Home Remedies

 
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Some of our most important drugs were discovered partly by accident. Penicillin was developed after Alexander Fleming found a mold devouring the bacteria he was growing in a petri dish. A class of valuable blood pressure medications called ACE inhibitors... (Read More)
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Q. My husband and I can't use KY Jelly or any other brand of lubricant we have tried. They make me itch and burn. We have found, though, that the slimy gel that oozes from aloe leaf when you break... (Read More)
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Q. I struggled with a condition called angular cheilitis for 60 years. From the time I was five years old until two years ago I had redness, irritation and cracks at the corners of my mouth. When my family doctor... (Read More)
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This is one of the tastiest and most unusual home remedies we have ever collected. Donald Agar had suffered from Crohn's disease for many years. Diarrhea was a constant problem. By accident he discovered that Archway Coconut Macaroon cookies helped... (Read More)
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Pediatrician Alan Greene discusses his thoughts on the safety and efficacy of using hand sanitizers for children to prevent colds and the flu. --------... (Read More)
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When we read about this treatment for alopecia areata in the Archives of Dermatology (November 1998) we were astounded. The Scottish dermatologists stated that "Cedarwood, lavender, thyme, and rosemary oils have hair growth-promoting properties. These oils have been anecdotally used... (Read More)

Aspartame for Arthritis

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This is one of the most bizarre discoveries we have ever heard about. A scientist noticed that when he got up out of his chair after watching a football game, his arthritis pain was greatly diminished. During the course of... (Read More)
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A reader shared with us his novel approach for treating arthritis with a Aspertame (also known by the brand name NutraSweet®) and Equal. -------- I was surprised to read a letter in your column from a diabetic who gets headaches... (Read More)
 
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Q. When I first developed hemorrhoids I could hardly believe this was happening to me. I called my doctor and she suggested surgery, but I didn't want to go under the knife. A favorite book about foods that heal suggested... (Read More)

Banana Peel for Warts

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Warts are extremely susceptible to home remedies, and many have been developed for this common condition. One of our favorites is readily available at any grocery store. Tape a small piece of banana skin (with the fleshy side towards the... (Read More)
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Q. Your readers did it again! I've been drinking oolong tea for over a month now, and the patches of psoriasis have disappeared along with the flaking. I still have a couple of areas that need some ointment now and... (Read More)
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Doctors love scientific explanations for how things work. That is why they are quick to prescribe medications for a variety of conditions. FDA approval provides reassuring evidence of effectiveness. Dietary supplements, herbs and home remedies rarely have scientific support and... (Read More)

Black Pepper For Cuts

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Thanks to Nell Heard and Wendall Dean for this contribution. Wendall is a wood-carver and scroller. His carving buddies always keep a packet of black pepper on hand for times when they cut themselves on sharp tools. Nell, her sister,... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from bursitis in my right hip for about four years. I had six cortisone shots in my hip during this time. The first shots helped a lot, but the later ones did virtually nothing. I started... (Read More)
 
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Q. I have a friend who says that Preparation H can smooth wrinkles on your face. She has lovely skin, but I am dubious. Could a hemorrhoid product really do any good against wrinkles, or is this an urban legend?... (Read More)
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Q. Here is a home remedy for you. I got bitten by fire ants yesterday, and the bites swelled up and itched like crazy. I applied castor oil right away, and the itching stopped. The bites are just a little... (Read More)
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Q. Have you ever heard of using castor oil for bruises? My mother-in-law swears by this remedy. Whenever one of my kids bumps a knee, she rubs castor oil on it and there is never a bruise.   A. Arnica... (Read More)
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Q. My cat was attacked by two pit bulls. Her abdomen was extremely swollen and she had two severe puncture wounds. We live on an island and the vet was out of town for a week. His advice to us... (Read More)
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Q. I was amused to read about catnip as a mosquito repellent. A couple of summers ago I grew my own catnip (in hanging pots to keep it out of reach of the neighborhood cats) and followed a recipe for... (Read More)
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Q. Recently you discussed how to avoid ticks and other creepy-crawlies in the summer. Some studies show that catnip oil is as good as DEET in repelling mosquitoes, and geranium oil likewise is effective for ticks. I use a combination... (Read More)
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A competetive sprinter in his eighties shares his favorite home remedy for treating arthritis pain. --------... (Read More)
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Q. I'm a 39-year-old woman in need of an herb that can decrease sex drive. I think you've written about this before, but I can't recall the herb you suggested. I'm in excellent health, taking only Flonase, Ortho Tri-Cyclen and... (Read More)
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Q. I have been battling gout for the past five weeks and was on indomethacin, ibuprofen and a low purine diet. The attacks kept moving around from joint to joint, and the ordeal has been extremely painful. I heard that... (Read More)
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This home remedy for curing hiccups sounds delicious. --------... (Read More)
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Q. I have a home remedy that is amazing. I used to have severe psoriasis on my knees, elbows, eyes, forehead, wrists, feet and scalp. It would crack and bleed, itch and flake. One day a man commented on my... (Read More)
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Q. I honestly hate the taste of cinnamon, although my husband loves it in cookies, cakes or anything else. I am 53 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes almost four years ago. My doctor has me on metformin twice... (Read More)
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Cinnamon has been proven to help lower blood sugar, and can be helpful for people with type 2 Diabetes trying to manage their blood sugar. --------... (Read More)
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Q. I heard about eating coconut macaroons to help with irritable bowel syndrome on your radio program. Our dog was having trouble with recurrent bouts of diarrhea and the vet could not find a reason. I gave her coconut flakes... (Read More)
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Q. I believe Archway Coconut Macaroons help my IBS [irritable bowel syndrome], but as a diabetic I don't want the sugar. Do you know why they help? In other words, could I just eat unsweetened coconut? I called Archway Cookies... (Read More)

Coffee for Asthma

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Asthma can be a serious disease that requires medical management, not home remedies. But we mentioned in the first edition of "The People's Pharmacy®" that if you are caught without medicine, a couple of cups of strong coffee may help... (Read More)
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Q. For about 15 years, I've gotten an ugly cold sore on my upper lip at the end of the summer. It is always painful, and it takes at least a month to heal. The remedies I tried didn't help... (Read More)
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Q. Sorry to repeat a question I know you've answered, but at the time I didn't know someone with the problem. My niece has recently been diagnosed with Crohn's disease and in spite of medication is in a lot of... (Read More)
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Vaginal dryness is a common problem after menopause or certain cancer treatments. Finding an acceptable sexual lubricant can be a challenge. We heard from one couple who used an old-fashioned moisturizing hand lotion called Corn Huskers for twenty-five years. They... (Read More)
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Q. I remember reading in one of your columns that soaking your toes in corn meal will get rid of toenail fungus. I have very bad toe fungus from years of competitive tennis and I would love to get rid... (Read More)
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This listener shares her experience of using a home remedy consisting of cornmeal paste to cure her nail fungus. --------... (Read More)
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Q. Our family has had several bouts of respiratory infections this fall. Our 5-year-old daughter is still coughing through the night and keeping everyone awake. We tried over-the-counter cough remedies but they didn't make much difference. My wife worries they... (Read More)
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Q. Your column about using sugar on wounds has changed the way I treat the cattle on my ranch. We have nearly replaced tetracycline powder for cattle hoof abscesses and lesions. We did a test and saw equal results with... (Read More)
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Q. The secret for lowering my hubby's cholesterol about 100 points was to eliminate all unnatural oils. I wouldn't allow him to take the medications. I'd been brainwashed about using vegetable oils years ago and they made his cholesterol numbers... (Read More)
 
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Q. I have high blood pressure (about 180/80) and my doctor has prescribed nearly everything he can think of. We have tried over a dozen different medicines, with unacceptable results or side effects. I am currently taking Diovan which makes... (Read More)
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Q. I am suffering terribly with eczema, aka atopic dermatitis. That's what my dermatologist calls my dry, red, itchy nasty skin. The doctor thought I might have an infection as well, and I have tried Bactroban antibiotic ointment as well... (Read More)
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Research on duct tape was published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (Oct. 2002). Parents were told to cover the wart with a piece of duct tape for six days. If it fell off, they were to replace... (Read More)
 
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Q. I suffer terribly from ear pain when flying. I take the decongestant pseudoephedrine, chew gum and blow my nose but none of these strategies is working any more to relieve the pressure. Do you have any recommendations? A. Over... (Read More)
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It is estimated that almost two-thirds of American adults are infected with the virus that causes cold sores or fever blisters. A red lesion on the lip or near the mouth can be embarrassing and painful. People seem to stare... (More On This Topic)
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Home remedies rarely get scientific attention or respect. The lack of double-blind trials means that it can be difficult to determine whether a specific suggestion will be helpful. Sometimes we get enough testimonials about a remedy, though, that we conclude... (Read More)
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Q. I am 17 years old and was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis due to anorexia. I am hesitant to start taking a drug for osteoporosis because it seems that it can have bad side effects. Have you heard about any... (Read More)
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Q. I have found that elderberry extract really helps against the common cold. If I start taking it soon enough I can keep the cold from getting a foothold. A. German researchers have found that a standardized elderberry extract is... (Read More)
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Q. Three nights ago I was awakened by a feeling of the room whirling around. Ever since then, I cannot bend down or turn my head without vertigo and I have vomited as well. I have taken Bonine but it... (Read More)
 

Fennel for Flatulence

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We have received numerous solutions for flatulence, but this one seems the most popular. A physician's wife wrote to tell us that her husband's serious gas problem was solved when he followed this advice from a Hungarian masseuse: 1 tablespoon... (Read More)
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This is the time of year that fungi thrive. Heat and humidity are the lifeblood for mold and mildew. Just check your shower curtain or the crawl space under your house in August to see signs of fungal growth. Your... (Read More)
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Flaxseed is rich in soluble fiber. One reader has found a way to utilize this property to prevent constipation: "I purchase flaxseed in bulk at a health food store for about $1.50 per pound. I put three quarts of water... (Read More)
 
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Q. I want to pass along a tip that I've been using for 20 years. I put about 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in my coffee filter and then put coffee grounds on top. I get the benefits of the cinnamon... (Read More)
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We have received more mail about this "raisin remedy" than any other home remedy we have written about. We don't know how it got started or why it works, but many readers swear it relieves arthritis pain. Ingredients: golden raisins... (Read More)

Ginger Tea for Colds

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We love this remedy and use it whenever we feel a cold coming on.It came to us from a radio listener in the hills of West Virginia but originated with her grandmother in India. Grind about half an inch of... (Read More)
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One listener shares his experience using ginger to treat the symptoms of the common cold. Ginger is well known for its beneficial effects on the digestvie tract, but can also ease coughs and colds. --------... (Read More)
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This is a lovely story from a retired nurse describing one of our favorite home remedies for treating arthritis. --------... (Read More)
 

Hair Loss

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Dermatologist Amy Wechsler talks with us about hair loss, including treating hair loss in women. --------... (Read More)
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Q. Ice cream works very well against my migraines. I have suffered from these headaches for ten years and nothing has offered relief, not even strong painkillers. After reading that ice cream could help, I tried it. It relieves a... (Read More)
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Conventional wisdom has it that people who suffer migraine headaches should avoid chocolate. But a trucker tells us that, for him, a chocolate milk shake eases the pain of a migraine as well as Imitrex does. It works even though... (Read More)
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There are many home remedies for headaches. In this sound clip, a listener to our radio show tells of a traditional West Indies headache remedy: the white pith from the inside of an orange peel. Click on the blue arrow... (Read More)
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Heartburn is a consequence of stomach acid splashing back into the lower part of the esophagus, where it causes damage and pain. Many people have shared their unusual home remedies for heartburn, from grated apple or a handful of almonds... (Read More)
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Q. Several months ago I went to the ER because of severe chest pain. I thought I was having a heart attack. After some tests they told me it was heartburn. My highly respected naturopathic doctor told me not to... (Read More)
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Here’s a remedy that goes back generations. We can’t explain or vouch for it…but it has been popular for a long time to promote regularity. A reader shared the following : "I have always had problems with regularity and recently... (Read More)

Honey For Wounds

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Q. I have been using honey as an ointment to prevent and treat skin infections for years. Not only does it work for cuts and scrapes, but it also works on herpes cold sores, cutting down on the length and... (Read More)
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Q. I was suffering from severe diabetes-induced osteomyelitis (bone infection with open ulcers) on my foot. I was prescribed Medihoney to treat the ulcer. This is a waxy sheet of honey that you cut to the size of the wound... (Read More)
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Q. After reading comments regarding the hot pepper remedy for heartburn at PeoplesPharmacy.com, the scientist in me couldn't resist giving it a try. For several years I have taken omeprazole, ranitidine or antacids to combat occasional acid reflux, especially after... (Read More)
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Hot peppers and spicy food like salsas could provide relief from the discomforts of Psoriasis. --------... (Read More)
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One reader shares his story of using spicy hot gumbo soup to stop a migraine cold. --------... (Read More)

Hot Water for Itches

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We discovered this technique in the book Dermatology: Diagnosis and Treatment* and have been using it ever since we wrote it up in the first edition of "The People's Pharmacy®." Moderate itching (the sort of thing you get from a... (Read More)
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Dermatologist Amy Wechsler explains the efficacy of laser hair removal. --------... (Read More)
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Pediatrician Alan Greene addresses some concerns about the safety of sunscreens for children, and discusses the safest ingredients to look for when choosing a sunscreen for children. --------... (Read More)
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Q. The best tip I ever received for mosquito bites is to dab on hydrogen peroxide. I have very sensitive skin and bites used to get very swollen and itch for weeks. Now, I apply drugstore hydrogen peroxide and in... (Read More)
 
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Q. A few years ago I was plagued with insomnia. I was exhausted, anxious and barely functional but never sleepy. Only sleeping pills knocked me out, but I hated the side effects. I read about vitamin D in your column.... (Read More)
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Q. I fell on a tour in Central and South America and a woman rushed to my aid from her post at the jewelry store. She started packing dry instant coffee onto my mooshed-up shin, assuring me she was a... (Read More)
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Pediatrician Alan Greene talks us through the most current thinking about the potential risk of Aspirin, Reye's Syndrome, and what the best options are for treating pain and fever in children. --------... (Read More)
 
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Put orange juice (8 oz? unspecified) and a diced banana or peach into a 16 oz jar, cap tightly and shake. Then add 1/3 cup raw rolled oats and 1 Tablespoon ground flax meal. Cap once again, shake, let sit... (Read More)
 

Keys for Nosebleeds

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Q. I want to thank you for saving me from a most embarrassing situation. I am president of a small corporation and we were making a pitch to an important client. I had been suffering from a cold for about... (Read More)
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Q. My friend works as a cook in a Mexican restaurant. The other day he cut the tip of his finger pretty badly. No matter what he tried he couldn't stop the bleeding. He went to an urgent care center... (Read More)
 

Listerine for Dandruff

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A gentleman called in to our public radio show with an amazing story about Listerine mixed with baby oil. His veterinarian had recommended this combination for relieving itchy spots on his Dobermans and horses. He found that it worked and... (Read More)

Listerine for Hot Spots

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A horse lover shared the following formula she used on the mane and tail of her filly: 1/3 Listerine (original formula) 1/3 baby oil and 1/3 water Put in a spray bottle, shake well and spray it on. This is... (Read More)

Listerine for Lice

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We have heard from several readers that Listerine can be helpful in preventing lice infestations. We recently received this testimonial from a reader: "The best way to prevent head lice is old-fashioned Listerine Antiseptic Mouthrinse. We were in the Army... (Read More)
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A reader offered the following suggestion for getting rid of nail fungus: "I cured my toenail fungus using a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and Listerine. I combined them in a quart jar with a screw-on lid and used a clean... (Read More)
 
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The meat tenderizer trick was our very first home remedy in the original edition of The People's Pharmacy®.* We stumbled across it in the Journal of the American Medical Association.** Dr. Harry L. Arnold of the American Health Institute suggested... (Read More)
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Q. I am in my late seventies, and my breasts are very large. In hot weather I used to have a serious problem with heat rash. Various creams and lotions didn't help much. Then I tried milk of magnesia, and... (Read More)
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Q. My family has used milk of magnesia as a deodorant for 60 years since Cuba.  That is what everyone used, even before the revolution.  My family still uses it today in the United States, since it's better than any... (Read More)
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Q. I walked all around the house for 10 minutes last night with a cramp in my ankle that wouldn't quit. Then I remembered my sister telling me to try mustard. I went to the refrigerator and got a dab... (Read More)
 
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Q. I have scars on my arms and legs after a bad outbreak of poison ivy. Are there any natural remedies for scars? A. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons report that no single therapy has been proven effective for reducing scars... (Read More)
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Q. Are there any natural approaches for the pain of neuropathy? A. There are two possibilities. One is alpha lipoic acid. A meta-analysis of 15 randomized controlled trials demonstrated that it is safe and probably effective for treating diabetic nerve... (Read More)
 
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Q. For nearly 30 years I got "honeymoon cystitis" following intercourse. After menopause I learned from a TV show that women were using olive oil for postmenopausal vaginal dryness. I was pleasantly surprised that it not only assisted with lubrication... (Read More)
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Q. My daughters both suffer from eczema. It's just heartbreaking. My older daughter had it on her hands starting when she was one. It was so bad that her skin started to bleed and crack, and her nails were brittle... (Read More)
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Q. When I am sick with a cold I crave onions. I am not sure why and I don't know if they actually help me get over my cold any faster. I just read an article that is circulating on... (Read More)
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Q. I have been plagued with nummular eczema for years. It does not respond to Benadryl, prednisone or any kind of topical cortisone ointment.  I read in your column about some doctors in Japan who had people with eczema drink... (Read More)
 
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A listener shares her own personal recipe and technique to make a Passion Flower extract to treat her husbands insomnia. --------... (Read More)
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Q. I have had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for two years. I have constipation (can't "go" for a week). When I finally can go, I can't stop. At that point the stool is soft and runny. I also have cramps,... (Read More)
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A listener to our radio show called in the following recipe his Philippine-American girlfriend taught him. He says eating this chicken once a week keeps colds away. We don't know about that, but it might keep everyone else away as... (Read More)
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Q. I don't have restless leg syndrome (RLS) or nighttime leg cramps. Rather I have "restless foot," sometimes in the right foot, sometimes in the left. I can actually feel the energy building up in my foot when it comes... (Read More)
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Q. After reading a column about turmeric for plantar warts, I began treating a very large wart that covered my entire heel. I am happy to report that it has stopped growing and is slowly healing. Thank you. A. Other... (Read More)
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Pediatrician Alan Greene gives us his top three recommendations for pro-active ways to deal with Eczmea. --------... (Read More)
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Recipe 1 cup applesauce 1 cup coarse, unprocessed bran 3/4 cup prune juice Mix all the ingredients together. They will turn into a pasty, stiff glop about the consistency of peanut butter. After mixing, it should be kept refrigerated. Take... (Read More)
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This home remedy for arthritis pain has generated almost as much mail as the gin and raisins. One newspaper column reader related that her grandmother had been using it as long ago as 1945. Purchase Certo in the canning section... (Read More)
 
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We roared with laughter when we read the letter from a woman who told us that her uncle's little terrier had cured his long-standing case of athlete's foot. Every evening when he got home, he would take off his shoes... (Read More)
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One of the strangest remedies we have ever heard of involves sauerkraut juice against canker sores. Take a tablespoon of sauerkraut juice in your mouth and swish it around morning and night, then swallow it. Do this twice a day... (Read More)
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Q. My sister is coming over in a week. I have dandruff on my face (eyebrows, nose, forehead and inside my ears). Can I cure it with Vicks or other remedies? Please tell me how. A. Facial dandruff is called... (Read More)
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People use all sorts of remedies for bee or wasp stings. Some swear by tobacco juice, but that is getting hard to come by as the habit of chewing tobacco is fading (along with cigarette smoking). Others prefer mud or... (Read More)
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Q. I recommend extra virgin coconut oil for vaginal dryness. It's a natural anti fungal and antibacterial. I use it a a sexual lubricant but also as a moisturizer for my face and neck. Stephanie  A. We have heard from... (Read More)
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Q. For several years now I have kept a bar of soap in my bed under the top sheet for leg cramps. I find that it works. For almost a year now, I have had severe nighttime pain in my... (Read More)
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There is now a prescription drug (Requip) to treat RLS (restless leg syndrome). The only problem is that some people fall asleep during the day. This could be risky if they are behind the wheel. As far as we can... (Read More)
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Q. Several years ago I read about the soy sauce remedy in The People's Pharmacy. Luckily we always have large quantities of soy sauce in the house. Since that day, any time I burn myself in the kitchen I immediately... (Read More)
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An Airborne Ranger shares with us his experience of being burned during a training excercise, and what the Special Forces medic used to treat him might surprise you. --------... (Read More)
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Q. I want to thank you for writing about warts on teenagers. My son had been battling warts for years, but burning, cutting and immune response methods had not worked. One wart on the back of his Achilles tendon was... (Read More)
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Q. I have an old chemical burn on my shin that re-opened. The wound cultured positive for MRSA, so I took antibiotics for a month. Despite that, the wound continued to get worse and nothing seemed to help. I tried... (Read More)

Sugar for Hiccups

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Hiccups are rarely serious, but they certainly can be annoying. There are dozens of remedies from holding your breath to drinking water from the far side of a glass. This is one we have been talking about since 1976. It's... (Read More)
 

Tagamet for Warts

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There are so many wart remedies it is hard to know where to start or stop. Castor oil applications are highly recommended by our readers. But one of the few treatments that have actually been tested is taking Tagamet. This... (Read More)
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Sweaty hands can be embarrassing, and sweaty feet can lead to foot odor and increase the risk of athlete's foot. One dermatologist we consulted offered the following home remedy: Boil five tea bags in a quart of water for five... (Read More)
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Q. I teach elementary school and lice are an ongoing frustrating problem. Many low-income families struggle with the high cost of treatments, which often are not effective. I have two suggestions that are natural and quite effective (given to me... (Read More)
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Purple concord grape juice has some anti-clotting effects and can inhibit inflammatory compounds in the blood. It can also produce a modest increase in good HDL cholesterol. Dr. Jane Friedman at Boston University School of Medicine explains her study on... (Read More)
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Q. I am very sensitive to mosquito bites, and mosquitoes LOVE me. If I get one bite, I have ten. A friend suggested a shot glass of tonic water each day. While she was on her honeymoon in a tropical... (Read More)
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Dermatologist Amy Wechsler shares with us her advice on treating dry and chapped lips. She disusses what causes chapped lips, and what to avoid to prevent becoming dependent on lip balm. --------... (Read More)
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Dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler discusses with us the most effective ways to treat the excessive sweating known as Hyperhidrosis. --------... (Read More)
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Treating Warts

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Dermatologist Amy Wechsler discusses with us her favorite ways to remove warts. --------... (Read More)
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Turmeric and its most active ingredient curcumin have gotten attention for their anti-inflammatory properties. We have heard from readers that this yellow spice used in curry powder and mustard can help alleviate arthritis pain. One reader offered the following experience.... (Read More)
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The People's Pharmacy® radio show is made possible in part by Redex Industries, makers of Udder Cream, Udderly Smooth Hand and Body Lotion, and the new COUNTRY CREAM.aids for dry, chapped skin. 800-345-7339 . The website is: http://www.uddercream.com... (Read More)
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Pediatrician Alan Greene dicusses some unique ways to treat head lice without using harsh pesticides. --------... (Read More)
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Q. I had problems with cracked, calloused soles and toenail fungus. I had medicine but it did not go very far. One of the items in the medicine was urea, which I believe is a by-product of urine. I started... (Read More)
 
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Q. I just read in one of your emails that someone used "Organic Apple Cider Vinegar" for their scalp psoriasis. I owe that person big time for writing in!!! Do I dare say that it is the best thing I... (Read More)
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Anyone who has ever had to give a talk in front of a large audience knows that anxiety can be paralyzing. One woman had to give up a career as a musician because her stage fright was incapacitating. Even after... (Read More)

Vaseline for Lice

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This home remedy has gotten us into a lot of trouble. In recent years lice have seemingly become resistant to over-the-counter lice shampoos, which has left families desperate for relief. One mother wrote that a pediatric dermatologist, Neil Prose, M.D.,... (Read More)
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If you click on the white arrow above you will hear an interesting story from Jane, a foot care nurse in Massachusetts. She travels the state taking care of patients with diabetes and other conditions that create all sorts of... (Read More)
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One listener shares her experience of using Vicks® VapoRub® in a novel way to treat her severe and chronic cough. --------... (Read More)
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People who suffer from vertigo often feel desperate. If the problem is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, the world seems to spin any time they move their heads. It is extremely uncomfortable, even disorienting. BPPV is caused when calcium crystals in... (Read More)

Vinegar for Fungus

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There are so many uses for vinegar it boggles the mind. An otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist) recommended rinsing the ear with the following solution: one part vinegar to five parts tepid water. He suggested putting drops in the... (Read More)
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Almost all antiperspirants contain aluminum, in one form or another. It is hard to say at this time whether we absorb any of that aluminum into our systems and even if we did, whether it would be harmful. Nonetheless, some... (Read More)
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Q. I use milk of magnesia as a deodorant but first I apply a spray of vodka under my arms. Using vodka to fight body odor is no recent discovery. Theatrical wardrobe professionals going back to vaudeville days have used... (Read More)
 
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Here is another doctor-recommended home remedy. Russell Copelan, M.D., wrote about this one in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.* He suggests adhering a tiny piece of salicylic acid plaster (the kind used to treat warts) over a... (Read More)
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Dermatologist Amy Wechsler tells us about some warning signs that should send you to see a dermatologist right away. --------... (Read More)
 
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Q. You have written several times about putting yellow mustard on a burn for relief. Thank goodness I have known about this emergency approach for more than 30 years. About eight years ago, when my twin girls were three years... (Read More)