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What things does vinegar cure?

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Vinegar has been used for many years to help a number of conditions from scurvy and cholera to asthma or bad breath, explains HowStuffWorks. Modern science, however, does not support most of the known uses for vinegar in medicinal ways.

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Many people use vinegar for pain relief including pain in the back, for headaches and leg cramps, explains HowStuffWorks. Sitting in a bathtub filled with water and two cups of vinegar for 30 minutes may help to relieve back pain, for instance. People often try to relieve headaches by using a 1-to-1 vinegar and warm water solution on a washcloth that is placed on the forehead. For leg cramps, full strength vinegar placed on a rag, then on the skin, may help them go away.

Vinegar is also used as a cure for respiratory conditions, claims HowStuffWorks. Sprinkling a pillowcase with vinegar, for instance, is a home remedy for night time coughing. Head or chest congestion may be cured by filling a humidifier with 1/4 cup of vinegar and running it for an hour. Vinegar may also help to ease the pain of a sore throat as it is often used as a gargling agent when added to a cup of water. Diluted vinegar in a spray bottle is also used on the skin when sunburn occurs.

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