Apple Cider Vinegar for Kidney Stones

| Modified on Mar 28, 2022

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Joseph (Denver, Co) on 07/12/2012
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My stone was about 6 mm, and was causing me HORRIFFIC pain. Stopped and parked my car twice enroute to the Hospital, and vomited to dry heaves. As Roseanne Rosanna Danna used to say, " Thought I was gonna Die!! ...

My visit to a VA Hospital ER was a nightmare. The RN's and Docs didn't have a clue. They looked at me with the expression of a dog looking at a new food dish, head twisting and all... If it isn't surgery or meds from a big Pharmaceutical Co. , most docs are as dumb as your stone is.

Thank God for the internet and Homeopathy! The apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp (not tsp) and water water and more water, every hour until I couldn't hold any more water, did the trick. I drank the water with a lot of lemon juice in it. Within about two hours the pain went from a 9 down to a 1 or 2. Then it disappeared. The urologist INTERN had already scheduled surgery and proudly predicted a good deal of post op pain. (It was an intern who was going to do my "surgery" ; and a steel instrument into my urethra by an inexperienced, arrogant guy didn't sound very promising.

Thank God for the internet and unselfish prior sufferers willing to share their paths to recovery!! The real helpers here don't always wear starched white lab coats or drape big stethescopes around their neck and strut the hospital halls to impress; they are just good people who want to help.

A note to Docs and RN's:

People in severe pain don't want to be impressed; they want their severe pain relieved. Sincere empathy is HARD TO FIND in a hospital these days. Bless you all who have shared your effective remedies on line.

Love ya, Joe

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Posted by Epeach (Ga) on 10/09/2017
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About 2 weeks ago I began taking apple cider vinegar(1 tablesp. each morning) for weight loss. What inspired me was my daughter started taking it in May and has lost around 50 lbs.

Yesterday morning I had a tinge of pain when I went to the bathroom and I saw a spot of blood. I am a female so you probably know what I thought. Well, a few minutes later I had the urge to go to the bathroom again. Again, I had just a small pinch of pain, no blood. I looked in the toilet and saw a white blob at the bottom of the bowl. About 18 years ago I went to the ER with what happened to be kidney stones. I had to have surgery to have them removed. Thinking that might be what I just passed, I jumped on the computer and went to Earth Clinic to read about ACV and kidney stones. That's what it was!!!

Thank you everyone for posting your experiences! I will continue using the ACV in case there are more. That pain I can tolerate, for sure! If you have ever had a kidney stone you will never forget the pain, and this was just a tinge, yea! I am not sure if the Lugol's iodine and complementry supplements, along with lemon water and baking soda, I am also taking, could have had a contribution, but I have also eliminated sugar, bread, tea, and soda from my diet....which were my addictions.

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Posted by Many Stones (Orange County, California) on 10/06/2013
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Just adding my 2 cents here about apple cider vinegar for kidney stones:

Have been getting kidney stones for 30 years, sometime a few times a year and then several years will go by before getting them again. I know diet has alot to do with it too. First time I got them was age 20, ended up in the hospital. The "tests" were just as painful as having the stones, and at that time it was less common for women to get them so most doctors didnt take it seriously. The doctor in the emergency room didnt and when he grabbed my side he got punched ( it was a reflex, lol ).

They are hereditary ( my dad got them ), I knew I'd better learn how to get rid of them and also prevent them in the future. So here is what has worked for me.

2 to 3 table spoons of Apple Cider Vinagar WITH MOTHERS. That is important as the " mothers" is the sediment in raw-unfiltered ACV. I use popular Organic brand. The regular ACV in the market is not the same and won't work like the raw-unfiltered.

Anyways... add the dosage to a cup or half cup of water ( hold your nose and drink all at once ) to start as this seems to start blasting or disolving the stones. After 10 minutes or so, start drinking alot of water, not all at once but normally then keep sipping it. You can also drink beer or anything else that makes you pee alot ( no soft drinks or sugary drinks or juices) you can drink tea if it makes you pee alot.

Do the dosage once a day. It wont hurt you to do it a couple times a day for the first few days but have heard that if you do it to much you can actually upset the natural ph balance in your system.

Try and not eat alot during the few days you will be focusing on breaking down the stones. Just keep doing the dosage and drinking water.

If you are like me, and depending on the size of the stones ( they all feel like boulders dont they! ), you can actually feel them as they start moving along in your system. You can also feel them just before they are getting ready to pass ( you might feel like you are about to pee a marble) , and this can take a couple days but at least you know they are on their way out of your system. Just to note... you dont always feel them when they are leaving, some are broken down so much you dont even notice YEAY!!!

Once you are feeling better, stop the ACV treatment for awhile. For maintance, use the same dosage etc. every so often.

Start using the ACV and Olive Oil as salad dressing and use Olive Oil and ACV in all your cooking. I don't mix the organic ACV with anything else as some here have and it has always worked for me.

Good luck and hope this helps :)

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Posted by beverly (Texas) on 01/27/2022
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My husband had a bad bout of kidney stones on a weekend several years ago. I had him drink some apple cider vinegar in water and it seemed to dissolve the stones enough for him to pass them.

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Posted by Billy (El Paso, Texas) on 08/30/2012
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I found this site about 2 months ago, being an open minded skeptic I had to try the ACV for my kidney stones which I suffer from 6-8 times a year. Half the time the symptoms were just mild aches in the low back, the other half of the time the were assume the fetal position, and vomit due to the pain. I have suffered from kidney stones for the last 9 years and was willing to try anything, and I am glad I did.

My most recent bout was with one of those that causes me to assume the fetal position, I asked my wife to get some ACV. When she returned with it, I took about 1 1/2 shots of it followed by a glass of water. Within 10-20 minutes the pain was gone. It was the greatest day finding this great home remedy. I hope this helps you too. I have found that mixing the ACV with apple juice and some honey makes it go down easier.

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Posted by Nora (Usa) on 04/08/2014
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Hello, I went to the hospital with bad pain in my back on the right side about where my ribs stop. They said I have a kidney stone after doing a CAT thing. They gave me a vascular surgeon to contact which I was going to do on Monday and this was Saturday. I looked up natural remedies and found this website. I had a new bottle of olive oil and I went out and got a bunch of lemons and a bottle of apple cider vinegar the good kind. I been taking this and the pain is almost gone.

I saw where Chanca Piedra is also good, so I ordered some and got it today, which is Tuesday, and they are 500 mg. capsules. I took my first one today. I also read here alfalfa is good and I already had that, but I will start taking two of them every few hours. I am also drinking a lot of distilled water. With the apple cider vinegar and the lemon juice I put two ounces of each in around a quart of water and try to drink it all before noon. I take one tablespoon full of olive oil a day. I will get limes next time seeing my lemons are just about gone. Well I might get some of both.

Anyhow I want to thank you all for your advise about how to get rid of kidney stones. Seems to be working. My pain is almost all gone. Just a little when I bend a certain way and I am sure that will leave too if I keep this up. Nothing at all like the severe pain I had when I went to the hospital. Thank you all so much!!!!!!! This is a great website. I am so grateful for all your post here and thanks again to all of you. nora

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Posted by Hadidx (Oakwood, Ga, Usa) on 04/15/2011
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About 2 years ago I suffered from kidney stones (most likely caused from dehydration due to my foolish lack of drinking water and bad diet! )which had me keeled over on my living room floor in a fetal position multiple times. I drove myself to the ER when it got to the point where I worried about my life! The doctor told me I had kidney stones, and would probably need laser surgery to break them up and "heal". After a $5K consultation, I was released with some antibiotics and pain killers to think it over.

After hours of extensive research (mainly from earthclinic!), I came across ACV treatments for the first time in my life (I'm now 36). I drank 4 oz. Shots of _____s ACV with 2-4 oz. Shots of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) every hour, and the next day (the day after I was in the ER), I urinated out the kidney stones as more of a dust rather than the massively painful stone. Felt on a scale of discomfort of 1-10, maybe a. 5. ACV and EVOO softened and dissolved the stones into powder within a day! 1 DAY! I never even took the pain killers.

After the first horrible tasting shot of ACV, the pain stopped! I can handle bad taste over fetal position pain any day. I haven't been to the doctor since, and I always keep 1 or 2 big bottles of _____s ACV on hand for nothing but medicinal purposes, as everyone should!

Thanks for your site, and please pass on the Kidney Stone story for those who could use it! Obviously diet, water, and PURE 100% Cranberry juice should be added to help restore the kidneys, and lots of water and a true/real healthy diet will keep any illness away, but thank God for ACV!
Thanks again!

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Posted by Kristina (Herrin, IL) on 09/29/2009
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I was hurting for 2 weeks with a stone stuck in my lower left side.i have had them before and was determined to not go to that hospital again. I was reading about the man that took a couple oz. apple cider vinegar in a full glass luke warm water and in ten minutes he was better. So i knew it worked on gall stones and wouldnt hurt me, I did it and in 15 min.the pain let up i took a very restful nap woke up in a couple hours and cooked supper. Now i am a little sore when i walk but i bet by tommorrow i will be able to go to the store again.the vinegar relaxes your uranary tract and helps relese that stone,if you take it three times a week it will desolve all your stones, I am told..YEA! DO IT you will be happier.

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Posted by Krishna (Bloomington, IL) on 10/26/2008
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Apple Cider Vinegar did the trick! I have problems of stone with severe pain, on my left lower side abodmen from 23rd Oct 2008 evening onwards.. wend to the local hospital Emergency Room they prescribed some pain killer like Ibuprofen and also Vicodin... but it aggrevated my Nausea, and there was severe constipation not able to pass the stools.. I found this site.. Yesterday I bought one Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar. yesterday evening around 8:00 I have taken 2 ounce of Apple cider Vinegar and 2 ounce of luke warm water... I had lot of omitting after that and a sever pain again.. I took Lemon Juice and Extra virgin Olive Oil both 2 ounces in the night but by morning my pain stopped. again int he morning I took 3 ounces of APPLE CIDER VINEGAR & equal water... by evening 3:30 pm my 3mm stone came out through the Urine. I was so happy to relieve the pain.. Doctor said he is taking the stone to evaluate and give a diet plan to avoid future stone precipitation in Kidney.. THANK YOU FOR THIS SITE WAS VERY VERY USEFUL AND IMMEDIATE CURE MAY GOD BLESS

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Posted by Ngozi (Nigeria) on 07/08/2016
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I had back pains in the kidney region and was a size 22. my sister nk recommended ACV to me in march 2016 and I took 2tbs in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning and last thing in the night before bed. I had sever pains in the waist but continued and this stopped after some days. Am now down to dress size 16 and all pains in my kidney area has stopped. I did not diet or exercise but the weight just dropped off.

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Posted by Saj (Uk) on 06/11/2015
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HI. I had a severe pain starting at my flank in Feb 2015. I had paramedics treat me at work and also was pumped full of morphine but to no avail. I was admitted to my local hospital and was still in constant pain. The next day at the hospital,l I had an x-ray, ultrasound and a CT scan. I was told that I have 2 stones in my right kidney and the bigger one was 11mm. the day after I had a tube in my kidney to allow the fluid to drain. I opted to have ESWL therapy and was sent home for the appointment to come through which was in June 2015. this week I went to have the ESWL treatment and I told the Radiographer that I had a 11mm stone and a smaller one. when she checked on the ESWL machine Xray, she replied and said its not 11mm its smaller just by looking. she did say that it was an Ultrasound measurement and known to be incorrect. ( I thought the CT scan I had was for the reason for accuarte description of the stone and size).

Any way. I have been drinking lemon water with ACV twice daily and that may of helped to make them smaller. I have to go back in 2 weeks for an xray to see how the shockwaves have helped in breaking the stone. The ESWL treatment lasted for 25 minutes and was only painful in the last 10 minutes. nothing compared to what started this in Feb2015. I am in Birmingham, UK.

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Posted by Betsey (Plainfield, Vt) on 03/10/2014
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Kidney Stones:I had one about 3 years ago & ended up in the ER. It was excruciating pain. Usual spiel. IV Demerol, armload of tests including a pregnancy test (I was about 60yo), etc. Given a "hat" with paper sieve and told to catch & strain all urine. They gave me a script for Tylenol w/codeine & told me to drink plenty of fluids. My insurance had to pay more than $4,000. During the night I passed a very small stone.

Yesterday I was kind of surprised to be coming down with the same symptoms. I was not at home and not able to do much about it except drink a lot of orange pekoe tea. When I got home I got online to see if I could find any home remedies because 1) I was not going back to the ER & 2) I knew there must be a better way.

I had apple cider vinegar because one friend had been touting it's healthful qualities, orange blossom honey, baking soda. The vinegar was off the shelf from the supermarket -- no fancy, smancy organic. AND I had distilled water which I use in my CPAP machine.

Use 1 oz (shot) of the vinegar in a large mug of very hot distilled water, added 1/4 tsp baking soda instinctively, a squirt of honey and drank it down over the next 1/2 hr or so. In the meantime dug out the heating pad because I don't have a hot water bottle.

Went to bed and up/down most of the night until I guess I must of fallen asleep (had "hat" in the toilet collecting all the urine). Awoke this morning and went to the bathroom and there was this rather large stone in the hat! I was very pleased.

I will continue with this remedy today and tomorrow adding Lemon Zinger tea bags to see if I pass anything further. I will also drop the stone off at theMDs to get it analyzed and make note to self to buy more distilled water. I WILL make a more concerted effort to increase my fluid intake. But at least I know that I don't have to go to the ER and spend my insurance companies money when a solution is at hand.Thank you for your help.


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Posted by Jillery (Rawlly, Nc) on 10/25/2017 90 posts

Thank you!! I am sending this to a friend. I love the town of Plainfied. Lived in Cabot years ago.

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Posted by Warriorsbond (Anchorage, Ak) on 09/07/2013
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Yea on apple cider vinegar and honey one tablespoon each in hot water drunk three times a day for kidney stones.

I had for years sand looking stones. I recently have had super high blood pressure and nothing was bringing it down medicine wise. I looked up stones can cause high blood pressure so I tried the vinegar sinse I bought a gallon jug recently for family member athletes foot.

In half a day I started having mucous in urine. I figure it was the stones breaking up. Another twenty four hours later no mucous at all and no sand looking stones either. My eye whites are white now. Its been a long time sinse that has been.

My blood pressure is down 20 points on the bottom number without medicine(yes I still take my meds though I mean it is that low before I take the meds)

I had for years tried the lemon juice etc. Lemons it is said is oxylate which produces the calcium stones. Baking soda is too high ph to disolve the stones. Vinegar is acidic enough to break down the stones.

I in the past ate a lot of beans, peanut butter and chili. Rofl. that is what did me in on the stones.

So my diet will change for the better. I am juicing now as well with the farmers market so cheap it helps on the organic foods.

Wanted to say thank you for the page as well. :D

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Posted by Mitzy (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) on 11/16/2012
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I didn't even know I had kidney stones. I started drinking ACV in my water like suggestions on this site a few times a day. Over the course of a few weeks I had the most surprising thing happen to me. One day I saw one stone in the toilet after I urinated. I was shocked and thought it must be my eyes playing tricks on me. I continued with my day and latter in the day I saw another one in the toilet after urinating again.

When my husband came home from work that day I told him my story and told him how I had a dull ache in my back. Since he is the kidney stone expert in the family(he has had kidney stone attacks a few times). He told me that ya that was pretty typical feeling after the kidney stones pass. The amazing thing is I felt no pain at all before and during the process - just after a slight sensitivity. I was totally amazed!

ACV is now a regular regime in our house by all of us. Thanks for all the information at this site- it is just wonderful!

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Posted by Terrilyn (Chico, Calif. Usa) on 09/30/2012
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I had such pain I thought I would die I would have tried anything but not lemon and evoo, that would not go down. Kidney stones in both kidneys the right one for a long time but not accute the left one went bad really fast. I started to take the Apple Cider Vinegar but tried it with Apple juice like some one suggested. I MIXED 8 TABLESPONS WITH A GLASS OF APPLE JUICE. It took 3 days before it started to subside the 4th day tHe pain went away gradually, though, then it was gone not had any more pain since.


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Posted by Claudia (Los Feliz, California) on 07/25/2013

Olive oil and lemon juice is an amazing remedy to dissolve kidney stones. I have a friend who tried the remedy found on Earth Clinic here and the kidney stone came out in 2 days!

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Posted by Mama To Many (Middle, Tennessee, Usa) on 07/25/2013

Dear Stephania, It seems that ACV or baking soda does work for people. I think that different types of stones respond differently, though. If that doesn't work, here is something else you could try...

Rachel Weaver, in her book, Backyard Pharmacy, talks about using limes and alfalfa tablets for kidney stones...

Day One

6 limes, squeeze out juice and add to 16 cups water. Drink all over the course of a day. Take 2 alfalfa tablets every 2 hours.

Day 2 and 3

Drink the same amount of water without the limes.

Take 2 alfalfa tablets every 2 hours.

A few years ago my husband had terrible pain that appeared to be kidney stones. We were out of town and about to travel 800 miles home with 8 children. It wasn't a very convenient time to go to the ER or find a doctor. We did the above (he also took marshmallow root capsules with the alfalfa) and his pain went away and never returned.

Avoid caffeine and chocolate and heavy foods during these days as well.

Hope he gets relief soon!
~Mama to Many~

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Posted by Kerry (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) on 07/21/2012
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I have taken Apple Cider Vinegar for many things including Kidney stones. It tastes bad but if you add it to apple juice it's not that bad. A little like "Hard Cider" I just got done passing the parts of a very large stone (haven't been taking my apple cider vineger for awhile) this has made me reconsider my daily dose I was doing in the distant past. Thank you just want to let you know about add the apple juice to make it taste better.

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Posted by Rod (Roanoke, Va) on 07/21/2011

Thanks to everyone who posted their results from using Apple Cider Vinegar to help dissolved their kidney stones. Supposedly I only have one, but after two days of using the vinegar I've had three white crystals appear in my strainer so far. Very small though, but you can feel them. I'm assuming that the one stone is breaking apart now? The strange this is, for me, I hurt in my back in the right kidney area for about a half hour after drinkng the vinegar. Everyone else stated that the pain immediately stopped. I hope I'm not doing wrong by continuing. I'm going to try to save the crystals but they're so darned small. But thanks again for posting about the vinegar.

Oh, one more thing. Why is it that one day you're cramping badly in your left abdomen and the next day in your right kidney? Can a stone in one kidney cause pain in the opposite kidney and surrounding area?

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Posted by Anon222 (USA) on 07/07/2021

Don't take such a large dosage! 1-2 teaspoons to start and some people work up to 1 or 2 tablespoons a couple times a day.

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Posted by Megan (Belfast, Northern Ireland) on 02/01/2011
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I have suffered with kidney stones for several years. I had a constant dull pain in my back, and passing the stones was terrible. I was diagnosed by our doctor, but was unable to go into surgery since I have 2 small children and no reliable babysitters. Intercourse with my husband was constantly painful due to the stones, and it was embarrassing when I experienced pain from them in public.

My friend came to visit and suggested apple cider vinegar as it had cured her stones. I took 2 shot glasses of apple cider vinegar that night (without any water) but was skeptical. But within hours the dull pain in my back was completely gone!

In the morning, I took about 2 shots of ACV and I passed several large stones without any pain.

Occasionally now, my stones come back as I am prone to them, but 2 shots of apple cider vinegar does the trick everytime. Completely amazing!

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Posted by Donna (Pensacola, FL) on 03/21/2022

Actually, it might also be the constant drinking of TEA … which I discovered is high in oxalates. I imagine that's not too well known. It made my own kidney stones grow significantly.

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Posted by beverly (Texas) on 03/22/2022

My husband had kidney stones really bad several years back. I told him to drink some apple cider vinegar. It seemed to dissolve them enough to pass easily.

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Posted by Chikie (Bonita Springs, Florida) on 10/19/2010

Thank you for the Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey. How is your son doing with the kidney stones? After praying the Lord lead me to this site. I have been having excruciating pain in my kidneys and gallbladder. Don't what it is. I had done the liver flush in shown in this site and lot of stones went out of my gallbladder. I keep getting pain on my right side tremendous pain on my right hip and sciatical nerves. I'm taking the ACV and Honey. I know God uses natural remedies to heal our natural bodies.

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Posted by Candy (Houston, Tx) on 09/14/2010
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I tried the olive oil and lemon juice and it did not help me at all either. My last episode was the stone passing -- felt like an ice pick in my crotch -- very, very painful. I swallowed about 5 gulps of ACV straight out of the bottle. About 10 minutes later zero pain!! My boyfriend was so relieved that I stopped jumping around yelling, and pounding my fists on the counter. It did make my stomach feel funny, but it was worth it. I swished a little water in my mouth for a few seconds after but that's it. Amazing!

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Posted by Debbie (San Diego, Ca) on 11/17/2010
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I have never been much of a home remedy person but I have had kidney stone issues since 1988. I have been on diuretics for the last 19 years. This last April, I found out I had a kidney stone that took up the entire inside of my left kidney. After 2 Percutaneous Lithotripsy's and a tube out my back for 5 weeks, I knew I had to do more. I looked on the Internet and found out that I should stay on a low oxalate diet. It's been 7 months and I started feeling that familiar pain in my side again. After 2 nights of feeling mildly uncomfortable, I was hit hard.

The following morning, a girlfriend was suggesting I take a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar. While I was in the ER she looked on this website and saw these testimonials. By the time, I got home from the ER, the Apple Cider Vinegar was on my kitchen counter. I took one shot of the Apple Cider Vinegar on Monday morning and Tuesday morning. Tuesday afternoon I had a CT scan. Tuesday evening my doctor wanted to schedule an emergency surgery but I'd had too much to eat or drink so we were going to have the surgery on Wednesday. Tuesday night I passed two very large stones. One was 11mm X 6mm and the other was 6mm X 6mm. All with NO PAIN! I was so excited! The Apple Cider Vinegar did the job. I'm home relaxing and not in surgery putting my body through more trauma! I'm still amazed!

P.S. My doctor called tonight to follow up and find out my remedy so he could pass it on to another patient!

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Posted by Sl (Philadelphia, Pa) on 01/12/2012

My mom drinks ACV with lemon juice, honey and warm water every morning to stay healthy. She's never had a kidney stone. I think it's pretty safe to drink once a month, especially since she drinks it every day.

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