Last Modified on Mar 18, 2015
The Medicinal Qualities of Cabbage
Uncooked Cabbage is high in glutamine, an amino acid that is essential for intestinal health. It has also been proven to be both antibacterial and antiviral. Cabbage contains Vitamin K (essential in the production of blood clotting proteins); potassium (helps regulate blood pressure); and quercetin (antioxidant that is a natural antihistamine that can benefit allergy sufferers).
The History of Cabbage
The Egyptians ate cabbage with vinegar before a night of drinking to prevent hangovers. Cabbage is still today considered one of the best remedies to cure hangovers! The Romans also ate cabbage to cure every imaginable ailment under the sun! They ate it raw with vinegar before and after each meal.
The juice of cabbages is often used to relieve constipation. The downside to cabbage juice is that it can cause gas, as the juice breaks down putrefying matter in the intestines!
CABBAGE CURES PAINFUL BREASTS FOR BREASTFEEDING
Cabbage leaf compresses are often suggested by herbalists to reduce swelling in moderate to severe engorgement of the breast during breastfeeding months. Cabbage has both antibiotic and anti-irritant properties -- it contains sinigrin (allylisothiocyanate) rapine, mustard oil, magnesium, oxylate and sulphur heterosides. It is theorized that this natural mixture of ingredients helps decrease tissue congestion by dilating (opening) local capillaries (small blood vessels) improving the blood flow in the area.
Rinse common green cabbage leaves and cut a hole for the nipple. Right before applying, crush the veins of the cabbage leaves with a rolling pin to break open the veins. Apply the cabbage leaves directly on the breast. Usually one or two leaves per breast works well. Make sure to cover all inflamed or engorged tissue. In 1-2 hours, when cabbage leaves wilt, remove the leaves and reapply fresh leaves. Repeat application 4-6 times, for a total of 8 hours. Use the cabbage leaves only until the engorgement subsides.
Warning: Prolonged use of cabbage leaves on the breast can reduce milk supply.
Warning: Discontinue cabbage leaves on the skin if skin breaks out, blisters or becomes irritated.
Warning: Cabbage is not recommended for individuals allergic to sulfa or cabbage!
7/24/2007: Atalia from Greeley, CO writes: "I used whole cabbage leaves soaked in ice water and it significantly reduced the swelling of my engorged breasts. But the downside is that it greatly reduced my milk production! I used the cabbage leaves for only an hour and I have had troubles ever since trying to feed my infant because of the significant reduction of milk production. I know that the swelling hurts like a mother, but I would use it as a very last resort because I have had long lasting negative results from usage."
Cabbage is considered to be an excellent home remedy for obesity. Research has shown cabbage contains a chemical called tartaric acid, which inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Substituting a meal with cabbage salad once a day is an excellent way to reduce weight.
CABBAGE CURES HEADACHES
Try eating raw cabbage to cure a headache. It is also a great cure for hangovers!
CABBAGE CAN HELP AN ENLARGED PROSTATE causing painful or dribbling urination
Recipe: Take common green cabbage, put it in boiling water, boil briefly until half cooked. Pour out half the water, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and a little cumin. Bring to another boil for about 3 minutes. Eat the cabbage and drink the juice from this recipe immediately. Once a day is best.
Recipe: Sterilize the wound, then apply ground cabbage twice a day. Grind fresh cabbage and apply to wounds or sores. Fresh ground cabbage will also bring a boil to a head and make it burst.
Apply freshly ground cabbage to a bruise to heal it quickly.
FOR JOINT PAIN
Raw cabbage is one of the best vegetables you can take to ease inflammation of the joints. You can eat it however you like, just make sure it is fresh and uncooked! Herbalists suggest to eat fresh cabbage in the morning prior to any other food.
CABBAGE FOR BIRD FLU
Scientists at Seoul National University found that when they fed an extract of kimchi to 13 chickens infected with the bird flu, 11 of them recovered within a week. These same scientists previously proved that the lactic acid bacteria found in kimchi also has an anti-bacterial effect.
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Hello - I have had severe bloating for almost a year. My doctor suggested cabbage as a remedy. Due to my digestive challenges I can't eat raw veggies - would I benefit from boiling cabbage and drinking the water (almost like a tea I would suppose)? Thank you!
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[YEA] A few years ago, my daughter having had her baby and having chosen to breast feed her, began getting "knots" in her breasts. Apparently the baby was not drinking enough milk to have a smooth flow and the milk was causing congestion in the ducts. The result was very hard and painful swollen breasts.
I believe this is a situation that many nursing mothers face. We tried using fresh cabbage leaves and it worked miracles! Just take the individual leaves, dip in boiling water for a couple of minutes to soften; let cool till warm and wrap the breasts in 2 or 3 layers of leaves. Cover with a warm damp towel and leave for an hour or so, then repeat until the breasts have become supple once again.
Try it, it works! Cabbage works for alot of other types of congestion and swelling and even for wounds. It's a great home remedy.
[YEA] re: cabbage for PMS symptoms -- Each month when my breasts become sore I use cabbage leaves in my bra over night and the next morning the soreness is gone.
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[YEA] Cabbage helped decrease the swelling in my breasts due to engorgement. Nothing else worked. So, years later I decided to try it for breast swelling after breast augmentation. It also helped for that...though not as noticeably.
[YEA] I can recommend cabbage leaves on engorged breasts as a wonderful nurse in the Maternity, Annexe, suggested this odd remedy after the birth of my child, when my milk came in, and my breasts tripled in size! It really does work.
[YEA] As I eat raw cabbage early in the mourning at emty stomach, it react me awefully and it relieved my constipetion. As cabbage has content of tartoric acid it helps me to reduce my weight as well. Thank to Earth Clinic.
Does the sauerkraut have the same effect on hypothyroid conditions as does other raw crucifers? Or does the fermantation process makes the cabbage go easy on the thyroid? Can I safely eat sauerkraut without worrying about it interferring with thyroid function? If it does interfere with thyroid function if eaten in large quanitties, is it ok to eat in small quanitities on a daily basis?
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If you find that the raw cabbage gives you gas, try fermenting it before eating it. Cabbage and its relatives want to ferment, so it's fermenting in your gut. To avoid this, just let it work in a jar and then eat it. All the fermantation is over and you get the same benefits, also its DELICIOUS.
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[YEA] Here is a recipe for people in need of probiotics & little money. It is said the cabbage juice will purify the G I tract & kill most strains fungi, parasites and other pathogens. Instructions are to drink this juice (1/2 cup juice & finish filling cup with water) 2 to 3 times per day. Since most vegetables are supposed to work, except for tomatoes) you can probably boost its kick with utilizing some of those so called weeds from the yard (dandelion, dock, broad leaf plantain, wild mustard, shepherds purse, wild onions, etc). Drink until your stools float in the toilet bowl and are odor free. The cabbage can be eaten for extra benefit after straining.
Cultured Cabbage Juice
Fill blender with chopped green cabbage. Add distilled water until 2/3 full. Blend on hiigh for 1-2 minutes. Pour out into large bowl and repeat for 2 more batches.
Cover with cheese cloth, gauze or stocking and let stand at room temperature X 3 days. Strain to separate juice & pulp. Place cultured cabbage juice in refrigerator.
When supply gets low start new batch, but add 1/2 cup of cultured juice (Starter) and new batch will be ready in 24 hours.
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Victoria, Bc, Canada
cabbage intake and gas issue
This is a question vs a remedy. Has anyone tried using a 1/2 a teaspoon of activated charcoal with the cabbage juice remedy to dispel the gas before it happens?? If so, did it work? I am going to try it to see if it does in the meantime.
Sir, We harvest a lot of cabbage in my country, and its a blessing to learn about it on your website, Im sure a lot of people are being helped and being blessed with your website, God bless you more wisdom to share.
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[YEA] A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with GERD and I suffered from acid reflux and heartburn. The medication prescribed by the doctor rather worsened my situation and I suffered a number of side effects from it. I came across a site suggesting that drinking raw cabbage juice cures acid reflux and other problems related to the stomach, such as ulcer.I did further research to confirm this and decided to give it a try.
The general suggested daily dosage is about a quart [800ml] of raw cabbage juice to be taken about 4 times daily. I found that rather too much and I started with 400ml [100ml x 4].I noticed great improvement and after one week I reduced the dosage to 300ml [100ml x 3]. After about 3 weeks of the whole therapy, I decided to take only 200ml a day. Those with stomach ulcers or acute cases of acid reflux might need to take the full dosage.
I have stopped drinking cabbage juice since about 10 months now and I haven't had any serious reflux problems. For those who would like to try it, PLEASE NOTE that it is said to have strong impact on the thyroid glands [the more reason why I never consumed 800ml a day!]. Not to mention the stench - it is better stored in an air-tight water bottle and kept in the fridge. Good luck to all, and thanks for the great site.
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[YEA] I had a huge hematoma on my left shin from a bad fall last year. My Physiotherapist said it was the largest hematoma he had ever seen and was not responding to treatment as it should. He then suggested to me to go home and buy some big fresh dark green outside leaves of a cabbage, smother my hematoma with Voltaren cover over with the cabbage leaf and then wrap in plastic or glad wrap as we call it here. I did this every night and it shrunk in size amazingly everytime I did it. Only at night when you go to bed though it does not work as well during the day but could try it. I must tell you the doctor who sent me to the physio was absolutely amazed how this worked on my hematoma when traditional methods had failed and also can I say saved me from an operation where I would have probably been left with a rather large dent in my leg!!!
[YEA] Boiled cabbage leaves applied to breast then covered with plastic wrap left overnight. This was done for 3 nights. This cured a postoperative hematoma. After a lumpectomy a hematoma formed, causing swelling and pain. The cabbage leaves drew the old blood through the inscision. Can cabbage leaves be used to relieve edema? Does anyone know any other remedies for edema?