Herbal Solutions for SIBO: Effective Natural Treatment

| Modified on Dec 15, 2023
Oregano Oil

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition where excess bacteria inhabit the small intestine, leading to symptoms like bloating, gas, and abdominal pain. While medical treatments are available, many seek natural remedies for SIBO to alleviate symptoms and restore gut health. This article delves into various holistic approaches, offering a comprehensive guide to managing SIBO naturally.

Dietary Adjustments: The First Step in SIBO Management

One of the most effective natural remedies for SIBO is dietary modification. A low-FODMAP diet, which limits foods that are high in fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides, and polyols, can significantly reduce symptoms. This includes avoiding high-FODMAP foods like garlic, onions, certain fruits, and wheat products. Instead, focus on low-FODMAP options like eggs, meats, certain cheeses, and non-starchy vegetables.

Herbal Supplements

Herbal supplements can play a crucial role in naturally treating SIBO. Herbs like oregano, thyme, and berberine have antibacterial properties that can help reduce bacterial overgrowth.

  • Oregano Oil: Known for its potent antibacterial properties, oregano oil can be particularly effective against the type of bacteria commonly seen in SIBO. It disrupts bacterial cell membranes, thereby reducing bacterial populations.
  • Berberine: Found in herbs like goldenseal, Oregon grape, and barberry, berberine has been shown to have a broad-spectrum antimicrobial effect. It’s especially useful in targeting bacterial strains that are often resistant to conventional treatments.
  • Thyme: Thyme and its essential oil have been used for centuries for their antimicrobial properties. They are effective in inhibiting the growth of bacteria and can be a useful component in a natural treatment plan for SIBO.
  • Allicin: Derived from garlic, allicin is another powerful natural antibiotic. It has a broad range of antimicrobial activities and can help in reducing the bacterial overgrowth in SIBO. However, raw garlic is high in FODMAPs and might be problematic for some SIBO patients, so allicin supplements can be a better alternative.
  • Neem: This herb, often used in Ayurvedic medicine, has shown promising results in managing digestive disorders. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a good option for SIBO treatment.
  • Peppermint Oil: While primarily known for its ability to soothe digestive issues, peppermint oil also possesses antimicrobial properties. It can be particularly helpful in reducing bloating and abdominal discomfort associated with SIBO.
  • Cinnamon: Not just a spice, cinnamon has been found to have antimicrobial effects against a variety of pathogens. Its inclusion in a SIBO management regimen can aid in reducing bacterial overgrowth.


Probiotics are another cornerstone of natural SIBO management. These beneficial bacteria aid in rebalancing the gut flora. Supplements containing Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains are particularly effective. Additionally, incorporating probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut into your diet can foster a healthier gut environment.

Lifestyle Modifications

In addition to diet and supplements, lifestyle changes are vital in managing SIBO. Regular exercise, adequate hydration, and stress reduction techniques like meditation and yoga can improve digestive health. Also, eating smaller, more frequent meals can help reduce the burden on the digestive system.


Natural remedies for SIBO offer a holistic approach to managing this condition. Individuals can effectively alleviate symptoms and promote long-term gut health by combining dietary changes, herbal supplements, probiotics, and lifestyle adjustments. Working with healthcare professionals to tailor these remedies to your specific needs and ensure a balanced and safe approach to SIBO management is crucial.

Continue reading to learn which natural remedies helped Earth Clinic readers with SIBO.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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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.

Avoid Artificial Sugars

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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.

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.

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:

  1. Place 7 drops Aquamira Water Treatment (Part A) and 7 drops Phosphoric Acid Activator (Part B) in a cap to pre-mix.
  2. Let mixture react for 5 minutes to ensure full activation (it will turn yellow color).
  3. 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
9 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.

Replied by Denise

Hi Rob,

How long did you take it before it helped you..do 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 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 Sara (Louisville, Ky) on 03/06/2015

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!

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

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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 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~

Grapefruit Seed Extract, Aloe, Supplements

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Posted by Bananabean (Austin, Tx) on 01/08/2014

I have not posted here before but after curing an incredibly difficult ailment I'm trying to get the information out as I searched high and low when I was sick and trying to cure myself.

Western medicine does not have an answer for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and it is known as only treatable, not curable. I spent 7 years and thousands of dollars doing diagnostics and going through round after round of antibiotics. I'll spare you the details of everything I've tried because the list is huge. I was very sick, extremely underweight, broke and stuck at home with this condition.

Of all the things out there to take, this is what works both for temporary relief and what to take as the ailment is healing.

Grapefruit seed extract - 20-30 drops at least per day in water

Intestinal Formula # 2 from Dr. Schulz - I am not affiliated with this company - this was the first product strong enough for me to stop my antibiotics - at least 50 charcoal pills per day. When you feel an attack coming on start with 10 pills, increase if necessary. I was up to 100/day at one point

Ultimate Aloe Vera juice - NOT just any aloe vera juice. Most have a laxative effect which you do NOT want. I order mine from shop.com/raol as it supports a non-profit. It must be this brand as they take the laxative effect out and it's only the inner leaf of the aloe plant

Isotonic Magnesium and Isotonic Calcium - I also order from shop.com/raol - these two items are crucial for complete healing of the intestines - if you're in bad shape you need the isotonic version as it's instantly absorbed. I tried all sorts of other vitamins including magnesium and calcium.

Warm lemon water every day

As long as I stay on a little bit of the aloe juice now that I'm healed and stay away from sugar, my digestion is perfect. Thank you.

Replied by Tyler
(Abbotsford bc)

Cashews may help. There's an acid compound that kills the h pylori bacteria that may contribute to issues. Try eating them in excess throughout the day for a while. Like 2 weeks. Go with the flow kinda thing! See what happens experiment.

Happy to hear your testimonial and shared tips!

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