Home Remedies That Even Doctors Love
Over the past century, the field of pharmaceutical science has grown exponentially. And scientists and chemists have, indeed, produced some effective, life-saving medications. But because conventional medicine is more focused on chemically developing new drugs, some of the folk wisdom used by our grandmothers and grandfathers has been downgraded. The truth is that some of those home remedies used back then are still just as effective today.
The Prescription is in the Kitchen
Many mainstream doctors are incorporating more alternative approaches into their medical practices. And, for some minor ailments, that includes relying on effective home remedies. In many cases, you might not have to look any further than your kitchen cabinet for a cure. Here are some of the most popular home remedies that doctors recommend:
- Drink pickle juice for muscle cramps. Personal trainers, fitness aficionados, and even professional coaches have used this remedy for years. Muscle cramps are caused when working muscles lose electrolytes and begin to seize up. The high salt content of pickle juice helps replace important electrolytes, thus alleviating cramps. The suggested dosage is one to two ounces at a time.
- Eat gin-soaked raisins to relieve arthritis pain. Although this has long been a favorite home remedy, now we now know why. In the first place, studies have proved that consuming moderate amounts of alcohol decreases the likelihood that you will get rheumatoid arthritis by half. As if that weren’t enough, gin is flavored with juniper berries which are known to be an effective anti-inflammatory agent. On top of that, raisins contain three compounds that are recognized pain relievers – ferulic acid, gentisic acid, and salicylic acid. In a glass jar, simply add enough gin to cover raisins completely; let the gin evaporate for about a week; and store the gin raisins at room temperature in a sealed container. The folk remedy suggests eating nine each day.
- Drink cabbage juice to heal ulcers. Groundbreaking studies on cabbage juice were done in the ‘50’s by Garnett Cheney, M.D. of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Through those studies, cabbage juice was shown to be nearly miraculous at healing stomach ulcers. Most patients got spectacular results in just a few days and about 90% of ulcers were completely cured in a matter of weeks. Simply juice fresh cabbage and drink daily.
- Eat chicken soup if you have a cold. This old stand-by is a favorite with doctors because it works on two fronts. First, this remedy works against inflammation by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils – the immune system cells that are involved in inflammatory responses to illness. Secondly, eating nutritious, warm chicken soup facilitates the flushing of excess mucous which relieves congestion and limits the time that pathogens remain in the body.
- Gargle with salt water when you have a sore throat. This remedy works because of a simple principle of chemistry – osmosis. Basically, salt pulls the water out of other substances that it comes in contact with, including human cells. When the salt extracts the water from cells in the back of the throat, the pathogens causing your sore throat are extracted and spit out as well. Gargling with salt water and spitting the water out enables you to quickly reduce the populations of the bacteria or virus causing your discomfort.
You don’t always need a prescription medication when you go to the doctor. In fact, more and more doctors are taking a step back in time and turning to some proven home remedies for relief of minor ailments.