The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Alternative Health

How Liquid Soap Gives Quick Relief from Leg Spasms

A reader made the serendipitous discovery that applying liquid soap to cramping legs alleviates the spasm. Will it work for you?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

Actinic Keratosis
Age Spots

Will Castor Oil Help Clear Up Your Actinic Keratosis?

A few readers report that applying castor oil to an actinic keratosis on their skin made the bumpy spot clear up and drop off.

Timothy McCall, MD, Medical editor of Yoga Journal
Podcasts

Show 1175: How to Mix Conventional and Ayurvedic Medicine for Cancer

Hear how an American physician decided to mix allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine to treat his metastatic neck cancer. Should we all learn to combine them?

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Alternative Health

Can Hornet Stings Overcome Painful Plantar Fasciitis?

One reader reports that stepping into a hornet's nest and getting stung had an unanticipated benefit: long-lasting plantar fasciitis pain was eased.

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Alternative Health

Will Soap in Bed Keep Your Knees from Aching?

Some readers find that keeping a bar of soap under the bottom sheet helps keep hips and knees from aching during the night.

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Alternative Health

Will Duct Tape Help Remove a Splinter?

When you need to remove a splinter, home remedies like duct tape or white glue can be helpful.

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Alternative Health

Vinegar Eases the Pain of Jellyfish Stings

A reader shares his experience with vinegar for painful box jellyfish stings. Scientists say vinegar can help, but "Sting No More" works better.

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Alternative Health

How to Remove Splinters with Duct Tape

Have you ever used duct tape or white glue to remove splinters? These home remedies can work surprisingly well, as can wart plasters.

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Alternative Health

Soy Sauce Helps Ease the Pain of a Burn

Numerous readers have found that soy sauce helps relieve the pain of a burn, after cold water has cooled the injured skin.