By Sara Novak, Planet Green
You’ve heard about them for years. The minute you started to get the sniffles your mother came home with chicken soup. In college you turned to cranberry juice for UTI infections and in pregnancy, saltines for morning sickness. But do these time-honored home remedies actually work or are they nothing more than an old wives’ tale?
I explored some of the most common home remedies to find out whether they actually work. And if they don’t work, what remedies do the job so that you can get back to health as soon as possible. This is in no way intended as a doctor’s advice.
How Effective Are Mom’s Time Honored Home Remedies?
1. Chicken Soup For Colds
I wrote a while back that the medical journal Chest actually tested the healing remedy behind chicken noodle soup and found that it wasn’t a myth at all. In fact, chicken noodle soup does work on cold symptoms.
Here’s what the study found:
When [we] added chicken soup to a Petri dish full of inflammatory cells called neutrophils the ability of these cells to move around and migrate was decreased. Neutrophils are cells that help to fight infection but also cause inflammation which is responsible for some of the uncomfortable symptoms experienced with a cold.
2. Cranberry Juice for UTI
Recently, the New York Times Wellness Blog explored whether cranberry juice was really a cure for bladder infections. This is one of those go-to home remedies, but does it actually work?
According to the article:
[R]esearchers have repeatedly shown that the juice does effectively prevent some species of bacteria from adhering to the cells that line the urinary tract. More to the point, urine from both mice and people who drank modest amounts of cranberry juice also prevented bacterial adherence.