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Apple Cider Vinegar   91  2   

Posted by Donna (Port Huron, MI, USA) on 12/15/2008

[YEA]  To those of you who commented that you soaked in a tub with a solution of ACV because of a urinary infection, and another who used a cotton ball and applied the ACV that way, I have done something simpler that worked almost immediately (for females).

For a few years, I was getting terribly painful urinary infections. I would need medication and I would be off work for at least 3 days and in pain for at least a week. I am talking screaming pain here. It was horrible.

I woke up in the middle of the night with another infection and knew that I would need to go to Emergency. I did not want to wake my husband up for another hour or two so he could take me to Emergency and go straight to work. So in desperation, I went to my books to see if there was anything I could do to relieve the pain temporarily. In a book on Water Therapy, I found instructions for an ACV/water douche. Fortunately, I had a set as part of a hot water bottle kit.

I tried it; the burning pain left almost instantly and I fell asleep. In the morning, the infection was completely gone. I didn't even have discomfort. I have not had a urinary infection since then (more than 30 years). At the first sign, I use ACV solution. I take it in my first aid kit when I travel or go backpacking in the bush. It is remarkable. Under those circumstances, when I travel light, I just use a facecloth soaked in the warm solution.

You are right; ACV is probably the most amazing of all remedies.

My father began taking it with honey in his 50's and never had another cold despite the cold MidWest winters.

Replied by Janet
Cornwall, Ontario Canada
04/08/2009
I went to the local health food store and I bought [...] apple cidar vinigar [...]. I have just drank two teaspoons in 10 ounces of water and I have tested my urin PH level and it went from 5.8 to 6.8 and I have no more uerthera burning.....I will see if this makes thing better I will keep at it tomorrow as well, I had posted earlier about the old wives tales, having much TRUTH I believe. I hope this continues to work, like I said I will continue with it tomorrow too, and I have also started eating raw carrots and celery and apples, which are all great too, to help this problem.......and some pure cranberry and dandelion and juniper mixed together for a natural light diuretic effect to help flush the out everything. ACV, also is a natural buffer which helps relieve the body of toxins to my understanding and has GREAT anitbacterial effect in it and strong sertilzation effect too, so in other words makes for a wonderful bacterial killer, GOOD thing....I hope keeps working!

Posted by Lori (Hammond, Indiana) on 11/26/2008

[YEA]  For about 2 yrs. I've been suffering from UTI's/Bladder Infections and most recently, Yeast Infections. I have been to the ER I don't know how many times, then I found a dr. that deals in that. I kept having UTI's and Bladder Infections and he kept prescribing my antiboitics, it got to the point where the antiboitics stopped working, I recently tried the ACV and I feel so much better! It really works. If I knew about this a long time ago it would of saved me a lot of trips to the ER. And I also love the added things it does for me, I have A TON of energy, my hair looks and feels a lot better, I went for a check-up last Monday and I lost 4 lbs. and I wasn't even trying. Trust me ladies, u should try the ACV!

Posted by Victoria (Akron, OH) on 11/13/2008

[YEA]  I use to get bladder infections ALL the time years ago but stopped then for years and just woke up with one this morning! I was shocked! However, since this has been my favorite site for any ailments I quickly got on to look up what to do for a bladder infection even though I knew ACV would be one to use.

But one thing I saw was to eat lots of celery and cucumbers for the bladder infection. So this morning I drank a huge glass of water with ACV - Another plain glass of water, ate celery and cucs and drank lemon water AND I took marshmallow root which is suppose to be good for a bladder infection too. Then the rest of the day I drank lemon water and I am fine as I sit here and type this out! YAY!

As always - thank you Earth CLinic readers with your advice!

Posted by Laura (Los Angeles, CA) on 11/06/2008

[YEA]  I'm so glad I found your website!!! I used to get UTI's all the time... Cranberries never worked for me. I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar that I read about on this site and BINGO!!! Wow... why didn't I know about this 10 years ago? It would have saved me lots of money and time in the docs office!!! I'm a believer now! Thank you!

Posted by Wendy (A very small town, USA) on 11/03/2008

[YEA]  I had a problem with frequent UTI's due to bladder retention. Nothing ever suggested to me prevented them and I've tried everything. My Doctor even wanted to put me on a low dose daily antibiotics. A friend sent my this web site thank God! Felt a difference the first day! The first day I probably went a little overboard taking a straight shot of ACV then drinking 2tbs of ACV per glass of water all through out the day. Now I take a maintenance dose of 2TBS per glass of water three times per day. So far so good. I'll update if there are any changes.

Replied by Hannes
Mirabel, Quebec, Canada
11/08/2008
I have large scale retention problems causing bladder infections. ACV worked very well. But to fix the underlaying cause which is retention, I am heading for surgery next month. I was informed that with a high level of retention I'm facing deterioration of bladder and it's function and that extended backpressure due to inadequate urine flow or blockage may eventually lead to kidney problems. I decided not to let that develop. Hope my experience gives you some useful info.
Replied by Hannes
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
11/20/2008
Wendy, I put an update on maintenance under my section that might interest you. Can you share your experience with maintenance, so far.

Posted by Anne (MN, US) on 10/29/2008

[YEA]  Bladder infection (to the point of bleeding)

A lot of Water as well as cranberry juice (no sugars) mixed with Apple cider vinegar works very well, but you have to drink a lot of all of them. It was gone within 3-5 days. (If you are bleeding do this still, I've bled with the infection and this really helped me. Be persistent with it.)

Posted by Hannes (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) on 10/27/2008

[YEA]  Being on intermittent catheders and recently gone through cystoscopy and then cystogram, I contracted 3 consecutive bladder infections inside of 2 1/2 months and took 3 full cycles of cypro, one to cure each. When the fouth infection built up in the 3rd month, with same symptoms as the first 3, I did not want yet more antibiotics and found this site. Tried ACV as described by others, symptoms left within 3 days, had a chem stick test done on 4th day and was found free of bladder infection. Thanks, guys!

The only question left is that when using catheders, the urethra does not "get flushed out" since in this case urin flows through a plastic tube instead - so could in this case an infection remain in the urethra.
So far no such indication.

In any case, I now continue with a mainteneance dose of ACV for the period of intermittant catheder use.

Replied by Christina
somewhere, N.Carolina
11/02/2008
Just thought you should know that the antibiotic called Cipro causes seizures. My sister took it for a UTI & 3 or 4 months{yes,months!} later she had a seizure from it & spent a week in the hospital! If you look up Cipro online, you'll see all the side effects. They are trying to take it off the market and there are law suits pending. My sister has to take meds. for 6 months to prevent more seizures. I hope this helps...
Replied by Hannes
Mirabel, Quebec, Canada
11/07/2008
[YEA]   UPDATE: In my case, ACV worked very well both to kill a 4th recurring infection and then, on maintenence dose, to keep recurrance away (in spite of higher risks due to self catherderizing). As a matter of caution, I checked the kidney area daily while curing, by bouncing the wrists into the back side where the kidneys reside, assuring no pain developed and and also checked temperature; the warning is clear: Bladder infections, if treated ineffectively, can lead to kidney infections (requiring immediate professional emergency actions) and may lead to kidney failure and even shut-down!

I'm glad I found this site and thrilled that for me ACV works so well, considering a reply from Christina regarding Cipro.

Replied by London
Sandusky, Ohio
11/10/2008
That's crazy that Cipro causes seizures. I just googled it. Wow. It did give me yet another raging yeast infection, though.
Replied by Hannes
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
11/20/2008
UPDATE on maintenence: Just before week-end I got sloppy with my maintenence dose intake and also got exerted physically. By early week I had the next bladder infection going as confirmed by chem strip test. This time it took more time and higher amounts of ACV than ever before to get the infection in check; it's still not totally cleared although most symptoms have subsided. So I am wondering if, by using longer term AVC maintenance doses, one runs a risk of developing an ACV-resistant bacteria culture! I now think more needs to be learned about maintenance usage.
Replied by Amanda
Long Beach, CA USA
05/22/2009
DO NOT EVER TAKE CIPRO!!! This medication has crippled my father for LIFE! Avoid Cipro at all costs please...
Replied by B
NY, NY
05/22/2009
That is because, it has been reported, hospitals reuse catheders.
Replied by Anonymous
Anonymous, USA
05/23/2009
Doesn't CIPRO cause fluoride poisoning?

EC: According to Jason Uttley, Cipro does indeed cause fluoride poisoning. Read his fantastic article on our fibromyalgia page.

Replied by Gloria
Von Ormy, Tx
02/03/2010
Hello,

I was looking through remedies and saw this post. What's wrong with cipro? The doctors gave it to me last time i had a kidney infection?

Posted by London (Sandusky, Ohio ) on 10/17/2008

[YEA]  There's nothing like having a BV, and a UTI, simultaneously. I have been battling a severe bladder infection for the last week or so. I have been taking UVA URSI, which is my usual routine, when I get a bladder infection, but this time, it wasn't enough. Once I drank white vinegar, which was way too harsh. I was in such pain! I couldn't sit still. I could not lay down. The only thing that soothed me was sitting on the toilet for 15 minutes at a time, pushing a little urine out, or sitting in the bath.

One morning, I was in such pain, I could barely walk, and MY KIDNEYS HURT!(Lower back pain), and I had chills and felt like I was going to throw up. My Mom kept on pressuring me to go to the emergency room. I don't have insurance. Anyways, I consulted this blessed site, and decided to give apple cider vinegar a try. I took a lot, all day, I drank about 3 tbsp in a tall glass of water, several times a day. By the first few hours, the pain subsided, I could not believe it, it really helped me. I'm not exactly good about drinking a lot of fluids during a bladder infection, but since this was helping the (most uncomfortable feeling in the world), I was all about it. I honestly didn't think this would help, my advanced bladder infection, but it is. I'm on my third day, so far so good.

Replied by London
Sandusky, Ohio
10/25/2008
[WARNING!]   UPDATE. OK guys, I ended having to go to the hospital with a mild kidney infection, and getting Cipro- antibiotics. Now, I'm not saying apple cider vinegar does not work, I believe it does. It helped me with the pain, and staved it off for awhile, but my infection I think, had gone on too long, and was too much, and too advanced for the vinegar cure. Vinegar does work, (and I'm all about for curing yourself independently), for milder cases, but, if you really think you may be having a serious problem, like (Fever, chills), go to the emergency room, and get a taken care of.
Replied by Jamie
Atlanta, Ga
07/29/2010
[YEA]   I sat in an ankle deep bathtub of water and ACV while simultaniously taking a straight shot of ACV. It has been only 1 hour and while I'm still not 100%, there is significant improvement which I'm sure will continue as long as I keep the ACV coming. I was literally about to make the dreaded, guaranteed 2 hour wait to the Emergency room because my pain has been so unbareable all day long. I have sat on the toilet for hours because the sensation that I have to urinate was constant and it hurt so bad when urine actually did pass. I needed relief so I found this site online and got excited and hopeful. It really does work. I am sitting here typing this and not doubled over in pain in the restroom like I have been the rest of the day. I hope this is helpful for anyone else going through this infection. God bless! ! !
Replied by Ecfan99
Everywhere, Usa
03/29/2012
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   I took ACV for a UTI within an hour of realizing I had one. The ACV helped with the symptoms (constant feeling of having to pee, major discomfort, pain) within hours, thank goodness. Kept the ACV up for 3 days. But ended up with a kidney infection and doubled over in pain. Got into the doctor ASAP, and am now on antibiotics. I will use ACV again for symptoms, but will get to the doctor as soon as possible next time to prevent spreading.

Posted by Melissa (Cardiff by the Sea, CA) on 10/07/2008

[YEA]  I too suffer with UTI's and had been suffering from a really bad one up until last Sunday. All of last week and into the weekend I was urinating blood and blood clots! It was super painful to say the least! I went online and found a lot of information on ACV and quickly picked some up at the store on Sunday. Sunday evening I drank two tbs. mixed in 8oz. of warm water and the next morning, I was amazed at the results. I could finally urinate pain free and there was absolutely no blood! It is now Tuesday, and I have been continuing the ACV (3 tbs. in water, 3 times a day) and it's insane how much better I feel! The UTI is gone! I would recommend ACV to anyone over nasty antibiotics!

Posted by Roni (Holualoa, Hawaii) on 10/05/2008

[YEA]  Look, after a couple of years of recurrent UTI's, and heavy antibiotic use for one infection or another, I am very skeptical of using antibiotics as a one stop cure all. After a couple of years fighting depression, mood swings, gastro disorders, weight gain and inexplicable tiredness, I really must say I think antibiotic over use has put me in a position where my immune system cannot fight off small infections very well.

Anyways, my Dad used to always harp on about ACV and I always thought he was nuts, because he's a nutty individual lol.

I do not have medical insurance, I'm worn down, cran tablets, cran extract with stevia and candida tablets DID NOT WORK. Not eating any carbs, sugar or refined foods for several days, flushing with water. My condition worsened still. I guess I had a persistent case of UTI. With the burning sensation of my uretha, coupled with the terrible back pain, fever, swollen abdomen, being hot alternatiing with being cold I knew I could not waste too much time as my UTI would persist and I am not one to want to waste precious time when I know its possible to be enjoying life without feeling really awful.

After visiting this site and trying a good few remedies, I can honestly say "STOP!" Stop what you are doing, dont waste your time with sugar laden cran juice - Drink lots of water to flush and I say a SHOT GLASS full of ACV in a 500 ml bottle of purified, chilled water.

Do not waste your time with the store shelf aecetic acid version of apple cider vinegar - use ____ with the Mother in it and the results are far more amazing and quicker than the brownish yucky after taste garden variety cider vinegar which I think is effective, but crappy next to the highly effective ____ version.

Do the shot glass mix of ACV in the bottled water and refrain from consuming sugars and refined carbs for at least a couple of days, eat fresh and drink your acv mix.

I think the ACV akalizes the body and causes the bacteria in the urinary tract to die off at a rapid rate. It also helps balance your body PH levels so that your body starts to function well and fight off nasty invaders itself.

Unfortunately, our modern diets laden with foods that change our PH levels to become too acidic make it hard for the body to fight infection.

With continued use of ACV you start to get more energy with little or no come down, your body metabolizes fat better so a side effect is gradual weight loss with little or no change in one's habits - but most importantly its a great natural fix when you're feeling really run down from a UTI -

Im so happy to have re-found ACV in my life. Im happy my Dad the nut still recommends it and that mostly IT WORKS!!! Good luck to your low cost cures! Roni

Posted by Linda (San Francisco, California) on 08/30/2008

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar was the best thing for me during my painful bladder infection, Thanks to you all who posted this remedy on this site. I've only had a bladder infection one other time in my life, 16 years ago. I had full medical benefits at the time, so I went to my doctor and got some medications. At this time in my life, I don't have medical benefits, so when I woke up yesterday morning and went to urinate, (the pain was unmistakeable, I knew what it was right away), I got on the internet right away and found this site, thank God.

I poured 8 ozs of water into a glass, and put in two tablespoons of ACV. I drank it down real fast. When I urinated about 1/2 hour later, it wasn't painful anymore. I drank 8ozs of water every hour all day, and about every 4th glass contained the ACV. I also monitored my urine's pH balance with pH sticks. I wanted to make sure I was staying alkaline. I had a low grade fever all day, and I rested and tried to nap most of the day. Before bed, I drank another 8 ozs of water with two tablespoons of ACV. I woke up this morning after sleeping through without waking up a full 7 hours. When I urinated there was no pain at all. I don't have a low grade fever this morning. Thanks to you all and your posts, I stayed away from coffee and sweets all day yesterday as well. I'm sure that helped tremendously. I'm going to continue drinking water and alternating with ACV today and probably tomorrow too, just to make sure the bacteria is gone. Thank you so much for your information on this site, you all are awesome!

Posted by Veronica (San Antonio, Texas) on 07/31/2008

[YEA]  I got a full blown urinary tract infection; the constant feeling of the need to urinate, stinging, and the just plain uncomfortable. I headed to this site and found acv as a cure for bladder infections. This was a bad one so it took about 3 days, plus I spent 1 day taking capsules- which did no good. It had to be the bottled stuff. I hate the taste, but can't argue with the results. No more UTI!

Posted by Robin (Ladera Ranch, CA) on 07/22/2008

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Jessica
Sparta, Tennessee
10/09/2008
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).

Posted by Leah (Westchester, NY) on 07/08/2008

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Karen
Chicago, IL
05/03/2009
[YEA]   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!!!

Posted by LM (Lake forest, USA) on 06/30/2008

[YEA]  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..


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