Alternative medicine has become extremely popular over the years as more and more people turn toward homeopathic remedies, seeking herbs and other natural products to treat things like constipation, UTIs, and pink eye. While there is plenty of controversy surrounding these holistic approaches, namely because the antidotes are not evaluated by the FDA, many people swear by them.
Below, we've listed some of the most popular homeopathic remedies to treat common ailments.
NOTE: Please consult with a registered homeopath before prescribing for yourself.
1. Homeopathic remedies for UTIs
Cantharis is often considered the number one homeopathic remedy to treat urinary tract infections, and has even helped people who have frequent reccurring UTIs.
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Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help kill bacteria and reduce pain, thus helping to flush out bacteria and alleviate the most bothersome symptoms of a UTI.
Uva ursi is an herb that is commonly used to treat urinary tract infections. And while it has a proven track record of working, it's important to only take it for short periods of time — usually no longer than five days — and a maximum of five times a year, as it can cause liver damage.
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Parsley is an antioxidant and diuretic often used to heal UTIs. Simply boil a pot of water, allow the plant leaves to infuse the water for 10 minutes, and then strain them out. The drink will help increase the sodium you're excreting, in turn causing you to pee more and flush out the bacteria.
2. Homeopathic Remedies for Constipation
Flaxseed Oil and Orange Juice
Maximize your fiber intake while simultaneously increasing your bowel movements by adding flax seed to your orange juice. The pulp in your OJ is high in fiber, and the oil coats the walls of your intestine and increases the number of bowel movements you have each day.
Nux vomica is seen as an absolute must-have when it comes to homeopathic remedies — though it must not be used for long periods of time. The seeds, which come from trees indigenous to China, East India, Thailand, and Australia, have been said to help alleviate constipation, as well as a number of other issues, including nausea and migraines.
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Also known as stimulant laxative, this plant extract increases the movement of your intestines, helping to relieve the symptoms of constipation.
3. Homeopathic Remedies for Pink Eye
Colloidal silver is a natural way to treat many infections, including pink eye. In addition, it's said to treat ear, nasal, and mouth infections. Like most homeopathic remedies, it is not to be used for long periods of time.
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4. Homeopathic Remedies for Nausea
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5. Homeopathic Remedies for Gout
Bromelain is a natural enzyme extracted from pineapples and is said to aid in reducing the symptoms of gout. As both an anti-inflammatory and natural blood thinner, it helps to block the production of compounds that cause swelling.
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6. Homeopathic Remedies for Migraines
If you're someone who suffers from chronic migraines, this butterbur may help relieve your symptoms. The all-natural supplement aids in relieving neurological discomfort.
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Belladonna is a very popular homeopathic treatment for migraines and is a remedy that has been around for a long time. Before taking the supplement however, it is best to consult with a homeopath for recommended dosage.
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7. Homeopathic Remedies for Eczema
Though called an "oil," jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax that is easily absorbed into the skin. It is commonly used to help alleviate eczema flare-ups.
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Raw honey has antibacterial properties that help speed up the healing process, so it's often used to help treat eczema.
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8. Homeopathic Remedies for Cold Sores
L-lysine, which is an amino acid, is a popular homeopathic remedy to prevent cold sore breakouts.
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9. Homeopathic Remedies for Heartburn
Carbo vegetabilis absorbs toxins within your body and aids in the relief of heartburn. These tablets are often the right choice if, during heartburn, you feel the need for fresh air.
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10. Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety
Kali phosphoricum is often used to help treat mental and physical exhaustion, as well as anxiety. It is best to consult a homeopath before use.
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11. Homeopathic Remedies for Acid Reflux
D-limonene is an extract from orange peels and is said to provide a protective coating for the stomach and esophagus, which can help alleviate symptoms of acid reflux.
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