How Traditional Apple Cider Vinegar May Relieve Arthritic Pain

by KathleenDuffy

This article explains how a daily routine using a traditional home remedy of apple cider vinegar may bring relief to arthritis sufferers.

Margaret Hills, a State Registered Nurse, was an authority on apple cider vinegar. Her popular books on apple cider vinegar as a treatment for arthritis trace her own recovery from crippling pain and immobility.

She, in turn, was influenced by the famous Vermont practitioner, Dr. D. C. Jarvis, M.D. Dr. Jarvis first wrote about apple cider vinegar in his book, "Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor's Guide to Good Health". Both Margaret Hills and Dr. Jarvis give practical examples in their books of patients who found long-term significant relief from the pain of arthritis by regular use of apple cider vinegar, along with sensible diet plus vitamin and mineral supplements.

Ingredients in Traditional Apple Cider Vinegar

Minerals May Relieve Arthritic Pain

According to Dr. Jarvis and Margaret Hills, apple cider vinegar contains the following minerals:

  • Potassium
  • Phosphorous
  • Chlorine
  • Sodium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Sulphur
  • Iron
  • Fluorine
  • Silicon
  • Trace minerals

Dr. Jarvis felt apple cider vinegar worked because its high potassium content dissolves calcium deposits around the joints. Potassium also promotes the growth of cells and tissues. He believed that the unique combination of high potassium and the other nutrients in apple cider vinegar triggered the healing powers that led to the relief of arthritic pain and increased mobility.

Margaret Hills publishes 'Cider Vinegar'

Not just any vinegar will do!

Margaret Hills suffered terribly from both rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis.  After discovering Dr Jarvis, she  followed his recommendations from her late 30s and remained untroubled by arthritis for the rest of her long life.

In her book, Cider Vinegar, Hills emphasises that the most effective apple cider vinegar is pure, organic, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar – known as the "mother of vinegar." Any other type of vinegar (for instance, malt vinegar), is not effective, she claimed.

Read 'Cider Vinegar' by Margaret Hills

Cider Vinegar (Sheldon Natural Remedies)

A Routine that could Ease your Arthritic Pain


Dr. Jarvis recommended a three-times-daily routine of apple cider vinegar, honey and water. His patients found the results extremely positive.

Margaret Hills also advised taking apple cider vinegar and honey, but only once daily to begin with.

  • One tablespoon of pure apple cider vinegar
  • One tablespoon of honey (to be omitted in the case of diabetes)
  • Mix in a large glass of warm  water

This daily routine can eventually be increased to twice and then three times daily. Once the drink is being taken three times daily, she recommends gradually increasing the amounts of apple cider vinegar and decreasing the honey until the dosage is:

  • One dessertspoon of pure apple cider vinegar
  • One teaspoon of honey
  • Mix in a large glass of warm  water

Hills recommended honey as a natural source of vitamins and minerals which should be used instead of sugar.

There are various makes of apple cider vinegar, many of them available on Amazon. Holland and Barrett make an excellent version of the Vermont recipe, called Honeygar which, as the name suggests, combines the 'mother' apple cider vinegar with honey.



Apple Cider Vinegar Home Remedy for Osteoarthritis

It Takes Time...

Like Dr. Jarvis, Hills agreed that acid crystals building up in the body could eventually be dispersed by apple cider vinegar. The both felt these acids accumulated in the joints causing excruciating pain and in some cases, deformity and decreased movement. Apparently it is the acid crystal build-up that causes osteoarthritis.

In her books, Hills cites examples of many of her patients who have seen great improvements over time after taking apple cider vinegar.

Read Margaret Hills 'Treating Arthritis the Drug Free Way'

Her book explains her philosophy
Treating Arthritis the Drug Free Way 2nd n/e

Pain Relief Might be Found with Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for RA

Hills believed that the use of apple cider vinegar relieves the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, which is thought to be caused by a streptococcal infection. In her opinion, balancing the acid in the body through the taking of apple cider vinegar meant that the infection could not survive.

Again, in her books, she claims that many of her patients with rheumatoid arthritis have benefited from long-term apple cider vinegar treatment.

Apple Cider Vinegar is a drug-free option for RA

There is no cure for arthritis and no scientific evidence to support the opinion that apple cider vinegar plays a part in the relief of arthritic pain.  And there are some wonderful drugs available now to help those suffering with the agony that only those who suffer can truly understand.

However, both Dr. Jarvis and Margaret Hills were in no doubt that the hundreds of patients they helped benefited from this traditional remedy.

Dr. Jarvis had the advantage of working closely with patients in Vermont who relied on folk remedies and he witnessed their apparent healing properties. Margaret Hills went on to open a successful clinic in Kenilworth, treating arthritic patients. Today it is run by her daughter and has an international reputation for relieving arthritic pain naturally.


Thank you for reading my article and I hope you find relief from your arthritic pain - whichever road you choose to go down.


The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.


Copyright:  Kathleen Duffy

Updated: 06/03/2013, KathleenDuffy
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KathleenDuffy on 01/03/2015

Hello Frank - That is so interesting about the cyser - I don't really know to be honest! But as a fan of Cadfael and monks in general I am sure there is something in it. Especially the mead! I do so agree with you about the Reformation - it's upsetting even today.

KathleenDuffy on 01/03/2015

Hello dustytoes - so glad you enjoyed my article and thank you for the link.

frankbeswick on 12/29/2014

Is it the vinegar or the cider apples that have the effect? I ask this because there was an ancient drink brewed by British monks until the Reformation, which drove them out [monstrous injustice.] This drink is cyser, and it is a halfway cross between mead [made with honey] and cider [made with apples.] Often the monastic herbalist would mix cyser with medicinal herbs, as the patient required. Would cyser have the same effect as cider apple vinegar and honey?

dustytoes on 12/29/2014

Wonderful advice. I will keep this in mind, and include a link on my kidney health (all over health) blog.

KathleenDuffy on 01/18/2014

Hi Frank - I am so sorry it has taken me so long to acknowledge your comment - I missed it and have just noticed it now when answering Mira! Thank you for your further advice - very valuable.

And WriterArtist - I agree - there are few if any side effects. However, I always tell my GP if I am using a natural remedy and if this didn't work for me and I was in pain, then I would resort to conventional medicine. Sometimes these things don't work for everyone. It's great when they do though!

KathleenDuffy on 01/18/2014

Hello Mira - I am so pleased that you think it might be useful. Thank you so much for you comments! :)

Mira on 01/18/2014

This is a wonderful page, Kathleen. I will pass on your advice.

frankbeswick on 05/16/2013

Herbal remedies are not unscientific. They began to be put on a scientific basis in the early seventeenth century.

My mother, whose knee was damaged by a hit and run driver, had arthritis as a result of the accident. She swore by cider apple vinegar and honey. The honey should be polyflora [many flowers, if possible] and should not have been artificially purified so that the mineral salts are taken out to leave only the sugar.

However, mother was advised to keep active so that the knee would not stiffen up. She chose ballroom dancing. You need a variety of treatments for maximum effect.

WriterArtist on 05/14/2013

I did not know about this home remedy for arthritis. Home remedies are so good, even if they are slow. They do not have side effects.

Ragtimelil on 02/20/2013

Yes, I have used homeopathic remedies (once prescribed by a doctor!) and they do take time, but they sometimes actually make a change in the body rather than just mask symptoms.
And thanks. I love ragtime too.

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