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.
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.
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.
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.
Lactoferrin is a very safe but potent antimicrobial, anti fungal and anti-viral. It will not harm your beneficial bacteria, and as a matter of fact will strengthen your immune system while breaking down the biofilm and killing the bad mycoplasmas in your gut. Look at rotating it with EDTA, and colostrum, and other antimicrobials you prefer. Best wishes.
I was sure I had appendicitis inflammation. So since medical doc were clueless I consulted with the an GI Nautropathic doctor He ordered parasite check and SIBO. On the second visit to the ND I was told parasite check was negative and SIBO was positive and on the same day I was given a choice of antiobiotics or natural remedy. I picked the natural remedy. I have to share this part while I was waiting for the test results from the Naturapathic I was suffering sooooo much that I cut back on eating by 70% and just started fasting and drinking an anti-infection drink fresh organic lemons, ginger and cayenne diluted with alkalized water plus six garlic oil pills I did this 3 x a day to really hit the infection hard. I did this in addition to the anti infection drink I did this for ONLY THREE DAYS (I went to the herb store and the clerk ground up 100% pure fresh rosehips and I capped them do not buy rosehips with c ) Day 1- I took TEN 100% pure rosehips caps to see if I was going to have an allergic reaction since I had no reaction. I proceeded to DAY 2, I took 22 rose hips caps, Yes I said 22! DAY 3, I took 24 rosehips caps. You DO NOT take a high dose of Rosehips for more than two days! . The Rosehips were extraordinary it seemed to work and my suffering decreased by 90%. I want to give credit where credit which is Robert Von gave me the Rosehips and anti-infection drink method He is amazing. By the time I was diagnosed my suffering decreased by 97% . Anyhow it is good first to get a diagnosis and work from there. I have insurance the medical cost out of pocket is about $4000 plus no diagnosis and the Naturopathic method cost $350.00 including diagnosis and cure.
(Los Angeles, Ca)
(Fountain Inn, Sc)
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.
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
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!!!
(Up The Creek In Wv, Usa)
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.
(San Diego, CA)
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.
Kresser has lots of good info on probiotics, prebiotics, SIBO, and gut health on his site.
First of all, am sorry if I am not supposed to post the below in earth clinic -
I am not sure, if any of you are considering alternatives. I came across an intersting link between Small intestinal Bacterial (SIBO) linked to rosacea. Doctors seem to be treating this and not just skin (I felt, though am not sure). Here is an interesting except I found.My experience with rifaximin as an attempted treatment for papulopustular rosacea:
After I discovered the information about the allegedly uplifting results others had seen with this drug in despair of the disfiguring consequences we are all too familiar with I spent my last money on a trip to Barcelona, Spain, where rifaximin is produced and sold under the brand name Spiraxin available for purchase in any pharmacy without prescription from a doctor. I actually took 1200 mg/day for two weeks, not just ten days. When taking my first dose, my rosacea was worse than ever, pretty much. Well, long story short, aften five days I noticed improvement, on day ten I was CLEAR! Since then (three weeks post-treatment), my skin has been so much better, with only the occasional little pustule or papule if I eat unhealthy as a little reminder to struggle with I now have cleaner skin than most people my age (I`m 19):) SIBO was obviously my problem, and fortunately the bacteria reacted positively to the drug thank you, life! How long it will take before I experience complete remission is unknown, but I'm at least hoping for a few months rifaximin does not trigger resistant bacterial colonies in your gut and can be used repeatedly with approximately the same effect over and over again. Just remember to take probiotic supplement between courses. I`ll keep you updated whenever something remarkable happens, enjoying a renewed self-esteem and life quality in the meantime.
So, for others, try it; you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. I love and empathize with you all, stay strong and don`t give up no matter how troubling rosacea can be to how we judge ourselves. We are beautiful xanthochroids regardless."
This is directly related to SIBO controlling and kind of new invention. This means rosacea is internal digestive system trigger and not just at shallow level (skin). The bad bacteria is causing rosacea inside stomach and controlling this, slowly improving your digestive (good) bacteria sends rosacea into remission.
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.
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.