Home Remedies Put to the Test

Dr. Oz continues to put viewer home remedies to the test. See what works and what doesn't - and click here to share your favorite home remedy with Dr. Oz!

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Chicken Soup Cures a Cold

Method: We've all heard that chicken soup is good for a cold, and instinctively, this makes sense...but does it really work?

Verdict: It works! Chicken soup slows immune cells down, reducing the inflammation that causes cold symptoms. The steam also helps to clear stuff airways. 
Try the chicken noodle soup recipe the Oz family uses! 

Apple Cider Vinegar for Heartburn

Method: Swallow a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar rather than popping antacids to soothe heartburn.

Verdict: It does not work! Apple cider vinegar works for a lot things (like killing germs, weight loss and hair health) but unfortunately, there's no evidence that supports it can help heartburn. And if it tastes bad, skip it altogether.

A Warm Drink for PMS Symptoms

Method: This homemade warm, spicy drink contains oregano, rosemary, anise seeds and cloves. Drink before bed to ease the bloating, cramps and back pain that accompany your monthly period.

Verdict: Dr. Oz delivers his first 'maybe!' All the ingredients in this warm drink reduce bloating and gastrointestinal cramps, but there's no research that links those ingredients to PMS symptoms. Here is the recipe for this drink - try it at home and let us know if it works for you!

Nuvia's Cramps Remedy

1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp rosemary

1 tbsp anise seeds

1 tbsp cloves


Add two cups of water.  Let it simmer until there is only half cup left, drink while is still very warm preferably before bedtime.