A variety of therapeutic or preventive health care practices, such as homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, and herbal medicine, that do not follow generally accepted medical methods.

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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 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 ...
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Are the leaves of bean plants effective for controlling bed bugs?

From the National Geographic article Can We Fake Leaves That Stab Bed Bugs in the Feet? But in the Balkan countries of southeastern Europe, there’s an old folk remedy that might be the insects’ ...
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Is there a herbal tea that cures malaria that the world health organization is discouraging

There is a sensational article in slate that says there's an herbal tea containing Artemisia that will prevent malaria that is being discouraged by the establishment because it could cause resistance ...
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Can blackheads be removed with egg white?

There is a home-remedy for blackheads, using egg white. Does this truly work to remove black heads? Is there any proof of this being a successful remedy? From crunchybetty.com: Use Egg Whites ...
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Will applying beer on my hair make it appear shiny and lustrous?

There are numerous beauty sites that claim that applying beer on my hair will make it shiny and lustrous. Is this true?
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Are tomatoes associated with increased risk of cancer?

Recently I read an article from internet. source A Canadian study has found an association between tomato intake and prostate cancer risk.1 Not only that, vegetable juices and ketchup were also ...
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Does honey with warm water and lemon reduce tummy fat?

There is a common belief that one can reduce tummy fat by drinking honey and lemon juice mixed in warm water the first thing in the morning. This questionable website, for example, makes this claim ...
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Are ecinacea-based products effective against a colds and flu-like illnesses? [duplicate]

Health food shops usually stock a range of products based on ecinacea extracts that are claimed to be effective against colds and flu-like diseases. The Holland & Barrett website lists 15, for ...
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Does rubbing hands on a steel block reduce the smell of garlic?

I read the question How do you remove garlic smells from your fingers? on Seasoned Advice and it reminded my of a claim I was always skeptical about. The accepted answer states: The smell of ...
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Can boneset cure dengue fever?

From livestrong: Homeopathic Remedy Boneset is also available as a homeopathic remedy under its Latin name, Eupatorium perfoliatum. In his book "Materia Medica and Repertory," homeopath, Dr. ...
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Does the ripeness of a banana have any effect on causing constipation?

In this Parenting SE question there seem to be two opposite claims made: A +7 answer claims that banana ripeness has no effect on constipation (I'm leaving aside the second, obvious claim that ...
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Can blue light therapy contribute to Age-related Macular Degeneration?

High-intensity, broad-spectrum light has been an effective therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). More recently and less proven blue light therapy has stemmed from the discover of ganglion ...
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Does drinking coffee greatly reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease?

Coffee is certainly one of science's most investigated beverages. Recently, I found the Lifehacker website stating: According to further research, regular coffee drinkers may have less of a risk ...
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Does taking cold baths before sleeping help you sleep better?

Recently I heard in some gyms with saunas that if you go to the sauna and then hop in a cold shower you can have a great night of sleep after. I saw it in the Four Hour Work Weekblog: Japanese ...
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Does laughter prolong life?

This popular claim comes in different shapes, like: a minute of laughter adds 5 minutes of life: source laughter is the best medicine (maybe) source Finding studies that confirm causation wasn't ...
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Does taking honey and apple cider vinegar lower blood pressure in humans?

Livestrong claim: You can now lower your blood pressure by consuming apple cider vinegar. Other herbs, foods and dietary changes can assist in increasing the effectiveness of the vinegar. You can ...
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Do magnetic insoles or bracelets increase muscular strength and flexibility?

I remember a while back when I was younger (late 90's) when one of my friend's mom was pushing some Nikken magnetic insoles where she claimed that the effects of the magnets would increase muscular ...
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Can high-frequency coil radiation kill disease? (e.g., Lakhovsky's multiple-wave oscillator [MWO])

The idea of an oscillator-based healing device was popularized by Georges Lakhovsky and is now associated with scientists like Tesla, Clark, and Beck. There are many YouTube videos dedicated to ...
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Does aloe vera help cure sunburn?

I'm on vacation and got sunburnt, so someone said I should go get Aloa Vera since that apparently helps. There seems to be a plethora of made-for-adsense-sites that claim the same. ...
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Does aniseed (anise) effectively treat insomnia?

This was recently recommended to me by a colleague after I complained about insomnia. From WebMD: Other uses include treatment of seizures, nicotine dependence, trouble sleeping (insomnia), ...