Questions tagged [alternative-medicine]

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Do Acupressure Wristbands help with nausea?

I recently became aware of Travel Wristbands. TRAVELBAND provides effective control of motion sickness, travel sickness, morning sickness and all forms of nausea. I can't find any serious studies ...
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Does coconut oil work as an antibiotic and as a treatment for AIDS?

I've heard lots of extraordinary claims about coconut oil, but I've seen very littleresearch to back it up. Most of what I've heard is based on anecdotal evidence, so that's not really convincing. ...
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Does chelation therapy for artherosclerosis, clogging of our arteries, work?

I have seen (not read) the book Bypassing Bypass Surgery by Elmer Cranton, which claims that infusions of Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can apparently clean out the arteries for cholesterol ...
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Do copper bracelets help arthritis?

Many people tell me to wear a magnetic or copper bracelet to improve my arthritis is there any science behind this? Many online shops sell copper bracelets containing magnets for their health effects. ...
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Is “face reading” accurate?

Can you determine personal characteristics, i.e. helpfulness, work-ethic, good lover, just by looking at a person? Nose Reading http://www.2knowmyself.com/face_reading/face_reading_nose_shape Face ...
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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 QNET Amezcua Bio Disc work?

Is the Bio Disc medically effective? The product description says Bio Disc is able to redefine and harmonise the energy of water, greatly maximising its positive affect on the human body Their ...
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Does chlorophyll have any health benefits for humans?

I was surprised to see in advertisements for "miracle" natural / alternative / herbal etc. medicine that they contain "liquid chlorophyll" and that is really useful for our health. I wondered how it ...
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Can headaches be relieved by massaging pressure points in the hands and feet?

There are a number of sites that claim that massaging a point in the webbing between thumb and index finger can relieve headaches. Livestrong.com: One pressure point that may help relieve your ...
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Does garlic lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure?

Some naturopath websites claim that garlic is incredibly good for you: If garlic had been created in the laboratory instead of by nature, it would probably be a high-priced prescription drug. The ...
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Does drinking the urine of camels have medical benefits?

According to an Islam Q&A site, the prophet Mohammad prescribed camel's milk and urine to cure illness. It goes on to claim there are benefits from drinking camel's urine including: Camel’s ...
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Does sugar “feed” cancer?

I keep seeing this claim in alternative health circles that sugar feeds cancer and if you restrict carbohydrate from your diet, particularly refined sugar, you can prevent cancer or even "starve" ...
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Does eating clay have any beneficial effect?

I was presented with an "interesting" alternative form of medicine today: clay. As in, the consumption of it. 10 Good Reasons To Eat Clay! To assist your body in the removal of toxic ...
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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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Do manufacturers of homeopathy products add any of the allegedly active ingredients?

Homoeopathy is the idea that a "a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure that disease in sick people". Furthermore, the potency of the 'treatment' is alleged to ...
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Can a fan blowing on you at night make you sick?

It has been pretty hot in my neck of the woods over the last week. It has been roughly 80 degrees in my room at night. To try to stay comfortable and get to sleep I have been running two fans. One ...
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Does Pavan Mukta Asana help releasing gastrointestinal gas?

Pavan Mukta Asana As mentioned above, practicing the purvana-mukta-asana will help to release gastrointestinal gas. It is also improves other gastrointestinal problems like upset stomachs and ...
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Does Protandim “reduce age-related symptoms”?

I have a friend who sells some sort of supplement called "Protandim", and I'm wondering if it actually works or is any good. I'm skeptical of it, but I'm not aware of any evidence either way. The ...
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Do chiropractors cure bed wetting?

As many parents know, bed-wetting in young children is a frustrating problem. In a nearby town, at least two of the three chiropractors claim they can resolve bed-wetting issues. Are there any merit ...
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Is wearing socks all the time bad for your feet?

My (Asian) parents keep on telling me to take my socks off whenever it's summer because they think that the feet need "fresh air" and that they need to breathe and that keeping them in socks all the ...
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Is 432Hz sound frequency more “natural” or beneficial to human body than 440Hz?

I have been reading about tuning musical instruments to A=432 frequency instead of recently (meaning in the last century) arbitrarily defined standard of tuning to A=440Hz. Supposedly the 432Hz ...
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Do cryotherapy chambers reduce healing time and relieve pain and fatigue?

There's a fad going around, especially in the NBA to use "Cryotherapy" to reduce healing time and relieve pain and fatigue. The patient is placed in a chamber, which is lowered to -166 degrees ...
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Does orthotics work?

My father has problems with his knees. His doctor said that he should get an operation. However, the operation does not usually work, is very expensive, and can make things worse. A multi-level ...
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Can GAPS diet cure autism, schizophrenia and dyslexia?

I have read a lot of claims regarding GAP syndrome and GAPS diet with the most surprising of them being that the proposed diet can even cure disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. For example in ...
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Are Indian temples placed on sites where “positive energy is abundantly available”?

I originally found this claim in a Facebook post: Now, these temples are located strategically at a place where the positive energy is abundantly available from the magnetic and electric wave ...
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Can Monistat improve hair growth?

I was surprised to read in a Long Hair Care forum that people who spray diluted Monistat (the yeast-infection treatment!) onto their scalp significantly increases and accelerates hair growth. I can't ...
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Can Alpha Brain dietary supplement improve mental acuity and focus?

Alpha Brain is a tablet offered as a dietary supplement by Onnit. They make many claims about its ability to help cognitive function: The idea behind the Alpha Brain™ dietary supplement was to ...
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Do essential oils safely and effectively treat constipation, stomach aches and fevers?

My wife was encouraged to try several doTERRA "essential oils". She's convinced (through anecdotal evidence and perhaps the placebo effect) that different oils have been effective in treating "...
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Is Chi an energy flowing through the body?

Prompted by various answers over an fitness.stackexchange.com where I put into doubt the existence of Chi, I was prompted to provide references for this assertion. Issues with the burden of proof ...
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Are there secret pressure points in our body?

Do we have "secret" "bundles of nerves" — pressure points — which, when struck with a particular Karate move, kill us? Wikipedia is skeptic but see this History Channel documentary (only ...
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Is chocolate bad for your voice?

I've had a variety of singing teachers, all of whom assured me that eating chocolate prior to singing was bad for my voice. This is assumed fact amongst almost all other singers I have known. I've ...
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Does push-ups on finger tips affect eyesight negatively?

Some time ago I've been told that push-ups on your fingers (instead on fists) can affect eye-sight. The explanation was not clear (something about a lot of nerves in fingertips and pressure on them). ...
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Does the “Belfast” study by Madeleine Ennis prove that water memory exists and homeopathy might work?

There has been a number of attempts to replicate Jacques Benveniste's results relating to the "water memory". Wikipedia lists many of them. One of those attempts is the "Belfast study". P. Belon, J. ...
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Do the effects of Chromotherapy have support in scientific literature?

The above mentioned picture made it to my Facebook feed. While it doesn't sound unreasonable that there can be a psychological effect of some colors, I got a bit skeptical regarding the claim that ...
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Are “pox parties” safer than vaccines for children?

So-called pox parties have been around in various forms in varying degrees of popularity since the 1980's, and are described on Wikipedia as: A pox party, or flu party or flu fling, is a social ...
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If I stand on my head for a while will I get healthier?

I've read that standing on your head (called sirsasana by hatha yoga practicioners) does something to the blood flow to the brain and hence increase your health or something. Partial claims were made ...
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Are there any benefits to drinking 1.5 liters of water first thing in the morning (water therapy)?

I'm not sure the origin of this "water therapy", but I've seen various websites that claim that drinking 1.5 liters of water right when you wake up is great for your body/mind, heals all diseases, etc....
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Is there any scientific evidence to support the theory behind Gerson Therapy?

Gerson therapy is a hypothesis that diseases can be caused by various toxins and attempts to heal a subject by a strict all natural diet in addition to attempting to clean the body with things such as ...
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Is there such a thing as an aura?

Many psychics claim to be able to see auras. Many healing methods like reiki are based on them. Psychics claim that if you look at someone with soft eyes, you can see a hazy field around them, white ...
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Is jergon sacha any use against viral infections such as HIV?

I've just been followed on twitter by @Jergon_Sacha who claims that the plant jergon sacha (which appears to be from the genus Dracontium) is Traditionally used for viral infections HIV, AIDS, ...
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Can a Himalayan crystal salt cave reduce stress?

Can "Himalayan crystal salt" (a.k.a. rock salt from Pakistan) reduce stress? "[Himalayan crystal salt] has a beneficial effect on the body of healthy people - significantly reduces stress, deepens ...
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Does catnip treat headache and coughs and insomnia?

In this article - http://www.cat-world.com.au/all-about-catnip, it was mentioned that catnip can be used to treat headache, cough and insomnia. It is also useful for settling an upset stomach. It ...
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Does German New Medicine work?

German New Medicine is a medical treatment developed by Ryke Geerd Hamer. Hamer claims that the cause for every cancer is a "biological-conflict shock". The German New Medicine is a set of findings ...
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Is there any substance that is shown to kill germs in vitro and shown not to cure illness?

Dr. Stephen Barrett writes that colloidal silver should not be taken to treat any illness. He says that there have not been any studies done that show that colloidal silver treats illness in vivo. ...
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Does milk thistle prevent liver damage in alcoholics?

There are some people who take milk thistle to offset or repair the liver damage caused by chronic alcoholism. Example here Milk thistle and silymarin are commonly used in the United States and ...
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Did Steve Jobs fall prey to alternative medicine?

Dr. Ramzi Amri makes a stern case on the other Q/A site. Let me cut to the chase: Mr. Jobs allegedly chose to undergo all sorts of alternative treatment options before opting for conventional ...
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Does Orgone Energy exist?

I have discovered a claim going around that says everything is surrounded by "Orgone Energy" which is a universal life force. Products have arisen from this theory such as a "Cloudbuster", a device ...
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Is osteopathic medicine evidence based?

There seems to be a lot of conflation of osteopathic medicine with other alternative medicines, even questions about whether or not it is an alternative medicine or mainstream. In the U.S. ...
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Does the Buteyko method improve asthma symptoms?

The Buteyko breathing method is based on the assumption that many health problems are caused by hyperventilation. By training people to breath less, it claims that (amongst other symptoms) asthma ...
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Is vinegar a sunburn remedy?

While searching for a remedy for sunburn pain last year, I ran across multiple references to vinegar as an effective method in treating sunburn pain. Is there any research that validates or ...