I have a friend who has walked this earth for nearly one-hundred years. One day, after looking at my particularly swollen knuckles (MCP joints), she advised me to do something that they used as a home remedy, many, many years ago.
So, when I got home, I opened the refrigerator, pulled a leaf off a head of cabbage and placed it across my knuckles, holding it in place with a tensor bandage.
Twenty minutes later, I was astounded by the change. The joint was no longer hot and the swelling had definitely gone down.
I have since used it, along with contrast baths, to help cool my joints.
It’s an inexpensive and non-invasive alternative. According to Wikipedia, cabbage contains significant amounts of an amino acid called glutamine, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
If you do try it, will you let me know if it works for you, please?
Image courtesy of Herman Hooyschuur.