White Cabbage Compress
Kind of substance
The external application of white cabbage:
- Stimulates the elimination of congested fluid
- Reduces swelling by integrating congested fluid into the metabolism
- Drains off substances from inflammations via the skin, by stimulating and absorbing the elimination of fluid
- Alleviates pain
- Softens indurations
White cabbage compresses to treat stasis and swelling in tissue, e. g.:
- Abscess (the cabbage compress is placed directly on the abscess)
- Ascites (the cabbage compress is placed on the draining lymph vessels or the entire abdomen
- Inflamed swollen joints, such as arthritis, rheumatic diseases (the cabbage compress is placed on the affected joint)
- Lymph congestion (the cabbage compress is placed on the draining lymph vessels of the affected area) (see example case)
- Pain caused by congested tissue (the cabbage compress is placed directly on the congested spot)
- The warmth of the cabbage application has to be adapted to the situation: more likely cool for acute inflammation, more likely pre-warmed for a weakened, chilled organism
- Pain may occur temporarily during the application
- Fresh white cabbage leaves (organic)
- Plastic tray
- Sharp knife
- Glass bottle as a roller, or a marble rolling pin
- For abdominal compresses: a hot water bottle, plastic bag (food-safe)
- Intermediate cloth (cotton)
- For abdominal compresses: outside cloth, thick flannelette cloth
- For joints: elastic or gauze bandage to fix the compress in place
Applying the compress
- Remove the outer leaves of the cabbage
- Remove thick leaf veins with the knife
- Place the leaves beside each other on the tray
- Roll across the leaves with the bottle until juice leaks out
- To warm up the cabbage leaves cover them with the plastic bag and place a hot water bottle on top. This is indicated for weak, chilled patients
- Place the outside and intermediate cloths ready at the level of the abdomen
- The patient lies down
- The cabbage leaves are placed overlapping like roof shingles on the area to be treated
- Mould the intermediate cloth over the leaves from both sides and then quickly wrap the outer cloth around everything, possibly fastening it with an adhesive bandage
- For a joint place the cabbage leaves around the joint and fix them in place with a bandage
- Duration of the treatment: 1-12 hours
- Dispose of the cabbage leaves
- Rinse off the treated area with lukewarm water
- Wrap the remaining cabbage head in a moist cloth and store it at room temperature
Instructions to download
- Instruction White Cabbage Compress
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A 70-year-old male patient with inguinal hernia on the left side, with a hydrocele and ascites, and recurrent peritoneal mesothelioma.
The patient is suffering very much from pressure and tension in the testicles caused by testicular hydrocele. For many weeks a weekly puncture of the testicular hydrocele had to be carried out.
White cabbage compresses on the whole abdomen were prescribed during his hospital stay.
The patient then had to urinate a large quantity within 3 hours after the first application.
The patient received three cabbage applications during his stay.
In the night after the third application he had to urinate 4 times.
He felt an enormous relief from pressure and a reduction in pain after the applications.
His weight of 80.2 at admission was reduced to 78.1 at discharge, with one puncture of 1.7 l fluid.
The testicular hydrocele swelled half as quickly, so that that puncture was only required every 2 weeks.
At home the patient applied the compress daily, later only when needed, and was thereby able to maintain the reduced puncturing schedule of once every two weeks for a number of months.
The patient's medication was not changed during his hospital stay.
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