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Alternative Health

Raspberry Powder to Help Diarrhea from IBS

Readers report that raspberry powder can help control chronic diarrhea due to irritable bowel syndrome. Coconut is also useful.

Podcasts

Show 1194: How You Can Discover the Joy of Movement (Archive)

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

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Alternative Health

Will Arthritic Dog Benefit from Boswellia?

A reader wonders whether the supplement Boswellia could ease joint pain for an arthritic dog. Research suggests it might.

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Acne (pimples)

How to Use Listerine to Treat Adult Acne

Some readers report success when they use Listerine to treat adult acne. The herbal ingredients may help rebalance skin microbes.

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Alternative Health

What Are the Dangers of Peanut Butter to Cure Hiccups?

Some people swallow a spoonful of sugar to cure hiccups. Others prefer to use peanut butter, but there is a danger of choking.

Boswellia, one of the Indian herbal medicines used to treat joint pain
Alternative Health

Will Indian Herbal Medicines Ease Your Arthritis Pain?

When everyday NSAIDs like ibuprofen are not appropriate for joint pain, some people get relief from Indian herbal medicines like boswellia.

Bottle of 5mg Melatonin tablets
Alternative Health

Can Melatonin Help Overcome COVID-19?

Noting President Trump's list of medications, readers wonder: can melatonin help in treating the coronavirus? It can help with sleep.

oranges and juice, a great source of immunity-boosting nutrients
Acid Reflux

Can You Use D-Limonene to Overcome Heartburn?

D-limonene derived from citrus peels may help ease the symptoms of acid reflux. Some people take it for gallstones, too.

baby takes the breast, shows how to stop hiccups
Alternative Health

Baby Shows How to Stop Hiccups

Hiccups are common and usually not serious, so home remedies are often appropriate. One woman learned how to stop hiccups from her baby.

a bottle of Armour thyroid pills provide combination therapy for hypothyroidism
Alternative Health

Will You Do Better on Armour Thyroid?

For years, some doctors were skeptical when thyroid patients said they felt better on Armour Thyroid than levothyroxine. Now we know why.

oleander flowers on the shrub
Alternative Health

Oleander Extract Is No DIY Because It Is Poison

A test tube study on oleander extract is making headlines, but don't try this at home. This flowering shrub is quite toxic.

Skin tag in armpit
Alternative Health

Will Apple Cider Vinegar Make Skin Tags Disappear?

Many people would prefer to avoid a visit to the dermatologist's office but still want to make their skin tags disappear.

brittle nails
Alternative Health

Will Iodine on Nails Upset Thyroid Function?

Painting white iodine on nails is a popular remedy for nail fungus. Iodine can be absorbed through skin, but not much through nails.

man sleeping with nighttime congestion
Alternative Health

Stop Snoring by Singing During the Day

One reader reports daytime singing can stop snoring at night. Research backs him up.

a dripping water faucet
Alternative Health

Can Science Explain How Hot Water Stops Itch?

Decades ago, dermatologists knew that hot water stops itch. Now research scientists have figured out that it all works through TRP channels.

Traditional Marseille soap also called Savon de Marseille put up for sale at the market
Alternative Health

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.

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Alternative Health

Are There Helpful Home Remedies for Eczema?

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

Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, UCSD IPATH, expert on bacteriophages
Podcasts

Show 1155: Can Bacteriophages Save Your Life? (Archive)

Our guests turned to bacteriophages to save a desperately ill, comatose patient infected with bacteria resistant to every known antibiotic.

a roll of silver duct tape as a remedy to remove warts
Alternative Health

How Can You Remove Warts With Duct Tape?

In a study, applying duct tape to plantar warts for up to eight weeks was an effective way to remove warts for one person in five.

Golden milk containing turmeric for hip bursitis pain
Alternative Health

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.