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Questions tagged [natural-remedies]

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 raspberry jam serve as fever reducer?

In USSR when I grew up, it was a common folk remedy (which seemed to work) to use raspberry jam (usually with tea) as fever reducer. Specifically, it caused you to sweat a lot, not sure if that was ...
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Does Saw Palmetto extract reverse hair loss?

Saw Palmetto extract is derived from the fruit of a palm tree. It is commonly claimed to be a treatment for pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia). Some say it works by preventing the conversion of ...
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Are there diseases that correlate with an “endocannabinoid deficiency”? [closed]

There was a study published in Neuro Endocrinology Letters by Dr. Ethan Russo in 2004 that says many diseases being treated with cannabis correlate with an “endocannabinoid deficiency”, but I cannot ...
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Are most humans infected with parasites that water fasting can eliminate?

So this is a new one for me... I came across a jaw dropping niche of health-woo today. Apparently tens of thousands of people (if not more) believe that almost all humans are infected with parasites ...
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Does carrying or consuming onions help to prevent heatstroke and/or reduce your body temperature?

Will consuming onions help to reduce your body temperature, or prevent heatstroke? Some common variations of this claim include applying onion juice to your skin, or even just carrying an onion in ...
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Are fish oil capsules beneficial?

Page 28 of the February 2018 edition of Which? magazine says, (You don't need...) Fish oils such as Omega 3 capsules Unless you are advised to take these, you don't need to. Studies show that ...
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Does inserting soap into the rectum relieve constipation?

There is an old wive's tale (mostly among parents with constipated babies) that you can temporarily relieve constipation by inserting a small piece of soap into the sufferer's rectum to prompt a bowel ...
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Is “Zuccarin”/“White Mullberry” effective for weight loss?

An ad for a supplement called "Zuccarin" in our local paper included a variety of claims: "The slimming effect of stable blood sugar levels: "A recent italian study of Zuccarin showned the ...
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Is it possible to get high smoking banana peel?

I know this sounds ridicoulous but some people are claiming that you can get high smoking banana peel Is it true? And if it is how does it work?
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Do “Dog rocks” prevent yellow stains from appearing on my lawn?

When we got our new puppy I laid a great lawn on our balcony (an amazing 1m2 patch of grass) that sadly had to be replaced after a few weeks due to yellow spots. I found a product with the name Dog ...
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Does an Epsom salt bath provide relief from muscular pain?

The claim that Epsom salt (Magnesium sulphate) in a bath provides relief from muscle pain is common and is asserted by many sources, including the packages themselves: Wellness Mama Body Aches– ...
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Can drinking “harmonized” water prevent sunburn

Osmosis Skin Care offers what they call "Harmonized H2O" This product is a UV Neutralizer-Tan Enhancing[sic]: Boost your body’s defenses with this innovative new technology utilizing frequencies that ...
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How antiviral is coconut oil? [duplicate]

Search results for the phrase only produce results from sources akin to Natural News. Can coconut oil seriously kill HIV and other viruses?
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Are Doctors in the USA forbidden from recommending natural health therapies?

A page on the Institute for Vibrant Living website states the following: Doctors are generally aware of what complementary medicine has to offer; in fact, they are better educated than most ...
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Is cannabis curing stomach and bowel diseases considered incurable by modern medecine?

The website green rush daily makes the claim CANNABIS IS CURING STOMACH AND BOWEL DISEASES CONSIDERED INCURABLE BY MODERN MEDICINE And then studies and empirical evidence show that cannabis ...
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Can the size and shape of penis be enhanced permanently?

A very good friend of mine went to the UK for his master's two years ago. After his breakup and several hookups (via online dating sites), he told me that he is very depressed, especially after one of ...
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Does ingesting baking soda prevent and reduce symptoms of a cold or 'flu?

I saw two of my friends on FB recommending ingesting baking soda to reduce fever.Searching for this, it seems to be common advice all over the internet. Some of these are for applying baking soda ...
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Is hair charged with static brittle and susceptible to breakage?

It is said that plastic combs produce static electricity therefore we should use wooden combs. http://www.joybynature.com/blogs/beauty-style/41263937-6-surprising-benefits-of-using-neem-wood-comb-for-...
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Is drinking water stored in copper vessels (copperware) good for your health?

It's a wide spread belief in India (Ayurveda) that drinking water stored in copper ware (like copper jugs and pots) is better for health. There's even a website about it: Dr. Copper's "Scientifically ...
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Does a 'soda bath' help internal inflammations/infections in toes and fingers

To be clear, with soda, I mean washing soda or sodium carbonate. In the Netherlands, when you have an inflammation in/on your finger or toe (see this image), the doctors will advise you to submerge ...
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Does Mint tea help alleviate the symptoms of a cold?

I've heard that mint tea can help with the symptoms of the common cold. In practice I find it generally can ease a cough/sore throat. I'm sure some of that is just drinking plenty of fluids, but does ...
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Effectiveness of Cold-EEZE, zinc gluconate glycine lozenges [duplicate]

What is the truth behind the effectiveness of Cold-EEZE (http://www.coldeeze.com/)? The product claims to be homephathic (which is a pseudo-science) but there seems to be actual, evidence-based ...
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Do vinegar or salt prevent the cloth colors from bleeding?

Here are the claims: Vinegar helps “set” colors and prevents build-up of detergent residue, which contributes to color fading. [...] Pour ½ cup of salt in the wash cycle to prevent the dyes in ...
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Does apple cider vinegar repel fleas?

Does drinking apple cider vinegar really repel fleas? What about spraying it on yourself (or your pets)? For example, as far as ingestion goes: http://eartheasy.com/live_natural_flea_control.html: ...
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Does drinking hot tea (or hot drinks) help when you're sick?

Livestrong (as well as my mom) claims you should drink tea when you are feeling sick. They claim hot teas provide numerous benefits from various sicknesses: A cup of warm herbal tea can help ...
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Do these household substances repel wasps?

Many websites state that basic foods or household materials can repel wasps. For example: Cucumbers, cloves and dryer-sheets Peppermint oil, cinnamon powder Do these substances work as wasp ...
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Does copper react differently with different people? [closed]

One of my friends and I have developed a habit of drinking water from only copper vessels as I have read several benefits of drinking from that. But I observed one strange phenomenon during past few ...
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Is catnip ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET?

Linked from this Travel.SE answer, I saw a surprising claim in Science Daily from 2001: Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic ...
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Do “Studies Show Ginger to be More Powerful than Chemotherapy?”

Recently got this from Facebook: STUDIES SHOW GINGER IS MORE POWERFUL THAN CHEMOTHERAPY Cancer is one of the greatest scourges for the humankind today. People are subjected to toxic treatments ...
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Does Vitamin C in Indian Gooseberry have skincare benefits when applied directly to skin, or when eaten?

There are several health product sites making claims about Vitamin C and Indian Gooseberry. They say it helps with skin problems. Note that "Amla" is one of the names for Indian Gooseberry. For ...
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Is Hyland's 4 Kids Cough and Cold medicine effective?

There appear to be numerous anecdotal claims from parents on Amazon (and my wife's Facebook) of this product being the cough and cold cure their children needed; http://www.amazon.com/Hylands-Relief-...
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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 Eucalyptus;...
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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 suggest ...
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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 chemicals....
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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 ...