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Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for Gout

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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.

115 User Reviews

Posted by Dianne (Phoenix, Arizona) on 05/02/2018
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Mrsf7998 (Amarillo, Tezas) on 06/12/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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!!!

Posted by Es (Oregon) on 08/04/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Jeannie from Illinois and Mrl from Texas. 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!

Posted by Rick (Gardena) on 06/05/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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

Posted by Donfl (Miami, Fl.) on 04/11/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Nh (New Hampshire, US) on 01/31/2015

Hello friends,

I am female who has eaten a beautiful Mediterranean diet all her life. However, as I got older, I gained way too much weight and now that I'm retired from the job that had me running all day I work on the computer. I made the mistake of going on an all-protein diet when I was 57. I walked and worked out every day back then, and managed to lose 30 lbs (wanted to lose 50, but I figured spending 4 hours per day on workouts etc was enough)

I felt good until I messed up my stomach and had to go back on eating veggies and good stuff, which I cured with cabbage, garlic, etc. (The gastro guy told me to do the opposite but I cured myself)

But worse, I kept getting some strange redness and swelling in my big toes, sometimes in both feet. It raised my normal 122/78 BP to 160/100 as I found out when I was at the docs. I never pointed out the foot pain, didn't know what it was, and she thought I was needing BP meds. I never made the connection. Since normally I don't have high BP, I went through a year of fainting and having too low pressure because I really didn't need the BP meds. Tthe only time it goes high is when in that excruciating pain that you all know.

Anyway, I am almost 66 now after getting this about 20 times, I finally figured out what it was. Determined not to have to take pharma stuff, I looked up on the web that cherry syrup, turmeric, lemon juice, and lots of water help. I pretty much gave myself huge doses of Turmeric and it cured the last episode I had over 18 months ago. I continued putting the Turmeric in my eggs each morning.

I continue drinking water, especially overnight, but must have been too carefree about my food because two weeks ago was hit with a bad flare up. I have been doing large doses of Turmeric, water with cherry syrup, and lemon juice in my V-8 but with no results.

I can't imagine what happened except that on Oct 31 I took a bad fall on my knee and it swelled up like a grapefruit. There is no damage inside but it took a while for the 'bubble' to go down, and didn't even start to go down until I started wrapping it. I still have some numbness and soreness on the outside, but considering how hard I fell, amazing not to have hurt bones, ligaments, cartilage. I do think that being sedentary for these past three months while trying to stay off that knee was what clogged me up again.

I am not sure I can drink baking soda and wonder --- do bicarbonate PILLS work? I am going to try to get some apple cider vinegar, I can probably drink that straight. Otherwise, I do not want to take the pharma cure which I hear is a poison even though it is made from a plant like the Turmeric? (Colchicine)

Replied by Ladymars
Florida, Us

Hi, my husband has struggled with gouty arthritis for at least 25 years. He does take apple cider vinegar most days for overall health benefits, but colchicine was what kept him from having attacks. I suspect you were referring to colcrys as the drug you don't want to take, and you are absolutely right not to take it. Colchicine is a very old drug, made from the autumn crocus, used worldwide for many years, generally safe and effective and inexpensive. About 3 years ago the FDA banned colchicine in the US and replaced it immediately with a new synthetic, colcrys, which is expensive, does not work very well and has numerous side effects. Very bad drug.

Turmeric is very good at helping with the inflammation. The most helpful thing you can do is to drink plenty of water. He drinks a LOT. Keep flushing the system. A good diet is also important, but lots of water is key.

Replied by NH
New Hampshire

Thanks for your quick reply. My Dad who is 93 has gotten gout about 3 times but only since he turned 88 or so. They still give him Colchicine for it however, so I'm not sure it's outlawed.

I will check on it.

Replied by Ladymars
Florida, Us

Hi, how time passes. This all happened in 2009-10. My husband's arthritis doc. was really upset about it, so we stocked up on the 'original' colchicine at the time, which was essentialy a natural remedy. The pharmacies were not allowed to sell it as of 1/1/2010. The replacement, colcrys, is not the same. URL Pharma (now Sun Pharma) patented colcrys as a 'New Drug'. My husband had a very bad reaction to it. No drug mfg. were making money with colchicine, because it was cheap and not patented because it was so old. Now one drug mfg. is making a lot of money on their exclusive drug colcrys - price per pill went from pennies to $5.00. Don't know what they changed in the original when they patented colcrys, but it's not the same drug.

Colchicine had been used in the US since well before the Civil War and is still used everywhere else in the world, I believe. With a prescription, it's available in Canada as 'generic colcrys' (except that a doctor is taking a risk by prescribing it since it isn't sold in US). It's also available in India, if one has a way to get it, and is very cheap there. Obviously, no drug works for everyone, but my husband never had a problem with colchicine; however, Colcrys accelerated the growth of tophi (large deposits of crystalline uric acid crystals in the joints, very painful). I heard recently that there is work being done to reverse the FDA decision with legislative action, but who knows how that will go. In the meantime, he tries different natural remedies and drinks well over a gallon of water every day.

Below is a link to an article about the study done in order to get Colcrys on the market. Pretty poor study, apparently.



As a drug predating the FDA, colchicine was sold in the United States for many years without having been reviewed by the FDA for safety and efficacy. In 2009, the FDA reviewed a New Drug Application submitted by URL Pharma. They approved colchicine for gout flares, awarding Colcrys a three-year term of market exclusivity, prohibiting generic sales, and increasing the price of the drug from $0.09 to $4.85 per tablet.

Replied by NH
New Hampshire, US

Thanks for your reply! I almost forgot the most important question I had which was, my doc said was too low on Vitamin D (tested at 11) and so I started taking it this week, a very low dose.

Could this be what caused a calcium buildup?

Replied by Ladymars
Florida, Us

Hi, not sure if question was addressed to me, but will answer since I've dealt with calcium and D half of my life. Have opposite problem, always have low calcium. Anyway, the body cannot process calcium without D, which is why most calcium supplements have it. Don't know if taking D will do anything to get rid of calcium deposits, but will help body use calcium in the right way (calcium is used by almost every organ, esp. heart) and if calcium gets too low, your bp sinks to very, very low levels and you pass out. (been there, done that, spent wk.end in hospital).

Myself, I wouldn't be worried about the D. I take 1200-1600IU daily. Read that sun exposure gives you 15-20,000IU. Difference is that the body does not retain D from the sun, but retains D from supplements for a few months. There are different kinds of Ds, don't know if this is true of all.


Replied by NH
New Hampshire

I guess what I meant to say was, do you think the Vit D3 will work? I was told I was very deficient in it (tested at only 11) and when I looked it up there was a correlation between low D and gout according to some reports.

My cherry juice/turmeric/potassium/lemon juice routine hasn't worked, been over two weeks now and this attack has been brutal, not sure what brought it on after all this time.

I am going to try the ACV today.

Meanwhile I keep eating potassium rich foods because an attack of gout gives me high blood pressure than my normal 122/78 and it scares me.

Potatoes and yams laced with turmeric, bananas and plenty of water...

Another thing to note, I kept reading that even more than too much protein, sugar, fructose, fried foods and olive oil are not good! I don't eat those things except the olive oil which is supposed to be healthy. I eat mostly protein, lots of fish and any and all veggies. I don't even get fructose from fruit, as I don't care for it. I don't drink either, not wine or beer. So.. not sure what else I can cut out of my diet. I never use butter or eat gluten, bread or cereal.

Replied by Ladymars
Florida, Us

Hi, as it happens I just got this in my email today from Orthomolecular.org. At a quick scan, doesn't look like any of these studies were about gout, but it certainly appears good for everything else! Not something you want to be deficient in.

Top Vitamin D Research of 2014

This study directly relates to the gout-D3 link.

Decreased serum concentrations of 1,25(OH)2-vitamin D3 in patients with gout.

Hope this helps.

Replied by Jan
San Deigo, Ca
4 posts

NH, I too am fighting a gout attack in my right knee, but this is the 1st attack that I had to see a Dr. for and that's been diagnosed with tests and meds. I've had others a good bit less painful in my toes, which all started last summer. So I've done a good bit of research on gout so I hope I can give you some info that may help...from your post, I read " I eat mostly protein, lots of fish and any and all veggies." 1st thing, I'd suggest since nothing else is working, get off ALL PROTEIN and ALL FISH...at least for a month or 2 ( or maybe for longer to get your uric acid levels down to normal). From what I've read on many sites all over the internet the Uric acid builds up in a person's body over their lifetime and your own body makes 2/3s of the Uric Crystals, when an individual cell dies. You only get 1/3 of the uric acid crystals in your body from the food you eat / drink. Also I've read that for some people that they have to take tart cherry CONCENTRATE. For me I just drink sips of tart dark cherry juice thru the day and I eat 2-4 frozen dark tart cherries every 1-2 hrs.

I also do the baking soda, 1st thing in the am and I wait an hr and then do the Brags apple cider vinegar. I also read that there has been some research on Folic acid and that it has helped some people. It did help me and I took way less than they used in the experiments. So you might want to look that up. I take 800mcg in the am and at night. My Dr. also put me on Colcrys and that really helped lower the swelling. Of course I keep my leg elevated above my heart and I use crutches.

Also I eat a very very limited diet...I eat Bob's Mighty tasty cereal (gluten free) with strawberries and 1/2 a banana (strawberries are very low in purines and I read they help get rid of uric acid). For lunch strawberries and cantaloupe. For dinner just certain low purine vegetables. Like I said, a very narrow diet, but hey it's worth it to not feel that horrid pain. I don't know about you, but I screamed when my husband would just, every so gently, lower my leg from the couch to the floor.

The pain has finally gone (the pain was gone after the 1st week), but the swelling hung on and I still have some. I still can't move my knee any more than a 45 degree angle (which is much better than it was a week ago, but still only 1/2 way what it was before this last gout attract.

What brought this on this time...well from my reading..here's what I found... I also had eaten a lot of Coconut cream pie the previous few days, before my attack. I know..it sounds crazy that could bring it on....but I've read that it did the same thing to another person. It's the sugar that causes Uric Acid crystals to form and other cells to die off faster than they normally would. I've also read with gout you can eat cheese! HA! Not me....it brings on the swelling. I've read on many sites what one person can eat, another can't. There are general guide lines, but you have to really watch and listen to your body after you take/eat/drink each thing...My suggestion...go the long rout and just take / eat / drink....1 thing every 1-2 hrs and see if your body will tell you which thing is causing you to swell or the skin to tighten or the pain to worsen. What happens to me when I eat cheese (Swiss or Cheddar) ...swelling around my ankles.Do be sure to not put any pressure from walking on your joints...use crutches or a walker, if that is easier...and keep your legs elevated. Hope that helps. or so I could get up on my crutches. This is now about 3 weeks later and I''m much better.

Replied by NH
New Hampshire, US

I guess this means I will continue with the D3, reduce the protein and no sweets. Going on third week now, pain last night was horrid until about 1 AM when I could finally sleep. I found it easy to drink the ACV, it just tasted like cheap wine! I drank a ton of it, ratio of water-to-ACV was 3-1. Wearing a bootie today on my foot. Side of joint looks a bit red but otherwise you can't tell anything is wrong.

Replied by Diane
New Zealand, Wellington

Yes, I am going to get some cider vinegar. I have been so careful what I have been eating because of my heart problem I have to take water tablets.

Replied by Nh
New Hampshire
5 out of 5 stars

I have used the Apple Cider Vinegar now since that attack 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.

Posted by Chris (Denver, Co) on 07/20/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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

Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 06/25/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Creamnsugar (Grants Pass, Or) on 03/31/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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!!

Posted by Egcigarguy (Sacramento, Ca) on 09/12/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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

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.

Posted by Tony (Puyallup, Wa) on 08/15/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Fellow Gout sufferers, It really works. I am currently suffering through a bout with the gout. It started in my right toe as usual but just when it was about to end it's two week stay it shifted to my left toe! I just couldn't take the pain anymore. I looked on the net for natural relief. I found articla after article praising ACV. I tried it. I can truly say it works. The taste while not good is worth the reduction in pain and duration. After just two days of taking two Tspoons with 8 ounces of water I am 80-90 better. I expect to be fully functional tomorrow! Wish I would have heard about this sooner. Try it. Try it. Try it.

Replied by Candycane
Grants Pass Or
5 out of 5 stars

Tony from Puyallup. Put a little salt in your ACV concoction. It makes it pleasant to drink. I take it every day at least 2 times. It has made my aches and pains go away since it's good for so, so many things other than gout.

Posted by Mannyj (Wilmington, Nc, USA) on 07/01/2012
4 out of 5 stars

Hi. The ACV worked for me after I found the unpasturized natural kind. The pain went away but I still have what feels like a golf ball under 3 of my toes when I walk-it's just swelled up, not painful. Anyone know how to get that to go away?

Posted by Mojosing (Olympia, Washington) on 06/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I'm 40 years old and overweight. I'm a man, 6 foot 2 and I just went on a crash diet - lost 30 lbs in 6 weeks and was feeling really good. That's when I had my first bout of gout! What is this! I found out that a few relatives on my Dad's side had dealt with it in the past and I was livid that I had this awful disease! I'm a vegetarian and didn't know anything about gout. I had to ask my parents if our family had ever had it and to my surprise they did.

Anyway, to the point. I immediately went to any website to find a remedy. I don't like taking any medications and have never taken any drugs in my life. I wasn't going to start something like Colchicine at this point in my life. My first attack, hurts like the devil. I tore my rotator cuff 20 years ago and this pain is twice as bad! I had a serious back injury 10 years ago, and gout pain is worse!! My attack has been going on for 6 days now. I had to go to work, and used a cane. I get around really slow, and people feel sorry for me. Most of my friends don't know much about the disease.

So I'm fed up and last night I took 2 TSP of ACV with the 'Mother'. Mom had bought it 8 weeks ago for our cats. They say it's a miracle cure for cats with eye infections, so we had some in the cupboard. I woke up this morning and the pain was down 80%!!! Wow! So, I took another 2 TSP 10 minutes ago. I will keep you posted. It obviously works and will monitor the next few days. Next time I feel the twinge, it's right to the ACV! Thank God for this site - thanks people!!!