Some home remedies continue to be popular for decades or even centuries. One that we are aware of is honey and vinegar for sore joints, indigestion or other common difficulties. We’ve been writing about this combination for years, but we are far from the only ones. Many of our readers also have wonderful stories about this remedy.
Honey and Vinegar for Arthritis:
Q. As a pharmacist in New England, I had a customer who was an elderly physician. He overheard me talking with a client about her arthritis. He interjected politely that none of his patients are bothered with arthritis because they take a kitchen remedy of apple cider vinegar and honey.
I told my mother about this because she suffered with arthritic pain. She mixed up a potion of honey and vinegar, using apple cider vinegar, and started taking it. Within three days the pain went away. This works, but it does have a peculiar odor.
A. Apple cider vinegar and honey has long been a favorite New England home remedy. Dr. D. C. Jarvis wrote about it in his best selling book, Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor’s Guide to Good Health. He recommended a daily drink of eight ounces of water with two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and two teaspoons of honey mixed into it. Dr. Jarvis didn’t take credit for the remedy, though. He said he had learned it from his patients.
Honey and Vinegar for Joint Pain:
There is little if any scientific research on the combination of honey and vinegar, although it is part of Chinese medical tradition as well as western folk medicine (Zou, American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 2016). Because vinegar has a reputation for controlling blood sugar, Iranian scientists tested the effects of honey and vinegar together (Derakhshandeh-Rishehri et al, International Journal of Preventive Medicine, Dec. 2014). They found that this combination raised fasting insulin and lowered both total and HDL cholesterol levels. It did not significantly lower triglycerides, LDL cholesterol or fasting blood sugar.
You can learn more about honey, vinegar and other non-drug treatments for pain and inflammation from our book, The Graedons’ Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis.
To order a copy by mail, please send $15.95 (includes shipping and handling) to Graedon Enterprises; Dept. AFA; PO Box 52027; Durham, NC 27717-2027.