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pharmacy shelf with four bottles of original amber ListerineAlternative HealthJoe Graedon - June 13, 2022 - 8 comments

Putting Old Familiar Brands to New Weird Uses

If you like to learn about new uses for old drugs, this article is for you! We love repurposing old familiar brands of household products.

Joe Graedon - June 2, 2022

What Are the Natural Remedies for Gout?

Terry Graedon - June 2, 2022

How to Use Cold Keys to Stop Your Nosebleed

red apples
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 9, 2022

Grated Apple and Toast Calm Kids’ Diarrhea

A reader remembers her mother's home remedy for kids' diarrhea. It was grated apple and toast or rice for a few days.

bowl of coffee ice cream
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - May 2, 2022

Brain Freeze Breaks Migraine Cycle

Eating ice cream to induce brain freeze may stop a migraine cold. We think it is working through TRP channels on nerves that sense cool temperatures.

a bottle of castor oil
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - May 2, 2022

Castor Oil Helped Prevent Knee Surgery

Castor oil has been used for thousands of years. Readers report success with this ancient remedy to ease knee pain. Will it work for you?

tape, gauze and alcohol wipe
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - April 25, 2022

Will Sniffing Alcohol Ease Nausea After Surgery?

Nurses who take care of people after surgery know that sniffing alcohol wipes can help ease nausea quickly and easily.

Psilocybe semilanceata, magic mushroom, cancer death anxiety
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - April 14, 2022

Psilocybin from Mushrooms Can Ease Depression

New research indicates how psilocybin from mushrooms may be as effective as the antidepressant escitalopram in alleviating depression.

Older woman in blue jacket walks with poles to treat peripheral artery disease
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - April 14, 2022

Walking at Home Can Help Ease Leg Pain from Peripheral Artery Disease

When people practice walking at home, they may overcome limitations due to peripheral artery disease. Physical therapists can help.

Simone Pika PhD describes how chimps treat wounds with insects
PodcastsTerry Graedon - April 11, 2022

Show 1297: How Chimps Treat Wounds Sheds Light on Home Remedies

Biologists have observed wild chimps treat wounds with crushed insects. Hear about this on our radio show airing 4/9/2022.

3D illustration of fungi Trichophyton rubrum which cause tinea, athlete's foot, ringworm, jock itch
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - April 11, 2022

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.

toenail fungus
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - April 11, 2022

Vicks VapoRub for Treating Toenail Fungus

Professional foot care nurses know that remedies like Vicks VapoRub may be good for treating toenail fungus. Listen to Jane share her story!

Ashwagandha powder and root
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - April 4, 2022

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?

Little boy examines a splinter in his foot
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - April 4, 2022

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.

a bunch of oregano, source of oil of oregano
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - March 27, 2022

Can You Use Oil of Oregano With Confidence?

A reader wonders whether oil of oregano is contaminated with heavy metals as the dried herb often is. We too would like to know.

two bars of soap to ease nocturnal leg cramps or restless legs syndrome
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - March 21, 2022

How to Ease Restless Legs Syndrome with Soap Under the Sheet

Some people find that tucking a bar of soap under the bottom sheet can ease restless legs syndrome, with its creepy sensations.

digital pedometer measures step count
AgingTerry Graedon - March 17, 2022

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.

rows of yellow mustard on a store shelf
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - March 14, 2022

How Would You Know If Home Remedies Work?

Why do so many health professionals dismiss home remedies? When compared to drugs, some home remedies work, possibly even better!

Mature 50s Asian man suffering heartburn or stomachache, pressing on stomach with painful expression, sitting on sofa at home, medicines on table
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - March 14, 2022

How to Manage Your Heartburn Without Drugs

Numerous home remedies can help you manage your heartburn. Which one will work best for you? You'll need to try them to find out.

two bars of soap to ease nocturnal leg cramps or restless legs syndrome
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - March 7, 2022

Soap Under the Sheet Can Prevent Nocturnal Leg Cramps

Placing a fresh bar of soap under the bottom sheet near where the legs will rest may prevent nocturnal leg cramps. Could limonene in the fragrance help explain this effect?

a coconut and coconut oil on a spoon
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - February 21, 2022

Can You Use Coconut Oil to Ease Vaginal Dryness?

Many older women report success in using coconut oil to ease vaginal dryness after menopause. It is inexpensive and easy to apply.

Irregular ventricular heart rhythm on ECG
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - February 21, 2022

Too Much Potassium Poses Danger

When blood tests show too much potassium, you are at risk for heart rhythm changes. Figuring the cause may require some detective work.

angular cheilitis caused by yeast overgrowth or celiac disease
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - February 7, 2022

Painful Cracked Lips Linked to Digestive Disorder and its Consequences

People with painful cracked lips are often advised to use antifungal creams. If the problem is gluten intolerance, they need a new diet.

close up image on classic Japanese soy sauce to ease your burn
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - February 7, 2022

Will Soy Sauce Ease Your Burn Pain?

For a minor kitchen burn, ease your burn pain with cold tap water. Then apply regular, not low-sodium, soy sauce for longer-lasting pain relief.

foot bath at a day spa in a bowl
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - January 31, 2022

Can You Cure Your Plantar Warts with Hot Water?

Can you cure your plantar warts by soaking your feet in hot water? Some readers have. Others use duct tape, Listerine or nail polish.

Traditional Marseille soap also called Savon de Marseille put up for sale at the market
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - January 20, 2022

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.

soles of feet poking out from under the covers
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - January 17, 2022

Vicks on the Soles of Your Feet Is Better Than Diamonds on the Soles of Your Shoes

Smearing Vicks VapoRub on the soles of the feet offers remarkable relief for a nighttime cough. We even think we know why it works!

earwax in the ear
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - January 17, 2022

Laxative Helps Remove Earwax

Too much earwax? Wearing ear buds or hearing aids can make this problem worse. One unusual trick to remove earwax is with a laxative.

Plants like thyme and oregano make important compounds; here,Thymus citriodorus (Lemon thyme or Citrus thyme) in the garden
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - January 6, 2022

How Plants Like Thyme and Oregano Make Cancer-Fighting Compounds

Plants like thyme and oregano produce compounds that give them their special smell and taste. They also have medicinal uses.

Amazed young woman suffering persistent hiccups
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - January 3, 2022

When Should You Worry About Hiccups?

Hiccups usually go away by themselves, but when they persist you may worry about hiccups. Will the doctor recommend digital rectal massage?

a glass of tonic water with a slice of lemon
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - January 3, 2022

Is Quinine in Tonic Water Safe?

The pros and cons of quinine make tonic water a challenging choice for many people in their fight against leg cramps. What else works?

Wrapped presents, holiday shopping, Christmas shopping, holiday gifts
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - December 6, 2021

Can We Help With Your Holiday Shopping?

Save 25% on some special bundles we have put together to help you stay out of the mall and take care of 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!