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Apple Cider Vinegar


Raw apple cider vinegar(ACV) is a natural healing tonic which contains nutrients, enzymes, and organic acids. It kills germs and nourishes the body at the same time. In 400 BC, Hippocrates who is referred to as the father of medicine used raw ACV for its amazing natural cleansing, healing and energizing health qualities. People have been helped from the external and internal application of ACV as a folk medicine. Taking this nutritious tonic will help with digestion illness and nutrient deficiencies that result from a typical western diet containing many processed and refined foods.


ACV is made from the double fermentation of whole apples. It should be raw, not distilled, filtered or pasteurized. Extra processing steps would destroy many important elements resulting in weakening the health benefits. Most health food stores carry the raw ACV which is labeled “with the mother”.


ACV Tonic

Add one tablespoon of ACV (and one tablespoon of honey which is optional) in a glass of water and drink it before each meal. You can drink it 2or 3 times a day. To avoid tooth enamel erosion and throat irritation, afterwards drink plain water.


The Benefits of Raw ACV as Following:

Arthritis Help

Message the sore joints with a liniment made up of 2 egg whites, ½ cup (125 ml) apple cider vinegar, and ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil or just by drinking the ACV tonic alone will help with arthritis.


Asthma

Some people have found relief from mild asthma by taking ACV tonic along with applying a vinegar-soaked compress to the inside of the wrists.


Blood Pressure

ACV tonic has high potassium values to balance out sodium levels in the body and aid in maintaining the blood pressure within healthy limits. It also contains magnesium that relaxes the blood vessel walls and thus lowers the blood pressure.


Bone Health

ACV helps to sustain bone mass and fight against osteoporosis because of the important minerals involved such as manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and silicon.


Cancer Prevention

Apples and ACV contain numerous substances that protect against many types of cancer. They have beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. They also contain phytochemicals such as flavonoids and polyphenols which prevent cancer formation. Plus they both contain pectin, a soluble fiber, which binds certain cancer compounds in the colon and speeds up their elimination from the body.


CHOLESTEROL REDUCTION

Researchers from Mizkan, a Japanese food manufacturer, reported recently that taking 3 teaspoons of vinegar or more daily can significantly lower cholesterol levels in the blood. They found that acetic acid, a major ingredient in vinegar, is responsible for the effect.


COLD

At the first sign of a cold, by taking ACV tonic several times a day helps the body to fight colds. It also speeds up recovering from a cold by taking vitamin C 500mg or Emergen-C once or twice a day.


CONSTIPATION

As we age, a low fiber diet and the reduction of digestive acids and enzymes can lead to constipation. Taking ACV as a home remedy and eating more fruits and vegetables can combat constipation.


CRAMPS

Taking ACV daily tonic prevents the recurrence of cramps, because it contains rich minerals and vitamins which relieve muscle cramps.


DANDRUFF

Apply pure apple cider vinegar to the scalp and work it into the roots of the hair; allow the vinegar to stand for a half hour or a full hour before washing your hair. This will help destroy the bacteria and fungus that cause dandruff and itchy scalp.


DIABETES

New research shows that ACV can help lower blood sugar levels. This home remedy supplies the beneficial ingredients to control blood glucose levels and also has acids and enzymes to promote better digestion and nutrient absorption. Many diabetes sufferers feel the benefits from ACV.


DIARRHEA

Pectin is the water soluble fiber in ACV. It helps to absorb water in the intestines and form bulk stools. Intestinal bacteria transform pectin into a protective coating to soothe the irritated lining and eliminate diarrhea.


DIGESTION

As we age, people produce commonly less stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) causing digestive problems. Taking ACV tonic as a home remedy before a meal will enhance the stomach acid and digestive enzymes.


ECZEMA

To help relieve the itching and dryness of eczema, apply a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water to the affected areas, afterward apply tab of butter on the skin lesion.


FATIGUE

The ACV tonic can provide potassium and enzymes that help with fatigue. Some experts suggest mixing 1 or 2 teaspoons of raw honey with the ACV tonic.


GALLSTONES

Taking ACV tonic with 6 oz of organic and unfiltered apple juice for 1 week may help purge out small gallstones. This may help them from growing bigger, so that they would not have to be medically removed.


GOUT

Many people with gout have found that it is very effective by either ingesting the ACV tonic or applying 50% ACV to the affected area.

HEADACHES

Research has shown that people have slightly more alkaline urine when they have a headache. The ACV tonic rebalances the body's PH and helps relieve headaches. It can also help by adding 2 tablespoons of ACV in the water of a vaporizer and inhaling the vapors for five minutes.


HEARTBURN

A survey conducted at the Earth Clinic web site found that vinegar is the best home remedy to relieve heartburn or acid reflux and suggest drinking ACV tonic before each meal.


HICCUPS

It stops hiccups by sipping a glass of warm ACV tonic which is the simplest home remedy for hiccups.


INSOMNIA

Some people find that taking 1 cup of the ACV tonic just before bed helps them fall asleep faster and sleep longer. In Dr Jarvis book "Folk Medicine" he recommends adding honey to the ACV for this same reason.


LEG CRAMPS

Taking the ACV tonic regularly helps the body's absorption of calcium and magnesium and thus protects against painful leg cramps.


MENSTRUAL PROBLEMS

It has been reported that drinking a glass of the ACV tonic in the morning helps reduce the heavy flow of a period.


MORNING SICKNESS

During the first three months of pregnancy it will help with morning sickness by drinking a glass of the ACV tonic the first thing in the morning.

MUSCLE SORENESS

Apply a cloth dampened with ACV and a dash of cayenne pepper directly to the sore muscle for 5 minutes and reapply as needed. For sore muscles all-over, soak in a warm bath water with 2 to 3 cups of ACV added.


NIGHT SWEATS & HOT FLASHES

It’s recommend taking 1 cup of the ACV tonic in the morning to help relieve hot flashes and night sweats for menopausal women.


POISON IVY & POISON OAK

Mix together an equal amount of ACV and ice water in a spray bottle. To stop the pain, itching and help ease the swelling, spray the mixture on the affected area.


SHINGLES

Taking a warm bath with 1 cup of ACV added to the water will help relieve the itching of shingle rashes. It also helps to drink the ACV tonic and also apply undiluted ACV directly on the rash to lessen the shingle pain and help the rash from spreading.

SINUSITIS

To help relieve the pain of sinusitis, drink a glass of the ACV tonic every hour for 6 or 8 hours. For sinus headaches, add 1/8 cup ACV to a cool-air vaporizer and inhale directly for 5 minutes. Sinus Rinse will also help clean the excess mucus in the nose, throat and sinus cavities (post nasal drip).


SORE THROAT

For a sore throat, gargle every hour a few mouthfuls of the ACV tonic. Don't swallow the gargled mixture, because ACV acts like a sponge drawing out germs along with toxins.


ULCERS

Since a preliminary study in Japan showed that drinking a weak vinegar solution can give over 95% protection from alcohol related ulcers, try ACV tonic.


URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS

Drink ACV tonic daily to keep the pH balanced in the urinary tract so that bacteria and yeast can’t grow in the unfriendly environment and stop infection.

Cranberry juice is also a well known home remedy for urinary tract infections. It prevents bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract.


For a tasty drink, add 2 teaspoons of ACV to an eight ounce glass of cranberry juice and benefit from both home remedies at the same time.


VARICOSE VEINS

Dr. Jarvis notes that by applying undiluted apple cider vinegar both morning and evening to varicose veins and also by drinking ACV tonic twice a day will help shrink the veins. You should notice the difference in about one month.


WEIGHT LOSS

ACV and healthy weight benefits have been utilized for centuries and used throughout the world. This is a home remedy and natural way to shed pounds. Take 1 glass of ACV tonic at each meal and avoid foods high in fat.


YEAST INFECTION

Add 2 tablespoons of ACV in one quart of warm water. It is recommended to douche twice a day only until the burning and itching symptoms have stopped, since frequent douching can cause more harm than good.


Add one cup of ACV to the bath water to help relieve external pain.


Try acidophilus to help get rid of yeast infections.


If you tend to get frequent yeast infections, try to find the cause (such as oral antibiotic use or a diet too high in refined sugars) and reduce or eliminate it.


Source: Most of the above information is abstracted from www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com and Bragg Vinegar.


For more information please call Dr. Lu at (661) 513-9265 Ping’s Acupuncture/Bamboo Acupuncture.

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