Feel Better Naturally
If you try it: For the best effect, use headphones (or ear buds) to
help block out noises, says the Ohio study co-author Sandra Siedlecki, PhD, RN,
of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Hypnotherapy for … everything?
Hypnosis is thought to induce deep relaxation, helping to distract you from
pain signals or anything else.
Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
in New York analyzed 18 studies of hypnosis for pain relief and found “moderate
to large” benefits—the kind Louanne Weston experienced. Hypnosis also seems to
boost immune function and help treat asthma, eczema, and irritable bowel
If you try it: The National Board for Certified Clinical
Hypnotherapists (natboard.com or
800-449-8144) can help you find a qualified professional. You can even
hypnotize yourself: Contact the Academy for Guided Imagery (academyforguidedimagery.com
or 800-726-2070) to get a CD.
Chaste tree berry for tender breasts
Monks ate chaste tree berries in the Middle Ages to suppress sexual desire,
but it’s since been proven to have no effect on libido. The fruit of the chaste
tree (also known as Vitex), however, does seem to ease PMS-related breast pain,
a common complaint. Turkish researchers compared chaste tree berry with the
commonly prescribed drug Prozac, and the natural remedy worked better for
physical symptoms of PMS-related breast pain.
If you try it: It’s available as a pill or as a liquid at drug and
natural-product stores. Follow label instructions.
Good fats for cramps
Omega-3 fatty acids from fish and fish oil are believed to ease
inflammation. Researchers in Cincinnati gave 42 young women with severe cramps
fish-oil pills or a placebo for 2 months. The fish oil markedly reduced their
If you try it: Use the dose tested in the study: 1,800 milligrams per
Michael Castleman is the author of Nature’s Cures, a scientific
investigation of 30 alternative therapies.