Most of us have tried a home remedy at some point – some work and some don’t.

According to Dr. Elizabeth Kightlinger, an internist at the Cleveland Clinic, uses a science-backed home remedy tape to remove a wart.

“You want to put it on the wart and you want to leave it on for about six days,” she said. “You want to give him plenty of time to have an occlusive property about this wart. Take it off, scrub it. Then you want to put the band back on and let it run for another six days and repeat this process. “

And it looks like Grandma was right. Research suggests that chicken soup can be good for colds.

“The chicken noodle soup actually increased the speed of movement of the mucus in the nose better compared to hot water and better compared to cold water,” said Kightlinger. “So there is actually the science that it can relieve some of that constipation and phlegm and make you feel better.”

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If you have a cough, research shows honey can help.

“There are plenty of studies that have found that a few teaspoons of honey at night can actually relieve symptoms, reduce coughs, and improve sleep,” said Kightlinger. “The last point I want to make about the honey is that you always want to make sure that you don’t give it to anyone under a year old as honey carries the risk of infant botulism which is a very serious disease . ”

For those dealing with abdominal discomfort, products containing ginger may provide relief.

“There is a lot of data to show that it can actually be very effective against nausea,” said Kightlinger. “There are studies that have used it in pregnant women and chemotherapy patients, and the general trend has been that these are helpful drugs.”

Whenever reaching for any herbal medicine, speak to your doctor first. Some can interact with certain medical conditions and medications.

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It is best to avoid home remedies if you are in severe pain, have difficulty breathing, or if you are unable to eat, drink, or keep fluids low.

Kightlinger recommends seeing your doctor if the home remedy you are using doesn’t work, if it makes your illness worse, or if you develop new symptoms.

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