Using a cabbage poultice for rheumatoid arthritis pain management is not a new idea. In fact, cabbage is mentioned in ancient Chinese traditional medical books for its role in strengthening and loosening joints.
People who have mild joint pain can reduce their discomfort by eating cooked cabbage regularly. Try cabbage in stir fry dishes or have it cooked with corned beef. It can help people who suffer form lower back pain, knee pain and pain in the finger joints.
How to Make a Cabbage Poultice for Swollen Arthritic Joints
If you have swollen joints, you can wrap these joints with cabbage leaves at night before you go to sleep. This will reduce the swelling and pain in these joints. Cabbage is rich in anthocyanins and these antioxidants have been shown to reduce inflammation and joint pain naturally. Anthocyanins give the purple color to red cabbage. They are also responsible for purple, violet and magneta in other parts of plants, such as the petals of some flowers.
Making a poultice is a more effective way of releasing the juices which are present in the cabbage. You will need to take the leaves and crush them. Place the crushed leaves around the swollen joint and wrap that with a gauze to keep it in place.
A study done at Curtin University of Technology also showed that cabbage leaf was effective in reducing breast hardness and pain in women who were breastfeeding. This made it possible for these women to breastfeed for a longer period. Several other studies have shown that cabbage leaves are effective whether they are applied frozen, refrigerated or at room temperature.
Plants use anthocyanins as a type of sunscreen, shielding them from damage that can be caused by light. Anthocyanins have been shown to inhibit the action of COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes. These enzymes help to create pain sensations in the body. By inhibiting them, anthocyanins act as pain relievers and help to manage discomfort in people who have arthritis pain.