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 6 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 21 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…

    By: Joe Graedon October 19, 2015 8 Comments
    Heat Eases Itchy Mosquito Bites

    Itchy mosquito bites can drive you crazy. But what can you do about the itch? Some people are devotees of Vicks VapoRub to relieve the itch, while others like to apply hydrogen peroxide. We think, how…

    By: Joe Graedon October 12, 2015 5 Comments
    Listerine Restored Luster to Dog’s Coat

    Q. I had a dog with a weird pattern of shedding on her neck and upper back. Someone at a dog show told me it could be the beginning of a staph infection. My dog wasn't showing any pain or itching, jus…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2015 1 Comments
    Huge News About Our MoM Deodorant and a Special …

    We've got some exciting new products that we have been working on for the last few years and we think you will love them. We are proud to introduce Men's MoM with a fresh clean scent. We are also offe…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2015 40 Comments
    What Can I Do About Plopping Poop Toilet Water S…

    Q. Please help! When I have a bowel movement it is not unusual for me to experience a plop and then feel the water in the toilet bowl splash back up on my bottom. I cannot begin to tell you how annoyi…

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2015 23 Comments
    Will the Soap Remedy Really Prevent Leg Cramps?

    We hate it when a leg cramp hits at night and wakes us from a sound sleep with a bolt of pain that does not let up. People have proposed many causes for these muscle cramps, and it is worth trying to …

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2015 11 Comments
    Using Vicks VapoRub Against Fingernail Warts

      Warts are at the same time a very simple complaint and also somewhat mysterious. They are a tissue reaction to a virus, human papillomavirus (HPV). That has been known since before antiviral me…

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2015 106 Comments
    Reader Dismisses Mustard for Leg Cramps as Junk …

    Q. I am disappointed in your response to the person who claimed that swallowing a teaspoonful of mustard cured severe leg cramps in two minutes. You agreed with the writer that it was most likely the …

    By: Joe Graedon August 10, 2015 2 Comments
    AmLactin Cream Soothed Hands Jalapenos Hurt

    Anyone who handles hot peppers is well-advised to use a pair of disposable kitchen gloves (latex or vinyl) for the chore. That would prevent the predicament in which this reader found herself: Q. I de…

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2015 2 Comments
    Stop Collecting People’s Pharmacy Home Rem…

    For many years we have been hearing from readers of our syndicated newspaper column that they clip articles they find intriguing. Sometimes they send them to friends or family members. Other times the…