People's pharmacy: people report a large number of remedies for hiccups, including pineapple juice

Q: All the time I read your column, I have not seen the pineapple juice mentioned as a cure for hiccups. It works with a sip.

Reply: People use a lot of hiccups, ranging from eating an olive to picking gherkin juice or sucking a slice of lemon with Angostura bitters sprayed. We suspect that these approaches can work by activating transient receptor potential (TRP) channels in the nerves.

The hiccup is triggered by a fault in the vagus nerve ignition, which causes an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm. Activating TRP channels could reverse this. We have not seen any study on whether or how pineapple juice could affect these channels.

Q: I suffered from Restless legs syndrome (RLS) for many years and took ropinirole (Requip) to treat it. The medication worked, but it caused many worrying symptoms on a regular basis: dizziness, nausea, feeling that I was going to faint, even vomiting sometimes. However, if I did not take the medication, I could not sleep because my legs began to act the moment I went to bed.

I accepted this until I spoke with someone who recommended that I see an acupuncturist. This woman healed me after only one visit. I will never forget that day, three years ago, when she stepped on my body and left the room. I felt strong energy movements throughout my body and I was so tired after the initial treatment that I went to bed as soon as I got home. I never took Requip again.

I saw the acupuncturist every month for several months and then, with time, I visited less frequently. I come back for an "adjustment" several times a year. I am extremely grateful that I do not have to take Requip.

Reply: Many people would prefer to use a method other than medication to control restless legs syndrome. A review of non-pharmacological interventions found that acupuncture reduces the symptoms of RLS (Disability and Rehabilitation, March 21, 2018). Their results are surprising since they obtained a so lasting relief. Other people may find that they need to continue with acupuncture to stay free of the symptoms of RLS.

Q: My grandmother taught I think that bee stings would alleviate arthritis for a long time. Do you have any information about arthritis pain relief from bee stings?

Reply: Dr. Philipp Terc wrote about bee venom beekeeping therapy (apitherapy) in 1888, when he published "On a peculiar connection between bee stings and rheumatism". In 1935, Dr. Bodog Beck wrote a book entitled "Bee Venom Therapy." He detailed the application of bee stings to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

A recent study used bee venom to treat arthritis experimentally induced in rats (Toxicon, April 1, 2019). Scientists discovered that bee venom has a variety of anti-inflammatory properties. It can be an effective option to reduce inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis. The dose is critical, however, and low doses seem to be more effective.

Some people are very allergic to bee venom and may die from anaphylactic shock if they are stung. Qualified practitioners should be prepared for such emergencies. You can get more information about bee venom therapy and other options to treat joint pain in our book "Guide to Alternatives to Graedons Arthritis." To place an order, send $ 12.95 plus $ 4 per shipping and handling to: The People & # 39; s Pharmacy, AFA Dept., Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027. It can also be ordered online at www.Peoples Pharmacy.com.

King Features Syndicate

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