Natural Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Effective Solutions

| Modified on Jun 26, 2024
Turmeric and Cayenne for RA.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune condition that predominantly affects the joints. As the search for non-pharmaceutical treatments gains momentum, many individuals turn to natural remedies for symptom relief and overall joint health. While conventional medications remain an integral part of treatment, integrating natural remedies can offer additional benefits.

Natural Remedies for RA

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil and flaxseed, possess potent anti-inflammatory properties. Studies suggest that regular intake can reduce RA-induced joint pain and stiffness.

Turmeric and Ginger

Both turmeric and ginger are ancient herbs with anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has shown promise in alleviating RA symptoms. Ginger, with its natural analgesic effects, can be a soothing remedy for painful joints.

Green Tea

Green tea is rich in polyphenols, specifically epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG has been studied for its potential to reduce inflammation and slow cartilage destruction in RA.

Epsom Salt Baths

Magnesium sulfate, found in Epsom salts, can help relax muscles and soothe joint pain. An Epsom salt bath is a tranquil way to alleviate RA-induced discomfort.

Exercise and Physical Therapy

Regular movement can maintain joint flexibility. Activities like swimming, walking, and yoga are gentle on the joints and can reduce stiffness and pain.


This ancient Chinese therapy involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. Some RA patients report reduced pain and improved function after acupuncture sessions.


Also known as Indian frankincense, Boswellia has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Supplements can be a natural way to manage RA symptoms.

Thunder God Vine

Used in traditional Chinese medicine, Thunder God Vine has potential anti-inflammatory effects. It's essential to use this remedy under the guidance of a knowledgeable professional due to possible side effects.


Natural remedies for rheumatoid arthritis offer complementary avenues for symptom management. While they can't replace conventional treatments, they can often provide added relief.

Please continue reading below to learn which natural remedies helped Earth Clinic readers with RA, and let us know what helped you!

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Posted by Corrie (Anchorage, Alaska) on 08/09/2008

re: Rheumatoid Arthritis Remedies: I just had one session of acupuncture with a sefu who lives in the area. It was AMAZING. I feel better than I have in months and he was telling me about problems I have had for years, but hadn't even mentioned to him. I am highly against medication, and I was willing to try pretty much any alternative. I think if I have one or two more sessions with him, I will be completely pain free.

Replied by Val
(Anchorage, Alaska)

Hi Corrie, I was just diagnosed with RA last week and have been in pain for 6 months now. Can you give me the name of the person you went to for acupuncture to help with your RA? I'd like to explore that option too. Thanks, Val

Replied by Butterfly
(Albion, Mi)

Hi, I have tried acupuncture 4 times but very painful for me. I was so bummed, but I balled like a baby, he was trying to help the pain in my feet so I could take my long walks, he stuck needles between my toes and I literally balled and he stopped. Now we are doing Lidocane injections. I was wondering if anyone on here has had Breast Augmentation? I had it done in 2001 and I have researched this that it will cause Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have changed all my eating habits, I cut out gluten, I drink Apple Cider Vinegar, I make green smoothies and fruit smoothies, cut out sugar. so now I know my Acupunture may be right that it's the augmentation. Anyone else go thru this?


I have breast implants and severe Rheumatoid arthritis.

Replied by D.
(Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Butterfly in MI - I have experienced the same, but only with one acupuncturist. Pain is definitely NOT a component of acupuncture. Find someone who knows what they are doing, i.e. has more knowledge, sensitivity and experience. Good intentions and a diploma do not a professional healer make.

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Posted by Anonymous (USA) on 11/29/2007

I would like any help I can get from someone who has found relief for RA ( other than prescriptions). Any suggestions would be great. I have tried 2 Tbs AVC-1 tsp honey-1/8 tsp of BS, have been doing this for 2 months, added lemon juice 2 days before the 1st flare and continued with it until the 2nd flar 5 days later so stopped the lemon juice. Stopped taking meds 4 weeks ago and have had 2 flare ups, oddly they are both in the same shoulder and last longer than the 24 hrs.. Never had that happen before, it always moves to another joint. I did find a little info from Ted to someone, so I went and got powdered or granulated MSM, Mag citrate, and sodium ascorbate. Pain is still there but am ablr to move it enough to continue working. I did purchase the castor oil pack but haven't tried yet. Does this work for RA pain? I just wanted you all to know a friend told me of this site, so we both started doing some of these things together. I also have told a people to check out your site. I do alot of what has been suggested here. So far I love every thing I've tried and when I go back to doing other things like using soap...YUCK. makes your skin feel really sticky or it has a film on it. I also find oil pulling very relaxing. Thank you all for your in put and suggestions and really enjoy reading on this site.

Replied by Sharon
(NY, NY)

Are you still on the site? Hope so. I am treating my RA without drugs. I use hydrologized collaigin, Green barley juice powder, and spirolina. I have used BSM and liked it a lot. But I found that I MUST eliminate foods that cause inflammation before any benefit is stable. When the pain is localized I have found that it is a particlar food that caused that flare, example milk makes my knees swell, rice makes all my joints swell, chocolate gives me a flare in my hands.

Eliminate the foods by going to a simple diet of no grains, milk, citrus fruits, sweets and just eat veggies, beans, fruits, fish and occasional chicken for two weeks. Add back foods you normally eat and watch for reactions. Also if you feel better if you are not eating your regular diet, then that is a clue that there are food sensitivities.

Arthrid powder - 1 scoop
Barley Grass Juice powder - 1/2 teaspoon (slowly work up to a tablespoon or more)
Spirolina Powder 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon
blend in vegetable or fruit juice to eliminate flares, take 1 time a day for health, 2 times a day wit a flare.


EC: BSM = Blackstrap Molasses


I have RA and food does the same to me. I had eat to only vegetables, no nightshades or starchy ones, fish and one fruit to get pain relief. If I add some fat, oils, grains or sugar I get pain. I got pain and swelling in my knee after dairy and high fructose. Grains cause me all over pain and si joint pain. I lost weight but the pain is better. Hopefully, others won't have to be as strict and I hope to add more foods soon. lets you check to see if you are reaching all your daily vitamin minerals goals by adding the foods you consumed.

(Cabarlah, Qld.)

Fifty five years ago, I was diagnosed with RA. The drugs prescribed wrecked my bowels and took years to heal. I have now discovered a summary of treatment which took me years to discover. Clint Paddison has cured himself of RA with his programme. I am not sure about his advice to avoid oils as I believe evening primrose oil cured the psoraisis I developed from birth.

Replied by Caitlin
(Austin, TX)

Nearly everyone I speak with who is over 50 is complaining about shoulder pain so bad that they can't sleep at night from the constant ache. Two years ago I had this bursitis or whatever it is and started eliminating grains predominately from my diet and it began lessoning within a week until, after 2 months the pain was gone. I stuck to fruit, veggies and meat. I've always been addicted to bread - be it spaghetti, pizza, rolls etc. Now that I know have grain/milk protein intolerances I limit these foods to no more than once a week. I initially lost weight but compensated by overeating other foods so I'm handling that problem as well. By the way, this shoulder pain can also be indicative of type 2 diabetes. Also, when fluoride is added to water supplies, doctors begin seeing more elderly patients with joint pain and more joint deterioration. Fluoride is a curse.

Replied by Findemdog1000
(Supply, Nc)

Pottasium, - Low sodium v8 16 oz a day (Apple cider vinager has pottasium in it). Also, dead sea salt bath is high in Potassium

Replied by Nov123is
(Edgewood, Nm)

I have a question, I have been on the "evolving" rate of RMA for some years, I have done the methotraxate injections, which I choose to do no longer, but Diet is mentioned. I think from what I have found that I follow most the diet, but to make sure, could you please post what diet should consist of for RMA patients? I am currently taking ACV and Fish oil, I did find the fish oil in strong doses totally beneficial, but with winter setting on, it is starting to fail and do not want to go back on the self-injections just to be able to function. Weight is not an issue in this as I am 5'5 and 130 and keep salt to a minimum if at all, I believe it is diet or lacking nutrients thereof. Can you give some advise?

Replied by Tom
(Regina, Sk)

Nov123 & ALSO Roni from Tx post also from 14th:

I will attempt to reply to both here on the RA disease portion, since any immune imbalance that can be corrected will also likely help the other problems. First, RA is classed as an autoimmune disease, where the body's own antibodies are found to be attacking "self" cells and tissues.

Here is an overall basic diagram of the entire human immune system, showing the TH1 and TH2 sub-branches over on the left:

First question is when does the immune system not perform at good efficiency and balance, and the answer is 'when the terrain (body and all tissues) are ACIDIC'! So the very condition that allows diseases to invade prevents proper optimal functioning of immunity. That must be made right, back to an alkaline state, otherwise many remedies just won't take.

Best, simplest and cheapest remedy by far for restoring a high= alkaline pH is given by Ted here, under BICARBONATE FORMULA:

On to some RA remedies, French Maritime Pine bark extract aka Pycnogenol, or GSE instead:

When I asked him to elaborate, he told me that he'd never used grape seed extract (GSE) to treat arthritis because he'd never heard of using either GSE or Pycnogenol for arthritis symptoms. Dr. Spreen: 'My comment was due to the fact that, 1) Pycnogenol is expensive, and 2) grape seed extract (much cheaper and more ubiquitous) has been found to supply the same active ingredients. Both are famous for their antioxidant properties. '

Both contain about 40 similar compounds classed as OPCs, by the way as the active ingredients. Dr. Spreen noted that he would recommend 200mg per day of GSE, ...

Next possible nutrient to try for the RA is "ORGANIC GERMANIUM, aka Ge-132":
Note this article is from 1987! It's been quite well researched in Japan. It is very widely available on the net health stores and locally.

Third possibility is plant sterols/sterolins, available generically. Based on the biological activities described above, most studies to date have investigated the ability of plant sterols to control inflammation or induce a shift from a predominantly humoral immune response to a more protective cellular response (i. E. TH2 to TH1 shift)

These supplements take time, 1 to 3 months, and as shown may give only a percentage improvement. There's also possibility #4 niacinamide, widely available and cheap. There is a post under 'Trigger Finger' from OCT 5 on it for arthritis. Dosage is in there, too:

Replied by Tahjah

I've found that You are the only treatment. Regiments are easy to keep track of, and easier to claim ineffective, but it's not as easy to acknowledge one's own neglect or power. I didn't finish reading the entire thread, I too enjoy supplementing ACV, BS, Flax Oil, Honey as it feels right. But something that jumped out from me and brought me to respond, is I noticed watching my fluctuating acidity, at a root issue, helped more than almost anything else. Blessings

Replied by Lulu
(Raleigh, North Carolina)

I agree with you about specific foods being the cause of certain joints to swell. I have the same reaction as you, my knees swell when I eat dairy. My si joints hurt when I eat starchy foods, such as grains, corn potatoes and some cooked root veggies. My back hurts when I eat honey. I have been able to lower my sedimintation rate to normal and it was 64!!!

Juicing will greatly help RA pain, especially if you can do it for a week, just drink fresh juices.

Replied by Prioris

For people who have trouble with dairy, I would try raw milk if you can get access to it. Raw milk is very healthy. Many dairy sensitive people have no problems with raw milk. Pasturization destroys all the good things in milk that improve your health.

Replied by Mary

I drank three cans of tonic water with quinine. The next day way less inflammation. I then drank two cans daily for a week. Inflammation gone. I continue to take the apple cider vinegar daily tho. If you don't get relief then you are eating things that cause you inflammation. I did the ALCAT blood test and it told me what foods cause inflammation in my system and I avoid them. I also drink Kombucha tea which has probotics to heal my stomach. I wish you health and to be pain free.

Replied by Marilyn H.
(Lakewood, Ca)

Could be the fungus that grows on the grains could be causing the arthritis?

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Posted by Mart (California) on 04/13/2015

I tried turmeric, sour cherry juice, sardines and papaya for Rhuematoid Arthritis. Only to make me worse. I took a blood test called ALCAT which tested my blood against foods, oils, protein, nuts, dairy, wheat and additives. I found out all the above items caused inflammation response on my blood. I received the list of foods and only ate the ones on my list I had no sensitivity to. This helped me tremendously. You can ask your doctor or search the internet. It will not cure you but reduce the inflammation. I keep trying to reduce my stress and continue to nourish my body and try to heal it. I have lost my marriage, house and job. It has been a journey for me. I wish everyone health and good journey.

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Posted by Askmeaboutgmos (New York) on 09/19/2015

Apple cider vinegar (organic with the "mother") and getting back to walking worked for me. You have to drink 1 to 2 Tbsp. a day or your pain will come back and daily walking also a must. I'm recently diagnosed with arthritis, knee tear and after finally sticking with the ACV and getting back to walking I am feeling great. We've got to keep moving.

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Posted by So Desperate (Your City, Everywhere) on 02/08/2013

Hey Guys, You are my last hope. I'm 32 and just diagnosed with RA and I have been doing the ACV thing and it's awesome and I can get out of bed with less and less pain. (I am also on a host of other supplements). This is my 2nd flare and I have run the gammut on the traveling joint pain. That has pretty much subsided except for extreme pain in my middle finger. I also have swelling issues with my right hand eg. base of thumb, pointer became swollen at the same time about 3 wks ago. Today I just noticed that my middle finger looks like it could be in the baby stage of swelling like my pointer finger and I'm scared it's going to swell up. I have been working to get my pointer finger down and now it looks like the middle finger is going to swell along with the pinky. My wrist has a lil swelling also. I have been on this protocol for five days and I realize that is not a long time but I am in the dark right now.

Does ACV get rid of swelling or am I just setting myself up for permanent joint damage? I was on another site and they just kept saying take the drugs, take the drugs! And I don't want take the drugs but I also don't want permenent joint damage, hands that are permanently twisted and lumpy (cause they are a lil lumpy now, a lil) and I also don't want my other organs to get involved. What am I doing? I wouldn't be here this sane and pain free w/o ACV, it has been a miracle worker so far but WILL THE PRE-EXISTENT SWELLING EVER GO DOWN AND WILL NEW SWELLING EVER STOP??? ANYONE OUT THERE, PLEASE RESPOND! I AM ON THE CUSP OF GETTING MEDS AND I DON'T REALLY WANT TO. THANK YOU

Replied by Kathy
(Ontario, Ca)

First off... I don't have arthritis... However I know an older woman that does, I don't know if it's RA or not but about a year ago I commented on how lovely her hands were. She proceeded to tell me that her hands were so painful with arthritis and she has massaged them for years to help with the pain and to keep them from getting crooked. What she did/does is massage, squeeze her fingers so they are straight (at the point where they started twisting) and then wraps them with a fabric tape... Not sure what kind maybe the white tape in med supplies. (leaves the tape on for a few hours) She said that has prevented her hands from becomming claws. She also said it is a very painful process.

Replied by Dan Cruz
(Edmonton, Alberta)

Excessive taking of apple cider vinegar will some day irritate your throat. You can try Omega 3 as this is good for arthritis or RA and also Ezorbs capsule (browse it in the internet).

Replied by Steve

Arthritis is usually a missing nutrient ...Boron, you need to supplement that 3mg per day! Auto immune can be whats called Leaky Gut Syndrome ... damage to the walls of the gut allowing undigested matter straight into the blood system! You would need to consider parasite infection, toxic substances, acidic processed foods etc! However you might find that the Boron will give massive relief on its own though everyone and their conditions are different ... what works well for one might not work so well for another!!!!

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Posted by Janine (Melbourne, Vic) on 10/15/2011

My parents gave me the ACV/water and honey when I was very young as it had been recommended to them as a treatment for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

I cannot remember what the results were, however, luckily I grew out of R Arthritis. I did receive other medical treatment.

At 56, I have just started ACV and water again as I suspect there could be Arthritis present, judging from some sore joints in hands. It's like a 'flash back'. I hated it as a kid but now don't mind it and hope to keep my system more alkaline.

I will report any noticable improvement.

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Posted by Kurt (Seffner, Florida. USA) on 11/15/2008

Hello I was diagnosed with RA when I was about 35 years old. Over the last 11 years I've gone from walking and running to barely walking. A little over a month ago I found this site and decided to try the ACV. Now not being able to exercise I gained about 50 some pounds in 11 years. Since I've started taking ACV I have noticed that the RA has lightened up A little, But to be honest I missed a couple days of taking it, while in the hospital. Now normally, I eat pretty well and have had no problem with that. But when they weighed me at the hospital, I found that in the last month I have lost over 30 pounds without even trying. Now I have tried to loss this weight before on diets with no success. Now I'm just starting to notice that I am losing my appetite. So I'm not eating as much now. What a nice side effect to losing the pain of RA. My doctor has been after to lose weight over the last couple of years. Can't wait to see his face and tell him what I've been doing. I think he's gonna be shocked, I know that I was. Thanks Kurt

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Posted by Doris V. (Orland, Ca) on 10/31/2008

My husband was diagnosed with rheumatoid Arthritis 6 months ago and started on Prescribed Medication then they decided he had high blood pressure and trouble sleeping and that made him depressed so he was given Mood Elevators... More Meds. Now 5 months later on 5 meds and his sholder and wrist still ached bad But doctors told him just keep taking the pills. After taking Apple Cider Vinigar for 2 days he lifted his hand above his head several times after the third day he is moving his wrist that has not moved in a long time. Its been a week and he takes it 3 times a day. He had been bald since his 20's and we are seeing hair growing back. He started on the BSM today and we can't wait to see the results. thank God for web sites like this one. We understand that he is only supposed to take the AC Vinigar for about 2 weeks then stop does anyone know if this is true? When can you start again? He takes 2 teasp of just plain Apple Cider vinegar with a Tea of honey and about 4 to 6 oz. of water (Cold tastes best) Doris

Replied by JJ

I've never heard of anyone stopping the apple cider vinegar after 2 weeks but maybe its different for RA patients. I have heard about 5 days on, 2 days off each week. This is what I do unless I am sick, then I keep going until I feel better, then stop for a few days.


Famous fitness guru Jack LaLane drank it daily and swore by it. He lived to be about 94 years old and caught pneumonia or would have still been lifting weights.

Replied by Kris
(W. A)

ACV IS a brilliant alkaline product. So one would become less acidic. Perhaps the week off the ACV would prevent becoming too alkaline.

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Posted by Joseph (Drogheda, Ireland) on 09/16/2008

hi, my name is joe, have RA. I am a construction worker with 2 kids and my wife who does not work. my RA is that bad im afraid im going to loose my job.Started to take ACV 2 days ago, will it really work? i am at my low'est now! need to support my family. hope somebody can help me. Sincerely joe

Replied by Alain
(Ottawa, Canada)

Hi Joseph, Don't get discouraged. There's hope. Unfiltered, raw Apple Cider Vinegar may work because, among other things, it has potassium. In it says:

"Arthritis, Recent Theories and The Affects of Imbalanced pH
Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis have lower cellular potassium content than normal and high plasma copper content. Reports have shown low potassium being the only consistent difference in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Although there has not been a clinical study proving this theory, rheumatoid arthritis should not be present in people who eat vegetables instead of grains. The reason why potassium is often overlooked is probably because potassium is present in almost all foods grown in large quantities.

As most have come to realize, what you eat strongly affects your body. When food is digested, it leaves certain residues that yield either alkaline or acidic potentials of pH. Our body is at a constant struggle to keep our pH balanced. If balance is not achieved through diet then the body will take over by leaching away key minerals such as, calcium, potassium, and sodium from the bones, teeth, and important organs. An imbalanced pH can lead to serious health problems such as weight gain, poor athletic performance, low energy levels, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, and premature aging if continuously too acidic or alkaline..."

Here are a few more sites about pH and arthritis:

For a lot more sites, please do

I believe in the pH balance. The concept is similar to that of the body requiring constant internal temperature; the blood must be at an almost constant pH level in order for chemical, bio-chemical, and hormonal reactions to proceed appropriately. The body will do everything to achieve this at the cost of making acidic the lymphatic system and other organs, if the nutrition does not provide for the necessary good nutrition. Like, for example, drinking a lot of soft drinks is terribly acidic. So, proper body's pH balance is a prerequisite for good health.

A we become more acidic, internal organs, body tissues, bones ... will deteriorate. To learn more about the pH balance concept you can go to the following links:

These are just a few of what can be found in the web.

About measuring and monitoring own pH:

To verify if indeed you are acidic I would strongly suggest you to buy pH paper strips. It's cheap and I assure you it will be a good investment.

I had inflammatory problems with my knees and ankle. The best thing I found so far is an alkalizing drink that combines synergetically blackstrap molasses, unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar, pinch of epson salt, kelp powder and pickling lime water. Not only this drink is alkalazing, but, over time, will help in replenishing minerals that were depleted over the years because of acidosis. The full instruction of this drink can be found at in a forum about pH balance.

More details about the alkalizing drink that synergetically combines minerals (blackstrap molasses, Epson Salt, pickling lime water and kelp powder,) with weak acids (such as Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice)

I hope these can help you. It is a learning journey about how nutrition affects your healths.

I wish you good luck.

Replied by Marcin
(Toronto, Canada)

Two remedies for rheumatoid arthritis from ayurveda are:

1) Massage of the inflamed joints with a warming oil, such as sesame oil, almond oil or castor oil, or even better, mahanarayan oil, which is a sesame oil loaded with beneficial herbs, but may be hard to find.

2) Formulas with Commiphora Mukul: yogaraj guggulu if your joints are cracking or kaishore guggulu if your joints are hot. If not available, you can try Boswellia.

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Posted by S.B.B (Mthatha, South Africa) on 09/12/2008

I have been on ACV for 3weeks (2tsp 3 times a day in 1,5 l water) and have found it has not benefited me with my arthritis. I have applied it on my ankle in 50/50 ACV and water solution and it relieved the pain but for 10-15min only!!! My arthritic pain has gone worse. Is this natural in the beginning of taking it? I was diagnosed with sero-negative arthritis 7 months ago and I am university student. I am finding it difficult dealing with this disease. Can anyone help me?

Replied by Sharon
(NY, NY)

Hi, sorry to hear you are having a flare and it will not subside. I hope by now you are better. when remedy that should help do not, then you must become the great RA detective and look at foods as the culprit. A food particle leaks through the intestinal wall and the body attacks it as a foreign and produces antibodies. The first time food is eaten or leaks through there is no reaction. The next time antibodies go into action and you have a food sensitivity. But with autoimmune disease antibodies go into overdrive and attack joints. This is why immune suppressing drugs are given. Look up leaky gut on the internet. Antibodies could attack other stuff in the body too.

So my hit list of food include milk, wheat, rye, rice, cashew, pistachio, banana, chocolate. Antibody reaction can come from chemicals as well. Good book is The Autoimmune Epidemic.

Go on a simple diet of fresh and cooked vegetables and fruits fish and beans. I became very fond of soups that I make fresh every day and organic salads. You body will heal but you need to think in terms of creating super health and repairing the immune system.

The ACV should be organic and take 1 tablespoon in water in the A.M. You can get RA under control but dietary changes and super good eating habits are the foundation.

You may want to see an intagrative physician or alternative health practioner for help.
good luck

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Posted by Barbara (El Paso, USA) on 07/29/2007

I was diagnosed with RA at the age of 29. I am now 65 and have not had many flare ups until the last few months. Then, it started acting up in my right knee and hip. For almost 2 weeks I could hardly walk without help, and, could not even lie, much left sleep, on my right side. Then, I made a long trip driving my husband's pickup truck. When I returned from the trip, after about 2 days both my wrists hurt so bad I could barely function. I used wrist bands, Arthritis Bengay, I was desperate.

Then I found this site while I was searching for natural cures. I started using ACV, mixed with water and honey, about 2 weeks ago. I have been using the store brand from where I shop, it is 5%. I am totally amazed with the results. Almost NO pain, in my knee, hip or wrists!! I can even sleep on my right side!!

I will take Ted's advice about using the baking soda as I have had a little burning in the tummy, but, it's worth it to be able to sit here and type, lift, move, without pain in my wrists. I have also lost about 5 pounds. My goal there is 15 more. I will continue my ACV regimen, am trying to get my husband to try it and haven't succeeded as of this date. Thank you for this web site!!!

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Posted by Deborah (Denison, TX) on 07/12/2007

I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis 14 years ago. My grandmother told me about ACV and the many ways it could help arthritis, sleeping problems and stomach problems. I take 1 tbsp. once daily with just water and all of my physicals for the SLE & RA have come back great. I have no deformity in my joints and have not had a flare up in over 7 years. I also had several bleeding ulcers & was having to take daily stool samples to my doctor, but my physical showed scarring but no ulcers. I also use ACV as a toner for my face and my pores are smaller and my age spots are nearly invisible. I have printed out several pages of literature on ACV and have over 20 friends on this daily regimen and all of them can tell the difference and have been taken off their medications for their illnesses from arthritis to high blood pressure & cholesterol. I am a 48 year old grandmother that works with a younger market and I work circles around all of them. ACV helped me with my SLE, RA, Ulcers, Chronic Fatigue, Crohn's Disease and IBS. I had a sister die from SLE and normal life expectancy is 10 years and I am going on 15 years after my diagnosis.

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Posted by Elle (Concord, New Hampshire) on 04/26/2007

I was diagnosed with Rhumathoid Arthritis at 11. At 18 (and it a lot of pain) I was given a book on curing arthritis naturally and set about doing it. One of the main proponents of the book was Apple Cider Vinegar. I took a cocktail of 2 teaspoons ACV, 1 teaspoon honey and 8 oz hot water twice a day. Within 2 or 3 weeks the flareups had ceased. It should be noted I also cut back on red meat and citric acids (they are everywhere!)which I discovered were a major trigger for me. And I took epsom salt baths twice a week. When I went back to my dr and had blood tests done my RA factor was down to a 2. (I have no idea what it was before but I am pretty sure 2 is almost nothing!) That was 25 years ago. I still have RA technically but I rarely have a problem with it. The first inkling I get that its sneaking back up on me I go back to the ACV. I still avoid my trigger food which have come to include, believe it or not, green beans. I believe trigger foods are different for everyone - only you can figure out what they are. I have not been on meds or seen a rhumatologist (sp?) in all that time. Thank god for ACV. Only for it I would be a cripple now instead of living the very full life that I do. I have to say that it makes me so mad that there is a very simple cure for RA and the medical world is not out there shouting about it. So many people suffer needlessly with this disease. If you have RA you owe it to yourself to go out there and find out what works for you. Find your triggers, try ACV, read all you can on natural cures. There is no magic pill - but there is a way and its all in your own hands. Goodluck and Good Health.

Replied by Shifalika

I was diagnosed with RA few years back when I was 24 years of was going well n it didnt flareup but after my pregnancy it flaredup suddenly....n affected all my joints badly including my hip joints, knees, ankle bones, wrists n fingers was a worse condition....ya its right we ourselves have to keep on check that which diet triggers your black beans, curd, citrus fruits, spinach, egg plant all these seems ro be poison for RA...then I started taking tulsi organic green really helped n then my sister sent 100 percent fish oil capsules....after searching on internet that fish oil contains omega 3, DHA, EPA n all these three convert the inflamatory substances into resolvins n inhibits RA n stiffness too....but I will start taking cider too but I m in doubt its also sour n can it increase my pains.

Replied by Karen

I knew people with RA and one want to just jump a cliff. The other did too but had elderly parents to care for. He was on weekly chemo to kill the pain.

I, however, refuse to be killed off with toxic medicines and decided since all if Earthclinic's cures work for me, why not see if the cure for RA would help me too. One dose gave me less pain and mobility. I need to make this my daily routine.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Susan (Tampa, FL) on 01/03/2007

2 tsp honey, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar in 8 to 16 ounces of water 3 times a day cured my arthritis, back pain and allergies. I was in so much pain for many many years with severe back problems, and then 2 years ago was diagnosed with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. The dr. prescribed steroids, and 2 different immuno suppresant drugs and the side effects were horrible. I could hardly get out of bed in the morning, my joints and muscles hurt so bad, i also have fibromyalgia. I started this regimen about a month ago and saw immediate results. My hay fever has cleared up also. My sinuses are dry, usually I always have a bad post nasal drip problem. I feel more energized, and my body just feels good, like it is getting what it needs.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mae (San Diego) on 08/12/2005

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I do know that ACV helps, but I was not drinking it every day when my pain came back and it hurt to walk I started back on the ACV I how drink it every day and it helps fight the inflammation and I don't hurt as much. I make a tea two or three times a day I put three tablespoons of ACV in a cup of hot water and one tablespoon of honey.

Replied by Daniel W.
(Lake Hill, Ny)

Question: Why do we take (raw) honey with the ACV? My system is very sensitive to sugar of all types and will flare up if I have even a little bit. That said, I'm willing to accept that the honey works in conjunction with the ACV somehow, but I'd like to know HOW. I have been diluting the ACV in just water for a while now, and I get some benefit, but the pain and inflammation is definitely still there.

I'm tentatively starting to add 1/3tsp of raw honey to each ACV drink (2 Tbsp of ACV to 2 cups water). We shall see how that goes.

Also, does it have to be warm water? It's hot here, and an iced ACV drink sure is refreshing!

Replied by Judy

You don't have to take it with honey. The honey is to help the ACV drink taste better, though if any sweetener is used, it should be honey, as honey has an alkaline reaction in the body like ACV. Warm water helps to dissolve the honey. The drink taken cold is fine -- and, as you say, is refreshing.