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Apple Cider Vinegar  

Posted by Marigold (Somewhere) on 02/24/2014

[YEA]  ACV for UTI: It worked for me! I would not have believed it if I hadn't tried it. A couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. I repeated it every 15 minutes to half hour. After three doses, I waited half an hour then drank 1/4 tsp of baking soda with water to settle my stomach. Three and a half hours after starting this treatment, I had absolutely NO pain, no more blood in my urine, no more urgency!

I didn't follow through with the protocol, so a week later it was back. I repeated the ACV and water treatment, once again it took 3-1/2 hours and again, no pain. I continued taking ACV and water three times a day for a few days after.

The following week I had my checkup at the doc's office. I told her what I had done. She got the lab result from my urine sample, said it was normal. I was stunned. I truly thought there would be some bacteria left and I'd still have to be on some antibiotic.

So try it and continue with the ACV for several days. Hopefully you'll have the same good results that I did.

Replied by Juana
Los Angeles, Ca
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I have to admit, I have not been consistent with it on a daily basis as I should be, but when I do, I can tell a difference; but I had a question, I have been using regular store bought acv, should I use a better quality like unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother to get better effects? it seems to be lingering around, I have been mixing it with lemon juice too; I mix 3 to 4 tablespoons of both Apple Cider Vinegar and lemon juice with a large glass of water usually twice a day. Thank u!
Replied by Marigold
If you're having some positive results from regular vinegar, you probably just need to use it more often and for a longer period of time to get rid of that UTI for good. Some swear that it has to be vinegar with the 'mother', but obviously it doesn't. I use homemade vinegar, so it does have the mother (and it doesn't taste as bad). Best of luck to you!

Posted by Jasmine (Uk) on 02/01/2014

[YEA]  I am 45 and have been getting cystitis since I was 16. I have found cranberry to be very useful in keeping the number of occurrences down, but usually when it takes hold I have to resort to antibiotics.

this time I thought I would first check out for natural remedies, and with 81 yeas decided to try acv. I put 4 tablespoons in a glass with warm water and drank it all in one go (through a straw as its not the nicest taste in the world lol), went to bed and in the morning, did a strip test for leukocytes.. it was clear! needless to say, very very impressed :)

Posted by Mrs M (Qld, Australia) on 08/18/2013

[YEA]  11:45 "OMG, I need to pee again for fifth time in an hour"
11:47 "oh, come on... Is that all? My cat pees more than that! "
11:52 "OMG, I need to pee again." > ailments > urinary tract infection.... [reading]
Hmmmm... Lets try this... Kitchen: 2 tablespoons organic ACV + juice of one lemon + water. OMG this tastes gross. Toughen up princess. Just keep drinking it. 12:25 "ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.... I no longer need to pee"
Time to go back to bed, since that is actually 12:25 am. Thanks earth clinic folks.

Posted by Adam (Las Vegas) on 08/10/2013

[YEA]  I have been paralyzed for 19 yrs and started having severe bladder infections immediately after my accident. I started using sterile gloves w iodine catheter kits that cost over 25 dollars a day and I still got them. After ten yrs of cipro and literally 200 to 300 infections the bacteria became resistant. I tried cranberry supplements and d monnase as well as other remedies and nothing worked. It seemed I would be on antibiotics forever. I have taken cipro, macrobid, bacterium, kelphlex , I have taken them all... Now after 19 years and over 500 infections (2 or 3 a month) I'm glad to say I have found a natural cure!!! I had an infection that macrobid was not fixing, so I thought I would try apple cider vinegar ( acv). I started by taking it w baking soda but realized after a few days the Apple Cider Vinegar was all I needed.... I read 6 tablespoons a day was the max u should take so I doubled it due to my severe infections and battle hardened bacteria.. By drinking 12 tbs or 6 ounce a day spread out (8am, 12pm, 5pm, 10pm) I saw immediate results. I use a catheter I pee into empty water bottles and recommend sufferers do the same So u can gauge the quality of the urine and adjust the Apple Cider Vinegar accordingly. The urine tells the tale evrytime and u can tell how the Apple Cider Vinegar is working by the clarity of your urine. I didn't get organic Apple Cider Vinegar either, I just used an old Safeway brand I had in the fridge. This is a life changer for me and the stress of recurring infections is gone!!!

Replied by Gavin
Northland, New Zealand
Re. Reoccurring bladder infections with regards to a catheter. Some Catheters have a silver wire along them. A friend with the same condition, says that at the clinic the ones with the silver wire do not get infections of the bladder. But the ones with the plain old catheters seem to get them on a regular basis. Hope that's helpful.
Replied by Anaur
God bless you! Your story made me tear up... I'm so glad your infection went away. I will try the Apple Cider Vinegar on my uti. Thanks!
Replied by Sharon
Sequim Wa
I am in a similar situation. How many days did you do this and are you on any sort of maintenance schedule?

Posted by Ash (Victoria, Australia) on 07/02/2013

[YEA]  I suffered from post intimacy urinary tract infection's for more than a year. The only thing that worked for me was taking one antibiotic tablet every time I was likely to get a UTI. I came on this website and decided to try Apple cider vinegar and it worked! I dilute 2 Tablespoons in a cup of water and sip this instead of taking an antibiotic!

Replied by Aj
Uxbridge, Ontario
I get them that way too, just make sure you pee rigth after sex and it will prevent them!

Posted by Gibby (Sandy Hook, Ct, US) on 04/10/2013

Anyone try ACV capsules/tablets for UTI? My daughter keeps getting the UTI's and I'm so stressed out because nothing is working. I tried to have her drink ACV and she couldn't get it down. I put lemon and stevia in in it and she gagged. We seemed to cure it with Alka Seltzer, cranberry, parsley tea, Uvi Ursi, garlic capsules all just fine, but came back 1 week later!!! We then ended up in Urgent care, and now, back on antibiotics. We are seeing the uryo/gyno today, but all she will do is put her on daily antiobitics which is what I desperately want to avoid. Nothing seems to work!!!! I'm so stressed out. She's had like 4 in 3 months! I'm wondering if the capsule form of ACV would be as effective as the liquid because she will NOT take it!!!!!!

Replied by Rsw
Uniontown, Oh
I have seen many posts on d-mannose for UTI's. I have seen it mentioned on several different sites as safe and effective for UTI's.
Replied by Linda
New Haven, Ct, United States
Gibby, try using a glass of apple juice or apple cider to mix with the apple cider vinegar. When added to either of these beverages all you taste is apple cider... No vinegar taste at all. That's how I got a member of my family to drink it. The capsules just don't seem to capture the live enzymes of the liquid I'm afraid.

Posted by Janine (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 03/10/2013

[YEA]  I've had UTI's for as far back as I can remember. Good hygiene and things like urinating right after my husband and I are intimate helped keep the infection at bay for nearly 3 years. But last week there were 2 consecutive times that I did not urinate after my husband and I were intimate and I felt the onset of a dreaded UTI. Doubled over in pain, I reached for my ipad and went to the earthclinic site searching for a remedy and hoping that it would be something that I already had on hand. I'm so glad I found this site! I filled a 3oz bathroom Dixie cup halfway with ACV and I filled the rest with water. I then drank two 8oz bottles of water. In about two hours I went to the bathroom PAIN FREE with no discomfort at all! I'm so happy! I took 3 more tablespoons of ACV for good measure.

UPDATE: In the morning I went to urinate and there was no pain or discomfort. In the past I would've taken antibiotics for at least 7 days, which always lead to more problems (stomachs aches, yeast infections, etc. ). I'm so happy I found earth clinic! The excruciating pain, urgency, and discomfort from the UTI was gone in less than 3 hours after I took ACV!

Posted by C.K. (Ludington, Mi. Usa) on 02/26/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I don't know about a cure, but apple cider vinegar sure does help ease the symptoms of my painful uti. Within 1/2 hr of drinking acv, lemon juice & water, symptoms were 75% (or more) improved. Yay for acv!

Posted by Bee (Atlanta, Ga) on 10/11/2012

[YEA]  Thank you to everyone that suggested drinking ACV for UTI's/bladder infections. After several bouts with UTI's over the years, I was told that I am just one of those that suffers from chronic UTI's. I always took the meds as prescribed and they always went away, but last year I found myself battling BV and another UTI. I refused to take anymore meds and I found myself here. It has been a lifesaver!!!

On Tuesday, I noticed a familiar urge to urinate. I knew immediately it was a UTI. I stopped what I was doing and mixed together 2 Tbs. of ACV and 2 Tbs. of lemon juice into a tall glass of water. As the day went on, the frequency to urinate almost stopped. I continued to drink water throughout the day…. No sugar & no alcohol. Later that night, I had vitamin C before I went to sleep. I've continued to drink the ACV mixture every morning and evening. As of today, I feel no symptoms of the UTI, but I will continue to drink the ACV mixture for the rest of week. I hope this helps someone because it definitely helped me!!! I also pop in an oil of oregano caplet just for good measure!

Posted by D. (Tallahassee, Fl) on 04/28/2012

[YEA]  I've had a couple UTIs in my life and have always just taken AZO standard. This time was different, worse, I woke up in the middle of the night in so much pain. I didn't know what to do seeing I was at a friends, she luckily had an AZO but it didn't work like usual, I came on this site Thank god! I read about taking lemon juice and putting it in water, which was the only option I had cause she didn't have ACV. Lemon water didn't help I came home and got out the ACV right away took 2 tsp along with 3 tbs of lemon juice right away, took a hot bath and it did wonders! Waited about an hour and just took 2 more tsp with warm water. I recommend taking it with lemon juice, it takes away the nasty taste of ACV.

Replied by Pam
Palm Springs, Ca, 92262
[YEA]   I have to share my UTI story. I've only had a couple in my life and they are horrible. I've only been able to get rid of them with antibiotics. I had one hit me hard in the middle of the night about a month ago. I dragged my painful self to the computer and read about apple cider vinegar actually curing it. Many comments from women who attested to this. It was 2am and nothing open but Walmart. I had to buy some lousy brand. I mixed it with water and in about 15 minutes threw up. I went to the doctor the next morning and got the antibiotics. Took them for a week and still have the infection. I stopped any alcohol and sweets. If I had even a tiny bit of either, it hit me in my bladder.

I couldn't afford to go back to the doctor. I started thinking it would never go away. I finally got smart and bought some organic apple cider vinegar (unfiltered with mother in it - which, I believe all have). Mixed 1 TBS in a pint glass of room temp water. I honestly didn't even feel it just a few hours later. It's been a week now and I've been drinking it am and pm. Nothing! Normal!!!!! I've been reading about all the other benefits of drinking it and will continue to have a glass or two daily.

Replied by Jr
Av, Mn
After yrs of UTI and antibiotics, I found what works for me. I do have to start with an azo pill, just to stop the pain and contractions. Then I take 1 Tablespoon Collidal silver or sometimes 1 teaspoon 3x a day. I take 3 cranberry pills 3X per day. Then at night, several hours after collidal silver I take a probotic, so the good stuff is there to work thru the night. ( make sure you do not take Collidal silver and probotics at the same time, they nix each other). Also, drink 64 oz. or more of water per day to flush your system. NO, sugar stuff and lay low on caffeine.

I feel better within a day or two, but continue this for 3 days to a week depending on how bad you have it.

I've done this for the last several yrs now, they are getting fewer and farther apart. I've have not needed any antibiotics since I started this.

Posted by Linda (Okotoks, Ab Canada) on 11/22/2011

To whom it may concern; In desperation I began searching the internet tonight for natural cures for UTI's. I have a long frustrating story with bladder infections. Today after being on anti-biotics for a week, I still have an infection. Dr. doesn't know what to do? I still feel sick and want off this merry-go-round. I'm out of options. I have tried a natural way to cure myself and these now seem to be failing me. It has been a long, long year.

Please, please can Apple Cider Vinegar help and what is the protocol? It's a little confusing reading everyone's stories. Thanks Linda

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi Linda - In the book Apple Cider Vinegar by the _____ family (of the famous _____ Apple Cider Vinegar brand), they recommend the following for bladder infections:

Drink at least 8 glasses of pure water daily.

Drink the ACV "cocktail" which is 2 teaspoons of ACV in 8 ounces of pure water - you can add a little bit of raw honey or maple syrup but that's optional (if you're diabetic, use stevia). Drink this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, one hour before lunch and one hour before dinner.

Drink marshmallow herbal tea - two or three times daily. (I would imagine you could get this at a health food store)

Add one cup of ACV to a daily warm sitz bath (a large basin or a few inches in a bath tub).

Hope this works for you! Bess

Replied by Jen
Bozeman, Mt, Us
Dear Linda, I have a friend who's daughter has always gotten very bad bladder infections throughout her life. She was on antibiotics pretty much every 3 weeks. She would take a 10 day course and within a week she would have another infection. I suggested she take her daughter to a naturopath to see if she had any food intolerances. It turns out she did. If she stays away from Gluten she doesn't get an infection at all. I think it's been over a year since her last infection now.

There is some studies on why people get bladder infections when they are gluten intolerant and there is evidence that it effects the lining of the bladder which makes it easier to irritate. Alot of the reason why antibiotics won't work in this situation is because there is no actual "infection. " There is irritated bladder lining which will keep being irritated unless the antagonist is removed. So you should get a food allergy test and find out if this is the case or just test the theory out by removing gluten and see if it helps.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
Linda, it would be interesting to know your age because I think that my bladder infections came from dryness of the vagina. When my husband and I started using lube during intercourse the infections stopped. Also peeing afterwards and washing yourself helps. When I took antibiotics my doctor told me not to take the ten day cure, she said that 3 days were enough and that was true. And drinking enough water, that helps as well! I haven't had any for almost 18 months.

Posted by Kellie (Hb, Ca) on 10/06/2011

[YEA]  I went to the Dr's. less than a month a go for a UTI and was put on antibiotics for a week (which totally messed up my system). I woke up at 3AM with that burning sensation and wont be able to get to the DR's till Monday. I need relief and FAST! I remember my brother took ACV just because, so I looked it up. Figured it wouldn't hurt.... I mixed mine with lemonade, yes it still tastes horrible but it's been half an hour and already feel better. I'll continue to take it till monday. I dont want to be on antibiotics again. Good luck!

Posted by Jennifer (Sunrise, Fl, Usa) on 10/04/2011

[YEA]  Another big YES for ACV as a urinary tract infection remedy. I get these all the time unfortunately, and not just little ones - really bad ones. I've urinated blood and had kidney infections from them before. The key to treating UTIs is to treat them FAST. If you think that you are getting one, treat it immediately - don't wait. The infection spreads fast and in a matter of hours, you can be in serious pain. You may notice that your UTI clears up after just one dose of ACV - but this is very important - DON'T STOP TAKING THE ACV - take it 3x per day, for one week - EVEN IF you feel no symptoms! Just like a UTI can come back if you stop taking antibiotics, it can come back if you stop taking the ACV, and with a vengeance. I keep a bottle of ACV with me at all times - I even bring a bottle with me overseas when I travel, and it has saved me through quite a few UTI episodes!

Please note that this remedy is only for mild UTIs. If you don't see an improvement in symptoms, or if you are urinating blood, have symptoms of a kidney infection, or are in serious pain - GO SEE A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY. UTIs are very serious if left untreated - the infection can spread to your kidneys and cause permanent scarring. If you don't have health insurance, a lot of drugstores in the US (and even some Targets now) have health clinics that diagnose and treat urinary tract infections for under $100. A UTI clears up extremely quickly with the correct antibiotics.

Replied by Megan
West Jordan, Ut
What if you always bleed with your UTI's? My pregnancies really messed up my tube from my bladder to the outside world. Actually since I was 17 I have always had blood, frequency, and burning as the first sign and believe it or not very little pain in my abdomen but of course not for when I pee. I want to do natural remedies to clear my UTI up. I bought no sugar added 100% cranberry juice, ACV, AZO pain relief and cranberry pills. I had a UTI about two months ago and the drugs made my body in really bad shape. I don't want them again. I want my body to fight this and hopefully grow immune to it. I had grandmother I never met die of bladder cancer. I also have an aunt who has my same issues of recurrent bladder infections. I just want to let my body do what it's meant to do. Build immunity to these bacterias. Women back before modern medicine lived through UTI's and kidney infections with natural remedies. I believe in them fully. So I think most necessary to go to a doctor is when you have severe pain in your flank area and just can't get rid of the UTI symptoms.

Posted by Rockgur14 (Candor, Ny United States) on 09/20/2011

[YEA]  I woke up a couple days ago with a terrible pain and realized immediately that I had a bladder infection. UTI's are seriously one of the worst and most uncomfortable sensations a person can have- very annoying! I am away at college and had no clue what to do (without a vehicle to drive to the doctors, mind you). I immediately panicked and looked up at-home remedies to find a quick solution. I have always known about unsweetend cranberry juice but that's about all I have heard. This is only my third UTI ever, so I don't really know a lot about what can help, treat, etc.

After frantically searching through some random websites, I came across Earth Clinic and... HALLELUJAH!! Probably one of the best things I've ever done. I noticed right away all of the users who vouch for ACV so I decided I would give it a shot. However, because of the no-car situation I am in, I had to wait for one of my roommates to come home so I could hitch a ride to the grocery store. In the meantime, I mixed up a solution of about 3 tbsps lemon juice and 8 oz. of water. I started feeling relief almost immediately. By the time I picked up some ACV, I already felt well enough to focus on things other than my UTI. I mixed up my own recipe of cranberry juice, lemon juice, ACV, and water that works absolute wonders.

Seriously... UTI's suck, and it is the worst feeling when you don't have the time/circumstances to rush to the doctors. If you feel one coming on, or if you've been suffering from one, just STOP! Drink some ACV and if you have it, lemon juice, and you will be returning to normal in no-time! I promise, this stuff is a MIRACLE!! It really works!! I still have a slight UTI but because I've only been drinking it for a day now I know I just need to give it some more time. Also, DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!! ACV works beautifully, but you need to be constantly flushing your bladder to fully rid yourself of the bacteria. Thank you so much for reading this, and thank you SO MUCH for all of the combined posts that recommend ACV! IT'S AMAZING!

Here's my recipe that works for me, hopefully it will work for you too!

2 tbsps Apple Cider Vinegar

2 or 3 tbsps 100% Lemon Juice

8 to 15 ounces of Water

**I also have tried the ACV and Lemon Juice with unsweetened cranberry juice. Just replace water with that. It makes it taste a little better!!

Good luck! :)

Replied by Kd
Houston, Tx
[YEA]   You were SO correct about the Organic apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon juice & water cocktail for a suspected bladder infection.

I have only had one other in my entire life - perhaps 16 years ago; but the unpleasant sensation was in my memory. I waited (unfortunately) 24 hours before reading this post but I immediately made up a tall glass of 2 or 3 tbsp. Of The organic vinegar, lemon juice and H2o, drank it down and took a shower. By the time I stepped out to dry myself I was feeling immense relief from my symptoms.

A real lifesaver. I hope that if I continue on this regimen for a time I can avoid taking any antibiotics. Time will tell. THANK YOU!

Replied by Barbara
Stockton, california U.S.A.
HI, Love this website and all the great natural solutions. I suffered from a bladder infection and a famous alternative doctor recommended D-Mannose. It really worked like a charm. Buy the product at the Health Food Store. I do also believe in the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice as a cure. Make sure it's the Organic apple cider with the mother in it. Here's to natural cures that really work, stay away from antibiotics if you can.

Posted by Rosie (M.r., B.c.) on 08/22/2011

I just got my second Bladder Infection in my Life tonight, I'm 41yrs-went to bathroom 3x and OMGosh!! Pain!! For the 1st B.I. Not many Symptoms, I took an Antibiotic but I can only take certain ones or I get sick. I thought this time I would try the Natural way to help with the Pain and Heal the B.I. So I had some ACV with the Mother, so down it went-about 2 TBS with 4 cups of water! I have had to have Ultrasounds before for another serious woman thing so I know that it takes 4cups to fill your Bladder up and 1/2hr to reach your Bladder :) Also never hold Urine in past 3.5hrs Not good for you-Ever!! (The Ultrasound Tech Told me once :)) Just with the 4cps you will feel Pressure on your Bladder and you will have to go soon after the 1/2 wait :) It's now been 1/2hr, I feel a Little better now just sitting! Emptied part of my Bladder-OMGosh the worst Pain!! Will continue with the ACV and Add VitC to the mix and then up date Later Thanks