It’s no secret that home remedies are kind of my thing. So when my loved one developed an H pylori infection, I knew I needed find a natural remedy for that, too. I discovered how to treat H pylori at home, naturally, without resorting to antibiotics, and I’ll share our remedy below!
I pride myself on my “Doctor Mom” title. (And “Doctor Wife!”) So when one of my loved ones has an illness, I can usually whip out some herbal remedy, natural supplement, or random concoction and nip it in the bud.
However, when one of my family members recently battled weeks-long bouts of diarrhea and other stomach symptoms, I found myself scratching my head as the illness didn’t respond much to any of the usual stomach remedies I was using.
As I researched symptoms more, it became clear: we were dealing with a serious H pylori infection. Muscle testing confirmed this to be the case. Thankfully, learning how to treat H pylori at home wasn’t that difficult and proved to be immediately effective at stopping symptoms.
I was so relieved we didn’t have to resort to antibiotic treatment, the usual conventional H pylori treatment.
What is H pylori?
First off, if you’re not familiar with H pylori, it stands for Helicobacter pylori and is a type of spiral-shaped bacteria that affects the digestive tract. It’s common to contract H pylori during childhood and to not develop symptoms until much later, or ever at all, though it’s estimated to affect around 60% of the world’s adults.
H pylori may be responsible for the majority of ulcers.
H pylori can be diagnosed with a variety of tests, including a breath test and a stool test, though if you have symptoms, using the simple and inexpensive remedy found below is worth trying before resorting to expensive tests.
What are the first symptoms of H pylori?
The symptoms of an H pylori infection are a number of common digestive complaints:
- excessive burping
- change in appetite
- unexplained weight loss
One hallmark symptom of H pylori is burning in the stomach when it is empty. A more serious or prolonged H pylori infection may lead to diarrhea or constipation, fatigue and low energy, bad breath, and mental illness like depression or anxiety.
How long can you live with H pylori?
H pylori may last for years without causing symptoms, though the longer one lives with the infection, the more damage it may do to the gut lining. Learning how to treat H pylori naturally will help to ease symptoms and prevent long-term health problems resulting from an acute infection.
Is H pylori infection curable?
Like many modern infections, H pylori has adapted to its environment, and thrives within the gut. Rather than aiming to completely eradicate the bacteria, one should take the approach of creating a stomach environment that is hospitable to good, healthy bacteria so that the H pylori cannot thrive, and instead gets crowded out.
What kills H pylori naturally?
While the conventional treatment for H pylori is a combination of antibiotics (which doesn’t have a perfect success rate, as the bacteria can become antibiotic resistant, leading to worsening symptoms and recurring infections), learning how to treat H pylori naturally is the key to long-lasting results that won’t have unwanted side effects.
Here is what I discovered will clear up an H pylori infection and stop symptoms quickly so that you can go back to enjoying life free of constant stomach discomfort:
A combination of raw manuka honey and black seed oil. Yep, a simple, inexpensive treatment took care of my loved one’s symptoms overnight!
Here’s what we did:
1 tsp per day raw New Zealand manuka honey
1 tsp per day black seed oil
That’s it. Treatment should last for a minimum of two weeks, until symptoms have cleared. We discovered that early in treatment, stomach discomfort would return if a dosage was missed. However, symptoms were truly relieved after that first dose by the next morning!
Manuka honey deets
I do think the type of manuka honey we used made a difference, at they are not all created equally. There are a few things you want to look for, including potency. Potency is rated by UMF- unique manuka factor.
The UMF will reveal how potent the antibacterial properties of a manuka honey are, which is determined by the amount of hydrogen peroxide, methylglyoxal, and dihydoxyacetone found in the honey. It’s important to choose a honey that is at least UMF 10.
The manuka our family uses and reserves for more serious conditions (like recovering from a tonsillectomy or acute infections like H pylori) uses a cute play on the UMF label by dubbing their honey UFF 1000- Ultimate FREZZOR Factor.
The reason Frezzor boasts UFF 1000 is because they not only have developed a very potent honey with antibacterial properties, they have added a few additional ingredients to increase its efficacy, including herbal extracts and minerals for better absorption.
It’s also important to look for a manuka honey that is third party tested for glyphosate and other pesticide/GMO residues, which Frezzor is. You can buy Frezzor Pure New Zealand Manuka Honey here. Keep in mind that a small jar lasts a very, very long time, as it’s to be used a potent medicine rather than food.
Black seed oil FYI
Black seed oil is known to be beneficial for a variety of illnesses. It’s made from the seeds of the black cumin plant (Nigella sativa). It is especially beneficial for treating H pylori because it’s been shown to be effective against drug-resistant bacteria.
In addition, black seed oil may be beneficial for liver health, treatment of cancer, and even diabetes.
There are lots of options out there, but I found a pure black seed oil that was affordable and a liquid, making it easier to take larger daily amounts vs trying to take a tsp worth of capsules. You can get it here.
How to treat H pylori: other considerations
In addition the above treatment, one should keep in mind the health of their gut to make it a more hospitable environment for good microbes. Diet and other supplementation to support gut health and digestion are important.
What can I eat with H pylori?
I suggest a GAPS-style diet for those suffering from an H pylori infection. Due to the high content of meat stock and broth and probiotic foods, the GAPS diet (particularly the intro portion of the diet) helps to heal the gut quickly, making it difficult for infections like H pylori and parasites to live.
As a general rule, if you are suffering from symptoms of H pylori, avoid:
- dairy that has not been cultured
- starchy foods (including most store bought gluten free breads and foods)
Daily, incorporate these foods into your diet:
- fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi
- kefir, if dairy is tolerated, or look for one made with an alternative milk like coconut
- meat stock (not to be confused with bone broth- read the difference here)
- nourishing fats like ghee, tallow, and coconut oil (which is also antibacterial!)
Other supplements to consider
In addition to learning how to treat H pylori with honey and black seed oil and changing your diet, you should incorporate some supplements that support digestive health.
Probiotics- we like these because they are gentle, allergen-free, and effective. Plus, one tiny bottle lasts for months and months for multiple people! Probiotics help to repopulate your gut with good microbes so that undesirable ones die out.
Digestive enzymes- if your digestion is impaired due to an H pylori infection, and especially if you’re experiencing indigestion and heartburn, you need to take digestive enzymes. Those with ulcers should not take enzymes with HCL. These enzymes will help to break down sugars, fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.