What's My Alternative

  • Carpal Tunnel Tips

    It seems a new form of an ancient healing technique can hone in on carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) pain like a laser. New research shows that laser acupuncture—stimulating acupuncture points with laser light instead of needles—can ease the aching and tingling caused when the median nerve in the carpal tunnel is compressed.

    By Bryce Edmonds
  • Tough Scrapes

    Whether you scuffed up your knee on a hike or accidently sliced your finger while cutting veggies for dinner, simply slapping on a Band-Aid isn’t the answer. Did you know that in just one teaspoon of soil there are 6 billion bacteria? It only takes one invader to develop a systemic infection, says Deb Ajango, director of Safety Education for Outdoor Work Environments in Seward, Alaska.

    Easy, natural treatments for helping wounds heal.
    By Nicole Duncan
  • What's My Alternative: Epidural

    When Chandra Lund discovered she was pregnant, she faced a dilemma. She wanted a natural labor, but media images of women screaming in pain haunted her, and the “horrible, painful” birth stories her friends told made her think twice.

    By Diana Reynolds Roome
  • Homeopathy To-Go

    Nothing will spoil your travel plans faster than getting flattened by a nasty cold, high fever, or Montezuma’s revenge. Fortunately, homeopathy offers symptom-specific relief for even the worst of your travel ailments. Don’t leave home without the following remedies recommended by Kathy Thorpe, a certified homeopath in Boulder, Colorado.

    An easy-to-pack kit for on-the-road emergencies
  • Run to Fight Hunger

    If you can’t satisfy your hunger no matter how hard you try, crank up the intensity of your workouts. A new study from the UK says the more your routine gets you huffing and puffing, the less hungry you’ll feel. Why? You have two major appetite hormones: peptide YY (an appetite suppressor), and ghrelin (an appetite stimulator).

    By Nicole Duncan
  • What's My Alternative: Tinnitus

    Three years ago Debby Seguin woke up to a loud, high-pitched ringing in her ears. Doctors told the 43-year-old Canadian it was tinnitus, which usually results from repeated exposure to loud music or a sudden, explosive loud noise. Unfortunately, Seguin hadn’t experienced anything like that, so her doctors were at a loss to explain the relentless sound.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Spring Into Action

    Shake off the winter doldrums with aromatherapy—essential oils of lemon, lime, and orange invigorate and revitalize the senses.

  • Get Ahead of Jet Lag

    If the jet lag that comes from traveling far and wide spoils your jaunts, we’ve got just the remedy for you: a mixture of bioflavonoids extracted from French maritime pine tree bark (sold as Pycnogenol). New research has found that imperceptible brain swellings may do more than upset circadian rhythms to bring on symptoms of jet lag, like fatigue and headaches.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Stroke Recovery

    Roger Maxwell of Dallas didn’t smoke. He exercised regularly and kept his weight down. But at 49 he suffered a stroke that left him wheelchair-bound and unable to speak words more than two syllables. Maxwell’s stroke came from an arterial dissection; an artery in the back of his neck split in half and blocked the flow of blood to his brain.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Put an End to Earaches

    Here’s the $64,000 question: Why do children’s ear infections keep coming back despite multiple courses of antibiotics? Because they’re mostly caused by viruses, not bacteria. Antibiotics don’t treat the cause of the problem—the virus. They just provide temporary relief of the symptoms, says Sandy Newmark, an integrative pediatrician in Tucson, Arizona.

    Antibiotics are not the answer to healing persistent ear infections.
    By Nicole Duncan