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: 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.

Name: David G
Location: Idaho, United States
Date: December 30, 2012

I have had pressure and heart burn for years.

After waking up with the worst chest pain ever felt, I turned to the Web for a solution and it was ACV.

What would normally be a week or more of pain, was gone the next day. No more pressure, no more pain. I've been drinking it after I eat and before I go to bed.

Name: Roger K
Location: California, United States
Date: December 12, 2012

I was taking the over the counter medications and they seemed to stop working.

I searched the internet and came across ACV as a potential remedy. Last night I took it for the first time.

I had instant results. Slept well last night and got up and noticed that my mouth had a different taste (no doubt less acid flavor).

On day two and I feel much better than I have in years.

Name: Sally Smart
Location: British Colombia, Canada
Date: November 24, 2012

For those who drink it straight,,, don't! Always with food or water.

ACV is awesome. It has the closest PH balance our body needs to fix things. It is an acid but it calms other acids in our body.

For those suffering sudden heart attack like pains,,, could be your gallbladder,,,?

For those with a relaxed esophagus,,, chewing a good mint gum helps.. It keeps you swallowing and pushes stuff down also exercises the esophagus and strengthens it.

ACV and chewing gum! Remember that. And if you are out and get an attack with no ACV on hand, strong mint gum will calm the attack in the throat and push the fluid back down,,, might not calm a pain in the ribs tho since some said they have that also.

I have ACV in the kitchen, also have ACV pills on hand. That might help some of you. Still take them with water or a meal.

I am not a doctor, this is my very own research, tested results on my own body and experiences so use this info as you will and see a doctor when you know you should.

Name: Rick Whittel
Location: West Sussex, United Kingdom
Date: November 18, 2012

Hi Guys,

I have had digestive problems for years but never thought anything of it.

Years and years went by of taking OTC medications which helped but after a while enough was enough.

I went to see my gastro who said I had symptoms of GERD and put me on Omerprazole. I was on them for about a year but I started looking into natural remedies.

ACV was mentioned all the time so I bought a bottle of Braggs and had my first glass this morning.

All seems good at the moment and will be having two more glasses today.

Note from
ACV should not be taken straight but always diluted with water or a fruit juice.

Name: Thomas Hughes
Location: Florida, United States
Date: November 14, 2012

Just started ACV.   Instant results.

Thank you all for sharing.

Name: June
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date: November 11, 2012

For the last 4 years I have taken Prilosec or Nexium....prescribed by my ENT doctor.

It is so expensive and has some bad side effects.

I heard about the vinegar treatment and decided I had nothing to lose. It worked immediately and after 3 days I lost my hoarseness I had been bothered with for nearly a year!

I used acv from the grocery that I had on hand and followed it with water or several swallows of butter milk.

Amazing! Amazing!

Name: Sherry George
Location: New York, United States
Date: November 09, 2012

Started using it, small dose 1/2 teaspoon in 8oz glass of water.  Great relief.

Will continue to use as needed.  Definitely worth trying.

Be sure to wash you mouth after each use as it can weaken your tooth enamel.

Name: Nick
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date: September 06, 2012

I'd had several severe bouts during sleep where I'd wake and BOLT for the bathroom for water because it felt as though someone had poured battery acid down my throat as I slept.

Antacids didn't provide as much relief as I hoped.

Then in March, a persistent sore throat was accompanied by chronic hoarseness and I could no longer hit many notes when singing around the house, which, believe it or not, really cramped my enjoyment of the radio. I'm no singer, but suddenly not to be able to sing along with favorites from decades ago was really disappointing and I knew it was time for a medical diagnosis

The otorhinolaryngologist scoped me and immediately diagnosed acid reflux, putting me on Nexium.  It took a couple of months for improvement, but I did improve, getting my range back and reducing the sore throats.

Then I read about proton pump inhibitor side effects, including those of Nexium.
I tried apple cider vinegar - without Nexium - and did not relapse.  It's early yet, but I'm optimistic that I've weaned myself off the proton pump inhibitors and will handle this thing naturally, as well as cheaply.

Name: Jean-Marie Roland
Location: Québec, Canada
Date: September 05, 2012
(Translated from French)

This all started many years ago. I started to have acid reflux when I drank alcohol. The burns were unbearable. Over time it often started at night when I went to bed.

So initially, I consulted a doctor and he prescribed Pantoloc. Later, with another doctor, I tried Lozec.

With these drugs, I could sleep better but I did not want to spend my life taking these pills.

After several years I started choking from time to time when eating. But as time went by the problem became more serious.

I consulted a gastroenterologist who told me that everything was normal but I was choking more and more.

After doing a lot of research I came across this web site which talked about the benefits of apple cider vinegar, considering my situation I felt ​​I had nothing to lose.

I tried ACV and WOW, it was really amazing. My reflux was reduced by 97% and I'm not choking any more. I take it before going to bed (2 tsp. in 8 ounces/235 ml of water at bedtime).

I have been taking apple cider vinegar for over two months now and I can tell you that it works perfectly. So much so that now I only take it when needed.

I thank God for having found such a helpful web site ...

Name: Linda Schuett
Location: Maryland, United States
Date: September 02, 2012

I get the "heart attack" type symptoms and cannot tie when it occurs to anything in particular that I've eaten or done.

The pain is intense. It puts me to my knees. Apple cider vinegar in water takes the pain away beginning within seconds and the pain is completely gone within minutes.

I may start carrying a bottle in my briefcase!

Name: Marsha Jaffe
Location: New York, United States
Date: September 02, 2012

I just finished reading everyone else's testimonials and I totally agree! I am so pleased to have found a natural cure to acid reflux!

For years, my GI docs prescribed Aciphex, Prilosec, Tagament and still I was getting heartburn even after brushing my teeth.

Always into alternative treatments I found DGL was helpful for a time before meals, buy that kind of stopped working for me too.

As a healthy individual over 60, I was diagnosed with oseteoporosis and read these proton acid blockers can actually decrease the calcium in your bones- hence, contributing to osteoporosis!

I needed to give ACV a chance. Lo and behold, it's been working for over 2 weeks now and I'm so pleased!!!  I can even have a cup of coffee or some chocolate without having pain all night.

It really works for me!

Perhaps they should teach this "cure" in the medical schools!

Name: Lina De
Location: New York, United States
Date: September 01, 2012

This stuff is great.

I just drank an 8 oz water with 15ml of ACV and I can already tell the difference.

Name: Stephanie B
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date: August 30, 2012

I've been suffering from GERD for about 6 years now. Recently it has become worse. I've been on Prilosec, Omeprazole, and tons of antacid's.

I had used ACV for nausea and I know it worked like a charm. One day I just took a spoonfull before eating and it felt so wonderful not to feel like I was about to throw up, bloat, or have aches. This really does work!

Note from
Apple cider vinegar should not be taken straight, but mixed with food (ex. as a salad dressing) or diluted in water, juice, tea, etc.

Name: Kathleen Miller
Location: Ohio, United States
Date: August 18, 2012

Well I got the worst bout of indigestion this past week with gas, bloating and heartburn.

I tried Prilosec, Tums, and Previcid to no avail.  Then I called my fiance and he told me to try ACV.  So I figured what the heck what can it hurt?

I have been using the ACV for 3 days now 2X per day and the relief is amazing.  I am still having some bloating, gas and indigestion but the heartburn seems to be gone.

I feel better all over since I was in pain and the indigestion is less frequent so much better.  I will continue to take this since I tend to have issues with indigestion because of foods.

I also have been on the bland food diet for 5 days so the both of them seem to be helping.

I am much happier taking a natural substance for my problem.  Also I simply bought my ACV from the grocery store so the next bottle will be from a natural goods store instead to get even more benefits.

Name: Janis
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date: August 10, 2012

I have been on acid reflux meds for well over 15 plus years.

My reflux was so bad that 4 to 5 times a week I was up in the night throwing up and that is when I told my endocrinologist what was going on and he told me it was acid reflux and put me on Aciphex and it help until the insurance company had me to change it and since then I have been on several acid reflux meds.

It has gotten so bad that I was taking my prescription Protonix in the am and at night I was taking the over the counter Omeprazole so that I could sleep with out acid reflux plus I had resorted to the recliner so that I would sleep elevated which help.

Then one evening I was reading about acid reflux and found that apple cider vinegar was being helpful in reducing the effects of acid reflux - I read all of  the testimonials and decided I needed to run out and try ACV with water.

The results - YAY!!! I have NOT had a Protonix or Omeprazole or heartburn/acid reflux since Tuesday of this week!!!  I have shared this info with my daughter and will share with anyone who suffers for acid reflux.

All I can say - GOD had to be using my fingers to type to lead me to this website!!!  I am so excited - I have already shared with everyone I know!!!

Name: Kenneth Abogadil
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: August 01, 2012

I just had Bragg's ACV (2 tsps in a glass of water) 1 hr ago and I can already tell the difference. Burping is gone, I can breathe so much better and I feel great.

I'm 27 and I've had GERD for 8 yrs. I've been on all kinds of meds (Zantac, Nexium, Pantaloc, Tecta, Gaviscon) and only ACV worked instantly!!!!

I was going to opt for surgery but thank God for ACV, I probably won't need to!!!! This is the real deal.

Name: Dale
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date: July 26, 2012

Been fighting with reflux since I was a teenager.

Ate pizza yesterday, started "getting that feeling", took 1tbls ACV in 1/2 glass of water and bang..... gone within 3 min.

I took prescription drugs for years. I'm with others that posted here..... why will the doctors not tell people this????

Answer $$$$$ because YOU KNOW that THEY know it works.

Bottom line is AVC works.

Name: Kristin
Location: Florida, United States
Date: July 08, 2012

I've been dealing with a lot of stomach issues for the last 6 months.

It started with esophageal spasms so bad I thought I was having a heart attack. After 3 hospital trips, numerous doctor visits, an endoscopy, and 2 months of prescription meds that made me drowsy, foggy, dizzy, didn't let me sleep, gave me horrible gas and bloating, and messed up my menstrual cycle, I am finally free of acid reflux.

I started taking the Bragg's ACV 2-3 times a day in small amounts. With the first dose I noticed a difference. Now, 5 days later I am still reflux-free.

I am 23 years old and I didn't want to be on meds my whole life, especially since they weren't even helping to begin with. I really don't trust doctors now. I'm still in awe that vinegar is helping my problem.

Name: Mary
Location: Colorado, United States
Date: July 07, 2012

PROFESSIONAL SINGERS!  I all but lost my career because of acid reflux.

I had no pain, no heartburn, but chronic hoarseness, and thought I had an on-going cold/sinus thing with drainage.

Not true.  Many ENTs had no clue...or prescribed Prilosec, etc. with no result.  Even got adult-onset asthma because of reflux. Finally a doc got me Nexium and it really worked.  Have been taking it for 4 years.
But now I have added a tablespoon of ACV right before I sing and it helps any residual glitches. 
I am going to start a regular regimen of ACV and see if I can get rid of super expensive Nexium.

Name: Dan Wilson
Location: Ohio, USA
Date: July 04, 2012

I've had severe GERD for over 2 years. Even ended up having two heart caths because the chest pain was so severe.

The pain was so bad I seldom slept more than a couple hours at night. I was taking Zantac and Prilosec as well as Gaviscon with minimal relief.

I read about ACV 3 days ago and started taking 2 tablespoons 3 times a day.

Last night I slept a full 6 hours using only 1 pillow. I was pain free the whole time.

This is amazing, to think of all the money I wasted and how long I suffered needlessly.

Name: Ron Holland
Location: Georgia, United States
Date: June 26, 2012

I suffer from acid reflux for years.

I will never go to bed any more without a table spoon in 8 ounces of water.
No more acid reflux.

Name: Colleen
Location: California, United States
Date: June 22, 2012

My father used to give me 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons of honey and 8 ounces of water when I was a small child whenever I had a tummy ache.

I have used ACV to help with my acid reflux.

Tastes much better when mixed with the honey.

Name: Brandon
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date: June 12, 2012

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is the best remedy I have found for reoccurring heartburn.

It works almost immediately and keeps it away for hours.  I would recommend it to anyone suffering from heartburn. Not only is it an inexpensive cure it is also a healthy alternative to the horrible drugs people use to get rid of heartburn.

I ask you to try it only once and you will see how well it works and it will be your "go to", to stop heartburn for the rest of your life!!!

Name: Craig Clark
Location: Illinois, United States
Date: June 11, 2012

Having had scopes and medications and issues for many years I have suffered reflux not just from food but even sometimes brushing my teeth would set it off.   Rarely would I sleep through the night and never would I wake refreshed.  (snoring is almost eliminated also)

I've waited a week to post this thinking the treatment might have been a fluke but a week since my first tonic I am amazed!

I have had no issues, sleep like a rock, don't suffer from bending to tie my shoes and even washed the motorcycles in 90F heat with no issues.

Yes, I watch what I eat and drastically cut down on coffee, chocolate and tomato products and I am down 11 lbs in a week.

Feeling great thanks to ACV!!

Many thanks for the post…

Name: Barry Munyard
Location: Western Australia, Australia
Date: June 10, 2012

After just a few days of drinking apple cider vinegar my acid reflux is already much better.

I mix 15ml acv to 45ml boiling water and sip slowly with each meal plus again at bedtime. (ie 4 times a day)

While perhaps not a complete cure for reflux in itself, acv allows me forget this problem. Unless of course, I eat lots of spicy foods.

Name: Rebecca
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: June 08, 2012

I been suffering for years with acid reflux to the point where I would throw up after doing a sit-up.

Someone told me about ACV.  Very skeptical, but desperate.  I tried it and it works.

I mix 1 cap full with a 1/2 cup water. It's actually not that bad.  Instantly worked.  I've even been burping a bit and no acid is coming up.

I'm so excited.  The ACV is working.

Name: Ki
Location: South Australia, Australia
Date: June 07, 2012

Good luck, Am.

It took me years to discover this. I was suffering from regular acid reflux as a kid, eventually pinning it down to sugary/soft drinks (make any sense?).

Treated any recurring bouts through my late teens/adolescence with a prescription and later over-the-counter Zantac. This was very effective but I found I came to rely on it, and when not using the problem seemed to be intensified. Moderate reactive use was helpful, however. Sucking on a Qik-Eze also saved me more than once and for a time I was never without a pack, should I need to pop one at the pub.

In my mid 20's I was experiencing strong reflux about once a week. I realised after a time that solid wheat products (like some breakfast cereals) were causing it, big-time. So I had something else to check off.

I would advise you adopt the old paddock-fencing approach. Take note of what you consume and see if you notice any recurring themes. Your trigger may be dietary, in which case - golden! Just avoid.

Traveling in Taiwan (ROC) I was offered a Hakka Chinese milkshakey-tea thing. Turns out it was packed with vinegar (they live off the stuff).
I got to reading about this bizarre habit, and of course the apple cider thing is all over the net. I was only remotely aware of some old-wives reflux cure, however.

The first time I took no more than a few caps full, with about 400ml of water. The effect was instantaneous. For me, it is pretty simple. I avoid the wheat cereals where possible, I rarely drink Coke and the like, and if I do encounter reflux, I knock it on the head with a generous dose of ACV and water (blocking my nose as it goes down, of course).

If you're going to try it out, perhaps don't do it on an empty stomach. If I recall, the Taiwanese were a bit iffy about that, and like I said - they're right into the stuff.

Name: Am
Location: Ohio, United States
Date: June 03, 2012

I was diagnosed with Acid Reflux two years ago. What had happened was I was out to eat and ate something that made me really sick. I had never felt like this before. My symptoms were severe chest pains and I couldn't breathe. I was just about to turn 20 at the time, so this didn't make any sense to me at all.

When I went to the doctor he gave me the surprising diagnosis of Acid Reflux and placed me on Prilosec. As someone who never goes to the doctor, I didn't really believe he was correct. I hadn't had anything like this before, and the medicine he gave me didn't work right away. This caused me to stop taking it because of how expensive it was.

  My pain persisted and I talked to a friend of mine about it. She told me to take over the counter Prilosec and that I needed to let it kick in. Since she was an RN I decided to try it. I was desperate. After a while the pain stopped all together, so I continued to take the medicine. I didn't know there were any harmful effect from it and took it for two years until just recently when it stopped working. I started taking two a day, but the pain was still there. Then I decided to try Prevacid because I thought my body had become resistant to it. It seemed okay at first, but after eating some ice cream my pain was back worse than before. That made me decide to just stop using the medicines all together. I mean what's the point of using them if I'm in just as much pain with them as I am without them?

  Since then, I've been trying to find different ways to make it better. The first day off the meds I was eating very small meals, and my stomach was feeling better until I made the dumb mistake of trying to eat pizza. I have been trying to eat very tiny meals, but I suppose I've made my body weak. I have been feeling dizzy and I can't focus. On top of that, my stomach has been constantly burning.

  Tonight was the final straw. After a day of not being able to study for my exams because of my inability to focus on anything except my stomach, I caved in and used apple cider vinegar. I had tried to use it before when I was using the PPIs and my stomach only burned worse. Now however, it seems to have relieved some of the pressure off of my chest, and my stomach isn't hurting as much. I also am not belching as much as I was. I'm not sure if this is simply wishful thinking, or it is actually working.

  I plan to continue taking this to see what happens. I'm praying that it will work and I can return to normal. I'm going to continue to make lifestyle choices because I know I need to lose weight and eat healthier. However, starving myself because I am in too much pain to eat is not the route I want to go.

I am going to log my journey each day for one week to see if there is an improvement. I'll be taking 3 teaspoons with 8 ounces of water for each meal and one at night. Once the week is up I will post them. I hope it will be beneficial to anyone suffering from this like I am. I also pray it works.

Name: Lisa
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date: May 29, 2012

Like many other's comments posted, I have suffered as well from GERD for many years, have tried all sorts of medications both OTC and Rx.

I suffer to the point of nausea and  vomiting that requires hospitalization.

Long story short, tonight, I am out of medications, desperate, and found the ACV.  I am happy to report that it worked within 5 minutes.

Thank you for posting this information!

Name: Linda
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date: May 11, 2012

After many years of going to a gastroenterologist in Boston, the only remedy he offered was to take more meds such as Prilosec and Zantic. I was very hesitant to stay on the meds for long term fearing major side effects. I was on this regime for a little over six years and started getting head aches and feeling nauseous. Back to the Doctor again and he just recommend taking yet more meds.

A friend told me about natural cider vinegar, three times a day 1 tsp, I like to mix it with iced tea.

End of a very happy story is no more meds and I feel great after kissing heartburn good bye!

Name: Laura Meisner
Location: Florida, United States
Date: May 10, 2012

I too suffered from GERD for years, tied everything.

I was at the doctor today and heard someone telling another man about taking ACV for it. Ironically I had just bought some at the health food store to loose weight.

I had GERD tonight and decided to take a swig of ACV, then I took some honey after. I found out how pungent it was, "Wow".

I couldn't believe it, just like all these other testimonials......IT WORKS.

Yeah, hopefully, I can get off my Omeprazole, Maalox, etc!!! Yeah!!!

Name: Evelyne Durocher
Location: Québec, Canada
Date: April 29, 2012
(Translated from French)


I knew about ACV but I did not need to take any up until a few months ago when I started having acid reflux, oh the pain!

Since I have taken the ACV regularly for the past four weeks, the pain is gone! I continue to take some because they say it also has benefits for weight loss, and frankly, my food cravings have diminished for some time now.

Personally, I buy a Quebec product that comes from the Domaine Levasseur apple farm located in the Frelighsburg area, purchased from Rachelle-Bery. It is an artisanal ACV. The taste is good and the product is fresh.

I often wonder why doctors, who are supposed to help people heal, have not the courage to use other products instead of always prescribing drugs.

Good day!

Name: Warren
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date: April 29, 2012

Having had indigestion for 40 years like my father before me and my mother, I thought it was hereditary and just took the over the counter tablets as and when.

I used to get chest pains due the indigestion as well. In my late 50s I cut out eating bread and this helped. Greasy food would also set of indigestion. Bending over tying shoe laces could set of a reflux of acid. Tension would also bring it on.

Now after 62 years I was told of apple cider vinegar by my daughter. I gave it a go and hey presto it worked.

I put a small tea spoon full in a glass of water and have it before I eat.  I even had a greasy cheese and onion pasty and was fine, that would normally require an indigestion tablet immediately after.

Drinking acid to stop acid seems wrong but it sure does work and it's not a drug with side effects .

If only I'd known about it years ago.

Name: Sherell Franklin
Location: Texas, United States
Date: April 28, 2012

I have really bad breath as a result of acid reflux/GERD.

Did any of you suffer from this also and did the ACV help with this too?

Tonight I found this site and immediately went to Walmart to buy some ACV.

I am looking forward to the benefits you all have described here.

Name: Martha Oquinn
Location: Georgia, United States
Date: April 28, 2012

My husband has been having acid reflux along with stomach troubles for a long time.

I read about the acv online, he tried it, and it has helped him tremendously.

I would recommend this for anyone to try.

Name: Sharon Kent
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date: April 27, 2012

I have suffered for 6 months with stomach pains and something I didn't know. I have been to my family doctor, went to see a specialist and also had a endoscopy done, with the diagnosis of GERD , hiatus hernia, acid reflux, and gastritis! A heck of a lot to deal with! I was devastated.

I was put on Nexium- which made me feel as though I was having a heart attack- so my doctor switched me to Omezopele-(prilosec) which gave me the same feeling- like my chest was caving in- and he then put me on Aciphex- which AGAIN did the same thing- by this time- I had another appointment to see my doctor, another 65 dollars and another prescription drug!

I just couldn't do it- my body and stomach were so bad and I was tired- so I went and bought over the counter Tagamet, which helped somewhat- but I haven't eaten greasy food- no caffeine and no more sodas or carbonated water- and nothing helped- so I found this website and went to the Braggs website- and ordered the mother ACV along with the drinks that were premixed up- at this point- spending 40 dollars was a drop in the bucket compared to what I have spent - and last night- I woke up at 4 am, thought I was dying- from the acid burn so bad in my throat and my chest and my stomach was killing me.

I guzzled a half bottle of Maaloz- as my ACV wasn't here yet- and this morning I got up and there was my shipment at my door. I opened it up immediately and poured in 3 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water and guzzled it. At first when it hit my stomach- it hurt so bad- then after 5 minutes or so- the PAIN WAS GONE- THE ACID WAS GONE- I began to burp!!! I was burping air! Not juice!!

And let me tell you- this is the first time in months I have had relief- I brought a glass of water with 3 tsp ACV with me to work and have been sipping it all day and my stomach is feeling almost NORMAL again! Thank you Jesus Christ for this Bragg ACV and this website- I believe I am cured!!

Name: Don
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date: April 24, 2012

I have been using unfiltered apple cider vinegar to treat acid reflux for months now with great success!

Also, for you coffee lovers who are tormented by the acids in coffee, I found a roasted grain product to use instead.

 It tastes just like coffee but is made from whole grains, has no acid and no caffeine, and is a granular instant beverage product.  It is called "Kaffree Roma", a product of Germany, distributed by Kellogg Sales Co. I have found it at health food stores and in the organic foods section of larger grocery stores.

Name: Hafiya
Location: Singapore
Date: April 19, 2012

I am 25 yrs old. I have suffered acid reflux for the past 4 months due to stress at work smoking, not eating properly.

I still remembered that frightful day exactly 1am, I had a sudden wake up, i hardly breathing as if the acid was going up & up, my heartbeat was faster & faster. It was like a heart attack! It was like as if taking your life away, seriously!  My sister called an ambulance, ambulance arrived, asked me questions and ended up telling my mom & sister that it was not a serious case as I was having Hypertension.

Quite funny when they told me that & I was hardly breathing at that point of time! Went to the ER, took all the tests & doc informed that I was totally fine. This was due to stress & hypertension.

However, after days went by, I felt like a lump or burning sensation in my throat, not able to swallow food, a few times felt like choking..! It was really a "test" to me to undergo these kinds of situations but I know God has His own ways in dealing with us. Whatever it is I will always have faith in Allah (God) & just be patience.

OAfter that incident, the miracle was, the next day I completely stopped smoking! Which is GOOD as I will be getting married this Dec! Now, I eat 3 times a day breakfast, lunch & dinner! As I was usually not a breakfast person & skipped meals a lot of time. if you ever heard about Herbalife products, they are nutritional meal replacement & I took aloe for "cleanser" digestion. After having this for about 2 weeks, it did help me. I was able to at least swallow my food.

Due to stress in my working environment, I resigned from the company. I decided to take a rest & find a suitable job. Just chill out!

My acid reflux was maintained until yesterday when I actually accidentally ate garlic & had a sleepless night! I know we can’t take spicy food, for me seafood as well like prawn shrimps, tomatoes.

I came across this website on ACV & today before bed time I have taken 1tbsp with 8oz of warm water (but I think taken with honey is much more soothing), & actually I feel a bit better ..:) it releases some pressure "off" my chest & clears bit in my throat..:) I will continue this remedy & it does help one way or another.. As well as the Herbalife nutritional meal replacement products!

Thank you all for sharing this remedy! Have a good night sleep! Zzzzzz

Name: Shelly
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date: April 16, 2012

My husband takes Nexium for acid reflux.

For the past several months he has felt horrible in the mornings (belching acid, sick feeling, etc.).

I read about the use of Apple Cider Vinegar last week.  He started drinking it on April 4, 2012, (3 tsp in 8 oz water) before each meal.  After 2 days he feels like a new person.

This really works.  We are amazed!

Name: Mark H
Location: Maryland, United States
Date: April 14, 2012

I've suffered from GERD for years now. After having a GI scope, I was told by my doctor that I have some of the most insane stomach acid he has ever seen. I get pain in my throat and the constant feeling of reflux. Here is what has helped me:

1. Daily - Prilosec, Tums, Maalox
2. Sleep propped up
3. Cut out coffee as much as possible (coffee is one of the worst things for me and causes severe reflux)
4. Use Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar 2x (morning, evening) - The key is that you must use the vinegar regularly for a couple weeks to start seeing best results.
5. Prevention! Learning how to balance PH and keep the body (and stomach) from becoming too acidic.

Best of luck to all of you that suffer from reflux. I've been fighting this thing for 20 years now and can say that prevention and staying committed to the methods above really work best.

Name: Carmilla
Location: Victoria, Australia
Date: April 11, 2012

GERD or acid reflux is caused by too little acid. This causes your Lower esophageal sphincter to open releasing what acid is in your stomach to go down your throat. ACV normalizes the acid pH & adds other goodies into the mix.

I woke up this morning with the most painful experience of a throat full of burning acid. It terrified me as I've never woken out of a deep sleep feeling like I was going to suffocate from the acid.

Couldn't go back to sleep anyway as i could feel the burning.  Knew about ACV & have a bottle of Bragg's on hand just had a teaspoon in a glass of water I really like the taste. Feels wonderful. Also organic sauerkraut is wonderful for this as well (only made with salt & cabbage not vinegar).

As someone said elsewhere its a travesty that doctors are giving PPI expensive drugs to stop acid which stuffs up their bodies when it's the opposite reason they're having the problem. The drug companies are laughing all the way to the bank!!

Name: Patty
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Date: March 25, 2012

I turn 50 this year and I can't really remember a time in my life that I didn't have heartburn.

As a teenager, I continually ate Tums. As an adult, it grew worse with time. Pregnancies (4) were a nightmare.

  After moving to Canada 13 years ago, I finally talked to my Dr. about it.  She put me on Ranitidine which worked for some time, and then one day, just stopped working altogether. She changed me to Pantoloc which I have probably been on for the last 9 years.

  Recently, I have had to once again rely on Tums to get through my days and especially my nights.

  Over the years, I have had episodes so bad it caused me to vomit and I considered going to an emergency room for the pain in my throat. I have told people that it can get so bad I could imagine being suicidal. it seems so ridiculous to have so much pain from "heartburn".

  I have had an endoscopy which showed a hiatal hernia but the solution seems to be keep taking the Pantoloc.

I am currently being tested for bouts of diarrhea that come out of nowhere and last a day.  So far, no explanation.

  After going on a cruise with my sister recently, and she observed my crazy system of I can't eat this and that, and seriously had to worry about any intake of alcohol, she called to tell me she read that the kind of drugs I take can cause diarrhea after taking them for a length of time and that she also read vinegar will get rid of heartburn.  She said the article read that even pickle juice would do the trick.  Unfortunately, I didn't get that I would have to not take my meds to see the effect.  I didn't give it much effort.

  Last week, Dr. Oz had a gentleman on who talked about the ACV and how quickly and why it works. I went to the health food store and bought Braggs.

I actually have felt stressed about not taking my Pantoloc because of the fear of heartburn with a vengeance. I'm happy to report that today is day 3 of no meds!  I am drinking the ACV 3 times a day and once before bed. I am getting more comfortable with it but I really had anxiety. I did have too much coffee today and had to pop a couple of Tums but still can't believe this! I just pray this is long term now. Thank God for the Internet and all this information!

Name: Brian
Location: Washington DC, United States
Date: March 24, 2012

I just had one of the worst acid reflux attacks I have ever felt like a sword had gone through my chest and I was really getting worried.

I took one of the generic brand acid reducers I always carry in my briefcase but it wasn't working, at least quickly enough.

My girlfriend Googled remedies and found this page...two sips of apple cider vinegar about 15 minutes apart completely improved my condition.

Worked so well I felt obligated to post for the next person's benefit.


Name: Cory Bartlett
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date: March 18, 2012

I didn't learn about apple cider vinegar on this site but I wanted to help spread the word.

I've had acid reflux disorder for more than 12 years now. I've been on EVERY medication known to man, both prescription and over the counter and nothing has worked longer than a few days.

I'm a heating technician and was servicing a customers heating equipment and during the course of our conversation he noticed I was clutching at my chest. I assured him that it was reflux and not a heart attack. He then told me about taking Bragg's twice a day.

It's been 2 weeks since I've started taking it and have had only one minor bout of heartburn after eating Mexican food. It has been a miracle and I cant say enough about vinegar!! If you suffer like I do, Please give it a try!

Name: Brendan
Location: San Jose, California, United States
Date: March 07, 2012

I have suffered from GERD for at least 15 years and have been taking Prilosec daily for at least 12 years. I have undergone the endoscopy a couple times to confirm that I do not have Barrets Esophagus.

I am now in my mid 40's. The effectiveness of Prilosec has worn off over the years to the point now that it only prevents the extreme burning and stabbing sensation I get on the left side of my rib cage. (The doctors do not know exactly why I have the pain in my ribs but it is definitely related to the GERD issue.)

At this time, even with Prilosec I have some pain and discomfort throughout the day including heartburn, "heart attack" pain, bloated stomach, and I always have a hoarse voice.

Before I started taking Prilosec I was always clearing my throat, which was very annoying to myself and those around me. With Prilosec, the throat clearing was drastically reduced but it is starting to come back more and more. Lastly, I would have two or three severe episodes each year where I would throw up and could not lie down. I have been at wits end for many years now knowing the medications are not really working anymore and I am concerned about the long term effects as I am getting older.

With that I have decided to try the ACV treatment.  I am on my third day now. I stopped taking my morning Prilosec and have drunk the ACV tonic in the mornings, before lunch, and before dinner.

Unfortunately, I am not seeing the dramatic miracle results the others have claimed. I am back to clearing my throat a lot and I feel the burning in my ribs starting to return. I will say that all the symptoms have not come roaring back which usually happens within a day of stopping the Prilosec. So I am hopeful that this is some sort of transition period I am experiencing.

I am going to tough out the symptoms and keep up the ACV for as long as possible. I hope that it becomes more effective. I am curious if others have had similar experiences. I pray this works.

Name: Ice
Location: Florida, United States
Date: February 25, 2012

After having sour mouth (no heart burn or any other symptom typical of acid reflux) for months decided to see doctor.

After tests and endoscopy I was told my LES is relaxed and was diagnosed with GERD and Barret's Oesophagus in Nov 2011.

Now on Omeprazole 40mg daily which provided relief for couple of months. Then sour mouth returned back  and I am worried it may further damage my oesophagus. We are trying to start family so my gastroenterologist advised to stop Omeprazole and take Tums as required.

Would like to know if ACV is beneficial in LES related reflux, does it help with Barret's, is it safe while trying to conceive or during pregnancy.

Thank you!

Name: Stacey
Location: New York, United States
Date: February 21, 2012

I had acid reflux for almost 2 years due to stress.

Medications didn't work.  White apple cider vinegar "with the mother" did!

And I am now heartburn free!  :)  I found it didn't work during pregnancy related heartburn though.  ;)

Name: Mamadou Coulibaly
Location: Paris , France
Date: February 20, 2012
(Translated from French)


I will begin by thanking the all merciful God for guiding me to your site and thanking everyone who contributed in one way or another in the sharing of this information.

I have had a problem with GERD for eight months, and I regularly consulted a gastroenterologist who did all the exams. He prescribed sodium bicarbonate that worked initially but had no effect a few weeks later. Then he gave me a prescription for Omeprazole, which helped me for two weeks or so, then became ineffective.

After treatment with Omeprazole my symptoms worsened for months.

Last week I saw a gastroenterologist who again told me I had to take antacids all my life like most people who suffer with this disease. He also told me that there was a last resort operation and that the latter was not recommended either.

I left the hospital last week very frustrated with the order of Omeprazole that the doctor had prescribed for me. I took it that day but the next day, I decided to seek a solution other than taking antacids all my life.

That's when I searched Google for natural solutions against reflux and I came across your site.

The same night I bought a bottle of apple cider vinegar and I started taking it with water.
I had a great night because it had been months since I had slept properly because of my reflux.

Now I take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in half a glass of water, in the evening before dinner and it works perfectly by the grace of God.

Thank you all.

Name: Zachary Kinder
Location: Texas, United States
Date: February 20, 2012

I have had Acid reflux now for the last 3-4 years, when I was younger 21-22 years old I could handle it. I am almost 25 now and I still have this issue.

I heard about ACV a while back and tried it and wow presto... heartburn gone.

What a relief and amazing natural cure.

Name: Jonathan P.
Location: New York , USA
Date: February 17, 2012

I had been experiencing chronic acid reflux for several months. These episodes would typically wake me up in the middle of the night with ferocious stomach and back pains that would last for hours.

After a visit to the doctor I started taking Prilosec and Maalox. The Prilosec upset my stomach. The only thing that worked was Maalox.

The excruciatingly painful reflux pains continued and would last longer and longer.

I have been using Apple Cider Vinegar for the last sixteen days and it is miraculous. The ACV relieves the pain, bloating and general discomfort.

Once or twice when I had some slight pains I took a small swig of ACV straight and it instantly relieved the pains.

Generally, I drink two or three tablespoons with 8 ounces of water before meals and before bed. I also use Bragg's it has a lot of apple pulp in it.

So far ACV has been a great savior in curing Acid Reflux. Maalox was like a band-aid it never solved the problem and became less and less effective each use.

I would highly recommend Apple Cider Vinegar. It has been extremely effective in treating Acid Reflux.

Name: Dee
Location: Malaga, Spain
Date: February 05, 2012

Thank the good Lord I too stumbled upon the website for ACV.

Had all the tests done, endoscopy, colonoscopy and even an intestinal transit study which swelled my stomach up being full of pink sludge, such discomfort I experienced, like many others they found hiatus hernia, gastritis etc and I was prescribed the usual meds.

They were quite successful but I have always preferred not to be on meds in the long term so now I am taking the ACV organic in water, sipping through the day and I am finding it perfect for me and my stomach.

I would recommend this treatment highly to all who need a natural alternative. Tell your doctors also, they need to have the feedback.

Name: Emy
Location: Davao City, Philippines
Date: February 04, 2012

I was hospitalized for GERD in 2009. I was given Omeprazole and took it for 2 months until I decided I didn't want to take drugs anymore.

I searched the net for a natural home remedy for acid reflux and was amazed at the vast number of testimonies I read about ACV.

I stopped taking Omeprazole and started a tablespoon of ACV (I use Bragg, it's organic). I take this everyday now, first thing in the morning. Mine is mixed with honey to neutralize the taste.

I still get acid reflux every once in a while but it only happens when I eat super spicy food or drink more than 2 cups of coffee in a day.

Nothing beats a natural remedy for acid reflux.

Name: Richard Doell
Location: Taiwan
Date: January 27, 2012

I am a Canadian expat teaching martial arts in Taiwan. I have a healthy lifestyle except I love junk food, fried chicken and Italian food and so on.

A couple of years ago I started getting acid reflux (Gerd) symptoms like a hoarse throat, heartburn and eventually even my teeth were breaking in my mouth.

I went to the doctor and they prescribed Nexium and Mosapride Citrate for it. After taking it for two years I still wake up early in the morning with symptoms.

Finally one of my students mentioned eating pickles or taking vinegar so I went out and bought a bottle.

This morning I woke up had that sour taste in my mouth and went to the kitchen and swallowed a mouthful of vinegar and bang just like that the sour taste went away and I can feel great.

It's like my breath and stomach are back to normal.

Name: Pashka Aaron
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: January 19, 2012

Alright so I've been on Nexium for three years. 80 mg a day at one point. I have been off a full 3 days now.

Today, the acid reflux started coming up again. Every other time, once it started it got worse and worse until I couldn't take it, I'd go back on the pills. I read to take ACV on here so after time of lamenting and procrastinating i finally did it.

Although I have felt little bits through the day, after taking 2 tbsp in water it goes away for hours on end. i had three doses and will take another one before bed. This stuff tastes terrible, yes, but it's worth it. It actually works. I enjoyed 4 hours of complete relief I wanted to like cry or something haha.

This is not a total cure right off the bat but it helps! I also read over time you can stop taking it and your body will have healed.

Coming off PPI's you get terrible rebound and the fact this is helping speaks volumes. This would suggest it works because the LES is PH sensitive, and the acid helps it to close up. I had to come back here to comment because honestly I am so blown away...there is no way scientists haven't realized that low acid is the majority issue with heartburn sufferers...starting to think they don't care as long as they get our $$.

Name: Steve Ellis
Location: West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date: January 13, 2012

Have suffered with acid reflux for 12 or more years.

When it first started I checked my symptoms on the internet, worked out what I had, so I went to the doctor and told him I had acid reflux.

He was annoyed that I had self-diagnosed and prescribed Cimetidine. "How long should I take them for?" I said. "The rest of your life" he said. "Aren't these just going to stop my stomach acid doing what it's supposed to do?" I said. "Don't ask too many questions" he said.

The pills had little effect and I only took them when the pain kept me up all night.

I came across this site a couple of days ago and dashed off to Tesco to get some cider vinegar. Within hours my stomach returned to the state it was in 12 years ago. I can't believe I'm cured!

Looking forward to trying foods I've avoided all these years - flaky pastry, fish and chips, stodgy beef suet puddings! Yippee! Thanks so much and thank heavens for the internet.

Now all I need to cure is a 6 year fungal toenail that my doc can't help with! Maybe I should dip it in Cider Vinegar???

Name: Belle
Location: Quezon City, Philippines
Date: January 09, 2012

Feeling hopeless as Nexium seems not to work anymore.

Have started on ACV yesterday and got a lot better today. Tomorrow I hope reflux will totally go away.

Thanks to all those who shared their experiences here.

Name: Simi Dhanjal
Location: Woking, United Kingdom
Date: January 04, 2012

It worked OMG it workedddd!!!

Thank you each and every person in here! I love you all ahah x.

Name: R. Holt
Location: Utah, United States
Date: January 02, 2012

I have been having low grade reflux for days and finally decided to try the ACV treatment.

It worked.

I am an RN and wouldn't have believed it.  I instantly felt better.

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