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soles of feet poking out from under the coversAlternative HealthJoe Graedon - January 17, 2022
earwax in the earAlternative HealthJoe Graedon - January 17, 2022
Traditional Marseille soap also called Savon de Marseille put up for sale at the marketAlternative HealthTerry Graedon - January 20, 2022 - 22 comments

How to Use Soap in Bed for Nighttime Leg Cramps

To see whether soap in bed will protect you from leg cramps while you sleep, unwrap a bar and put it under the bottom sheet, near where your legs will rest.

Terry Graedon - January 6, 2022

How Plants Like Thyme and Oregano Make Cancer-Fighting Compounds

Terry Graedon - January 3, 2022

When Should You Worry About Hiccups?

Terry Graedon - January 3, 2022

Is Quinine in Tonic Water Safe?

Terry Graedon - December 13, 2021

Will Taking Ashwagandha Help You Fall Asleep?

Terry Graedon - December 6, 2021

Can We Help With Your Holiday Shopping?

Oregon grape holly (Mahonia aquilifolium) is a good source of berberine
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - December 6, 2021

Does Berberine Protect Against Prostate Cancer?

Berberine, a natural component of Oregon grape holly, has some fascinating biological activity. Could it be helpful against prostate cancer?

Jar of Vicks VapoRub
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - December 6, 2021

Is Vicks Dangerous Against Hemorrhoids?

Vicks for relief of hemorrhoids is a controversial remedy. Some love it, but others hate it. We have gone from cautious to DO NOT USE Vicks!

Woman holding her hand to her left breast, suffering from under breast rash
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - November 29, 2021

What Are the Best Remedies for Under-Breast Rash?

Yeast or fungus in warm skin folds can trigger a painful under-breast rash. Women offer a range of remedies to cope with this problem.

Girl with stomach ache sitting on bed suffers with irritable bowel syndrome
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - November 24, 2021

Natural Approaches for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There are a number of natural ways to ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as bloating, stomachache, diarrhea or constipation.

Listerine bottle
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - November 22, 2021

Is Listerine a First Aid Kit in a Bottle?

Listerine has long been used for a large number of surprisingly varied problems, especially skin conditions.

Hand with pen drawing the chemical formula of CBD (cannabidiol)
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - November 15, 2021

Will CBD for Pain Make You Fail the Marijuana Test?

People who take CBD oil to alleviate pain should be warned that there is a possibility–though not a probability–that their urine will test positive.

Ripe elderberries, also known as Sambucus berries, growing on a shrub; source of elderberry extract
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - November 7, 2021

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?

bars of soap
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - October 25, 2021

The Best Soap Story Ever!

We've heard from many people that they get relief from night-time cramps by slipping a bar of soap under their bed sheets. Why are skeptics so angry?

Little boy examines a splinter in his foot
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - October 11, 2021

Removing A Splinter Without Tears

Why not try a doctor-recommended home remedy for removing a splinter? Russell Copelan, MD, suggests using a wart removal patch to get out a tricky splinter.

Salt and Pepper shakers in a diner can serve as emergency home remedies
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - October 10, 2021

Can You Stop Bleeding with Black Pepper?

Have you tried to stop bleeding with black pepper? Many readers have found it works surprisingly well.

Photo illustration of various locations of leg and foot cramps, muscle cramp pain
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - October 4, 2021

Will Soap Under Sheets Help Your Leg Cramps?

Many readers find that a bar of fragrant soap under the bottom sheet can prevent or stop painful nighttime cramps. Will this remedy banish your leg cramps?

Thyroid test tube
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - September 13, 2021

Do People With Low Thyroid Prefer Double Hormone Therapy?

When people have low thyroid hormone levels, they don't feel good. An old-fashioned treatment can often help.

a roll of silver duct tape as a remedy to remove warts
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - September 12, 2021

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.

digital pedometer measures step count
AgingTerry Graedon - September 9, 2021

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 vicks vaporub and toes
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - September 6, 2021

Why Does Vicks VapoRub Help Against Some Nail Fungus & Not Others?

Vicks VapoRub is one of many different home remedies that may be effective for fighting unattractive nail fungus.

A bottle of Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo to ease eczema, under-breast rash with dandruff shampoo
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - August 2, 2021

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.

man and woman practicing tai chi outdoors
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - June 3, 2021

Tai Chi Can Help Control Waist Size

Practicing tai chi can help reduce the waistline, control body weight and raise good HDL cholesterol. It also helps improve balance and sleep.

senior man exercising on stationary bike in health club for his workout
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 27, 2021

When Do You Get the Most Benefit from a Workout?

Exercise at any time can be helpful, but an evening workout offers special advantages for blood sugar control.

A hornet
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 17, 2021

How Does Meat Tenderizer Ease the Pain of Stings?

A paste of meat tenderizer and water can stop the pain of a wasp or bee sting quickly. The papain in it may break down the venom proteins.

3D illustration of fungi Trichophyton rubrum which cause tinea, athlete's foot, ringworm, jock itch
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 17, 2021

Many Remedies May Rout Jock Itch

The discomfort of jock itch can be treated with numerous anti-fungal products, but there are a number of great home remedies than can also offer relief.

Swollen joint in left foot; man seeks to ease joint pain
saffron threads
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 13, 2021

Will Saffron Extract Help You Sleep Better?

Research shows that saffron extract from crocus stamens can ease insomnia and depression and slow the progress of macular degeneration.

Psilocybe semilanceata, magic mushroom, cancer death anxiety
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - April 15, 2021

Psilocybin from Mushrooms Can Ease Depression

Research indicates that psilocybin from mushrooms can be as effective as the antidepressant escitalopram in alleviating depression.

cacao beans, cocoa powder, cocoa beverage
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - April 12, 2021

New Study Shows Cocoa Compounds May Help Improve Memory

The latest study shows that taking high-dose cocoa flavanols can help improve memory for lists. People with poor diets get the biggest boost.

a bottle of Armour thyroid pills provide combination therapy for hypothyroidism
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - April 5, 2021

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.

Andrographis paniculata proposed as a way to treat COVID-19 with herbs
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - March 22, 2021

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

Readers are anxious to find ways to treat COVID-19 with herbs, but investigators have not yet published the results of clinical trials.

bare feet of a woman in bed with rumpled covers suffering from restless leg syndrome (needs RLS relief)
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - March 1, 2021

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

Readers have found that you don't have to put soap under the bottom sheet to get RLS relief. Just smear liquid soap right on the legs!

A person with psoriasis on his arm who can't afford Otezla
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - February 15, 2021

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.

red raspberries on the bush
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - January 11, 2021

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.

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.