Cabbage belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetables that are widely known for their abundance in health benefits. This leafy vegetable is an excellent source of vitamins C, K and B6, and a very good source of dietary fiber, folate, copper, vitamin B1, potassium and manganese. In addition, cabbage is also rich in vitamin B2, calcium, iron, choline, magnesium, pantothenic acid, niacin, protein, phosphorus and calcium.
Cabbage leaves have been used for centuries for ulcers, swelling, strains, and sprains. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties they have been used to treat joint pain due to arthritis and sports injuries.Even though the efficiency of this treatment has not been scientifically proven, cabbage leaves have been used for years as a cheap, natural remedy to treat joint pain and inflammation.
Due to its being a completely natural way to relieve pain, many people who suffer from arthritis use it in order to cut down on medications. Here’s how they use cabbage leaves to soothe their pain:
For goutPeople suffering from gout who have tried this remedy, claims that it really helps soothe or even get rid of the pain they felt due to their condition. What you should do is take a few cabbage leaves, put them in a plastic bag and store it in the freezer.
When the gout strikes, take them and arrange them around the affected area. Wrap one towel around them and let the warmth of the skin thaw them naturally.
In case the theory is accurate, the gout-fighting chemicals in the cabbage will penetrate your skin and dissolve the crystal deposits. If it is not, the frozen leaves will soothe the inflamed area anyway.
For joint painIn one Swiss hospital, the patients with rheumatoid arthritis have the swollen joints wrapped at night in the cabbage leaves to reduce the joint swelling and pain.
Take some leaves and cut out the central rib. Lay them flat on the chopping board, bash with one rolling pin until the juices start to come out.
Put the leaves over the swollen joints and wrap one gauze bandage around the joint.
For swollen feet treatmentCool some white or green cabbage leaves in the freezer until they are chilled, but still pliable. Wrap them around the swollen feet and sit with your feet elevated for 30 minutes. The cabbage has great water absorption qualities and it will draw out the excess fluid in the feet.