Natural Remedies for LPR: Effective Treatment and Relief at Home

| Modified on Sep 14, 2023
White Vinegar
Posted by Lynda P (British Columbia) on 07/28/2023
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White Vinegar Treatment for Silent Reflux, PEPSIN, and H plyori

I've had issues coming from silent reflux, saw this study and tried it, worked light a charm. Was it pepsin or Hyplori, I don't know that but this worked by the end of 7 days.

My symptoms were sinus pressure, feeling plugged and nasal congestion, which was affecting my ears and balance also and the back of my throat and in my mouth a little . Lump feeling in the throat.

This study said to take 5 % white vinegar, put it in a glass and sniff it a a couple times a day, I sniffed it about 10 times a day.

Then take 5% white vinegar diluted to your liking and gargle with it. I was doing that after everything I ate. By the 4 th day my symptoms showed huge improvements. By the 10th day it was gone.

Another one I do is take a 2 ounce spray bottle, pour in alkaline water and a pinch of baking soda, and spray in the mouth as you breathe in. This also helps kill off the pepsin coming up.

You can also take this mix and spray it up your nose.

I hope this helps people suffering.

Here is the study using white vinegar:

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Katherine (SO) on 05/11/2023

Look up Stretta for your LPR.

Nebulizing Hydrogen Peroxide +
Posted by Mary (Uk) on 02/08/2023

I'm interested in nebulising hydrogen peroxide for lpr I'm really struggling so will try anything, how has it helped you? xx

Posted by Sharon (Missouri) on 01/17/2023

I've seen colostrum mentioned that someone has used or talked about as a major healing “tool”. Can anyone point me to that information. Currently working my way through all the silent reflux helps and cures. If that would be a good tool for the arsenal I'd like to have some anecdotal information and see how people have used it. Thanks!

Ceylon Cinnamon, Cardamom, Caraway
Posted by Ron (Charleston, SC) on 12/26/2022
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I have found these spices to be very helpful for LPR: Ceylon Cinnamon, Cardamom and Caraway seeds. These are known to be stomach friendly herbs and working them into whatever I'm eating as much as possible has been very helpful. I've even been able to have a small cup of coffee if I add a pinch of salt + healthy amount of cardamom and cinnamon to the grounds. If you try this I strongly recommend avoiding regular cinnamon and only trying Ceylon. Ceylon has way less coumarin than your regular cinnamon. Coumarin isn't good for your liver. I was surprised how effective a tool these spices are that doesn't get mentioned a lot.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Virginia M. (Fort Wayne, IN) on 12/24/2022
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I have had LPR for years (chronic cough - worse at night, lots of mucous, runny nose throughout the day, sleep issues, digestive issues, gurgling in my chest at night, sometimes floating chest pain, etc.). I tried PPIs and lots of natural remedies with little improvement. After reviewing earth clinic and cure zone, I have implemented some new things that seem to be helping.

They are listed below:

1) Drink 2TBL of ACV in a cup of warm water first thing in the morning and before bed
2) Take a couple of strength enzymes with my meals
3) Take H2O2 15 drops in a glass of water in am and 10 drops about an hour before bed.
4) Follow a gluten free, ph-balanced diet
5) Drink juiced cabbage and sometimes carrots
6) Follow Dr. Berg's protocol for healing a fatty liver as I have NAFLD. Note: Researchers suggest there may be a connection between acid reflux and fatty liver. Dr Berg's video:
7) Drink a liter of borax water that I sip throughout the day (1/8 tsp of borax - I use 20 Mule Team w/o laundry booster in a liter of water, with a 1/4 tsp of Himalayan salt)
8) I also take a number of supplements - Vitamin E, liposomal Vitamin C, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin K2, Iodoral, Vitamin D3, milk thistle, slippery elm, tumeric, coconut oil and flax seed oil.
9) I exercise daily - run a couple miles 2-3 days a week

I noticed that I am sleeping better with little coughing. This is a great improvement. I hope in a few more weeks, the cough will be gone. My runny nose throughout the day is nearly resolved. I feel better, more energy. I also just started taking diatomaceous earth - 1 tsp, building up to a TBS a day in light of its many health benefits. I want to thank EC for this wonderful site and all its contributors. I am learning a lot.

Black Seed Oil
Posted by Ummesalma (Zanzibar ) on 11/23/2022

How to use black seed oil for silent reflux treatment??

Antacids + Hemp Oil
Posted by Art (California) on 11/07/2022 1849 posts


Yes, vaping in general can cause a type of pneumonia because of the oil and chemical content in vaping cartridges that end up in the lungs.


Antacids + Hemp Oil
Posted by Alex (Thessaloniki - Greece) on 11/07/2022
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Can vaping CBD cause pneumonia?

Posted by Eliya (Tel Aviv) on 07/14/2022 3 posts

Your post was an eye opener. I feel like I am on a roller coaster with GERD and reflux. Spent $250. 00 for a private gastro visit. He confirmed Acid reflux. All he had to offer was PPI's and and an endoscopy, both of which I rejected. My esophagus burns alot so I stand and walk around eating celery which brings up pepsin gas or acid {who knows what} and helps for the moment. But maybe I have LPR. I am familiar with Dr. Berg and find him to be correct many times. So here is my question. When you say HCL is that Betaine HCL? I cannot find it without Pepsin. Please let me know if you succeed. Wishing you good health.

Nebulizing Hydrogen Peroxide +
Posted by beverly (Texas) on 03/22/2022

While activated charcoal is great for gerd, it caused me constipation. So be aware.

Nebulizing Hydrogen Peroxide +
Posted by Lilu (Los Angeles) on 03/21/2022

How are you doing with it now? And are you still using the activated charcoal and/or the Hydrogen Peroxide through nebulizer?

Nebulizing Hydrogen Peroxide +
Posted by Beverly (Texas) on 03/09/2022

I would like to add a follow up............had a bad episode of silent reflux today that had me bloated and gasping for air this morning. Thought I was going to have to go to ER it was so bad. I have struggled with it all day and eaten practically nothing. I read where one of the readers took activated charcoal...OMG within 15 minutes I belched many times and I can breathe again.

Nebulizing Hydrogen Peroxide +
Posted by beverly (Texas) on 03/06/2022
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I have a history of sarcoidosis. I think years of using prednisone and methotrexate completely screwed up my gut. In the past five years I have developed silent gerd. It gets so bad that I have gotten aspirated pneumonia and been hospitalized. For years I had constant lung and sinus infections due to this. My stomach would bloat and press against my diaphragm. I would wheeze and gasp for air. I never knew for sure what was going to set it off...........steamed cabbage put me in the hospital a few years ago. I know chocolate and tomatoes are off limits. I have tried every concoction known to man. I ordered Gaviscon from England that has sodium alginate in it and coats your stomach. Some relief from that. Peppermint can cause gerd and cannot figure why they put it in stomach meds. There have been studies to prove it. I have been to three gastro doctors....all kinds of tests run and the only thing in their toolbox are PPI's. PPI's are toxic and not fit for human consumption.

Finally I have found some relief from the lung congestion and infections by nebulizing Hydrogen Peroxide...about 1% in distilled water with a little salt added. Salt is supposed to be good for your lungs. I have read salt mine workers have the healthiest lungs. I think aloe vera is also a good solution for gerd. ACV does not work for me........makes it worse. Vinegars are high in histamine and that might be my problem. Enjoy all the comments. Bodies are very complicated and everyone is different.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by J (AZ) on 12/17/2021

What is the amount that you used? Teaspoon? Tablespoon??

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by J (AZ) on 12/17/2021

Hi- what was the dosage?

Posted by Janene (CA) on 08/15/2021

I'm just starting to figure out LPR. What I have read so far is that pepsin "gas" leaks into the throat and respiratory tract. This causes burning in the throat and respiratory tract. That is why drinking something acidic causes more burning in your throat when it comes into contact with the pepsin on the cell in your throat. According to youtube videos by Dr. Berg, HCL helps close the valve so the pepsin gas does not leak out into the throat. I was just given PPI's but am going to try HCL supplements first. I'm looking for HCL "without pepsin". Good luck to all, and thanks for all the helpful comments.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Virginia (Alabama) on 06/29/2021

I eat an apple before I go to bed, if you have acid reflux this helps. I have had my throat stretched twice. I find out that I have a leaky valve in my heart. I will be tested in the middle of the month if I will be eligible for a clamp on my heart. I am 87 years old but still trying to find out what can be done for LPD. Reading these articles sure has helped.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Virginia (Alabama) on 06/29/2021

I have this horrible disease.

One thing I do for acid reflux is eat an apple before I go to bed, that really helps.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by CindyC (Arizona) on 06/22/2021
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I believe I have diagnosed myself with LPR due to the anxiety attacks I was getting from the symptoms. My recommendation is to not overload on too many "so called cures" that you see on these boards and to start with one cure at a time to see what works. I noticed eating bland whole foods has already helped me after two days. I noticed that drinking Chamomile Tea with raw or Manuka honey relaxes me and soothes the symptoms. I sometimes ad 1/2 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in with the tea, it really has helped. If it doesn't work for you in the tea, try adding a capful of ACV in a glass of water. Don't use too much. I see where some people add two teaspoons full, that's too much. Make sure the vinegar is "Braggs" organic ACV with the mother it's the best. Don't use regular vinegar.

LPR is not caused by acid, but stomach enzymes - namely called "Pepsin" which causes respiratory symptoms and inflammation. Google "Pepsin and LPR" and you will better understand what LPR is. It's not the same as Gerd and acid reflux.

I am currently researching "Alkaline" water of at least 9.0 is best. Drink a glass in the morning and an hour after a meal and NOT during meals. This is important. "Essentia Ionized water" is best. Drink regular water throughout the day. Remember, too much of anything is not good. When eating foods, keep a journal. Write down everything you eat that makes you feel bad or good. Eventually you will get it right. Don't get discouraged, know that you are not alone in this. :0)

Try this:

1. Eat bland, research low acidic foods and low fat foods. Eat small meals and snacks throughout the day. Research LPR safe foods. There are lots of foods you actually can eat.

2. Put a cap full of ACV in a glass of water and drink after a meal, or 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda in a glass of water and drink after a meal.

3. Try the brand "Essentia Ionized water" (Alkaline water), in the morning 30 minutes before a meal and drink a glass before you go to bed. Don't make it your main water source, drink regular water throughout the day. DON'T DRINK THE ALKALINE WATER WHILE EATING.

4.) Research 500 mg of Magnesium supplement for LPR (without calcium). Heard good things about this. I'm going to check with my doctor first.

5.) Don't drink just any teas. Try Chamomile tea, the reason it is great is because it has anti-inflammatory properties which can be soothing for your throat and digestive tract. The other tea is Marshmallow root tea.

Good luck to all.

Antacids + Hemp Oil
Posted by Sara (NJ) on 03/27/2021

Tums is not natural -- it's very bad for you and should never be taken! It will literally cause malnabsorption and ultimately malnutrition and dysbiosis.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Evelina (Wisconsin) on 03/13/2021

Can you explain when and how often you took each remedy please?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Jonathan (Shelburne MA) on 10/16/2019
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EarthClinic helped me diagnose my LPR and then I confirmed it with an ENT endoscopy. It was manifesting as masked asthma; constant throat clearing; a persistent cough that would wake me up in the middle of the night; and sinusitis/post nasal drip issues.

After four years, below is what has helped the most:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar ~ 1 TBSP/cup of water w 1 TBSP honey or maple syrup

2. Baking Soda ~ 1/2 tsp per cup of water morning and before bed

3. Borax ~ 1/4 tsp/liter of water (men) 1/8 tsp/liter of water (women)

4. Hydrogen Peroxide ~ 10 drops in a cup of water morning and before bed 4. Fulvic-Humic Acid for trace minerals 1-2 oz daily

5. Fractionally Distilled Liquid from Aloe Vera Leaves ~ 1/4 cup daily

6. Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice tablets as needed on an acute basis

7. Slanted sleeping by raising header bedposts about 4-6 inches

8. Stopped eating chocolate (sniff, sniff!)

9. Stopped coffee; reduced caffeine to morning only ~ Yerba Mate

10. Stopped eating 2-3 hours before bed

11. Reduced tomato sauce (fresh tomatoes seem ok)

12. Reduced dairy

13. Mastic Gum tablets seemed to help

14. Reducing/watching my meal portions I recently had a second endoscopy which showed only mild tissue inflammation in my esophagus and above stomach. I'm nearly symptom-free and/or it's under control quickly if I indulge any of the above.

Extremely grateful to EarthClinic!

Antacids + Hemp Oil
Posted by Anonymous (San Diego) on 08/13/2019
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Hello all! I've taken quite a bit of time to identify my LPR as such. But I've found a simple remedy which is to chew up small amounts of antacid tablets like Tums quite often over the course of the day. That combined with vaping hemp oil for its expectorant and bronchial dilation and anti inflammatory effects has allowed me to breathe and feel normal again. If this helps anyone, it will make my efforts worth it.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Leslie (Colorado) on 10/15/2020
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I do not believe the ACV is good for LPR. I have had major issues (worsened issues) as time has gone by in the 4 years I've been using ACV. I was such a believer that it was eventually going to help. Then I read this article today, and Koufman is one of the writers so I have a lot of faith in what she says. I encourage anyone that believes they have LPR or have been diagnosed with it, to read this before you start on a regime of drinking ACV. Just 1 tbsp a day for me with water, but I do not recommend it and am stopping as of today.


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Pat (Caribbean) on 08/21/2020


Can you tell me exactly how you take it together and how many times per day? I have been suffering from LPR for about 5 years now and the coughing has me exhausted. Somehow it comes on every evening and I cough till I throw up. Any information you can give me will be much appreciated.. thanks

Black Seed Oil
Posted by Mary Alice (Marquette) on 12/25/2018


Are you still doing well? What were your LPR symptoms? I have sore throat.

Thank you!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Denise (Us) on 12/18/2018 50 posts
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Had the worse case of the dreaded lump in the throat. I've had LPR for a couple of years now. Fixed it pretty much but dry cough is still there, and flare ups if I eat or drink the wrong thing.

Today I was almost at my wits end and saw Sasha from New York's 2010 post on ACV and BS. Never ever tried the two together, until today. It worked, omygosh, such a relief and the lump is just barely there now. Thanks to everyone who posts these wonderful remedies I usually have right in my cupboards.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Tasha (Los Angeles) on 12/07/2018

Hi Deborah,

How is it going? Are you still off dairy?

I've had LPR for years. Recently, I've begun to suspect that dairy might be one of my triggers. The other might be sugar.

I'm curious to hear about your experience a few months on.

Thanks, Tasha

Dietary Changes
Posted by Deborah (Mendocino County, Ca) on 10/18/2018
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I started having LPR issues about a week ago. I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and I know how important diet is for relief of symptoms. I completely stopped all dairy, and my LPR is completely gone. I just thought this might help someone else.

Possible Causes of LPR
Posted by Denise (Crescent City, Ca) on 10/09/2018

Hello Bill!! Thank you so much for your reply. I do use SeaSalt, normally, but the last salt I bought was Pink Himilayan. Probably not the same. But I use salt now, after not for a time, but last 3 years, I do, but only SeaSalt, until for some reason I wanted the Pink stuff. I'll get the real deal when I shop, which will be soon as I just have a bit left now.

Do you think I could get rid of this glue-like stuff in my throat by following what you said with the ACV. I just would love so much to be rid of it, and I do know it is coming up from the stomach. I read a lot about "too much acid" to "not enough acid" and have been confused. But my remedies I mentioned above have improved things.

I have other issues that may be contributing to every "smaller" thing I have going on. I was diagnosed through bloodtests to have a hypothyroid. Should be 4point something and mine is 6 point something. Anyway, I'm never with out good ACV in the fridge, so I will try what you said before I eat. 2 tbsp hey?? That's a lot, the most I've taken is 1 tbsp. I'm 65,5'2" and at 136 lbs.

I'll list my other "ailments" I'm dealing with as well, just so you know:

Thyroid/hypo (but I believe mine is prone to fluctuating)



Acid Reflux

Essential Tremor

enlarged spleen (just started about 3 months ago and it just feels like a sort of small balloon in there, with some discomfort, and pain when I woke up laying sort of on it I guess)

Anyway, I am so pooped out tonight, and the Theanine Serene w Relora I am trying out has made me really tired so probably half a dose tomorrow. Denise:) Thank you again Bill, I'll be around for sure, good talking to you:)

Possible Causes of LPR
Posted by Bill (The Philippines) on 10/09/2018

Hi Denise...The root cause of your Laryngopharyngal Reflux (LR) problem is probably low stomach acid. To test if this is the case, your should try taking 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar(or any vinegar) just before you eat your meals. If your LR disappears then the cause of your LR is lack of stomach acid in your stomach. Taking ACV will just treat the symptoms of LR but it will not cure it. All ACV does is increase the gastric acidity to proper levels again. This prevents LR from occurring.

The Oesophageal Sphincter(OS) at the top of your stomach should always be closed when you eat. Whenever food comes down the oesophagus the OS automatically opens. That's the way it should work. But the opening and closing of the OS is hormonally regulated by the pH of your stomach acid. So if your gastric acid is at the correct acid pH then the OS operates correctly with no reflux. But if the stomach acid is lacking or the pH is too high(too alkaline) then the OS will remain open -- causing the OS problem.

To cure your LR problem try taking the protocol shown here.

To help generate proper levels stomach acid on a daily basis you should always use sea salt with your food. I use alot of sea salt with every meal. I'm 68 y o and my blood pressure has been rock steady at 110/70 for the last 12 years(ever since I started using sea salt). Supplementing sea salt or magnesium chloride helps the stomach epithelial cells generate the correct amount of stomach acid(hydrochloric acid) every day.

Alot of people nowadays are avoiding salt because drugs research has decreed that it's bad for the heart and blood. I'm afraid that's bunk. Sea salt(not refined salt) is essential for proper digestion, proper functioning of your immune system and much more.

A while back, I remember reading an article about the history of trading in pre-biblical times. In Ethiopa, the camel traders would trade sea salt or rock salt for it's equivalent weight in gold. These traders really knew the true value of natural salt.

In the 1800s there were no refrigerators -- so how did people preserve their food?? They preserved fish, meat and vegetables in sea salt, sea salt/vinegar solutions and as jerky using herbs/sea salt. And during this period, did people have logarithmic levels of heart disease, high blood pressure etc?? No they didn't -- they were very healthy people.

Possible Causes of LPR
Posted by Denise (Crescent City, Ca) on 10/05/2018

8 to 9 years later, I am replying to this post. I have LPR, and what is working for me is eliminating the foods that cause my Acid Reflux, drinking my water (usually 48 ounces but trying to get up to 64 a day)and not eating for at least 4 hours before I lie down at night.

For "attacks" of the dreaded phlegm, I will take about 5 sips of a tsp of baking soda in just a few ounces of water. I will also do a sinus irrigation with sea-salt and warm water.

I can't say I am 100% sure my LPR is caused from food/reflux except an upper-GI indicated I was indeed, refluxing. Had to gag down that barium drink and let them take pictures. Thing is, there isn't enough medical care in my area, so my doc is just running in circles trying to help as many people as possible. I prefer natural remedies so I get online to find out what I can do for myself.

If anyone else deals with similar, I'll be around to talk with you. Not that I have the answers, but at least we know we aren't alone in our struggles with health issues. My quality of life is improving with everything I've found in natural remedies. Also eliminating those things that may be effecting me. I have to do a lot of trial and error stuff but it's worth it. Sometimes I can then eat some of those things in moderation, and be fine too though;) Denise

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Gypsy (Oh) on 08/22/2018

Ok thanks! I will try that.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Anon (Usa) on 08/18/2018

Yeah... Don't eat them if it is worsening your symptoms. But if it is just fresh fruit you are eating that is acidic maybe just drink water with a bit of baking soda (not baking powder) in it with the fruit to balance the acid. Like a pink of soda per glass of water per fruit meal.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Gypsy (Oh) on 08/15/2018

Thanks for your information. Since my acid is going up to my throat causing lots of irritation is it still ok to eat the fruit/vegetables that are acidic? I noticed when I ate strawberries and peaches it irritated my throat. All organic as well. What's your take on that? I have gastritis as well and the reflux and I'm wondering if it's due to taking ibprofen allot in my life from migraines etc. but I know I have to heal my gut but not sure about the acidic foods?? Thanks!

Black Seed Oil
Posted by Shanti (In) on 05/20/2018
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1 teaspoon of black seed oil mixed in honey. I had silent reflux for over a year and black seed oil stopped the mucus and sore throat in less than a week. It has also tighten skin pores. I apply only a little to my face at night and also where I have dry skin like bottoms of feet.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Tori (Regina, Sk Canada) on 02/22/2018

How are you feeling now? Any new remedies or meds? What seems to work best for you?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Bill (Philippines) on 11/13/2017

Hi Anthony...The problem you have is probably caused by low stomach acid. You are currently taking Omeprazole(Prilosec?) and Zantec which is really the direct opposite of what you should be doing to resolve your problems. Both of these drugs are proton pump inhibitors that are quite unhealthy to take. PPI's don't just lower your stomach acid a little bit -- taking them will completely stop acid production in your stomach -- this is very dangerous because one of the major reasons you have stomach acid is to kill all dangerous pathogens incoming with the food you eat. So no stomach acid means no protection and more illness for you down the line.

As I've said, the reflux problem you have is probably due to low stomach acid production in the stomach. If you want verification then you should ask your doc for the Heidelberg Test. This simple test will tell you if your stomach acid is low or not. I would urge you to take this test and get yourself off those PPI's otherwise you will be helping all sorts of pathogens into your intestines which may later result in further problems or illness for you.

Try typing this in Google search: "Reflux low stomach acid" and read what you find. It will surprise you.

If your stomach acid is low then you should also read and follow the protocol in this link to resolve your reflux problem.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Anthony (Manhattan Beach) on 11/11/2017

It took about two years and several mis-diagnosis by ENT's to finally confirm that I have LPR. I'm taking Omeprazole in the AM and Zantec before bed. I've seen some improvement, but I don't know if it's because of the medication or my change in diet. I have stopped eating or drinking anything that is acidic. Does anyone know of a natural remedy? I'm concerned about the long term affects of Zantec and Omeprazole.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Denise (California) on 10/29/2017

I'm frightened all my symptoms/issues could lead to damage of my esophagus, and/or Cancer. No history that I know of in my family. I have had asthma since I was a little girl, I am now 64. It went away in my early teens. Always had what I was told were "environmental allergies" so I took meds (mostly over the counter) for really bad times.

Only in the past, two years have I had almost unbearable problems. I also have esophageal spasms, diagnosed by my cardio doc. I have had a 3rd degree AV Node block since 97, and on my 3rd pacemaker. So I thought I was having a heart attack when I first had one in or around 2011. I was given barium swallow and diagnosed with ESpasms.

The doc gave me nitro glycerin to stop the spasms and it worked but gave me the typical headache. I read online of a lady that had those spasms several times a day, omg:( She learned drinking a glass of cool water cured it, and guess what? It works for me!! I will get woke up with one, about 3 or 4 times a year, and the water always works within seconds of feeling it coming on.

Anyway, your symptoms and mine are a bit different, but I really appreciated your post. I am searching for answers, and do believe I have the LPR. I realized I can't leave it all to the doctors, and have to search out what I can, try other things besides drugs, they scare me worse than the conditions, but I have to say I do believe in conventional medicine as I may have died without the pacemaker. No meds with that thank God.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Charity (Faithville, Usa) on 09/20/2017

I know one thing. When stressed and producing cortisol the flap from the gut to the throat stays open. Eric Berg you tube.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Gail (Kingston, Ny) on 09/20/2017 10 posts

REMEDY NEEDED FOR LARYNGEAL GERD; I have in the past treated naturally stomach ulcer, kidney stone, cholecystectomy, and, although I take a very low does of Nexium (20)mg. I have no symptoms of GERD or acidity anywhere. I also use bicarbonate and Aloe Vera Gel: yet for two years have had debilitating sore throats constant with difficulty swallowing, changes in voice; and been diagnosed with acidity in the tissues of the larynx? Don't know why it is there, I am careful with diet, sitting after meals, etc, as a nurse I know all the recommended; yet the problem continues continually: PLEASE, an ENT gives me no answers: DOES ANYONE HERE KNOW ANYTHING I CAN DO? Thank you very much, Gail

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Suparas (Hyderabad) on 08/07/2017

Which alkaline water drops u use I am from India and suffering from LPR for almost 4 years

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Stacey (Los Angeles) on 05/31/2017
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ACV, helping so far!

I have been dealing with this (likely) LPR issue for 4 months. It started when I would wake up in the middle of the night with excruciating chest tightness, but no asthma. It felt crushing to attempt breathing (inhaling specifically). It happened with full body aches, especially lower back pain. I had a lump in my throat feeling 24/7 also (actually I've had that lump feeling off and on for over 15 years). I went to the ER &, they said it was reactive airway disease and sent me home with albuterol. It worked well enough for 2 weeks, then the same middle of the night chest tightness again. I went to my Dr and she did bloodwork and a chest xray. Everything was normal, so sure sent me home with qvar and said to keep taking my allergy meds. Fast forward, my symptoms worsened and I ended up with what felt like very thick post nasal drip and constant coughing, mucus in my throat (stuck feeling), more chest pain that feels like asthma (but no wheezing), and overall weakness. I was most recently given flonaze and scheduled to see an allergist (I have always dealt with severe seasonal allergies).

I am a speech pathologist, so I have some understanding about the esophagus and the upper and lower esophageal sphincters (from 13 years ago when I was doing barium swallow studies). I also have had 2 close relatives die from esophageal cancer. I suspected a hiatal hernia and was doing some "exercises" to help with that (from youtube). In a way I'm relieved my Dr didn't suspect reflux because I haven't been sent down the PPI path.

About 10 days ago this constant thick congestion (stuck in my throat feeling) was too unbearable. I went on a strict detox and have only eaten very simple, plain, whole foods. I added probiotics, digestive enzymes, slippery elm, vitamin B 50 complex, and others (per the recommendations of people here). The most obvious changes took a week and included a reduction in my congestion. Unfortunately though my coughing increased and my lung pain was occuring every night (vs every 10 or so days). I changed my sleeping pattern to elevated and on the left side only (that can supposedly help the LES).

My understanding is that reflux can cause confestion because your body will produce more in order to coat a burning esophagus. I do feel the diet changes at least thinned my secretions. I also read that for some people, the reflux at night will aspirate into thier lungs and can cause lung spasms (not asthma). This made sense to me because my chest/lungs were so tight around 3am after I'd been having reflux while laying down for several hours (of stomach secretions backing up into my lungs). This caused the horrible coughing and need for the inhalers...which was getting worse (2x/night) last night in fact!

Yesterday I finally tried the ACV. Initially I took it with baking soda & water with meals. I didn't notice too much immediately. I took it right before bed (without baking soda) since night is when my symptoms are worst. This is the first night in awhile where I have not coughed at all and have zero chest tightness. I still had some secretions, but I took the ACV with BS again in the middle of the night and it seems to be the must helpful thing so far. I also had this weird gurguling between my stomach and neck with the sensation of needing to burp constantly. That is much much mess and the "lump" feeling is noticeably smaller.

I can't say I'm cured or out of the woods yet. I finally feel a small sense of hope though. I also made a consult appointment with an LPR expert at USC. I can't see him regularly for tests and f/u, but I just want to get his opinion given my family hx of esophageal cancer. I feel like my Dr will begin to take this more seriously if I pay privately for the insight of an expert. It is heart wrenching to read that all these people basically had to solve this problem for themselves or even undo the PPI damage their Drs caused!

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Posted by John Keefe (Red Bank Nj) on 04/17/2017

All of the things you mentioned must have reached its tipping point. With me the voice is the most distressing. Now that it's been some time since your post and I have taken far too long to get to this diagnosis. What do you say to someone at the front end of this journey?

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Posted by Donna (Ct) on 01/31/2017

If you use DGL ..deglycyrrhizinated licorice it will not harm blood pressure. My Naturapath just told me this yesterday.

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Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 12/27/2016

Bella, how about starting with h2o2 inhalations?

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Posted by Bella F Ali (Melbourne, Aus) on 12/24/2016

Hi Mark, I don't know if you still following this thread. I was diagnosed with helico, gastritis and bleeding in stomach through Endoscopy. I took antibiotics in Sep 2016. Went through a horrible period of anxiety panic attacks after thst..felt bit better in nov 2016 and now in December 2016 anxiety is back..unable to sleep...have LPR...fumes like hot air comes in my nose...some very stubborn thick phlegm stuck in throat which doesn't go away. Breathing feel tight nasal drip. I started seeing naturopath couple months ago ... she got me on probiotics...gastro aid...zinc etc...she thinks phlegm in throat is my body detoxing cleansing itself...I drink 3 l water a day... anyway I m.miserable...very bad anxiety keep thinking about my stuffy tight breathing..I am miserable. Please help! I hope you are out there reading this post and will get back to me soon. Thank you.

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Posted by Lisa (Nj) on 10/12/2016

I had been taking Betaine for what I believed was low stomach acid. After taking it daily with lunch & dinner for about 3 months, I seemed to have developed LPR - and also Burning Tongue Syndrome (although it doesn't really burn- more like the sensation of having burned your tongue on food the day before - you know - that weird feeling). I stopped the Betaine today and am going to eat more carefully - sort of like a FODMAP diet and see how I do.

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Posted by Crystal (California) on 10/06/2016

Has this bettered you significantly? How long does it go away for? I am in desperate need. I sneeze and have tingles in my scalp and forehead too.

Vitamin D
Posted by Ojay (Philippines) on 09/30/2016

What do u mean 1000mg? Do you mean 1,000 iu?

EC: Hi Ojay,

No, the poster is referring to Magnesium supplements.

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Posted by Karen (Leesburg Vs) on 08/03/2016

Did you have an inflammed throat from the acid? That is what I have and it is causing the lump in throat sensation for 2 months! I am a vegetarin and can no longer eat salads or raw veggies everything has to be cooked. I am miserable depressed always are great fresh organic foods and this all happened after a upper endoscopy to find nothing! I am about to give up!

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Posted by Karen (New Zealand ) on 07/09/2016

Hi Mark. All I can say is thank you so much. I too was adamant my PND was not allergies or sinus problems as I never had a stuffy nose or blocked sinuses. My Dr didn't believe me that ibuprofen would be the cause. She prescribed so many pills, sprays, liquids to dry me up, just made it worse. In desperation I trolled the internet looking for validation. I have always been a clean eater and regular exerciser so changing my diet to just fruit, veges, eggs, fish and chicken with a probiotic, enzyme tablets was not a hard ask, and another item which no one has mentioned Kawakawa tea, my symptons have almost gone, I am hoping another week and I will be symptom free. Anyone wanting to know about the tea should google it, it is from the kawakawa tree, also known as the pepper tree. NZ Maori have used it for many years for digestive problems, coughs, bronchial and mucus problems. My first cup and that night my throat was not tight and swollen and not so much thick mucus. Anything that helps has got to be a good thing, right? Karen.

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Posted by Lucy (Biloxi, Ms) on 07/04/2016

I'm interested in knowing if LINX decreased the severity of your acid reflux symptoms at all?

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Posted by Maddie (Florida) on 07/03/2016

Same here with the ibuprofen. I had a sinus infection which turned into a cough. It affected my lower back (pain and stiffness) I started taking large doses of ibuprofen for the back pain and once the cold was over I noticed that I was having a dry cough that was accompanied with throat mucus, which I have never experienced before. After much reading I concluded that it was LPR probably due to the ibuprofen. I'm following some of the recommendations on this site. Coconut oil, baking soda gargling, digestive digestives enzymes and licorice root. Will give up coffee, chocolate and dairy for a while.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Maddie (Florida) on 07/03/2016

I have the strips but how do I use them? What should I be looking for?

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Posted by Karen (Canada) on 06/10/2016

Hi Becky, did you end up having any luck with any of the natural remedies you tried for your LPR? I too am a singer and I seem to have gotten my GERD under control with diet and exercise after going off the PPIs, but the LPR just keeps on coming back. I found a lot of similarities in our stories so I though I'd post and ask how you're doing, 4 years on. Thanks so much!

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Posted by Pari (San Jose, Ca) on 05/17/2016
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I wanted to thank you everyone on this LPR page for sharing their experience. Its truly a help. They day I was reading your comments I was so desperate and sad that its been 2 years that I am sick and I have not been able to do anything. Every morning I wake up with lots of mucus and cough. LPR and Sinus infection and 2 surgery so far!!! I am sure with your help I won't have the third surgery :)

I wanted to share with everyone things that has helped me instantly and I have seen improvement within just a few days.

1) Apple cider vinegar. It just works right away and stops my cough

2) probiotics - could see the difference within just 3 days

3) barley leaves powder. which does has iodine in it as well. You will see the difference within 2 days. I bought this one

4 ) Black seed oil. I have not seen much change within a few days, it might help longer time

5) Aloe vera. I just took the plant and put it in blender with honey and water and take 2 spoon a day. I can't say that it has been working as strong as barley leave and probiotics.

I have started these 5 items one by one and now I am taking them all together. It has just been a week but I see the difference.

Of course I have changed my diet completely. I have removed oil and red meat from my diet. I ate dinner at restaurant couple of times and it made my symptoms worse, even the vegetarian sushi! So I avoid eating outside. I think their stuff is old and not fresh. Even vegetarian food with no toping or sauce. Avoid eating outside for a while.

I recommend taking these lab works to see if you have any bacteria: Candida and Pylori. they both can cause LPR symptoms.

I am also taking the PPI pill once a day, 40ml. I have been taking the pill for a month now, did not see any changes until I added these 5 items to my diet.

If you have any other recommendations, please let me know. I hope everyone gets better soon! I know how hard dealing with this disease can be.

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Posted by Myway (Usa) on 05/04/2016

Stephanie - I would suggest you follow Dr. Carolyn Dean on her blog very carefully. Be sure your magnesium RBC (red blood cells) are checked. Be cautious of ANY medications you are given. Do your research. Live a healthy lifestyle. If mucous is a problem, I take black seed oil (nigella sativa). 1 tsp in the am, 1 tsp in the pm. Very safe oil (used for cooking in many countries). It can be purchased online or at "The Vitamin Shoppe".

You Got This!

Myway :D

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Posted by Stephanie (North Carolina) on 05/03/2016

Hey all, I just got out of a two day hospital stay for chest tightness and pressure. Had a myriad of tests for heart attack, calcium and potassium are great. I am thinking it might be the silent reflux..i have some mucus that I cannot swallow down. Going to try the aloe...anybody else AND I have a heart monitor on for the next 30 days...

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Posted by Joy (Irvine) on 04/20/2016

Your message is very helpful. thank you for sharing. I have just been diagnosed with LPR. My doctor had me take omeprazole and I had an allergic reaction to it. The doctor now told me to take zantac. My question to you is how long did it take for your globus to go away? This is what is most uncomfortable for me right now.

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Posted by Jacob (Hawaii) on 02/28/2016
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Hey all. Diet, like others are talking is hugely important for recovery. For me, sleeping inclined it even more important. I would be a mess without doing that. I got the LINX about 1.5 years ago and it greatly helped. I had GERD and LPR. GERD is gone completely (at least the sensation of heartburn), but enough still comes up that it hits the throat. This is where inclined sleep helps, and diet is the other part of the solution. Also, High pH water helps deactivate any acid/pepsin (stomach enzyme) in your throat. This happens above about 8-8.5 pH. I use alkaline water drops, found online. Wish you all the best.

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Posted by Richama (Miami, Fl) on 01/18/2016

How long did it take you to heal from LPR? I was so inspired by your determination to heal yourself. You are so lucky that you have all that time to experiment with different things.

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Posted by Anupa (London) on 12/17/2015

Hello Mark,

The whole thread has been very informative. Thanks. But a bit confusing cause we talking about many diseases besides reflux. I have a lot of throat mucus (too much) . I believe that I need friendly bacteria which are all destroyed whilst on antibiotics ( 3 courses after an operation) please correct me if I am wrong So basically I should be having?

1) lots enzyme contain fruits. 2) probiotics . 3) honey. 4) fresh vegetables. Avoid all artificial foods. Shelf cooked foods.

Should I stop having milk ? which is also described by many as bad for mucus. And what else would you suggest ? And what about carbohydrates and protein which is necessary for the body. I am quite a vegetarian. And sometimes eat chicken and fish but have gone off realising that all our meat comes from China. And we don't know how it's produced. What do u suggest?

God bless you!!! You are better than any doctor. Regards Anupa.

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