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Always Exercise Caution

Always Exercise Caution

If you're ever on the fence about using a home remedy, err on the side of caution and consult a professional. It's never worth skimping on safety. If you have a serious injury or medical condition, your physician's advice wins out over any great home remedy suggestion. If you notice a strange reaction to a home remedy, like a rash or any pain, stop using it immediately. And remember, "If the labels on any home remedies make promises that seem to good to be true, beware,” advises Catherine Ulbricht, PharmD, MBA[c], senior attending pharmacist at Massachusetts General Hospital and chief editor at the Natural Standard Research Collaboration and the Journal of Dietary Supplements. “We haven't encountered any 'magic pills' yet."

By Daniel Halperin, published July 12, 2011. Daniel is a freelance writer based in New York City.