Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Apple cider vinegar popularly known as ACV has been used since the time of Hippocrates for its medicinal properties and is continued to be used as home remedy for various ailments. Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apple juice into acetic acid and malic acid, which render sour taste and provide acidic properties to it. Research has shown it to effective against only certain bacteria, but not all bacteria. Its antibacterial property has been attributed to its acidic nature, which makes the environment too acidic for bacteria to grow, and hence there is no further multiplication of bacteria. Its health benefits include lowering cholesterol, blood sugar, indigestion, promoting weight loss, skin care, hair care, sore throat, improving heart health, healing rashes. It is known to have antioxidant property due to which it is said to be beneficial in cancer prevention.

Apple cider vinegar has its own side effects if taken in excess. It is recommended that it should not be taken more than 2 tablespoons per day since it is acidic in nature and will aggravate heartburn condition. Apple cider vinegar should never be taken in concentrated form; it should always be diluted in water before consuming it. It is also avoided in patients with hypokalemia as it has been shown to reduce potassium levels in blood. Studies have shown that it interacts with diabetes and heart disease medications (metoprolol and digoxin) and should be avoided when taking diuretics and laxatives. Hence, one should always consult a doctor before taking apple cider vinegar. It has also been shown to cause tooth erosion and also known to lower bone density and aggravate osteoporosis/osteopenia.

ACV has always been used as preventive remedy and should never be used as a treatment for any illness. However, it has shown promising results in some of the ailments, but there is still lack of research regarding its efficacy as a therapeutic agent for many claimed illnesses.

Can Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Chlamydia?

Can Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Chlamydia?

The question here is can apple cider vinegar cure Chlamydia and can it be used as an alternative to antibiotics? The first line of treatment for Chlamydia are antibiotics mainly azithromycin, doxycycline or erythromycin. To treat an infection, mostly a broad-spectrum antibiotic is used for various bacterial infections. There are a variety of antibiotics in the market, but bacteria’s are sensitive to a particular antibiotic only, so that is why a culture is done to detect the strain of bacteria in a particular disease and to look for its sensitivity against a particular antibiotic. Since, Chlamydia has been found to be sensitive against the above antibiotics; they are the first choice to treat the disease.

We know that apple cider vinegar is antibacterial, so it is obvious to consider it an alternative to antibiotics, as it is so readily available in the kitchen counter. Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar is only effective against certain bacteria, mostly E. coli and Salmonella and there is lack of study regarding its effectiveness against other strains of bacteria. It is been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal property, but due to lack of standardization on its course and dosage, it is not advisable to use it as a cure for Chlamydia. Although, it has shown promising results in health benefits, claim regarding its effectiveness as antimicrobial has been unsubstantiated due to lack of clinical proof. Even prescribed antibiotic medication can be ineffective in curbing infection if they are not taken as prescribed by doctor and if the full course of treatment is not completed.

Apple cider vinegar also carries risks when taking it, as it might interact with certain over the counter as well as prescribed drugs and might make certain health conditions worse such as it might decrease potassium levels in blood that is required for optimal heart and brain function. It is better to follow up with health care professional and discuss whether it is safe to take apple cider vinegar or not, but it is always preferable to take prescribed antibiotic treatment for Chlamydia as it is the only proved mainstay treatment for it.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

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Last Modified On: June 15, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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