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People’s Pharmacy: Cherry juice to the rescue

Q. My 54-year-old husband has severe pain and swelling in his feet after a long day at work. This morning I gave him a 4-ounce glass of tart cherry juice with his breakfast.

When he got home from work, he was in a great mood and told me he felt great and nothing hurt. When I told him it was the cherry juice, he was amazed. Now he wants it every day.

A. Tart cherry juice contains natural compounds that have anti-inflammatory activity and can ease pain (Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, August 2013). Other readers have reported similar benefit. One wrote: “I used tart cherries to cure a gout attack, and it worked. The real news is that the pain from osteoarthritis of the hip joint also diminished.

“I’ve been able to reduce my use of Celebrex by half and still have less pain.”

Anyone who would like to learn more details about cherries and other natural approaches for gout, arthritis, fibromyalgia or plantar fasciitis may be interested in our book “The People’s Pharmacy Quick and Handy Home Remedies” (online at


Q. You wrote about Dead Sea salts as a cure for warts. In my experience, the salts don’t need to be from that far away.

I live in Florida. Several years ago, I used to go dig for clams with my hands in the sand just south of the Sunshine Skyway (Tampa Bay). A prominent wart on my pinkie gradually disappeared and has never returned.

A. This sounds like a very pleasant wart cure. We could not find any research that relates to using sea-salt brine on warts, but it fits our favorite criteria: won’t hurt, might help and, in your case, doesn’t cost much.

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