By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2017 0 Comments
    How to Use Lavender Oil to Calm Restless Legs

    Restless legs don't sound particularly serious, but the overwhelming urge to move the legs every few minutes or so can prevent a good night's sleep. The sensation can be extremely unpleasant. Usually,…

    By: Terry Graedon May 18, 2017 2 Comments
    Could Tai Chi Help You Overcome Insomnia?

    Up to 30 percent of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have trouble sleeping. They may be understandably worried about their condition and unable to sleep for that reason. Lying awake ca…

    By: Terry Graedon May 14, 2017 5 Comments
    Will Chlorophyll Capsules Make Underarms Smell S…

    In the ongoing search for ways to control body odor, people have invented some creative solutions. One of the most unusual is swallowing supplemental chlorophyll every day. Is this a good idea? Chlor…

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 7 Comments
    Is Clever Home Remedy for Insomnia Hurting Your …

    We love simple approaches to common problems, so when we heard about a clever home remedy for insomnia we were intrigued. The approach takes advantage of an acupressure point that is supposed to help …

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Simple Remedies Get Rid of Your Ugly Toenai…

    Nail fungus is an extremely common complaint. It makes toenails thick, yellow and ugly. Infected nails may be so thick that trimming them is a chore. Dermatologists assure us that for most people nai…

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2017 3 Comments
    Will a Whiff of Orange Erase Trauma?

    Mouse research suggests a possible innovation for treating post-traumatic stress disorder-at least in mice. For them, aromatherapy with a whiff of orange seems to make a difference. How Did a Whiff of…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 4 Comments
    How Does Vicks on the Feet Calm a Cough?

    After abdominal surgery, coughing or laughing can cause excruciating pain. Although few people can laugh in such a situation, many will need to cough. How can you calm a cough to avoid the pain? Putt…

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2017 0 Comments
    Join Us April 27 to Learn about Favorite Remedie…

    People who listen to The People's Pharmacy radio show or read the newspaper columns find home remedies fascinating. Most people want to know whether a specific remedy or dietary supplement works or no…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 10 Comments
    How to Soothe Allergy Symptoms Without Serious S…

    Allergy season takes a terrible toll on people who are susceptible to pollen. This is the time of year when invisible particles in the air trigger sneezing, sniffling, itching and congestion. Allergy …

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 13 Comments
    How Does Acupuncture Work?

    Scientists have long wondered: how does acupuncture work? Now an international research team with more than 40 members has evidence that a neurological mechanism may be key. What Did the Scientists Do…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2017 7 Comments
    How Did Teens Find Something Better Than Sleepin…

    Sleep is precious, but it can be elusive. Many Americans are chronically sleep-deprived, and the problem may be even worse for adolescents. They still need more sleep than adults, but their daily slee…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2017 18 Comments
    A Treasure Trove of Old-Time Home Remedies

    We love hearing about old-time home remedies from our readers. Many of the most popular ones come up again and again. There are always some surprises, though. One older reader remembered a lot about t…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2017 9 Comments
    How to Make Angular Cheilitis Disappear with Hyd…

    Angular cheilitis, also known as perlèche, is a very unpleasant condition in which the corners of the mouth crack open. They are usually red and sore. Sometimes this is caused by leaking saliva, whic…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2017 2 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Asafoetida?

    As North Americans embrace herbs and practices from other healing systems, they will inevitably encounter some that are unfamiliar. Most people know little at all about asafoetida, although it was us…

    By: Terry Graedon March 2, 2017 4 Comments
    How Probiotics Could Ease Your Seasonal Allergie…

    When people start sniffling and sneezing because of seasonal allergies, they usually rely on antihistamines and nasal sprays. A new study suggests that they might also want to consider modifying the …

    By: Terry Graedon February 19, 2017 5 Comments
    Should American Doctors Prescribe More Natural C…

    The practice of medicine can vary significantly from one place to another. Research on rates of surgery and other interventions shows that this is true among geographic regions within the United State…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Ashwagandha Ease Your Severe Arthritis Pain…

    People with persistent arthritis pain often find it difficult to get relief. The usual nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen cause side effects wit…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Yoga Ease Your Low Back Pain?

    Low back pain is a common problem, affecting about four-fifths of us at some point during our lives. Sometimes the pain puts people out of action for weeks. It may also become chronic and difficult to…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Get Your Exercise in Just 30 Minutes a We…

    Exercise is considered essential for good health, but many people say they just don't have enough time during a busy workday to go for a hike, bike or visit the gym. At the end of the week, they may h…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 27 Comments
    How Soap Overcame a Scary Throat Spasm

    Many years ago, we heard about putting soap under the bottom sheet to ward off nighttime leg cramps. We thought it was implausible, but after hearing from hundreds of people and trying it ourselves wi…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 22 Comments
    Is There a Problem Taking Melatonin to Sleep?

    Chronic insomnia wears you down. It also contributes to a range of health problems, from high blood pressure to diabetes. But many of the medications people take to get to sleep are not intended for l…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 8 Comments
    Will Bathing in the Dead Sea Soothe Psoriasis?

    The skin condition called psoriasis is an autoimmune reaction to triggers such as infection, injury or stress. Genes play a role, so people with family members who have psoriasis are more susceptible…

    By: Terry Graedon January 19, 2017 4 Comments
    How Can You Calm a Colicky Baby’s Crying?

    A colicky baby that cries for more than three hours a day at least three days a week can be a real challenge for parents. The babies are difficult to console and their crying is distressing, but very …

    By: Terry Graedon January 19, 2017 1 Comments
    How to Help Arthritis Pain with Chair Yoga

    Researchers at Florida Atlantic University report that chair yoga can be an effective treatment for people suffering from osteoarthritis pain. Many older people with significant hip, knee or ankle pai…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 18 Comments
    How to Overcome Heartburn with Probiotics

    The medications doctors prescribe most frequently for digestive problems may lead to serious side effects. As a consequence, many people would prefer to find natural ways to overcome heartburn. One co…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2017 13 Comments
    Does Tasting Garlic Through Your Feet Offer Clue…

    Many health professionals think that using Vicks for coughs is at best an old wives' tale. This is especially true when we describe the technique. Instead of applying Vicks VapoRub to the chest or nec…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2017 8 Comments
    Is It Safe to Drink Sparkling Water for Acid Ref…

    Heartburn, indigestion or acid reflux all describe a similar type of discomfort: a burning pain behind the breastbone. There are numerous prescription drugs for this problem, including Nexium and Pri…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 32 Comments
    Can You Ease Psoriasis with Natural Remedies?

    Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition in which the skin cells end up turning over far more rapidly than normal. As a result, red itchy patches with silvery scales (clumps of cells that moved too q…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 28 Comments
    What Natural Remedies Could Help Neuropathy?

    Neuropathy (pain, numbness or tingling, usually in the feet or hands) is caused by a malfunction of the nerves in the skin. We need such nerves to tell us about the world around us, and when they st…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 13 Comments
    Vicks On the Feet Calms Night Cough: Not a Place…

    Whenever we get a question about putting Vicks on the feet for a nighttime cough we hear from skeptics who insist that this is a placebo effect. Since there are no scientific studies to prove otherwis…

    By: Terry Graedon December 8, 2016 6 Comments
    Is Cannabidiol Oil Helpful for Hard-to-Treat Epi…

    Cannabidiol oil from marijuana may help control epilepsy. This has been suspected for a while. Some parents have even moved to states where medical marijuana is legal to treat their epileptic childre…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2016 5 Comments
    Can You Cure Athlete’s Foot with Thymol?

    Athlete's foot is caused by a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. The redness, itching, peeling and burning can be most uncomfortable. There are numerous over-the-counter medications that can he…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2016 9 Comments
    What Will MSM Do for Joint Pain?

    Arthritis creates such dilemmas for its sufferers. There are medications that alleviate pain reasonably well, but many or most of them have serious side effects. Narcotics cause addiction if they are …

    By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2016 12 Comments
    How Can You Get Rid of Terrible Nail Fungus?

    Nail fungus (onychomycosis in doctor-talk) is a very common problem. Most health care providers don't consider it serious, although some readers have told us that terrible nail fungus can make nails …

    By: Terry Graedon November 21, 2016 9 Comments
    What Is the Best Remedy for Warts?

    Warts are one of the most common skin problems children develop. They are rather mysterious. We know that human papilloma viruses cause warts, and the warts can be treated with any one of a large num…

    By: Terry Graedon November 21, 2016 8 Comments
    Why Does Listerine Soothe Your Itchy Scalp?

    Have you been bedeviled by an itchy scalp? There are plenty of reasons why your scalp might itch. Lice are one possibility, of course, though they seem to be most common among children and people who …

    By: Terry Graedon November 10, 2016 4 Comments
    How Will Legalizing Marijuana Play Out After the…

    The election this week resulted in the passage of new marijuana legislation in several states. How will legalizing marijuana affect policies and practices in those places? Legalizing Marijuana Use: On…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2016 20 Comments
    Dandruff Shampoo for Rosacea Restored Social Lif…

    Rosacea is a highly visible condition that can have a big impact on a person's self image. Dermatologists have a number of medications that they prescribe for this disorder, but some readers get reli…

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2016 9 Comments
    How to Use Dandruff Shampoo for Blepharitis

    Blepharitis, inflamed eyelids, can be annoying as well as painful. It is frequently quite difficult to treat. The usual recommendation is to use hot compresses on the affected eyelid, but one reader f…

    By: Joe Graedon October 10, 2016 11 Comments
    Should Doctors Embrace Home Remedies?

    Scientists often dismiss home remedies as bogus because there is no explanation for how they might work. Doctors like drugs because the pharmaceutical companies often have plausible explanations for t…