Natural Remedy: Old Wives’ Tales that Actually Work

natural pain relief remediesLet’s face it there’s never been a shortage of Old Wives’ Tales and outrageous remedies for any number of ailments. But are there really natural remedies for common complaints that actually work?

You bet, and here are just a few…

    • Head Off Hot Flashes with Black Cohosh—This herb is commonly known as bugwort or rattle root and seems to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. Be sure to get black, not blue, cohosh.
    • Conquer Cramps with Calcium Pills for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) —Scientific evidence shows that those who suffer from common PMS symptoms have lower calcium levels in their blood. Try consuming calcium-rich dairy foods and you might manage to keep the symptoms at bay completely.
    • Scare Off Skin Outbreaks with Tea Tree Oil—A study in the British Journal of Dermatology found that applying tea tree oil extract to skin outbreaks may reduce inflammation. It’s also antiseptic and can be quite effective.
    • Ease Away Sinus Headaches with Steam Therapy—Inhaling steam may relieve sinus discomfort and pressure by flushing out your nasal passages. You can make it even more potent by adding a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil, which can have a decongestant effect.
    • Ace Urinary Tract Health with Cranberry Juice—Medical institutions such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) agree that drinking cranberry juice can help maintain a healthy urinary tract because cranberries contain proanthocyanidins that help keep certain bacteria from adhering to the inside of your bladder, resulting in them being eliminated through your urine.


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Dr. Michael Cutler

Michael Cutler, M.D. is a board-certified family physician with 18 years experience specializing in chronic degenerative diseases, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif., he serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems.

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  1. Iona says

    Cranberry juice, unless you can find it without High Fructose Corn Syrup or other sweeteners, defeats the purpose of keeping bladder free from infection. Bladder infections love sugar!

    Yet, cranberry is available encapsulated [without the sugars] at your health food store. Just take one 500 mg capsule a day as a maintenance dosage to avoid bladder infections to begin with.

    Cranberry is on a list for “no-no” foods if you are taking a blood thinner. Yet, if you daily consume the same amount of a certain food (cranberry, for instance), this does not appear to present a problem.

    Bladder infections plagued me for a while until I found the sugar free cranberry. Of course, pre-cranberry usage, that meant a round of antibiotics to get rid of the infection. I hate taking antibiotics.

    I have not had to adjust my Coumadin since I started the maintenance dosage of cranberry. Yet, I would not recommend taking more without the consent of your doctor – which you are likely not going to get unless your doctor is very knowledgeable about food supplements.

  2. Kaz says

    PMS more likely to be a magnesium deficiency – which interferes with calcium absorption. Taking more calcium makes issue worse – calcium & magnesium must be kept in correct ratios. Calcium a very stable mineral whereas magnesium easily lost from food chain & one of biggest deficiency issues.

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