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ACV for Arthritis: Effective Natural Pain Relief

| Modified on Jan 20, 2024
Apple Cider Vinegar for Arthritis Remedy on Earth Clinic.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has emerged as an effective natural remedy for arthritis, with numerous individuals reporting significant benefits from this affordable and straightforward treatment. Whether taken hot or cold, ACV can be consumed at any time of the day to alleviate arthritis symptoms.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Arthritis

A common approach involves mixing one tablespoon of raw, organic apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water, consumed once or twice daily. However, the dosage can vary based on individual needs. Some may find relief with just one teaspoon in a glass of water, while others might prefer more than two tablespoons of ACV each day.

To enhance the taste, honey can be added to the mixture, though diabetics should monitor their sugar levels. Adding 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda can also neutralize the acidity of the vinegar.

A particularly soothing way to consume apple cider vinegar during colder months is by preparing a warm tonic with the following ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 6 ounces boiling water
  • A pinch of cinnamon

This mixture creates a delicious and therapeutic drink.

Beyond arthritis relief, apple cider vinegar has been known to help with various health issues, including digestive problems, constipation, and acne.

Topical Application of Apple Cider Vinegar for Arthritis

Apart from oral consumption, apple cider vinegar can be used topically for joint pain relief. Applying pure vinegar or a half-and-half mixture of vinegar and water onto a clean cloth and wrapping it around the affected joint can reduce pain. This compress can be left for several hours or overnight.

For a convenient application, a spray made of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water can be used on painful joints multiple times a day.

We invite you to explore the various ways our readers have successfully used apple cider vinegar to manage their arthritis below. Your experiences with apple cider vinegar for arthritis are valuable to us, so please share your stories!

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Posted by Janet S-D (San Diego Ca) on 09/22/2023 8 posts

Apple Cider Vinegar really worked fast 4 my very painful Arthritic CPPD Knees

9-22-2023 I'm an 78 yr old Caucasian woman in reasonable health for my age, although I do have Osteoporosis and low thyroid. From June 2023 till Sept 2023 I suffered with incredible knee pain, worse than natural child birth, to the point I could only get to the bathroom (only 15' from my bed, by using crutches. In early Sept. 2023 I looked up home remedies on Earth Clinic & found that many people used Apple Cider Vinegar with a bit of honey. I decided to try it as all the ER room at the hospital could offer me was very strong & addictive pain pills. So my 1st day I mixed up 4 tablespoons of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar(with the mother) & a few drops of organic honey (from Florida I had on hand) with 6 oz of filtered spring water and I sipped that for a few hours. Within hours the pain started to dissipate.

By the end of the day I drank the full glass. (other posts said to drink 2 glasses, but I only drank 1 glass) I did the exact same thing for the next 2 days & each day the pain got less, but day 3 I could walk without the crutches, but still some pain...then I switched to honey from bees in Ca. and the pain level stayed the same(low, but still there)...I did that for a few days & no reduction in pain. 1 day I only drank 1/2 glass & the pain started to come back. What I read on here said to drink 2 glasses for 7 days with 1 added table of AVC each day. I learned, don't skip a day! Today I mixed 7 tbl of AVC & a few drips of the honey from Florida...that was a few hours ago & already I'm feeling less pain. I'm not sure if the progress in less pain is due to more AVC or the honey from Florida. I'm just so glad it's working and I wanted to share and hope this helps someone else as much as it does me.....because Western Medicine (that I was raised on) has no ways to get rid of the crystals in the joints that I've been able to find.

Replied by Janet
(San Diego , Ca)
8 posts

I wanted to add that it now appears to me, that they brand of honey and the location the honey came from as well as other things added to the honey could have an important effect on how well this works for you. I found that when I took the same brand of honey from Florida for 2 days then took the same brand from Ca for 3 days, the honey from Ca didn't stop the pain as well as the honey from Florida. The brand was the same, Local Hive, but the one that seems to work best on me is from Florida, with "Floral Notes": Brazilian Pepper, Citrus, Clover, Gallberry, & Tupelo. I've added this info because I've read that one honey(Maluleka Honey) has very good health benefits, so I'm guessing that may also be the case with Local Hive Honey from Florida and CPPD Arthritis in my knees. I've now ordered some of this same honey from Florida (as I've run out of the Local Hive Honey I had from Florida and once I give it a try, I'll report back if it does indeed keep that horrible pain away. I hope this works for anyone else with this horrible pain.

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Posted by Erin (Calgary) on 05/15/2021

I've taken Apple Cider Vinegar for 30 years. Took a break for 2 or three years, I just always felt amazing. Lately, I've been super stiff. Joints, body, etc. Groaning when getting up, all that stuff. I started using Apple Cider Vinegar on my fish sticks and fries (I like salt and vinegar on fish and chips). I use like 6 or 7 cap fulls at a time on it. A couple capfuls per stick. Of course, after like 3 days of doing that, I'm magically, completely NOT stiff anymore.

I don't like drinking it in water, but I will. I prefer to just put it in a shot glass and shoot it if it's not on fish or french fries. ACV doesn't care if it's mixed with food. It's not picky. But wow, does it work.

Replied by tim

If you're going to take ACV straight, make sure and brush your teeth.

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I was taking it in a shot glass all week and did notice some sensitivity in my teeth! I will be drinking it in water from now on or brushing my teeth after.

(somewhere, europe)

Renee, they say not to brush teeth until a half hour after ingesting the acid food or drink, but yes to rinse your mouth. Brushing while the acid is still there, might erode the enamel of the teeth.

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Posted by Bel1954 (Santa Fe, Nm) on 04/03/2017 2 posts

I had painful knee Arthritis with swelling and stiffness everyday. I tried a Cortisone shot helped for a month only and knee surgery was out of the question. I was desperate for relief! All I did was search on the internet for help. I found an article on benefits of drinking Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Since last Summer I drink 1 tablespoon with 6 oz. warm water everyday faithfully! I no longer suffer with pain or swelling my stiffness is very minimal to none. I am also not a big fan of taking OTC pain relievers and definitely no prescribed drugs!! Today I am a healthy pain free camper and feel healthier

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Posted by Marla (Us) on 05/29/2016

I have horrible arthritis and within 2 1/2 weeks of starting the ACV, I have had no pain or symptoms since. It is a miracle.

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Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile , Tn) on 01/13/2016

HI U OLE PATOOTS, , , , , , , , , got a wild and strange story to pass on via the lady who cuts our hair.

She is 74 and took in her 98 year old aunt 3 years ago. The aunt has an attitude problem, but is healthy as a horse now at 101. The Aunt worked in a school cafeteria until she was 92 and quit to care for her ailing husband. She takes no medicines or supplements. She started drinking ACV and honey at age 17 and does not miss her morning dose regardless.

Our hair lady says her aunt has no arthritis and will probably out live her.

I thought the EC bunch would appreciate this tale.


Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

What a hoot, ORH!!!!

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile , Tn)

HI U Mmsg, , , , , , , , , glad you liked that story because it was true. I only come across things like this ever so often. The aunt is driving our hair friend crazy, because she wants to be the boss. Sounds right to me. I do think the ACV is the reason the aunt has lived a long healthy life.

This reminds me of the story of when the North Carolina country doctor learned that one sister never got breast cancer like her other sisters because she ate baking soda with molasses all her life.

Speaking of cancer, I got my DNA cancer read out today and I am slowly bringing down my numbers with my 3 cancer protocols. Yesterday I went to my Dermatologist and the two hickies on my face were sent off . He said he was certain that they were cancer, but not Melanoma. I could cure them with my Cruaderm but will opt out. If they don't get it all then I will handle that.

My next post will be about Timh. This fellow is sumpin else. He has been down so many dusty roads that he needs to stop posting and write a book. I truly admire this lad. He knows what has caused his problems and has helped lots of folks on EC.

Out of spit. =======ORH======

Replied by Temis

Oh how funny you are....late 60's and knees are killing me. Will get on that ACV ASAP! Not that I haven't known about it but,, geez life just keeps shoving more problems in the way and have not yet gotten into the "habit"....will start right now.

Dear god,,, take away this pain.

Be well....thanks for the laugh and this is the BEST site in the world for your health by way of Mother Nature!!!

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn)

HI U TEMIS,,,,,,,,,, don't want to rain on your parade, but the 101 year old woman has taken ACV since age 17. I don't think ACV is a silver bullet. It did not help my knee, but ozone shots did. At the same time ozone shots have not helped my back pain. Ice packs do. Another suggestion for you is to use Bio Freeze followed by DMSO on your knees. Wash knees and hands before. Also, take MSM.

Right now I got a case of the ass that I would like to pass around while I got the floor. My Atlanta Integrative doctor that wrote my Glutathione Compounding Prescription has moved on. I have the prescription formula and took it to the nurse practitioner that I use as my family physician. Her MD boss would not allow her to write this for use in a nebulizer.

She explained that I need to get a doctor that does that sort of thing. My Nurse got an education in profanity directed at him.I used this guy for 20 years and he never once listened to my heart, lungs or checked my ears, fingernails, tongue or throat. All he did was check my blood work. When I went to him, he could not believe that I did a niacin flush to detox. He only knew to write a niacin Rx for 500 mg to start for his high cholesterol patients. No one can stand that initially. I promise you that a regular EC reader is more knowledgeable in health, than their MD.

I only use MD's for physical things. The rest I research and do myself, if I can. There is a new deal out that uses the old and the new and is sweeping the medical field. That is UVLrx which is old as dirt, but is now coupled with ozone. Also, there is a new $3 dollar word out and it's called Functional Medicine. More and more MD's are going this way. They ain't dumb and money is not satisfying them. They want to help folks get healthy using natural things.

Ask any old patoot,,,,,, do you want your health or money? We all know the answer to that. ======ORH========

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Posted by William (Texas, US) on 04/12/2015

I use 4 to 4.5 oz. of raw organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a gallon of filtered water with trace minerals added with a shot glass of stevia. I start with one gallon of apple cider vinegar that I add 2 table spoons of cinnamon and 3 or more table spoons of ginger. The ginger dissolves after a few days and what does not dissolves of the cinnamon settles to the bottom. From this I get the 4 oz. to add to the water. I consume about 3 or more gallons of this a week. Great PH balance beverage. The trace minerals added to the 6 gallons of water I consume per week three of which is apple cider vinager allows me to take 1100 to 1200 plus mg of magnesium per day with no side affects.

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Posted by Ubound (Lebanon) on 09/20/2013

I suffer from water on the knee since I was 18 years old (now 34). My knees swell from time to time for a few days then I am back to normal again for a week or so. It subsided for many months in a row but has been back in recent years. The condition wasn't severe, just slightly uncomfortable. I started taking ACV with water for another issue but realized that my knees didn't swell anymore. I was completely fine as long as I drank ACV. However once I stop ACV the attacks come back and are much more severe to the point that I can't leave the house for 2-3 days. This never happened before. I never had to change my plans or rearrange my schedule because of this condition before. I am puzzled. I know if I take ACV I will be fine, but once I stop it's very scary. I don't know if I should continue. Does anyone here experience worsening of symptoms when they stop drinking vinegar? Thanks!

Replied by Janet
(New Mexico, US)

Get the incredible book "Pain Free" by Pete Egoscue. Your STRIDE may be the cause of joint pain. I walk pronate on one foot, supination on the other due to polio surgery. I found WEDGES, for the heel and they seem to help. I believe the solution is found by examining the movement of the body. With the book: look in the index for the MANY solutions to many issues, including migraines--then share with your friends. Good Luck!

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Posted by Francesca1971 (Tasmania, Australia) on 09/14/2013

I began getting arthritis in my fingers and feet about six months ago. I now take two teaspoons of ACV morning and night diluted in a glass of water. Gone, within a couple of days. If I slack off a day or two my limbs begin to seize up again. Brilliant.

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Posted by Michael (Va Beach, Va) on 05/29/2013

I've been taking Apple Cider Vinegar mixture with water and honey for a week now twice a day for arthritis in my hand and it seems the discomfort has intensified. Is that possible or have I not wait long enough for the ACV to actually work? Thanks for any comments.

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Posted by Iowama (Pella, Ia) on 05/29/2013

Hi. I also drank a vinegar tea when osteoarthritis nodules first started to show on the joints of some of my finger tips. The nodules shrank and haven't returned to the same size. I switched to drinking distilled water with a little lemon juice and no sweetener throughout the day and upped my intake of minerals because I found it to be a more pleasant substitute. I still was puzzled as to why I would wake up some mornings with red and achy finger joints unrelated to work.

On the advice of a Doctor of Functional Medicine, I started an elimination diet and found that when I ate sugar or gluten, the inflammation would kick in again. This is not to say I'm cured. Sometimes I get carried away in the garden and suffer the consequences. I've read that arthritis can be a bit of a blessing in that even though it is caused by overuse, it can reveal an autoimmune problem. I do wish you success in finding out the source of your inflamation.

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Posted by Lisa (Jarrell, Tx, Williamson) on 04/23/2013

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.

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Posted by John (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) on 01/17/2012

Been completely free of arthritis and rheumatism for over 38 years by taking ACV daily in my drinking water. I like the tart taste and do not use honey.

John GOD Bless

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Posted by Muckracker1 (Evansville, In) on 12/01/2011

I am currently using cinnamon and raw apple cider vinegar for hip and knee arthritis. It has helped greatly though I have been using it about 10 days.

One thing many people don't know about over the counter pain relievers; when used for arthritis, they wind up, over time, destroying cartilage. So, you wind up needing joint replacements because the pain reliever you used to banish the pain, banished the pain and destroyed your cartilage.

A friend of mine was very succussful using raw apple cider vinegar to alleivate gout, also.

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Posted by Dr. Dinakar Madiman, M.d., Ph.d. (Bangalore, India) on 11/25/2011

I recommended ACV (American Garden), which was easily available in Mantri Mall, Sampige Road, Bangalore-560003, to be taken with Honey, in 3:1 ratio (15ml of ACV and 1ml of Honey plus 100ml water). This has given some good improvement in Knee Joint condition, after 3 weeks' treatment.

I feel however that Organic Unfiltered Unpasturated ACV ( so-called 'Mother'grade) will work much better and faster to give good results.

I want to know where this particular ACV (any brand) is available in Bangalore.

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Posted by Iowama (Pella, Ia/usa) on 08/16/2011

I have concluded that the ACV tonic is working well for me. I quit drinking coffee and started drinking one cup of this tonic per day about 6 weeks ago and began to notice that the nodules on my finger joints appeared less inflamed and they also appeared to be smaller and that other joints were no longer hurting. Also, I have just felt so energetic. I had started oil pulling just a week prior, so I wasn't sure which remedy was helping with the arthritis. Then I stopped drinking the tonic for just the past 2 days and today the pain came back in some of my joints. I guess I have my answer! I am mixing 1 TBSP ACV with 1/8 tsp baking soda. Somewhere on this site, I read that men can use 1/4 tsp of baking soda. After all the fizzing is finished, I stir in hot water and a teaspoon of honey. Now that I'm sure it is working for me, I will start to experiment with some of the other ACV teas that posters have suggested. I would like to send my sincere thanks to Ted and to all who have recorded their stories for the benefit of all of us.

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