15 Crazy Alternative Medical Treatments You Didn't Know

Posted Jun 18, by Val Liarikos [+]

Alligator blood may hold the key to cure a lot of diseases thought to have no cure!

Maybe Charlie Sheen should've used this instead of Tiger Blood to seem more badass. Scientists have often been puzzled as to why alligators never seem to get infections. They often get into violent fights over territories and mates, and they get wounds that should be easy targets for infection. Their blood might be the key.

Chemists have isolated blood from the American alligator and have successfully destroyed 23 strains of bacteria, including ones known to be resistant to antibiotics. In fact, the blood has proven strong enough to destroy a significant amount of HIV. They're now working in isolating the active compounds that help the alligator and put it into medicine for human use. This is a really exciting development, especially with news of new antibiotic resistant strains of certain diseases like gonorrhea that are starting to spread.

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Honey is More Effective than Cough Syrup to Fight a Cough! Learn Why

Cough…cough…COUGH. Ugh. It seems like everybody is sick with something these days. You’ve heard about chicken soup, hand washing, vitamin C, and all the usual ways to keep healthy. But once you’ve caught the bug, there’s not much you can do other than wait it out with some tissues and a warm bed. Not even the over-the-counter medicine helps that hacking cough! We’re here to help. A recent study found that honey was more effective in treating a persistent cough than cough syrup.

105 children were involved in the study, and the results were overwhelming. Honey consistently scored better than cough syrup in all categories: decreasing cough frequency, lessening severity, and improving sleep quality. Of course, parents will want to consult with their child’s pediatrician before giving their little ones honey, but if given the go-head, it’s a unique (and natural) way to deal with that nasty cough that keeps the whole family up at night.

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Chocolate Milk was originally sold as MEDICINE!

Oh, how would I love to go back to those days. An Irish physician named Sir Hans Sloane is the inventor of chocolate milk.

He came up with it while he was traveling through Jamaica. He went to Jamaica in 1687 to become the physician for the Duke of Albemarle.

The only problem was that the Duke died soon after landing, and his visit lasted only 15 months.

During that time, however, he noted about 800 new species of plant, and the most important thing of all, he encountered cocoa.

Locals in Jamaica drank cocoa with water, something that Sloane found nauseating. He saw promise in the drink, however, and decided to find ways to make it more acceptable.

He struck gold when he managed to mix it with milk. He brought back his chocolate milk recipe with him back to England, where it was manufactured and sold by apothecaries as medicine. The rest is history, delicious, chocolatey history.

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Sprinkling sugar on a wound helps it heal faster!

Sugar can help heal bedsores and other wounds when it is rubbed into it. Using sugar in wounds is a traditional African remedy and is being used in a trial at a British Hospital following a study by a Zimbabwean nurse. 

The study, done by Moses Murandu, showed that granulated sugar can kill bacteria that inhibits healing and causes chronic pain. Simply pour the sugar on the wound before dressing it. In the six-month study on 21 patients, Murandu used the sugar on bedsores, leg ulcers, and amputations when wounds didn’t respond to conventional treatments. 

Sugar draws out the water that allows bacteria growth in the wound. It's not painful, but actually reduces pain greatly. It’s also much cheaper than medicines and does the same thing. Mr. Murandu was give a grant to continue using sugar as a remedy on 100 more patients. He is very excited to bring relief to so many patients who have been suffering from chronic pain. 

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Jaegermeister was originally developed as a cough medicine and to aid in digestion!

Jaegermeister is a German 70-proof digestif, or beverage to be served with a meal. It's made with 56 different herbs and spices.

It has a sweeter taste than many other herbal liquors like Gammel Dansk from Denmark or Unicum from Hungary.

Some of the ingredients include citrus peel, saffron, ginger, ginseng, and juniper berries. The ingredients are ground and steeped in water and alcohol for 2 or 3 days.

Then they are filtered and stored in oak barrels for a year. After a year, the liquor is filtered again and mixed with sugar, caramel, alcohol, and water.

It's filtered one last time and then bottled. Urban legend says that Jaegermeister contains deer or elk blood, but it isn't true. It is suggested that it be kept on ice and served cold.

It's recommended to even be stored in the freezer. It was originally developed as a cold remedy and is jokingly called Leberkleister in Germany. Leberlkeister means "liver glue" and is a play on words since it rhymes with Jaegermeister.

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The most effective way to cure intractable hiccups? A butt massage with your finger

Sounds extremely weird, but a paper written by the Department of Internal Medicine from the Bnai Zion Medial Center in Haifa Israel, found just that. 

A 60-year old man with acute pancreatis developed persistent hiccups after they put a nasogastric tube in him. When they removed it, the hiccups didn't stop. They tried a bunch of methods, and none work.

At some point, they tried a digital rectal massage, aka they massaged his butt with a finger. The hiccups immediately stopped. He got the hiccups a few hours later, and the same technique worked again. That was the second time this had been observed. 

The study concluded this should be tried first before recurring to any type of pharmaceutical metods.

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Laughter is actually one of the best medicines!

Although a good laugh won’t cure a serious disease, it can have countless health benefits and is one of the best forms of natural medicine. Laughter is proven strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress!

It can induce relaxation for up to 45 minutes and even boost the function of blood vessels and blood flow, decreasing chances of a heart attack. Scientists say laughter is one of the most infectious emotions and if you ever get the chance to laugh, do it because as time goes on we’re proven to laugh less. Children laugh an average of 300 times a day while adults hover around only 15! 


The Western Black Rhino as officially become extinct due to poaching rhino horn for traditional Chinese medicine!

Biologists and game park officials in South Africa have announced that the Western Black Rhino is officially extinct due to extensive poaching. At least one rhino is killed daily and the black and the white rhino are critically endangered at this time.

The rhinos are poached mainly for a superstitious Chinese medicinal purpose. The horn of a rhino is said to even be an aphrodisiac. The horn is ground up and added to food as a powder or put in tea. Sometimes the horn is also used as a trophy.

Rhinos aren’t the only animal in trouble, though. Asian folk medicine also hails the power of penises, claws, bones, and lips of other animals like the tiger, elk, and bear. Sharks are in danger, for their fins are a delicacy in Asia. Their fins are cut off and the shark thrown back into the ocean to die. Biodiversity is being greatly affected by poaching and will lead to big problems very soon.

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Eating chicken soup can help treat the common cold.

We normally think of chicken soup as just a common folk remedy. Still, there must be a reason that people have sworn by its cold-fighting abilities for centuries. There’s no real way to cure a common cold anyway; cold medicines just reduce the symptoms, antibiotics are not recommended, and the best treatment is usually just bed-rest and consuming fluids and vitamins. Chicken soup’s combination of heat, fluid, and salts actually make it about as good a cold treatment as anything else. The National Institutes of Health even lists it as a potential treatment on their website.


Cooling the brain can help treat insomnia!

Talk about a \'brain freeze\'! Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine conducted a study on 24 people, half of whom were insomniacs, to determine whether brain temperature levels could affect the amount of time it took to fall asleep. They outfitted the participants with plastic caps full of tubes for circulating water at different temperatures. Patients who normally had trouble falling asleep took roughly 13 minutes at the maximum cooling levels and slept 89% of the time they spent in bed - an amount of sleep roughly equivalent to healthy sleepers!

This method of treatment works by slowing metabolism in the frontal cortex of the brain. Hopefully, this study will bring about an effective and safe alternative to drug-based methods.
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\"\" Vinegar can help to stop a nosebleed.

The acetic acid in the vinegar will gently cauterize the inside of the nose and stop the flow of blood. You can also fight off your nosebleeds by having more zinc in your diet, a task that can be accomplished by consuming more whole wheat bread. Vitamin K helps your body with blood clotting, so you should also try to consume more dark-green leafy vegetables, and having more Vitamin C will reduce your chances of getting a nosebleed in the first place. If you already have a nosebleed, you can also apply pressure to your upper lip. This is where a major blood vessel that travels to your nose is located, so if you hold a piece of cotton against it, you can slow down the bleeding.

Check out HowStuffWorks for more tips on how to fight nosebleeds.


\"\" An ingredient in chocolate may be more effective than cough medicine.

British researchers have found that a compound derived from cocoa is an effective treatment for persistent coughs, but lacks the side-effects normally associated with cough suppressants. The chemical, theobromine, not only can be used to stop coughing, but also can prevent coughing in the future. The researchers offered volunteers tablets of theobromine and asked them to breathe in a gas derived from chili peppers to trigger a cough. The test proved that theobromine kept volunteers from coughing for a longer time than codeine, a popular, powerful cough medicine. As an added bonus, theobromine does not cause the drowsy side-effects that codeine does.

Read more about this study.


\"\" You can\'t suck the venom out of a snakebite.

If anything, doing this makes everything worse! The original thought behind this sort of remedy was that a person could suck much of the venom out of the bite area before it had a chance to enter the victim’s bloodstream. However, a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine back in 2002 disproved this claim, saying that snake venom enters the bloodstream far too quickly to be sucked out effectively. Also, since our mouths are teeming with bacteria, placing your mouth on a wound is just asking for some sort of infection! Even suction devices that are often found in snakebite kits rarely do more than remove blood and other vital fluids.

The best treatment is to keep venom from moving quickly through the bloodstream until medical help arrives. This can be accomplished by keeping the victim’s wound below their heart and avoiding any physical activity that could increase their heart rate. It is also no longer advisable to chill or tourniquet the affected area because restricting blood flow in this manner causes more severe tissue damage in that one place. If the bite area starts to swell and/or change color, the snake was probably venomous. Therefore, if you have already killed the offending snake, it is advisable to bring its carcass to the hospital to hasten the process of finding the appropriate antivenom.

Read more snakebite tips.


\"\" Maple syrup can help you fight cancer and diabetes!

Pure maple syrup contains 54 compounds beneficial to health. Many contain anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to fight cancer, diabetes and bacterial illnesses. Some of the molecules discovered in maple syrup may be helpful in creating medicine!

Find out more about syrup\'s health properties in this article.


\"\" You can\'t suck the venom out of a snakebite.

If anything, doing this makes everything worse! The original thought behind this sort of remedy was that a person could suck much of the venom out of the bite area before it had a chance to enter the victim’s bloodstream. However, a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine back in 2002 disproved this claim, saying that snake venom enters the bloodstream far too quickly to be sucked out effectively. Also, since our mouths are teeming with bacteria, placing your mouth on a wound is just asking for some sort of infection! Even suction devices that are often found in snakebite kits rarely do more than remove blood and other vital fluids.

The best treatment is to keep venom from moving quickly through the bloodstream until medical help arrives. This can be accomplished by keeping the victim’s wound below their heart and avoiding any physical activity that could increase their heart rate. It is also no longer advisable to chill or tourniquet the affected area because restricting blood flow in this manner causes more severe tissue damage in that one place. If the bite area starts to swell and/or change color, the snake was probably venomous. Therefore, if you have already killed the offending snake, it is advisable to bring its carcass to the hospital to hasten the process of finding the appropriate antivenom.

Read more snakebite tips.


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