Cures for SIBO: Bacteria and Intestinal Function

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What is SIBO?

Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a chronic digestive ailment in which the number of naturally occuring intestinal bacteria multiplies significantly as a result of a lack of movement in the small intestine. Peristaltic action within the intestines ordinarily sweeps food wastes and excess bacteria toward the colon for excretion. When this mechanism fails or is insufficient, SIBO can result.

Sometimes also called small bowel bacterial overgrowth syndrome or SBBOS, the condition is characterized by symptoms of nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and bloating. Certain other medical conditions can lead to SIBO, including Crohn's Disease, scleroderma, diabetes, and the presence of diverticula.

Natural Remedies for SIBO

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil (enterically coated) has been studied and found to reduce the number of microbes in the small intestine.

Herbal Remedies

Oregano, garlic, goldenseal, and cinnamon may also help to control bacterial levels within the small intestine, to reduce symptoms of SIBO.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Starfish (Crystal, USA) on 10/23/2009

I was diagnosed with SIBO about a year ago. Years of being ill and not knowing why ends up is due to this overgrowth. I have tried everything from way too many harsh antibiotics to the ACV. I now stick with enzymes and probiotics but still have bad days. I was told I would probably have this the rest of my life. I am willing to try ACV again. How much should I be taking everyday. Should I take with or without water?? any suggestions

Replied by Carrie
(New Mexico, US)

Detox Drink Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 glass of water (12-16 oz.)
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 dash Cayenne Pepper
  • (optional) stevia to taste

This is what I read as far as when to take: If you want to cleanse, lose body fat, boost energy and reverse disease then adding natural detox drinks to your diet can help you improve your quality of life fast. I recommend consuming this drink 3x daily 20 minutes before meals for 2 weeks then consuming it 1x daily before breakfast or lunch.


I would like an opinion about adding 1/8-1/4 tsp. each of garlic powder and cayenne pepper instead of just a dash of the cayenne. I do not use stevia.

Thanks in advance!


Replied by Deborah
(Taos, Nm)

Some people with SIBO cannot tolerate vinegar of any kind or any fermented foods.....

Replied by Maryjean
(Deland, Florida)

I would agree with you, Deborah. Recently it's been suspected that I have a problem with SIBO. Began increasing fermented foods; sauerkraut used to be a favorite but I hadn't had it in years. So I made some after reading that fermented foods help with digestive problems; but it just about did me in. So I'll be staying away from fermented foods until I get this SIBO sorted out. I'll be trying the peppermint caps, the oregano and fresh garlic, as well as the saccharomyces boulardi. I'm hoping it does the trick.

Replied by Johnson

Hi, Carry, thank-you for your recommendation. Have started on the formula listed but have been splitting up the dose into three 4oz servings. To be clear, you recommend, 12oz 3xpd, correct? If you have a link to the page, it would be appreciated.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne

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Posted by Bill (Oregon City, Oregon) on 08/05/2009

I have had stomach issues since childhood. Last year I got to where I had acid reflux daily, so bad I could not sleep lying down. Then a few months a go it changed. My food was slow to digest and I felt like I had some sort of virus. I could only eat cereal and yogurt. It got to the point to where I could not eat without getting major cramps. I went to the doctor. After X-rays and blood test (all my test were clean) he prescribed Prilosec and Reglan. I tried them for a week and had some relief, but was not getting better. I was up one night or early morning, searching the net for any information.

I found earthclinic and started my ACV and cayenne regiment (I did not have Glutamine at the time). After my first drink I could tell a difference. After 4 days, I was able to eat and sleep better. That weekend I purchased Glutamine and have been doing the ACV and cayenne drink with the glutamine capsule 3 times a day for a week. I feel normal most of the time, eat regular and sleep much better. I intend to stay on the regiment until I have fully recovered and cut back to once a day to stay that way. I have another doctors appointment in a week. From my research I believe I have a bacterial infection or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). I intend on asking for the breath test to know for sure.

Replied by Rick
(Portland, Oregon)

I get it. I had stomach pain, loose bowels, my skin itched at night a had a rash on my stomach. I went to a Gastrologist. they did a endoscopy, and a colonoscopy. and told me I had acid reflux. but other than the pain the symptoms stayed the same. My family Doctor told me I might have a internal infection. I went back to the Gastrologist and he said no you have acid reflux. He flat out was not interested in testing me for anything. He just wanted to do another Endoscopy and colonoscopy...if you ask me that's where the money is. This went on for about 8 years and finally I saw a naturopath. I told her my symptoms and she said lets do a test and as she said I had SIBO. I feel better and I haven't been on Acid reflux pills in 3 months. Acid reflux pills kills off the good acids I found out. MY wife also was told she had Acid reflux, she had a Bug that went away in a couple off months. I think that's just the answer they give. Not sure but some of them are more educated than others. So yeah, keep trying. I am pain free no more cramps. ETC.

Thanks For sharing Rick

Replied by Tony

Hi. I also tested positive for SIBO, with c.diff toxin B being the culprit. I have not been able to rid myself, and its been years. Skin issues, colitis, etc. What helped you? Thanks!

Replied by Steph

Saccharomyces boulardi is helpful for c diff infections.

Replied by Sheri
(New South Wales)

Fecal transplants have been said to be really good for C dif.

Replied by KT

Could someone please provide me with the ratio of cayenne pepper and ACV for SIBO that Bill is referring to?

Thank you in advance,


Artificial Sugars

Posted by Sharon (Quartzsite, Arizona) on 07/22/2015

I have been diagnosed with SIBO, which I think I have had for over 30 years, with multiple problems, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, Acid Reflux, constipation diarhea, bloating, sinusitis, but noticed in your story FLUSHING, and am wondering how you experience this, and what you think is causing your FLUSHING, mine has gotten to be a painful burning, heat sensation over my whole body, with no idea what is causing it.

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

Hello Sharon:

So sorry to hear of your suffering.

There are so many variations of abdominal issues. I'm sure you know that. If me, I'd make sure, as well as possible, that I'd done all possible to knock out the possibility of infection from virus, bacteria and parasite. I'd take colloidal silver three times daily for six months...three tablespoons in each dose.

On the flushing issue, flushing can come from many directions, but I have seen it associated with "carcinoids" and hope this is not the case with you or anyone. But I do have a theory that carcinoids tumors might be caused by an infection of the appendix and then the appendix produces aberrant bacteria. Its job is to produce beneficial bacteria but with much abdominal problems who knows but the condition has produced harmful bacteria...and if this in turn has produced carcinoids, then a hallmark of carcinoids is flushing. Any one of those tumors could block a vital organ. So consider going to your gastroenterologist and press for such an analysis. Just a guess. But the idea of taking colloidal silver would not hurt. I'd try it for a few weeks and see if I could tell if my condition had improved. If yes, then I'd keep it up for another two weeks, and so forth.

I hope I am wrong about carcinoids but asking your specialist to consider this is a safe way to proceed. A carcinoid can block organ activity...for instance block the small intestine from sending refuse to the large intestine; can crush a kidney or block function.

The "flushing" is the clue.

Replied by Sharon

When they did my colonoscopy, endoscopy, abdominal xrays, at Mayo Clinic, they searched for carcinoid tumors, and said none were found. Breath test positive for SIBO.

Have done 3 weeks of Rifaximin, and they want me to do another 2 weeks. No relief, Bloated all day, tried scd diet, but last 5 days, no relief, going to an all liquid diet need some relief. Flushing goes on for hours. stomach hard, hurts, bloated, skin itching, constipation (now trying 1200 magnesium, and vitC, sienna tea, prunes) Acid reflux, do not know what else to try.


Standard treatment for SIBO is Rifaximin sold under the trade name Xifaxan plus adhering to a low or no carb diet. If rounds of Rifaximin doesn't cure SIBO. Then the next step was two or three weeks of Elemental Formula, no food just the formula the first three days were hard after that it was easier. This feeds the person, but starves the SIBO. Many might find this difficult so there is the herbal combination and adhering to strict diet you do this for four weeks . 1-3 of the following herbs x 4 weeks per course, at highest levels suggested on product labels. Allicin from Garlic the best one is Allimed Oregano, Berberine- found in Goldenseal, Oregon Grape, Barberry, Coptis, Phellodendron, Neem
and Cinnamon. Get a SIBO trained doctor that helps

Replied by Kathryn

I have painful burning all over my body and it's caused by oxalates. I'm now on a low oxalate diet. This allows the oxalates to come out of saturation in the skin, etc., BUT you MUST reduce oxalate intake slowly. If you think this might be the cause of your problems, join the Trying Low Oxalates Facebrok Group. I had years of antibiotics due to Lyme Disease. This compromised my gut microbiome. Oxalate-degrading bacteria were destroyed and allowed the oxalates to get deposited in my skin/muscles/bones/brain.

Replied by Camille

Sharon, it's been awhile since your post but you're going through many of the same symptoms as I am. I've been diagnosed with SIBO and after 3 1/2 years I'm still trying to find answers and a good doctor. I'm taking probiotics and I have seen a little difference for the better. I hope you are doing better now but in case you are still suffering you may want to try a good probiotic that is vegan and doesn't have any soy or wheat or fillers. I hope this helps. Thank you.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

There was a great article in For Women First a month or two ago on SIBO. It told what supplements cured it. Try to get a copy of the July issue, I believe.


I think this is the author of the article you mentioned. Https://

Replied by Ctb
(Orange County, Ca)

Camille, I am also dealing with SIBO/Candida. I had read a blog about another woman who realized her continual relapse was caused by probiotics. Her last treatment series she discontinued the probiotics and finally recovered. However, when she would share her story on other blogs she received backlash. I began this process with probiotics as well (very high end expensive types - several variations) and realized they caused me issues (with my mother as well). It is just a thought. My mom and I will never take them again.

Replied by KT

Dear Dave from Fountain Inn,

I took my last Bactrim DS this morning at 9:35. I had not been on a 10 day regimen and I only had two left from an Rx in March. A friend was kind to send me some Colloidal Silver (CS) to try and I started feeling better. I have since made my own but I made the stupid choice of taking one of the last tablets at 9:11 before I went to bed last night. After I took the remaining one this morning, I remembered how bad they had made me feel. My Medicare Rx coverage changed so I had to get the Rx filled at an unfamiliar pharmacy that was the new preferred one.

I remembered, too late, seeing a Dateline report about generic drugs/ingredients being tested overseas in unsanitary conditions.

When I start the CS, how close would be advisable to take it after the Bactrim I took?

Thank you in advance for your reply.


Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

Hello KT

About answering your are taking Bactrim and want to know how close after taking the Bactrim you can take CS.

Well, I can't give you personalized medical advice. I do not know how the two might interact. If this were me having taken an antibiotic I would ask my doctor or the pharmacists if they could check a drug interaction book .... however CS might not show up as a possible interaction agent. So if the doctor/pharmacist could not tell me, I'd probable wait a few days before taking the CS. But that's just my take for me. Again, I just don't give personal advise to any individual situation except to speculate what I might do in a similar situation; but can't comment any further.

Replied by Rose

Can the woman with the oxalates tell me what diet you followed to relieve burning?

I am extremely confused about all the information on how to treat SIBO - I've been taking probiotics, and had a worsening of symptoms. Is this due to die-off, or am I making matters worse?

I took pepogest, and I know that product works: I felt I was going to die when it released into my stomach. I may have an open area from antibiotics.

Isn't there a consensus on what the best way is to cure possible SIBO?

Replied by John

Rose, I had the same experience with Peptogest. Thought I was going to die and it took several hours to calm the stomach down. Point is that it was supposed to open in the small intestine and it did not. I have no lesions in my stomach, so I do not think that is your problem. I do not have any problems with IB GUARD from the drug store. I just wish there was an exact answer and protocol for SIBO. It is hell on earth for sure. I am a vegetarian for most of my life, so can not do the bone broth, but that seems to be a help for most "normal" folks. I will keep trying, what else can we do?

Replied by Rose

John, I'm a vegetarian too! Did you ever heal, and if so, how?

Replied by J. Catorce

Sounds like Candida. Try the "spit test":

First thing in the morning when you wake up and before eating, drinking or brushing teeth. Accumulate a dime size amount of spit in your mouth and spit into a glass of water. Watch it for an hour. If it sinks or grows leg - you have candida.

Replied by Tertso
(Los Angeles)

I've read and heard that it is not always healthy to take probiotics when one is diagnosed with SIBO. SIBO bacteria is not necessarily simply bad bacteria as opposed to good bacteria (or probiotics) but rather an overgrowth of any and all bacteria in the small intestine. Probiotics are supposedly 'good bacteria' but even this can become part of SIBO.

Replied by Carrie
(Portland, Or)

My son has been struggling for months too, Positive test for SIBO, ND says Rifaximin with Flagyl antibiotic - the two must be used together. We tried Flagyl alone with limited results. Will be trying ND's herbal protocol and will post once it is written up.

Replied by Anon

There are oxygenated magnesium colon cleansers, one of which I tried and was very pleased with. Look into them.

Replied by Peter
(Bolton, MA)

You are likely having a histamine reaction. Flushing all over and high blood pressure put me in hospital 2x's in 2019…cardio docs were baffled - turned out I ate kimchi and fermented foods - SIBO does NOT like! Skip what offends your gut.

Artificial Sugars
Posted by Kelly (New York, Ny) on 12/31/2011

I also experienced "Splenda withdrawals" which felt similar to hypoglycemia. I was so sick I thought I might have Type I diabetes even though I am in my 30's. The symptoms were really severe for at least 2 days and it took about a week before I felt somewhat normal. I was scared to eat because every time I did I felt groggy and flushed and shortly afterwards I would feel light-headed and anxious just as if my blood sugar had crashed. I had severe lower back pain, anxiety and photophobia and would wake up in the middle of the night in a sweat and severe anxiety. It was very scary and I'm posting so that maybe I can provide peace of mind for someone else going through this.

I was eating the packaged Splenda every day which includes sucralose and maltodextrim. I believe the sucralose gave me SIBO (I had little burps constantly immediately after eating and steatorrhea and my vitamin D was low even though I supplement with cod liver oil every day) and the maltodextrim was probably masking the signs that I had absorption problems by providing a constant source of sugar to my brain (I noticed the flushed feeling with the packaged Stevia as well which also contains maltodextrim as a filler).

While on the Splenda, I gradually developed severe brain fog. The whole process was very insidious because I didn't notice any effects immediately after eating Splenda so I believe my side effects were a result of SIBO since sucralose has been shown to kill off 50% of the good bacteria in your intestine (which would make sense if bad bacteria are using the undigested sucralose as a food source and then killing the good bacteria).

I drank lots of water, acidophilus and some apple cider vinegar to try to restore my gut flora. One good thing to come of this, is that I discovered I have mild Asperger's syndrome which the Splenda probably exacerbated. I was definitely a different version of myself on Splenda.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

OMG! I just realized my probiotics contain maltodextrin. Not good!

B12, Royal Jelly

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Posted by Anonymous (Salem, Or) on 06/08/2012

SIBO dramatic results from taking B-12 and Royal Jelly , and drinking ginger tea throughout the day. Ginger tea is simply made by organic fresh ginger then grate it and boiled in some water. Then strain and drink the ginger tea once cooled. I also purchased a probiotic that has Bacillus subtilis which was developed by the med. Corp in 1941 to save military men from dysentery and other digestive ailments. This Bacillus subtilis annihilates bacteria. It is really quite amazing. The diet is simple no sugar, no grains and no dairy.

Replied by Copasetic
(Los Angeles, Ca)

Hi there, what probiotic has the B. Subtilis? I've searched, and I'm finding that it's not available in the US. Would appreciate your help. Thanks!

Replied by Matt
(Oklahoma, US)

Copasetic, even thought its a year after your question, the only Bacillus Subtillis I know of is Primal Defense Ultra by Garden of Life. It should be available at any health food store near you

Replied by Meeya
(Sunnyvale, Ca)

I wonder if that strain is ok for a 1 year old to take? My baby was born with a bowel obstruction and as a consequence lost half of his small intestine and illeocecal valve. He's prone to SIBO so I'm always looking for ways to keep him healthy. So far I've had great success using fermented coconut water, aka coconut kefir, made using a starter culture from Body Ecology. He hasn't needed to be on any antibiotics in the last year for SIBO, which is rare according to his doc for children with his condition.

Replied by Canadianmom

Hi Meeya - my 15 month old daughter also had her ileum, IC valve and colon removed. Do you find probitoics help your son? My daughter can't tolerate them for some reason. Does your son tolerate dairy? I'm definitely going to look into coconut kefir!

Replied by Mitzyma
(Iowa, US)

Hi Anonymous,

What kind of B12 were you taking? And was your royal jelly in honey or just capsules? I also take B12 but it is difficult to find one without sugar alcohols which is bad for SIBO. Thanks.

island girl
(gc, ci)

Does anyone know which Vitamin B12, esp hydroxy or methyl type, is sugar-free?

Replied by Kate
(New Zealand)

Three Lac has B. Subtilis and so does Biokult.

Replied by Tom

Be careful with ginger, if u have bleeding hemmorhoids, it will thin your blood, like aspirin.

Replied by Maryjean
(Deland, Florida)

Thank you for the heads up, Tom. I've just had my first episode of bleeding after a bad food poisoning from fish. I bought fresh ginger and was about to start making tea with it. I think I'll hold off for a while now until I get the bleeding under control.

Replied by Renate

Maryjean , if you have food poisoning take activated charcoal capsules, they really help a lot.

Replied by Maryjean
(Deland, Florida)

Thank you, Renate! I will definitely try the charcoal. I've been suffering since the poisoning happened on June 3. 2 months ago now. I do believe the charcoal will help; something needs to be removed from my system, that is for sure!

Berberine and Garlic Supplements

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Posted by James (St Charles, Mo ) on 04/11/2018

I use Berberine and Allibiotic and it cures sibo symptoms in a few days and is cheap remedy. I only take it when it flares up.

I burp hydrogen gas when I have sibo and have alot of gas then diareha.

Replied by island girl
(gc, ci)

What strength of berberine and how many times a day did you take it? How long before you see the results?

Replied by Carmen
(Abbeville, SC)

Checking to see how you feel. Like this protocol has worked long term? Do you have dosages you used?

Replied by Maria
12 posts

Do you take berberine with food?

Black Cumin Oil

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Posted by Ezek1 (London) on 11/04/2016

For Sibo relief: 30 min before breakfast, take 1 teaspoon of black cumin oil 100% natural mix in a small cup with warm water and ginger for taste. You experience within 1 to 2 hours gases traped in your bowell coming out of your system and good bowell movement. Do the same in the even 3 hour after dinner.

Please see a dietician and request a low fodmap diet.

Replied by Missjee

So gas trapped means I have sibo? I am taking black seed oil for h pylori, but it is giving me gas, does that mean j also have sibo?

Chlorine Dioxide

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Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 04/13/2021

I had suffered from SIBO for close to 3 years since eating at a Crackle Barrel in Georgia. But how I accidentally cured it. I was taking Chlorine Dioxide for a virus infection. And after 2-3 days of drinking the stuff, the SIBO went away. It's been 2 months now and it has not returned.

The Chlorine Dioxide I'm using is the Aquamira Water Purification drops sold to purify drinking water. This comes under “Other uses” lol.

How to use Liquid Drops:

  • Place 7 drops Aquamira Water Treatment (Part A) and 7 drops Phosphoric Acid Activator (Part B) in a cap to pre-mix.

  • Let mixture react for 5 minutes to ensure full activation (it will turn yellow color).

  • Fill a container with 1 quart (1 liter) water. Add contents of mixing cap.

  • Water is now ready for use. Enjoy! I've been told NOT to take vitamin C supplements while taking Chlorine Dioxide!


Drink 3 oz taken every hour, until the content of the bottle is finished (8 to 12 shots). It has no taste. Just like water. Make a new batch fresh in the morning and repeat.

Note: I believe this treatment will destroy any unwanted pathogen in the digestive tract causing harm like Crohn's Disease, Chronic Diarrhea (bacterial in nature), Peptic Ulcers, Ulcerative Colitis.

Replied by Maria
12 posts


How long did it take to get results? How long should one keep drinking this for? Did you go on any special diet? Thank you.


No special diet just drink it every hour. I was not expecting to cure my SIBO by drinking it so as to how long you should drink it, I don't know. Experiment with it and see. It won't hurt you at low dosages.

12 posts

Thank you so much for putting this information on here. I ordered the stuff. I notice you said it took you 2 to 3 days to fix. Did you stop drinking the stuff or continue it?

Replied by Madelyn

Good info, Rob!

How did you know you had SIBO? I'm assuming you knew it was gone because certain symptoms of having SIBO disappeared. If you'd like to share more that would be great.

My baby boy was born with a birth defect that resulted in his lower bowel getting cut off, or essentially strangled, by undissolved bands in his intestines. At 4 months old, he had emergency surgery to remove the bands and the dead portion of his intestine which included the last half of the small intestine, appendix, and ileocecal valve. I'm monitoring him for SIBO now that he is older.

I plan to give him your recipe in a smaller dose anyway, since it seems the chlorine dioxide only eliminates harmful pathogens and not beneficial bacteria.

Replied by Pamela
(San Francisco, CA)

In response to your post - the protocol you list is the basic one for people camping to clean their drinking water. It's what is listed in the instructions that come with them. Are you sure what you've listed does something more?

Replied by beverly

I would proceed with caution on using that. Harmful effects of chlorine dioxide exposure Https://


Sounds like Big Pharma (AKA FDA) propaganda. I have never taken MMS... but have used the better alternative, chlorine dioxide solution (CDS) for years. No side effects at all... cured a nasty UTI, helped moderate Covid symptoms, started recently again for gut problems.

VERY safe stuff... Dr' Kalcker is the expert, here is a good intro:

Replied by Syrena

Yes, I had taken Chlorine Dioxide, thinking it would help me with Candida. I self-diagnosed, and it turned out that it was bacterial. Anyhow, it certainly didn't cure me, though, I wasn't taking it aggressively. It does have a taste but not terrible. There is a slight chlorine odor so try not to inhale through your nose while drinking it. Also, due to have many allergies and sensitivities due to gut issues, I have to take much smaller doses than most people can indulge in. I would dilute the CD quite a bit more than what was recommended, here. Maybe because of the less frequent diluted doses, I didn't get the benefit. Maybe I'll try again. I'm working on trying to desensitize to berberine herbs, but so far I can't get them in. I have to do whatever my body will tolerate at any given time.

Replied by Denise

Hi Rob,

How long did you take it before it helped you still take it?


Back in my original post, after 2-3 days I noticed my SIBO was gone. That was over 2 years ago and it has not come back.

Coconut Oil

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Posted by Bikermom (Corvallis, Or) on 04/01/2012

Coconut oil has helped eliminate my longstanding symptoms related to SIBO and/or candida. The symptoms were experienced in my head and most unpleasant. I am grateful.

Replied by Susan
(Memphis, Tn)

Are you still having success with coconut oil? are you doing anything else to treat SIBO - antibiotics, herbs, specific diet??? thanks!

Replied by Bikermom
(Corvallis, Or)

I continue to use coconut oil successfully - 4+Tablespoons per day. I also make a very rich meat broth with soup bones (cow, chicken) which is very healing. If I fall off the wagon and have grains, then inevitably the SIBO returns, so I am trying to walk the straight and narrow with diet.

Replied by Josh
(Plymouth, US)

Re: Coconut Oil for SIBO. What were the symptoms you experienced in your head?

Replied by KT

Re: Coconut Oil for SIBO: Yes, Bikermom, I don't understand what symptoms you would experience in your head. Would you please advise?

Replied by Zippy
(Waukesha, Wisconsin)

I have also experienced "symptoms in my head" and can tell you it was really not pleasant. When candida is raging, my head fogs over so that I can't complete a sentence. I forget what it was I wanted to say. The accompanying headache is low grade, but serious enough to further impede clear thinking. I can't remember things and make many mistakes at work. My ears itch to the point that it wakes me in the night. At one point, my eyes fogged over as if I were looking through wax paper. It was all caused by candida.

Replied by Anand

Hey zippy , I have the exact same symptoms as you had . For the first time ever I have found someone with the exact same symptoms as me. Please let me know the treatment you underwent.

If any one here knows Zippy personally kindly ask him/her to reply to my post immediately. Btw, I have begun consuming coconut oil since yesterday, lets see if it helps.

Replied by Andy
(Marshalltown, Iowa)

How much coconut oil did you take a day? I too experience the SIBO effects in my head and a desperate for a solution. Thanks

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Delta (London) on 08/12/2021


I found relief by changing my diet and lifestyle. Apple cider vinegar (a few spoonfulls) in a glass diluted with a little water before a meal helps. Reducing refined carbs and sugars. Having gaps between meals. Not eating too late. Oral health is important too - bad bacteria can be swallowed. Finally, avoiding food and drink which relaxes the valve in the esophagus, namely dark chocolate, green tea, chamomile tea, peppermint. Stomach acid which is not acid enough will allow bacteria to produce gas which in turn drives acid reflux. Increasing the level of the acid in the stomach helps to kill bacteria.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Brooklyn Baby (Brooklyn NY) on 06/30/2021 10 posts

I do believe that my SIBO was caused by taking prescribed medication to reduce the production of acid in my stomach. I was suffering from Acid Reflux really bad so the Doctor wrote me a prescription for Nexium and sent me on my merry way. It kind of makes sense now that there would be a backlash from my body for preventing it from doing what it was designed to do. Sorry body, I didn't know any better.

Shortly after taking these PPI's, I began to experience bad breath. It has taken me 15 years to realize that the PPI's were the culprit. My breath, as well as my bowels smelled putrid. After consulting with Medical Doctors as well as Holistic Doctors I spoke to my body and apologized for abusing it and stated that I would find a Doctor who would cure me. I googled digestive Doctors, it brought me to a website of a practice that dealt only with digestive disorders. I looked at the practicing Doctors and read their bio's. I picked the oldest Doctor and told my body that he was the Doctor that would help us get well. The Doctor issued a breath test which determined that I had SIBO. I had never heard of SIBO. I started reading and researching this ailment to get a better understanding of it.

First thing that I learned was, STAY AWAY FROM ANY AND ALL SUGAR. That includes carbs. I am currently on the Keto diet.

The Doctor prescribed 2 weeks of Rifaxin. Unfortunately I was actually sick for a month once the treatment ended. My Doctor stated that was the bad bacteria leaving my body. I nursed myself back to health drinking hot water mixed with 1 tsp. turmeric and 1 tsp. coconut oil. When that ceases to relieve the pain I alternate with 1/2 tsp of baking soda with 8 oz. of hot water. I just read a post that stated sea salt with hot water is good as well. I will start that regime tonight. I thought that it was my stomach that was hurting me but my Doctor stated it's actually my small intestine.

I am currently taking a 30 day treatment of Amoxicillin. Unfortunately last week I had a horrible craving for sugar and ate a cracker with some jelly on it and I might as well have thrown a bomb in my small intestine. I feel like I am back at square one.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Kayla (La, Ca) on 04/25/2012

My symptoms I was suffering were a fever, chills, nausea, pressure in my abdomen and slight pain on the right side. Sometimes discomfort under my rib cage. I was scared it was serious! My medical doctor told me it was "anxiety" after they ran every single test known to western medicine. Except the baruim enema I went to an Nautropathic Dr who diagnosed me on the second visit with SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth) I also had been suffering from dry itchy red eyes for years, (my eye doctor told me I was getting older I was in my 30's) then I had crazy itchy skin it felt like bugs were crawling on me (I was in my thiries my doctor said it was dry skin or hormones) I left those inept doctor.

Then I started taking heavy doses of Vitamin C the itchy skin subsided. My dry itchy red eyes continued. Recently I thought I had a cavity since my tooth was hot and cold sensitive went to the dentist said I had sinisitis! My dentist told me to take Zinc and use saline solution for my sinus infection. Now I believe all of these thing are related that went undiagnosed for a long time. I started using collodial silver in purified water with GSE and saline in a Neti pot for my sinus infection I noticed my red itchy gritty eyes is slowly going away. I somtimes will just spray the colloidal silver into my eyes before bed. I also notice I was having the early onset of yeast infection so I addressed that with ACV and probiotics and Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) which kills yeast. I'm certain that all of these thing are all related! I have taken the very best care of myself. My ND put me on garlic tablets and berberine I take 3 three times a day. I take four rose hips with C twice a day. I also drink black tea with grated ginger in it and strain it before I drink it. I also drink Grapefruit Seed extract in water all day using a straw. Most of my symptoms have subsided. The diet is easy no sugar, flour, no dairy , coffee, no heavy foods no cheese, I usually have rice and vegetables or dal. I eat lots of garlic which I really like. I hope this helps.

Replied by Mr Magoo

Hi kayla, I can see that this is a really old post I'm replying to. I found this thread due to a search on Rosacea which has been linked to SIBO. Your symptoms completely resemble this.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Katy (Seattle, Washington) on 04/20/2012

Small instestinal bacteria overgrowth, SIBO my doctor suggested no lactose, no grains no sugar no sugar substitues because it is unnatural and the body doesn't recognize it. Do this is for a year for full recovery. Don't eat between meals because it doesn't allow the body to time clear the toxins and bacteria build up sip Grapefruit seed extract in water, heavy does of vitamin c and alkalize.

Replied by Megan
(Seattle, Wa)

I'm from Seattle and looking for a doctor that has experience treating SIBO, can I ask who you see?

Replied by Reena

Can anyone suggest a good naturopath in Seattle area who has treated/helped with SIBO. I live in Eastside Seattle and currently I am suffering from SIBO. I am doing Xifaxan treatment - 2nd time but would love to go see a good naturopath for this issue in Seattle area or eastside.

Replied by Matt
(Oklahoma, US)

Hi, Megan, one of the foremost experts in the world is in Seattle at Bastyr University. I think her name is Dr. Laura Siebecker. She is a national authority on SIBO

Replied by Joan
(Ny, USA)

In Seattle area call Ruth Urand ND, Poulsbo, Washington.

Replied by Liz

Naturopath or doctor who specializes in SIBO recovery please near Arlington, Ma.

Replied by Ruthann
(Philadelphia Pa.)

Looking for a knowledgeable dr or practitioner in Philadelphia or bucks county

Replied by Belinda Wurn, Pt
(Gainesville, Fl)

Hi. My husband and I presented at the 2nd annual SIBO Symposium in Portland, OR in June. We do manual physical therapy that helps detach adhesions from previous surgery, trauma, infection or inflammatory conditions (endometriosis, Crohn's etc). We were invited to speak because Drs. Siebecker and SSL believe that with SIBO patients they treat, and the SIBO returns is usually because they have a history of adhesions.

Dr. Allison Siebecker is in Portland, along with Drs. Steven Sandberg-Lewis and Melanie Keller. They are all wonderful naturopaths, great people, and among the experts in the country in treating SIBO. I am working with Dr. SSL myself now as I have Hydrogen-dominant SIBO, but my methane was positive as well. I have a history of taking way too many antibiotics since I was a teen-ager for frequent sinus infections. I also had radiation therapy to the pelvis for cervical cancer, and subsequently had 2 total bowel resections, with 36" of my ileum and ileocecal valve removed.

I just started the Rifaximin, and am going to gradually add in the Allicin and Neem Plus, and at the end of the Rifaximin, I'll be taking the Erythromycin as a prokinetic. Fingers crossed!

Garlic, Berberine, Oregano Oil

Posted by Sophie (Portland, Pdx) on 05/22/2012

I have Small intestineal bacterial overgrowth, known as SIBO. My symptoms were chills, fever, nausea, headache, discomfort pressure in my abdomen (no pain just pressure), I took every test available all negative. Went to an ND who had me take the hydrogen breath test, which was positive. I took one month of natural antibiotics (garlic, berberine, oregano oil). After the antibiotics I had a yeast infection, sinus infection, bumpy rash just along the edges of my face from my cheekbones down to the jawline. I took probiotic the entire time I was on antibiotics, but I guess it didn't help Now I'm having a few of SIBO symptoms returning. I'm gluten free, dairy free, sugar free and no processed food and I'm a vegetarian. Is there a way to destroy the bacteria that causes SIBO?

Replied by Arochier
(Helsingfors, Island)

You mentioned that you took probiotics during your antibiotic treatment. I read somewhere that people with SIBO should be extra careful when starting to take probiotics. The bad bacteria needs to be starved off and eradicated first and only then should a careful process of building better gut bacteria started by a step by step introduction of probiotics. You might benefit from a retry. Also, the same source adviced that the natural antibiotics should be alternated so that the body does not grown resistant to them.

Replied by Sophie
(Pdx, Or)

Thanks I will try it. In my second go around with SIBO my doctor strategized this program take Interphase 25 minutes before taking the garlic, berberine, and oregano. Interphase kills the biofilm. The second thing to do is very important is to take enteric coated peppermint oil 1-2 capsules three times a day that enteric coated capsules dissolve and open once they've reached the small intestines, and kill the bacteria. I'm learning that to eliminate SIBO it might take six months and that you must be on the SCD diet during that time.

Replied by Embarrassed
(Stinkville, Michigan)

Hi there. Could you explain what Interphase is? A medication, procedure, etc.

Replied by Anonymouscat
(Sd, Ca)

Recent research is indicating that IBS may very well be caused by bacterial overgrowth. So be sure to ask for breath test to verify SIBO, Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

This is a natural herbal process for killing SIBO. My MD gave me take Interfase or you may use Interfase plus ( this is an enzyme that dissolves the biofilm around the bacteria which allows the powerful herbs to penetrate the bacteria to kill them) Take four Interfase or Interfase Plus 20-25 minutes before the herbs. The herbal process is a 30 days or longer process. Herbs take longer than antibiotics. While on herbs you must get on the SCD diet, this starves the bacteria. Also drinking 2-3 drops of food grade peppermint oil in half glass of water 3-4 times a day helps a lot! I take a two peppermint pills before bed and eat two to three raw garlic cloves daily.

Herbs for SIBO: Take alicin Garlic 450 mg 3 times daily, take 3 berberine complex 3 time daily, take 1 golden seal 2 x times day, take 1 capsule oregano oil 3 times a day and take Neem 300 milligrams 3 times a day.

If you can't take it anymore the symptomsare driving you mad and making you crazy. Go on the Elemental Diet for 2-3 weeks , you can buy it over the counter. This means you will have no food just drink the packets. I believe 14 days would be enough depending on how bad you have it. This method I read is supposedly to be the fastest and most effective way to get rid of SIBO because you are literally starving the bacteria. Of course anytime you do this it is best to get under the care ND or MD that is specialized in this area. Once the SIBO is gone, you will need some insight on how to get the system balanced, sweeping and working appropriately. Be well!

Replied by Anonymouscat
(S.d., Ca.)

I also wanted to mention I think heat in the area of the abdomen helps. I use an oil mixture. Since castor oil has the amazing ability to penetrates 7 inches into the body I mix castor oil with black seed cumin oil, a couple drops of medicinal oregano, peppermint and lavender oil place the heating pad over the entire abdomen maybe 3-4 times a day. My ND told me to drink hot liquids of course not to burn yourself, but as hot as you can stand it and add peppermint leaves and splash of oregano oil in it and drink. My doctor also gave me holistic Notatum (Pen. Notatum) for bacterial infections suppository penetrate into the small bowels to kill the bacteria.

Replied by Bernard
(New York, US)

I have been having SIBO problems for the last two years. I have been hospitalized a few times, and have gone to the Mayo Clinic. My issue is stomach dumping (my stomach does not open fully and food is dumped directly into my small intestine). My small intestine is working at 28% the normal speed and I get the bacteria overgrowth. Causes me great pain, bloating, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Finally I am going for a Breath test next Tuesday. I have been reading and listening to "experts" declaring the benefit of Berberine, Allicin, Neem, and Peppermint. The question is which brands to trust? With the recent report out of NY that numerous manufacturers do not even have the active ingredient contained in the supplement is making me nervous.

I need to figure out a solution. I am already gluten free, avoid high fructose corn syrup and try to stick to the FODMAP diet. Yet my attacks are often and brutal.

Anyone have any suggestions on the effective use of Berberine, Neem, Allicin and Peppermint? Also, what brands have you used that you think are effective. I totally lost faith in brands like Natures Bounty, GNC, Walmart, Target, etc. 90% of me believes supplements and herbs are a giant scam but I have reached rock bottom. I am willing to try anything at this point.

Thanks, Bernard

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Bernard,

Well, sorry to hear you have been dealing with this for so long!

You asked for suggestions on supplement brands of herbs. I have been using herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs for years. I find them to be of excellent quality and have seen them to be effective. For ready made herbal tinctures, I like Herbpharm. I have used Now essential oils for years and many of their other things and have found them helpful. They may not be the absolute best quality, but they have worked and so I continue to use them.

When you refer to allicin, do you mean using garlic? We have found it to be an excellent anti-biotic in a variety of ways.

Others here have a lot more knowledge on the digestive system, so I will leave more counsel to them. I hope you feel much better soon!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Sara
(Louisville, Ky)

I cannot speak to the issue of natural antibiotics, as I used the medicinal type when fighting SIBO, but I can attest to the positive effects of the Low FODMAP diet. It has completely eliminated my SIBO symptoms. If you do have SIBO, one issue that can be a factor is the timing of your meals. SIBO apparently slows down the digestive system's natural cleaning wave, which does not allow it to cleanse away the bacteria. The advice is to go 3-5 hours between meals, no snacking, to ensure this cleansing wave happens. Kate Scarlata, a dietician in Boston who has battled SIBO herself, has a great website and blog with lots of great advice. I was determined not to continue taking antibiotics because they only got rid of the problem temporarily and I hate taking medications. I was determined there had to be a dietary approach. Doctors were no help, so I did my own research and found the Low FODMAP diet. It is hard to stick to at first, but I got the hang of it and I NEVER get sick anymore.

Here are a couple of links:

I hope this is helpful. Good luck!

Replied by Janie

When I'm not sure what brands are best, I go to Amazon and start with the most highly rated versions of any supplement I'm getting...and I start reading the reviews, looking for people who seem to have researched what is good, and what is not.

I.E. you can go by reviews in general. You go by those which seem to be written by people who have researched or have good reasons to pick a brand. I even look at the one stars for those kind of well-thought-out reviews. Sometimes with the information in the reviews, I do to the internet to get further information.

But doing this with Amazon reviews always helps me make a decision on what brand I want to go with...

General Feedback

Posted by Vikram Sachan (Waddell, Arizona, U.s.a.) on 05/21/2013

Re: small intestine bacterial overgrowth: your site is very good to get information on-sibo. I would like to hear from you and your medicines. Thanks, Vik

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