Skip to comments.9 old-time cures doctors swear by
Posted on 02/20/2014 11:47:05 AM PST by US Navy Vet
Medical offices might have gone high-tech, but some of the advice you'll hear there these days rings more nostalgic: Complain of constipation or congestion and you may get an Rx for dried plums (née prunes) or a saltwater gargle.
"The more that old remedies pan out in studies, the more likely physicians are to suggest them," said Dr. Philip Hagen, vice chair of the division of preventive medicine at Mayo Clinic. "Part of the drive is the cost of health caretrying these at home could save you a trip to the doctor." Consider these golden oldies the next time you're feeling under the weather.
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Prunes - Are three enough? Are six too many?
Onions boiled in milk. For colds.
Grandma Anderson swore by it. Kinda faded from the family pharmacopeia after she passed.
“Are six too many?”
Six are too many. Trust me.
I had a knee replacement last April. Sometimes the post surgical pain was so much that my pain meds wouldn’t touch it. I found that Aspercreme rubbed on the scar worked better than the narcotics they were giving me at rehab.
Wet tobacco slapped on bee/wasp stings takes the pain out and neutralizes the poison. I keep a can of Skoal in our First Aid kit.
Handed down in our family from our Cherokee Great Grandmother.
Thanks. Hate those fargin’ lists that go on on on for ever
I think we are going to enter a new era of minimalist health care interventions...not just because of obamanocare, but because every single medicine you take has its downside, sometimes serious...
and for most aches and pains and joint problems, rest,ice,heat,losing weight in the long run, and use of aspirin or similar is probably just as affective as weeks of physical therapy or surgery....
I remember my Day telling me they used kerosene on scrapes and cuts when he was a kid.
Gave some to my parents and it worked for them.
MythBusters checked it out and confirmed it works for seasickness.
It’s like a miracle drug for anything stomach related, I was shocked when I got married and my wife and never used it and still resists using it for some unknown reason.
My mother had us kids swallow a little Vicks Vapor Rub when we had bad chest congestion, in addition to putting on the outside of the chest. I survived, but looking back, that may have been a bit overboard. LOL.
We went through a period in the ‘60’s when practically every woman was on some kind of depressant. (I can’t recall the one, but I think “Valley of the Dolls” described the age.) I agree people will be using fewer medications. I was using four quality of life type meds that in 2012 cost $80/script for generic. In January 2013 they went to $230-280 each for generic. I asked why and the pharmacist said, “Obamacare.” It hadn’t even kicked in yet. She said they’d raised prices to even out the losses they’d have in 2014.
If I ate 12 prunes I’d never leave the house again. I’d just be a hollow skin bag perched on the toilet.
My family didn’t do the salt water gargle, but Mom would take 4 or 5 Bayer Aspirins, dissolve them in warm water and make us gargle. When gargling, we would let a little bit of the warm water trickle down our throats. Good temporary relief for sire throats.
These days with the coatings and what not, I don’t know if you can dissolve aspirin in water.
Got a sore throat? I will swear by gargling a cup of warm water mixed with with a 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Two gargle sessions and gone. Much more effective than salt water.
The article says twelve per day. Twelve per day is Double Plus Ungood.
I remember getting three prunes as a kid (probably as punishment for some horrible misdeed), and three were too many.
"Dried Plums" sound so much better.
And ribs and asparagus and ice cream.
Works on body, mind and soul.
I guess someone overdid the sniffing because it's not allowed anymore.
Don’t forget peppermint sticks for an upset stomach.
Pharmacists used to stock them for children as a belly ache and nausea relief. They didn’t get associated with Christmas until someone red striped them and sold them as Christmas candy.
Those new Vicks Vapor electric wall plug-ins are miracles! Whenever my kids or any of us have a bad cough, you plug one of those things in and it is just about an instant good night sleep.
“My mother had us kids swallow a little Vicks Vapor Rub ...”
She should have rolled it into a small ball and coated it with sugar ...
To help with sex,put petroleum jelly on the doorknob leading into your bedroom. Keeps the kids out when you are fooling around
Good one. I’ll remember that!
LOL...our mom did the same. We’d beg not to have to do that. We’d even read aloud from the label...NOT TO BE USED INTERNALLY!!
Many Physicians are still “Practicing” medicine.
I avoid doctors at almost all costs.
The flu ? A double shot of Nyquil, lots of water and sweat it out.
Toothache ? A series of warm saltwater rinses.
If you have an “infection” as the result of a cut, you can put the skin of a raw egg on it, it will literally pull the infection out. The skin is between the egg itself and the shell.
Nose Bleed ? Fold a small piece of paper to about the dimensions of the “striking portion” of a book of matches. Place this as far as you can under your upper lip. There is a pressure point there that will stop a nose bleed.
Sinus problems ? Lay flat on your back. Relax. There are a number of pressure points on your face that when pressed will relive your discomfort. You will likely have to experiment here. Place constant pressure to the bridge of your nose to relive nasal congestion.Some people will actually feel their sinuses draining. There are additional pressure points under your eyes and along your eyebrows.
I was hit twice, many years ago, with something called SVT,Supraventricular tachycardia, I drove myself to the emergency room on both occasions. I learned a few techniques that I may have been able to use for future reference. One, is to “crunch down” your muscles like your tying to go number two. The other is to put your face in a bowl of ice water. I also learned that most EMT’s carry an injection of Adenosine, which works in an instant.
I’m sure there are more conditions in which I have a solution for. But I’m only 50 years old.
colloidal silver is awesome too.
Why was silverware silver? Because germs can’t live on silver or in its presence.
I want to know how much $$ these pawns received to appear in the commercial.
When I was 21 I had a sore throat that was so painful it hurt to breath and was a pure nightmare when I swallowed. In desperation I gargled with Bacardi 151. Worked like magic.
Back in the 1800s a person could self label himself “doctor” if he had a copy of the book on Thompsonian Medicine.
I have such a great great uncle. Went by the name Dr. Priddy Meeks. During his lifetime, he migrated from Charleston SC, through Kentucky, to southern Indiana, Illinois, westward as a Mormon through Iowa, to Utah. Then to southern Utah.
While in southern Indiana he witness his father killed and brother injured by Indians.
Throughout he treated people using herbs.
His lifetime was described in a journal transcribed late in life to his daughter. The non-Mormon aspects of the book are fascinating, as they describe life during those times, in those places.
Google Haribo Gummy Bears
Gargling a tall glass of salty, warm water has long been known as one of the best oral and sinus therapies out there.
Likewise, a mix of salt and powdered baking soda as toothpaste, alternatively with tartar control toothpaste, kills off the five kinds of spirochete bacteria common in the mouth. There are suspicions that these spirochetes may use gum disease as a conduit to the brain and may be implicated with Alzheimer’s disease.
“Because they feel similar when applied to human skin, there is a common misconception that petroleum jelly and glycerine are physically similar. While petroleum jelly is a non-polar hydrocarbon hydrophobic (water-repelling) and insoluble in water, glycerol (not a hydrocarbon but an alcohol) is the opposite: it is so strongly hydrophilic (water-attracting) that by continuously absorbing moisture from the air it produces the feeling of wetness on the skin, similar to the greasiness produced by petroleum jelly.”
I mention this because both petroleum jelly and glycerine have lots of traditional uses, and are important parts of a well stocked medicine cabinet.
After running over a yellow jacket nest with the mower, I learned that Anbesol (for mouth sores) works like a charm in that regard as well. Wish I'd known about the tobacco, but then, I didn't have that in the house either.
I also learned that:
- It's faster to go THROUGH fences than over or around them. Especially when 100 of those little stinging @#$#@$@ are chasing you.
- My lovely wife didn't think I was crazy when I started hollering and taking my clothes off (without going into too fine a detail, they got up under my shorts) in the back yard. Guess that sets a pretty high bar for "What ARE you doing", I suppose.
Whiskey for my men....Beer for my horses!!
Dunno if it cured the pneumonia, but she didn't care so much about being sick. :-)
When I feel a cold coming on or a scratchy throat, I take large doses of vit. C for 2 days. Haven’t had a cold or flu for years...
“Dont forget peppermint sticks for an upset stomach.”
We were given coke syrup for an upset stomach. Mom would run down to the candy store and bring up a cup filled with it.
Ice cream stick with tape for broken fingers. My father would hold me and my mom would pull. I screamed, dad would apply stick and tape. Then I got ice cream. Doctor in my building saw me one day and asked me why I had a stick taped to my finger. I told him what happened. He went through the roof. Forced my parents to take me across the street to the hospital.
Long story short, tape job worked. Worked so well, that parents were bringing their kids to my dad for medical treatment. He would politely say no and would recommend someone.
He wasn’t a doctor.
Thats what my dad used to do when he had the flu - pour a tumbler of Scotch, swill it down, wrap himself in about 6 blankets, and go to bed for 48 hours. He’d wake up cured.
We called it the “Scottish Sweatlodge” LOL.
kerosene on scrapes and cuts, it works had a many a cut treated that way.
Lets don’t forget the hot toddy for bad colds. My Mom used to dose us up at bedtime with one and you went right to sleep. I guess the oz of Wild Turkey was a significant factor. :-)
I haven’t had a cold or flu since the kids moved out.