Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed five natural cures for the most common health complaints on the March 7 episode of the Dr. Oz Show ("Five Fixes for Your Biggest Health Complaints").
"Today, I give you my picks for the top all-natural remedies that can cure your pain, help you sleep, fix your stress and even boost your immunity," he said.
1. Black elderberry syrup (for immunity). Dr. Oz said you can enhance your immune system and fight germs with black elderberry syrup. Dr. Oz said black elderberry syrup is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich flu fighter that prevents colds and flu. Drink it by itself or add to a warm drink.
2. Arnica gel (for joint and muscle pain). Dr. Oz said Arnica gel is one of his favorite all-time cures for joint pain and muscle aches. He said arnica gel is as effective as over-the-counter drugs to relieve pain and soreness. Simply massage the gel three times a day into the area that's sore.
3. Ginger tea (for tummy aches). Dr. Oz said ginger tea can get rid of stomach aches. You can either drink ginger tea or add slices of fresh ginger to a cup of hot water.
4. Pumpkin seed powder (for insomnia). Dr. Oz said pumpkin seed powder helps you fall and stay asleep by boosting serotonin levels, which induces relaxation. Add one to two teaspoons of pumpkin seed powder to warm milk and drink 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime.
Ross said one of the best poses to induce relaxation is the seated forward bend: Sit on the floor with your legs out straight. Lower your upper body onto your legs as far as you can comfortably go. Take several deep breaths and repeat this pose three times a day.
Dr. Oz Spotlights Healthy Snack for Weight Loss
On a separate segment of his show, Dr. Oz spoke with registered dietitian Frances Largeman-Roth, author of Eating in Color. Frances said you can enjoy healthy snacks that have less sugar and calories than candy or chips: