Apple Cider Vinegar for Kidney Stones

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Posted by Peggy (Hanover, Pa) on 02/03/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I probably have more stones than anyone I have heard of. I produce them almost at the speed of light. I watch my diet, filter my water, ect. Nothing seems to work. I recently started drinking organic apple cider vinegar with water three times a day. Use two tablespoons of vinegar to equal amounts of water. You can add honey if it helps. I noticed the color was different when I passed it. I get about one a week. The pain is just awful. I hope this helps.

Replied by Joshua
(Oakwood, GA)

Also, a good diet of meat and veggies in moderation and little to no fried foods and junk is a great way to live too! But keep up with the ACV!

Replied by Donna
(Miami, Fl)
5 out of 5 stars

I have had them as frequently also and the doctors did a 24 hour urine sample on me discovering my calcium kidney stones were due to lack of Potassium (which Apple Cider Vinegar naturally has!! ). No matter how much calcium I ate, due to the lack of potassium my body wasn't absorbing it. I am now taking 2 teaspoons full of ACV in 8oz of water 3x a day and not only do I not have kidney stones, but I get less premenstrual cramps, my face has cleared up, I have more energy and I just feel better all around :)

Replied by Kfort
(Livonia, Mi)

If you have a reoccuring problem with kidney stones have your parathyroid hormone levels checked. My doctor just told me that my kidney stones may be a result of a benign parathyroid gland. The parathyroid controls the amount of calcium in the blood and when it malfunctions it strips calcium from the bones and dumps it into the bloodstream where it can collect in the kidneys, heart, gall bladder, etc. There is a whole list of symptoms and information about this disease at

A simple blood test can determine if you have this and a simple surgery to remove the gland can give you your health back. If your doctor doesn't know about this get another doctor. I'm getting my blood tested next week.

Replied by John
(Columbus, Oh)

I was diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism a few years back. Apparantly one of my four parathyroid glands has been enlarged since I was a teenager (or earlier). The overactive gland instructed my body to pull excess calcium from my bones and put it into my blood stream, thus forming dozen calcium stones into both of my kidneys. At age 38, the doctor finally diagnosed it after years of passing stones. They removed the gland and my calcium levels are normal again; however, I have been passing the calcium stones ever since. My doctor said all the stones are 5mm or less, so they are passable. He said anything over 5mm is not typically passable.

I'm anxious to try one of these remedies, but I'm confused if ACV is the right remedy for calcium stones. I'll keep reading.

Replied by Ms
(Livonia, Mi)

To Kfort of Livonia, MI - Did you have your blood test done? What is the result? Did you have your surgery? We need recommendations of doctor? Will appreciate a reply. Thanks!

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Posted by Michelle (Pittsburgh, PA) on 11/30/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I was doing a lil research after days of having pain with my kidney stones and no pain killer was helping. And I read a blog/article saying to try Dill Pickle Juice. Well I did and believe it or not it worked. But I have been thinking about taking Apple Cider Vinegar for a few other problems that I have so this should help with the stones as well since the vinegar will desolve them the same way. Kill a FEW birds with one shot. lol

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Posted by Michelle (Kanab, Utah) on 01/30/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I had a kidney stone and was having a hard time passing it.I started taking apple vinegar cider in red raspberry tea after the second cup almost all my pain was gone. It also helps clear up bladder infections. Thanks

Replied by David Hay
(Lititz, PA)
5 out of 5 stars

After having surgery 15 years ago for a kidney stone, I was hit with one again yesterday and had almost forgotten the pain that comes with it. After a trip to the hospital to confirm it, I was sent home with a screen funnel and some pain pills. They didn't work, but I remembered using apple cider vinegar the last time. So I took an 8 OZ cup and put two ounces of apple cider vinegar and 5 ounces of cold water. Stirred and chugged it down. The pain stopped within ten minutes and I passed the stone pain free within two hours. I was on the road eleven hours today totally pain free!

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Posted by John (Hesperia, CA) on 04/26/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I took Apple Cider to dissolve Gallbalder and kidney stones. I stopped getting kidney infections and can take vitamins again; I had to stop taking vitamins because it increased kidney discomfort. It appears as a side effect that my hair is growing back on my head.

Replied by Socal
(Los Angeles, Ca)
4 out of 5 stars

I drank 4oz straight & it helped my urethra pain. I was able to sleep last night. I also drank 8oz of lemon juice straight. Today tho the pain is mildly back. I will do the same again & drink tons of water.

Replied by Socal
(Los Angeles, Ca)

I still have not passed my kidney stone that was found back in 8/2010! I have tried everything. I ended up w/ more severe pain yesterday w/ not sleep. Only relief I've gotten is from a heating pad. Oh well...=(

Replied by Drew R
(Fort Walton Beach, Fl)

I was diagnosed with a 5mm kidney stone back in early Feb. 2011 it is now April 30th and I have been in pain for 48hrs now. I am going back to the ER in a little while to see if they can blast the stone. I am gonna try some of these home remedies before I go. Hopefully something eases the pain. My sincerest sympathies go to everyone who has/had/or will have a kidney stone in the future.

Replied by Bob
(Cedartown, Ga)

For Drew from FWB., FL

I too had problems while living in FWB. My experience was when I was about 30 yrs. old. My doctor told me to drink lots of water. This was around 1980 before bottled water was popular. At Eglin AFB., the years of unexploded munitions may have polluted the ground water with phosphorus which should be balanced with calcium in your body. 50/50. I think age, life changes, stress, diet & environment all affect balance. My Dr.too mentioned about the hyperparathyroidism. I never had surgery for that. I am 58 now. Pay attention to your kidneys and not allow to get dehydrated. I was also taking strong vitamins which may have put my kidneys into overdrive and with a love for caffeine did not help the situation. Overworking your kidneys can cause pain like a stone but will subside with water. Infections will cause dark urine and you should watch for that and drink things that are good for you like good water and cranberry juice daily. I have had surgery which I would prevent, rather than go thru that again. When I moved back to Ala., I stopped having stones. It may have been the water but also making needed changes in my life may have also been a factor. (less stress). Good Luck!

Replied by Santhosh
(Hyderabad, Andhrapradesh)
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Replied by Tee
(New York, Usa)
5 out of 5 stars

Tee from NYC, but after having another kidney stone attack with the terrible pain I decided to search the net and came upon this great site followed the positive responses, polished off a small bottle of apple cider vinegar and also had a little olive oil with lemon juice and within hours the pain went down, urine flow was clear and normal, by the next day I was pain free. Thanks all, I'm now a convert to natural home remedies.

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