Many of the natural home remedies used by the Amish include honey, vinegar or tea, according to Welcome to Lancaster County. A recipe for home treatment of flu in the stomach and bowels combines 1 quart water, 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt, claims Amish365. The ill person drinks as much of this mixture as much as possible in a day.
An Amish treatment for fever mixes 1/2 teaspoon of powdered thyme with 1 cup boiling water to create a tea, reports Welcome to Lancaster County. This tea is given in teaspoon doses until the fever is relieved.
In addition to using herbal teas as part of medical treatment regimens, many Amish use folk remedies, faith healing and other forms of unorthodox medical treatment, notes Amish Studies. Many Amish prefer natural healing methods and seek out homeopathic remedies, alternative practitioners and questionable cure-all remedies. Amish are more likely than the general population to use the services of reflexologists and chiropractors.
The Amish are not opposed to using modern medicine, since nothing in the Bible explicitly prohibits it, notes National Geographic Channel. They do not use health care or hospitalization insurance. If a community member requires medical treatment, the community pools resources to cover the costs of care.