Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice for Kidney Stones

| Modified on Jun 30, 2024
Apple cider vinegar and lemon juice are both common ingredients in natural kidney stone removal protocols. Ideally, raw and organic apple cider vinegar and fresh lemon juice are used. In a pinch, bottled lemon juice and regular apple cider vinegar are sometimes used successfully.

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Posted by Jdy (Whittier, North Carolina) on 11/15/2016

I had one Saturday night. Hit me about 10 pm. Took a pee and at the end it moved into the top of the exit from the bladder.

Never had no pain with it, until it moved into the top of the urethra. Looked online for answers. Found this site. Dealt with the blockage through Sunday. Went to the store to buy the "cure." I used it a couple of times during Sunday, but went back to store tyo buy a week's supply of apple juice and lemon juice.

I drinked mostly lemon water with glasses of apple juice. No plain water. I passed it Monday night. Was glad to be able to piss again. All the formula gave me diarrhea like symptoms today. I guess it flushed out both areas.

Feel like I did 20 years ago now. Nothing can compare to not being able to pee. Glad its over with. I had one last year with severe backache the same size that went through me like butter. This one loged when I was out of water at the end of a pee.

They say diet plays a role in repeat symptoms. Lots of meat, milk, cheese and similar food items build up inside the body. Learn to eat correctly to help eliminate the problem.

Eat more vegetables and less meat. Drink juices and clean water over beverages. If you get sick with this, a blockage, try the apple cider vinegar with a ton of apple juice and lemon juice. A prayer helps too!

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Posted by Chrisf (Surrey, Uk) on 04/01/2016 4 posts

I researched on your pages a few weeks ago about the use of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to breakup bladder stones. Well I can tell you this works. I have been troubled by bladder stones previously in 2009 & again in 2010. Both were sorted by Lithotripsy.

A new event of a stone became troublesome a couple of months ago. Following reading a "cure" on these pages I was keen to try it out as the prospect of further Lithotripsy wasn't appealing.

Well I can tell you the cure worked and I seem to have "washed out" all of the stones ( an ultra sound scan in February found two) by dissolving them and expelling them naturally via the waterworks.For a couple of days it was a bit uncomfortable as the residual gravel passed through the system.

The dosage and mix I used was as follows:

Take 1 fresh lemon, cut in half and get the juice out in a squeezer. Remove the pips but keep the residual insides of the lemon. One lemon should give you 2 fl'oz of juice.Add 1 fl'oz of apple cider vinegar, do this with a measuring jug.Top up the mix from 3 fl'oz to 900 ml mark with cold water, stir and pour the mix into two empty 500 ml plastic bottles.

For the first week drink both of these every day and you will notice a difference to how you pass water within a couple of days. After the first week you should feel some relief of the symptoms of a stone like I did. By the end of week 3 my symptoms had gone completely.

I now continue to drink a 500 ml bottle of the mix each day just to keep things clear.

Note: it is important to use a fresh lemon as the juice is as natural as it comes. Bottled lemon juice is derived from concentrate and includes chemicals and additives. One lemon with produce 2 fl'oz of juice.

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Posted by Mtnspiritz (Helena, Mt, Usa ) on 06/29/2013

Yea - after three bouts in the hospital with horrible kidney stones one treatment of ACV and Lemon juice cured the problem almost instantly and there is no recurrence. Greg in Montana.

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Posted by Greg (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 03/13/2011

Like most of those suffering from those horrible and intensely painful kidney stones I will try almost anything to be rid of them. I have suffered now with kidney stones since 2006 when I passed my first one. I have been to four different Urologists and I have seen the Emergency room so much that now I have my own reserved room and medical bills to match.
I have passed well over 100 kidney stones since my first stone in 2006. I have had three surgeries, meds, pain pills to fill a truck bed, scans, stints, x-rays, cat-scans, you name it and I have been there done that...

I even stopped drinking milk for two years thinking that would help, which it did but then my body just switched from producing Calcium stones to producing Uric Acid stones instead from drinking so much Orange juice. So, now I am only drinking distilled water which is water in its purest form.

I have been told that minerals in tap water or filtered water can cause stones. That drinking soda can cause stones and that eating chips and other salty foods can cause stones and of course dairy products can cause stones but I had no idea that drinking a lot of Orange juice can cause Acid stones.

I have also used Uriflow which did work on some stones and also Renavive which is supposed to be twice as strong as Uriflow according to their advertisement.

Both worked for awhile then for me they stopped being as effective for some reason? Perhaps my body started to get used to taking them so for me they are no longer as effective. No matter the reason the stones continue so now I have found this site.

I am a big guy well over six feet actually closer to seven feet tall and large framed as well. So, I doubled the mix because of my size.

After reading about how taking Lemon Juice with Olive Oil seemed to help so many I decided that might just be helpful. And also, after reading that Apple Cider Vinegar is stronger than Lemon juice I decided to substitute the Apple Cider Vinegar instead of the Lemon Juice.

I have just taken 4oz of Apple Cider Vinegar and 4oz of Olive Oil mixed with about three tablespoons of honey and some Maple pancake syrup mixed in as well to sweeten the mix.

It burned all the way down with a strong acid taste but sweetened by the Honey and Maple Syrup so it went down better than I had thought. After taking the mix I had trouble breathing a little from the strong fumes from the Apple Cider Vinegar, I took some deep breaths and then chased it all down with 16oz of filtered water. I have noticed an improvement already in the pain level of my current Kidney Stone. The sharp pain is now almost gone!!!

Thanks to everyone for your kindness and suggestions, I will see how this works and leave feedback.

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Posted by Thomas (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) on 05/12/2009


I found myself on the site wanting help for kidney stones. I ended up in the ER 10 days ago with lower back pains, throwing up etc. The pain lasted for about 4 hours before making myself go the ER.

Upon seeing a Dr and having a cat scan it was found that I had a 2 mm Kidney Stone. Stayed in the ER several hours with the DR giving me Morphine, Demerol etc..

Since leaving the ER the pain has not been as bad but have been having on and off pains in the lower back. Like with most people I was given a strainer to catch the stone.

So, not wanting to go threw the above pain again I decided to try some home remedies.

After reading post on this site about how some people had results in a matter of mins or hours I decided to try it.

Approximately 3 hours ago I took 2 ounces of Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 ounces of Lemon Juice.
I must say it was the nastiest stuff I have ever tasted in my life. It took me approx one hour of fighting with myself not to throw up. "Would recommend keeping some type of mint candy around to get the taste out of your mouth.

No change with anything as of yet. I will update as time goes on and let everyone have a true insight into my results with this home remedy

Replied by Scott
(San Pedro, California)

So how did things turn out? Did it work?

Replied by Thomas
(Oklahoma City, OK)

OK, update on my first post. I still have not passed my stone. I went a couple of week with zero pain. This weekend it started up again. Just praying it will pass soon. I did talk with a Doctor about APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, LEMON JUICE. I was advised by the MD that there are numerous types of kidney stones and that APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, LEMON JUICE does one on one of the types of kidney stones. However, the bad news is the one type it does work on is the rarest type of kidney stones and very very very few people have that type. So, for me it does not work.

Replied by Joanystar
(Studio City, Ca)

You don't drink lemon juice mixed with vinegar. You drink olive oil mixed with lemon juice. Or, drink Apple cider vinegar with a glass of warm water. Read the posts of the people who did this with success. You may get it to work.

Replied by Martha
(Mattapoisett, Ma)

I have to tell everyone, especially the guy who went out and got heinz apple cider vinegar, You have to get organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar, I got it at the regular super market! It has the MOTHER in it! It is a cloudy bit in the bottle! You can mix it with honey if you like. First of all the taste difference is astounding! I use 2 teaspoons of each and my pain from rhematoid arthritis is soooo much better, but I also was having bad gall bladder pain. I am going to try and get my husband to try it for kidney stones! Organic Apple cider vinegar ROCKS!

Replied by Loretta
(Luton, Walthamstowe, Uk)

To quote, "However, the bad news is the one type it does work on is the rarest type of kidney stones and very very very few people have that type. So, for me it does not work."

Oh really Thomas of Oklahoma? Nice try. This treatment works on the most common type of kidney stone which is a Calcium Oxalate stone. Either you are lying or your doctor is lying or you are the doctor.

If Lemon Juice or ACV worked for you then why are you people even going back to your doctors? YoOu should be going to your local dounty court with a lawyer and file a Complaint against your Urologist for witholding information that would have prevented a great deal of pain, money and hardship via surgery and meds and stents. SUE YOUR UROLOGIST!

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn Usa)

HI U LORETTA, never had a kidney stone in my life , but I clean out my liver and gallbladder every year with a flush. Worked at a plant that no one went to the doctor for kidney stones. The procedure is similar to what we do except they drink apple juice full time for a week and then start drinking a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil. The apple juice will soften the stones and the lemon juice and olive oil will allow you to pass the stones. I want to cry every time I think what the medical field is doing to us. Dang, we would be better off with an Indian Medicine Man. If you find that reference offensive to you then kiss My grits. I's too Old to care.

Replied by Beverly
(Los Angeles, Ca)

You go, Robert AND Loretta. Very true what you both say. Our health care system is a for-profit system. How can they profit if we all get well? They profit from making us believe we have to take a certain pill or a slew of certain pills for the rest of our lives, and that only they and their synthetic meds can diagnose or treat any illness.

It's become worse over the years. When I was a kid the only "medicines" that were advertised were over the counter things like aspirin and Alka Seltzer.

Health care costs more and more and insurance is over the top; some meds now cost $400 per bottle... Not to mention the cost of surgery and hospital stays. It's caused more bankruptcies in this country than anything else, most likely. The ONLY recourse we have now is nature. Where did all the synthetic meds come from anyway? Some bastardized form of something from nature.

Thanks for hearing my rant. I'm not nearly as angry as I may "sound". I'm just stating what I know to be true.

Replied by Sweetpea
(Selmer, Tn, United States)

You have that one right Robert & Loretta, I went to the ER and they gave me a discount for my visit which consisted of blood work, an IV & a CT scan... With a prescription for antibiotics but no pain meds! Before my discount my bill was over 9,000 dollars after it was still 3400 dollars! I took one shot of warm distilled apple cider vinegar tonite and have no pain!!!!

Replied by John
(Buffalo, New York Usa)

Yesterday morn woke to sharp stabbing pain in right kidney and symptoms of stones... Lost health insurance recently so looked to internet for home remedies. First thing I took 8 200mg ibuprofen pills and pain dulled bit and manageable. Started with lemon remedy I found here (initially 8oz fresh squeezed lemon juice then 1oz lemon juice in 8oz water every hour for 12 hrs) and felt only slight discomfort by bed time and seemed to be working.

This morn woke up to same pain level as yesterday morn so I questioned how much relief came from the massive dose of ibuprofen from 24 hrs earlier. I bought raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar as a backup if the lemon thing didnt work so decided to take that approach this morn. I took no pain relievers to see if there would be real relief from the ACV. I mixed 2oz Apple Cider Vinegar with 6oz water and within half hour about half pain was gone. 1 hour later did 3oz Apple Cider Vinegar 5oz water... It's almost an hour since last mixture and I feel only slight discomfort when I get up from chair... about 90% of the pain is gone in 3 hours.

Something good is going on here and so far I can undeniably recommend Apple Cider Vinegar for immediate relief. I plan on doing this 3-4 times a day until something hopefully passes and don't think my stomach can handle any more Apple Cider Vinegar than that. After 3 hrs I do have discomfort in stomach but think 5oz in 2hrs may be a bit much for my system and light meal might help. In my case ACV gave amazing results immediately and encourage to chose over lemons. Will post progress in few days.....John

Replied by Jay
(Toronto, Ont, Canada)

On 09/15/2011: John from Buffalo, New York Usa wrote:... "Something good is going on here and so far I can undeniably recommend Apple Cider Vinegar for immediate relief. I plan on doing this 3-4 times a day until something hopefully passes and don't think my stomach can handle any more Apple Cider Vinegar than that. After 3 hrs I do have discomfort in stomach but think 5oz in 2hrs may be a bit much for my system and light meal might help. In my case ACV gave amazing results immediately and encourage to chose over lemons. Will post progress in few days"

John, you have a couple of other options here:

1. Regular apple juice will also work and if you drink about 30 ounces spaced out each day for a week or so all the large stones you have will be reduced in size to pass without any pain sensation. I had this situation a couple of years ago and I had an ultra sound about 3 weeks after my first attack(and drinking apple juice) and there was no evidence of any stones of any size left in my kidney.

2. Since you have no idea if there are more large stones in your kidney, perhaps if t would be better to safely eliminate them. There is an herbal solution that will also eliminate the problem. You can buy "chanca piedra" in capsule form at the health food store It has been used for centuries to eliminate kidney stones. Within hours of taking this herb as recommended the stones are broken into small easily passable pieces.

Replied by Mick
(Queensland, Australia)

I've used apple cider vineger for stones, yes it works very, very, very well, most doctors are so brainwashed at med school they won't look at any other cure, and they would go bust as well just like free energy devices we have had for last 100 or so yrs from dudes like nikola tesla its all about power, money, greed, control coz wisdom and knowing is power to us and not the so called rulers who do not care for us at all. If you think they do, go back to sleep ./,

Replied by Virginia
(Sacramento, Ca)

Response to John of Buffalo, NY, USA

John, I too woke up to excrutiating pain in my lower back and side. It was so bad that I couldn't walk, much less get myself to the hospital. It got progressively worse by the end of the day. Since I have no health insurance anyway, I went online for a natural remedy and discoverd this site. Wow! What a godsend! I read about the ACV remedy and my husband went right out and purchased the organic, unfiltered type and a bottle of cranberry juice. Like you, I felt fast relief in no time and am so jazzed about a natural inexpensive remedy. I plan to stay with the ACV on a daily basis because it's good for me in general. I also gave some to my cat who seems to have some sort of kidney or bladder infection. It worked right away. I'm a believer of the stuff now.

Replied by Christy
(Sacramento, Ca)

I was praying this would work for me. Unfortunately it did not work. I guess I will try the lemon one next.

Replied by John
(Buffalo, New York)

Hey gang!! Giving an update from my 9/15 post... I believe I'm cured using apple cider vinegar!! Within 48 hrs I was pain free except for when I belched or hiccuped I felt sharp pain. That lasted for about 2 weeks til I had zero symptoms. The strainer I peed through lol was something I found in kitchen drawer which think is used to possibly sprinkle powdered sugar or something like that... Point is after 3 weeks I peed out a couple tiny blobs that barely clung to strainer.. The only way to describe is texture was maybe a bit firmer than tooth paste. I'm not 100% sure if these were part of my stones but I have absolutely No symptoms or pain whatsoever!

I initially started my 1st couple days treatment with 2oz Apple Cider Vinegar in 6 oz water 4x day... It was gross and my stomach couldn't take anymore. After that I just limited the same dose to 2x day and was tolerable. I also drank a half gallon water and resumed some bad habits like coffee and soda. Jay thanks for heads up on chanca piedra and gonna do it and see if something happens but I really think my stones are gone.

I continue with my Apple Cider Vinegar 2x day cuz I noticed some other benefits like congestion from allergies and joint pain in both knees, ankles and pinky finger(broke few years ago) have just about all gone away. I wake up feeling normal and I am sleeping much better. I used to wake up so congested and tired in the morn... My head felt like a sack of cement and eyes blurry and bulging... I now wake up with no congestion feeling well rested and my eyes are focused!!! Hope this helps all in need and will follow up on any replies.... Take care, John