Alternative Medicine Home Remedies

Thousands of natural home remedies are available across the globe. While many are safe and provide natural cures, not every remedy is effective and some can be dangerous. Using caution and common sense can go a long way if you choose to use natural home remedies, including natural pain remedies.

Choosing Natural Remedies

Most importantly, use natural home remedies only for minor ailments. Similar to conventional remedies, no one natural remedy works for everyone. See a healthcare professional for serious medical problems or rapidly progressing conditions.

More than one natural remedy is available for most conditions. Picking the right remedy for you may require a little detective work, plus knowledge of your personal needs. Never try natural home or herbal remedies that use ingredients to which you’re allergic or might interact with medications you’re taking. Some ingredients in natural remedies may aggravate existing medical conditions. Check with your doctor before taking any type of natural remedy.

Herbal Remedies

Many home remedies are safe. For example, herbal remedies are wholesome and very natural for the body, as actual parts of the whole plant, are used as opposed to chemicals from the plant. This generally results in less toxicity to the body. However, they can sometimes cause adverse reactions or interact negatively with an existing medical condition or medication.

If you choose to use herbal remedies, follow these tips:

  • Be cautious about herbal remedies from foreign countries, which may not always follow U.S. quality standards expected. You may prefer to look for products that use local ingredients.
  • Follow the directions, take only the recommended dosage, and keep a record of what you take.
  • Fully research any herbal medicine before taking it, including speaking to a knowledgeable person or practitioner.
  • If you’re under a doctor’s care, let her know what you’re taking. Many remedies aren’t recommended for pregnant or breast-feeding women. If you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, only take herbal remedies if your doctor says it’s OK.
  • Natural Pain Remedies

Although herbal remedies may be your first thought when you think about natural pain remedies, you can get relief from other natural techniques, including hot or cold compresses, acupressure, Epsom salt baths and relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, Yoga and guided imagery.

First Aid Kit

Having a basic first aid kit of home remedies is also a good idea. At a minimum, the kit should contain:

  • Adhesive bandages in various sizes
  • Aloe Vera gel for burns
  • Antibiotic ointments or a natural antibiotic remedy such as a salve
  • Disinfectant cleansing pads
  • Herbal or natural home remedies that you use regularly
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
  • Sterile gloves.

Resources

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Nalick, J. (n.d.). Natural wonders: Herbal remedies have been around for thousands of years, but their interaction with modern medicines can be deadly. Retrieved August 17, 2010 from http://www.usc.edu/hsc/info/pr/hmm/02winter/herbal.htmlhttp://www.usc.edu/hsc/info/pr/hmm/02winter/herbal.html

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