JUST THE RIGHT REM­EDY

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

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.

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