What Value Is There To Home Remedies?

For as many illnesses as there are extant, there are just as many (if not more) home remedies used to help combat them. While many of these can be chalked up as old wives tales, is that true for all of them? That odd remedy that your grandmother swears by may actually be beneficial in treating certain illnesses after all.

So this begs the question of whether or not there is any merit to home remedies.

The plain answer is yes. Many home remedies are borne out of experience in patients feeling better after eating certain plants or herbs, or that performing certain actions help to get rid of illnesses faster. Let’s take a common example of “sweating out a fever”. Many people will actually pile on extra layers and get in bed under their covers to intentionally make themselves hotter during a time of fever. Many report getting over their illness faster this way. There is certainly some logic to it. Your body raises its temperature in order to attempt to kill the virus, and by making it hotter, you are assisting that natural process. Of course, if you overdo it, you’ll be needing to be taken away on a stretcher. But again, some merit there.

So just like with conventional medicines, these remedies need to be tested before one can speak of their efficacy. And people also need to be more responsible about passing these remedies around. Just because something worked for you that one time, doesn’t mean that it is a definitive cure that will work for all.

So don’t necessarily dismiss the remedies given to you by your granny, but don’t swallow them whole either. Do your own research and be the judge when applying a home remedy to yourself or anyone else.