What are some non-food-based home remedies that work?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Some non-food-based home remedies that work include:

Tickle the Roof of Your Mouth to Stop Hiccups

Method: Use a cotton ball to tickle the roof of your mouth at the point where the hard and soft palate meets.

Verdict: It works! Hiccups are caused by a spasm of the diaphragm. Tickling the roof of your mouth stimulates the vagus nerve, which interrupts that spasm.

Play the Didgeridoo to Help Snoring

Method: The didgeridoo is a wind instrument that produces a droning sound. Play this instrument, or as an alternative, blow into a wrapping paper roll before bed to help with snoring and sleep apnea.

Verdict: It works! Snoring and sleep apnea are caused by collapse of upper airways. Playing the didgeridoo strengthens those muscles and prevents them from narrowing. It uses circular breathing, storing air in your cheeks for one continuous breath. This practice can also lessen daytime sleepiness, a complication of snoring and sleep apnea.

Glue for Removing Splinters

Method: Put glue over the splinter, let it dry, and peel it off to remove splinter.

Verdict: It works! Glue will stick to a variety of materials, so it can work for many types of splinters. The splinter will be pulled out at the same angle that it entered your body, thereby alleviating the need for picking and scratching with needles. This procedure is safe and easy. 

Hydrogen Peroxide for Ear Infections

Method: Pour hydrogen peroxide directly into the ear.

Verdict: It works! Ear infections are caused by bacteria in the wax that build up inside your ear. The hydrogen peroxide causes a chemical reaction with the bacteria, which results in visible bubbling. The hydrogen peroxide dissolves this bacteria and wax, making it an effective home remedy.

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