Home Remedies

Do home remedies work?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
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    For centuries, people have used all kinds of home remedies. Watch this video as Dr. Oz tests garlic for ear infections and a rum solution to bring a fever down.


  • ABurke Lennihan RN CCH, Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answered

    Home remedies – meaning remedies you can keep and use at home – are more likely to work if they are also FDA-regulated and prepared in FDA-supervised labs like the ones described in my book, A Healer In Every Home.

    Other remedies may work well too. They have often been passed down from one generation to the next, and people are more likely to pass along something which they have found to work. When the remedies are tested by the standards of modern medicine, some of them have been found to have active ingredients. And many of our modern medicines were originally made from plants – like aspirin, based on white willow bark, or digitalis, from foxglove.

    On the other hand, just because something is natural doesn’t always mean that it is safe or that it works. Fortunately you can check just about anything online these days, and it would be wise to do that if in any doubt about a home remedy. Or your doctor or pharmacist may subscribe to Natural Standard, where they could check the research on certain natural remedies for you.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.
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