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 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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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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Is there any benefit to placing a silver spoon in a water carafe?

A lot of people in USSR used to place silver spoons into containers with water. The exact benefit/mechanism was generally not defined other than "avoid contamination", but was frequently implied to be ...
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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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Does eating her newborn's placenta relieve a mother's postpartum symptoms?

Eating placenta has become really popular, especially since Mad Men star January Jones spoke to People Magazine about her own choice to have her son's placenta freeze dried and put into pill capsules. ...
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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 apple ...
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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 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), asthma,...
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Eating ice cream during tonsillitis?

Some people I know would never eat anything cold during tonsillitis, because they think ice cream can worsen it (some others are afraid ice cream could cause it, when ice cream is eaten with a cold ...
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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. http://www.care2....
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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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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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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 vinegar help with dandruff?

This of many such sites, claims that vinegar can help with dandruff. Have a problem with the dreaded “dandruff?” Here’s the “sure cure” and you’ll find it in your kitchen. Vinegar! Yes, it is ...
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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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Any science behind folk remedies for mosquito bites?

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: So,...
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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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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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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 you successfully treat a burn by covering it in ordinary flour?

I'm not sure how long this particular email has floated around the internet before it landed in my inbox, but it seems to claim that you can treat a mild (First or Second degree) burn by covering it ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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, allergens, ...
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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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Is a glass of red wine a day beneficial for the heart?

It has been stated that drinking a glass of red wine per day is good for the heart. There has been a lot of discussion surrounding this issue; two examples are this article from the Guardian and this ...
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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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Are tomatoes associated with increased risk of prostate cancer?

Recently, I have read an article online claiming that: A Canadian study has found an association between tomato intake and prostate cancer risk.Not only that, vegetable juices and ketchup were also ...
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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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Does drinking warm or hot water aid in digestion?

One of my brother-in-law's coworkers claims that drinking hot water (straight from the tap) aids in digestion. I've been able to find a debunking of cold water causing cancer, but can't find anything ...
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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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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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Can locally produced honey help to build an immunity to hayfever?

I suffer quite badly in the summer months with hayfever and I've been told by numerous people that eating a spoonful of locally produced honey a day in the months leading up to summer will help me ...
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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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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 http://healthfree.com/blog/blog/5-natural-foods-to-...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...