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Apple Cider Vinegar
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Posted by Eileen (Boston, MA) on 02/15/2007

[YEA]  I have RA and have kept it at bay very successfully for 20 years primarily with an ACV and honey drink (water, 1 tbls acv, 1 tbls honey). I also avoid my trigger foods (for me are Citric acid and red meat) but if I feel any achiness at all coming on its back to my ACV and honey drink for a few days and I am good.

Posted by Edie (Mission Viejo, CA) on 12/26/2006

[YEA]  1 Tablespoon ACV with 2 Tablespoons water a day cured my arthritis and hot flashes. My friend told my husband and I to take ACV for our sore wrists and hands and we started 2 mos. ago. After one mo. I noticed I had absolutly NO hot flashes. This amazed me. I really had them bad night and day. I also noticed no acid reflux (quit taking my prilosec a month ago) and no restless legs to speak of. I also feel I have lost a couple of lbs. Of Course the hand and wrist pain is gone. This is probably crazy but my eyelashes are longer. Pretty funny huh?

Posted by Christina (Tulsa, OK) on 09/16/2006

[YEA]  I mixed 1 tablespoon of acv with 1 teaspoon of raw honey in 6 oz of water and drank it three times a day. It instantly cured my arthritis, I was suprised. And my appetite is suppressed. I recommend this to anyone , oh and i do not have to take an allergy pill' I highly recommend this to anyone who has any kind of problem. my grandpa used to use this and he is 76 years old healthy.

Posted by Sheri (Auburn Hills, Mi) on 06/14/2006

[YEA]  I originally tried ACV for weight loss; I have a stubborn 20 pounds to lose. I was pleasantly surprised as to how pain-free I became in a matter of a few days. My knees no longer 'click' when I go up stairs. I can bend and squat to play with my children and no longer suffer ankle pain from the effort. My acid reflux is gone as well. When I run out of ACV, in a matter of days, the pain returns and I'm like an old lady once more. It works for me!

Posted by Mara (Adelaide South Australia) on 04/03/2006

[YEA]  In 1991 I had a cortisone injection in my I would need another every 6 months and would eventually need an operation. Having read Dr Jarvis's cider vinegar book, I drank daily about 500ml of mixture (1 tsp honey, 2 tspns cider vinegar to a glass or cup of water). Although it had no immediate effect, I continued to take it for general health reasons, but after 2-3 months, suddenly realised that I had no pain in hand/wrist. Despite having lazily ceased this practice, I still have no trouble in the hand. Perhaps my recent right hip replacement would not have been necessary had I continued treatment. I have now resumed the habit, making up a litre jug of mixture and drinking it frequently, in hopes of preventing the need for a left hip replacement as some signs of wear are apparent. I am convinced of the benefits, but warn people that it is not a short term fix. On the other hand, 15 years of no pain suggests that it is has a long-term effect. Go for it!

Posted by Sharon (British Columbia)

[YEA]  In the mid to late 1980's I was working in an Extended Care Unit in a hospital, working as a Care Aide. All through out this time I had been seeing my doctor because of constant pain due to arthritis. My back and knees hurt so bad sometimes it was near unbearable. My knees were so bad I could not touch a knee cap with a finger it hurt so bad. X-rays were taken of my knees, showing spurs under the knee cap itself. X-Rays also take of the small of my back, the doctor said he'd never seen arthritis so bad in someone so young, that everything was becoming one, even my fingers were beginning to twist. He tried me on different arthritis pills to see which would work the best, one finally JUST eased the pain slightly. Now working in the hospital that your doctor works is not to good at times. I was attempting to kneel down and had a extremely hard time of it trying to stay more on my side and very hard time trying to stand; my doctor happened to be on the floor at that time and saw this, told me to make an appointment to see him, he then told me I would have to find other work because I couldn't live like this. The pills the doctor had me on cost $60 a month. He said I would have to take them the rest of my life. At home I thought of this, then remembered something my chiropractor told me, take 2 teaspoons acv, 2 teaspoons of honey in water, adjust to taste. One day (no longer working at the hospital) I ran out of pills, out of money, then remembered what my chiropractor said. I thought there would be a transition period for the acv to work, I was preparing myself for a whole lot of unbearable pain. I started the drink that night and every night for 1 week. Besides flushing my kidneys out, there was NO transition at all. There was no pain, absolutely nothing...and still there is no pain. So I followed my chiropractors instructions because obviously he knew what he was talking about. I then stopped taking it. I found I would get cravings for it, so I took this as my body telling me it needed it. To this day I had not taken any pills from the doctor for arthritis. It has now been 16 years. If you read the instructions how to clean a drip coffee machine, it says to use vinegar. Vinegar dissolved calcium build in the machine and I've found it dissolved the build up in my body. I am back taking acv, this time not plan on stopping this time. This really is a miracle for me and do advise people to try it, it really does work, besides what have you got to lose other than pain, and you can't beat the cost. It won't hurt and anything as far as I'm concerned is better than taking pills from doctors who treat symptoms...not cure.

Posted by Lynda (Grants Pass)

[YEA]  I have arthritis of the spine and a friend of mine gave me a recipe with apple juice, grape juice and Apple Cider Vinegar. I have been taking a 1/2 cup daily for about a month and I know that it is helping me tremendously. I can get out of bed in the mornings without having to stand still for a few seconds. It has also helped me curb my appetite.

Posted by Marcia (Fairforest, SC)

[YEA]  I am a huge proponent of RAW apple cider vinegar. My husband and I have been using it three times daily for about five weeks. He no longer has the joint stiffness and pain associated with arthritis. We did quit using all sugar and white processed flour as well.

Posted by Tina (Jacksonville, FL)

[YEA]  I suffer from chronic arthritis of the ankle due to a serious injury several years ago. There is no cartilage left between my joint according to my X-rays. After being prescribed Celebrex I was concerned about finding out later that it caused adverse side affects like Vioxx. After hearing from a friend about the healing affects of ACV, I went cold turkey off Celebrex and began using ACV. I had been taking Celebrex for about two months and I thought that once I stopped the drug I would be in extreme pain. After two weeks of using ACV only, there is very little pain or swelling any more. I will continue to use ACV for other ailments as well.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
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Posted by Davey D (Victoria, BC Canada) on 07/30/2008

[YEA]  Hi Ted! I would just like to say how wonderful the site is. About a year ago I started to search for natural cures for arthritis because my hips were giving me terrible pain and some pain in my knuckles as well. I am a male of 60 years with Muscular Dystrophy. I started taking 2 tbs apple cider vinegar with 1/2 tsp of backing soda twice a day for 5 days on and 2 days off. I can say that today I am almost pain free. I have found that the Omega 369 has taken care of my suicidal depression, but one a day is all I can afford because our Government will not help me. Your simple affordable remedy has saved my life because I can live more comfortably now. There was a story of a man of 53 found dead in his truck on day from carbon monoxide poisoning and I had been contemplating this method before I found Earth Clinic. Maybe if he had of known he would still be alive. No cuddo's for our gov.
God Bless you Ted.
Thank you so much for your help.
Davey D.

Posted by Steve (Victoria BC, Canada) on 12/06/2007

[YEA]  Hi everyone at earthclinic! I am a 60 year male. I found your site after a search for arthritis and natural cures. I started taking the ACV and BS two months ago. It has significantly reduced the pain and swelling between my knuckles. My hips and knee pain are getting better and the food taste better as well. My energy has increased and I am not napping as much. I don't feel as cold anymore and no more shivers in bed. It has also helped my wife with her knees. I can't thank you enough for your wonderful natural cure. I almost got sold on the Swedish joint pain formula but I found your site and I am now saving my much needed money. Now I am going to start using the H202 inhalation method and I will let you know how that turns out. You are on my 649 list and you can hold me to that.

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Chicken Cartilage
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Posted by Shiela (Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa) on 02/12/2012

[NAY]  Acv and baking soda and chicken cartilage for arthritis

Hi, I suffer from chronic arthritis in my knees, elbows, wrists lower back and all my other joints. I have been using Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda for 3 weeks and chicken cartilage in orange juice for 12days with absolutely no change in my condition. I am extremely disillusioned as I suffer excruciating pains in my knees, elbows and back. Where are all the people who spoke about these miracle treatments? The pains did not even recede. Are these scams or what. I was on methotrexate for4 weeks, took myself off as it made me Ill. Then I was rushed to hospital for a blood transfusion as it stripped all my blood. I was put onto cortisone which removed a lot of my pain but after weaning myself off after 7weeks the pains were back in full force. I am passionate about alternative medicine and was determined to try something natural. Hence, the rest is history. I was excited about this sight weeks ago but am lying here in extreme pain and have my doubts now!

Replied by Jennywren
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Hi there, I'm sitting here reading your post with my feet soaking in hot water and Epsom Salts! I do this for 30 mins every morning and it helps loosen up my arthritis feet (I have rheumatoid arthritis). I have been trying ACV and honey twice a day now for a couple of weeks and no relief. I did try large doses of fish oil and glucosamine last year and the pain disappeared for nearly 2 months - heaven! Alas it came back and has never worked since.

I am now experimenting with Borax.. I'm in my 2nd week of 5 days on, 3 days off. I wet my fingertip and dip it into the Borax then swirl it around in my hot toddy of ACV and honey every evening. No luck yet.. Hence the Epsom Salts! Good luck.. and keep going! The answer's out there somewhere, I'm sure.

Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
Jennywren, my Dad suddenly came down w/ RA and was really debilitated. I suggested a good broad spectrum joint formula that contained: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Vit-C, MSM, and Manganese. Also daily Flax Oil. Results were very slow and it wasn't until about 1 yr latter that some degree of regained normal function occurred.
Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
Hi Shiela (from Cape Town), The few folk I have known who had success with chicken cartilage also took colloidal minerals, at the amount of 30mls (1 oz) per 100 lb of body weight. It also took nearly 6 weeks to see good results. They were doing Dr Joel Wallach's recommendations, which was for 3 months at this amount. So I would not expect to see results for a few more weeks for most folk (sorry about that). All the best in finding the things that will work for you.
Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
The soils of western Australia are short on all the essential minerals.. It might not be just Boron.. It could be any number of essentials that you need. It might be a good idea to get some kelp tablets as well, it will be three months on these to make a difference. Don't overdo it.. I was taking a well advertised vitamin and mineral supplement.. And I'm sure that since its made from petro chemicals, it's usless and caused cracking and small ulcers at the corners of my mouth, which have just healed up after discontinuing after four weeks. Naturals are best.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses
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Posted by Dave (Lisbon, Portugal) on 11/20/2014

[YEA]  I have arthritic psoriasis for four years.The usual drugs that I had been taking did not help and I found from this website about taking ACV .After a month of taking 3 tablespoons a day I was able to do 25 squats at a time. After 3 months I was able to run a mile but at a slow pace.After about three years I also started taking three tablespoons of blackstrap molasses I could run down a flight of stairs without holding the rails.I will continue to take these to what further gains I will make in overcoming psoriasis. I want to thank all the great advise that this E.Clinic has given me.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Garlic
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Posted by Lisa (Jarrell, Tx, Williamson) on 04/23/2013

[YEA]  i also had tried ted's remedy of the borax... It has helped me.. I have had RA for 29yrs. What I do now is AVC w/honey and garlic started this in april. My inflammation has gone down alot (i can see all the damage in my joints)

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar (must be organic) w/the mother
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 8 cloves garlic

mix on high speed in blender for 60 seconds. Pour into a glass container. Seal & leave in the refrigerator for five days. Normal dosage is 2 tsp. In a glass of water or fruit juice, grape or orange juice is best before breakfast. I do this 3 times a day. it also has other benefits.

Apple Pectin
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Posted by William (Lexley, Alabama) on 09/30/2006

[YEA]  Apple Pectin: Two 500 mg caps per day taken with either grape or orange juice (Vitaimn C) cures Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Gout, TMJ and Arthritis. I have given it to over 50 people in my job as EH & S engineer for a manufacturing company as well as having used it myself for the past ten (10) years with complete success for pain in both of my thumbs. Lasting results have occurred within 48 hours. Will correspond. WEH