) That I didnt drink the apple cider vinegar on my 3rd flush, but instead, I just drank the Cilantro bundle blended with 2 tablespoons of Flax Seeds.... And then I waited for a good half an hour to 1 hour before I started to eat regular soft food (I ate 2 big burritos) and NO DIARRHEA OR BLOODY STOOL (usually, I would get diarrhea within 30 minutes or so)!!!

Next day, I ate, and NO DIARRHEA OR BLOODY STOOL... And I was very thankful and It has been that way ever since.... I am just very thankful, and I felt that my prayers has been finally answered. God Luck in using this 4 day method to cure your IBS. You are in my prayers.

Note: There are many times, that I wanted to end this fast early, especially on my 3rd day and 4th day... But I am totally glad that I stuck through it. I dont know if just flushing for 2 days would completely get rid of everything, but I was thinking that I wanted to end this torment once and for all, so I chose to do it in 4 days and slowly built my body up to 3 Sea Salt flushes per day (using starting with 2 teaspoon and ending with 3 teaspoon of Sea Salt). That is alot of flushing though.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Shawn (Toronto, On) on 10/30/2012

Hi kazim I had 99% of the same symptoms u are experiencing. I have tried everything under the sun to cure this condition. To much despair lots of doctors have failed to help and then this one doctor cured my 5 yr old condition. Google "sarotena" and "franxit" and tell your physician these mild anti-depressants will cure take care of your IBS. Now that my problems are better I maintain (helps a lot) my stomach health by doing yoga and excercised (ones that make you sweat) to improve stomach health. Taking Apple Cider Vinegar one a day is also very helpul, so is a cup of probiotic yogurt. Hope my advise can solve your issues.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Trudyg (USA) on 06/19/2013

I've tried this in the past, but when I need a super-fast fix I grab the immodium. I usually don't know my belly will act up until I'm out on the road driving to work. I get up and eat breakfast 2 hours early to allow for this, but still.... Will have to give charcoal a better try. Thanks.

Posted by Linda M. (Newbury Park, Ca) on 02/25/2011
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I have suffered with ibs-d for 1 year and tried several natural remedies that have not worked for me. I was constantly getting colds and flus and I was very weak. A friend recommended a high quality probiotc (Natren healthy trinity and Life Start 2) with amazing results. My diarrhea and loose bowels stopped immediately. My first few days involved more normal bowel movements and I did experience gas as my flora in my intestines was being restored. I was told this was normal and would clear up. It is very early in my recovery, but the results so far has been very positive. I hope this is helpful to others.

IBS and Herpes Virus Connection
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 08/10/2010 385 posts

If it's a recurring issue of cold sores, its usually a virus which tends to hide in the nervous system and bone marrow. Nervous system is common, while in bone marrow tends to cause anemia now and then. The IBS might be helped with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in a cup of water, single dose. The herpes, is mostly lysine 1000 mg with glutamine 1000 mg taken hourly for 4 hours for roughly three days. If they come back it's taken again. Someone claimed that it resists every supplement I mentioned here, but I have found they work in all cases from direct experience. Zinc maybe supportive. As for candida, baking soda, potassium citrate, perhaps potassium iodide are the common supplements I might consider, along with 25 mg of sodium molybdate for a week or two, as the most promising so far. People also tend to be low in copper, which is supplemented with chlorophyll.


Posted by Tonya (Atlanta, Ga) on 07/04/2018
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No. You do not. I began by drinking one swallow before each meal ...then two days later I increased to two swallows before each meal. I'm two weeks into it and it has worked wonders for my tummy!!! I now drink 1/4 cup a couple times a day because it helps so much. Literally, it's been life saving. I have IBS-C and it has made all the difference in the world.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Jessica Nicholson (Toronto, Canada) on 09/02/2008
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I suffered from chronic IBS along with acne mostly in my T zone and fluctuating weight gain/loss for a number of years. after much toying with medications birth control pills and numerous skin creams which all had horrible side effects like rashes, yeast infections, bladder infections Candida, massive mood swings, depression, bad breath etc... I decided to find my own cure by following my bodies urges. I did a ton of research about digestion and the causes a poor diet has on digestion and eventually the skin after all our bodies organs are all connected to one another I then kept a food journal recording how I felt before and after everything I ate I eventually discovered that wheat was the culprit I was eating the stuff daily pasta, bread, and cereal.who'da thunk it wheat supposibly the miracle food giver of life was poisoning my body. After this discovery I eliminated wheat completely from my diet went on a regime of detox and colon cleanses all with natural products such as olive oil and lemon juice mixture for getting rid of gall stones, Dr Natura for a gentle natural non intrusive colon cleanse regime. and the master cleanse along with a juice fast for 10 days. and I eventually switched over to a vegitarian diet very high in live green foods, fruit and soy. This totally cleared up my skin, cutting out the wheat cleared up my IBS almost immediately and I have been IBS free now for almost 10 years. Another neat side effect of wheat elimination was I had suffered from a series of learning disabilities while I was a child and young adult after cutting out the wheat the brain fog cleared up and I was finally able to focus for the first time in my life. The cleansing cleared up my skin and the dietary changes dropped my weight to a my optimum weight I'm 5'8" tall and weigh 140 pounds with a very athletic build and have had no fluctuation since the change.

I am now 9 months pregnant and have never been so healthy in my life.I have put on the appropriate amount of weight needed for a health pregnancy. I have experienced no discomfort and had a totally normal exceptionally healthy pregnancy on this diet.

Follow your body's intuition and you will never go wrong. health is in your hands and diet!
best of luck Jessica xo

Wheatgrass Powder
Posted by TAN KOON PENG (SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE) on 06/20/2008
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Wheatgrass Powder for IBS! John suffers from irritable bowel syndrome , and sometimes he get shocking stomach cramps and diarrheah. After years of suffering, he have finally found something that works. Buy some wheatgrass powder from the health food store and mix up a double or triple dose of it with water and drink, followed by a glass of plain water. The taste may be awful, but the instant relief makes it soooo worth it!!!!!!

Posted by Irene (Brisbane, Australia) on 02/03/2008
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My husband and I have had wonderful success for over 6 years taking MSM orally and using MSM topically. We each take a teaspoon daily - about 4 grams. It has stopped irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis and been fantastic help in gum problems (gargle).The gel has reduced scars, insect bites, sunburn and creams are anti-ageing. We are passionate about MSM and will always take and apply it. Results have been so dramatic we started a skin care company.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Setlikeflint (Massachusetts) on 11/14/2016

I see different options for Lilly of the Desert aloe vera. There is a juice, a stomach formula and a detox formula. What do you recommend?

Posted by B (Attica, IN) on 12/10/2006
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After being diagnosed with IBS and perioral dermatitis I knew I had to make a change. I did my research and talked to a few people at the health food stores and then added probiotic acidophilus to my diet. The first week I took 2 times the recommended amount, the second week I cut it down the recommended amount and then have stayed on that amount rather well the past 10 years. It has fixed all the problems with my skin as well as my digestional tract. All the diseases of the body start in the stomach and colon, the acidophilus either in capsule form or yogurt help correct this imbalance. By fixing the imbalance, everything else falls in line. My skin is beautiful now. I would recommend this to any one suffering from any skin lesions and digestive problems.

Posted by Amy (Riverside, California) on 09/22/2020
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I also had trouble drinking water in the past. I just didn't care for water unless I was really thirsty, only I did not get all that thirsty for water. I also suffered from Irritable bowel syndrome badly.

I found that if I take a glass jar (like from a jelly or a jam product and clean it thoroughly, I can fill it with ordinary tap water but I must place the glass of water in the refrigerator (not the freezer). For some reason I love the water cold? Then I can drink it like crazy! But remember that the cold water can give you a sore throat so allow the refrigerated water out of the refrigerator before drinking it for awhile so that the water is not too cold, it will still be cold enough to drink and enjoy. Now that I drink refrigerated water, my irritable bowel syndrome isn't bothering me anymore!

Just letting others know what works for me with drinking plenty of water.

SIBO Connection
Posted by Marnie (Nampa, ID) on 09/14/2019

Hi Cathie,

Yes, I found Dr. Axe's SBO Probiotic. It contains “soil based” organisms. If you do decide to order another brand on Amazon, make sure you're double checking who the seller is. Many sellers are peddling counterfeit products (and many are selling from overseas). However, in many cases it is Amazon itself who is the seller. It will say “sold by Amazon.com.”

I believe Garden of Life was one of the original makers of of soil based probiotic supplements. They were bought by Nestle ,unfortunately. So I don't trust their products anymore.

Posted by Laura (Yorba Linda, CA) on 02/22/2021

THAnk YOU! I used to give black cumin seed extract oil already prepared to my son regularly - just to stave off stuff... But I stopped a while back and he has now developed Ibs type issues. THANKYOU for the good reminder. I've taken it out of the cupboard and am returning to using it. We will hope and see. Thanks and my 16 year old thanks you

Dietary Changes
Posted by Elizabeth (Ny) on 04/19/2017

Art, thank you so much for replying. I will speak with my doctor about the vitamin D and the Melatonin. I used to take Melatonin just to help me sleep, but did not realize it had so many other good factors as for the IBS. I believe I will start taking these myself because I feel if I can get this under control myself then I won't have to go to the doctors. As I said, I am up during the wee hours of the morning up until about 7/8 am when things settle down and I don't have any issues for the rest of the day or evening until after I got to bed and sleep for a couple of hours then awakened to an urgent need to go to the bathroom. It is so frustrating. There are things I want to do but I have limited my time out because I am so afraid of having an "accident" or an episode. This is nothing I have experienced before with the IBS and as much as I do get some bloating, the pain is very annoying and aggravating.

I have been drinking coconut water, one bottle or so a day, using coconut/almond milk in my coffee, eating very blandly such as plain scrambled eggs, plain toast with just jam or a waffle or two with peanut butter. It seems no matter what I have done though has helped. So frustrating.

Thank you again for your response. All is taken with great hope that I can get this under control.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Mt (Bucharest) on 04/19/2017

Infusion: The Calamus root tea is only prepared as a cold-infusion. A level teaspoon of Calamus roots is soaked in 1/4 litre of cold water overnight, lightly warmed in the morning and strained. Before using, warm the tea in a waterbath.

Take 6 sips of Calamus root tea daily (one sip before a meal and one sip after it).

Eating green bananas (not ripe, hard to peel) will rebuild the intestinal lining. Carrot juice is also helping

Look also in the Pulse test book (by Arthur Coca) to learn how to determine if you have some allergies.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Eleanor (Atlanta) on 05/18/2017

Thank you, Janet. Can you please clear up the dose of lithium and pregnenolone? You have mg but I see mcg when I go to order--that would make a big difference! I already have gaba, l-tryptophan, dhea, borax, sea salt. I ordered kelp powder so I can fine tune the dose, same with b1. I already take B3 for cholesterol (1000mg 2x/d). I didn't see 12.5 dhea anywhere, so I'll just cut my tablets in half. On another note, to those who can't get the correct dose--try to dissolve the tablet/empty the capsule into a known quantity of water. Then it is easy to pour off half to get half a dose, half again for 1/4 the dose, etc. This method works for most things--1 drop in 1 glass water, pour off half and you have 1/2 a drop left.....

Dietary Changes
Posted by Gert (Va) on 12/11/2017

Janet, thank you for your response. I am already doing all the items on the first section, elimination. I will get the items needed for the rest of your post and start that when I've gotten it all. I have some lysine, but probably not enough, and the dhea but will have to get the methylene blue. I may have the l-threonine, will have to look. I have tried everything! When I try something new, I usually stick to it rigidly for at least 1 month and then reassess to see how it's affecting me. Thanks again.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Janet (In) on 12/12/2017


Methylene blue is the most confusing dilution to make. I found a simple instruction 5 years ago. I can no longer find my source. It is on E.C. somewhere.

When I receive my bottle of powder. I add water, to the rim below the cap.

Cap and shake gently. Leave that stand a bit so excess drops out of the upper area of the bottle.

Using the dropper from an empty 2 oz dropper bottle. I fill it. It only fills about 3/4 the way. I put 2 of those in my dropper bottle. Then I add water carefully to the rim below the cap. Leaving room to put dropper in.

I dose 1 dropper into the 4 dose lysine remedy. It usually dissipates its blue when it sits with the whole remedy. I have used a little too much by a drop or two. I have used a little less by a drop or two. No harm to our family.

We have had some light green blue urine. Not often. Never had it gone to eyes. You could try a half dropper if you wish. Taking extra c removes the blue according to Ted. We haven't needed to.

Here is the methylene blue page. Explaining other methods. I did try to make it by cc with a syringe. Then I found the one I use. It works. No after problems.



Dietary Changes
Posted by Gert (Va) on 12/14/2017

Thanks, Janet, I've got some mb on order and will follow your directions when it arrives. Just wanted to make sure. And to the other poster--I have gone gluten free, strictly, for over 2 months in the past and it didn't change anything. I've always wondered--I had chemo as a child (18 months, so I don't remember it & my parents wouldn't tell me what or why--said I'd never get life insurance if I mentioned it). Did that start my problem? Is there any way to fix it now? I'm 60, so I guess all I can do at this point is live as well as I can. But, wow, that ibs d really makes life hard.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Janet (In) on 12/23/2017


For the remedy it is one dose per bottle.

Some folks take more sodium ascorbate, per day as a normal thing. This is based on Ted's doses for the remedy.

In his instructions it is the first dose. All of the sodium ascorbate. I changed it because, "six people" Leaving the house with remedy in hand for work etc. It works this divided up way for us.

Ted's actual instructions call for the Threonine, methylene blue and sodium ascorbate to be dosed first in am. The lysine hourly. I got so confused as to who had what when. 2 people work third shift here. It is even more confusing as 1 third shift is Sunday that is counted as Monday. The other starts Monday but that is really Monday that is actually Tuesday. 1 works second shift. 2 work mornings with different start times. I could not keep it straight. I still cannot. Lol.

So I experimented on myself first. Thank goodness it worked.


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