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Rambam’s Principles of Health: Vinegar

Rambam mentions the benefit of eating vinegar in the summer. During the hard gleaning work in the heat of the sun Boaz tells Ruth: “dip your pita in vinegar”. Both Rashi and Eben Ezra explain that vinegar helps alleviate heat. Vinegar is an important healing food in Chinese medicine. It enters the liver and stomach channels, stops bleeding, resolves toxins, and kills intestinal worms. It protects the body from food poising, promotes appetite and aids digestion. Various Chinese healers stir-fry vegetables in vinegar to increase their functions of moving the chi and quickening the blood.

Excerpted from Safeguarding Health by Rebbetzen Chana Bracha Siegelbaum from

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