JUST THE RIGHT REMEDY
LEGENDARY neurosurgeon Charlie Teo grew up with his Chinese mother thinking Tiger Balm was a cure for just about anything. For a new show that asks if homespun remedies can exist alongside traditional medicine, it’s interesting that one of the hosts uses a blend of both. This show is a little bit SharkTank in its approach, in that it asks everyday Australians to pitch their home remedies to a panel of three – Charlie Teo, GP and women’s health specialist Ginni Mansberg and biochemist Ashraful “Ash” Haque (pictured, left with Teo and Mansberg). They then decide whether there is anything to be gained by putting the idea through an independent trial and further research. By this final episode of the series, the panel have heard just about everything – ear wax to cure cold sores, sauerkraut to help with acne and even dried, crushed seahorse to relieve asthma. Tonight’s episode delivers a similar mixed bag. We meet Malaysian-born Patricia, whose grandmother swore by the healing power of the balsam plant, which she mixes with cooked white rice to form a poultice for ingrown toenails, much to the delight of the long-suffering Dr Teo. There’s Robert, who thinks the Italian spirit grappa could be good for anything from those pesky mozzie bites to helping teething babies. Indonesian-born Juliana convinces the panel with her tumeric tonic to help treat period pain.