The People's Perspective on Medicine
Leptospermum scoparium Manuka flower, source of manuka honey
Alternative Health

Will Your Cracked Fingertips Heal With Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is helpful in healing wounds, from burns to split fingertips. It discourages bacterial growth and helps cuts close more quickly.

turmeric (curcumin) capsules in plastic cup
Back Pain

Should You Take Turmeric to Ease Pain?

A reader reports great results using turmeric to ease pain. Before you start swallowing pills, though, you should be aware of possible side effects.

a coconut and coconut oil on a spoon
Alternative Health

Can You Use Coconut Oil to Ease Vaginal Dryness?

Many older women report success in using coconut oil to ease vaginal dryness. It is inexpensive, easy to apply, and does not have scary side effects.

pomegranate juice and pomegranate seeds
Home Remedies

Pomegranate Juice Is Good for Your Brain, Based on Science

There is growing evidence that pomegranate juice can help control inflammation in the body. That could mean that pomegranate juice is good for your brain.

Green tea leaves on plant
Heart Attack

Will You Live Longer If You Sip Green Tea?

A large study in China monitored people's tea-drinking habits and their health. Those who sip green tea several times a week seem to live longer.

bitter melon Momordica charantia
Alternative Health

Can Indian Fruit Fight Off Cancer?

An Indian fruit known as bitter melon appears to block some cancer cells' ability to get energy from sugar or fat. Watch for further research!

older woman with age-related macular degeneration using magnifying glass
Alternative Health

Will Saffron Delay Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

A reader got great results taking saffron for age-related macular degeneration, along with AREDS vitamins. A few studies support its efficacy.

ginger root
Alternative Health

Ginger Was Brilliant Remedy for Post-Operative Nausea

Placebo-controlled studies support a reader's experience that strong ginger tea alleviated post-operative nausea. Have you tried it?

Products rich in magnesium on wooden spoons.
Heart Attack

Will Adequate Magnesium Keep Your Heart Healthy?

A long-term study of atherosclerosis revealed that adequate magnesium is critical for good heart health.

Bowl of dried bark of Magnolia officinalis (contains honokiol)
Alternative Health

Will Magnolia Compound Help You Control Pain?

Honokiol, a compound found in the bark of Magnolia officinalis, appears to control pain by suppressing TRP channels in animals. What about people?

Fresh rosemary herbs
Alternative Health

How Does Rosemary Oil Fight Resistant Lice?

Dermatologists are skeptical, but some people find that olive oil, mineral oil or petroleum jelly is effective against lice. One person added rosemary oil.

vitamin D3 pills
Drug Side Effects

Do Vitamin D3 Pills Cause Digestive Distress?

When sunshine is limited, you may need vitamin D3 pills to bring your level of this hormone up to normal. However, some people report digestive symptoms.

Podcasts

Show 1194: How You Can Discover the Joy of Movement

When you experience the joy of movement, you get multiple benefits for physical and mental health. What type of movement brings you joy?

Photo illustration of various locations of leg and foot cramps
Alternative Health

Are Home Remedies Supported by Scientific Studies?

Companies rarely wish to fund research on home remedies; however, scientific studies do support some unlikely seeming treatments such as mustard for cramps.

grape seed extract with grape seeds in a spoon and grapes on the table
Alzheimer’s Disease

Can You Prevent Dementia With Grape Seed Extract?

Rodent research shows that grape seed extract can slow cognitive decline and the development of dementia. How well will it work for humans?

grabbing the sole of the foot in pain
Alternative Health

Will Acupuncture Ease the Pain of Neuropathy?

A reader reports that acupuncture offered relief from the pain of neuropathy due to chemotherapy. Scientific reviews support this possibility.

Friends having fun while preparing fresh vegetables
Home Remedies

What Should You Eat to Sleep Better?

A large study shows that diet makes a difference at bedtime. Will you change what you eat to sleep better, even if it means fewer snacks and desserts?

Hot soup with vegetables, pasta and chile pepper
Home Remedies

Can You Prevent Leg Cramps With Hot Soup?

Enjoying a bowl of spicy hot soup might be just the ticket to prevent bothersome nighttime leg cramps. The pungent flavors could be responsible.

spoonfuls the spices turmeric and pepper, with a cut ginger root
Alternative Health

Will Ginger Help You Avoid Motion Sickness?

If you would like to avoid motion sickness without the drowsiness caused by Dramamine, consider ginger in capsules or chewing gum.

middle aged woman with stubborn blemishes on her cheeks
Acne (pimples)

How Milk of Magnesia Cleared Stubborn Blemishes

A person who suffered from stubborn blemishes for many years found that applying milk of magnesia worked better than other treatments.