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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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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Does açaí provide special benefits against diabetes?

The fruit "açaí" is marketed in the US as having special antioxidant-related nutritional value. A frequently heard claim is that is provides special benefits against diabetes. The price of any ...
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Do probiotic bacteria prevent or ameilorate dust mites in beds?

I was offered a bed. The seller claimed that the bed has probiotic bacteria in it. It contains special living bacteria that will eat germs and sweat. Wow. Does that really work? If so, I'll buy. ...
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Does urine, used topically, clear pimples?

Earlier today I heard some radio DJ's discussing some news story that brought up urinating on a jellyfish sting. That led to a discussion about using "the first urine of the morning" to dab on acne in ...
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Does a hot beverage cool you down in summer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is drinking hot water more beneficial during hot weather? There are many people who claim that they like to drink hot drinks during warm or hot weather, as it cools them down. ...
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Does castor oil cure baldness?

I've seen sites and pictures online that say castor oil cures baldness, complete with photos. While there are some commercial products available that claim to stop and reverse hair loss, using ...
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Do silicea capsules make hair thicker?

I had Silicea capsules suggested by a pharmacist as a food supplement which is supposed to help maintain healthy hair. The product is manufactured by hübner, entitled Original Silicea Capsules, 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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Is “blue scorpion venom” a legitimate treatment for cancer?

I came across this article just recently, in which it states that no data had been collected about the effectiveness of blue scorpion venom as a treatment for cancer. However, this article was written ...
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Does drinking kombucha tea have a positive effect on your health?

There are several websites (e.g. http://www.kombuchakamp.com/ and http://kombu.de/english.htm) as well as books (e.g. search Amazon for "Kombucha") about kombucha tea and most of them claim that ...
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Does Korean ginseng develop brain efficiency and prolong life?

From Proceeding of the Mini Workshop Southeast Asia Germany Alumni Network (SEAG): "... the Korean ginseng (Panax schinsen) has been well known as a tonic, treatment for Diabetes Mellitus, ...
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Does washing your hair with a coal-tar soap prevent hair loss and accommodate hair growth?

I have heard several people, including both a former dermatologist and a hair-dresser claim that coal-tar soap can help prevent hair-loss. The Herbs and Home Remedies site recommends it (combined ...
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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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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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Do the warm oils penetrate the skin the same way as a normal oil would after manual warming?

By warm oils I mean "pepper seed oil", and "sesame oil". These oils are said to have inherent warmth due to which they increase blood circulation. The secret of essential oils' effectiveness lies ...
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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 cinnamon an effective method to relieve the symptoms of the flu?

This article mentions that cinnamon is used to treat flu symptoms. Is there scientific evidence it would be an effective method to treat the flu symptoms?
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Do bitter apple or actual orange peels prevent cats from scratching?

This article - http://www.allourpets.com/feline/stop-scratching.shtml - mentions that bitter apple or actual orange peels prevent cats from scratching? If your cat still scratches in appropriate ...
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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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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 soursop cure cancer?

I was linked a website about the effect soursop has in fighting cancer. The website heavily implies that soursop is an effective cancer treatment similar to chemo. source Chemotherapy is a widely ...
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Does ivy leaf extract help treat coughs?

I was prescribed ivy leaf extract for my (quite heavy) cough. More info about ivy leaf extract. Does it work, or is it just a placebo?
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Does honey cure or alleviate the symptoms of a common cold?

A friend of mine insists that downing honey by the heaping tablespoon at the first sign of a cold will alleviate the symptoms, shorten the duration of the cold, or prevent it entirely - any and all of ...
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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 ...
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Are there any proven benefits to ingesting wheatgrass?

I have read statements such as "Fifteen pounds of wheatgrass is equivalent to 350 pounds of the choicest vegetables", of which I am obviously skeptical. Are there any independent studies from ...
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Homeopathic Sinus Pain/Allergy Relief

I suffer from occasional sinus pain and headaches. Upon hearing this, a pharmacist friend of mine immediately recommended I take a "drug" that has proven to work wonders for her sinus problems. It ...
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Does aromatherapy have proven efficacy in certain cases?

When answering this question on the possibility of using soap to cure leg cramp I began looking around for double blind studies related to aromatherapy. This lead me to the following examples: ...
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Remedies against stinky shoes

I have read claims suggesting that the following remedies, among others, are effective against stinky shoes: Sprinkle bicarbonate soda, baby powder or deodorant on your shoes Put tea bags in your ...
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Does black seed oil help treat various cancers, asthma, epilepsy, liver conditions, high blood pressure and more?

Does anyone know if the scientific claims about black seed oil talked about here are true: One of black seed's primary bioactive components is thymolquinone, or TQ, which is found in its ...
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Is acid reflux (“heartburn”) caused by having too little stomach acid?

According to a number of websites, "almost everything you have been told about heartburn, indigestion, and common stomach ailments are lies", and heartburn is actually caused by too little stomach ...
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Can vegemite or marmite heal ulcers?

Can yeast extracts, such as vegemite and marmite treat ulcers within your mouth?
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Does Marmite keep away mosquitoes?

I saw this rather weak claim in this BBC news article: Several newspapers, including the Guardian, the Sun and the Daily Telegraph, have claimed the yeasty spread to be the perfect defence against ...
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Does rubbing a dock leaf on a sting from a stinging nettle help to reduce pain?

I was always told this as a kid, and have been told it again recently. I'm skeptical, do they actually have any medicinal properties?
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Is the hydrogen peroxide therapy harmful?

I'm receiving advertising (from my friends) about hydrogen peroxide therapy (oxygenated water, I think). They affirm that this treatment is a low-cost therapy based on a natural oxygenating ...
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Can I get high using binaural beats?

Some sites claim that you can get high using binaural beats: All I-Doser doses are tested by a panel of users who consider themselves experienced in binaural beat modification. A dose is not passed ...
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Does baking soda remove odors?

I have always been told that an open box of baking soda will "absorb" odors and make a fridge smell less. I have even seen people with three boxes in one fridge. My question is whether there is any ...
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Does garlic repel mosquitoes?

I have heard claims that garlic repels mosquitoes. Specifically, this site claims that Eating a diet heavy in onions and garlic can make you unattractive to mosquitoes. Is there any evidence ...
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Does sleeping an average of 11 hours or more raise one's risk of brain-related disorders?

I am familiar with the effects of sleep deprivation and some of the harmful effects of oversleeping. However, I have also heard more than once that sleeping more than 10 hours on average, even for a ...
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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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Can regular cold showers reliably improve health?

I have encountered anecdotal claims that the act of taking a cold shower fairly frequently (e.g. once a day) improves health, or at least, reduces susceptibility to illness. Is there any scientific ...
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Does potassium alum soften the burning sensation after shaving?

A friend of mine suggested me to use a wet alum stone after shaving. Is this efficient?
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Is squeezing pimples bad for you?

I've always been told, or notice others being told, or hear it in popular media, that squeezing pimples or blackheads is somehow "bad" for you. Certainly, when there is a chance that the skin breaks, ...
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Does the temperature of the water when you shave affect your pores?

I have heard from a number of people advice that using hot water either before or during shaving "opens your pores" to give you a closer shave. (As discussed on a makeup site, The Art of Shaving, and ...
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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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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 drinking coffee improve concentration?

Will drinking a cup of coffee before I sit down to work improve my concentration, compared to drinking a cup of water?
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Do copper jewellery stains indicate illness?

People wearing copper jewellery quite often have black/green/dark blue stains on wrists and fingers. Articles like this say that these stains are related to a person's metabolism. And appear because ...
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Can bacon help to remove splinters?

Some claim that bacon can help to remove splinters. Is there any good evidence that this makes sense? For example, these splinter remedy lists both suggest that bandaging a piece of bacon (or bacon ...
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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 ...