The People's Perspective on Medicine
bitter melon Momordica charantia
Alternative Health

Can Indian Fruit Fight Off Cancer?

An Indian fruit known as bitter melon appears to block some cancer cells' ability to get energy from sugar or fat. Watch for further research!

older woman with age-related macular degeneration using magnifying glass
Alternative Health

Will Saffron Delay Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

A reader got great results taking saffron for age-related macular degeneration, along with AREDS vitamins. A few studies support its efficacy.

ginger root
Alternative Health

Ginger Was Brilliant Remedy for Post-Operative Nausea

Placebo-controlled studies support a reader's experience that strong ginger tea alleviated post-operative nausea. Have you tried it?

Bowl of dried bark of Magnolia officinalis (contains honokiol)
Alternative Health

Will Magnolia Compound Help You Control Pain?

Honokiol, a compound found in the bark of Magnolia officinalis, appears to control pain by suppressing TRP channels in animals. What about people?

Fresh rosemary herbs
Alternative Health

How Does Rosemary Oil Fight Resistant Lice?

Dermatologists are skeptical, but some people find that olive oil, mineral oil or petroleum jelly is effective against lice. One person added rosemary oil.

Podcasts

Show 1194: How You Can Discover the Joy of Movement

When you experience the joy of movement, you get multiple benefits for physical and mental health. What type of movement brings you joy?

Photo illustration of various locations of leg and foot cramps
Alternative Health

Are Home Remedies Supported by Scientific Studies?

Companies rarely wish to fund research on home remedies; however, scientific studies do support some unlikely seeming treatments such as mustard for cramps.

grabbing the sole of the foot in pain
Alternative Health

Will Acupuncture Ease the Pain of Neuropathy?

A reader reports that acupuncture offered relief from the pain of neuropathy due to chemotherapy. Scientific reviews support this possibility.

spoonfuls the spices turmeric and pepper, with a cut ginger root
Alternative Health

Will Ginger Help You Avoid Motion Sickness?

If you would like to avoid motion sickness without the drowsiness caused by Dramamine, consider ginger in capsules or chewing gum.

middle aged woman with stubborn blemishes on her cheeks
Acne (pimples)

How Milk of Magnesia Cleared Stubborn Blemishes

A person who suffered from stubborn blemishes for many years found that applying milk of magnesia worked better than other treatments.

Melissa officinalis
Alternative Health

How Can You Overcome Midnight Motor Mind?

A reader offers a simple recipe for lemon balm syrup to calm midnight motor mind and get back to sleep easily. Will you try it?

woman using acupuncture to calm her restless legs
Alternative Health

Can Acupuncture Help Ease Your Cancer Pain?

A systematic review of scientific studies finds that the answer to the question: Does acupuncture help ease cancer pain? is yes.

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.

Apple cider vinegar in bottle with apple summer day
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?

a monk practices mindfulness meditation
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?