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Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for Gout

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Apple Cider Vinegar for Gout

Apple cider vinegar is an effective natural treatment for gout. Some find relief in a matter of hours with the apple cider vinegar treatment while others find it takes a few days to see significant improvement.

How Much Apple Cider Vinegar Should I take for Gout?

Apple cider vinegar is a common natural remedy for a variety of health conditions. Sometimes, as little as a teaspoon in a glass of water twice a day brings relief to many ills. However, for gout, results are usually experienced when larger amounts of apple cider vinegar are consumed. It is not uncommon for gout suffers to use 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar 2-3 times a day.

How Do I Take Apple Cider Vinegar for Gout?

Because gout sufferers are in so much pain, they often take a shot glass of apple cider vinegar and chase it with a glass of water, as soon as they learn about the remedy. Alternately, the apple cider vinegar can be added to a tall glass of water. The water in and of itself is important. Dehydration makes pain worse and the water will help prevent that. Plenty of quality fluids also help the body to flush out toxins and the uric acid crystals.

Apple cider vinegar can also be added to juices. It is disguised well in apple juice, apple cider, grape juice and orange juice. Cherry juice is another popular remedy for gout. Adding apple cider vinegar to cherry juice will give you two remedies in one dose!

What Kind of Apple Cider Vinegar Should I Use?

For health purposes it is important to take raw and organic apple cider vinegar. Larger grocery stores, health food stores and even some warehouse stores sell raw and organic apple cider vinegar.

Of course, if it is the middle of the night and you wake up with a gout attack and all you have in the house is regular apple cider vinegar, it is worth trying this remedy anyway.

Topical Use of Apple Cider Vinegar for Gout

Apple cider vinegar also can be used topically for gout, usually in conjunction with internal usage.

Apple Cider Vinegar Wrap

Soak a cloth with apple cider vinegar and wrap the pained toe, knee etc. Cover that with plastic wrap and an ace bandage. This remedy is most convenient when used overnight.

Apple Cider Vinegar Spray

Apple cider vinegar can be kept in a spray bottle and sprayed onto the gout affected area. If you keep the spray bottle in the refrigerator, the cold vinegar may bring some extra relief at each application. Spray the area hourly during the day.

Apple Cider Vinegar Ice Cubes

If you freeze some apple cider vinegar in ice cube trays, you can ice the gouty area directly as needed. You will benefit from the cold as well as from the apple cider vinegar.

Side Effects of Apple Cider Vinegar for Gout

If you suddenly begin to take large amounts of apple cider vinegar you could experience side effects. Large amounts of any new food can cause changes in your body. Side effects can include lowering of blood pressure, decrease in blood sugar, headache, nausea, dizziness and an overall unwell feeling. If you experience side effects from apple cider vinegar, reduce the amount you are taking, try a topical application, or try another remedy.

Have you tried apple cider vinegar for gout? Please let us know how this remedy worked for you! Keep reading to see how our users have benefited from this wonderful folk remedy.

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Posted by Usman N. (Columbia, MD) on 08/07/2022
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Apple Cider Vinegar Dosage for Gout

The key is to increase the dosage to 4 tablespoons per glass of water with 1 teaspoon of honey 3 to 4 times a day. As per my blood work for uric acid it was 10(mg/dL) and it needed to be under 4.5(mg/dL). I am diabetic and have a stunt in my artery, so I take heart medication. I started with the above dosage once a day for the first day. Second day twice a day. Third day three times a day. Fourth day four times a day. Fifth day, I was able to walk. I maintained this dosage till the seventh day. Remarkable improvement. I hope it will help.

Replied by Usman N
(Columbia MD)
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Update: Honey does not increase your sugar levels. I am diabetic. Also, I have built tophi(accumulation of uric crystals) on top of my both feet in a 1 inch x 1 inch area. This had caused localized swelling. I used a cold patch 2 to 3 times a day . The swelling reduced. I am still continuing to use 4 tablespoons of ACV with 1 teaspoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda 3 times a day. Just got my blood work for Uric acid and it has dropped from 10 mg/dL to 5 mg/dL. Target now is to bring it down to 3.5 mg/dL . I hope this info helps.

Usman N.

Update: Even though the Uric Acid levels have reduced but I have been told that the crystals from joints will take few months to leave the body. To reduce the inflammation caused by these crystals I am taking 0.6mg Chochicine twice a day. I have consulted a naturopath Dr in this regard as well as diabetes and choked arteries. Objective is to come off all medications and take natural stuff for cure. I will keep you updated.

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Posted by Tonyw (Queensland ) on 12/11/2020
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I have gout in my feet from time to time. I found that if I took a paper towel or two and soaked them in ACV ..wrapped them around my foot then did the plastic wrap over it..put a sock on... in a few minutes the pain was gone while resting. Did the same overnight and had a reasonably pain free night..

A caution tho.. it does seem to dry out the skin and gets a little itchy once removed.. skin seems very soft and can be broken scratching so don't over do it.

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Posted by Dianne (Phoenix, Arizona) on 05/02/2018 6 posts
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Apple cider vinegar with a small amount of lemonade has helped immensely with my gout.

I had no idea what was causing the pain in my feet. I've suffered with it for almost two years, until recently stabbing pains in my big toe caused me to research it. I had constant pain, on and off and my feet, and while sleeping. After finding out it was caused by gout, I immediately came to this site to look for a cure. I have only taken 2 shots of apple cider vinegar in the morning, for 3 days now, and I am amazed at my feet. The pain is gone and my feet are happy again, and I can walk! This morning I added a shot of lemonade and it made it much more palatable. I LOVE this website. It is my go to website whenever anything goes wrong with my body.

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Posted by Mrsf7998 (Amarillo, Tezas) on 06/12/2016
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Last weekend, I took my husband to the ER because he was unable to walk on his ankle. He kept telling me about the horrific pain and knowing he didn't do anything to provoke it, I took him. After blood tests, it turned out to be gout. I was surprised because I honestly thought that happened when you're older than 45 or so. He's 36 and never had problems like that before.

They prescribed him Allupriol 300mgs and I just did not feel right about him taking a pill everyday. For years, I've used Earth Clinic for my ailments (kidney stones) and it always worked for me! I saw the post about ACV with honey and warm water.

I kid you not... less than 24 hours after taking him, the pain and swelling was gone!!! He was able to move with full movement of his ankle the next day. I was thrilled for him!

I warmed a cup of water with 2 tablespoons of ACV and 1 tablespoon of honey. He has been drinking it daily and he feels awesome! I know people wonder if these testimonials are true, this one is! Thank you for always helping those who want an alternative to a prescription, folks. It means the world to us!!!

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Posted by Jamie (Alaska) on 03/29/2016
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As for the gout cure, I have it also but I get it from Oranges. Anyway I found if you take 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of honey, the gout goes away after 10-15 minutes.

It is the worst tasting thing ever and I have to sip the mixture but it does work. It may also be beneficial to take a tablespoon of the stuff every morning.

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Posted by Nh (New Hampshire) on 10/27/2015
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I have used the Apple Cider Vinegar now since a gout attack in January and haven't had one since. At the moment I feel a sight stiffness in my toe, I drink a bottle of water with ACV in it and it works immediately.

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Posted by Es (Oregon) on 08/04/2015
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I've been taking ACV for a long time, and also give it to my handicap son for his gout. He hasn't got a flare up since I've been giving it to him. We take 1 to 2 tablespoons in about 4 oz of water twice a day, after breakfast, then before or after dinner. The trick to get it to taste OK, is mixing a pinch of salt in it. I tried many things but nothing work as good as salt for me. It just takes a little bit, but it sure makes the difference. I hope this helps you too. Bottoms up!

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Posted by Rick (Gardena) on 06/05/2015
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Wow, did the apple cider vinegar remedy work! I am really am a true believer in apple cider vinegar. No pill can make my pain go away

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Posted by Donfl (Miami, Fl.) on 04/11/2015
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I recently had right knee surgery and I was taking Tramadol for pain, a couple of days later the operated knee flared up with a bad gout bout, I was given Naproxen for that, 70% of the pain disappeared in one day, a week later, I got another attack but this time was my left knee, so painful that I had to go to the doctor for a shot, meanwhile I had to go to rehab for my right leg and having these gout attacks so frequently put me on a set back. I went three weeks and I was feeling good, back to therapy, I was making a great improvem until two days ago when in the middle of the night I woke up with a flare on my left foot, so painful that I could not even set the foot on the floor. I felt very depressed knowing that this flare was going to be another set back. I started looking at my diet which is low in purines, and just wonder what else I was doing wrong, then I came across with an internet posting about TRAMADOL and gout, the pain killer that I was taking and low and behold found the main culprit of these frequent flares of gout! It was then that I search for a miracle cure for gout and found this wonderful site.

I decided to try ACV which I already had in my pantry, at first I used 4 tablespoons with a glass of water and boy within 30 minutes the pain and the swelling started to come down that was around noon, at 6pm, I had another glass with 1 tablespoom of ACV and another one before I went to bed along with an Aleve otc pill (naproxen 220 mg) and today after a good night of sleep, the pain and swelling have decreased about 90%, I am able to walk on my foot again, took another glass with 1 tablespoon of ACV and I am filling so much better. I will continue the therapy with two glasses a day with 1 table spoon of ACV only, no more meds!

I am thankful to God and to the persons responsible for this site!

The pharms are doing more damage than good, nature is a better source of cures!

My maternal grandmother always gave us a glass of water with 1 tbs of ACV as kids and did not get sick as often as other kids! She also used for compresses and soaks either hot or cold depending on the ailment.

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Posted by Chris (Denver, Co) on 07/20/2014
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Just want to thank this site for the info. I have had Gout for 7 yrs. Blood test show high uric acid but never had attack. Recently my ankles and hips have started to hurt really bad. They put me on Allopurinol and the pain got way worse. I couldn't walk. With in about 2 hours of taking about 4 tablespoons of ACV pain was a ton better. 3 days later of doing 2 tablespoons of ACV 2-3 times a day my pain is about 80% better. I think my joints are damaged and are going to take some time to heal. BUT I CAN SLEEP woot!!! Thanks again

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Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 06/25/2014
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My husband has suffered with gout for years having at least a couple attacks a week. Doc gave him tablets that he doesn't take so this is what he does. He has a banana every day which has potassium and Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of apple juice and since doing this on a daily basis for the last 18 months not a single gout attack.

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Posted by Creamnsugar (Grants Pass, Or) on 03/31/2014
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My son was a little angel sent to me by God to watch. He has Down Syndrome. He doesn't ever complain about anything. All he's wanted, in his life, is to be loved. He is now 43 years old, and he is still the same loving angel. I don't know when he hurts, because he won't complain. When he is in REAL pain, he makes a hurt face when he sees me.

I noticed he was limping in the morning, and after checking him, found out he was having a gout flair up in his left toe. I came on here, to earth clinic, to find out what to do for him. I gave him ibuprofin and 1tbsp ACV with 1tsp baking soda in like 6oz water 4 times a day.

It's day 3 now, and the redness finally went away, but it's still swollen a little. So I will continue giving him the ACV and BS. Thanks Earth Clinic!!

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Posted by Egcigarguy (Sacramento, Ca) on 09/12/2012
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Well, I just wanted to report my results for acv for gout. I took the Apple cider vinegar with water, 4 times on Friday, and my foot was better on Saturday... Didnt take it as much on Saturday, and the pain was back but nearly as bad on Sunday. Continued to take the SCV and water 2-3 times a day and it is Wednesday and the pain is about 90% gone. Will continue to drink the ACV until it is 100%. Thanks for the great advice, I am glad someone directed me to this this site.

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Posted by Clive (San Diego, Ca) on 09/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

ACV with clamato especially with the extra hot kind. Tasts like a bloody mary, I can drink them all day. Just adjust the strength to tast and you will want more.

I have had gout for 15 years and started the ACV about 3 years ago quiting all meds (Alopurinol). Good luck

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Posted by Joe (Davenport, Fl) on 08/18/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I read this thread two days ago after my second bout with gout. The next day I tried the Apple Cider, within four hours I started to feel relief. This is the best natural cure I have ever tried, it is a miracle. Still a little sore but I can sleep without pain! I'm adding apple cider vinegar to my my daily regimine. By the way, it's better mixed with about 4 oz of juice.