Cabbage is nutritious cruciferous vegetable. It is loaded with fibre, folate, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, manganese, vitamin B, C and K. It also provides calcium, iron, choline, magnesium, pantothenic acid, niacin and phosphorous.
Cabbage was used as a home remedy to treat strains, sprains, swelling, ulcers, injuries, arthritis and joint pains. It contains anti-inflammatory agents. This remedy worked for many. Some say that cabbage leaves reduce gout pain. Some say that it can completely eliminate the pain.
There isn't any clear scientific proof that this remedy works. But there isn't harm in trying it out at least once especially if you have gout pain. But to be on the safe side, talk to your doctor before trying it out.
Firstly, get some fresh cabbage leaves from the market and keep them in a plastic bag. Place it in the freezer.
When gout pain starts troubling you, take the cabbage leaves out of the freezer and wrap them on the affected area. Take a towel and wrap it over the leaves on the skin.
Your body temperature will slowly warm up the cool cabbage leaves. And during that process, certain compounds present in cabbage sink into your skin.
This remedy is said to dissolve uric acid crystals which cause gout pain. At least, the inflammation in the area gets reduced.
If your feet are swollen, wrap cabbage leaves and place your feet elevated for 30 minutes. This might reduce the swelling.
Without placing the cabbage leaves in the freezer, simply press them once with a rolling pin. This is just to create small crevices on the surface of the leaf so that the juices keep oozing.
Slightly warm up the leaf on a frying pan. Don't make it hot. Now, place the leaves on the joints. Use a cloth to tie the leaves to the joints. After 45 minutes, remove the leaves. Your joints feel better.
If your feet are allergic to cabbage or if you experience itching sensation, remove the leaves immediately. Talk to a doctor.