Herbal Solutions for SIBO: Effective Natural Treatment

| Modified on Dec 15, 2023
Posted by Paula (London) on 06/17/2022


Just a temp and fun solution to help relieve the pressure from the gas build up in the gut. Jumping up and down for 5 minutes minimum. You'll likely hear some swishing and gurgles coming from the guts, but hopefully should help you feel tons better. I've felt bloated over the past few days and I can't eat much and also my digestion has sloooowweeed down - to the point where I finish eating at 3pm and when I go to bed at 10 it still doesn't feel like my stomach is comfortable enough to sleep! Anyway, it certainly isn't a long term solution to healing the issue at the root but hopefully will help some of you get temp relief. All the best.

Grapefruit Seed Extract, Aloe, Supplements
Posted by Tyler (Abbotsford bc) on 05/28/2022

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!

Rifaximin + Low Carb Diet
Posted by Peter (Bolton, MA) on 04/19/2022

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.

Sea Salt, Lemon and Cranberry Juice
Posted by maria (london canada) on 03/09/2022

How did the salt work for you?

Low Carb Diet and Peppermint Oil
Posted by Steve (Halifax, Nova Scotia) on 02/13/2022

About three years ago I had food poisoning. As a result, I experienced a prolonged period of IBS-C. This condition persisted for about five months. I thought I was beginning to heal when I began to develop IBS-D. I tried many approaches, eliminating things from my lifestyle that might cause the diarrhea, such as alcohol, coffee and spicy food. However the condition only got worse. Then I tried antibiotics and about a year ago I tried the FODMAP diet. Again, the condition only got worse.

Then I found medical centers providing information on SIBO. The causes, symptoms and treatments. 35 days ago I started a low carbohydrate diet (<30 grams per day)and 10 days ago I started taking peppermint oil capsules. As of 5 days ago, I have been IBS-D symptom free.

The combination of restricting carbohydrates and the peppermint oil capsules have provided me the first consistent relief from the IBS-D in three years.

I am sharing this so others suffering from this serious condition might be encouraged to keep researching and to be willing to try treatments that have a sound medical foundation and have case studies that show success.

I was becoming depressed about not finding a solution. My local medical advisers actually gave me the wrong advice that aggravated my condition. So, sites like this provide case studies and real examples of people healing themselves.



Chlorine Dioxide
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 10/20/2021

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.

Chlorine Dioxide
Posted by Maria (ON) on 10/20/2021 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.

Dietary Changes
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.

Chlorine Dioxide
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.

B12, Royal Jelly
Posted by island girl (gc, ci) on 04/11/2021

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

Ileocecal Valve Massage
Posted by Ln (Oregon) on 07/02/2020

After being diagnosed and testing positive for SIBO, I was given a website with information on how to follow the FODMAP diet. I have always been careful with my diet, avoiding gluten and dairy and minimizing sugar.

However, I found following the FODMAP diet so restrictive that I began searching for other solutions. I came across websites and videos on how to massage your ileocecal valve to stop unwanted bacteria from flowing from the large intestines to the small intestines, which can create bloating, gas and other SIBO related issues.

I followed the demonstrations (easy to find with a google search) and I found relief within a couple of days. I performed the massage 3x a day as recommended, only for a few minutes. I also ended each massage with pressure moving the valve from my right hip towards my gut, encouraging the closed position.

For me, the valve was often very sore, and the massage helped lesson the pain over time. I was able to reduce all of my SIBO symptoms with this technique, and now when they flair up again, I go back to the massage for relief.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by KT (Usa) on 10/22/2018

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!


Rifaximin + Low Carb Diet
Posted by Grace (Tacoma) on 06/05/2018

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

Berberine and Garlic Supplements
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.

Rifaximin + Low Carb Diet
Posted by Tertso (Los Angeles) on 03/25/2018

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.

Rifaximin + Low Carb Diet
Posted by J. Catorce (Usa) on 10/14/2017

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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Yohan (Canada) on 09/12/2017

Did you make full recovery and beat SIBO through your own remedies posted above alone? I'm interested since I've been having symptoms for 7 months. I really just want to recover and eat the foods I want to eat without intolerance, pain and all the bad stuff. Also, thanks for the post. I hope you are doing very well now because it has been a few years.

Sea Salt, Lemon and Cranberry Juice
Posted by Gallee (Grimsby, England) on 09/04/2017

Sibo- Had problems with excess belching and feeling ill after eating for years. First tried digestive enzymes with betaine Hcl.

This worked for about a year then slowly got worse. Couldn't drink water unless I added lemon juice. Cut out sugar and cut down carbs. Massive improvement. But still the odd episode of gas and feeling ill. Read about someone using combination of sea salt, lemon juice and cranberry juice. Not too bad to drink slowly and appears to be working. Only one day so far. Will try glass of this each night for a week and see how it goes. Fingers crossed. Every time I went to doctors they prescribed antacids which made it worse.

Rifaximin + Low Carb Diet
Posted by Rose (Nj) on 04/08/2017

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

Rosehips, Lemon Tonic
Posted by Silas (Bend, Or) on 01/23/2017


By 100% fresh rose hips, you mean freshly cut, sifted and then dried, right? If not, how does one encapsulate a fresh (from the ground) Rose hips? Thanks.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne
Posted by Sheri (New South Wales) on 01/13/2017

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

Rifaximin + Low Carb Diet
Posted by John (Nv) on 11/29/2016

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?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Alina (Miami, Florida) on 11/23/2016

Has this kept working for you?

Black Cumin Oil
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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Johnson (Oregon) on 10/03/2016

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.

Rifaximin + Low Carb Diet
Posted by Ctb (Orange County, Ca) on 09/09/2016

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.

Rifaximin + Low Carb Diet
Posted by Camille (Az) on 08/11/2016

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.

B12, Royal Jelly
Posted by Maryjean (Deland, Florida) on 08/03/2016

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!

B12, Royal Jelly
Posted by Renate (Kentucky) on 08/01/2016

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

B12, Royal Jelly
Posted by Maryjean (Deland, Florida) on 07/31/2016

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Maryjean (Deland, Florida) on 07/31/2016

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.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Andy (Marshalltown, Iowa) on 07/19/2016

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

Posted by Bilja (Toronto) on 05/04/2016

Hello D,

I started taking lactoferrin 500mg in the morning, for my iron deficiency, losing hair, candida, etc. When treating SIBO, what would be suggested dosage? Any specifics on how to take, with/without meal? Thanks.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Deborah (Taos, Nm) on 01/11/2016

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

B12, Royal Jelly
Posted by Tom (Ct) on 11/10/2015

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

B12, Royal Jelly
Posted by Kate (New Zealand) on 10/06/2015

Three Lac has B. Subtilis and so does Biokult.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by KT (Dc) on 08/30/2015

Sibo: I have a history of food allergies and sensitivities. After a visit to a naturopath about 3 years ago she mentioned overgrowth of bacteria in the intestine. I couldn't afford to keep going, but kept that in the back of my mind. Recently I had a bought with constipation, anxiety, sleeplessness, severe pain in my lower left abdomen, bloating, belching, etc that lasted for a week. I realize I've been bloated for months and just thought I had put on weight

Finally I got some relief. Here's how:

1. Took about 1/16 teaspoon of baking soda in water for temporary relief.

2.Reduced my food intake to less than 1/2 the norm. Cut out all sugar foods except fruit, and a few potato chips (like 1 small bag in a week) Consisted of the following: 1 bottle of water soon upon waking, serving of fresh low-sugar fruit about 30 minutes later. IF I was hungry, 1/2 plate of Green leafy veggies(kale) and 1/3 piece of fish(cod) for lunch and again for dinner only if I was hungry.

3. Complied 100% with my food sensitivities for 5 days(if you haven't had a blood test for this, it is a MUST)

4. Drank on average 4 bottles of water a day, some non-caffeinated herbal tea

5. Made sure I had enough time to get at least 8 hours of sleep, asleep before midnight

6. Took 1 clove of chopped fresh garlic with water (like a pill) everyday. I've heard some people with acid reflux have issue with garlic so obviously omit this if you have to. I also started taking turmeric as it is antibacterial, antiviral, antiinflammatory

7. When I was finally able to have bowel movements, I did so in the squatting position (on american toilets that really consists of using a stool you can order on amazon, or hoisting your legs/feet onto the seat. Takes practice/getting used to). This allows your colon to be emptied more completely.

Within 7 days, my stomach was flatter than it has been in a LONG time, inflammation in other parts of my body that I've had for years, went away! Eczema has begun to clear.

Hope this is helpful

Rifaximin + Low Carb Diet
Posted by Kathryn (Hamburg) on 08/13/2015

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.

Rosehips, Lemon Tonic
Posted by Belinda Wurn, Pt (Gainesville, Fl) on 08/01/2015

Dr. Mark Pimentel, MD is one of the experts in SIBO, and he is at UCLA, Cedars Sinai Hospital. He's the head of G-I Motility, and has writen a book on SIBO, and done many studies on it over the past 11 years. If you can see him- I would do it in a heartbeat! He is definitely in sync with the Naturopaths as far as treating SIBO with Rifaximin, Neomycin in methane-dominant, then herbals, a prokinetic and the Elemental Diet, if the FODMAPS or SCD don't work.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Belinda Wurn, Pt (Gainesville, Fl) on 08/01/2015

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!

Rifaximin + Low Carb Diet
Posted by Sharon (Arizona) on 08/01/2015

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.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Anand (India) on 07/26/2015

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.

Rifaximin + Low Carb Diet
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 07/23/2015

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.

Rifaximin + Low Carb Diet
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.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Zippy (Waukesha, Wisconsin) on 04/07/2015

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.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Mr Magoo (London) on 03/19/2015

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 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!

Garlic, Berberine, Oregano Oil
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 03/04/2015

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~

Garlic, Berberine, Oregano Oil
Posted by Bernard (New York, US) on 03/04/2015

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

Dietary Changes
Posted by Ruthann (Philadelphia Pa.) on 02/27/2015

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

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Carrie (New Mexico, US) on 12/21/2014

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.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Liz (Boston) on 10/19/2014

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

B12, Royal Jelly
Posted by Mitzyma (Iowa, US) on 10/18/2014

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.

B12, Royal Jelly
Posted by Canadianmom (Canada) on 09/16/2014

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!

Dietary Changes
Posted by Joan (Ny, USA) on 09/10/2014

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

Posted by Grady (Bolivia) on 08/07/2014

Kresser has lots of good info on probiotics, prebiotics, SIBO, and gut health on his site.


B12, Royal Jelly
Posted by Meeya (Sunnyvale, Ca) on 07/20/2014

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.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Matt (Oklahoma, US) on 07/19/2014

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

B12, Royal Jelly
Posted by Matt (Oklahoma, US) on 07/19/2014

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

Coconut Oil
Posted by Josh (Plymouth, US) on 05/24/2014

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

Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne
Posted by Steph (Htx) on 04/16/2014

Saccharomyces boulardi is helpful for c diff infections.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne
Posted by Tony (Philly) on 03/18/2014

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!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne
Posted by Rick (Portland, Oregon) on 03/17/2014

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

Dietary Changes
Posted by Reena (Seattle) on 02/27/2014

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.

Grapefruit Seed Extract, Aloe, Supplements
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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by KT (Usa) on 08/23/2013

Hi Mama to Many, genetically modified organisms have infiltrated our entire food supply. Go to the library and ask for a video about GMO's. GMO grasses and grains are not only being fed to the animals we eat but are fed to the critters we get milk and eggs from. I don't think I can give you the name on this site. I've had some posts removed because I said something wrong. The fact is that our food is being engineered to last longer so it is harder to digest. I posted what I knew on WebMD but got locked out of the site because I posted truth. The medical profession does not want to make people well because then no one would have a need to see a doctor to get Rx for ailments. I had to beg WebMD to be reinstated but the post is gone. I just read and don't post anymore there.

Please don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying to never go to the doctor. What I'm saying is that a lot of what we think is safe to eat could very well be causing the ailments diagnosed only to be given meds to fix a problem that ends up causing another problem for more meds. I could not afford suggested "natural" things mentioned here to treat different ailments if I needed them. The "naturals" can be just as much of a problem. I barely have enough for food because of having to pay so much for hospitalization out of my SSD retirement. I'm trying to use food as a preventative medicine. My husband is not gainfully employed and eats more fast food poison or goes without eating because he is on the road so much. I think I'd rather give you more details through email.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by KT (Usa) on 08/22/2013

Hi Mama, I wanted you to be aware that I am not stressed about or afraid of the food. I have become very aware of what is happening to our food supply and just trying to be careful. We cannot afford organic anything. II Cor. 2:11

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 08/22/2013

Hi Kt, To be honest, I really don't know if GMO food is available or not. I haven't studied it much. I was agreeing with you that none of our food could be perfect. For example, I can grow veggies in my garden and buy organic seeds and not use chemicals on them and I know I am getting a better product that what I am getting at the store. At the same time, I have only lived in my current house for a year. Who knows what has been sprayed on my property in the past? To be organic, I think it has to have no chemicals for 5 years. But can I be sure they don't linger longer than that in my soil?

Last year we bought a bunch of apples that were IPM (Integrated Pest Management) from a food co-op. They were delicious. When I ran out and bought some at the store (not organic or anything) they tasted terrible after what I got used to. A friend's daughter, less than 2 years old, eats the skin of an apple when her mother buys organic apples but not if they are not. The little girl has no idea but they must taste different to her. So, I know there are differences in the food available...

So, I go for the best quality I can, within my budget and try not to worry about it beyond that. All organic is not in my budget, for sure.... we are feeding 11 people on 1 income.

Hope that made sense! Have a great day!

~Mama to Many~

Multiple Remedies
Posted by KT (Usa) on 08/22/2013

Hi Mama to Many, wondering if the refrigeration changed the smell of the eggs to the pigs. Eggs coming from the same environment would have a familiar smell. Just guessing. What is happening to our food has been going on for well over fifty years. I don't understand whether you are in agreement with what I said to Timh or if you agree with him that GMO-free food is available.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 08/22/2013

Kt, The thing with the squirrels rejecting the labeled GMO corn reminds me of an observation my son has made. He has some pigs and we give them table scraps and stuff. They even eat the egg shells from our chickens. However, if we ever have any eggs from the store, they absolutely refuse to eat those egg shells. And pigs will eat anything. Scary!

At the same time, I do agree with you Kt, that none of our food is perfect here!

It is a difficult balance... I want to feed my family as healthy as I can without stressing about food or becoming afraid of it. Fear is certainly not good for health. "A merry heart does good, like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones."

Have a great day!

~Mama to Many~

Multiple Remedies
Posted by KT (Usa) on 08/22/2013

Maybe the NGMO corn was not as contaminated as the labeled GMO corn. When squirrels are hungry enough they will eat things that are not good for them. My daughter and I raised two abandoned squirrels here by the directions of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. One hung around for four years until he got eaten and the other one had babies every six weeks for eight years until she either died or got eaten.

The fact remains that all of our food has been tainted in one way or another. 1 John 5:19

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Timh (Ky, Usa) on 08/22/2013 2063 posts

A field test was recently conducted in a researcher's back yard next to the woods with a holder of an ear of dried non-GMO corn and a separate GMO corn on the cob. The little squirrels instinctively ate very little GMO corn as apposed to all the NGMO as evidenced by photographs.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by KT (Usa) on 08/21/2013

Hi Happy from UTC, Wv--Wanted to advise you that "organic" doesn't always mean safe. I'm in the process of trying to heal myself too. I've received several email of posts I wanted to "watch" for helpful advice and offer advice for things I have learned. Some of my posts include the fact that ALL of our food has been genetically modified in one way or another and has become harder to digest. We are all on our own and have to discover, by the process of elimination, what we can eat. http://naturalsociety.com/admittedly-illegal-genetically-modified-soil-fungus-present-in-organic-products.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Happy (Up The Creek In Wv, Usa) on 08/21/2013

in response to - Kevin from Ma:......... Listen everybody, don't give up! Try hard and take risks! This thing is evil!!! "

KEVIN - Find then cause, then, stop the cause, then the symptoms will go away.

What is the cause of SIBO ?

Something that kills off your natural native gut bacteria. After that happens, a non-native species of bacteria moves in, and occupes the desert there in your poisoned gut. Then they say you have SIBO.

One cause is BT toxin. A 2nd cause is round-up herbicide. both kill off your native gut bacteria.

Where do these come from?


These things have both BT toxin and round-up herbicide in the tissues of the vegetable, seed, or fruit.

You eat FRANKENSTEIN FOOD and it poisons you. Kills the natural, native , gut bacteria off. Your gut is then open to invasion by non-native un-healthy bacteria from the environment, from nature. You now have SIBO. Congratulations. write a letter to the FDA & MONSANTO to thank them for your SIBO.

When animals are fed these FRANKENSTEIN FOODS in tests, they get sick and die. Just like humans do. That's why these GMO foods have never been " officially" tested on humans for safety. They have secretly been tested, and they failed the tests. They are not safe to eat. They create their own poisons, and then get sprayed with round-up herbicide, to keep the weeds down. They are GMO spliced to withstand being sprayed with lots of ROUND-UP HERBICIDE. which also kills of your native gut bacteria.

This should be a motivation for you to only buy and eat organic grown foods for the next 10 years.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Kevin (Ma) on 08/19/2013

It's me again. Got some meds from the Dr., Neomycin. On day 3 coupled with violent D! OMG! Gonna go on a liquid diet until I finish it and then hit the food grade peroxide as hard as I can. Listen everybody, don't give up! Try hard and take risks! This thing is evil!!!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Ed2010 (Canada) on 07/26/2013

hi Kevin from Ma - Multiple options are available for SIBO cure:

  1. Oil pulling - really flushes out bacterial load in the intestines.
  2. Take Ted's Alkalizing formula to alkalize your body. Alkalizing the body starts your body. it inhibit bacterial growth.
  3. You can take 1 tsp of Colloidal Silver in empty stomach and don't take anything for half hour. Colloidal Silver is one of the best Anti bioti and Antiviral.
  4. Similarly you can Lugols Iodine 5% solutions. Take 5 drops every day for 2 weeks and give rest for 1 week.

When you are taking any anti bacterial or anti viral supplements, make sure to take some detoxing foods such as Dandelion Tea, Fiberous food and water. And simultaneously, you have to replenish your gut bacteria. The best choices are:

  • Milk Kefir
  • Miso Soup
  • Saurkraut
  • Kimchi
  • Water Kefir
  • Kombucha Tea

Sometimes sibo can be tackled just by taking fermented foods.

Pls read full Hemmorhoids post, you can read more info about curing UC, which is the same treatment for SIBO.

Good Health

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Kevin (Ma) on 07/26/2013

SIBO - Fight: I'm so amazed by so many people in the same struggle. I've been dealing with this for at least 7 years now. Drs never found a thing. I've found out about berberine (Goldenseal) and Enteric Peppermint Oil. Gonna go hard on those two while also doing a periodic salt water flush. Adding to it fresh tumeric tea everynight with ginger and lemon. Gonna do this for as long as I can and going to add food grade hydrogen peroxide when it arrives in the mail any day now. When all of that is done, I'm gonna do a cleanse with paragone! Either I will be healthy and feeling better or dead and without the gas, bloating and irritation. If I don't report back in 3 months somone call the EMTs, the morgue or the Pastor!!!

B12, Royal Jelly
Posted by Copasetic (Los Angeles, Ca) on 07/23/2013

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!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Bikermom (Corvallis, Or) on 06/20/2013

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.

Avoid Artificial Sugars
Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx) on 06/13/2013

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

Dietary Changes
Posted by Megan (Seattle, Wa) on 06/05/2013

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

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