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cacao beans, cocoa powder, cocoa beverageAlternative HealthTerry Graedon - April 12, 2021
a bottle of Armour thyroid pills provide combination therapy for hypothyroidismAlternative HealthTerry Graedon - April 5, 2021
Psilocybe semilanceata, magic mushroom, cancer death anxietyAlternative HealthTerry Graedon - April 15, 2021 - 1 comments

Psilocybin from Mushrooms Can Ease Depression

Several studies have shown that psilocybin is more effective than placebo for depression. It also works as well as escitalopram, an antidepressant.

Terry Graedon - March 25, 2021

Do People With Low Thyroid Prefer Double Hormone Therapy?

Terry Graedon - March 22, 2021

It’s Too Soon to Treat COVID-19 With Herbs

Terry Graedon - March 1, 2021

Can You Smear Liquid Soap on Your Legs to Get RLS Relief?

Terry Graedon - February 15, 2021

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

Terry Graedon - January 11, 2021

Raspberry Powder to Help Diarrhea from IBS

PodcastsTerry Graedon - December 30, 2020

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?

head shot of a Doberman dog
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - December 14, 2020

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.

middle aged woman with stubborn blemishes on her cheeks
Acne (pimples)Terry Graedon - November 30, 2020

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.

spoon full of peanut butter balanced on peanut butter jar
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - November 2, 2020

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 HealthTerry Graedon - October 26, 2020

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 HealthTerry Graedon - October 19, 2020

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 RefluxTerry Graedon - October 19, 2020

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 HealthTerry Graedon - September 14, 2020

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.

oleander flowers on the shrub
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - August 20, 2020

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 HealthTerry Graedon - August 17, 2020

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 HealthTerry Graedon - August 10, 2020

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 HealthTerry Graedon - July 27, 2020

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 HealthTerry Graedon - July 20, 2020

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 HealthTerry Graedon - July 20, 2020

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.

hand with eczema red patches on fingers
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - July 13, 2020

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
PodcastsTerry Graedon - July 2, 2020

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 HealthTerry Graedon - June 22, 2020

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 HealthTerry Graedon - June 22, 2020

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.

Stop Hiccups - Red Sign Painted on an Open Hand Raised
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - June 15, 2020

How to Stop Hiccups Quickly With Rolaids

One reader has found that chewing Rolaids can stop hiccups instantly. If you try this remedy, please let us know if it works for you.

Wooden spoon with golden raisins on dark raisins
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - June 15, 2020

Will Raisins Solve Two Problems at Once?

Have you wondered whether a single remedy can solve two problems instead of just one? Raisins might cut down on nighttime urination and reduce joint pain.

Gloved hand holds medicine dropper and bottle of CBD oil with hemp plants in background
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - June 8, 2020

Will CBD Help You Sleep Better?

A compound from Cannabis plants may help ease anxiety. But there is limited research on whether you can use CBD to help you sleep.

pharmacy shelf with four bottles of original amber Listerine
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - June 1, 2020

Can Splashing Listerine on Shingles Ease Lingering Pain?

Putting original amber Listerine on shingles has helped readers with the pain of this excruciating rash. We don't know why this remedy works.

A bottle of vicks vaporub and toes
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 25, 2020

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 contains many essential oils with antifungal activity.

treatment with salicylic acid to banish plantar warts on the soles of two feet
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 25, 2020

Can You Cure Warts With Vitamin A?

A reader used water-soluble vitamin A to cure warts on the sole of the foot. Scientific research is inconclusive about this and other wart remedies.

Ashwagandha powder and root
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 18, 2020

Will Taking Ashwagandha Help You Fall Asleep?

One reader reports success with an Ayurvedic herb for insomnia. Could the Indian herb ashwagandha help you sleep better too?

child with fever
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 11, 2020

How Can You Get a Fever Down Without Drugs?

Centuries ago, people used a tepid bath to get a fever down, even if they had no medications. Now, doctors want to know about the underlying infection.

Hand with pen drawing the chemical formula of CBD (cannabidiol)
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 11, 2020

Will CBD Oil Help Your Arthritis Pain?

Cannabidiol has been studied for its ability to relieve joint pain in animals. Some readers think it might also help ease your arthritis pain.

Dog with an icepack on his head
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 7, 2020

Can Plants Really Protect You from a Hangover?

A special supplement containing extracts from five plants (acerola, ginger, ginkgo, prickly pear and willow) reduced hangover symptoms significantly.

Foot in a vice representing diabetic nerve pain
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 4, 2020

Will Soap Under the Bottom Sheet Ease Foot Pain?

One reader found that keeping soap under the bottom sheet of the bed reduced the unbearable pain caused by tarsal tunnel syndrome.

step counter
AgingTerry Graedon - April 2, 2020

Will Boosting Your Step Count Save Your Life?

A study of American adults shows that people who manage a step count of at least 8,000 a day have a lower chance of dying in the next decade.

A bottle of Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo to ease eczema, under-breast rash with dandruff shampoo
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - March 23, 2020

How Can You Use Dandruff Shampoo to Ease Eczema?

One reader reports washing with Selsun Blue shampoo to ease eczema. This dandruff shampoo inhibits yeast that may contribute to itch and rash.

Elderberry berries Sambucus nigra
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - February 24, 2020

Should You Take Elderberry Extract to Help Fight Flu?

A reader insists you should take elderberry extract to ward off the flu. Another reports that this herbal medicine sped recovery from a cold.