Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Alka Seltzer
- Alkaline Diet
- Antibiotics, Cranberry Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cranberry
- Apple Cider Vinegar, D-Mannose
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger Root Tablets
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Uva Ursi
- Avoid Alcohol, Drink Water
- Avoid Garlic and Citrus Avoid Backlighting Computer Monitors
- Avoid Spermicides
- Baking Soda
- Ball Stretch
- Bladder Infection Causes
- Chinese Herbs
- Citric Acid Supplements
- Club Soda
- Coconut Milk
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Cornsilk and Shave Grass Teas
- Cranberry for Prevention of UTI
- D-Mannose, Garlic, Alkaline Pills
- Dandelion Tea and Oregano Oil
- Dietary Changes
- General Feedback
- Golden Seal and Echinachea
- Goldenseal and Echinachea
- Grape Leaf Pickles
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Grapeseed Extract
- Group B Strep
- Hematuria Remedies
- Herbal Tea
- Himalayan Salt
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hygienic Practices
- Lime Juice for UTI Prevention
- Link to Drinking City Water
- Marshmallow Root Extract
- Multiple Remedies
- Olive Leaf
- Olive Leaf, Turmeric
- Oregano Oil
- Pilates and Chiropractic Treatments
- Plantain Tea
- Probiotic Suppository
- Remedies for Recurrent UTI
- Remedies Needed
- Rock Salt
- Sea Salt
- Sea Salt, Baking Soda and Cranberry Pills
- Ted's Remedies
- Treat According to Your Urinary pH
- Urinate After Sex
- Uva Ursi
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Water With Lime and Lemon
- Watermelon Seed Tea
- Watermelon, Baking Soda, Azo
- White Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar for Bladder Infections
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Filtered Water
A day or two of twice daily ACV tonics should halt a bladder infection, but continue for a few days afterward to make sure—take 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, unsweetened, in a tall glass of water.
[YEA] 07/22/2008: Robin from Ladera Ranch, CA: "I have had urinary infections since age 17 and I am now 32. Many years they have been every month. In 2006 it was so bad that my doctor said it was due to the way that I'm wired. He said that a certain tube may be too short and it allows bacteria to move around my system faster. He said I would have to be on antibiotics for long periods of time throughout my life (6 months at a time or more). I HATE antibiotics because I've been on them long term before and it really damaged my immune system. Now, at all costs, I try not to take them unless extremely necessary. I changed my life and did everything they said to do. I started to go after sex, wipe correctly, etc.. I drink tons of water on a daily basis and then this week I drank a lot of alcohol one night (bacteria feed on sugar and alcohol) and got a HORRIBLE infection. I was rocking back and forth on the toilet while nothing came out, etc.. I thought, "there HAS to be something besides antibiotics that will work!!!" I searched and found this site and read about Apple Cider Vinegar. I went to the store, came home and put a little more than 2 tbsp in about 10-12 ounces of water. I mixed it with honey. I'd say within 30 minutes the pain started going away!!! I did the treatment twice more that day and three times the day after. IT IS GONE. I waited to write on this site to make sure it was really gone and IT IS GONE!!! I wish I would have known about this years ago!!! I had a similar situation with my son and multiple ear infections, years of struggle and antibiotics and garlic oil cured him, so that gave me faith in non-pharticeutical alternatives!!! I am amazed and I will continue to try home remedies first before rushing to the doctor on things that I know won't kill me. This is wonderful. I am so happy. Thank you everyone."Replies
10/09/2008: Jessica from Sparta, Tennessee replies: "Hi I was reading your comments on here and noticed you mentioned you started going after sex, and starting wipeing correctly along with the ACV. What do you mean you started going after sex? Does this do something for the bladder infections? Cause I never heard this. Thanks Jessica"
EC: Robin probably means that she immediately went to the bathroom to pee after having sex (a recommendation most docs will make re bladder infections).
[YEA] 07/08/2008: Leah from Westchester, NY: "I had the starting signs and symptoms of an UTI and we all know how irritating it can be. Nor did I have money to go to the doctor. I have been to this site many times and loved all the miracles of Apple Cider Vinegar.
This morning after suffering for three days, I recalled the ACV cures, added some to my morning OJ, then more at lunch to my Iced Tea, then added an extra or two teaspoon for one more gulping. I drink it from a straw so that its tart taste is avoided as much as possible.
Within 2 hours, literally the pain was gone, the need to void, completely diminished - no tingles when I did void.
This is my first time adding to EarthClinic.com comments, but seriously, ACV is great for so many things.
I will most certainly go back to adding it to my drinks. Thank you, thank you and thank you some more!"
[YEA] 05/03/2009: Karen from Chicago, IL replies: "So happy to hear someone speak of the "tingling" sensation. I tried to describe it to my doctor the last time I had a UTI, and he looked at me like I was insane. Started feeling miserable yesterday, so I dragged out the cranberry pills and started drinking all the water I could tolerate ~ very difficult since I have a horrid cough, too. No relief after 24 hours, just a lot of time wasted stiing on the toilet. Vaguely remembered someone saying something about vinegar and UTIs and happily I found this site. Took 2 tablespoons of ACV in an 8 oz glass of VERY cold water, held my breathe, and chugged. Quickly took a couple bites of banana to eliminate the aftertaste in my mouth. I was stunned that I began feeling better within an hour. I am going to repeat the treatment several times a day for the next few days especially before I go to bed. From now on, I will always keep ACV in the house!!!"
[YEA] 06/30/2008: LM from Lake forest, USA: "Hello I have to said that I`m very please with your webside! it really help! I can definitely recommend to any one to use it..I have to said that I was very surprise by the results !!!! specially if you take it at the very first sign of simptoms it makes a big difference you do not want to wait to long to treated the sooner the better.. I took the dose about two hours from the time I notice that I had a bladder infection then I laid down to rest for about three hours when I wakeup it was almost gone !!!! it improve by 98% i`m continuing this dose for a couple more days just to make sure is completely gone.. and remember drink lots of water.I`m very seldom I`ll get bladder infection .. wich is good!! for now on I`ll make sure that Apple Cider Vinegar is in my kitchen.. cause I know it works...
I tried Apple Cider Vinegar it cure my bladder infection..
Two table spoons with eight onz. of water.. once a day.."
[YEA] 06/28/2008: Christine from Montville, New Jersey: "For about two weeks I have had a terrible yeast infection plus UTI. I tried monistat powder and cream,it helped that day but after that it came back. Now Iam on vacation and I will not let this infection keep me from having fun. So my dad told me I can drink Apple cider vinegar mixed with alittle bit of water. What I did was drink 1 glass of this mixture and then I took one cup of vinegar poured it in warm water and took a bath in it.In a matter of about 15-20 minutes both the pain from UTI and the itching from the yeast infection was gone.(No Douching) Now Iam just drinking the cider and water for a couple more days just to make sure everything is cured."
[YEA] 06/05/2008: Lisa from A Nice Place, Florida: "ACV cured my bladder infection! I drink two tabelspoons in 80z of water. The worse I feel the more I take. Thanks!! It also is a great exfoliator for my face. I just put it on a cotton ball and rub all over my face."
[YEA] 04/29/2008: Maggie from Sanford, Florida: "I read about using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for relief from a vaginal/bladder infection on this site. Since I only have major catastrophic medical insurance, paying out of pocket for a doctor's visit was something I wanted to avoid. I had tried 2 rounds of an over the counter treatment, and still had the infection. Therefore, I tried to drink the 2 tsp / 8 oz water with honey mix that was talked about on this site. Yet, I couldn't get past the first few sips. It was so gross tasting to me!!! So instead, I grabbed a tall drinking shot glass, mixed my 2 tsp of ACV with a little water and some honey and took it in drinking shot form - chased (followed) by a glass of water. Much easier! About 2 hours later, the shakey weird burning urge to pee pain of the infection was really dumbed down - I was so amazed how quickly it worked! I continued this treatment 2 times a day (one right before bed), and my infection is now completely gone three days later. However, I'm not about to stop taking this mix each day. The other benefits of the ACV mix are amazing. My energy levels are really good, my mood is good (I have been depressed lately) and I've had some really great hair days since it is so healthy and soft feeling. Even my skin is softer without blemishes. I've been on this mix for 2 weeks, lost 3 lbs without doing a thing too. For anyone thinking about trying this, you can't lose. It is natural, and just trying it for a few days was all I needed to be hooked for life. I only do my shot once a day now, since the infection is gone. Overall, I wanted to write to let you know a new way to take your ACV that works for me in case you also can't stand drinking it down. Possibly try it in a drinking shot glass with less water, but just be sure to have that water chaser afterwards so your throat and tooth enamel aren't hurt by the more potent levels of the ACV in your mouth. Typically a shot doesn't reside on your teeth anyway, so it possibly could even be a better way to take it. I'm not sure, but it definitely works for me. Good luck!"
[YEA] 02/12/2008: Randa W from Mansfield, Ohio: "Had a very painful urinary tract infection almost two weeks ago - hadn't had one in 30 years and was astounded at the intensity of the pain and pressure! I could no longer lay down at night (for some reason it worsened in that position). Got online to look around for a natural remedy (didn't have cranberry juice on hand) and found the Earth Clinic site. Read what folks had to say about Apple Cider Vinegar, suggested dosages and mixtures, and decided to try mixing 2 tsp with about 8 ozs. of fruit juice (couldn't tolerate it straight or mixed with water). Skeptic that I am, I was amazed when I felt the pressure lifting in my lower abdomen within two hours and, after several more glasses of juice mixed the same way, was PAIN FREE after two days! I was STUNNED - I'd been in agony for 5 days before I did this! When I kept my appt with my gyn. two days later, I told him about it (and have since been telling anyone who'll listen). Oddly enough, as I sat waiting in the ex. room for him to come in, I was reading a women's magazine and spotted a full page ad touting the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar - curing bladder infections was on their list. I have since been drinking a tsp of ACV in 8 ozs of juice a couple of times a day because I now believe it's good for the body for a number of reasons. When my husband came down with a cold and started getting congested, I had him drink 2 tsp in 4 ozs of juice (he's tough enough to tolerate the taste) and he thought it helped relieve the pressure. Don't know if it's related, but my skin seems smoother and clearer and I have avoided (so far) the incredible cold/flu virus that has taken my family and coworkers by storm.
I'm VERY glad I found the Earth Clinic site and wish I'd found it sooner. I use it to research natural remedies and I tell everyone about it (when the subject of illness or nutrition comes up). What a resource!!!! Keep sending in your feedback, folks. Knowledge is power!"
[YEA] 11/20/2007: Karyn from Lindenhurst, NY: "Hi I was hit with a really bad UTI one night, I was urinating blood every 2-3 minutes for hours. I don't have health ins. so I couldn't go to the ER and was frantically looking for a homeopathic cure when I stumbled on your site. I used the ACV remedy [Ted's recipe] and an hour later drank sea salt water. Throughout this 2 hour process I was drinking tons and tons of water probably a gallon or more to flush the bacteria out [which was very unpleasant] I had to take advil just to sleep because the pain was so bad. I woke up this morning and I am absolutely fine, no blood, no urge to urinate, all thats left is a slight feeling of pressure in my abdomen. I am concerned it will come back so I am doing another round this morning and I am going to take the cranberry pills just to be safe."Replies
01/02/2008: Arash from Adelaide, Australia replies: "Sorry The case of Karyn from Lindenhurst, NY seems to be a case of renal Stone rather than UTI. Is the diagnosis made by the patient? Anyway renal stone symptoms usually last a few hours and remit spontaneously."
07/15/2008: Taylor from Bethesda, MD replies: "Hello Kay: What juices did you drink to cure your breast cancer?"
09/08/2012: Rosy from San Antonio, Tx replies: "im 44 and this is the second time it happens to me. First time was about 1 yr and a half, last time it was just a little bleeding, but today I have alot of bleeding a even some blood clots. I was freaking out but after reading this I feel better emotionly, my husband is at the store getting me the ACV. Hopefully it will help. thanks, and ill let you know how it went."
11/17/2013: Laetitia from Seoul, South Korea replies: "Search out Essiac tea.... it has has helped all kinds of cancers.. I had friends that took it... amazing.. better get the herbs and make the tea yourself.. avoid the essiac with water cress... long use bad for kidneys. In Toronto you can get essiac bulk at Thuna Herbals. I don't know the number now.. google it. It was a native Indian cure... Canadians use it... was first discovered by Rene Caisse a nurse. She used it on many cancer patients. It has slippery elm, burdock root, sheep sorrel, and turkey rhubarb. Very good for breast cancer. Also get off animal products. Go vegan, and try raw juicing diet. It does wonders. I know of different people that juicing worked for their cancer. Also, no stress, and trust in God, and a positive attitude. Stay away from sugar and processed foods, and use natural products in the house. Stay away from chemicals. Good luck! PS... no dyes, perms. Use borax to wash your clothes. Lemon under the armpits, and myrrh powder is good for brushing your teeth. Olive oil works well on the face instead of chemical hand cream etc."
[YEA] 10/25/2007: Kay from Knoxville, TN: "I'm an RN and don't have health insurance, go figure. But I did have a bladder infection that had been nagging me for 2 weeks. I knew I couldn't afford a doctor visit and UA culture, so I've been guzzling cranberry juice (and borrowing antibiotics) with no success. Yesterday, it became unbearable and I found this website. I went through ALL the testimonies, made a list of what I needed from the store and spent less than $10 on everything I bought. First I drank ACV in water. I waited an hour and drank sea salt in water as prescribed here. I was already feeling immediate relief. Next, I took a bath in ACV, baking soda and sea salt. I ate a can of asparagus and drank the juice. By now, there is NO pain. For the rest of the evening, I drank cranberry juice diluted in filtered water. Drank more ACV and baking soda before bed. Slept through the night and awoke with absolutely no symptoms. Am going to stay on ACV and the baths for a couple of days, then do maintenance of one glass of ACV in water/day.
This truly works. I should have known there was a 'natural' cure. Eight years ago I was told I would only live a year if I didn't undergo chemo/radiation for breast cancer. I refused and instead, I juiced myself into total remission. This bladder infection is the only "illness" I've had in 8 years and still didn't need a doctor! Thank you for this website."Replies
08/10/2009: Connie from Manitowoc, Wisconsin replies: "What juice did you drink to cure the breast cancer?"
[YEA] 09/21/2007: Christy from GA: "I've been waiting until the end of the week before writing in just to make sure I had a true cure for a bladder infection! Details: Woke up Monday morn with full blown bladder infection. I went onto Earth Clinic and found a bunch of remedies. I drank 2 tablespoons of ACV in water first. An hour later I drank 2 teaspoons of sea salt in 8 oz of water. Then I went and soaked in a bath (per Tammy from Springfield, Missouri's recipe) of powdered ginger, baking soda and sea salt. I stayed in the tub until I had no more pain and burning: took about 20 minutes (thanks, Tammy!). Then I took another dose of ACV, this time with baking soda. All the pain was gone after that, or so I thought... Certain I was back to 100%, I didn't bother to take another dose of ACV before going to bed, and this was my error! I awoke at 2:00am with even worse pain and burning than the day before! So then, berating myself for not following up with the remedies, I went downstairs and took more acv with baking soda. Then I did the bath again for 20 minutes and went back to the toilet seat. An hour and a half went by, no change in the pain and intense desire to pee every 10 seconds. Then I took ANOTHER bath, but this time with 1 cup of acv only. The pain and burning went away in 20 minutes and I was able to get back to sleep. Not wanting to mess around, the next day I went to Whole Foods and bought Cranberry concentrate, homeopathic drops for bladder infections, ph testing strips, and D-Mannose supps. Overkill perhaps! I felt about 75% better before I went shopping, but was back to 100% in 24 hours and that was 3 days ago now.
A few notes to mention to those suffering with bladder infection: I think the reason why the bladder infection came roaring back in the middle of the night was that my pH plummeted from alkaline to acid. So I suggest that people do test their urinary pH and take the remedies according to their pH levels. When you have a bladder infection, you can swing from alkaline to acidic very rapidly!
Finally, after reading those D-Mannose testimonials on the bladder page, I have to say that most are FOR SURE written by an outside company and not readers of Earth Clinic. They often say the same thing over and over! But I still went with it and bought the supplements nonetheless. I think they did help overall.
Sorry for the lengthy email, but hopefully this will help someone going through the excruciating pain of a bladder infection in the middle of the night!"Replies
01/16/2012: Lyndab from New Kent, Virginia, United States replies: "I'm a 64 year old woman. The reason I mention this is because a lot of women my age don't experience UTI symptoms the way younger women do, which can lead to a severe bladder infection without even knowing it. I had nausea, vomited a couple of times and thought I had h. Pylori. I took my husband's Prevacid and forgot about it, although I had a lot of pain under my ribs. Then I experienced dark urine, bought OTC urine test strips and it was positive for UTI. Went to the doc and was given antibiotics. Took the first pill and it really made me sick. Tested my urine the next day and no UTI. I started using ACV 3X day plus Uva Ursi as well as D-mannose before bed. I went on about my merry way. Still had a swollen stomach (up high under my ribs) that sent me to the doc again. They did tons of bloodwork and a urine test. The UTI was back. Tried 2 different antibiotics and they didn't work.
Finally sent the urine out for sensitivity testing. Got the results 2 weeks later) and found only one antibiotic would work. All the while I had none of the usual UTI symptoms.. Just felt shaky and weak and no energy. No burning when I went pee.. I was severely allergic to the only antibiotic that would kill the e. Coli. So what do I do? I decided to take 1/2 Benadryl with the antibiotic. It worked and I managed to take 3 pills. It went away but came back in 4 days. Took 6 pills and it came back in 5 days. This has been going on for 8 months, if you can believe it.
Somehow, at this point, I have managed to de-sensitize my body to the antibiotic, although it gives me a headache. I am taking it for 10 days. The shaky feeling and swollen stomach are gone. My point is.. If the infection is really deep-seated and has been going on for months like mine has, none of the natural cures will work. I had such faith in them and hated to go to the doc in the first place and certainly didn't want an antibiotic. I hadn't taken any of those in 25 years.
I would say to any older women, get some Urinanlysis test strips (you can get them MUCH cheaper online) and check yourself once a week if you feel odd. If it gets out of hand, these cures won't work. When I know I am free of infection, I will go back to using the ACV every day to make sure all is clear. I truly believe that had I not taken the ACV, the long standing infection would have gone into my kidneys. My doc is surprised it hasn't. Hope this helps someone out there who suspects there is something wrong, but doesn't have the common symptoms."
[YEA] 09/21/2007: Christine from Delafield, WI: "I am 55 years old and thought I was developing old-lady bladder. I was having to go to the bathroom at least every half hour, and it wasn't much. I also was getting up once or twice a night. This has been going on for almost a year now, and just recently the idea struck me that I might have a bladder infection. I found this website and tried the ACV remedy. I am so impressed that I had to write a note. Sometime during that first afternoon, I drank a 20-ounce glass of hot water with 4 T of organic ACV and honey to taste. Already the next morning I was feeling improved. I did it again yesterday and I was able to golf 9 holes, go out to dinner and come home and sit for a while (5 hours all together) and didn't have to go to the bathroom once. And as if that were not enough, I slept through the entire night last night without having to get up one single time. I can't remember the last time that happened. It is truly a great thing. Thanks for this website."
[YEA] 09/07/2007: Tammy from Springfield, Missouri: "I am literally amazed today! Two days ago I felt a bladder infection coming on quickly (I don't usually get a lot of these) and I was dreading going to the doctor and putting up with the long, drawn out antibiotics treatments they give to treat it. I'm new to natural remedy treatments and was a bit skeptical at first. So last evening while I was in terrible pain and had been drinking cranberry juice all day, I decided enough was enough.
I mixed 2T Apple Cider Vinegar with 1t baking soda and poured a glass of bottled water into it. I added a bit of cayenne pepper to it and slammed it. If felt some relief shortly thereafter and did it again about an hour before bedtime. It was definately helping. This morning my pain was completely gone but the burning was still there. So I tried stomaching some more of the ACV (gawd that stuff's awful!) and only got about half of it down.
I decided instead to bathe in a mixture of
1C kosher salt (I was out of sea salt),
1C baking soda, and
2T powdered ginger.
This is a bathing recipe I haven't used in a long time. In the past I've just used it as a comfort bath making sure to shower and rinse thoroughly afterwards. So I bathed and guess what? Now my urge to urinate is gone! Thank you so much for this site and I can guarantee I'll be using it in the future! I'll let you know if it comes back or anything but as of right now I feel great!"
[YEA] 08/22/2007: Lisa from Cape Canaveral, Fl: "I used to be prone to constant urinary infections to the point I no longer felt them. One time it had got so bad I actually felt the severest of symptoms. At the time no medical insurance and no money to go to a doctor. So I emailed a friend who had a huge book on herbs and natural remedies. He researched for me and found if I took a bath with apple cider vinegar it would eliminate the urinary infection because the urethra acts as a wick and draws the high ph into the bladder. Well I had no bathtub and no access to one. So we devised this plan. I would take a cotton ball and soak it in apple cider vinegar and place it on my urethra for twenty min three to four times a day. The skin would burn and it did hurt alot. But I persisted. I woke up the next day and had no symptoms at all. I continued to use the acv for three more days. Since then I have not had another attack of urinary infection.
Years before I forgot to mention this. A neighbor told me about acv and honey as a remedy for headaches depression arthritis pain help and lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. Well i suffered from all of these symptoms. I asked how much to take. She said she took two tablespoons each of acv and honey in enough hot water to melt the honey and drank it down half an hour before she ate. I did the same. The first week I lost ten pounds of excess water weight due to bad diet of too much salt. I sweated alot and peed alot. I lost a total of forty pounds. I had visited my doc before I started and thirty days after. He was amazed at the weight loss and asked how I did it. I told him and he said oh. he wasn't concerned at the amount in that short of a time. I should have been. It is dangerous to lose too much weight in a short amount of time. But I believe in my case it was extreme excess water weight. My cholesterol dropped from 256 to 156 in six months. My blood pressure was below normal and I couldn't gain weight. So acv and honey is my magic remedy. My kids would see me taking the acv and honey for my migraines. They wanted to try it for their headaches. Well after the first time they used it they didn't want tylenol anymore. Ever. To this day they are teenagers they remember it is instant and keeps the headaches away.
I have laxed in my daily regimen of acv and honey and have gained back the weight and the blood pressure. i am going to start it again. Anyways. Thank you for your time in reading its benefits to me. Hugs to you."
[YEA] 08/16/2007: Michelle from Gladwin, MI: "I had been suffering from reoccurring urinary tract infections, and reading a lot about ph levels in the body. I found out by using ph strips that my body was at a 4.0 on the ph scale. I started taking the apple cider vinegar to change my ph (which is now stable at a 6.5). My urinary tract infections cleared up, my acne cleared up, my heart burn cleared up. I am completely shocked and grateful that I ran across this home remedy."
[YEA] 05/27/2007: Linda from Hollister, CA: "I read this site and I'm so glad I did. For a week I have had the sensation of needing to urinate, going often with very little output. I first got the cranberry juice which has worked in the past but didn't seem to this time. Last night I took a soup spoon and a half of vinegar by mouth and within an hour or so, no sensation like I'd had before! Thanks guys, very much! I also must say that I had no stomach pain or back pain or anything else associated with this, it was just the sensation which is very unsettling. I love asparagus, so I will try that remedy or maybe just eat them anyway----you know for extra insurance!"