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Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Ginnie (Jeffersonville, Indiana) on 08/04/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I was having problems with acid reflux, migraines, and yeast infections. For over a year now I have been taking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar right before bed and I have not had problems since. The doctor was going to put me on medicine for my acid reflux, and since I started taking the acv, the medication is not needed.

Replied by David
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

I've been suffering with migraines for 50 years. The solution for me and many others I've gotten onto this is simple: The herb feverfew. It is a natural dialator. I had used B3 for years but feverfew does not have the flush issue.

Take two tablets of feverfew every day until migraines subside, then every other day. If you are under lots of pressure (job, family etc) make sure you take two daily.

Feverfew works if the sufferer has "classic" migraine; light halo, light sensitivity leading to blurred vision and usually nausea.

This is to be taken as a preventative not as a pill to be taken when the migraine is upon you.

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Posted by Dawn (Kalamazoo, MI) on 06/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the ACV cure for migranes 30 minutes ago. It worked, and best of all, I'm not muddle headed like I am with the prescription my doctor gave me.

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Posted by Joanne (Tallahassee, Florida) on 06/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have now tried this twice (the apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp and honey, 2 tsp in a glass of water) for migraines and both times within 20 minutes the migraine was gone to my amazement. I will continue using it because nothing else from doctors or OTC has worked

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Posted by AEM (San Diego, CA) on 05/30/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have chronic sinusitis and severe migraines and one morning I woke up with an incredible headache. Driving, walking, talking, etc all made it worse and add the nausea...I looked at the site and made a concotion of water, 1 tsp of organic ACV and 1 tsp of honey. It wasn't the best tasting but I gulped it down and voila, pain has dissipated greatly. Thanks!!!

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Posted by Courtney (Northglenn , Colorado, USA) on 05/22/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you all sooo much!! I have had a migrane for four days now. I have had them since I can remember. I just tried the ACV and Honey in a whole glass of water and its been about 10 minutes and the migrane is gone!! I would recomend this treatment to any one already. Nothing else has EVER worked for me!!

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Posted by David (St. Cloud, MN) on 04/12/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar is AMAZING!! My entire life I was dealing with very painful and sometimes severe migraines and headaches. I tried almost every drug to get rid of the painful symptoms. Some of the drugs did help slightly but not always. My neighbor is a homeopathic doctor and listed all of the benefits of this "natural miracle" I ... started to take a couple of TBSP every morning. Every since I have been taking ACV I have not had a headache or migraine since. Apple Cider Vinegar will stay with me my entire life!

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Posted by Mohamed (Abu Dhabi, UAE) on 02/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Apple cider cured my Migraine! I usually use it two times a day and when I feel there might be an onset I would increase to three times or more..and It works. I really want everybody to know this. You don't need to use any other medicine. I have only have been using homeopathy which had not helped a lot but no side effects. My sister who had been getting weekly migraines has the side effects of being deaf on one side of her ear due to side effects of medication.Now she started the Vinegar cure and she says it Works! How we don't know. Thanks for this Site .. let the world know about this!

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

I take a lot of ACV but it never helped my migranes. I have the classic ones; blurred vision, like a halo, then dull pain following along with nausea. The solution that has worked for 25 years: the herb feverfew. I take two tablets every other day. Feverfew is a natural dilator. My theory is that a large percent of migrane sufferers are genetically predisposed to depletion of their 'B" vitamins when under stress. The feverfew compensates the loss of B, especially B3. Yes, you can also compensate with B3 but the feverfew is much easier. The flush of B3 is sometimes a problem for some.

I have seen feverfew work dozens of times on long time migrane sufferers. Not all so called migranes, are really migranes. I found feverfew when used on the classic migrane works 90 percent of the time. And remember, you are not taking the feverfew AFTER the migraine hits; you are taking it daily as a preventative.

Replied by Florence
(Auckland, New Zealand)

I have also found Feverfew exceptional for migraines.

I suffered from migraines before low air pressures, when going in the sun for too long and sometimes could be in bed for two or three days. Once I started taking feverfew on a regular basis the migraines left for ever. I don't need to take it these days, I sometimes get some of the migraine symptoms but not the blinding pain.

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Posted by Uma (Gibraltar, Spain) on 11/12/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I take ACV 2TBS in 8oz water taking sips all through the day. I was bloated all month and had water retention 10 days before my period. I was miserable i tried everything , diet change , pills homeopathic, and my husband is a physician and he gave all kind of medicines but still everything just could not solve my problem. i was annoyed all the time because i do not know what my exact size was and i was restless all the time , never comfortable, in sitting or lying down. Then looking for cure on internet in homeopathy somebody mentioned earth clinic, and i went to the site, and from that day my life changed. After reading about ACV I got up and mix one TS in one glass of water and without thinking i drank it . After 10 minutes my head suddenly clear and then my migraine was gone which I have been having for the last 10 years every week and i do not know how many pandols i have taken for that.----Well for the last 2 months, I am bloat free, water retention free, migraine free, and i am feeling comfortable for the first time in last 10 years. I have lost 10 pounds and I know my exact size now. Plus I had very bad dandruff and hair acne and twice a week I have been washing my hair with ACV and after two months I am free of dandruff and acne. There was no change initially except my migraine was gone but suddenly after one month before my periods i started noticing changes. No bloatedness and water retention and i had lost weight. I am thankful to all of u, whoever started this site. This has truly helped me. My doctor husband cannot believe it.

Just try it. Even if u don't see results initially it will show some benefits, later. I am hooked for life and i am giving it to my teenager son and daughter.

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Posted by Sarah (Madison, IN) on 07/08/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered with Migraine headaches for years. I have taken Imitrex, which always cures them, plus I take an anti-seizure medicine to help prevent them. This weekend, I had a terrible Migraine in which the Imitrex didn't help. After becoming very tired of taking pills that were not helping, I came to the Internet and found this website. I drank 2 TBS. of apple cider vinegar with 8oz. of water and within 10 minutes, the headache I had suffered with for 2 days is totally gone!!! Unbelievable!! Thank you so much for posting this natural remedy.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda

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Posted by Queen (El Salvador) on 12/18/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Hello, wonderful people! I came across this awesome website about two years ago. I was trying to help one of my BFFs cure her uterine fibroids. Unfortunately, she ended up having surgery but I became addicted to your site. I have suffered from migraines for many years. I had to take medication because my migraines would become a vicious cycle until I took pain relievers to get out of it. I read a lot about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and how wonderful it is for migraines. I took 2 tbsp of AVC and 1/2 tsp of baking soda in an 8 oz glass of water and it did not work. I went back to the site and read some more and realized I needed to play around with the dosage. So I now take 3 tbsp of ACV and 1/2 tsp of baking soda in an 8 oz glass of water and my migraines disappear within 10 minutes or less. It is just awesome! I am so grateful for this site and all the people who contribute to it. God bless you all and let's keep helping each other. It is the right thing to do.

Replied by Lucia Maria
(Pomona, New York)

Thank You...I'll give it a try but only if I have to! I hope that the migraines I've had in the past are now GONE for good and will NEVER come back! I have baking soda in my cabinet and refrigerator and I never use it! The Organic Apple Cider Vinegar I use practically everyday anyway because it is SO GOOD for so many different things! You're right, we should all help each other no matter what the situation is!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and Sea Salt

2 User Reviews
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Posted by PD (USA) on 05/01/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I wrote you the above message earlier, I am giving you an update, I wound up in a 4 day hospital stay do to my throat problem, I could not do my usual ACV & Baking Soda & iodine, wnet in the hospital on Wednesday night, Friday morning woke up with a terrible migrane, I have come to the conclusion, if I put one drop of Iodine on my hand every night and do my Backing Soda in the morning on an empty stomach, I do not get a migrane, or acid reflux, I think the iodine is keeping me from getting the migraines, and I know the backing soda is keeping me from the acid reflux problem.

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Posted by PD (USA) on 02/27/2007
5 out of 5 stars

MIGRAINE CURES: I usually have several migraines during a month, but since the first of January, until February 22, 2007 (during the time I could not eat or drink much, because of throat problems), I noticed I never got the first migraine during this time, On Thursday February 22, 2007 I had my first migraine, severe one. I thought I would try something I had bought for Migraines, It was called MY-GRASTICK, (roller stick 3ml/0.1fl.oz.) it contains 100% pure & Natural peppermint (menthe) & Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) & essential oils. I had used it on normal headaches and they went away but it was made for migraines. I tried it for several hours that day. It would ease it for a short while but it would come back just as strong, it would not go away, I finally took my migraine medicine. I then had a second Migraine on Sunday February 25, 2007, even more severe than the last one. I woke up with this one. I then decided to try your ACV remedy. I mixed ACV with Sea Salt, Baking Soda and water, sipped while putting ice packs on my head. The migraine eased off enough, where I could go to sleep, few hours later sipped some more of the ACV mixture, migraine eased off to a faint pain, never had to take any pills for it. I then got to wondering, what I had eaten, drank, took, did or did not do, that caused the first migraine and second migraine. These are the only changes in my diet before the 1st Migraine on February 22, 2007, I ate Chinese food, I had stopped taking my Vitamin B drops and I was no longer putting a drop of iodine on my hand every night before I went to bed (was putting it on a skin problem) and I accidentally drank some buttermilk (thought it was milk). Between the first migraine on Thursday February 22 and second migraine February 25, 2007, I had eaten Chinese Saturday night, was not taking my Vitamin B drops and was not putting the iodine on my hand. I am not going to eat any more Chinese for awhile, and I am going to test the B Vitamins and iodine drop, to see if one of those were actually keeping me from getting a Migraine. Will let you know my progress.

Replied by Mugs
(Washington, DC)

The migraine may have come from the chinese food, it is usually loaded with MSG and that will bring on a migraine very quickly in me. Also it makes me hold a lot of fluid.

Replied by Sheryl
(Ma., US)

I have been struggling with migraines for the past 10 years. The number of alternative therapies I have experienced, from acupuncture to food sensitivity testing, is mind-boggling!

I'm very interested in the apple cider vinegar and baking soda remedy. Since I get two to three migraines a week, I have finally consented to taking a preventative drug, which I started 3 days ago. We'll see...

Apple Cider Vinegar, Dark Chocolate

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Posted by Katie (Cincinnati, OH) on 12/31/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the apple cider vinegar when I had a migraine that would not go away. I took a teaspoon in a glass of water and it didn't seem to help. A few hours later, I tried again with a bit more - about a tablespoon this time.

I also decided at that point that I had a craving for chocolate, so I had two squares of dark chocolate. The migraine was almost totally gone within a half hour. I searched online and found out that chocolate contains magnesium, which is good for migraines, plus it elevates serotonin; low serotonin is thought to cause some migraines.

I'm not sure which helped more, or maybe it was the combination, but after 24 hours, I can finally function again!

Replied by Amanda
(Murray, Kentucky, US)

Caffeine has always helped my headaches (I get tension headaches, sinus headaches, and migraines), so it is no wonder that Dark Chocolate helps some people alleviate headaches. Unfortunately, caffeine also causes tension, so people who get Tension headaches should avoid caffeine unless they actually have a tension headache.

Avoid Histamine Foods

Posted by Giulietta (Gandia, Spain) on 11/10/2016

My migraines after 20 years at last understood. They are due to histamine intolerance.

So I have to:

1. Avoid histamine containing foods Aged foods have alot of histamine like cheeses that are matured, miso, tempeh and all other fermented food

2. Foods that cause histamine to be released in the body

3. Foods that destroy the enzyme (Dao)that regulates histamine in the body, eg black and green and puerrh tea.

The doctor who found this is looking for a vegetarian source of Dao for me

Replied by Giulietta

Migraines. NB Don´t take anti histamines!

Yesterday I wrote in about the fact that migraines appear to be caused by intolerance of histamine, estrogen makes more histamine explaining menstrually related migraines and of course all of us migraine sufferers are well aware of the relationship of food to migraines eg aged cheese and miso has a ton of histamine and causes terrible migraines.

HOWEVER DO NOT TAKE ANTI HISTAMINES!!! Histamine is very important in the body and we have to try to find a balance and NOT take pharmaceuticles with side effects and damage to histamine.

What we can do is avoid food with alot of histamine and try to get the enzymes that regulate histamine, dao and maybe mao, to recuperate, but I am trying to find a vegetarian source of dao

Avoid Msg!

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Posted by Joanne (Tallahassee, FL, USA) on 05/05/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Like PD, I dicovered a connection between Chinese food and my migraines. It was MSG. I've had migraines from Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, and an ever growing list of prepared foods to the point where I don't eat them much anymore (better for my body anyway). I found the best way to avoid them is try to avoid MSG, but it's very difficult, so I also take magnesium (400 mgs) a day. It seems to help keep them down, although lately I've been getting a lot of them but I think it was dietary because I was eating junk. *L* I'm going to try the ACV and see if that helps.. But if Chinese food triggers you, it just might be MSG.. good luck!

Replied by Phil
(Sooke, BC, Canada)
5 out of 5 stars

Both my wife and I have a great sensitivity to MSG - bad migraines - and I know quite a few other people who are sensitive. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a nasty chemical - looks like shards of glass under a microscope - no wonder it is used as a meat tenderizer. Anyway, I would recommend to anybody who suffers from migraines to try and stay away from MSG. I know it is difficult in this day and age, but it can be done if you are careful and read the ingredients listed on food products.

Replied by Cindy
(Jefferson City, Mo, Usa)

Don't just avoid MSG (monosodium glutamate) but avoid glutamate altogether. Sounds easy, but it's not. Many processed foods when processed (especially at high heat and in water) break down into the free amino acid, glutamate, which causes the same reactions in the body as monosodium glutamate. Most processed foods and even foods you cook at home from "scratch" can break down into glutamate. I would advise reading www.msgmyth.com for more info. My migraines and fibromyalgia are better since I changed my diet and shampoos, lotions, etc. Also, just because a product is labeled as NO MSG does not mean it does not contain multiple ingredients that break down into glutamate and will give you the same reaction as MSG.

Replied by S.
(Nc, Usa)

Thanks for the MSG info Cindy. That may be the "missing link" for some of us.

Replied by Giulietta
(Gandia, Spain)

Msg is not difficult to avoid. Just eat fresh food, like fresh vegetables and fruit and cook your own meals if you like cooked food