Use this tag for "natural" solutions to common problems such as healthcare conditions, but also everyday nuisances and problems. See also "folk remedies" or "home remedies".

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Does sweating help to cure the flu

Many people advise you to put some warm clothes on, get under the blankets and sweat a lot to help cure flu/fever. On one hand there is a lot of opinion on the Internet saying that it does not work, ...
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Will stretching help me have lean, shapely muscles? [duplicate]

I read that after exercising, we should stretch our muscles so that they won't be bulky but instead be long and lean. Is this true? Edit: The question is more about aesthetics than whether stretching ...
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Is the US government murdering “natural” doctors?

I keep seeing the claim of several recent suspicious deaths of "natural" doctors being passed around lately. Often the claim is that they died "mysteriously" after visits by "Feds", etc. I've tried ...
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Does Zeolite remove heavy metals and radiation from the body?

This seems to be a potentially dangerous claim: The Scientifically proven Micronized Zeolite from Zeolite.com Zeolite is a breakthrough supplement that works at the cellular level by trapping ...
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Do Ostrich Eggs repel Spiders?

After someone told me that Ostrich eggs repel Spiders I had to google it. I haven't been able to find a scientific explanation but throughout the Internet there are a lot of articles that mention it ...
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Does placing onions on one's feet purify the blood and kill bacteria, germs and pathogens?

According to this article: This is what happens when you put cut up onions in your socks while you sleep when you sleep with onions on your feet, inside your socks, the following happens: Purify ...
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Can this Ayurvedic concoction reduce chances of swine flu?

The Indian Government is openly distributing an Ayurvedic Kadha ( concoction) that claims to reduce the chances of contracting Swine Flu. They're doing this along with the sale of vaccines for Swine ...
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Can nasal spray with eucalyptus help prevent further infections?

I had a terrible cold last week, and bought "Otrivin Zoutoplossing Plus Eucalyptus" (site in Dutch) nasal spray to help with the congtion. This particular type contains a salt solution and ...
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Can Okra treat Diabetes?

A work colleague has been taking Okra to treat his type 2 diabetes. There are many article over the internet claiming the benefits of Okra for the treatment of diabetes, including (but not limited to) ...
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Does drinking hot water have positive health effects?

A related question (Does drinking warm or hot water aid in digestion?) asks about the effects of hot water on digestion. I recently came across an article that claimed a much larger set of benefits. ...
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Can Hydrogen Peroxide administered via ear drops reduce the duration of the common cold?

I was looking for information about common colds and this URL came up on page 1 via Google search: Vitamin D and Other Simple, Inexpensive Tricks to Cure a Cold (on mercola.com) There's a section in ...
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Do Arnica homeopathic tablets reduce bruising?

My wife recently gave birth and the taking of arnica homeopathic tablets seems to be widely recommended to help with bruising. We've seen it suggested online, several midwives have told her to take ...
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Do cloves in an apple repel fruit flies

Some cloves in apples have recently appeared in our office. Apparently they will repel fruit flies. They look exactly like the result of following these instructions. Is there any evidence to ...
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Do probiotics help to reduce gas and bloating

This article (http://www.livestrong.com/article/426584-foods-that-reduce-gas-and-bloating/) mentions that: If your gas and bloating is caused by unhealthy bacteria in your digestive tract, foods ...
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Does Calcium Chloride remove bad smells?

This advert for Thirsty Hippo Basic Tub claims it is: composed of calcium chloride maintains living conditions pleasant by eliminating moisture and bad smells of the air from a closet, wardrobe, ...
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Does baking soda eliminate a cockroach infestation?

My questions concerns a population, more significant than simply exterminating an individual cockroach. Claim: http://pest.tips.net/T003494_Kill_Roaches_with_Baking_Soda_and_Sugar.html If you're ...
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Does green tea help with dental hygiene?

This Youtube video claims that green tea "is the best mouthwash", citing various medical studies that claim that green tea is more effective in reducing dental bacteria than various standard ...
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Does eating brewer’s yeast increase hair growth?

I heard this idea many times, here for example. Brewer’s yeast contains many vitamins, minerals and proteins that are indispensable for your hair. The lack of these nutrients, instead, may cause ...
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Does flushing the gallbladder have any positive effect on one's health?

Many websites propose cleansing the gallbladder (or the liver) in specific ways (frequently with fruit juice and oil) which they claim causes the gallbladder to expel cholesterol in the form of small ...
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Can Jarzębiak (rowan fruit nalewka) lead to dangerous blood pressure drops?

I've heard some urban legends / 'drink party tales' about that particular liquor: Jarzębiak is a fruit vodka made from rowan by extracting the fruit through infusion and then mixing the extract ...
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Does garlic enhance immune system?

There's a widely held belief that garlic enhances immune system. I'll reuse the same links as my earlier "onion" question, but the purported mechanisms seem different, even if they are folded in the ...
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Do onions enhance immune system?

The claim that onions boost your immune system is pretty widely held. Examples: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/onions-good-immune-system-3954.html ...
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Does ginger help against the common cold?

My wife is treating all cold symptons in the family with a few spoons of freshly ground ginger juice mixed with honey. While I don't mind an occasional placebo, drinking ginger juice is unpleasant ...
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Is cancer linked to having an acidic body?

There a lot of differing views reports on pH levels and cancer. Some say that cancer only grows in acidic bodies. Some say that an alkaline body can prevent or cure cancer. Many others disagree ...
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Does Artemisia annua kill 98% of cancer cells in 16 hours?

I found this piece of information repeated on many blogs: "healthy food house" Taking in consideration it is one of the deadliest diseases, scientists constantly try to find a cure and finally ...
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Can reflexology diagnose and cure disease?

I can find numerous references that reflexology is no better than placebo for particular medical conditions. Quack Watch Evaluation of the effects of reflexology on quality of life and symptomatic ...
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Does garlic prevent the spread of colds?

I just heard that a friend plans to feed their toddler raw garlic because the toddler has a cold and they don't want it spreading to their infant. Is there evidence for or against the efficacy of ...
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Will intranasal application of breast milk treat colds?

A friend just posted that their 2-year-old has a cold, and they want to prevent their two-week old from getting said cold. They plan to inject breast milk up the two-year-old's nose in an attempt to ...
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Can a raw-food diet allow someone to “switch” from one side of his brain to the other when he gets tired?

The following article relates this claim by someone who stayed awake for 11 days: How can someone stay awake for 11 days? He also employed a unique raw-food diet. Wright claims that his regimen ...
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Is Bach's flower remedy 'rescue' effective?

I hear that it actually helps people to fall asleep and feel less stress. My question is specifically for the sleep 'rescue' remedy which has the following ingredients according to their site: ...
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Does baking soda remove stains from your teeth?

I've heard this a few times now with people claiming that brushing your teeth with baking soda is a good way to whiten your teeth and generally a better product to use than toothpaste. Toothpaste ...
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Is Tegarome effective to treat minor skin injuries such as sun burn, insect stings, scratches?

Tegarome is a blend of essential oils designed to treat soothes minor skin injuries such as sun burn, insect stings, scratches. It was created by Dr. Jean Valnet, who is regarded as a founder of ...
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Will coffee increase the growth of white hair?

I am curious about white hair: A friend told me that drinking coffee and tea would increase the number of white hair. There is a similar claim on the English Pravda site: Among other reasons of ...
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Do charcoal bags help removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?

I have read some claims that charcoal bags help removing harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Bamboo Charcoal helps improve indoor air quality by absorbing and trapping odors, ...
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Are green clay cataplasms effective to treat tendinitis?

I have heard and read from various (low quality) sources that green clay cataplasms are effective to treat tendinitis (a.k.a. tendonitis). E.g.: Argiletz: Green clay can be used for healing ...
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Is sulfur a “miracle cure”?

There are claims that sulfur and its compounds like organic sulfur and MSM can cure many health issues. Sulfur and Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM for short is being claimed to have these benefits: ...
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Is Flexarome effective to relieve aching joints and tense muscles?

Flexarome is a blend of essential oils to relieve aching joints and tense muscles. It was created by Dr. Jean Valnet, who is regarded as a founder of modern aromatherapy. Cold, humid weather and ...
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Can scaring a person cure hiccups?

There is a popular belief that scaring a hiccuping person would cure the hiccups. Is it true?
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Is vinegar an effective treatment for arthritis?

I've learned that some people take vinegar to treat arthritis. It's a well known folk cure. Natural News: http://www.naturalnews.com/026715_apple_pain_vinegar.html Learn How to Relieve Arthritis and ...
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Does lemon juice help remove warts?

There are many sites on the web that claim that lemon juice is effective in removing warts (see this Google search). Information varies. Some sites say that application several times a day is enough, ...
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Any science behind folk remedies for mosquito bites? [closed]

My child is one of those people who is really attractive to mosquitoes, and she tends to obsess and itch them open — gross. This has prompted much well-meaning folk advice about itches, like this: ...
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Can coconut oil work as a natural sunscreen?

Documentary Lovers claims that coconut oil has a natural SPF factor in their Ditch those Toxic Sunscreens; Go Natural with Coconut Oil article: Coconut oil has an SPF of 10 which means 90% of ...
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Does honey and cinnamon cure any diseases? [closed]

While I know the answer is no, I was baffled to see this posted on a friends Facebook page and figured this would be the best place to find the facts, that and I suck at research. I feel fallacies ...
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Does apple cider vinegar help with dandruff

There seems to be a common claim on "natural" living websites as well as a folk wisdom I repeatedly heard from people I know: Example 1 According to the Dr. Oz website Mix a quarter-cup ...
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Does flour or rice make an ant's stomach explode?

As I attempt to kill ants in my yard, I've been reading various claims about how to kill ants without common consumer chemical pesticides like DEET. One claim that I've heard repeatedly is that rice, ...
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Does Calendula ointment or cream promote healing of scrapes/cuts/burns?

From http://www.boironusa.com/products/calendula-cream/: USES: Helps promote healing of minor burns and cuts, scrapes, skin irritations and sunburn ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Calendula officinalis ...
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Is bentonite a hair clarifier?

Pretty much every natural hair blogger out there (eg. Naptural85, CurlyNikki) has talked about how Bentonite clays get rid of lint and product buildup. However, I also see other bloggers using the ...
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Does Impatiens capensis (a.k.a. jewelweed) relieve symptoms caused by poison ivy or other irritants?

As a kid, I was taught during my summer camp that jewelweed, a plant commonly found throughout North America, is an effective treatment for poison ivy and stinging nettle. Indeed, I've used it myself ...
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Is “Oil Pulling” an effective treatment for arthritis or other chronic diseases?

Oil Pulling is apparently an ancient practice, but is seeing a recent surge in popularity. It is claimed it can cure almost anything, from bad breath to AIDS. The process apparently involves ...
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Do lemon and yogurt remove tan when applied on the skin?

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-03/beauty/31330949_1_juice-skin-aloe-vera Mixing together some gram flour, lime juice and some curd on the affected area on a regular basis ...