By: Terry Graedon October 22, 2018 29 Comments
    Could a Magnesium Supplement Conquer Your Leg Cr…

    Nighttime leg cramps can be quite a challenge. They may well wake you with pain in the middle of the night, and easing the pain can take time. We have written about a number of home remedies that may …

    By: Joe Graedon September 10, 2018 10 Comments
    Can A Bar of Soap Stop a Cough or Laryngospasm?

    We have been writing about the amazing power of soap to stop leg cramps, ease restless leg syndrome and control hand cramps for years. Initially these stories seemed too good to be true. And yet we ha…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2018 17 Comments
    How to Use Soap in Bed for Nighttime Leg Cramps

    If you suffer from leg cramps that wake you up at night, you've no doubt sought some way to prevent them. Some people have been advised to take minerals such as magnesium or potassium to ward off leg …

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2018 26 Comments
    Soap Under the Sheet Can Prevent Nocturnal Leg C…

    Nocturnal leg cramps really get in the way of a good night's sleep. You might be sound asleep, possibly even dreaming, and bam! You wake up with a horrible charlie horse or, even worse, an iron-hard m…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2018 21 Comments
    How Can You Find Quinine for Leg Cramps?

    When a common remedy becomes unavailable, people often become creative. They find new ways to address the problem. That is what many folks have needed to do once the FDA took quinine for leg cramps of…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2018 25 Comments
    Will Soap Under Sheets Help Your Leg Cramps?

    Have you ever leapt out of bed in the middle of the night with a terrible pain in your calf or your hamstring? Nocturnal leg cramps can really wreck a night's sleep. Some people are quite susceptible …

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 0 Comments
    Spring Sale on People’s Pharmacy Body Care…

    April is almost over, and so is our spring sale. So if you'd like to take advantage of savings on body care products like MoM deodorant or Bed Soap, shop today. Our People's Pharmacy unscented MoM alu…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2018 6 Comments
    Sensitive to Quinine? Beware Tonic Water!

    Quinine was once available both as a prescription drug and over the counter. Doctors would prescribe it to help people cope with nighttime leg cramps. For some people, however, quinine can trigger a s…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2018 17 Comments
    Stop Leg Cramps and Muscle Spasms Fast With a Si…

    Have you ever been awakened in the middle of the night with a leg cramp? One minute you are fast asleep and the next you are in agony with muscle spasms. When a muscle cramps up it can take a long tim…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2018 53 Comments
    End Leg Cramps At Night (Nocturnal Leg Cramps) F…

    Leg cramps are nasty whenever they occur. Leg cramps at night are even worse. That's because they can strike without any notice. You can be fast asleep one moment and the next be writhing in agony. Sa…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2017 17 Comments
    Could Standing On an Icepack Cure Leg Cramps Fas…

    If you search cure leg cramps on our website you will likely find all sort of remedies. They include pickle juice, pickle relish, yellow mustard, tonic water, soap under the bottom sheet, glycerin, B …

    By: Joe Graedon October 16, 2017 7 Comments
    Olive Juice Cures Muscle Cramps like Magic

    We have written extensively about muscle cramps over the years. Physicians have no FDA-approved drugs for this problem. As a result, people have searched high and low for home remedies. They have rang…

    By: Terry Graedon October 9, 2017 26 Comments
    Are You Crazy to Keep Soap Under the Sheets?

    If you found a bar of soap under the sheets on your bed, you might be startled. Of course, if you've been reading The People's Pharmacy, you'll know immediately what that soap is doing there. Many peo…

    By: Terry Graedon July 3, 2017 0 Comments
    Celebrate the 4th of July with Big Savings!

    As we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence with parades, picnics and pies (not to mention fireworks), we invite you to save money at The People's Pharmacy. For today only, shoppers…

    By: Joe Graedon May 29, 2017 38 Comments
    Busting Myths and Offering Unique Leg Cramp Reme…

    Q. My wife told me about leg cramp remedies, including the mustard cure some time ago. I thought it sounded wild, as I don't understand how it would work. Last week, I participated in a run/walk in I…

    By: Terry Graedon May 4, 2017 22 Comments
    Will Magnesium Prevent Your Painful Leg Cramps?

    Many people complain about painful leg cramps that wake them at night. The pain they cause can be excruciating, even making grown-ups cry. Their doctors have nothing they can prescribe for this probl…

    By: Joe Graedon May 4, 2017 207 Comments
    How Much Tonic Water Must You Drink to Ease Leg …

    People took quinine pills for decades to prevent leg cramps. Quinine comes from the bark of the cinchona tree in South America. The dose was substantial--200 to 300 mg. Researchers have described the …

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 10 Comments
    Pickle Relish Will Do in a Pinch Against Leg Cra…

    Over the years, we have collected quite a number of home remedies for sudden painful muscle cramps. Often these are leg cramps, but occasionally muscles in the hands or arms cramp as well. One favorit…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 55 Comments
    Magnesium Strikes Out as Cure for Nighttime Leg …

    Nighttime leg cramps cause a great deal of misery. These painful involuntary muscle contractions can wake you from a sound sleep. The pain they cause can be excruciating, even making grown-ups cry. Do…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 35 Comments
    How Soap Overcame a Scary Throat Spasm

    Many years ago, we heard about putting soap under the bottom sheet to ward off nighttime leg cramps. We thought it was implausible, but after hearing from hundreds of people and trying it ourselves wi…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2016 22 Comments
    Homemade Muscle Cramp Remedy: Ginger, Cinnamon a…

    If you have ever experienced a muscle cramp you know how distressing it can be, especially if the spasm wakes you out of a sound sleep. We recently talked to Bruce Bean, PhD, of Harvard. This neurosci…

    By: Joe Graedon October 10, 2016 11 Comments
    Should Doctors Embrace Home Remedies?

    Scientists often dismiss home remedies as bogus because there is no explanation for how they might work. Doctors like drugs because the pharmaceutical companies often have plausible explanations for t…

    By: Joe Graedon October 3, 2016 19 Comments
    Mustard For Cramps Has Amazing Scientific Explan…

    We have been writing about strong flavors for combatting muscle cramps for more than 30 years. Initially, we were told that the quinine in tonic water was the best strategy for overcoming these painul…

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2016 72 Comments
    How Does A Teaspoon of Mustard Cure Muscle Cramp…

    For years people have been insisting that a teaspoon or two of yellow mustard eases the pain of muscle cramps within a minute or two. We have even tried it ourselves with amazing success. But health p…

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2016 16 Comments
    What Can You Do For Hand Cramps and Leg Cramps?

    Most people have heard of leg cramps. They can strike in the middle of the night. Some people call a leg cramp a Charley Horse. But hand cramps can be just as painful and debilitating. This reader sha…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2016 5 Comments
    Why Did Abandoning Earl Gray Tea Cure Muscle Cra…

    Q. You briefly mentioned Earl Grey tea causing leg cramps. You suggested oil of bergamot used for flavoring can interfere with potassium absorption. Eliminating the tea was an instant cure for a pers…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2016 26 Comments
    How to Ease Leg Cramps with Mustard

    When a leg cramp strikes in the middle of the night, it results in a rude awakening. Sometimes the pain can bring tears to a person's eyes. So a way to ease leg cramps quickly and effectively is most …

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Prevent Foot Cramps with Lavender Oil

    Some people are impervious to cramps that curl the toes or punish the arch of the foot. But many more suffer from these muscle spasms. They can happen at any time, but foot cramps are especially disru…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2016 8 Comments
    Soap and Aromatherapy Have Similar Benefit for L…

    Putting soap under the bottom sheet to ward off nighttime leg cramps strikes many doctors as extremely improbable. We admit we were skeptical at first ourselves. Then we tried it. We also heard from h…

    By: Joe Graedon February 8, 2016 32 Comments
    Why Does Soap Under the Sheet Lose Its Power?

    So many people swear that putting soap under the bottom sheet works to prevent or ease leg cramps that we believe them. This remedy presents a challenge for many health professionals because there is …

    By: Terry Graedon December 7, 2015 4 Comments
    Is Bitter Tonic Causing Your Terrible Headache?

    Many readers recall the days when their doctors prescribed quinine to prevent nighttime leg cramps. That era is long gone; the FDA banned over-the-counter sale of quinine products in 1994. In late 200…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2015 5 Comments
    Marseille Soap For Leg Cramps Thanks to French G…

    Q. I just want to let you know that I was in Marseille recently and saw some soap labeled "for cramps" in French. I spoke with the store owner and he said that Marseille soap is a well-known alleviato…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2015 6 Comments
    Leg Cramp Remedy Resulted in Red Itchy Rash

    A new medication or a change in medicine can sometimes lead to an uncomfortable or undesirable side effect. Often, the health care provider's response may be to write another prescription that can ea…

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2015 23 Comments
    Will the Soap Remedy Really Prevent Leg Cramps?

    We hate it when a leg cramp hits at night and wakes us from a sound sleep with a bolt of pain that does not let up. People have proposed many causes for these muscle cramps, and it is worth trying to …

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2015 106 Comments
    Reader Dismisses Mustard for Leg Cramps as Junk …

    Q. I am disappointed in your response to the person who claimed that swallowing a teaspoonful of mustard cured severe leg cramps in two minutes. You agreed with the writer that it was most likely the …

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2015 0 Comments
    A Spoonful of Mustard Makes Leg Cramps Go Away

    Every so often we hear about a home remedy that really seems to work, not just for a few people, but for most. Swallowing a spoonful of yellow mustard to stop a muscle cramp in progress is one with ma…

    By: Joe Graedon June 22, 2015 6 Comments
    Yellow Mustard Eases Cramps But Will It Cause He…

    Q. I have been taking a daily tablespoon of yellow mustard for muscle cramps. It seems to be helping, but I wonder if the mustard may alter the effectiveness of my Coumadin (warfarin) blood thinner. A…

    By: Joe Graedon April 13, 2015 31 Comments
    Is Mustard for Leg Cramps Snake Oil or the Real …

    Mustard for Leg Cramps? One of the strangest remedies we have stumbled across in recent years is a spoonful of mustard to combat leg cramps. If you have ever experienced a charlie horse in a calf musc…

    By: Joe Graedon March 2, 2015 15 Comments
    Dog’s Benefit from Soap Might Not Be Place…

    Are you tired of reading about people who swear that putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet near their feet calms nighttime leg cramps? Do you think it is all nonsense and most likely a placebo …

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2015 5 Comments
    Kimchi Conquers Leg Cramps

    Q. For many years I had excruciating leg and foot cramps that woke me several times each night. I would take a high-electrolyte drink to relieve the cramp but it would be back a few hours later. Kimch…