Vinegar and Acid Reflux
French translation

"Apple cider vinegar is a great NATURAL remedy
for acid reflux!"

At first glance, vinegar and acid reflux might sound like an unlikely combination until you review the overwhelming positive testimonials published throughout the internet.

Indeed a recent survey on acid reflux conducted at the earth clinic web site ranked apple cider vinegar as the best of all the home remedies suggested to relieve the symptoms of occasional heartburn or acid reflux.

So what is acid reflux and how are vinegar and acid reflux related?

Acid reflux or heartburn occurs when strong stomach acid leaks back up into the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube which carries food from your mouth to your stomach.

vinegar and acid reflux

When you swallow, a circular band of muscle around the bottom part of the esophagus relaxes to allow food and liquid to enter into your stomach.

Normally this muscle valve, called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), is closed and keeps the digestive acid and food inside the stomach where it belongs.

However if the LES valve opens when it shouldn't, hydrochloric acid from the stomach can reflux back and touch the lining of the esophagus.

This can cause a burning sensation in the chest or throat known as acid reflux or heartburn.

Most people experience the occasional episode of heartburn and although unpleasant, it is generally nothing to worry about. Frequent or constant heartburn however can be a serious problem and is the most common symptom of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Ref: Mayo Clinic Staff, Oct 18, 2005. ( Web Link )


Two approaches commonly advocated for the treatment of heartburn or acid reflux include:

  1. Using medication to reduce stomach acid.
    • Over-the-counter antacids are often used to decrease or completely neutralize the amount of acid in the stomach. They are most effective when taken about 1 hour after a meal.
    • Prescription medication such as H-2-receptor blockers or Proton pump inhibitors are used to reduce the production of stomach acid as opposed to just neutralizing the acid. They provide longer relief than antacids but don't act as quickly and are generally taken before meals and at bedtime as needed.

      • These drugs however are associated with many side effects, one of which was reported in a recent issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

        There It was concluded that taking the class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI) for more than a year significantly increased the risk of hip breakage in people over 50. The risk was found to increase with increased dosage and the longer the drug was taken.
        The researchers believe that the PPI therapy may inhibit the body's ability to absorb calcium which then leads to weaker bones and fractures.

        Reference: JAMA. 2006; 296:2947-2953. (

        Web Link )

  2. Dietary and lifestyle changes such as:
    • The reduction or elimination of foods and other intakes that can increase the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and/or relax the LES muscle (and thereby aggravate the problem) such as nicotine (from smoking), alcohol, chocolate, high fat meals, foods which contain high amounts of calcium and protein, and certain calming herbs like peppermint.

    • Losing weight if you are overweight or obese since excess body weight puts extra pressure the stomach and surrounding muscles which can force open the LES valve when it shouldn't be. Similarly, eating smaller meals will reduce the pressure on the LES muscle.

Vinegar and Acid Reflux - The Natural Home Treatment

A third approach (a popular natural home remedy) to help reduce or eliminate acid reflux is to take the following apple cider vinegar tonic:

Natural ACV Tonic

2 or 3 teaspoons (10-15 ml) in an 8 ounce glass of water,
before meals or whenever heartburn is experienced.

One underlying theory here is that the acetic acid in vinegar lowers stomach acidity (increases its pH) since acetic acid is a weaker acid than hydrochloric acid. It is also believed that vinegar (acetic acid along with its acetate salt) may help buffer and maintain stomach acid at a pH level of about 3.0. In this milder acidic environment, the stomach can still efficiently digest food but it causes less problems with the esophagus and thus less heartburn.

Another theory contends that the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a pH sensitive valve.
When there is food in the stomach with insufficient acid present, the LES valve can periodically flop open, causing acid reflux.
Too little acid in the stomach may be caused by different factors, but one of the most common one is that, as we grow older, our body does not produce as much stomach acid.
As a result the LES valve, sensing less acid, periodically flops open causing acid reflux.
Drinking apple cider vinegar supplies the LES valve with the acidity it needs to function properly.

Ref: (

Web Link )

Improved digestion and mineral absorption from regular intake of the apple cider vinegar tonic may also play a role in reducing acid reflux.

So if you are concerned about possible side effects with prescription drugs or even over-the-counter medications, try combining some of the dietary and lifestyle changes mentioned above along with a tonic of apple cider vinegar before meals as an all natural way to alleviate occasional heartburn symptoms or as a preventative practice. Vinegar and acid reflux could be a combination that works well for you.

If you are searching for a more comprehensive step by step holistic system to cure your acid reflux then have a look at Jeff Martin's e-book
called " Heartburn No More".

In this 186 page book Jeff Martin, who was himself a longtime heartburn sufferer, discloses the completely natural system he and numerous others have used to rid themselves of heartburn in all levels of severity.

The e-book can be downloaded to your computer immediately and comes with a 2 month instant money back guarantee.

User Feedback Comments on
Vinegar and Acid Reflux

Name: RJ
Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Date: April 22, 2016

Hi Everyone,

I'm suffering reflux for 4 months already and 24/7 I can feel the pain in my stomach.

It feels like I'm always hungry. Every after meal I feel like I'm hungry again.

Tried heaps of antacids but didn't work, trust me. Went to hospital and the doctor prescribed me Nexium but still not working on me.

One night I called my wife in the Philippines and told her how I feel, and guess what?!!! She told me to try the ACV and so far I feel better's like a thorn has been removed in my stomach...:-) I feel better and I am still taking the ACV.:-)

Hope this one can help. Thank you.

I love you my wife Leslie Crisostomo Tomarong and my baby Raffy!!!! I miss you guys.

Name: Tom T.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date: March 23, 2016

I thought it might be helpful to others to chronicle my attempt to rid myself of daily PPI use.

Click here to read the complete Background, History, Symptoms, Diet/Lifestyle, Decision time and Plan/Methodology sections of this detailed testimonial.


Day One was March 4th.  Today is Wednesday, March 23rd so the first three-week phase is nearly up. 

How has it gone the past 3 weeks?  Well, so far so good.  I was expecting horrible rebound/breakthrough on the days I skipped the PPI but, aside from one rough day about 10 days in (in which I also wasn't passing gas so something else may have been going on), I can honestly say that I really feel no different on the days in which I've taken the PPI, than I do on the days in which I don't take the PPI.  I view this as somewhat of a victory in and of itself as it means, thus far, that I've at least been able to cut my PPI usage in half without any appreciative increase in GERD symptoms.  That's not to say I'm not still having GERD symptoms.  I am.  But they do appear milder, less frequent, and quite manageable.

I'm finding that on those days I've skipped the morning PPI I can't skip lunch (I've added yogurt with probiotics as a lunch staple), or I'll feel my stomach churning.  At lunch I do not take ACV beforehand - the ACV has been reserved thus far for breakfast and dinner only.  Also, on the majority of evenings on the days I've skipped the PPI I've found a dose of Mylanta is needed prior to bed.  All in all, an equitable trade off so far. 

As a side benefit, which I cannot explain, I feel like I have more energy and less fatigue since I've started adding ACV/reducing the PPI.  Maybe this is a placebo effect but it feels tangible to me.
Friday is the start of the next three-week period in which PPI use is lowered to every third day.  I plan to do this for another three weeks and then consult with my family physician to share results and maybe request blood work to ensure I'm not wreaking havoc somewhere else.  I'm hopeful by this time my body will have adjusted somewhat to the production of normal stomach acid again and, coupled with continued use of ACV, view PPI ingestion as increasingly unnecessary.  But I'm also trying to stay realistic and not be discouraged by trying to reverse the effects of 10 years of continuous PPI use in 6 weeks.  We'll see.

I'll make a note to report back on 15 April.

Update: April 28, 2016

This is the promised follow-up to my lengthy entry of March 23rd, 2016 in which I detailed my attempt to completely wean myself from daily PPI use over a six-week period.

The short version:  I was unable to do so.

After a relatively smooth transition from daily use to every other day during the initial 3-week period, I hit a wall almost immediately when moving to every third day.  The rebound/breakthrough I experienced was terrible -- the worst heartburn I've ever had, coming on the evening of the third day (so about 60 hours after the last PPI pill).  I wanted to "gut it out" but the discomfort was acute and I had to take my PPI and dose with Mylanta to quiet things down and get through the night.

The next day I regrouped with the goal of trying again in case the experience was exacerbated by something I ate or another factor.  I returned to the every other day regimen for the next week at which time my symptoms quickly returned to what they had been during the first 3 weeks, quite manageable.  At the end of the fourth week I tried again going to every third day . . . but with the same results.

So for me at least, it appears at this time I'm not able to progress beyond taking my PPI every other day.  Still, I'm not (overly) discouraged as the addition of ACV with meals has allowed me to cut my PPI use in half while at the same time keeping my GERD symptoms to the most manageable level they've been in 10 years. 
And it's possible six weeks just wasn't long enough to allow my body to adjust before moving to the next step -- I'll try again in six months. 

Name: Linda B
Location: Nevada, United States
Date: March 06, 2016

I'm a firm believer in ACV now, but I can tell you the first 2 weeks after getting off medication was the worst.

I had been taking prescription meds for around 8 years, and I know that, that was the detox period, but so glad that I stuck it out.

This site has given me more information than some of the others.  So now I know I can take it more than once a day.
I just normally start my day off with ACV and I am good for the whole day.

So happy to be off all the medicine.

Name: Piyush Walia
Location: India
Date: March 01, 2016

I ordered ACV for skin infections as it is the best home remedy to cure anti fungal infections.

But I was amazed that when I realized that my acid reflux problem was gone and its like a miracle as after taking it for 2 weeks my problem was totally gone.

Name: Stanley
Location: California, United States
Date: February 25, 2016

It seems counterintuitive but adding acid to the stomach works! 

Since reaching middle age I've had this problem and refused to go the prescription route. I stumbled upon  a Harvard physiology paper written a century ago which experimentally showed that the pyloric sphincter (lower stomach valve) will only open when the Ph gets low enough.

What happens is that the stomach fills with food, the peristalsis churns the food and some of it regurgitates back up the LES into the esophagus.

Only when the Ph reaches a low enough level does the chyme continue into the duodenum. With an emptier stomach, the peristaltic pressures do not get high enough to overcome the LES to squirt acidic chyme into the esophagus. 

I preload my stomach with 1 tsp vinegar before eating and I have had no symptoms for two weeks.

I even ate pizza with lots of tomato sauce. I'm amazed!

Name: Jema
Location: Indiana, United States
Date: February 21, 2016

Reading this blog to find answers for my husband and myself.

Husband has severe acid reflux and has had a fundoplication. Has lived on Prilosec and Prevacid for many many years...15 years.  He has developed AFib(Atrial Fibrillation), asthma has become worse, and breathing issues.  We have been told that getting off of Prevacid and all PPI is very serious because of acid bursts.

We are going to try the ACV today and see if relief is in sight.

Has anyone here developed AFib from the acid reflux?  I have suffered with acid reflux for years but have not been on PPI for long periods just taken as needed.

I took my first 1/2 tsp in water today and will respond back after a few days of using ACV.

Any and all information would be greatly appreciated. We are in desperation of healing husband from this dreaded GERD.  It is ruining his life.  We are both in our 70's. ACV all the way...praying it helps both of us.

Also husband has developed areas in his stomach that have been damaged by the use of PPI.  Kinda like acid craters created from the use of PPI.  Not sure of the correct name.

Name: Tracy
Location: California, United States
Date: February 21, 2016

I'm taking the ACV and still getting horrible burning up my throat. I take 1-2 tablespoons in a glass of water morning and night.
It does not seem to be working for me the same way it is working for you.

Also, why is it that all of you are writing in perfect paragraphs, as if one person actually wrote every entry. This is a test. I am writing all of this in one block paragraph. Let's see how it comes out.

Note from – The 2nd paragraph of the invitation to share -immediately above the form box where people enter their comments is as follow and should address your concern:

“When necessary, texts submitted to may go through minor text editing to improve clarity (ex., typos, punctuation & spacing).”

The word “spacing” includes the creation of “paragraphs” when necessary in order to improve clarity and readability. 

Name: Nouna
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Date: February 06, 2016
(Translated from French)

Thank you very much.

Thanks to you all, I decided to try the apple cider vinegar.

Wow. I am now cured of GERD that had not been cured by any other medication.

There is no more burning in my throat. Thank God who guided me to this website.

Nb: Take the ACV diluted with water in the morning 30 minutes before breakfast.

Name: Eric Mo
Location: Maryland, United States
Date: February 01, 2016

Why, knowing about the ACV, didn't I do this sooner?

Since months I can finally feel in tune with my body enough to know when I'm hungry and when I'm full. The acid reflux, and gastritis had made this impossible for years!

Also, my bloating and ridiculous gas have diminished.

Oh, and before starting this, I couldn't exercise 1-3 hours after eating. I had to wait at least 3.3 hours before going for run! Since I've started drinking this ACV, I can exercise (run, dance) even 30mins-1h after eating! Wow!!!!

Name: Anu Vijay
Location: Jaipur, India
Date: January 02, 2016

I have suffered from acidity issue since I was 12 years old. Today I am 38 and my condition was worsening until I tried ACV.

I stopped my food products thinking my acidity is due to food allergy until I learnt that lack of adequate HCL was causing an issue.

I used to feel extremely tired after eating a meal and would need a long nap to recover my energy levels.

I read about ACV and how it acts as natural HCL. it's been a week now since I started it, taking a cup of warm water with half teaspoon of ACV with each meal and after a very long time am happy to see that I do not get heart burn or acidity issues.

I going to use for a longer period to see if this benefit would continue. But the one week trial was very positive.

Name: Rick Eldritch
Location: Oregon, United States
Date: December 01, 2015

It works.

My primary care physician prescribes me 40 mg Omeprazole, which I use daily, and works very well.  However, I occasionally run out, and the pharmacy I use isn't terribly convenient to visit, if I don't have other reasons to go to Costco.

When this happens, I drink about 2 oz. of cider vinegar in a full glass of water.  This effectively relieves my acid reflux for a few hours.  The omeprazole works longer, but the cider vinegar is very good in a pinch, and very effective.

Name: Lenoy Rivero
Location: Bohol, Philippines
Date: November 30, 2015

I have been suffering for 5 months with acid reflux.

I got sick every single day from sleepless nights due to stomach pain and flared acid reflux. I have been having difficulty breathing at night. I would wake up with closed throat, gasping for air. I ended up being afraid of sleeping or sleeping sitting uncomfortable.

Went to the hospital to check my stomach. The first doctor did a blood test for h-pylori evaluation and my doctor was prescribing me with Zantag for 14 days. The first 5 days I felt something changed, I was able to sleep a bit but after 6 days it was horrible, my sleep disorder worsened. I felt weak, confused and my memory became very weak and my voice became harsh probably from acid reflux.
Went to hospital again and have had an ultrasound and endoscopy. My doctor was prescribing me with Nexium, Pantropazol and other antiacids for 1 month. After 1 week of taking the medicine it was back again.

I turned to the internet to find what other people were saying. I bought ACV and I took 1 spoonful of ACV and 1 spoonful of honey in a glass of water before meal in the morning and before meal in the evening about 30 min before I ate. Improvements were felt immediately and I slept well. So Great!

I was healed. I continue taking it for my uric acid too and I can testify it works. Good luck to all who want to try ACV, it works! Thanks God.

Name: Adam Chan
Location: Singapore
Date: November 21, 2015

Well, as incredulous as this may sound, it got rid of my GERD in a matter of weeks.

I'm usually a very scientific person, and given how little scientific/objective literature there is on ACV, I'm still pretty baffled.

Name: Bernie B
Location: Florida, United States
Date: October 28, 2015

I can't say enough about the positive effects of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). Among the many, it truly relieves, if not cures acid reflux.

Like so many people who have shared there experiences on the use of ACV, it has worked for me and I no longer take Nexium or any other pill for acid reflux. I can honestly say that, with some dietary changes in my life style, and 2 tablespoons of ACV mixed with 8 ounces of water after each meal, I'm cured of acid reflux disease.

It really works, people!  Doctors will always prescribe the pill for you. Because they've been trained to do so, and for many through agreements or whatever you choose to call it with the pharmaceutical industry. This is reality, people. Wake up. Don't get me wrong. We need doctors. But, we should also be active in understanding the treatment options for our medical problems, and not leaving it totally up to the doctors to decide.

All I'm saying is, in addition to what the doctor tells you, you should also  research your medical problems and treatment options. Hopefully you you'll have the time to do so. But unfortunately, that may not always be possible especially when it's an emergency situation.

I hope this makes sense to some of you, if not all. Whatever your situation may be, please do not give up. Miracles do happen, people. And for many, who were about to throw the towel in prior to reading these comments, these comments are their miracles.

Never forget there's always hope, even when the odds are stacked against you. God bless all of you for sharing your experiences to help others, including myself. Yes! I am also a beneficiary.

Bernie B

Name: Wally
Location: California, United States
Date: October 24, 2015

Just tried it, thought I would have to go for urgent care. Wife worried and getting dressed to take me.

By the time I was ready to go, I was fine.

Age 55 with very rare acid reflux instances, but this was causing almost anxiety attack from the pain.

Name: Shane Almand
Location: California, United States
Date: October 04, 2015

I've always had a sensitive stomach and have used Tums for relief.

Recently I started using them every day. Instead of helping, they actually made things worse as I started having extreme acid re-flux. So bad that I wasn't eating.

I started to use Nexium and realized after reading about ACV that I had made the problem worse.

I'm on my third day of ACV and started a regiment of probiotics.

Tonight I ate my first meal in a week with no symptoms!! I was amazed at how quickly and effectively the ACV worked. No more tums, no more nexium. No more acid re-flux!!

I usually don't give testimonials but this worked so well and so fast I have to tell everyone!

Name: Delon Nigum
Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Date: September 20, 2015

Its one AM and my heartburn is flaring.

Logged on to this site and began reading up on the benefits of ACV.

Luckily for me I had a bottle of Bragg's ACV in the kitchen.. so guess what. Yup I tried it.

Will do so in the morning again but I must say that I'm already feeling the soothing effects...

Thanks to all.

Name: Hariharan Balasuramaniyan
Location: Tamil Nadu, India
Date: September 19, 2015

I have been using ACV for the last 10 days and I now feel like a normal person.

I have severe GERD. I am now able to sleep and it improves my food habits affected by acid reflux.

I am feeling so much better now!

Muuuch better than when using meds!!!

Name: Rakia
Location: Baltimore, United States
Date: September 19, 2015

I was never really skeptical about this natural remedy but certainly in desperate need of something that worked fast!

As soon as I hit 30, years ago, I noticed instant problems with heartburn and started searching for natural remedies.

I had Bragg's ACV in the fridge and I don't remember why but I got almost INSTANT relief with just a cap full shaken up in a regular size bottled water!

Since then its my immediate go to for even my worse heartburn pain and it works EVERY time!

Name: Marilyn Morgan
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date: September 16, 2015

Just be sure to get ORGANIC ACV. If you get the regular stuff at the grocery store, it's useless. Bragg's is the best.

I had silent reflux really bad.

Started taking ACV every morning first thing and the reflux went away.

II stopped taking the ACV and the reflux is now back so I have to start ACV again and STAY on it this time.

Name: Sveta Margolis
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date: Sept 11, 2015

I was skeptical-how something acidic can help with acid problem. Somehow it did.

I suffered for years, tried Dexilant, Nexium and pretty much everything that is out there. Pills helped only for a short period of time.

This is the first time that a natural remedy actually helps me. I hope it will stay this way.

Name: Isobel
Location: Kent, United Kingdom
Date: August 19, 2015

Comments on ACV for heartburn caused by stress induced gastritis (no ulcers, checked by gastroscopy):

I was on 30mg Omeprazole for 7 weeks, which helped a little but caused side effects from dizziness to headaches and stomach pains, then for 1 week I tried Nexium which actually made things worse, plus other side effects.

At which point I ditched all the meds and on the advice of a natural medicine practitioner started on Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, just 1 or 2 teaspoons in a glassful of warm water with a teaspoon of Manuka honey and sipped throughout the day.

It gave immediate relief, and over the next few weeks the condition improved steadily. That was over 2 months ago, and although if I go without the ACV for a few weeks the symptoms start to return, they are not as bad as they were initially and going back on the ACV does help.

I should add that I also use a combination of herbal remedies as well such as infusions of Calendula, Meadowsweet, Chamomile, Marshmallow and Lemon Balm, Slippery Elm 'food', Aloe Vera juice and a mixture of stomach soothing herbal tinctures prepared by my medical herbalist.

I also try to help myself by avoiding acid producing foods as far as possible, plus I don't eat meat or spicy foods, I don't drink alcohol or eat processed foods - all of which help too. I have heard Turmeric also has benefits for stomach inflammation, though I have yet to try it consistently.

So definitely the ACV has helped me like a lot of people here, but other aspects of one's lifestyle need to be looked into as well, as a reduction in symptoms (however welcome) is not the same as a complete cure, and there are lots of different factors that can affect conditions like these.

I hope this helps other people out there suffering from heartburn or gastritis!
Good luck all.

Name: Connie Flores
Location: Arizona, United States
Date: August 06, 2015

I am amazed by all the testimonials, I am afraid of this acid reflux condition and uncertain of many things, recently have had to deal with this.

Can someone please tell me if I can take the apple cider vinegar at anytime even on an empty stomach, since I have not been able to eat much last few days, please help me & God bless you all for your encouragement & hope.

Name: Tom Locklear
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date: June 23, 2015

My acid/reflux GERD was so bad that after years of medications I had a Fundoplication surgery in 1999 to alleviate the problem.

Then a second surgery in 2009 because the original surgery was diagnosed as undoing itself in 2004 and I had severe esophageal acid burns that could possibly lead to esophageal cancer.

The 2009 surgery almost killed me, two+ months in a coma, next to expire, etc, etc. Needless to say acid reflux and GERD have been a nightmare for me.
In 2010 I was searching the web for natural remedies for acid reflux and found the ACV remedy. I've been on it ever since and have not taken a pill.

I mix one tablespoon of ACV with a six-eight ounces of water and drink before going to bed.

I've suffered with acid reflux/GERD for years, no more since discovering the health benefits of ACV.

I go a step further and blend garlic, red onion, ginger, turmeric root, and real natural honey. This mixture provides a host of health benefits, search the health benefits of each ingredient, to include lowering of blood pressure, sugar, etc.

I highly recommend ACV for acid reflux/GERD relief.

Name: Niti
Location: Texas, United States
Date: June 11, 2015

ACV works like a charm!

Our concept of Acid reflux and taking antacid to relieve it is slightly off track!

I explained this in my blog: check it out:

Name: Tracy
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date: June 06, 2015

I lost my job and therefore my insurance.  I couldn't afford to refill my Omeprazole and so I reluctantly tried ACV.

It worked.

I will keep using it as long as it keeps working!  

So in essence, I ended up abruptly stopping my medication and began using ACV.  who would have thought!

Name: Cheryl Holmes
Location: Washington, United States
Date: May 16, 2015

I used to drink lemon juice, a litle pinch of salt in water over ice to get my water intake in.

I've added ACV and use a pinch of sea salt instead of table salt.  At least 2, 16oz glasses a day.

It helps if I miss my Omeprazole one day.

But now I find out I may have bile reflux as I do not have a gallbladder. On the list of things not to have  for bile reflux is Apple. Any comments on that?

Name: Gerri Schultz
Location: Georgia, United States
Date: May 14, 2015

Did anyone abruptly stop their acid reflux prescription and use only the ACV or did you cut down your meds and gradually replace with ACV?

Name: Aneesa
Location: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Date: April 20, 2015

I have been suffering with GERD for 2 years, but refused to abuse my body with medication like Nexium etc.

I got by with OTC antacids, but just barely. It would get so severe sometimes, I would wake up choking and gasping for air.

After days and months of researching natural remedies, I purchased organic ACV , organic aloe juice and Manuka honey. I mix 2 tspns ACV with half a tsp Manuka honey into aloe juice. I drink it from a glass straw to avoid damage to tooth enamel.

Amazing remedy for instant relief from the burning and discomfort!

Manuka and aloe are proven to have healing , anti inflammatory, anti microbial properties. Amazing stuff!

Name: Dakota Philbrick
Location: Alabama, United States
Date: April 05, 2015

I have been on Nexium or Prilosec for the last 15 years.

A chiropractor resolved my upper hiatal hernia (Dr knew about and suggested more pills) and after the correction by my chiropractor he said from all the pills I may have low acid.

He gave me the option to try the ACV thing so I went a day without my Nexium which was extraordinarily painful.

I took a few tablespoons of ACV mixed with water and found instant relief. I think this is worth trying and for those that say it works in the long run makes me very hopeful.


Name: Julie
Location: SA, Australia
Date: April 05, 2015

I have been receiving chemotherapy and one side effect is this heartburn and a really terrible mouth/ throat coated effects. Difficulty in swallowing plain water and eating.

I have been having Omeprazole 40mg with limited relief.

But I find a glass of water with maybe 2 teaspoons of Apple cider vinegar is such a relief / pleasure to drink.

It's feels refreshing and easy to drink.  Ok it may not taste absolutely delicious, but it is enjoyable.

The heartburn is eased. I might try this a little bit more regularly.

Name: David
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date: March 25, 2015

I feel like everyone that promotes this are all working for the apple cider vinegar industry.

I tried this and all it did was aggravate my reflux and cause burns. 

Name: Saba Vasan
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date: March 23, 2015

I have had GRED for almost 20 years.

One of my net friend recommended me to have Braggs Organic ACV.

I felt immense relief. But my gastritis hasn't totally gone.

I want to know does it take a long time to get cured? How long should I take acv? Please let me know?


Thanks to ACV too!

Name: Shane Cournane
Location: Queensland, Australia
Date: March 11, 2015

After taking Nexium daily (20 or 40 strength) for a period of 15 years for GERD, I started taking Apple cider vinegar 7 months ago.

It worked after a few days and it is still working now. I enjoy drinking beer, coffee and red wine which at times can cause some minor discomfort if I over indulge. However, overall the ACV has been wonderful and as a side effect it appears to have lowered my blood pressure by 10 points.

I take 1 tablespoon 15 minutes before each meal mixed with honey and half glass of water. I recommend this to anyone.

It appears the older you get the more acid your body requires and PPIs such as Nexium stop the acid which is only a temporary fix.

I have recommended ACV to a number of my friend who are now taking it with good results.

Name: Maggie
Location: Iowa, United States
Date: March 04, 2015

I am adding my voice to the long list of those confirming that ACV amazingly works wonders for GERD and acid reflux.

My mother, my sister and I all had serious issues with AR for years - my mother had it the worst where she was on Nexium and other meds and yet even a couple bites of a no-no food would put her in agony.

Finally my sister learned of ACV as a remedy so we all tried it - and all three of us had almost immediate, total relief.  We could hardly believe it!

What is even more amazing to me is to see over time that it truly did heal our systems, not just provide temporary relief with each episode.  We rarely ever take vinegar anymore (though we should get back to taking it for other health benefits), yet none of us have had a single episode to speak of for *years*!

It is undeniable that it works like a miracle for many, many people - what a godsend this is instead of the downward spiral and damage from meds!

Best wishes for an end to this unnecessary suffering!

Name: Nina Filou
Location: Algeria
Date: March 04, 2015
(Translated from French)

I tried to stop taking Omeprazole today and to only drink apple cider vinegar.

For now, it's working well.

I still have a little acid reflux, but not much.

Hopefully I'm going to completely stop my acid reflux.

Name: Marilyn H
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date: March 03, 2015

Organic ACV works great. MUST be organic...the kind you have to shake up because of the sediment on the bottom.

Also supposed to put 1 tbsp of ACV in 4 ounces room temperature water and then some raw honey to make it taste good.

Do this 30 minutes before eating and it's wonderful! Tastes great with the honey!

Name: Jul
Location: Vs , Switzerland
Date: February 09, 2015
(Translated from French)

One morning, I had simple bronchitis. Then appeared, from nowhere, something I had never had: acid reflux, 6 months of it !

That acid reflux triggered asthma with a dry cough at night, and phlegm accompanied by a heavy cough all day. The likes of which I had never had before. No more energy. Pure hell.

First, I took Pantoprazoe, 40 mg twice a day; but I had an allergic reaction to it.I underwent a gastroscopy, etc. Then I took Pariet, 20 mg twice a day. I also had to take 4 squirts per day of Symbicort for my asthma.

I tried everything... Potato juice, home remedy tinctures,etc. Nothing was really helping my gastric reflux.

I quit dairy products, gluten, meat... Still no progress until I heard about apple cider vinegar for acid reflux.

Skeptical at first... Acid on acid...

Then, the MIRACLE! It's just so great to be in good heath again! And to have achieved this in one day, from the first spoonfuls of vinegar!

I'm so happy I could cry!

Name: Adrien Ruet
Location: Loir et Cher, France
Date: January 24, 2015
(Translated from French)


Being 23 years old, and starting to feel bad, a situation that deteriorated for a year, I was finally diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and esophagitis ulceration.

Having tried all possible remedies, I tried apple cider vinegar and the results were almost instantaneous: ALL my symptoms disappeared.
I'm alive again !!


Name: Jack
Location: Kansas, United States
Date: January 23, 2015

I have been suffering for a year and a half with reflux and related problems.

A friend recommended ACV, and reading the testimonials here has been very encouraging.

Been trying it for a few days.  No miracles yet, but it doesn't seem to be hurting any, and may be helping.

I am very hopeful.

Name: Katie
Location: United Kingdom
Date: January 15, 2015

I've been on max dose of Nexium, diagnosed with hiatal hernia and my acid reflux had hit a point of being unbearable last week. My friend recommended ACV.


I've had no acid today. For the first time in years. I've only been on ACV for 5 days! Definitely worth the bad taste, you get used to it after the 3rd day.

Also off Nexium tablets.

I take two teaspoons diluted in water in the morning, then if I have acid reflux and before bed.
TRY IT. It works.  

P.S. I came off my tablets because they hinder the ACV working as well.

Name: Abdellah El ASRI
Location: Rabat , Morocco
Date: January 05, 2015
(Translated from French)

Hello All,

I have had a hiatal hernia (from birth).

I have suffered a lot because of GERD, I even have stage 2 esophagitis.

I have taken Omeprazole and Ulcemat but with no results.

Now I bought cider vinegar and I started to take a teaspoon in a cup of warm water 15 minutes before breakfast.

The result is amazing, less pain in the stomach and esophagus and I sleep well. Of course I'm still watching my diet but once a week I allow myself to cheat a little.

Cider vinegar is a cheap and effective natural remedy. Try it!

Name: Nazia
Location: Narail, Bangladesh
Date: November 26, 2014

Guys, I love all of you for giving me courage and the mental support to trust on ACV.

For 5 years I have been staying in Malaysia to study, this time I came to attend in convo and suddenly felt sick with extreme reflux that made me the most helpless person on earth.

I kept having Pantoprazol, Renitidine and other antacids since 5 days. Went to emergency unit in the university hospital and largest public hospital in this country. They kept giving me injections, medicine and nebulizer.

But nothing can give permanent remedy. I got sick every single day though having medicine.

I looked 2 nights ago in websites about ACV and felt like trying it.

I tried ACV (Heinz Brand) yesterday, but vomited out everything, so I did not feel the results of the vinegar.

Tonight I felt choking again and read each of your comments, I tried ACV diluted with honey and water and can breathe well now.

I am ready to go to sleep I feel. I hope this will give me a permanent remedy.

Thanks to GOD for giving me the right direction.

Name: Nigel Nelmes
Location: California, United States
Date: November 14, 2014

Take 2 cups of apple cider Vinegar, two cups of honey and one tablespoon of grated fresh ginger.

Reduce for about an hour at full boil. Strain liquid through a sieve and bottle.

Take two tablespoons every morning and you will clear up your acid reflux problems in a week.

Make sure you do not drink coffee or alcohol and eat lots of vegetables. 

Name: Theresa
Location: Toronto, Canada
Date: October 19, 2014

I experienced severe heartburn with my first pregnancy and now with expecting baby #2 it is worse than ever.

Postpartum it wasn't as bad but still an issue, I had many tests done but no diagnosis was found. Sometimes it is so bad that I feel like I'm either having a heart attack or need to vomit to relieve the acid.

Antacids provided some relief but the acid would soon return with a vengeance.

I used to drink apple cider vinegar in warm water all the time and forget why I stopped!

Thank goodness my friend recently recommended taking a tablespoon straight up followed immediately by a glass of water. It burned like hell the first time I took it but worked immediately. I miraculously had relief of symptoms for over 24 hours.

I will definitely be incorporating ACV into my daily diet again, and am thrilled to have a natural remedy that works. I was so amazed at how effective the ACV was that I came on this site to learn more about how and why it works.  

Name: Mireille Potvin
Location: Quebec, Canada
Date: October 14, 2014
(Translated from French)

Wow, I really am impressed with all your comments.

I have been taking Pantoloc for about 5 years and for the last few days I have experienced a painfull pressure in the esophagus just like before I started taking medication for GERD.

I will try the apple cider vinegar tonight. Can it be so easy and will it solve this pain?

Name: Kenneth Filler
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date: October 12, 2014

Acid reflux runs in my family. My Dad nearly died from an ulcer that perforated his stomach. This was in the days when few options were available. An older brother had his vagas nerve cut to stop excess acid. I decided to write this after 10 months using ACV.

I was on anti=acids and proton inhibitors for over 15 years. You name it; Gavison, Malox, Zantag, protonix, nexium, and dexilant to name a few. I declared war on my GERD and  took all the tests, including four endoscopies, manometry and ph probe, h-pylori evaluation, x-ray/barium swallow, MRI, ultra sound, Papada test, and, in the meantime, losing 20 lbs. from pain and angst .

At one point, I almost had my gall bladder removed. In addition, the nausea from Prilosec (a side effect no one mentioned) was debilitating.

Since I'm in my seventies, travel and quality of life were affected. Even a specialist from a well-known university could not find relevant answers.

After finding few solutions from physicians, I found ACV on this site, and, with much courage, tried it for three days (2 tsp of Bragg) before each meal. Finally, relief!  I decided to go off all meds, and here I am, feeling great and gaining weight.

I'm still concerned about a hiatal hernia which allows acid to back up under the diaphragm from a stomach bulge. I'm 100% better, but information from readers would be appreciated. It would also be helpful if anyone has heard of research, including blind studies, on this simple remedy for a terrible disease.

Name: Alex Price
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date: October 02, 2014

Dexilant didn't do anything, and Nexium only worked slightly, while making me constantly fatigued and  hungry, and it made my jaw clench, and my restless legs syndrome intense.

Not to mention it made me feel weird as hell.

Anyways, I've been taking two table spoon of ACV thrice a day for the past few days and it's been working, but not completely. Maybe I just have to to keep at it?

Maybe I have an ulcer, it kind of feels like I have heartburn a little too low in my torso sometimes.

Name: Beth McNicholas
Location: Texas, United States
Date: September 26, 2014

I can attest to the efficacy of apple cider vinegar for reflux.

I used to take various combinations of Omeprazole, Ranitidine, Famotidine, Gaviscon, and Tums to keep my reflux at bay.

At some point on any given day I had to take at least one of these.  Now, at first sign (usually about 15 minutes after eating), I take 1-2 tsp of vinegar (I currently use unpasteurized and unfiltered) in about 2 ounces of water. I am careful to keep it off my teeth as much as possible and to rinse with and drink fresh water after.

This has truly worked.  I no longer take any of those meds.  On the rare occasion, I will have 2 Tums before bed.
All you need to do is try it to see if it works.

Name: Lina Jabbour
Location: Lebanon
Date: September 20, 2014

Thank you for sharing. All your sharing helped me heal. Thank you!

For 2 months, during my summer vacation, I have been having difficulty breathing at night. I would wake up with closed throat, gasping for air. I ended up being afraid of sleeping or sleeping sitting uncomfortable.

The first doctor did Asthma tests and Apnea tests and decided it's anxiety. Finally I figured it out and went to the hospital to check my stomach. I had h pyori so I was on 2 antibiotics for 10 days.

The first 5 days were horrible, specially day 4. My sleep disorder worsened. I felt weak, confused and my memory became very weak probably from lack of sleep.

Day 5 or 6 on antibiotics I felt something changed, I was able to sleep a bit. Only my stomach felt worst because of antibiotics. I started taking organic or bio-live yogurt to heal my stomach, that helped.

After I finished the 10 days, I realized I do have acid reflux. Meanwhile I lost 2 more Kg but now I feel acid in the evening. So I read about ACV which I have used before.

I bought organic ACV and I took one table spoon in a glass in the morning and in the evening about 30 min before I ate. Improvements were felt immediately and after 3 days I slept well. Great!

I still have a sensitive stomach and black stools?!?

It has been 10 days since I finished the antibiotics. Now I hope the black stools will change color :). else I need to see why I still have them. Hope nothing serious.

Take care all, blessings, may you all be very healthy and happy!

Name: Kimberly
Location: Washington, United States
Date: September 12, 2014

I had been researching the detox effects of ACV, and decided to start drinking some to clear up my acne.

I did not even think about it for my acid reflux, which gets pretty bad overnight.

To my surprise the ACV instantly and completely relived my heartburn.  If I drank a tablespoon before bed, I'd have no pain through the night.

It tastes disgusting, but really helps!  Better than any of the meds I've been prescribed.  Also, my ACV is not organic and still works great.  

If you want to be able to actually sleep through the night, try this!

Name: Rick S.
Location: Los Angeles California, United States
Date: August 01, 2014

Add my voice to the growing chorus.. Apple Cider Vinegar is for real!

Suffered from GERD for years and was taking two (at times three) Ompeprazole pills a day with mediocre results.  After several years, the problem dissipated but when it recently struck again worse than ever and the Omeprazole wasn't helping, I decided to try ACV.

Within two days, my horrific symptoms were 75% better. Within a week, they were basically gone.

It's a month later and my dose of ACV is now just a teaspoon every couple days (or whenever I get a hint of GERD) and it is remarkably effective.

I wish I'd tried ACV years ago because Prilosec / Nexium / Omeprazole was fairly expensive back then and because of my extended use of it, now I am at increased risk for a bone / hip fracture later in life.

I urge you to give ACV a try for a week... it has no side effects, is dirt cheap and I bet it solves the problem.  Just remember to rinse out or brush your teeth after!

Name: Brett
Location: Texas, United States
Date: July 26, 2014

I had horrible acid reflux for about 3 months, daily.

I was skeptical about the ACV helping but within one week my acid reflux stopped.

After a week of doing it 3 times a day, my acid reflux stopped and I haven't had to take any ACV in the last week.  I did it 30 minutes before a meal.

I used the organic Bragg brand, and doing a little stronger dosage seemed to help me better, but thats just me.

Name: Sandra
Location: Perth, Australia
Date: July 24, 2014

ACV is utterly brilliant!  Have been drinking it for over 3 weeks now and it has given me great relief from acid reflux.

I have been suffering from reflux for 15 years and have been taking Nexium as required.

I would vomit alter eating  and drinking, be gasping for air and have watery eyes from all the coughing I did.  It was bad after brushing my teeth and laying in bed at night.  Have had a number of endoscopies over the years  with nothing abnormal.

My doctor was prescribing me with nasal sprays and puffers and believed it was a combination of allergies, mild asthma and acid reflux.  This was becoming a joke and very costly.  

I started looking at  natural medicine and came across Apple Cider Vinegar.  I bought a bottle from my local supermarket and thought I would try it out and it has  given me amazing relief.  I mix it with water in a large bottle and sip on it during the day.   It doesn't taste that great but will quickly get use to it.  I started off mixing it with apple juice or cranberry juice the first week and have gradually changed to water.
It took around 3 days to really kick in and work for me. Amazing stuff.

More research should be done on this amazing liquid.

Name: Gisèle Esquire
Location: Aquitane, France
Date: July 14, 2014
(Translated from French)

I started having reflux problems 3 years ago.

Since 1970, I have been treated for GERD.

I underwent two hiatal hernia operations with closure of the cardia; I can not vomit anymore, and when the need arises, I pass out.

I heard about apple cider vinegar on TV, and I searched the internet.

I bought organic apple cider vinegar and honey. 30 minutes before each meal, I take a coffee spoon (5 ml) of vinegar with a little honey in half a glass of water.

I no longer have GERD. I no longer have a burning or scraping throat and, as I sing (soprano), that brought me instant gratification.

All of these: Maalox, Gaviscon, Mopral and similar drugs, not only didn't help, they triggered seizures. But I was able to trust apple cider vinegar.

It has been 3 weeks since I started this "treatment" and I will probably continue for a very long time. If you have a hiatal hernia, do not have surgery, it will aggravate the symptoms.

Ever wonder why doctors do not talk about this treatment (apple cider vinegar)? The pharmaceutical industry requires it!

Name: Eric H.
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date: July 10, 2014

ACV with water seems to work.

My FIRST DAY of trying this after using Prilosec since its release many years ago!

I switched to Nexium recently but it gave me bad side effects!

The only negative about ACV is it damages tooth enamel - make sure to rinse after or brush your teeth!

Name: Jan
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date: June 21, 2014

This is my third day taking ACV... it works.

I was on Nexium for the last three years.  Any days without Nexium, I would feel the strong acid after drinking coffee with cream.

The ACV does help naturize the acidity.  

Name: V.C.
Location: Queensland, Australia
Date: May 30, 2014

I'm a health conscious person, but after eating a piece of chocolate cake on my birthday I had the worst heartburn ever. That night I tried Gaviscon (which did nothing) and then I gave in and tried one of my Dad's Nexium tablets, which worked.

But the next day (spot on 24 hrs after the tablet) it was back again. For four days I could barely eat (just a few steamed vegetables and some stewed fruit) as I tried in vain to re-alkalise my body with food.

One day, when I thought I was getting a bit better, I ate two pieces of gluten free toast and was in absolute agony! It was so disheartening...

As the week went on, (and after seeing my doctor who told me to take a Nexium tablet every day for 3 months) I turned to the internet to find what other people were saying. That's when I came across ACV.

Last night I took two teaspoons in a glass of water and did the same this morning. I'm still not eating starchy carbs, but I'm just so pleased not to be in pain! I just hope I can convince my Dad to take ACV and get off the daily Nexium that he depends on!

I also wanted to share that I'm a very strong believer in the relationship between our minds and bodies. Last night, I also read Louise Hay's "You Can Heal Your Life", which is my regular 'go to' when I need to sort something out in my life (physical or emotional). She suggests that heartburn is linked to Fear and that if you suffer from this condition, it's time to let go of whatever fear is in your gut and trust the process of life. I realized something that happened to me recently was probably the start of it all, so I decided to let it go and move forward.

While I was hopeful that ACV would work, I knew if I wanted to heal myself then I needed to address the root cause of the problem .. why I had manifested this dis-ease in the first place.

And all I can say is that I'm like a new person today. No pain, was able to eat a nutritious chia pudding breakfast and I just feel great!

Some of you have converted your thinking already ... from pharma-solution to natural-solution. I encourage you to take the next leap of faith and explore the mind - body relationship and free yourself of this debilitating condition forever.

Remember that our bodies are designed to heal! They want to heal!! We are made perfectly, so when something goes wrong, it's not sign to give in to a drug that will mask your symptoms, it's a sign to figure out WHY you got it in the first place so that you can truly heal!

To all those who posted before me, thank you for sharing your stories, it gave me the practical advice my doctor wouldn't!
In good health!

Name: Dan
Location: Montana, United States
Date: May 29, 2014

I am a believer. I take 2 tablespoons mixed with 6 to 8 oz. of water in the morning and then again in the late afternoon if I feel an onset.

My problem was pretty bad. Constant AR with choking in the middle of the night. Sometimes I thought I would pass out from lack of air when that would happen. I was getting worried that the Prilo and other OTC drugs were weakening. It was a constant battle to concentrate on daily routines.

Right now it's mid-morning and I hadn't thought about it until I was going through "bookmarks" and saw this page I saved.

Braggs cider is actually tasting like apples, Uh oh,.. am I getting addicted? Better that than the pains I was feeling.
I drive for work and add a couple tablespoons to a quart of water. I drink a lot of coffee and when I feel a little heartburn I  drink a little while driving. I'm also a hot spicy food lover and I haven't changed my diet.

Thanks to all for this website. You all have by gratitude and best wishes that others will try this and benefit as I did.

Name: Janet Dockery
Location: California, United States
Date: May 29, 2014

I had heartburn and gas and bloating for a very long time.

I too went to the hospital and was diagnosed with GERD.   The pain was terrible and terrifying.  It went up my throat and across to my left arm.  I too was put on Omaprazil.....I drank a lot of  antacid liquids...even bought some from New Zealand ( the "barrier" kind)  as well as Pepto, milk etc. and ice on my chest and throat.  I ate antacids like candy.  I slept sitting up and could not bend over.

It was all Hell.   I quit coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, anything with tomato products, chocolate and greasy fried foods.  I did lose some weight tho.  I found Zegrid was the only thing to stop the acid.

After I healed, which took months, I quit it.  I read about the long term effects.  But  I  still continued to use antacids and avoid the bad foods.....I found a coffee substitute and I still drink it.  The GERD started up again after I became too lax....then I realized I needed to start drinking the ACV.   It has so many other benefits also.  And I started probiotics too.

Now I am fine and can have chocolate or alcohol, etc. on occasion.  But I keep antacids in my purse and always take two after eating something bad.   I cannot carry vinegar with me.....Once I tried baking soda mixed in water and a glass of milk after.  I was on a trip and had nothing with me, but was in a bakery. Did not think to ask for the ACV!

Regular vinegar should be avoided.  Organic ACV is the only one that becomes alkaline.  Always mix it with water and honey....or apple juice. Keep using it even after you are healed. I know a lady that lost her voice for 6 months because it came back .....Some people get it a lot worse than others.
The Drug Companies are getting rich .....It is an epidemic!   Tell your family and friends!!  ACV and Probiotics and a little discipline....and try Cafix.  Here's to ending GERD !!!

Name: Brian
Location: Florida, United States
Date: May 19, 2014

I'm 44 years old, had GERD for 25 years and on 60mg of Dexilent daily.

Dexilent DOES work for me, but it has side effects: Bone pain, aches, etc.

I did some reading on the long term damages of Omeprozole.  I switched to 20mg Zegrid. Still relief, but not a cure.

Right before writing this, I took a table spoon of Bragg ACV and a gulp of water.   Relief..!

Can it really be that simple..?
I'm so skeptical... But I cannot deny that this absolutely works.  So, I will continue to experiment with ACV.

Doesn't taste great that's for sure..but it's only a tablespoon...I take it, and then chase it with water.  Tastes like I drank an Easter egg coloring kit.  LOL

Please try this remedy.
What's the worst thing that could happen..?
Happiness, relief, off drugs..?

Good luck to all of you...!


Name: Camille
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date: May 05, 2014

I suffered from Acid Reflux for way too long before I heard about ACV.

I use 8-10 ounces of Cranberry Grape juice mixed with 2 Tablespoons ACV and it works!

It has been 6 years since I took myself off my acid reflux prescription. I hardly ever have to take a Tums any more.

When I feel the slightest heartburn start to come on (which is very rare), I mix my grape juice and vinegar and I have no problems. 

Name: Joann
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date: April 09, 2014

Yes. ACV really works.

I decided I would try it. Now I can sleep better.

Acid refux was my worst at night.

Try it!!!

Name: Mireille
Location: Montréal/Quebec, Canada
Date: March 16, 2014
(Translated from French)

I started having reflux problems 3 years ago.

I took Zantac (ranitidine) for 1 year and went to the maximum dose. When it was no longer working, I took several tests, but no sign of GERD.

I switched to Prevacid and took it for 6 months, eventually the GERD returned.

I felt better by avoiding the following foods: coffee, chocolate, peppers, and alcohol.

But I still needed to take Prevacid in the morning because unless I did, I was unable to sleep at night, even with my head elevated.

If I didn't take Prevacid in the morning, it didn't work . I also had to take Tums several times during the night.

I was told about ACV, I did not believe it but I tried anyway, I had nothing to lose. It actually works.

Thank you for this web site!

Name: Beth H.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date: December 12, 2013

I suffered with acid reflux for over ten years.

Just 1 month ago I started using the apple cider vinegar and I do not have it anymore.  

Name: Kimbella
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date: November 29, 2013

Thank God for this website.

I was awakened tonight with Acid reflux and thought I was going to choke on it.  Ugh!

30 minutes later I can finally get some sleep.

Braggs ACV is the truth!

Thanks to all of you!!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Name: Nancy
Location: RI, United States
Date: October 20, 2013

I've been taking Prilosec for years. GERD seems to run in my family, too! A recent Dr. visit confirmed my fear that I've been on Prilosec too long. She said that even if I can skip it one day a week, it would bee beneficial.

Today was my first day without it, and it's been tough, worsening as the day progressed.

I came across this site and read every post. Hopeful, I decided to add some Agave and cinnamon to the ACV/water for starters. 15 minutes later and I notice some relief. I will buy the Bragg brand and transition away from the sweetener and cinnamon.

I'll post an update after a period of time. I would love to stop the Prilosec all together!

Thanks for all the info!!!

Name: AJAY
Location: NSW, Australia
Date: October 09, 2013

Hi Guys, I am having reflux from last 4 years and I believe it all started with some bug in my tummy when all of a sudden my tummy got big within weeks.

Anyway I had two endoscopies and one colinoscopy done since then and every time I am told it's normal. I am on Nexium 40mg from last two years. If I skip a day the acid come back quickly.

I have started ACV from last three days while still taking Nexium 20mg  - not sure if it is okay to take both at the same time. May be I will take Nexium 20mg alternate days while I am trying ACV.

Hope to see some benefits from this ACV which I will keep posted. But one thing is for sure - these pharma companies definitely don't want people to know about these natural remedies as it will hit their fat pockets. Take care fellows.

Name: Nellie Faye
Location: Ohio, United States
Date: October 02, 2013

I have had for more than 20 years, Acid Reflux. Some so painful I would sit and cry trying to breathe.

One night I almost chocked to death. THEN AND ONLY THEN I decided I had to do something.

A GOOD FRIEND told me to drink ACV first thing in the morning. 1 teaspoon to 4 oz of water.

FELT THE  FIRST RELIEF IN YEARS. Have been using it every since.

Name: Harun Nelson
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date: August 25, 2013

After reading all these comments, I am compelled to share my testimony regarding the use of ACV and hopefully help someone as I was.

I have been having acid reflux for the last two years and I have tried all the prescriptions one can think of. Luckily I came across this site and the comments just gave me hope.

I rushed to Spinneys and bought myself a bottle, I tried with one teaspoon before eating and the burning sensation on my oesophagus was unbearable because it was really eaten up by the acid. I started taking it with lemon water and after two days the sensation was completely gone and I could even take it concentrated without any problem.

I was healed. I continue taking it and I can testify it works.

Good luck to all who want to try ACV, it works!

Name: Eric
Location: Texas, United States
Date: August 11, 2013

I am a 49 year old male who has had acid reflux (GERD) for the last 25 years. As I have gotten older it has gotten worse.

When I was in my early 30's I was diagnosed with adult onset asthma due to the GERD. Needless to say over the last 25 years I have tried everything. I used to drink Mylanta like candy, tums and rolaids like there was no tomorrow, than buying other over the counter pills and meds.

Finally, I went to the doctor and got put on Omerprozol, that didn't work, next came Nexium which actually seemed to work at 40 dollars a month for 30 80mg pills. I didn't like the thought of putting those pills into my body for the rest of my life but had no idea what to do.

Then one night at the dinner table at my wife's parents house, the subject of acid reflux came up and my wife's brother was telling me about their cousin who had the same problems I did and was also at one time on Nexium but had switched to ACV. After hearing about how my wife's cousin swore about ACV and how much it helped and not having to be on Nexium I decided to give it a try.

I bought a bottle of Braggs ACV and am on my third day. On day two, I thought it may not work but seem to feel much better on day three and have read that my body is just transitioning off the Nexium.

I am hoping to not only be off the Nexium, but also the Symbicort too. I am keeping my fingers crossed. Will keep you posted as to my results.

Name: Lou
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Date: August 08, 2013

Up until February of this year I could eat and drink what I wanted to without a care in the world. I'm 28.

Then one day, I started to get a "funny" taste in my mouth and realised it was acid reflux, something I had never had before.

Six months on I have suffered from stomach flu, panic attacks, back pain and continuous acid reflux. I attribute my panic attacks to the acid reflux and what is going on in my stomach (I suspect I've had a really bad bout of stomach flu which has left my insides in a sorry state).

I have tried Omeprazole, Ranitidine, Lansoprazole, Tums, Gaviscone.. the lot. These tablets make me dizzy and pretty rubbish. I've had an endoscopy which showed nothing. It seems I have GERD (nothing more serious thankfully) and am growing increasingly concerned for the state of my throat from all the acid.

I have discovered apple cider vinegar and it is a life saver. It works. It's instant. It's cheap and I love it more than life itself lol. It has given me my life back and I am very grateful for that.

The health service/patients could save so much money if doctors recommended this to patients.

Name: Nick
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date: July 28, 2013


4 oz glass of Aloe Vera Juice and 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, and BAM, my life is changed forever.

I get 1 gallon of Aloe Vera juice at Walmart for $7.44. Does anyone have any other recommendations on where to get the juice? Walmart only stocks 1-2 gallons and they are always out.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Aloe Vera Juice is the 1-2 punch to GERD.

My joints and bones hurt from the years of Prilosec.

Name: John Murphy
Location: Ireland
Date: July 24, 2013

HI, I've had bad reflux, for months.

I've been put on Nexium but it only got worse, burning in my chest.

I am one week on ACV and its true, the reflux is almost gone.
I take it in tablets twice a day.

Give it a go, it works!

Name: Allan Brown
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date: June 21, 2013

Had bad reflux for years. Did tons of Tums, Gavison , all the over the counters. Was put on Nexium. Still got terrible attacks . Some lasting hours. Went to emergency once or twice was told was due to gallstones. But don't necessarily believe the doctors.

I started using ACV and it is as everyone else says. It works very quickly to stop the attacks. I should likely drink it before meals more and not so much when get an attack.

I usually carry a bottle in my car and have some in a small pill bottle sized container but problem with that is then wind up drinking it undiluted which I think is not so good maybe because its hard on your teeth?

I guess I could just premix a bottle of water, type of thing, and have that nearby.
Anyway it works and have not used Tums or Gaviscon, any prescription or non prescription meds for a long time. And have had very few attacks, none were 10/10 and most were stopped by the ACV in minutes . So to me ACV is miracle treatment.
I do still eat things that shouldn't sometimes.

Name: Doug
Location: California, United States
Date: June 12, 2013

Prescription drug taker for several years, attempting the move to ACV, on my third day. Here is my story.

I'm 32 years old and have been using anti-acids like Tums since high school. Through college and the first years of my career I continued poor eating/drinking habits and finally it got so bad I was actually waking in the middle of the night, choking on my own bile.
So finally with career backed health insurance I pursued gastro specialists and had tests. In the end, all they did was prescribe Omeprazole and while it did solve my problem, several years and a child later, and I'm concerned about my long term health and taking pills everyday for this.
My father and brother also have heartburn issues, so this is also in my genes. If I forget to take the pill, it doesn't matter what I eat or don't eat, I will get the feeling creeping back and by evening full fledged heart burn.

I've had a few friends try to turn me on to ACV before but of course I dismissed their claims and decided that a pill a day wasn't so bad. Of course this was also during the stage of my life where happy hour after work = 5 glasses of straight whiskey. As you can tell, healthy living wasn't my thing.

Well I finally came around after talking to an older man who successfully eliminated his heartburn and stomach ulcer issues by using ACV. And so I decided if it worked for someone like that, I had to try it out once my pills were gone.

Sunday night, I realized I hadn't taken my pill that morning as I began to have heartburn. Luckily we do our grocery shopping on Sunday's, so I finally had the heartburn to remind me to buy the ACV.
The first night I felt it worked pretty well, and I had no issues that night. The second day was a bit more rough, I needed some Tums here and there, and I think the pills were still leaving my system. The third day, this morning, I felt great before I took my morning dose of ACV, and then after I took it BAM! it burned the shit out of me and immediately caused me to have heartburn all the way to work, and I didn't even touch my coffee today as it sat on my desk getting cold. Needless to say, this was discouraging.... should ACV actually CAUSE me to have heartburn when I otherwise felt great?

After reading through about half of the comments here I came across one or two people who were trying to make the transition from pills to ACV, and I now realize that this can be difficult. We are used to having NO acid be produced due to our medication, and so this process of balancing our bodies again is bound to be painful.

I just got back from the store, buying a bottle of ACV for work, and some baking soda to drink as well if I am in too much pain (be cautious with the baking soda as it does produce a lot of gas when put in water, but is great at neutralizing the acid). I tried to dilute the ACV a bit more this time, and it went down a lot better. I would say if it is burning your throat at all, you have not diluted it enough.

So I guess my point is that if you are coming off those nasty medical pills, you are going to need more time. I was told by the "old man" that I needed to give it 6 weeks to be cured. Estimates on here seem much more aggressive as people seem to say 8 days, 10 days, etc before it works. But in the end of course, we are all different, and you have to also consider how many other life changes you are or are not making. Sodas, candy, whiskey, etc.

Too many people have had success to ignore the benefits of this remedy. If you are still in pain, like me, stick with it. I'm in day 3, and unsure about it all, but these comments and experiences from others have given me the strength to fight through it and really give it a chance.

Good luck to all of you, this is such a miserable and debilitating problem to have, and my heart goes out to those who are unable to enjoy their day or night due to GERD.

Name: Angie
Location: Quebec, Canada
Date: June 03, 2013
(Translated from French)

As far as I'm concerned, I suffered from acid reflux for several years.

I consulted a specialist and had two examinations of the esophagus a few years apart but nothing was found, except stomach acid on the walls of the esophagus.

My condition had reached the point where I was having severe seizures (very intense and painful esophageal pain) about 4-5 times a week while eating and each one lasted between 15 and 45 minutes.

The seizures were so intense that I could not swallow my saliva and it prevented me from catching my breath.

One day I went to a health food center and quite by chance, I talked about my case to a homeopath on the premises ... it was he who told me about apple cider vinegar and taking a dose of 1 tsp in 300 ml of water on an empty stomach in the morning.

It's been almost four months since, and I've only had two mini attacks that lasted about 10-15 seconds. I'll try drinking some ACV in the evening as well to completely eliminate any risk of seizures.

For me, apple cider vinegar is truly miraculous; it really works. I used to really fear the moment when a seizure would happen but now I can go to a restaurant without fear and when I'm at home, I'm no longer stressed before a meal.

Name: Laura
Location: Indiana, United States
Date: May 16, 2013

I have been suffering with stomach pain for 3 years. I only have heartburn when pregnant or I eat certain foods.

A friend told me about ACV. I only had the grocery store brand, like Heinz, so I used 2 tablespoons with water. The pain was gone in less than an hour.

Like so many others, what started out with Tums, moved to Zantac, then Zantac 150 then a prescription and the pain kept creeping back. I have been pain free for 2 weeks.

I read you should use the unfiltered ACV so after 2 weeks I tried Bragg ACV. In 1 day I was in so much pain again. I don't know why. After nearly 20 hours of constant pain, I used the grocery store brand ACV and the pain was gone in less than an hour.

My advice is don't give up after 1 try.  Try different brands. This stuff works!!

Name: Gina M
Location: Nevada, United States
Date: April 25, 2013

I have been using ACV for the last 3 days and I am a new person.

I have severe GERD and was even losing my voice due to the damage done by the acid reflux. I am feeling so much better now!

My husband has started using it too.

Muuuch better than using meds!!!

Name: Ken S.
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date: April 15, 2013

I have had heartburn since I was young and used to live on Rolaids and more recently Acid Reducer Pills. Attacks were frequently during the day and almost always at night.

I had heard about taking Apple Cider Vinegar, but it just didn't make sense to me until a trusted friend who is a health nut and an RN, told me exactly how ACV works and it finally made sense.

 So I tried it, three days ago, and I have not had a single episode of heartburn since.

I'm sure those blood sucking Pharmaceutical companies don't want to hear this, but I won't be supporting them anymore.

Name: Mike
Location: Texas, United States
Date: April 09, 2013

For over 2 years I was taking Zantac and needed it more, more, more like many others on here.

A lot of it had to do with my diet but Zantac is a dangerous crutch in my opinion and makes you need it. Eventually it didn't matter what I ate, I would get indigestion especially late at night constantly waking up at 4 a.m. with horrible indigestion.

My wife (a natural doctor) had told me dozens of times to start taking ACV but I thought I knew better and thought she was crazy. I did try ACV a couple of times but I think my stomach was so jacked up it would make me vomit everything immediately because it was such a shock for my stomach.

So I used Zantac for a few years to the point where I needed it every day, I decided I needed to try something different as the route other people went taking Nexium and even higher doses of Zantac couldn't be the solution.

I found this forum and first started with baby steps of taking ACV.

First I started with 8oz of water and about 2 teaspoons of ACV a few times during the day and one before bed. Initially it was really difficult to stomach but I held it down. I definitely saw an immediate change in my stomach acid levels and my reflux. Over a week or so I eventually worked my way up to 2TABLESPOONS and 8oz of water. I started to notice the more ACV I took the better I felt and the less symptoms I'd have at night.

I had cured my daytime acid reflux but still had night time.

Finally, I decided to try ACV and do just 2 tablespoons (no water) before bed, now, 3 days later I have no night time waking for reflux which had been causing sleep interruption for 2-3months. It's really a miracle, I thought I was going down the road to getting cancer of the esophagus, this product is amazing!

Name: Fawad Akhtari
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Date: April 01, 2013

I am living in Afghanistan and here we have less professional medical help, that sucks though..

I have been having acid  reflux or heart burn that doesn't bother me much in the stomach but my tongue and mouth burns so bad sometimes that I get fed up.

I have purchased apple cider vinegar tablets recently and hope this helps.

Does anyone have any other ideas on how to cure this lousy pain?

Thank you so much.

Name: Francesca Greico
Location: Texas, United States
Date: March 27, 2013

After a 15 THOUSAND dollar hospital bill from the ER because I thought I was having a heart attack or possibly had a blood clot in my lungs, I found out that I had adult onset asthma from GERD.

I had X-rays, CT scan, EKG, angiogram, and every blood test you could think of and all they found was gallstones. I spent the next week on Symbicort, Ventolin, Nasonex, and Prevacid.

I was in my bed for days, not able to breathe in deeply and I KNEW I was dying. I thought every short breath I managed to take was my last. I even began to "talk" to my kids about my insurances, etc... I can't fully communicate the terror I was going through.

I came across this site while desperately searching for an answer to why this happened to me. I read about the ACV and thought to myself, if it doesn't work; I am going to need to go back to the hospital and demand they put me on oxygen.

I went and got Bragg's ACV, put 2 tablespoons in a glass of water, drank it down, and immediately my stomach deflated and I could breathe! What a miracle!

I am still sore from weeks of suffering but each day with the ACV gets better for me. I am off the inhalers and stopped the Prevacid. Big Pharma can go to h*ll!

Name: Sue Schmitz
Location: MI, United States
Date: March 18, 2013

I stumbled across this site a few months ago. I have been on prescription Prilosec for 6 years and it wasn't helping anymore.

I read about all the bad side effects from being on that medicine and was scared of the damage it might be doing to me.

I really didn't think this would work---I mean, it really defies all logic---taking an acid to control acid......but, I was desperate.  I stopped taking my Prilosic, and tried it before a meal. It worked, but only for a few hours.  I kept taking the ACV with water before all meals, and also before bedtime.  I began to get discouraged that it wasn't "lasting"....but that all changed after the 8th day.

I have been using this for a little over a month now and only have to take it ONCE every few days. It's a miracle.  I'm so happy I have broken the cycle of suffering on those medications.
If you don't get relief right away, please keep trying for at least 10 days. It will work--it just takes time, especially if you have it really bad like I did.

Good luck!!!
And a HUGE thank you to all of you that wrote testimonials. It encouraged me to try it.

PS  The stuff tastes NASTY---but the results are worth it.

Name: David M.
Location: Texas, United States
Date: March 13, 2013

A couple of months ago I was experiencing heartburn and had an Upper GI Endoscopy performed.

Findings were a small hiatal hernia and Gerd. Some biopsies were taken from my esophagus as there was some red areas. Biopsies turned out ok with no Barrett's. Dr recommended to take 30mg Lanzoprazole daily.

Currently taking and then came across this website. I immediately bought me a bottle of Bragg ACV and started taking right before every meal (2 tsps + 8oz water) and once about 2-3 hrs before bed time.

Presto, it worked! Immediately reduced heartburn in chest. Though at night I often feel a sore throat. Think its from stomach acid traveling back to esophagus. Started using a wedge pillow for this.

Has anyone with a hiatal hernia felt completely cured at night by taking ACV, and QUIT taking PPI's for longer than a couple of months?

Name: Adel Abdou
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Date: March 02, 2013
(Translated from French)


I have suffered so much in my life because of my heartburn!

I have tried all types of medicines but nothing has cured me.

Thanks to God, apple cider vinegar has relieved the pain of my severe heartburn.

They told me to use: 1 capful of vinegar + 1 half glass of water + 1 tablespoon of pure honey + a pinch of cinnamon.

After taking that, I had a very good night. Thank you very much my God!

Name: Joe Toscano
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date: February 12, 2013

I have tried over the counter stuff for years at least the last 15.

In the last year I started with ACV twice a day for about 6 months now I take 2 tablespoons three times a week and I have my life back with just a little maintenace.

Name: Jack
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date: February 04, 2013

Have suffered from GERD for most of last 10 years; nothing really worked. Hated all the drugs.

Just tried 2 Tablespoons of ACV last night and first thing this am.

AMAZING immediate turnaround and improvement. Fingers crossed!!

Name: Soulaymane
Location: Paris, France
Date: February 03, 2012
(Translated from French)

Apple cider vinegar has changed my life. I was suffering from stomach pain after every meal. Eating was an ordeal, every night I was waking up with excruciating pain to vomit acid.

This had a big impact on my psychological state and my overall health.

I had tried everything but no drug had cured me or brought me relief.

One day, following one more sleepless night because of the pain, I decided to try ACV as a home remedy.

The pain disappeared instantly, it was like magic.

I haven’t had any stomach problems since, even though I was resigned never to experience this feeling again!

This product is just a miracle of nature.

Name: Roger Kummert
Location: California, United States
Date: January 09, 2013

I started taking apple cider vinegar about a month ago to deal with my acid reflux. Prior to that I was on Prilosec.

The first two weeks off of Prolosec were tough. I was taking many doses of ACV to combat the reflux but now after about a month I take it once or twice a day. Always before bed and sometimes earlier in the day if I notice symptoms.

I am so glad to be off of Prilosec and notice that I feel much better. I have also lost 7 pounds. Part of that is changing my diet a bit.

Overall I encourage anyone taking Prilosec to give this a chance.

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