Vinegar for Internal Bleeding?
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Janet B.
Posted on: September 8, 2003

My grandmother years ago said: "if you’re bleeding internally drink vinegar". Is this true?

Vinegar has been used since the time of Hippocrates for many ailments including internal and external bleeding. Properties and uses of vinegar include: warming, liver cleansing, antidote to food poisoning, clears digestive toxins, mucus clearing, removal of internal parasites and stopping bleeding.

There are some cautions. Vinegar is a bacterial fermentation of alcohol which is made by a yeast fermentation. It can therefore exacerbate chronic candida or other internal yeast infections. Taking vinegar will not cure a chronic problem. It can only temporarily help the symptom. For internal bleeding, one must consult a competent health care provider. For all chronic conditions, the cause of the problem must be found and overcome by changes in the diet or other lifestyle factors.

Distilled vinegars leach minerals from the body. Paul Pitchford, in "Healing with Whole Foods" (published by North Atlantic Books) recommends vinegars that are organic, naturally brewed, unfiltered, unpasteurized versions of apple cider, brown rice wine, white wine and umeboshi. Pitchford recommends a dose of one teaspoon, mixed in 1/3 cup of water, two to three times daily.

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