Kitchen Cures

5 home remedies for common ailments—do they work?

September/October 2009

By Rachel Johnson, Ph.D, M.P.H., R.D.

5 Home remedies for common ailments—do they work?

All my life I’ve been prone to motion sickness—not a good thing when your husband has a passion for sailing.

My mother, a nurse, used to give me ginger ale to settle my belly when I complained of nausea. Now I use ginger to calm my churning stomach when I’m sailing rough waters or flying on a bumpy plane.

I’m not the only one who’s thought of using a kitchen-based remedy to soothe symptoms. And interest in homegrown remedies may be on the rise. A government-sponsored survey reported that worries about the economy are driving more people to alternative remedies as they look for ways to save money on expensive doctor visits and prescription medicines.

How do we know which foods will truly help us feel better? I decided to find out what research says about some popular “kitchen cures.”

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