Don't let your joint pain stop you from doing your everyday tasks. Here's a natural remedy you can try at home.
With so many things that you have to do throughout the day, the last thing you want to worry about is that extremely uncomfortable pain in your joints. Typically, joint pain is connected with what's known as arthritis or arthralgia, which causes inflammation in your joints and pain, according to Mayo Clinic. Sometimes you might feel like your joint pain is mild or bearable, whereas other times it can be extremely severe and gets in the way of your everyday activities.
However, there are some things that you can try at home that might give you relief from joint pain.
One of the simple remedies that people, especially with Osteoarthritis can try is the cabbage leaf wrap. Osteoarthritis is said to be the most common form of arthritis that millions of people around the globe experience. And this possible pain-reliever is certainly worth the try.
The findings of a study published on NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) highlighted the efficiency of cabbage leaf wraps against the usual care methods. It was found that people with osteoarthritis found that cabbage leaf wraps were more effective than usual care and experienced relief in their knee when they used this method. The participants had left the cabbage leaf wrap for at least two hours every day. However, the study pointed out that while cabbage leaf wraps are better than the usual care, they might not be an effective substitute for topical pain gel (or diclofenac gel).
Being something that you can simply do in the comforts of your home, trying out the cabbage leaf wrap could be worth the try. If it works, then you would have finally found an answer to the uncomfortable pain in your knee.
Cabbage is said to have high levels of glutamine and anthocyanins, both of which can have anti-inflammatory effects on your body, according to Joint Health Magazine. You might also be able to try the remedy out if you have conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, sprains, and pain due to over-strain.
The best part is that once you try the remedy out and feel like it works for you, you would have found yourself an inexpensive treatment for joint pain that has no side-effects of tablets or medication.
Take some fresh cabbage leaves and wash them well. Then, keep them on a flat surface so that you can take the stem off the leaves with a knife. Once the leaves have dried, you will have to bruise the leaves gently. You can use a rolling pin, a bottle, or even a meat hammer for this. This is done so that some of the juice from the cabbage leaves is released.
Now, take the bruised leaves and place them on and slightly layered around the joint where you have been experiencing the pain. Use a bandage to wrap the leaves around the joint, and leave it that way for about an hour before taking off the wrap.
You can do this for about 2 to 3 times a day. Make sure that you're using fresh leaves each time. If you would like to, you can also warm the leaves slightly before placing them on your joint. For this, you can place the leaves in a foil and wrap it up (after washing and cutting the stems off), and leave it in the oven for a short while until they are warm enough and not too hot, as suggested by Livestrong.
It's an extremely simple method that can possibly save you a lot of pain and discomfort. And all you need are some cabbage leaves. Give it a try!