...I learned this by accident...by taking part caps per dose in the first few days of my first round.
Then, when I took my first full capsule, I lay down for a nap and had unbelievably weird dreams.
A friend had told me that she tried to avoid the caps on other supplements, so I gave it a try...no bite in my tummy!
I use about a 1/4 cup of water, and swirl it as I drink...then I add a bit more water to be sure I get all the crumbs.
I've gone back to the whole capsule several times, and always felt some bite, though not nearly as bad as you experienced.
Strangely, the HumaCleanse caps didn't affect me that way at all.
Hu-Mana-Tea is brewed in a pot, then kept in a jar in the fridge. The herbs can be strained out, but I don't bother...they sink to the bottom, anyway, and I just drink them. By the time one gets to the bottom, all the goodness is distributed evenly through all the liquid.
Hope this helps.