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…

    By: Joe Graedon October 10, 2016 30 Comments
    Can Science Explain Why Vicks on the Feet Calms …

    Around the year 2000 a nurse called into our syndicated radio show to tell us that she calmed nighttime coughs by applying Vicks VapoRub to the soles of her children's feet. She then put socks on the …

    By: Terry Graedon October 10, 2016 4 Comments
    Will MSM Ease Pain and Swelling in Arthritic Joi…

    Arthritis frequently puts people in a terrible double-bind. The medications that are generally used to ease the pain of stiff joints can have risky side effects. People often rely on over-the-counter …

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 8 Comments
    How to Stop Hand Cramps with a Bar of Soap

    Have you ever suffered from cramps in the muscles of your hand? In addition to hurting like the dickens, such a cramp can make it nearly impossible to use your hand until the muscle contraction is rel…

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2016 7 Comments
    Can You Soothe a Burn with Soy Sauce?

    What do you do for a kitchen burn? First aid calls for cooling the injured tissue first. Put it in ice water (not plain ice!) or hold it under cold running water from the tap. People have tried many h…

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Prevent Colds by Taking Cod Liver Oil

    With the change in seasons, people are becoming more susceptible to coughs and sneezes. Could taking cod liver oil help them avoid colds or recover more quickly? A History of Cod Liver Oil: Q. I'd li…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Ease the Pain of a Jellyfish Sting

    There are many home remedies for a jellyfish sting, but medical authorities are skeptical about most of them. Often, there has been little or no research on the effectiveness of a remedy. Some popular…

    By: Terry Graedon August 8, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Use Juniper to Fight Arthritis

    There are innumerable home remedies reputed to ease the pain of arthritis. One of the perennial favorites is golden raisins soaked in gin. Nobody knows quite how it works, and people have offered a v…

    By: Terry Graedon August 1, 2016 2 Comments
    How to Soothe Sunburn with Greek Yogurt

    In an ideal world, nobody would ever get a sunburn. We would all exercise prudence and slather on sunscreen if we were going to be outside for any length of time. We would stay inside or under cover i…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 14 Comments
    Research Vindicates Vicks VapoRub for Foiling Na…

    Some people seem oblivious to their gross toenails. They walk around barefoot or in sandals with ugly yellow or even black nails oblivious to bystanders. Their thick, misshapen nails really need help.…

    By: Terry Graedon July 7, 2016 11 Comments
    What Is the Economic Benefit of Medical Marijuan…

    Medical marijuana may have an unexpected economic benefit in states that have legalized it. An Economic Benefit for Medicare: A new study in the journal Health Affairs shows that in states where medi…

    By: Terry Graedon June 27, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Ease a Painful Wasp Sting with Onion

    What do you do for a wasp sting? We have heard from many readers who report that putting a freshly cut onion on the sting can ease the pain and swelling. Is there anything to this remedy? The Onion Re…

    By: Terry Graedon June 23, 2016 3 Comments
    Are Americans Spending More on Alternative Healt…

    Americans are spending their own money on alternative health care. An analysis from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reports that in 2012 people spent more than $30 billion…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Fight Niacin Flush with Apple Pectin

    New research suggests that cholesterol may not be the single most important factor leading to heart disease. Nonetheless, it is still relevant in many situations, and doctors will still focus on impro…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Stop Your Migraine by Eating Ice Cream

    Migraine headaches cause a lot of misery. Although there are medications such as almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova), rizatriptan (Maxalt), sumatriptan (Imitrex) or zolmitriptan (Zomig) that can…

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Cure Swamp Rash with Milk of Magnesia

    The ingenuity of our readers always impresses us. We recently heard from a reader who recommended an unusual treatment for a friend. She later had an occasion to use this home remedy herself. Who knew…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2016 6 Comments
    How to Use a Banana to Cure a Wart

    How do you cure a wart? Doctors can burn, freeze or cut them off, although they often come back. There is a dizzying variety of home remedies used against warts, and most of them have several supporte…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2016 7 Comments
    Can Castor Oil Really Help Against Bruising?

    Castor oil has been used for thousands of years as a home remedy. The seeds of the castor bean also make one of the deadliest poisons known to man---ricin. Fortunately, ricin is not found in the oil. …

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2016 12 Comments
    Could Banana Peel Ease Rash from Poison Oak?

    Once spring arrives, tiny green shoots start poking up in woodlands and back yards all over America. Some of them are delightful, but others may be less than welcome. Poison ivy and poison oak both st…

    By: Terry Graedon March 24, 2016 4 Comments
    Will a Mind-Body Approach Ease Your Back Pain?

    Long-lasting lower back pain responds surprisingly well to either mindfulness-based stress reduction or cognitive behavioral therapy. Such a mind-body approach is not usually considered a mainstre…

    By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2016 17 Comments
    How to Discourage Mice with Peppermint Oil

    Can you keep mice from invading your home? There has been a controversy over this topic lately among readers of The People's Pharmacy. Making sure that these rodents cannot get into your food or leav…

    By: Terry Graedon February 15, 2016 20 Comments
    How to Ease Restless Legs Syndrome with Soap Und…

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition in which a person feels an irresistible urge to move the legs. The movement temporarily relieves an uncomfortable sensation similar to a tickle…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2016 18 Comments
    Acupressure Wristband Is the Secret for Not Snor…

    People go to great lengths to stop snoring. Some are silly, like sewing a tennis ball into the back of the pajama top. This is supposed to keep you from lying on your back, a position in which snoring…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 6 Comments
    Try Coconut Oil on the Skin to Relieve Itchy Ecz…

    Eczema is not very well understood. Dermatologists call it "atopic dermatitis," which implies that the red, itchy skin characteristic of eczema is fundamentally a type of allergic reaction. In most ca…

    By: Joe Graedon January 21, 2016 6 Comments
    Clear Up Cracks at the Corner of the Mouth with …

    Cracks at the corner of the mouth look ugly and feel terrible. Can castor oil help? Q. A year ago I read your newspaper column and discovered a remedy for cracks at the corner of the mouth. I've had c…

    By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2016 11 Comments
    Should Breast Cancer Patients Avoid Aluminum Ant…

    There is a great deal of confusion about the safety of aluminum-containing antiperspirants when it comes to breast cancer. Most health professionals and patients aren't even aware that there is a cont…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2016 7 Comments
    Is Listerine a First Aid Kit in a Bottle?

    Some household staples are so versatile that people use them for nearly everything. Where would we be without baking soda and vinegar in the kitchen cupboard and Epsom salts or Vicks VapoRub in the ba…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2015 10 Comments
    Yellow Mustard for Frightening Glue-Gun Burn

    Certain home remedies show up time and again in reports from our readers. One of those is the application of yellow mustard to a burn. When we first heard this remedy, the caller specified that the mu…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2015 12 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia Makes Canker Sores Disappear

    Some people are troubled frequently with canker sores, while other rarely experience them. Unlike cold sores, which are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus (HSV-1), canker sores are not known to be c…

    By: Joe Graedon December 14, 2015 4 Comments
    Get All Our Best Home Remedies in One Place

    Do you save newspaper clippings? We know many people who do, including ourselves. We've never quite mastered the knack of keeping them in a really organized file that makes it easy to access informati…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2015 12 Comments
    When Someone Smells Bad What Can Co-Workers Do?

    Q. Every week we have a staff meeting and one of my co-workers ends up sitting close to me. He has body odor that I find really offensive. I have asked friends of his at work what the problem is and t…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2015 2 Comments
    Tai Chi Helps Ease Knee Pain from Osteoarthritis

    A study from Tufts University in Boston has found that tai chi works just as well as physical therapy to ease pain and improve function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Tai Chi Compared to …

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2015 6 Comments
    Using Vanilla as a Burn Remedy

    What do you use as a home remedy for a simple burn? First aid is getting the burned area into or under cold water. But then what? Readers of The People's Pharmacy have shown a great deal of ingenuity …

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2015 3 Comments
    Afrin Nasal Spray Helped Stop Persistent Bleedin…

    There are a number of home remedies that readers have found helpful in staunching bleeding from a simple cut. If you look this website over, you will find many testimonials to the ability of ground bl…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2015 3 Comments
    Tincture of Thyme Fended Off Cold

    Physicians don't usually learn much in medical school about herbs, home remedies or even dietary supplements. As a result, they often tend to be skeptical of these unconventional approaches to healing…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2015 33 Comments
    Vinegar as a Remedy for Blood Sugar and Choleste…

    What is your favorite home remedy? One of the oldest and most versatile remedies known to humankind resides in your kitchen cabinet. It gets very little respect, but science is now discovering why vin…