By: Terry Graedon October 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Licorice Oil Calms the Heat of Fire Ant Stings

    What do you do for fire ant stings? As fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) push further north, many more people will have occasion to treat the pain of their stings. Some readers are enthusiastic about vin…

    By: Terry Graedon October 9, 2017 22 Comments
    Are You Crazy to Keep Soap Under the Sheets?

    If you found a bar of soap under the sheets on your bed, you might be startled. Of course, if you've been reading The People's Pharmacy, you'll know immediately what that soap is doing there. Many peo…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2017 1 Comments
    How to Lift Worry Along with Weights

    Lifting weights makes your muscles stronger; it may also make you feel less anxious. Can you really lift worry off your shoulders as you do your weight-lifting routine? Studies Show Weight-Lifting Hel…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2017 4 Comments
    When Should You Worry About Hiccups?

    Have you ever had hiccups? Almost everyone has. They can be annoying, embarrassing and uncomfortable, but hiccups generally go away on their own. When hiccups last for more than two days, though, they…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 14 Comments
    Can Acupressure Arm Bands Help with Sleep Proble…

    Many individuals who have sleep problems from time to time would rather solve them without resorting to sleeping pills. After all, prescription sleeping pills can be habit-forming. Even OTC sleep aids…

    By: Terry Graedon August 28, 2017 6 Comments
    Will You Fail a Drug Test If You Take CBD Oil?

    More than half of the states in the US now have some provision for the medical use of marijuana. In addition, 18 states have specific legislation about cannabidiol oil (CBD oil). In most cases, these …

    By: Terry Graedon August 21, 2017 4 Comments
    Should You Smear Chili Oil on Your Psoriasis?

    Every once in a while, a reader comes up with a home remedy that surprises us. Although we have often written about capsaicin, the essence of hot chili peppers, we've never imagined using chili oil an…

    By: Joe Graedon August 14, 2017 7 Comments
    Why Was Aleve Better Than Tylenol for Bed-Wettin…

    Bed-wetting is not just a child's problem. Enuresis, as it is known medically, can also affect older people. Doctors sometimes prescribe anticholinergic drugs such as oxybutynin (Ditropan, Oxytrol) an…

    By: Terry Graedon August 3, 2017 1 Comments
    Veterans Find Yoga Improves Their Moods

    Many people think yoga appeals primarily to women. But a new study from the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center should put that myth to rest. A group of veterans discovered that yoga improve…

    By: Terry Graedon July 10, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Acupressure Bands Help You Fall Asleep?

    When job stresses or money worries get to you, what do you do to fall asleep? Many people try taking a sleep aid, whether it's an OTC product like Tylenol PM or a prescription medication like zolpidem…

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2017 12 Comments
    Will Herbal Oils Ease Arthritis Pain?

    Many people have a very difficult time managing their arthritis pain. Perhaps they take NSAID drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Although these medicines can help temporarily with pain relief, they …

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2017 11 Comments
    What Can Prolotherapy Do for Sore Knees?

    As Americans get older and grayer, we also have to cope with more joint pain. We swallow large quantities of anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen). Many of us take supplements…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2017 11 Comments
    Soothing Dry Eyes with Warm Compresses

    Dry eyes are an extremely common condition, and they can also be quite distressing. The eyes may feel constantly irritated, as though they had something in them. People with dry eyes don't seem to mak…

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2017 12 Comments
    Can Acupuncture Help Urinary Incontinence?

    Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing problem. No one wants to leak urine and wet their underwear, whether the problem is stress incontinence or urge incontinence. In stress incontinence, women may…

    By: Terry Graedon June 26, 2017 11 Comments
    Is It True That Cannabidiol Oil Eases Pain?

    Could people in pain use a component of cannabis as an unexpected remedy? Anything related to marijuana is often regarded with suspicion because of widespread recreational use of the plant. Nonetheles…

    By: Terry Graedon June 26, 2017 27 Comments
    How Can You Make Plantar Warts Disappear?

    Most warts don't hurt. However, a person with plantar warts, those that develop on the soles of the feet, may find walking painful. A dermatologist could perform surgery or cryotherapy (freezing), but…

    By: Terry Graedon June 22, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Yoga Help Back Pain?

    Lower back pain is common and debilitating. It is frequently treated with medications, but the American College of Physicians has issued new guidelines emphasizing nondrug approaches for acute lower b…

    By: Terry Graedon June 19, 2017 4 Comments
    What Are the Natural Remedies for Gout?

    Gout is a miserable condition. It causes intense, excruciating pain, redness and swelling in one or more joints. Often, the pain may start at the base of the big toe, but other joints frequently hurt…

    By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2017 9 Comments
    What Will Ease Painful Hemorrhoids After Giving …

    Women have to make a lot of adjustments right after giving birth. Their bodies change dramatically in that process. While many of the alterations are nature's way of helping a mother nurture the infa…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2017 64 Comments
    What Are the Best Remedies for Under-Breast Rash…

    Women rarely talk about one delicate problem that many of them experience. It is especially common at this time of year because of warm, humid weather. These conditions favor the growth of fungus unde…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2017 8 Comments
    Will Acupuncture Relieve Your Arthritic Knee Pai…

    People with chronic arthritis are faced with a terrible choice: do they suffer from pain every day, or do they take pain relievers with scary side effects? Unfortunately, the pain medications used …

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2017 14 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 6 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 9 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 9 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 4 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 5 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 11 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 19 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 3 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…