Sunday, March 31, 2013

7 Things every home should have in their 'pharmacy'

These are remedies our grandparents and great-grandparents may have used.  When the AMA and Big Pharma took over our western medicine, they relegated to the dust bin the old remedies that really worked and did not cause damaging side effects.  After ingesting pharmaceutical drugs and dealing with their side effects (anyone for death?), people are getting smarter now and are going back to some of the good old remedies used by our wise ancestors.

And I would add the homeopathic remedy Arnica -- for inflammation, pain and swelling.

Scientists have found good evidence that Arnica works, both as a gel used externally and as a diluted homeopathic remedy for internal use. One randomized study published in 2007 looked at 204 people with osteoarthritis in their hands and found that an arnica gel preparation worked just as well as daily ibuprofen, and with minimal side effects. Another study of 79 people with arthritis of the knee found that when patients used arnica gel twice daily for three to six weeks, they experienced significant reductions in pain and stiffness and had improved function.