13 Medical Tricks That Actually Work

It’s always a relief when you can use a home remedy or medical trick when you are sick or injured. It can save you tons of money over your lifetime and these methods are a much healthier option for you. Check out these awesome medical tricks that really work, some of which are recommended by doctors and nutritionists all across the country!

Stop a Nosebleed

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Stop a nosebleed by putting half of a cotton ball on your upper gums right behind the small dent below your nose and press firmly. It is believed that putting pressure on your gums blocks an artery that supplies blood to the nose. If this doesn’t work, you could press between your eyes, where there is also an artery. If you cool the area with a cold ­fabric, that may also help as cold makes the arteries constrict.

Relieve a Stuffy Nose or Sinus Pressure

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According to Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine, to clear a stuffy nose or to relieve sinus pressure, push your tongue against the roof of your mouth then press a finger between your eyebrows. By doing so, this causes the vomer bone to rock, which loosens your congestion and clears you up. After 20 seconds, you’ll feel your sinuses start to drain.

Prevent Acid Reflux

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If you ate a big meal and you’re feeling full as you go to sleep, lay on your left side. By doing so, it keeps your stomach lower than your oesophagus which will help keep stomach acid from sliding up your throat. Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left sides are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. The oesophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right side, the stomach is higher than the oesophagus allowing food and stomach acid to slide up your throat.

Calm Your Anxiety

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Do you suffer from anxiety? Slow your heart rate by blowing on your thumb. According to Dr. Ghosh, this idea has its roots in the fact that the thumb has its own pulse. If you can calm that pulse down, you’re effectively calming the heart down, too. Blowing will cool the thumb and hence calm the heart rate, as cold does slow down your pulse.This method might also help because the act of blowing (exhaling oxygen) forces you to deepen your breathing, which calms your heart. Oxygen is the natural antidote to the adrenaline which raised your heart rate in the first place. Hyper-inflate your lungs to ensure maximum ­oxygen intake to calm down. Breathe in for seven seconds, hold for three ­seconds, and out for seven seconds.

Listerine for Blisters

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This classic breath freshener (also a powerful antiseptic) can also heal blisters. According to Janet Maccaro, PhD, CNC, a holistic nutritionist and certified nutrition consultant in Scottsdale, AZ., moisten a cotton ball with Listerine and dab it on your blister 3 times a day until the area dries out and no longer hurts.

Olives or Lemons to Ease Motion Sickness

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Motion sickness causes you to produce excess saliva, which can make you nauseated. Compounds in olives, called tannins, dry out your mouth and can help soothe that queasy feeling. Pop a couple of olives at the first hint of nausea. Also, sucking on a lemon can also do the trick.

Baking Soda for Urinary Tract Infections

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Larrian Gillespie, MD, a retired assistant clinical professor of urology and urogynecology in Los Angeles, suggests drinking a solution made with ¼ teaspoon of baking soda mixed in 8 ounces of water at the first signs of symptoms. Continue this once a day until you can get a culture done at a doctor’s office and start antibiotics. Baking soda makes the bladder environment more alkaline, which reduces bacteria’s ability to multiply.

Cloves for Cuts

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Sprinkle powdered cloves on a cut to keep it from becoming infected. Also, clove oil is rich in eugenol, a chemical that’s both antiseptic and pain-killing.

Duct Tape for Warts

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According to a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, covering warts with duct tape eliminates them better than freezing them off. In the study, the duct tape eliminated 85% of the warts after 2 months, compared with 60% with the freezing method. To use duct tape safely, clean the area. Then cut a piece of duct tape to a size slightly bigger than the wart. Apply the duct tape to the site and rub into place. Every 3 days, remove the tape and file down dead skin with a pumice stone or nail file. Repeat until the wart disappears. Chemicals in the tape are said to suffocate and kill the wart.

Lemon Balm Tea for Cold Sores

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Lemon balm is a first-choice herbal treatment for cold sores. It has antiviral properties that work to tame cold sore outbreaks. Prepare lemon balm tea by brewing 2 to 4 tablespoons of the herb per cup of boiling water. Let it cool, then dot with a cotton ball on the cold sore several times a day.

Licorice for Corns and Calluses

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“Licorice contains estrogen-like substances that soften the hard skin of calluses and corns,” says Georgianna Donadio, PhD, director of the National Institute of Whole Health. Make this homemade licorice paste: Grind up a few licorice sticks, mix them with ½ teaspoon of petroleum jelly, and rub the mixture into the rough areas of your feet.

Olive Oil for Eczema

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Packed with antioxidants that can reduce the inflammation associated with eczema, olive oil is the basis for many moisturizers. When used alone, it lacks chemical irritants you may find in store-bought creams. As a bonus, olive oil’s antioxidants help prevent and repair damage that can lead to wrinkles and brown spots. Rub 1 teaspoon per square inch of skin, which creates a seal that prevents skin from drying out. For serious cases, cover oil-slathered skin with plastic wrap overnight to lock moisture in.

Gargle Salt Water to Ease Sore Throats

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Several studies have found that gargling several times a day with warm salt water can reduce swelling in the throat and loosen mucus, helping to flush out irritants or bacteria. Doctors generally recommend dissolving half a teaspoon of salt in one cup of water. If the salty taste is too unpleasant for you, try adding a small amount of honey to sweeten the mixture slightly. Remember to spit the water out after gargling, rather than swallowing.

The above article is for informational purposes only. In the case of a medical emergency call 911. If you are pregnant or nursing, consult a doctor before starting any and all home remedies.

** Portions of the above information has been courtesy of lifehack.org and prevention.com.

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