The People's Perspective on Medicine
Ripe elderberries, also known as Sambucus berries, growing on a shrub
Alternative Health

Have You Tried Elderberry to Ease Your Cold Symptoms?

Elderberry rob. a homemade concentrate of berries and spices, is used as a type of hot toddy to ease cold symptoms. Have you tried it?

dairy farmer
Alternative Health

Do You Soothe Cracked Fingertips With Lip Balm?

Doctors and mechanics must wash their hands frequently, resulting in dry cracked skin. Dairy farmers also need to soothe cracked fingertips.

Two books from the People's Pharmacy: Quick and Handy Home Remedies + Recipes and Remedies.
Alternative Health

Where Can You Learn About Home Remedies?

A doctor who appreciates practical, inexpensive options for common problems asks how to learn about home remedies. Here's our answer.

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Acid Reflux

Apple Cider Vinegar Is a Weird Remedy for Heartburn

Taking a spoonful or two of apple cider vinegar mixed in water is a popular remedy for heartburn. While not everyone finds it helpful, many people do.

Oregon grape plant
Alternative Health

Does Berberine Protect Against Prostate Cancer?

Berberine is a natural product of the Oregon grape plant. Berberine has some fascinating biological activity. Could it be helpful against prostate cancer?

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Alternative Health

Will Meditation Help You Recognize Errors?

Scientists have found that volunteers recognize errors more quickly after a single 20-minute session of open-monitoring meditation.

sage
Alternative Health

What Is the Impact of Herbal Treatments for Cough?

Herbal treatments for cough can help avoid overuse of antibiotics and prevent antibiotic resistance. Have you tried sage for sore throat & thyme for cough?

ugly toenail fungus
Alternative Health

Is Vitamin E Oil a Cure for Toenail Fungus?

Many people would love a simple, inexpensive cure for toenail fungus. One reader used topical vitamin E to good effect. What remedies have you tried?

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Alternative Health

How Liquid Soap Gives Quick Relief from Leg Spasms

A reader reports that smearing liquid soap on the legs can stop muscle spasms quickly.

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Alternative Health

Herbal Medicines and Prescription Drug Interactions

Many popular herbal medicines have prescription drug interactions. Learn about them before including both herbs and drugs in your regimen.

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Alternative Health

How Herbal Medicines Lower Blood Pressure

Scientists are excited to learn how many herbal medicines lower blood pressure. They activate a potassium channel KCNQ5 that relaxes blood vessels.

Woman rubs sore knee with special cream to fight pain
Alternative Health

Will DMSO Ease Your Aching Knees?

Some people like to apply DMSO topically for joint pain. Most of the research has focused on its use for interstitial cystitis rather than arthritis.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) roots
Alternative Health

Can Ashwagandha Help You Sleep Better?

A reader wonders: Could ashwagandha help you sleep? Although this Indian herb has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine, there are no scientific studies.

Alternative Health

Natural Approaches to Overcome Vaginal Dryness

Many women find that lack of lubrication associated with menopause complicates sexual enjoyment. How can they overcome vaginal dryness?

Older woman with a cough suffering from cough syrup withdrawal
Alternative Health

Can Probiotics Reduce Your Chance of Flu-Like Illness?

Preventing flu-like illness by taking probiotics could save the American economy more than $1 billion. But which probiotics will work?

A bottle of vicks vaporub and toes
Alternative Health

Fact or Fancy? Can Vicks VapoRub Cure Nail Fungus?

There are dozens of nail fungus treatments, from Rx drugs to home remedies. They all take months to work. The Vicks VapoRub cure is inexpensive and easy.

Onion and onion slices on wooden cutting board.
Alternative Health

Will Onion Juice Make a Wasp Sting Stop Hurting?

Putting onion juice on a wasp sting eased the pain quickly and reduced the swelling. Treat an allergic reaction immediately with epinephrine!

aloe vera gel
Alternative Health

Will Aloe Vera Help Itchy Mosquito Bites?

A reader finds that gel from an aloe vera leaf stops the itching of mosquito bites quickly. No scientists have studied this approach. Will you try it?

cold cherry juice in a glass and pitcher on wooden table with ripe berries in wicker basket
Alternative Health

Should We Give Up On Home and Herbal Remedies?

Is there any science to support the use of home and herbal remedies? Many health professionals like randomized controlled trials. So do we! Here are data.

Man in T shirt sniffs his left armpit
Alternative Health

Is Sea Breeze a Solution for Keto Body Odor?

One reader reports that applying Sea Breeze Astringent Original Formula to the underarms took care of keto body odor. Maybe it changed the skin microbiome.