Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Truth About Home Remedies

Many of us use home remedies, sometimes passed down for generations, to treat minor medical problems from heartburn to acne. After some research, I compiled a list of some of the more popular home remedies out there and the medical evidence behind them.

  • Remedy: Honey helps burns heal faster.

    True: Some studies have proven that raw honey has antibacterial qualities, as well as a lot of vitamins and minerals that can promote healing. Also, microorganisms can grow in honey, lessening the chance of infection.

  • Remedy: Toothpaste can heal acne.

    False: Toothpaste can actually worsen acne by clogging pores and irritating the skin. Also, some toothpaste contains high levels of hydrogen peroxide which can burn skin.

  • Remedy: Tea can heal cold sores.

    True: Tea contains tannic acid, which some studies believe contains antiviral properties. Steep a bag of black tea and place the warm, moist bag on the sore for several minutes every few hours.

  • Remedy: Wearing wet socks can cure a cold.

    Neither: While there is no cure for the common cold, wearing wet socks can boost your immune system and even break a fever, some studies claim. Placing cold damp socks on your feet followed by dry wool socks, increases your bodies circulation of healing white blood cells.

So before you decide to gargle salt water for a sore throat or chew garlic for indigestion, consult your physician about the truth behind your home remedies. And if you have any questions regarding the above mentioned remedies, feel free to contact Empire Health and Wellness Center at 518-690-4406 or

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