Old medical home remedies have been used for generations. Everyone has their mother’s or grandmother’s chicken soup recipe for cold care. Many of us have Grandpa’s recipe for cough syrup – the kind with a splash of his favorite whiskey!
As the cost of health care rises and fewer people have access to affordable health care, many people are returning to the tried and true methods of health maintenance by using such remedies. Medical home remedies can provide the benefits of saving money, improving health, and even offer a greener lifestyle.
Traditional and long used remedies have proven themselves over and over again:
– Alternating hot and cold presses to relieve strained muscles vs. taking pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications.
– Chicken soup and steam baths to reduce congestion and alleviate cold symptoms vs. over the counter or prescription cold pills and cough syrups.
– Frequent liquids, natural herbs and spices to aid in the treatment and flushing the system of bacterial infections vs. antibiotics.
Some of the best sources for home remedies are your family members. Past generations have used home remedies for all types of ailments. Remember how your mother cared for you as a child? Think about the small, seemingly insignificant ways she treated you when you were sick. Your mother probably had some home remedies up her sleeve that you’ve simply forgotten about. Talk to older generations of people, they are often the best source for home remedies. If you have a neighbor who’s much older than you, give him a call and ask how he treated an infected wound “back in his day”. He probably didn’t go to the doctor and spend a fortune on a clinic visit and then proceed to the drug store to buy an over priced prescription antibiotic cream. He might tell you to flush the wound with clean water, apply a dab of honey to the wound, and cover with a bandage. That’s right! Honey! Honey will emit a small amount of hydrogen peroxide into the wound to help kill the infection. You probably have honey in your kitchen pantry already, make use of it!
You can improve your health with these remedies, thus reducing the cost of health care. Keeping healthy with home remedies keeps you from getting very ill and requiring a trip to the doctor. Think of the money you could save if you could reduce your hospital bills, clinic visits, prescription and over-the-counter medicine costs, and even insurance co-pays. The less you need physician care and purchased medicines, the more you save!
Old medical home remedies also have far fewer side effects than prescription medications. All prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs have the potential for serious side effects. The reason for this is that these drugs are concentrated doses of very powerful chemicals. How those chemicals respond in an individual’s body is not always known. Even with the extensive testing and trials that drugs are put through before they are available on the market, they can still be dangerous. Simple home remedies rarely have fatal or serious side effects. How often do you hear about the debilitating side effects of using a cold press on a strained shoulder? How often do you hear about the dangerous side effects of NSAIDs though?
Medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can be very expensive. Some people spend over a thousand dollars a month in prescription medications, especially if those people do not have insurance to help cover the costs. Even with insurance, co-pays for multiple medications add up very quickly, and insurance doesn’t always cover all prescriptions. Home remedies may not reduce your need for all medications, but they can certainly reduce the need for a lot.
Medical home remedies should never be used in an attempt to replace a truly necessary prescription medication. Always use your best judgment and never gamble with your life. We cannot always rely exclusively on home remedies to treat very serious conditions and some chronic conditions. But with a careful combination of these remedies and prescription medications, you can reduce your reliance on a lot of drugs. You may need antibiotics to fight a severe infection, but you may not need an antibiotic to treat a mild bronchial infection. You should speak with your physician if you are considering replacing a prescription drug with a home remedy and discuss the risks and/or benefits of doing this. If you have a good physician, you should talk to him and ask him for suggestions for home remedies. A good physician will often suggest alternatives to drugs if you show that you are interested.
If you utilize these remedies to improve your health and you reduce your reliance on drugs and clinic visits, do you realize that makes an impact on the improvement of the environment too? Home remedies do have an indirect, positive impact on the earth and our environment. Using home remedies allows you to live a greener lifestyle.
Think of all the small plastic pill bottles you go through, all the paper cartons and plastic containers from the over-the-counter medications, all of the little foil packs that contain single doses of medicine. Think about the energy necessary to produce all of these items. You can recycle, of course. Recycling does help reduce waste. But what if you never purchased these items to begin with? Every small contribution to our environment plays a huge role in the overall health of the earth. Keeping our environment healthy is the easiest home remedy to keep our bodies healthy!
Old medical home remedies are on the comeback and regaining popularity for a variety of reasons. Improving our health and the health of our family members is one of our greatest challenges. Introducing home remedies to our health regimen is an easy, simple way of meeting this challenge. Fight your rising health care costs by taking control of your health. Reduce your risks of dangerous side effects from drugs and choose safer home remedies. Get back in touch with your grandma! Now is the time to give her a call and find out all of her secrets to a long and healthy life.