7 Old Wives Tales Doctors Still Use Today

4. Ginger Root

The common ginger root is also a favorite that’s recommended by some doctors, when it comes to its medicinal properties. Eastern practitioners for centuries, have used ginger to cure maladies such as upset stomachs and nausea. Ginger, other than for cooking, is now getting recognition as an effective remedy.

It’s recommended as a safe solution for morning or motion sickness, nausea, and chemotherapy related stomach upset. The best solution appears to be steeping ginger root in tea, or sucking on a piece of ginger root, or candied ginger, to soothe an irritable troublesome tummy.

3. Petroleum Jelly

The use of petroleum jelly was more common decades ago, as a “cure all” for a variety of maladies, such as chapped lips, cuts, rashes, winter ravaged noses. So there was always a jar of “Vaseline” sitting in the medicine cabinet, as an all purpose solution.

What some modern day dermatologists will do, is recommend applying petroleum jelly for a variety of purposes, anything from minor skin abrasions to surgical wounds, this especially for those who has skin sensitivities, or are allergic to antibiotic ointments.

2. Gargle With Salt Water

What doctors still honor is their grandmothers recommendation, which is a salt water gargle. This by adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved into a glass of lukewarm water. Some recommend adding baking soda with lemon juice to water, to relieve a nasty inflamed throat, which also clears mucus, this due to a cold.

What’s also recommended is gargling with salt water, as a precautionary measure for colds and flu’s. Tests based on a large group of participants, showed that the one half of the group who gargled saltwater daily for 2 months during the cold and flu season, suffered a 42% percent reduction in upper respiratory tract infection, over those who didn’t.

1. Ice Packs

Ice packs are magical miracle workers when it comes to reducing pain, such as to bring down swelling and inflammation, due to a muscle injury, sprains, or to reduce chronic pain. Modern day doctors, will prescribe this traditional therapy, to soothe pain such as migraines.

What’s thought is using cold remains the most effective method for headaches, which is by simply applying ice or ice gel packs, directly on the carotid arteries of the neck, this at the onset of a migraine. The sudden coldness has the ability to constrict, while causing the blood vessels to dilate, all without medical risk.