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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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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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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Do onions enhance immune system?

The claim that onions boost your immune system is pretty widely held. Examples: https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/onions-good-immune-system-3954.html https://web.archive.org/web/20191228185524/http://...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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– Add ...
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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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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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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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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 “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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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 garlic ...
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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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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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Can vegemite or marmite heal ulcers?

Can yeast extracts, such as vegemite and marmite treat ulcers within your mouth?
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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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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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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 home ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 gives ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Could Detoxifying Foot Pads help someone pass a drug test?

I just came across the phenomenon of 'Detoxifying Foot Pads'. They are supposed to draw toxins out of your feet by contact overnight or through the day. It is claimed that they help you pass a drug ...
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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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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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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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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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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, ...