Cabbage leaf for pain relief?
Does cabbage leaf cure all ills?
I will make the case that it does with the aid of a book written by a French doctor in 1875. What’s more it’s entirely without side effects apart from greatly improved health!
Cabbage leaf wrap for arthritic joints The only thing which comes close to cabbage leaf for pain relief of arthritic joints is diclofenac Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory (NSAID) anti-pain gel but diclofenac gel has side effects whereas cabbage leaf has none. What’s more, cabbage leaf may be providing more than pain relief – it may actually be reversing some of the damage. Further on I will tell you about my own experience and why I am so fanatically sure of its healing properties. If you have a Polish friend, ask them about it. The Poles all know about this.
First though, if you have some kind of joint pain or skin problem, rather than just take my word for it, try it for yourself just one time. What have you got to lose? You will be persuaded.
Can cabbage juice heal stomach ulcers?
In 1949 in San Francisco, Dr. Garnett Chaney used cabbage juice to heal 13 patients with stomach ulcers. The ulcers healed in an average of between 7.3 days and 10 days.
“….The average crater healing time for seven of these patients who had duodenal ulcer was only 10.4 days, while the average time as reported in the literature, in 62 patients treated by standard therapy, was 37 days.
The average crater healing time for six patients with gastric ulcer treated with cabbage juice was only 7.3 days, compared with 42 days, as reported in the literature, for six patients treated by standard therapy…..” RAPID HEALING OF PEPTIC ULCERS IN PATIENTS RECEIVING FRESH CABBAGE JUICE Cheney 1949
How to make a cabbage leaf wrap.
It’s easiest to do this just before going to bed and Ideally you want someone to help you with bandages. The best kind of cabbage to use is Savoy cabbage, (chou de Milan in French) but all kinds of cabbage will work. The best leaves to use are the dark green outer leaves.
You will need one Savoy cabbage, a sharp knife, a chopping board or similar smooth surface, a bottle or a rolling pin, some bandages and a bowl.
Cut off a large outer leaf. With a sharp knife cut out the main vein so that you now have the two half pieces of the leaf. Put one of the halves on a smooth surface like a chopping board and roll over it with a rolling pin or a bottle to crush all the subsidiary veins. Use as many leaves as you need to cover the problem area.
Pour some fairly hot water into a bowl. Now dip your cabbage leaf halves into the bowl of hot water for a second or two and apply it to the joint. The next piece should overlap the first piece by about an inch. Apply however many half leaves are needed to cover the problem area and some surrounding skin. Then apply a bandage over the leaves, just tight enough to hold the cabbage leaves in place.
If you have a painful arthritic joint in the evening when the cabbage leaf is applied, in the morning the pain will be gone!
“Notice on the medicinal properties of cabbage leaf” by Dr. Blanc 1875
Once again, just like Dr. Seignalet, we have a French doctor unable to interest the medical authorities in his miraculous, drug free cures and writing a book so that both doctors and the lay public get to hear about it. In 1875 this time. Here are some choice excerpts translated by myself:
“..To be rare, from a far off country, with a weird sounding, never heard of name, analysed, transformed by a highly trained scientist, to have a known market price: these are the things which give value to a drug and all of which are entirely lacking in the cabbage leaf …”
“,,,, Like most people I did not know how highly prized cabbage was in antiquity. It was a panacea. For six hundred years, without doctors, the Romans used just cabbage for all their illnesses. They used it as a purgative and a depurative. They used it to make cataplasms. Soldiers used it to bandage their wounds. Cato used it as a specific for the plague…..” Then, says Dr. Blanc, the Romans became corrupted by their wealth, diseases multiplied and they needed doctors. In their decadence, cabbage, which had previously served them so well was forgotten.
The discovery of cabbage leaf’s miraculous properties in 1851
Dr. Blanc tells us that In 1851 he was trying to treat an ulcer on a “pelvic limb”. Membre pelvien in French. I’m not too sure what part of the pelvis he is referring to. It may be a prudish synonym for the groin area. Anyway, to continue the story, he tells us that the ulcer was very swollen and the skin all around it was enflamed, with scabs on several points. Was this a chancre I wonder? The primary stage of syphilis? (His detailed description in the book matches a chancre).
The ulcer was very swollen and he says that it needed to be drained. In order to “provoke” it (“provoquer” ) he tried applying sage leaf. After several days of this application he had zero results so as a further experiment he then tried applying cabbage leaf without any particular reason for this choice. Half a day later he was astonished and delighted. The ulcer which had previously been dry, secreted a large amount of bloody serous fluid and this continued over the next few days as he applied fresh leaves. The borders of the ulcer shrunk down and it became pink. The leg which had been slightly red and swollen returned to its normal size and colour. The ulcer healed quickly, leaving a faint scar. So the cabbage had exceeded all his expectations. It had quickly drained the member and caused rapid healing.
I can’t resist some speculation here. Dr. John Tilden, an American “eclectic physician” wrote ” Gonorrhea and Syphilis” in 1912. I read it when I was reading every book I could find on fasting. Tilden wrote a book on how to heal appendicitis with fasting so I thought that the STD book was in a similar vein. It’s not. Tilden’s idea with the STD’s is that these start as skin diseases, like the chancre in syphilis. He goes into great detail about how to keep the chancre clean so that it can heal safely without becoming a “blood disease”. If you can do that you can heal the infection and avoid any further consequence he says. So assuming that Dr. Blanc was treating a chancre with the cabbage leaf, did the rapid draining and healing prevent the syphilis taking hold later? Modern treatment is sustained release penicillin. (Merck Manual) You just have to hope that you don’t have a drug resistant version. If you do, go to Germany and get hyperthermia treatment.
From then on Dr. Blanc used cabbage leaf for every type of “ulcer” that he encountered and each time he had the same great results. This gave him the confidence to try it for gangrene, cuts, infected wounds, puerperal fever (infection after childbirth, deadly and very common at that time), snakebite and even rabies!
His book is a series of case studies for all these different conditions and more. I will give a brief synopsis for his cabbage leaf wrap treatment for each disease. Dr. Blanc usually starts by giving the patient’s name and amusingly, sometimes their “temperament”. Bloodletting was still common at that time we must remember. The scale he uses is not classic Hippocrates. One patient for example is lymphatico-nervous. (“lymphatico-nerveux”), another is lymphatico-sanguin, another is bilious-lypmphatic. I don’t know where this theoretical nonsense came from. It’s not Hippocrates, it’s not Avicenna and it’s not Galen (I checked).
The cabbage leaf nearly always brings serous fluid or pus to the surface of the skin, sometimes copious amounts, sometimes it has a colour and sometimes it smells!
Here is a brief summary of his case studies. Dr. Blanc always applied the cabbage leaves himself because he found that he could not trust the nurses to do it properly.
Cure 1: Cysts
The patient had a normal appetite. The ankle was swollen. White scabs on the sole. Cabbage leaf applied in the evening. Patient, as before cannot sleep because of pain. The next morning the cabbage leaf is wet with serious liquid and the scab has come off, revealing ulcerations. Cabbage leaf applied morning and night for 3 days. The pain diminishes and on the third night the patient gets a full night’s rest. On the fifth day the patient gets up and walks without pain. On the seventh day the foot is entirely healed and the skin is a normal colour.
Cure 2: Violent Headache
The patient had an erysipela – a type of cellulitis (skin infection) generally caused by group streptococcus bacteria (wikipedia). It was on his forehead and extended to the scalp. The patient had been treated elsewhere with a compress using an unknown liquid. After 8 days of this treatment the erysipela had disappeared from the scalp but the patient’s hair fell out and he started to get violent headaches and spells of vertigo. He had a normal appetite. Head covered with cabbage leaves morning and night. In the beginning the leaves are covered with serous liquid but then cease to be. On the sixth day the patient has no more headaches or vertigo even if he bent right down. The remission was lasting. Dr. Blanc treated another, similar, less serious case. Cabbage leaves applied morning and night. Leaves covered with serous liquid. Scabs come away with hair. No more pain after six days of treatment.
Cure 3: Neuralgia
Violent pain on the right side of the face. Pain so intense that the patient rolls around on the floor. Cabbage leaves applied morning and night. The first few days the skin and the cabbage are wet with serous liquid. After 6 days of treatment the patient has no more pain. The remission is lasting.
Cure 4: Eczema
Cure 6. Mouth Ulcers
Cure 7 – Pneumonia complicated by pleurisy followed by pain in the side and dental neuralgia
Cure 8. Pain in the side following pleurisy.
Cure 9. Diabetes type 2.
Cure 10: Rheumatic pains
Dr. Blanc describes 3 cases of different kinds of fever. In his introduction to this section he says that fever is usually accompanied by headache and muscular pains and cabbage leaf can help to alleviate these symptoms very effectively. But can it actually reach the actual cause of the fever he wonders? He thinks that in the case of Typhoid it would be unlikely because the body is eliminating very little via the skin and huge quantities via the “intestinal surface”. But in cases where most of the toxic matter is eliminated via the skin he thinks it could. Mmmm…
Dr. Blanc calls this “Milliary fever”. Koch’s discovery of the tuberculosis bacterium came a few years later of course. I looked up the symptoms for Milliary Tuberculosis and the symptoms match exactly Dr. Blanc’s account. Get this! The cabbage leaf wrap was immediately effective in reducing the symptoms. The wrap was applied to the legs and arms in the evenings only. Dr. Blanc claims a full cure after 6 weeks of the treatment. Modern day treatment is 6 to 9 months of antibiotics. (Merck Manual). It’s unlikely I think that anyone with Milliary tuberculosis would find this page but if you do my suggestion is to try the cabbage leaf wrap. I don’t think it would preclude drug therapy and I don’t think there would be any negative drug reaction. Tell your doctor what you are doing.
This is what Dr. Blanc says: “Before the treatment with the leaves, chills in the day time, high temperature in the evening and abundant perspiration at night. After the first application of the leaves on the 14th January, complete change in the progression of the symptoms. Elimination of the chills in the morning, then a high temperature and a strong, fast pulse, followed by an abundant perspiration which lasts from the evening of the 14th to the morning of the 15th when the patient gets up. The abundant perspiration brought on by the leaves was aligned so well with the body’s natural healing forces that the patient recovered her vitality. The reaction caused by the leaves was clear and irreversible.”
Puerperal Fever (3 cases)
“…Puerperal fever, also called childbed fever, infection of some part of the female reproductive organs following childbirth or abortion…” Encyclopedia Britannica.
Dr. Blanc describes 3 cases of Puerperal fever which he treats by applying cabbage leaf wrap to the abdomen. He succeeds in a cure in the first 2 cases but the third woman succumbs. In the first case he tells us that Puerperal fever was very commonplace and usually ended with death and he was already determined to use the cabbage leaf cure. He obviously had enough experience with it by then to be confident in its effectiveness and to be sure that it would work in this case. When he asks the husband for cabbage, the husband thinks he’s joking but Dr. Blanc insists and the husband fetches cabbage from his garden.
The delivery was on the 22nd. The fever started on the 24th. By the 30th the woman was out of bed and convalescing. Dr. Blanc notices something strange. Sometime after the vaginal discharge loses its hitherto brown colour, the serous fluid on the leaves takes on the same brown colour.
In the second case the infection starts five hours after the delivery. She has a racing pulse, fever and vomits. Dr. Blanc applies cabbage leaf straight away. The next day she is still in a bad way but that night starts to improve somewhat. In the first case the woman had remission after 5 hours but in the second case it took sixty hours for the remission. Dr. Blanc says it’s a good thing he knew the power of the cabbage leaf by then and stuck to his guns because there were murmerings against his treatment.
Dr. Blanc does not tell us much about the third case where the woman died. He hints that the husband may have been maltreating her.
Dr. Blanc’s heading is “intermittent fever”. My quick research tells me that there are various types of intermittent fever but it was historically a pseudonym for Malaria. He contracted the fever in Africa so I think we can be pretty sure that it is indeed Malaria. He had two hospital stays where he was treated with sulphate of quinine. Having had such good results with Milliary tuberculosis, Dr. Blanc is itching to try it with Malaria.
The opportunity to use it instead of the standard treatment comes because this patient is afraid of the effects of quinine and so agrees to the cabbage leaf cure. Dr. Blanc starts by covering his legs. He visits the patient that evening. The patient is expecting his usual attack of fever. He has a headache so Dr. Blanc covers his forehead with cabbage leaf and he stops worrying about the attack due and falls asleep.
The next day in the morning he has no more headache. His legs are hot and clammy. The leaves are damp. The abdomen is distended and painful in certain areas. Dr. Blanc covers his legs, his forehead and his abdomen. He does the same in the evening. The next day the patient’s abdomen is less distended and there are no more painful areas. Dr. Blanc applies cabbage leaf to the abdomen but not to the legs and forehead. That day the patient gets out of bed for the first time. 2 days later his abdomen is no longer distended and painful. His skin colour which had been pale returns to a healthy colour. 10 days later the patient leaves the hospice.
That’s all we know. Was this a lasting cure? If so it would have been a medical miracle. Malaria cured in 10 days without drugs and their nasty side effects! Are you listening Bill Gates? Dr. Blanc gives us the perennial “more studies are needed” spiel and says that in any case cabbage leaf can be used as an adjunct to quinine. What a shame that no-one took heed of his treatments and did some trials. But we could still do some trials today. If you know someone with Malaria ask them to try this.
3 cases of gangrene
Gangrenous Erysipela. ” …Erysipelas, contagious infection of the skin and underlying tissue, caused by group A B-hemolytic streptococcus bacteria…” (Britannica)
Here is the first case. A 26 year old soldier returned from being a prisoner of war of the Prussians. He has several fistulas on his right leg. “….Fistula, abnormal duct or passageway between organs…” (Britannica). 29th June he enters the hospice and treatment starts on the 30th. The 3rd of July the stricken leg swells up. On the 5th, purple patches appear. They are covered with cataplasms. On the 6th the purple patches get bigger and multiply. On the 7th they turn brown and then black. The emollient cataplasms are replaced by compresses, soaked first in alchohol, then tincture of aloe vera, then calcium chloride. On the 13th the patient is lying on his front with a fixed, earnest look. His voice is pained and he is extremely pale. No headache. Disturbed sleep. Tongue brown, dry and cracked. No appetite. . Fistula on his feet and knee. There is a gangrenous tumour at the top of the calf muscle.
The tumour is not very painful. It’s oval shaped and blackish, 12 centimetres long and 10 centimetres wide. It’s raised about 2 centimetres above the skin surface. When pressed it makes a cracking sound and exudes a ginger coloured, smelly pus. The doctors consult and decide on this treatment plan: swabbing with clorinated water followed by cabbage leaf wrap. He is given a drink called “limonade vineuse”. I’ve been unable to find out exactly what it is. It pops up frequently throughout the book. I think it’s water with some lemon juice and a little red wine but that’s just a guess on my part.
On the 13th the first cabbage leaf wrap is applied at 7am and renewed at 6pm. Dr. Blanc thinks there is already some improvement. The patient sleeps a bit better. On the morning of the 14th the patient’s skin is less hot, less dry and the pulse has slowed down. The tongue has rehydrated and at the tip of the tongue the hitherto brown colour has given way to pink. The bandages and cabbage leaf are covered with a great quantity of smelly, bloody and unpleasant serous liquid. The patient sleeps better on the nights of the 14th and 15th. On the morning of the 15th the skin is damp. The pulse has slowed down. The patient is more animated. He looks confident and optimistic.
The swelling has gone down on the top of the leg. The tumour has shrunk somewhat. The large amount of bloody, gritty pus has bits of limp, dead tissue in it. The tumour now has some red bits appearing. The patient is given some broth in addition to the lemonade. On the 16th more improvement and the patient is given soup. That night the patient sweats a great deal and in the morning his tongue is clear.
On the 17th, on the fourth day of treatment the tumour whose progression was halted on the first day is now on its way to healing. Dr. Blanc can remove from the surface without a trace of blood what’s left of the dead tissue. The surface is now clean and pink. There is no more black line around the tumour. Where the skin had come way it’s now sticking to the layers of tissue underneath. The tumour is now just a large ulcer and on the 23rd a scab starts to form all round it. The suppuration which was bloody and smelly is now just a bit cloudy and red and odourless. It then soon becomes pink and clear. The treatment was continued until the 7th October when the patient left the hospice, About four fifths of the ulcer had healed by then. On the 13th and 16 September a light cauterisation had been carried out. This was sufficient.
The patient was in a critical state says Dr. Blanc. The only other treatment which would have saved his life was amputation and would that have been without complications? Just look at how quickly the cabbage leaf came to the rescue says Dr. Blanc. The first application was carried out at 7am and by that evening the nursing sister thought that the patient had already improved. The next day they could see that the progression had been halted and on the third and fourth day they could be sure it was on the way to being reversed.
Dr. Blanc gives details of 2 more cases of gangrene. In the first case a servant has a fall and a 45 kilo weight hits his leg. 10 days later he is taken to the hospice and cabbage leaf treatment is started. 2 days later the gangrene has not progressed and 3 days later there are definite signs of improvement. A further 10 days later and the sore comes aways leaving visible a large cavity in part of the tibia. The resulting ulcer took a long time to heal.
The effectiveness of cabbage leaf in the treatment of gangrene is absolutely proven says Dr. Blanc and he gives a third case. A sixty year old woman was knocked down by a large dog chasing another dog and fractured a leg. She was taken to the hospice and bandaged up. 4 days later Dr. Blanc removes the bandage and sees that the leg is straight but the knee is brown and yellow and weeping a yellow pus. Gangrene had not yet taken hold but Dr. Blanc thinks that the prompt application of cabbage leaves in this case prevented it.
Dr. Blanc uses an an archaic term here: gastro-enteralgia. I can’t find anything for this either in French or English. He tells us that this lady has burning, lacerating pains in the stomach and “entrails” (which are intestines of course) starting on the 22nd September.
She often has stomach cramps and she had obtained a potion for these which worked well. So she used it for this “gastro-enteralgia” but each time she does the pain just gets worse.
On the 23rd he visits and prescribes an opium potion and massages on the abdomen with a balm containing sulfate of opium. The massages and potion are taken regularly on the 23rd and the following day but they have no impact on the pain. So cabbage leaf is applied and half an hour later she falls asleep for 3 hours. She wakes up, still with the pains but to a lesser degree and falls asleep again. The 25th and the following days the cabbage leaf applications are continued. With the aid of numerous enemas she evacuates much putrid material. By 6th October she is cured.
Dr. Seignalet had very good results with his diet with gout. He classified it as a “clogging disease”. Out of 6 patients, 5 had complete remissions and one was 50% better.
Dr. Blanc did not have direct experience of a patient with gout but he recommended it to someone with gout and he heard that two people with gout had used it successfully to cure their gout.
Menorrhagia & uterine infection
“….Menorrhagia is the medical term for menstrual periods with abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding. Although heavy menstrual bleeding is a common concern, most women don’t experience blood loss severe enough to be defined as menorrhagia….” (Mayo Clinic)
This patient is a 42 year old nun. For several years she has had chronic pain in kidneys and lower belly (“bas ventre”). I think this this last may be a prudish synonym again. The pain becomes acute during her periods. These are followed by further blood loss for 10 days then a clear vaginal discharge until the next period. She had developed a very high degree of anemia. So much so that lately her blood was hardly pink. During the last crisis the pain was so great that she was rolling about on the floor of the infirmary.
She has all kinds of different treatments, including opium based medications taken internally and externally for the pain and interestingly: homeopathy.
When Dr. Blanc sees her the hemorrhage has paused and the pain is tolerable. She has a generalised edema (swelling) including her face which is a straw colour. Her skin is dry and burning and she has frequent bouts of vomitting. Dr. Blanc suspects a tumour and this opinion is shared by another doctor. Dr. Blanc advises cabbage leaves on the lower belly and the kidneys. The patient finds the cabbage leaves on the kidneys to be irksome but applies them faithfully to the lower belly.
In spite of not using the cabbage leaf on the kidneys her health steadily improves. The pain has calmed down and she no longer vomits. She is able to digest first some broth, then soup then a fatty diet which she now enjoys whereas she found it extremely repugnant before. She now finds a lean diet repugnant. A first then a second period go by without loss of blood. The swelling goes down and her skin and mucous take on a healthy colour. After three months then she is in a very satisfactory condition and Dr. Blanc thinks that they were either mistaken about the tumour or the cabbage leaf has cured it.
Dr. Blanc recounts 2 more cases of neuralgia. (We saw one at the beginning). One is a lady who has neuralgia under the eye socket. The cabbage leaves were not applied very diligently at first and they had no result. Then they were applied regularly and the neuralgia was cured in 8 or 10 days.
The second case is a washerwoman who has toothache with a swelling of the left cheek also extending to both lips. Cabbage leaf was applied and she was cured in 3 days. Don’t think that cabbage leaf will always prevent an abscess says Dr. Blanc but if you get one it will at least relieve the pain.
This is a 32 year old single lady. She is fresh (“a de la fraicheur”) and is well endowed (“ebonpoint”) says Dr. Blanc. What does he mean exactly by Neurosis? It seems to be a depression. She had already had some kind of depression in 1869 which lasted a year where she had stayed all the time in her room. Dr. Blanc does not know what the symptoms were or what the treatment was.
Five years later in 1874 she falls ill again at the beginning of the year and the depression gets much worse in September of that year. Dr. Blanc visits her in October. She says she has violent pains in the neck, that her throat is tight and she is going to suffocate. She says she has pains in the stomach and her “entrails”. (Dr. Blanc’s archaic term for intestines). Her periods are regular.
He first of all prescribes enemas with a valerian root decoction, water with barley and almond syrup and some kind of opium syrup. From the 3rd to the 6th she does this but without improvement. On the 7th Dr. Blanc applies cabbage leaves to the legs and abdomen. She keeps them on for only a short time but when she takes them off they are covered in droplets but she feels better. The cabbage leaf applications continue and she continues to improve. She poops large amounts. (Dr. Blanc uses a quaint & coy anatomical expression which I hope I have understood correctly). She regains her appetite and starts to sleep soundly. On the 15th, now being in a very satisfactory condition she thanks him and dismisses him. Dr. Blanc hears that she was now going out whereas she had stayed indoors for a year during her first bout of depression and had not been out for several months with this recent bout until his intervention.
Dr. Blanc gives several examples of wounds, most of them turned septic. In every case the cabbage leaf draws out pus and reduces inflammation and pain. In every case it stops and reverses the infection and the wound heals without further problem.