Cures for SIBO: Bacteria and Intestinal Function

| Modified on Oct 27, 2022
Ileocecal Valve Massage
Posted by Ln (Oregon) on 07/02/2020
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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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Patti (Newport Beach, Ca) on 11/11/2012
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Wanted to share a remedy that works for my SIBO. I took 2 rounds of antibiotics and the bloating and symptoms kept coming back. Then I began drinking tumeric/ ginger/ lemon and black pepper tea every night. This cured my SIBO. Tumeric is an antibacterial that works great.

Make the tea by boiling water and adding it to shredded tumeric, shredded ginger, slice of lemon and sprinkle of black pepper. The black pepper maginifys the potency of the tumeric. Let all this sit and stew for about 10 min. I scoop out the bottom shredded stuff after drinking the tea. The tea tastes good!! Works amazing!!

I tried lots of remedies listed on the site but found this to be the best. Tumeric is great for a whole list of things. Research it and you will be amazed!!

Hope this helps someone. I drink the tea every night and it removes any bloating and keeps the SIBO from coming back.

Grapefruit Seed Extract, Aloe, Supplements
Posted by Bananabean (Austin, Tx) on 01/08/2014
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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 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 - 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 (Dc) on 08/30/2015
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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

Sea Salt
Posted by Kayla (Pacific Nw, Or) on 05/28/2012
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I suffer from SIBO. I woke up at 3 am with burning and pressure under my rib cage, I was doubled over I was sure we have to go to the ER. I realized that maybe the SIBO bacteria must increased overnight. Anyhow, I read Ted's remedies regarding sea salt. Wow is sea salt soooo powerful I took one lemon squeeze the juice into a glass, plus a 1 teaspoon of sea salt ( Ted's quote "Bacteria dies One teaspoon - two teaspoon of sea salt in 1 glass of water, ONE SINGLE dose stopped the urinary tract infection. " ) but since my SIBO symptoms were extreme and I thought I would try sea salt in glass of water I drank it down my symptoms disapperared within an hour I could not believe it!!! The effects of sea salt certainly verified that the discomfort is indeed from bacteria that is causing the SIBO.

I also take 1/2 cup organic 100% natural cranberry juice, ( No sugar added, the kind you buy in the health store or New Seasons kind of store) plus the juice from one squeezed organic lemon plus 1 teaspoon Apple cider vinegar the kind you buy in the health and mix all three into 8 oz of water and drink three times a day. This might help some of you that are suffering it sure has helped me.

Chlorine Dioxide
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 04/13/2021
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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.

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



Black Cumin Oil
Posted by Ezek1 (London) on 11/04/2016
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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.

Artificial Sugars
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

Posted by Deerparkann (Deer Park, Wa, USA) on 12/02/2012
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I've been fighting shingles and digestive problems for years. Think I have SIBO, but not diagnosed by a doctor. Found out that in Europe they are using Bromelain (an anti-inflamatory made from pineapple) and Papaya enzymes for shingles. I tried that and it has helped both the shingles and the digestive problems. Since SIBO is basically an infection, I also decided to apply heat to my stomach and was amazed at the relief it gave me. I'm careful not to have the heat too hot so I don't get burned. I used to have huge amounts of gas, but now am almost to normal abounts. Also if I eat something I know will bother me, the heat helps keep it to a minimum. Hope this helps someone else. This site has been a great help to me, so thank you to all who share.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne
Posted by Bill (Oregon City, Oregon) on 08/05/2009
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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.

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 Anonymous (Salem, Or) on 06/08/2012
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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.

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.

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.....

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

Posted by Paula (London) on 06/17/2022
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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.

Chlorine Dioxide
Posted by Madelyn (Idaho) on 10/22/2021

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.

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 V (La, Ca) on 06/29/2012

I had every test imaginable ... colonscopy, endoscopy, barium swallow with follow through which almost sent me into cardiac arrest! So not worth it! I took the hydrogen breath test and my ND said, it was positive for SIBO. The SIBO had also caused a bumpy facial rash.

I tried many things- this is what cured me: I took peppermint oil complex pills (Mentharil) every six hours, start with one and see how you react then move up to two . First thing in the morning and at night I would drink organic cilantro juice, made in the blender. Please drink a small glass at first because cilantro is a chelating agent too much too fast can cause you too react. During the day I would drink freshly grated ginger tea go easy on the ginger juice too much will cause a headache. Ginger does not let the bacteria to stick to the small intestines so it can be washed out of the body. I also drink water with 100% natural sea salt which is anaerobic. No sugar, dairy, or grains.

My main meal was a dal like soup with 15-20 cloves of garlic, 1/2 an onions and 1 T turmeric and couple slices of ginger, 1 C coconut milk. I would let this dal like soup boil until the lentils turned into thick sauce. And I would eat this every day, it is medicinal soup.

Garlic, Berberine, Oregano Oil
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!

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

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.

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

Saccharomyces boulardi is helpful for c diff infections.

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