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Posted by Mitzy (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) on 11/16/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Jacinda
Greenville, Nc Us

Hey, did you drink a certain amount of ACV? I got a 9mm I want to dissolve it and avoid the trip to the hospital.

Posted by Terrilyn (Chico, Calif. Usa) on 09/30/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Replied by Nevadasmith
Portland, Pennsylvania, Usa

Absence of pain does NOT mean that your problem is resolved. I had a stone stuck in one ureter and made a trip to the ER. I did a follow up visit with the urologist. He said the stone was stuck in my left ureter and wanted me to get x-rays every week for four weeks and come see him again every week. I agreed to see him again in four weeks after having one more x-ray to see if the stone had mved. It did not move during that time but I felt no real pain just occasional mild discomfort. I then scheduled surgery. By the time my surgery took place the stone still hadn't moved. This means that my left kidney was shut down for six weeks. They say not to go longer than that cause you can damage your kidney. Just cause you feelno pain does not mean you are okay. If the stone is stuck and not moving, you may not feel any pain but could be damaging your kidney if you don't get the stone out.

Posted by Billy (El Paso, Texas) on 08/30/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Jacinda
Greenville, Nc Us

Do u know how big your stones were? Mine is 9 mm.

Replied by Stephania

My hubby is only 29, & he has had so many kidney stones in the last 5 years its unreal, so many surgeries that his employer pretty much fired him for insurance reasons, but deny it, but I digress, so he's had 4 surgeries so far this year, Dr has never mentioned ACV!!! Have you heard of baking soda method, bcz at this point if the ACV dsnt work, we will try every method!! Just needing a little advice, and any on kidney stones, will certainly be appreciated.

Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada

To Stephania from Us:

Try Juice Therapy
Lemon Juice (home made)
Apple Juice
Tamarind Juice
Phylanthus Niruri Tea(Stone Breaker Tea)
Drink Minimum 1.5 litre of water a day.
Sarasaparila Tea ( Diurectic)
Stop Canned Foods

You will see lots of difference. Good Health

Replied by Claudia
Los Feliz, California

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!

Replied by Mama To Many
Middle, Tennessee, Usa

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~

Posted by Misty (Flatwoods, Ky USA) on 06/09/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Just thought I'd share my results, I have had several kidney stones, I get them and pass them every few months when I first found out I had them in 2007 I had one in each kidney the size of golf balls, so my doctor set up lithotripsy they ended up doing both kidneys while I was out, when I woke up I was in such bad pain it was ridiculous. I then proceeded to pass 64 3mm stones over the next 3 days I cought them and had to take them to my urologist, who I never heard anything back from. Fast forward to yesterday when I found this website, I have been having kidney and lower abdominal pain for about 10 days, I could feel the stone moving down the line, I tried about 3 sips of apple cider vinegar today and though it was the worst thing I have ever tasted... It worked! No pain since been feeling great since then haven't passed my stone yet but no more pain it's a big deal. Didn't even cost that much, only a dollar at my local Foodfair. One thing, prepare to have heartburn all day, and hold your nose while you drink it, but it's worth it!!

Replied by Joseph
Denver, Co

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

Replied by Kerry
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Nora
5 out of 5 stars

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

Posted by Mjr (Harare, Zimbabwe) on 05/23/2012

Thank you so much for all this information. My dad has been suffering from kidney stones for the past months. Due to his age and ill health the doctors are unable to do anything about them until his health picks up. We've been having endless nights of no sleep due to his moaning in pain. Im so grateful for this site and information. Will try this remedy right away and give you feedback as soon as I can on the positive results.

Posted by Mcck144 (Fort Lauderdale, Fl, Usa) on 12/26/2011

I'm new at this website and in a desperate attempt to get rid of 11 kidney stones and all the related symptoms. I am very motivated to start drinking the apple cider, but a bit concerned about some comments related to possible side effects on ulcerative colitis.

I'm willing to try anything at this point.

Replied by Louwrence
Rustenburg, North West South Africa

Hi Mcck144, Go to & I am sure you will find the solution to your problem there.

Replied by Bjsuggs
Floresville, Tx

My husband has suffered with kidney stones now for about 3 years, passed a small one, then had a 3 day stay in hospital with a stint put in, a painful 6 weeks of wearing it, he passed it finally, painfully passing it though. One year later, pain again with a 1cm kidney stone visable on xray and a smaller one forming too. The doctor told him that he would not be able to pass this one, but he refused to be put in hospital coz of the ordeal he thru before.

With no insurance available I got on internet and looked for natural remedies, I made a mixture of apple cider vinegar with water and honey and made a pitcher of lemonaid every day and the herb Chanca Piedra (one capsule a day) 3 weeks went along, then he was uncomfortable but not bad. One night he passed the small one first and then the 1 cm. It was the most ugliest thing I ever saw. I never seen a man so happy in my life. I am a firm believer of the herb Chanca Piedra, now he takes one a day. Hope this helps someone.

Replied by Mimi
Johannesburg, South Africa

This message is addressed to Cyndi from Durham, NC and to Bjsuggs from Florsville, Tx. I read your messages respectively posted 01/07/2006 and 28/01/2012 with a lot of interest. Thank you for your advice.

I had my first kidney stones experience in 1999. I will never forget the pain. I was at work, went to urinate and as I was about to do this, felt a sharp pain (like of a knife) in my left lower back, left lower stomach and left leg. It was so soared, unbearable. I couldn't stand up and very carefully, holding onto the doors and walls, got out and came back from the toilets to the office reception area. When the receptionnist saw me she could see I wasn't well. I asked her if I could lean on her desk as I couldn't walk further or sit. I just wanted to gain some time for the pain to go away. To my own surprise, the pain was growing fast and I couldn't hold it anymore. I started crying. My manager who was immediately called to witness what I was growing through asked for an ambulance to be called. When the nurses arrived and tried to put me on the strecher, I was screaming like hell. The pain was just too much. I was admitted to hospital. It took the doctor 2 days to see that it was kidney stones. The first day, he even told me that despite all the scans he couldn't see anything and that all was in my head. Therefore he suggested that I was released, go home and take strong painkillers. I had an operation, the stones were taken out and I still remember the pain afterwards when I was healing. It took me two weeks to recover.

Today, 13 years later, I'm feeling a similar pain but this time on the right side. The pain in my right leg is very similar to a cramp and the one in my groin and my right kidney is unbearable. When it all started three days ago, I thought it was due to my periods that I was having. I also had nauseas, a lot of fever and I was bloated. But three days later, I start suspecting that something was definitely wrong. I couldn't sit and even took 2 days off work to just lie down. This morning, I thought of calling the doctor and before doing that thought of going on google to find out what type of disease gave the same symptoms like mine. I tried to look up severa diseases but only the kidney stones symptoms were similar to the ones I had.

By chance, I saw this site and am so happy I did. When I read the recipe with the lemon juice and olive oil, I tried it immediatly. After the first 10 minutes, I could the feel no more pain. I thought it was in my head but as I'm typing this message (30 minutes later) I still feel no pain. I'll observe and see how I feel 24 hours later. I then read the comment sent by Bjsuggs from Florsville, Texas. My question is regarding the herb Chanca Piedra. What is it exactly and what does it do to the system?

Thank you to all of you who have posted these remedies. God bless as you saved so many lives, including mine.

I'm looking forward to reading your answer.

Replied by Shydz
Durban, Outside Us

Hi, I also get kidneys stones and they hurt like hell! I had a bout with them in March and the Doctor told me there are still 4 (two in each kidney) that needs to come down. He wanted to take me in to theatre to pass them. I have since resigned and don't have medical aid.

This morning I started getting kidney pains again. I am going to definitely start the remedy and see how it goes.

Did you find out about the tablets - if we are able to get them in SA? Thanks

Posted by Kaystar (Oxnard, Ca) on 10/16/2011
5 out of 5 stars

After being on 600 mg of Motrin every 5 hours for a week, I decided to try 2 oz ACV in 8 oz water with a couple tablespoons of honey. Tastes like a really bad bottle of wine, but pain gone instantly!! How is that possible?? Have not had any pain med for 20 hours so far and still feel good. I sense the stone is still there, but at least it doesn't hurt 24/7. I will drink a glass of this every day for the rest of my life.

Replied by Soph99
Stony, Ny, Usa

I'm 16 and I've had kidney stones for almost 3 years now.. It's not constant though it's on and off. The first time I had them no one knew what it was turned out to be kidney stones that I had inherited, yes they are hereditary. My dad's mom and brother (grandma and uncle) both have them. Once we found out what it was I went to the hospital had a ct scan done to find out there was 2 in each of my kidneys also the one lodged in my left ureter. I'm not sure of the size of them, but the doctor gave me medicine that enlarged the size of my tubes to help release the stones easier and also medicine to shrink the stones. I did not feel anything after that for about a year and half then got slight pain in my lower back (kidney area) turned out to be nothing and just recently (a year after the second episode) I've been having pretty bad pain so I've been looking up this stuff and everyone else is older doing these things so do you guys think it would be okay if I tried it? If not the Apple Cider Vinegar than the lemon juice? thanks!

Replied by Randall
84094, Utah

They are both acids (lemon juice & ACV) I would think that they might be able to be interchanged.

I have taken several ounces of oil tonight and two glasses of lemon water and ACV hoping that they will break up my stone and give me relief..

So sorry to hear that you are suffering at such a young age (I'm 49 this month) and have had about 18 months with 6 episodes of stones.

I tried the asparagus and coke remedy but it didn't help me at all and I just got sick from all the sugar and ... Coke. Hoping that it passes soon.

Good Luck!

Replied by Ed
Gainesville, Florida

Realize... although Lemon juice and ACV may be acidic outside the body, once metabolized they alkalize the urine, blood and tissue...

Posted by Riki (Singapore) on 10/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I start developing kidney stones in my twenty's and had them every year or two, with atrocious pains that lasted longer each time up to 3 days or more, till one day in my 40's I reasoned and worked out the dissolving properties of vinegar that I can say it make lemon juice inadequate for what it concerns K.S., not only I realize that Apple. C.V. is an anti dolor, but it make K.S. soft enough to be passed easily no matter if still in the kidneys or stuck in the bladder. What I can't understand up to today is why the complete silence from the official medicine, not one G.P. in any country. I been between Europe and Australia seeing me suffering atrocious pains ever suggested it, they couldn't administer any drug, only in hospital a few times they give me some morphine or other strong pain killer, why...

It's now at least 15 years (I am now 57y.o.) that I just smile when I feel that the beast is coming, I get my A.C.V. Bottle and water and down with the job, 20 minutes or half an hour and it come out at the first urination. If I mention it to a doctor they look at me funny or pretend they did not hear, hypocrites. I don't like doctors or the medical institution "business" specially knowing that humanity needs them so much, they don't like when our pains don't bring them gain and they hate if we manage to come out of it by ourself, interest overcome compassion. I wonder how many other little secret are there that they aware about but virtually free and they do not say and try all the time to squelch people that generously and enthusiastically try to share their knowing. thanks Dr.Riki

Replied by Sl
Philadelphia, Pa

There are tons of other little secrets they are keeping from us, and treatment they're discrediting by calling it "quack" medicine, while they hold up their scientific studies with fixed, paid-for, biased results as "proof" that their way works. The reason nobody told you about ACV is because they don't make any money off of it. It is truly a business, and they aim to keep it that way. The body and nutrients of the earth are incredible and do quite well on their own, when properly used. For preventative measures for kidney stones, you may want to try magnesium supplementation-- people need to have a 1:1 or 1:1.5 ratio of magnesium and calcium, which rarely happens. Natural Calm magnesium powder is good b/c it's taken as a liquid and highly absorbable. Good Luck!

Replied by Ray
Castroville, Texas

Over the past many years I have been avoiding taking any kinda non-natural medications, I am very thank full for finding this site, I have even let a headache continue until it went away on its own because of not wanting to take something that was not natural, lately I have allowed my self to take some NSAID pain killlers, but for a very limited time, like only for that day.

I wish the medical ( profession ) would get out of its high tower and really try to help people, I have met people that have never seen a Doctor, but have had every problem that everybody has, they just used handed down knowledge of herbs and other plants, to cure them selves, but then I hope the pharmaceutical companys never get into trying to produce things from naturals, besides destroying the usefulness of it, they will get the government to make it illegal for us to have the raw form.

Replied by Darlam68
Rancho Mirage, Ca

oh I feel the same way about the doctors of today, wow this is a really awesome site, and I have a question though about the intake of these ingredients, is there a certain amount to take ? well, I'm going to still get on it with these and use my best judgement, the pain isn't getting better, and if I wait to be seen by a dr, which isnt till middle of april, il just get worse, and that's exactly what is going on, and I've been to the er and I've seen a dr and I've shared where my pain is and what's going on and all he had for me was "do you suffer from depression?" his question hurt my feelings because no, I am in pain, and I've done enough research to verify that it is kidney problems and its getting to where I pee almost every 15 to 30 minutes I even wrote down all the times I went to the restoom to show him and nothing happened except, another dr appointment, whew! I got this out of my system! Bless all of you!

Posted by Elise (Clover, Sc) on 08/04/2011

First let me start by saying I have a 29mm stone blocking my right ureter... I have been reading all of your comments and I am hoping and praying that this will work for one so large. I will keep you all posted... So far I am on my 4th dose(2oz)of ACV and I am doing this every 2 hours(timer set). I am scheduled for lithotripsy on Monday but plan on passing it before then! Please let me know if anyone has ever passed one so large with this method or should I be doing something else... Willing to try anything at this point. Thanks

Replied by Bob F.
Deming, Nm.

My nephew (37) just had lithotripsy to pulverize a 6cm stone, worked well and he was back to work the next day. I haven't heard of home remedies for stones of this size. Good luck to you.

Replied by Megahertz
Chennai, India
5 out of 5 stars

I had a 9mm stone in my ureter and it was stuck for almost 19 days and was not showing any sign of movement and was supposed to undergo lithotripsy.

I read posts on this site on 4th august, and started ACV and Lemon juice with olive oil for 04 days(twice a day). Yesterday I went for the ultrasound and there was no sign of both the stones (amother 8mm one in the kidney). It surely did work for me.

Another additonal thing I did was gulp a two litre pepsi bottle in case I had phosphate stone.

Hope it works for other as well.

Replied by Saleem
Mumbai, Maharashtra

I got 10 mm stone which is at the moment in the 3rd part of lower ureter just above the bladder and for last 2 days giving me good problems while urinating, doc is saying I should go for lithotripsy which I got done 3 yrs back also n don't want to go for it again. PLEASE HELP! IS IT POSSIBLE TO BREAK IT AT THIS STAGE, PLS HELP ME URGENTLY. Thanks

Replied by Wiscogirl
Hood River, Oregon, Usa

Adjusting your urinary pH to be more alkaline (higher pH), which is what ACV does, to about 6.5 can reduce the size of a stone up to 10mm over a month. You can check your urine pH with test strips to make sure your in this range. Too high, 7.0 or more may increase the chance of calcium based stone forming. So probably won't shrink a 23mm stone that fast, Good luck!

Posted by Judy (San Diego, Ca) on 04/23/2011
0 out of 5 stars

I just tried taking two ounces of ACV for my kidney stone but promptly threw it up. Is there any advice for keeping it down?

Replied by Rod
Roanoke, Va

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?

Replied by Ashlee
Youngstown, Ohio

I started getting kidney stones on July 3rd and have been getting them almost weekly since. I hate drinking water and am the biggest fan of coffee, I have completely removed all dark soda and coffee from my diet and its not working, I have tried the apple cider vinegar along with taking b6 tablets (you must chew them or they are pointless) It is much easier to drink ACV if it is cold and chased with water. Another think is my urologist told me to drink lemonade. I was beginning to get sick of it so I tried tomato juice out for a few days and that seemed to help. I am praying that I do not get another one in the meantime.

Replied by Jay
Toronto, Ont, Canada

On 07/29/2011: Ashlee from Youngstown, Ohio wrote: "I started getting kidney stones on July 3rd and have been getting them almost weekly since. I hate drinking water and am the biggest fan of coffee, I have completely removed all dark soda and coffee from my diet and its not working, I have tried the apple cider vinegar along with taking b6 tablets (you must chew them or they are pointless) It is much easier to drink ACV if it is cold and chased with water. Another think is my urologist told me to drink lemonade. I was beginning to get sick of it so I tried tomato juice out for a few days and that seemed to help. I am praying that I do not get another one in the meantime."

Ashlee, If you want to avoid the pain of passing any more kidney stones you already have in your body, drink pure apple juice. Buy unsweetened pure apple juice and drink about 4 cups a day for at least a week. This will start to disolve the stones and they will become small enough to pass without pain. By the way, the tomato juice is good for your liver. Daily ACV or fresh squeezed lemon juice in water is a good prevention of larger (painful) stones.

Replied by Charles
Aurora, Il

Dilute the ACV with warm water and a bit of honey.

Replied by Craig
Dalton, Ga Usa

I take a shot of _____s ACV w/ the mother every morning, it burns so I chase it w/ a shot of diet Mt Dew. The rest of day I ONLY drink water.

If your pain is intense, you will vomit regardless of what you're drinking. When the pain subsides try to push the fluids so you won't be admitted for dehydration & need a saline drip.

Hope this helps.

Replied by Kerry From The Desert
Desert Southwest Usa, Ca

I was diagnosed with many small kidney stones about a year ago. I have been peeing blood about every six weeks since then. I am having my 1st debilitating episode now and am waiting for my third ct scan of the year. Kidney stones and gallbladder disease are family traits. I am going to try the olive oil and lemon juice and get back on my daily dose of a shot of apple cider vinegar (with the mother) to a cup of grape juice. It is much easier to drink mixed with grape juice. I stopped doing ACV when my bottled turned cloudy and the mother grew really big. I was not sure if it was still safe. Any ACV experts out there who can tell me about the organic ACV and its "mother"?

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa

Hi Kerry, I can't say I'm an ACV "expert" but can tell you about the apple cider vinegar and "the mother". First of all, your ACV is perfectly safe. The mother is equivalent to the SCOBY you see in kombucha. This is all due to the fermentation process. It is what makes the apple cider vinegar so beneficial. The "mother" is made up of living nutrients and beneficial bacteria. Hope this info helps, Lisa

Posted by Megan (Belfast, Northern Ireland) on 02/01/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Hadidx
Oakwood, Ga, Usa
5 out of 5 stars


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!

Replied by Ladylisa
Gainesville, Ga

Im on line looking up natural remedies for my husband and found it odd that you are here in Oakwood, GA as we are too, with a gainesville address. My husband has been taking ACV and olive oil and is now downing 4 oz of Fresh straight lemon juice. Don't drink the water!

Replied by Jan
Dacula, Ga
08/05/2011 daughter had them a couple of months ago while prgnant and I have one now... We both live in Dacula just down the road. Maybe it is the water.

Replied by Rob
Cumming, Ga

I live in Cumming GA, never had them before, but started getting them in July...creepy.

Replied by Dana
Gay, Georgia, Usa

Okay.... My poor husband is pacing the floor with kidney stones. Spent my birthday in the ER (9/1) with them and now more today! I just found your site and began reading all of your advice and questions and I must say the many cases from GA are beginning to creep me out! :}

I ask my dear hubby if he could get some ACV done-- personally, I'd have to be knocked out and administered while sleeping! I think he is just ready to get rid of the pain so he would be willing to drink an entire gallon.

Replied by Bamjakxc
Atlanta, Ga

I HAD to respond! I moved here from Chi 2 1/2 years ago and started battling kidney stones after being here less than a year. I'm a 26 y/o vegetarian and in shape, and I even use a water filter, why me?!!! They won't go away!

I've made ACV, lemon juice, olive oil and honey as part of my morning and nightly routine, and I drink water all day long (to the point of me having to "go" all the time). I need a specific recipe that I can stick to. And it may involve MOVING FROM GEORGIA!!

I wonder if the CDC knows about this??

**Signed-Aching in Atlanta

Replied by Greg
San Pedro, Rd

The southeast has a greater instance of KS due to the high consumption of greens. Almonds, concord grape juice, cranberry juice are to be avoided when you have a KS problem. Spinach, collards and other like greens as well.

Replied by Jason
Atlanta, Ga

I have heard that Georgians have a very high risk of stones because of the predominance of iced tea. Another poster said that Arizona is the kidney stone capital of the world, so who knows, really.

I am a Georgian, have had kidney stones, and never drink tea, but have always drank a lot of soda.

Thanks for this site. I'm a skeptic by nature, but all the successes with ACV, Olive Oil and lemon juice are encouraging. Will be trying it!

Replied by Tammy
Valdosta, Ga

I moved to Georgia in April and got my first kidney stone in Aug. Now it's Jan and I have another one...

Replied by Jim
Peachtrree City, Ga

My daughter is 16 and has her first kidney stone. it is 5mm and wont seem to pass but it moving and her urine is partially blocked. Been 3 weeks now. Drinking lots of water with lemon. Going to try the lemon juice and olive oil mixture today. Hopefully it will pass soon.

She drank lots of tea and coke before. She wont be anymore. I'm confused what supplements she needs to take to prevent further stones. Seeing vitamin b-6. She takes a b-12pill daily for energy and was taking ginseng. Did this contribute to it do you think?

Replied by Ray
Castroville, Texas

I am not sure who told you that cranberry juice is not good, all the oldtimers around here swear by it, and I have used it many times myself and it works for me.

Posted by Candy (Houston, Tx) on 09/14/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Shahla
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

I am Shahla from Pakistan. I am suffering from Kidney stones since last three years. Few days back, I had gone through a Lithrotripsy session, but all in vain. I want to ask that ACV really works because my stones are big in size. I need your help in this regard. I will be highly obliged.

Replied by Debbie
San Diego, Ca
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Jules
Toronto, On Canada
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered with stones for 15 years. In Oct I found out that I had a large stone (15mm) stuck in the left ureter. I had ESWL done on the stone but then discovered thru an xray that the stone had not moved. I used the ACV treatment and within three hours, passed one large fragment. Within 15 hours of taking the vinegar I passed an additional 3 fragments. I tried the Lemon and Oil that very next day. Although it made me feel relaxed, I had not seen any fragments pass in my urine. I have tried the ACV treatment again today to see if any more fragments pass. I am becoming a believer that this remedy works and have plans to use this remedy once a month to prevent further stones from forming. That is key!

Replied by Naff
Barrow In Furness, Cumbria England

could it damage you taking it once a month?

Replied by Sl
Philadelphia, Pa

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.

Replied by Jesenia
Rio Grande City,texas Usa

I've suffered from kidney stones alot and I get them very often several times a year.. Right now I'm searching for it online about trying the ACV I just got home from a convenient store where I bought the ACV. I poured 3 tablespoons with a Large cup of water and mixed it... I really hope it helps. I'm excited.

Posted by Cindy (Charleston, Sc) on 09/04/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Kidney Pain and Stones

I am on antibiotics for as well as trying cranberry and d-mannose with no results. My urine test was free of bacteria today at the doctor, but still I had pain so... I took 2oz of Apple cider and dipped my subway sandwich in it and within 1/2 hour the pain was gone... Thank you so much as I have been unable to find relief for 3 weeks.

Posted by Troy (Fayetteville, N Carolina) on 08/09/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Pass a stone in less than 6 hours. In Mar 2010, I had a 2mm stone found by the doctor at Womack Army Med Center. 4 days of pain and fluids and still nothing. My wife the "health fanatic" found a site where about 173 people swore by Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. After 4 days of waking up in the middle of the night in pain to take more meds. The dis-believer gave in and poured a Quarter Cup (2 Oz. ) of refrigerated Raw Apple Cider Vinegar at about 0130 hrs in the morning. I woke at 0600 with almost no pain. So I went to the bathroom with my strainer and when I was done there was a colorless, roundish blob with a couple specks of brown in it. I rinsed it off and pressed a Q-Tip against it. It was soft, but still solid enough to stay together. I set it aside and later went to get it to show the doctor. It had dried and was much firmer. The doc took one look at it said it was my stone, but he said he didn't understand why it was soft and smooth. I explained my vinegar treatment and he too was skeptical as I was, but would look into it more. August of 2010 my left side kidney decided to to get my attention and dropped a stone at about 0930 in the morning. By 1000 I was taking about 800mg of Motrin to stop the pain. I was visiting my father and they had "distilled" apple cider vinegar. It wasn't raw so I took a half cup (4 oz)and downed it in two separate swigs. WARM, Distilled Apple Cider Vinegar is a little tougher to swallow. The pain was increasing so I laid down and feel to sleep just as the pain killers were taking effect. I woke up at 2:30 PM with nearly no pain. "Did it work again?". I went and peed through the strainer and there it was in many grains smaller than sand. Most were colorless, but there were some brown specks and a red one. Probably blood or something. After a hour or so I realized I had passed a stone from start to finish in less than 5 hours. I was now a 90% believer that the vinegar breaks the stone down. Three days later, my right kidney decided to give me an opportunity to believe. It hit me at 0530 in the morning. I couldn't believe my lousy luck. However, I was home now and I limped into the kitchen for Motrin and "refrigerated" raw apple cider vinegar. 800mg Motrin and about 3 oz of the vinegar. The pain was on my entire right side from my kidney to just above my bladder. I was worried it was my appendix and not a stone. I was awake for the next 2 or so hours and the pain sucked. The Motrin was just dulling it and not stopping it. So around 0830 or 0900 I laid down and was able to fall asleep. I woke at 1230 with a little soreness on my side and the urge to finally urinate. At the end, I was looking into the bottom of the strainer where there were "three" 1-2mm size, colorless, but firm blobs. They looked like dried silicon caulking, but covered in a clear slim. In addition, there were many little clear particles like tiny grains of sand. I guess either I had "3" stone or I had a big 5mm stone and it was broken up initially by the treatment four days earlier which made it small enough to pass. 3 stones also explained why the pain was in several areas on my side. So, now I am a 100% believer in the Raw Apple Cider Vinegar remedy, which my wife discovered and will never let me forget. In addition to constant reminder to drink more water. Not all stones are the same, but I have hypercalcimia (excess calcium in the blood) which most likely means my stones are made of calcium oxalate. So it may not act the same on other stone types, but vinegar dissolves and fizzes on limestone, in baking soda and other base type materials. Higher acid is required to breakdown stone in a preventative manner as I understand it. So it makes sense as to why it turns my stones to goo and/or breaks them into small sand like particles. Try it. The most you have to lose is the pain and burping vinegar breathe for a couple hours.

Replied by Eddie
Charlotte, North Carolina

I wanted to ask about how long it took for the ACV to work on your stone. I have a 7mm in my right ureter and have been taking straight ACV since last Thursday. It's still there. Should I keep on it and give it more time? Thanks, Eddie from Charlotte, NC

Replied by Kidney Quarry
Chicago, Il

wanted to know if you passed your stone due to acv?

Posted by Suze (Ann Arbor, Mi) on 02/15/2010
4 out of 5 stars

I recently found out the pains I have been having on my right side is kidney stone. It's distracting but manageable so far. My dr suspected one was forming from an ultrasound image I had done for gall stones 6 months ago. They told me of no preventative treatment at all and I didn't know to ask how to change my diet, etc. Hindsight...

So, 6 months later I have a kidney stone that has developed. I just found this website and drank 2T of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with warm water and my pain has disappeared within minutes of drinking it. When I have 2 days I can stay at home, I will try the olive oil/lemon juice, but in the mean time I will continue to drink the ACV. I'll post results of 2 days of drinking the ACV.