4-Step H. Pylori Natural Treatment Protocol

Follow this H. pylori natural treatment plan to get rid of this common stomach infection.

4-Step H. Pylori Natural Treatment ProtocolHelicobacter pylori (H. pylori) can cause a wide range of problems from chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, iron deficiency anemia, and stomach cancer to diseases of the liver, cardiovascular system, skin, and many other body systems. H. pylori infection is closely linked to coronary heart disease, rosacea, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, migraines, and fibromyalgia.[1]

Testing for H. pylori can be done through multiple avenues, including a blood test to check for the presence of H. pylori antibodies, a breath test, or a stool antigen test to check for H. pylori in stool samples. If you are at risk for ulcers or stomach cancer you’ll want to know how to get rid of H. pylori.

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H. Pylori Natural Treatment

Treatment for H. pylori can take both a conventional and natural path. H. pylori natural treatment cannot only help eradicate H. pylori infection, but also reduce inflammation of the stomach lining and even help prevent the risk of stomach cancer.

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help to maintain the health of the intestinal tract, aid in digestion, and help keep potentially harmful organisms in the gut, such as H. pylori, under control. Many studies have demonstrated that probiotics, including Saccharomyces boulardii and Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, have an inhibitory effect on H. pylori.[4]

Although some studies have reported that probiotics alone are somewhat efficacious in treating H. pylori infection, they may be more useful when used as a supplemental therapy along with either conventional or natural antimicrobial drugs or herbs. Most studies have looked at probiotics in conjunction with standard conventional drug treatment. Researchers recently analyzed the results of 21 studies involving thousands of participants, concluding that supplementing with probiotics along with standard therapy significantly improves the cure rates and reduces the risk of antibiotic-associated side effects.[5]

Whether you are treated with conventional medications or not, the addition of a probiotic supplement both during and after your H. pylori eradication treatment is recommended. The ideal dose depends on the type of probiotic used. Generally, at least 10 to 20 billion CFU’s per day is recommended, away from antibiotics and/or herbal antimicrobials.

N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) is a natural antioxidant and mucous-dissolving nutrient that destroys the biofilm of H. pylori. H. pylori’s biofilm is what helps it to survive in the stomach and resist antibiotic treatment. Like probiotics, NAC supplementation has been shown to help treat H. pylori infection and overcome antibiotic resistance.[6] A typical recommended dose is 600 mg three times daily between meals.

Herbal extracts and phytonutrients, many with antibacterial actions, are often used by natural practitioners to help eradicate H. pylori. Some researched herbal extracts shown to be effective against H. pylori include:[6,7]

  • De-glycyrrhizinated licorice extract (DGL)
  • Ginger root extract
  • Garlic extract
  • Capsaicin (from red peppers)
  • Sulphoraphane (from Bassica family plants like broccoli sprouts)
  • Red ginseng extract
  • Epigallocatechin gallate (one of the green tea catechins)
  • Red wine extract and resveratrol
  • Quercetin (a flavonoid)

Vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium supplementation will help lower your risk of dying from stomach or esophageal cancer after H. pylori infection has been treated. This combination of antioxidant nutrients was studied in a large placebo controlled trial involving thousands of people with H. pylori.[8]

Patients received vitamin C (250 mg), vitamin E (100 IU as alpha tocopherol), and selenium from yeast (37.5 μg) or placebo; taken twice daily for 7.5 years after their original H. pylori infections were treated with standard drugs (omeprazole and amoxicillin). The researchers then followed up with the patients after another seven years.

The long-term antioxidant supplementation was statistically significantly associated with reduced death from stomach and esophageal cancer.

A good quality, high-potency multivitamin and mineral supplement should provide vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium in amounts close to those used in the study above, although you may need to supplement with extra vitamin C to reach the full daily dose of 500 mg.

Conventional H. pylori Treatment

The standard conventional treatment is referred to as “triple therapy.” It consists of a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) along with two antibiotics—clarithromycin and amoxicillin. Quadruple therapy with three antibiotics is also used. However, even quadruple therapy is no longer efficacious in many cases because of rampant antibiotic resistance.[3] The standard drugs used also cause many side effects, including bloating, diarrhea, and taste disturbances. The side effects often lead patients to fail to take the full course of antibiotics as prescribed, further reducing effectiveness.

H. Pylori Treatment: What to Try First

If you’ve been diagnosed with H. pylori infection you have the option of trying Helicobacter pylori natural treatment in place of, or in conjunction with, standard drug treatment. Whether it’s best to use an all-natural approach or to use natural therapies alongside conventional ones will depend, in part, on how much damage has already occurred to the stomach lining.

If your H. pylori infection is mild and the damage is minimal, starting with an all-natural approach makes sense. While many different natural treatments may be effective, here’s a recommended protocol based on the natural remedies discussed above:

  • Probiotic: such as Primadophilus Optima by Nature’s Way, containing 35 billion CFUs per capsule. Take 1 capsule twice daily for 1 month, then 1 capsule per day for 2 additional months.
  • N-acetylcysteine (NAC): 600 mg three times daily between meals for 3 months.
  • Deglycyrrizinated Licorice (DGL): such as DGL by Enzymatic Therapy. Chew 2 tablets (760mg) 20 minutes before each meal for 3 months.
  • Garlic extract: such as Kyolic Reserve Aged Garlic Extract. Take 1 tablet (600 mg) twice daily with meals for 3 months.

In addition to the supplements above, take a multivitamin and eat the following foods as often as possible:

  • Fermented foods, such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi
  • High-phytonutrient foods, such as green tea, ginger, turmeric, and berries, and broccoli sprouts.

Share Your H. Pylori Treatment Experience

Have you treated an H. pylori infection with natural medicine? Please share your experience so others who are interested in natural health can learn from you. Just scroll down the page to leave a comment below.


[1] World J Gastroenterol. 2014 Sep 14;20(34):11950-61.

[2] Medscape. Drugs and Diseases. H. Pylori Infection. Last updated Dec. 27, 2015.

[3] BMJ. 2015; 351: h4052.

[4] World J Gastroenterol. 2015 Oct 7; 21(37): 10644–10653.

[5] Exp Ther Med. 2015 Mar;9(3):707-716.

[6] World J Gastrointestinal Pharmacol Ther. 2015 Nov 6; 6(4): 183–198.

[7] Ann Transl Med. 2015 Jun; 3(9): 122.

[8] JNCI J Natl Cancer Inst (2012) 104 (6): 488-492.


Originally published in January 2016 and updated.

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  • a cup of tea made from boiling a little of Senna alexandrina aka Cassia Angustifolia and Foeniculum vulgare aka Fenouil commun, and drink the mixture tea early morning before anything else. You can repeat the same after one week and always drink it before eating or drinking anything else. Also in addition to that chewing a little bit of ajwain and clove occasionally is good as a sterilizer to the upper part of the body.

  • Thank you very much for this information, I will try it – natural approach alone. I will let you know how I get on.

  • I take Mastic gum capsules every night. Also if my stomach feels a bit uneasy I take two teaspoons of pure slippery elm powder in warm water before bed. I eat organic as far as possible, avoid sugar, all refined or processed stuff and gluten and try to eat more vegetables than anything else. I find munching through a raw carrot first thing in the morning helps me “go” which is a great help. I have recently decided I had to give up coffee (even organic decaf.) and alcohol as they were the two triggers of pain in my case. I attend a herbalist who gives me a lovely mixture that keeps me calm, so I am not stressing so much.
    Before discovering Mastic gum I kept my HP under control using a frequency generator.
    I had one antibiotic treatment some years ago which cleared the problem for about 10 years, then it came back and I was reluctant to go for the heavier dose since the importance of the microbiome and its role in immunity is now becoming more clear, so I have tried all sorts of natural things. I think if I can make the time I will do a full detox, starting with enemas, then clear the kidneys with herbs and finally flush the liver until no stones come out. Its important to do it in the right order so that the elimination routes are clear before you release the toxic load from the liver. Bacteria and viruses lodge in the debris that builds up in the liver. By getting rid of this the liver functions better and there is less chance of reinfection. That’s the theory.
    Thanks for the tips in the article. I will add these to my arsenal.

  • Has anyone really irradiated H pylori with these natural remedies or do they just keep symptoms minimal? I am looking to get rid of this Bacteria but I’m not sure where to begin.

  • To Lizzy – and anyone else doing the detox route – I would definitely add in colonic hydrotherapy to the mix. You are exactly right in that you need to do your detox in the right order but don’t forget that it is through your colon that everything is eventually eliminated from the body so if your colon is in any way clogged then your detox will not be as effective as it could be and the toxins will just recirculate and cause more problems.
    A good colonic as you start the detox and regularly through the process to ensure full elimination will be of great benefit. Your Colon Hydrotherapist should be able to advise you on the frequency you require. Everyone is different so there is never a one size fits all in colonics. To find a good, trained and safe therapist visit the ARCH website (Association of Colonic Hydrotherapists) and that will give you the ones in your area. ARCH registered therapists are guaranteed to have been checked out and be safe.
    Also don’t forget if doing the Liver and Gall bladder flush to have at least an enema pre flush – colonic is better as clears more thoroughly – and definitely a colonic post flush (Andreas Moritz recommends this too in his book). If possible do include a coffee enema in your post flush colonic to ensure that all the oil is flushed through your gall bladder.
    Good digestive health to all.

  • Stephanie

    I have seen test resultd where Matula tea along with a good diet has completely removed the bacteria. The mastic gum is supposed to work as well.

  • I have just been prescribed the three prong antibiotic therapy for the 3rd time and having a lot of stomach pain. Wondering if I’m foolish to think it will work this time! And I’ve never had a follow up test to see if the meds worked before, so I may have had H Pylori for years. i just wonder f what doctors think of the natural remedies recommended in this article.

  • Dear Susan
    Doctors stick to the mainstream treatment and won’t know much about the latest research unless they are very diligent. It takes years for research results to reach GPs. I first had ulcers in the late 1980’s and read about Helico Bacter, in Readers Digest, I think. I was begging my doctor to test me but he laughed at me and said it was nonsense. He did test me eventually, just to get rid of me, and the consultant said “you have quite a colony there”.
    It’s easier to do your own research now with the internet, so I would say try everything you can before going through a 4th round of antibiotics. To ease the pain in the meantime take pure slippery elm – (you probably won’t find it in a health shop – they tend to stock brands with little slippery elm, mostly wheat and sugar – no good at all – check out Amazon). I was taking several doses a day at one point, and it doesn’t hurt – as long as you mix it with the recommended amount of water. I get an organic and kosher brand from America – costs a lot but is much better than any others I’ve tried, mixes easily in cold or hot water. I start with cold then top it up with hot.
    As far as cost goes I made a conscious decision that good food and whatever I need for my health would take priority over holidays or clothes. I get my clothes from charity shops and sunbathe in my back garden! I would suggest cutting out the main gut damaging allergens ie gluten, dairy and soy and try to track down any other sensitivities preferably with the help of a good nutritionist. I cut out sugar and all oils except organic cold pressed olive oil, coconut or avacado. Don’t get oils from the supermarket – they are probably old and are not even packed in dark bottles. Go as organic as you can afford to (Abel and Cole are good, and also Graig Farm). I cook very simply and everything from scratch to avoid additives.
    I went to a Medical Herbalist back in the 1990s and she prescribed a sub-lingual multi vitamin and mineral from G&G because she said my gut was in no shape to absorb from capsules or tablets. She also gave me pre and pro biotics. I wouldn’t be swayed by advertising into buys loads of different supplements. You really need a good practitioner to guide you. If you want to go it alone there is a good website called purehealthclinic.co.uk run by Michaela Rose which is good for getting tests done at cost and she will comment on the test results for a small fee but doesn’t take on patients as such.
    Mastic Gum is definitely worth a try. I get mine from seventhwaveuk.com because they are pure. I knew a man whose health had deteriorated drastically but he still got relief from mastic gum. Also if you are adventurous google Dr Clark zapper. That took away my pain in about three or four days.
    Finally check your vitamin D level. Its a cheap test. Make sure you get out in the sun when there is any – without sunscreen – or take a supplement – also cheap. According to Tom O’Bryan vitamin D is essential to every cell in the body and nearly everyone is deficient.
    My current herbalist says the key is to make the gut as healthy as possible so that it is not a hospitable environment for bad bugs.
    Good luck.

  • Julia
    Thank you so much for that advice. I will look into it. I have ordered a 3-month colon cleansing program of herbs and psyllium so I’ll do that first and see how I get on.

  • Wow.. Reading this is giving me life. I have tried the triple therapy, four times. Now this is my fifth. I’m so sad and confused. I wanna start on ginger and garlic juice for one month. This bacteria is about to ruin my life. God help us all.

  • This is such a wonderful message board. I suspect I have H. Pylori and will be doing an Endoscopy in a week. I have been researching natural treatment options, as I do not want to go the antibiotic route at all! I have just started gently adding HCL with Pepsin at mealtime and have noticed great improvement with the indigestion, burning and epigastric pain. I will continue to follow this board to see the other suggestions. I have also changed my diet and switched to organic. As previously mentioned in another post, I have also decided that reprioritizing where I spend my money, eliminates the “I can’t afford natural.” Cheers to good health for us all!

  • Tnx for all the good inputs.I’m trying to combat my H.Pylori too,just done w/ Triple therapy but my bloat & acid reflux still persist,so i guess i still have H.Pylori.Trying ur suggestions this time.Many tnks!!

  • Robert B.

    I just started my firts triple therapy for H bacteria I can use all help I can get

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  • There’s a famoso german phytoterapist calle Joakim Kaeser who Says that 8 to 10 gramms of spirulina + probiotics a day May cure h pylori.

  • Irongaint

    Hi all,
    I have had this nasty bug sing Aug 20 2016, when i was diagnosed i was given the triple therapy but it failed to work, so again in November had triple therapy again it failed to work. The triple therapy just made me more sick and down so have now decided to go down the natural route.
    I am current taking turmeric (1/2 teaspoon), with black pepper (pinch) and cold pressed coconut oil or virgin olive oil (1 table spoon) in luke warm water. I take this in the morning before breakfast and the same in the evening, it has really relieved my symptoms and thank God I do feel much better, it has only been a week but i will continue this for the next month. I have also order Mastic Gum (helps kill the HP) , DGL (Liquorice) & L Glutamine (helps with the healing of the stomach).
    Hope this helps someone I have found this information after searching various bloggs, everyone is different so it is advisable that you check with a specialist before taking any sort of natural medicine.

  • I started the triple theraphy last monday but i already stopped. Cant handle the side effect ,especially the bitter taste on my mouth. I want to try mastic gum.

  • I am dealing with pylori infection from last an year. I have taken antibiotics 4 times, but still no resolution. I am trying to find out natural medicine to treat this infection as I had to deal with lot of side effects from antibiotics. Has anyone tried natural medication resulted in complete eradication as I am still not sure if complete eradication is ever be possible?Let me know.

    Thanks

  • Hi there, glad to hear that others are still trying natural remedies. I gave in to antibiotics since some natural remedies did not work well enough. And I totally regret doing so. So as of today, I will commit to a bowel detox along with some suggestions others have mentioned.

  • The detox is Dr. Richard Schulze. Thanks for the suggestions.

  • My naturopathic doctor prescribed: Mucosagen, pyloricil, and DGL for four months

  • Also, i’m taking IV H2O2 and Vitamin C IV, and glutathione IV beside the supplements above

  • Thanks for the info and comments. Just came back w a positive HP year and suspect I have had it for years. I don’t want to do the triple conventional method. So this gives me hope. I look forward to the day I have rid myself of numerous HP symptoms.

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