Ever since I had my car accident two years ago, I have been more interested in pain relief. My shoulder and back have given me problems for these past two years, and I have been concerned that it might be the onset of arthritis in my joints because of the scar tissue from the accident. Bromelain capsules and emulsified Omega-3 fish oil have helped to reduce the pain, but I keep looking. Plus, I know people who have problems with arthritis, and I always like to keep an eye out for new things to try.
Here is one solution in The Big Black Book (2006), by Michael Van Straten, ND, DO :
"Cabbage leaves contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. Applied to arthritic joints, these compounds are remarkably effective at relieving both pain and swelling.
Arthritis sufferers often rely on over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (Advil) for relief of their symptoms. But prolonged use of these drugs can cause stomach pain and even bleeding ulcers.
Using cabbage leaves instead helps reduce the amount of medication needed. And cabbage seems to work more effectively than topical creams marketed for arthritis relief.
What do to: Use a rolling pin or kife handle to bruise one or two large, outer dark-green leaves from a head of a green cabbage.
Warm the leaves in a microwave, steamer, or oven, then wrap them around the joint. Cover with a towel. Leave in place for 15 minutes.
The compress should be applied once daily for mild inflammation, two or three times a day for severe inflammation.
Warm cabbage leaves can also be used to curb inflammation resulting from tennis elbow, sprains, or other minor injuries. Apply ice and elevate the injured limb to curb initial swelling. Then apply the cabbage leaf compress two or three times daily until pain and swelling subside."