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Golden milk containing turmeric for hip bursitis painAlternative HealthTerry Graedon - March 20, 2023 - 24 comments

Can Turmeric Milk Remedy Relieve Hip Bursitis Pain?

Turmeric heated in almond milk with cinnamon and cayenne pepper eased a reader's hip bursitis pain better than medications.

Jar of Vicks VapoRub
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - February 20, 2023

Can Vicks VapoRub on Your Soles Calm Your Cough?

Have you ever massaged Vicks VapoRub on your soles at night to get some sleep without coughing? Many readers find this is a helpful remedy.

foot with athlete's foot on pinky toe
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - February 13, 2023

Warning–Don’t Use Bleach to Treat Athlete’s Foot

Not every home remedy we get is good or safe. Advice to use bleach on athlete's foot shouldn't be followed. But lots of people disagree. Why?

woman with knee and joint pain
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - February 13, 2023

When Drugs Are Dangerous, Natural Remedies Ease Arthritis Pain

If you have ever wondered what to do to ease arthritis pain besides taking a pill, it's possible that a home remedy might just do the trick.

A person with psoriasis on his arm who can't afford Otezla
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - February 6, 2023

What Can You Use for Psoriasis If You Can’t Afford Otezla?

One reader reports that apremilast (Otezla) works very well to control psoriasis. There are other options for people who can't afford Otezla.

Traditional Marseille soap also called Savon de Marseille put up for sale at the market
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - January 19, 2023

Can Soap Chips in Your Socks Ease Leg Cramps?

A reader who loves long hikes reports that putting soap chips in her socks prevents leg cramps. We have a possible explanation.

Ripe elderberries, also known as Sambucus berries, growing on a shrub; source of elderberry extract
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - January 9, 2023

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?

Close up of probiotic product capsule between the fingers
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - December 26, 2022

Can Taking a Probiotic Product Help You Sleep Better?

A reader found that taking a probiotic product for better digestion also improved sleep. Studies support this observation.

hand with eczema red patches on fingers
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - December 26, 2022

Are There Helpful Home Remedies for Eczema?

Readers have recommended home remedies for eczema. Which ones have you tried for treating atopic dermatitis?

Hand embracing foot with deformed right toe due to painful gout inflammation
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - December 19, 2022

What Are the Natural Remedies for Gout?

Natural remedies for gout, such as tart cherries, celery seed or a DASH diet, can significantly ease the suffering that a person experiences.

liquid soap squirting on hands for hand-washing could replace bar soap in bed
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - December 19, 2022

How to Use Soap in Bed for Nighttime Leg Cramps

To see whether soap in bed will protect you from leg cramps at night, unwrap a bar and put it under the bottom sheet or apply liquid soap.

marijuana plants
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - December 12, 2022

Will Cannabis Cream Really Ease Neuropathy?

There is too little research on cannabis cream for nerve pain to know for sure that it will help. However, the studies that have been done suggests that is possible for some–not all–patients.

bottles of listerine and white vinegar help curing nail fungus
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - November 28, 2022

Listerine, Vicks & Vinegar Curing Nail Fungus

Common drugstore items like Vicks and Listerine are the key ingredients to home remedies that may prove helpful for getting rid of nasty nail fungus.

Foot in a vice representing diabetic nerve pain
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - November 28, 2022

What Natural Remedies Could Help Neuropathy?

Neuropathy can make it more difficult to walk well. If you can't feel your feet, it is hard to find your balance. What can help neuropathy?

Dr. Tieraona Low Dog describes natural ways to treat heartburn
PodcastsTerry Graedon - November 24, 2022

Show 1322: Herbs for Healing and Optimal Wellness

How can you use herbs for healing? In the interviews, our guest experts describe how plant compounds work in the body.

a pregnant woman holding her abdomen
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - November 24, 2022

Does Acupuncture Safely Relieve Back Pain During Pregnancy?

Meta-analyses suggest that acupuncture relieves lower back and pelvic pain during pregnancy as well as cancer-related pain.

view of soles of feet clad in socks to cover Vicks on feet
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - October 27, 2022

Vicks on the Feet Calms Night Cough: Not a Placebo!

Many health professionals insist that home remedies are placebos. What if there were an explanation for Vicks on the feet to calm a cough?

Deodorant for underarms contains no aluminum
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - October 24, 2022

Milk of Magnesia Is Magnificent Deodorant

We first heard about using milk of magnesia as an underarm deodorant in 2006 from a reader who learned this trick while traveling in Brazil.

Young woman suffering from morning sickness
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - October 10, 2022

Aromatherapy | Can a Sniff of Alcohol Relieve Nausea?

Feeling nauseated is awful. OTC drugs are not very helpful and even Rx meds may not work. Could a sniff of alcohol ease symptoms of nausea?

Some people use a penny or two to make warts disappear
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - October 3, 2022

How to Make Warts Disappear by Buying Them

Even though warts are caused by a virus, they are susceptible to suggestion. Some people make warts disappear by buying them.

portueguese man o' war jellyfish washed up at the beach
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - September 26, 2022

How to Ease the Pain of a Jellyfish Sting

The best remedies for a jellyfish sting may depend on the species of jellyfish. Vinegar is sometimes helpful, and so is hot water.

Woman holding her hand to her left breast, suffering from under breast rash and under-breast itching
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - September 12, 2022

Will Milk of Magnesia Help Under-Breast Itching?

How can you control under-breast itching? Many women share their remedies, from Listerine to Milk of Magnesia. A low-sugar diet also helps.

A bottle of vicks vaporub and toes
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - August 28, 2022

Will Vicks VapoRub Help Your Athlete’s Foot?

Vicks is NOT promoted as a treatment for athlete's foot. How could Vicks VapoRub help? It has many essential oils with antifungal activity.

Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) In Blossom is source of chasteberry
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - August 22, 2022

Is Chasteberry a Natural Way to Ease Hot Flashes?

Chasteberry has traditionally been recommended for premenstrual syndrome, but some women find it very helpful against hot flashes.

Image of crowd with center obscured replicates age-related macular degeneration
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - August 15, 2022

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.

benefits and risks of aspirin tablets on blue paper
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - August 8, 2022

Fascinating Strategies to Get Rid of Warts

Readers offer a range of remedies to get rid of warts, from banana peel to cayenne pepper on the wart. One swears by vitamin A supplements.

Hands With Arthritis
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - August 1, 2022

What Will MSM Do for Joint Pain?

NSAIDs like diclofenac or ibuprofen can ease arthritis, but they have serious side effects. Can you benefit from MSM for joint pain?

middle aged woman with stubborn blemishes on her cheeks
Acne (pimples)Terry Graedon - August 1, 2022

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.

Lit gas burner on a kitchen stove
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - July 25, 2022

What Can You Do for a Kitchen Burn?

First aid for a kitchen burn is cooling it under running tap water. Then, consider soy sauce, yellow mustard or vanilla unless it is too severe.

toes with unsightly nail fungus
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - July 24, 2022

What Can You Do to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus is unsightly, and the available medications for it are costly. That's why people love home remedies for nail fungus

A group of hikers walking on a trail together need a first aid kit
Acid Stomach (heartburn)Terry Graedon - July 18, 2022

Be Prepared for Summer with The People’s Pharmacy First Aid Kit

Don't forget to take your first aid kit with you on your summer travels. We suggest what to take to make sure you are prepared.

Hip waders hanging up to dry on outside of cabin wall could lead to swamp rash
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - July 18, 2022

How to Cure Swamp Rash with Milk of Magnesia

Milk of magnesia may be helpful for an astonishing variety of skin problems, including swamp rash from wearing hip waders.

Bottle of 5mg Melatonin tablets
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - July 11, 2022

Is There a Problem Taking Melatonin to Sleep?

Is taking melatonin a reasonable way to manage chronic insomnia? Be aware that there may be hazards like a higher risk of fracture.