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The Best Natural Cabbage Cures

Last Modified on Oct 05, 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.

Remedies for Cabbage

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Traditional Uses of Cabbage:  

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Replied by Alexander
Jacksonville, Fl
A Question about the recipe for enlarged prostate: Why pour out half of the water? You can steam the cabbage in any amount of water in a well-covered pot and not need to dispose of any amount of water, which is a diluted juice. Anything wrong with this recipe modification?


Posted by Kari (Calgary, Alberta) on 09/18/2010

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!

Replied by Crystal
Salyersville, Ky, Usa
Cabbage acts like a diuretic. You can cook it, fry it or eat it raw. Either way should help the bloating... if it's due to fluid retention.
Replied by Friend
Raw cabbage is great for promoting good intestinal flora... That's why your doctor was suggesting it, it will completely change your digestion for the better. Boiling it will destroy most of its enzymes and other nutrients. Why don't you try eating it raw, starting from very little, working your way up? Another option would be to add it to daily green smoothies, or even making sauerkraut (very easy to do). Good luck!

Breasts, Sore/Engorged  
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Posted by Ann (Paris, France) on 06/24/2009

[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.

Posted by Kim (Richmond, Va) on 07/19/2008

[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.

Replied by Jnnifree
Lafayette, In
[YEA]   Cool cabbage leaves (applied whole leaves) inside a bra are also great for reducing pain (and milk) in breast when weaning a baby.

Posted by Nikki (Seattle, WA) on 03/20/2007

[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.

Posted by Tania (New Zealand) on 09/06/2006

[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.

Constipation, Weight Loss  
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Posted by Balaram (Morden, Surrey, Uk) on 06/27/2011

[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.


Posted by Sp (Gc, Ci ) on 08/17/2011

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?

Replied by Sp
Gc, Ci
Does anyone have an answer to this whether eating sauerkraut can worsen the Hashimoto's hypothyroid, as sauerkraut is made with cabbage, which is a Cruciferous vegetable which can cause problems for thyroid. I have been eating some sauerkraut as probiotic for the last 2 months, but want to be cautious as I have Hashimoto's disease.
Replied by Lisa
Rabat, Morocco
From what I understand, fermented foods still can cause problems for the thyroid. The fermenting process does not get rid of the goitrogens and I believe it can actually make them more bioavailable. I think if you eat sauerkraut once in a while it is okay, but I wouldn't eat it everyday. There are probably better ways to get your probiotics.
Replied by Sp
Gc, Ci
Thanks, Lisa. I will use the sauerkraut sparingly. Unfortunately, the other probiotics like Kefir is fermented milk, and I am allergic to milk. And Miso is fermented soy and soy again is not good for hypothyroid. I guess that leaves me with the option of probiotic pills.
Replied by Bob
Attica, Ny
The best thing you can do for any thyroid condition is to take a good quality nascent iodine. It is different than the type of iodine in Lugal's Solution. It's in the atomic form, which is immediately absorbed by the body and goes straight to the thyroid. You want to take a 200 mcg dose in about 2 ounces of unchlorinated, unfluoridated water every 2-3 hours. Iodine is metabolized by the body in about 3 hours so small doses every few hours is better than one big dose a day. Also best taken on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Iodine is easily bound up and oxidized by proteins when mixed with foods, rendering it useless. Also nascent iodine is energizing, so it can cause sleep problems if taken before bed.

Contrary to false information spread by many ill informed doctors, iodine isn't added to bread and hasn't been since the 60's. It was replaced by bromide. In fact since then iodine has been replaced in all other foods with other halogens (bromide, fluoride and chloride) which makes the problem exponentially worse. They have essentially caused widespread thyroid problems and major iodine deficiencies. Those other halogens bind to thyroid receptors and prevent iodine from being absorbed. It takes a substantial amount of iodine (through loading) to shake those other halogens free from receptors and get them removed from the body. That is if you are not shooting yourself in the foot and constantly ingesting the other halogens (breads, fluoride toothpaste, chlorinated and/or fluoridated water) This will make the iodine you do take much more effective.

Good way to tell how efficiently your body is absorbing the iodine is by taking a standard 200mcg dose of nascent iodine and then pay attention to the color of your urine when using the restroom. Iodine will make your urine bright yellow, like B-vitamins do, so if it is bright yellow it is being poorly absorbed and passing right through you. Btw, if you think you are getting enough iodine by using iodized table salt, you are wrong. Not only is it a poorly absorbed form of iodine, but you would have to eat about 200 grams of it daily. The 2 best things a person can do for their health is to start supplementing with a high quality nascent iodine and remove all soy and all its bi-products (oils, proteins, lectins, lecithin, etc. ) from their diets. Everyone should be doing it.

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
There are miso's that you could use that are not made from soy but made from barley or rice, and they are yummy (if you like miso that is). You could try "water kefir". Just buy the water kefir grains and brew your own. Plus you could also make your own rejuvalac or kombuccha tea.
Replied by Sp
Gc, Ci
Thanks Maria. I will try to locate Miso that does not contain soy.
Replied by Sp
Gc, Ci
Bob, Thank you for suggestions re use of iodine. I'll print off your response and take to my doctor when I see her next and ask her advice. My doctor is quite good and understanding adn also takes into consideration how I feel and doesn't just rely on my blood test results.
Replied by Jc
Boston, Ma
Since you mentioned you have Hashimotos you need to be careful with iodine. It can cause more inflamation in your thyroid and ultimately more damage. I am not saying don't take Iodine. Just be very cognizant of your body as you take it.

Dr. Brownstien who is a big proponent of taking Iodine(Lugols or Iodoral), believes Hashimotos is casue by a lack of iodine, He strongly recommends taking "Companion supplements" while taking Iodine. These have an antioxidant effect and help minimize or eliminate any inflamation. They include 3g or more of Vit C, Magnesium 400mg or more, Selenium 200-400mcg, and Unrefined Sea Salt. The salt helps detox the halogens clogging up the iodine receptors describe earleir.

Anyone with Hashi needs Vit D to help modulate the immune system. Get tested as you want your level to be 50-80. NAC is also a good idea to help with glutathione production. 500 mg 2x a day on an empty stomache. An excellent antioxidant!

Posted by Robin (Alamogordo, Nm) on 03/12/2011

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.

Replied by Sp
Gc, Ci
How would you ferment the cabbage? Can you please give the detailed process? Thank you.
Replied by Wendy
Ontario, Canada
I would love to learn more too. I have been following Donna Gates teachings and using a culture - I did up a big batch in 3 different jars and thought I followed the youtube videos closely but it didn't turn out ;-) I had lock down jars and some of the brine leaked out of all of them in the first 2 days. I read online some say this is normal. But then my batches were too dry and I got mold on top ;-(
Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
Hi, here in the Alsace you can buy fermented cabbage everywhere, so can you in more European countries. Maybe you should ask where you live? Sometimes things do exist but we don't know where to find them. I buy it at my butcher's but also in any supermarket and you can eat it in many restaurants. Never tried to make it myself though....... Here it is called "choucroute", the Dutch call it "zuurkool", the Germans "sauerkraut"...
Replied by Adrienne
Dayton, Ohio
I have a simple way to ferment cabbage...

1 head nappa cabbage, 1/2 onion(color no matter), 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 tsp soy sauce, 1/4 apple, 1/4 cup red pepper paste

cut up your cabbage and put into a big bowl with the salt... Let wilt till it about half of what it was. While your waiting blend up your onion and apple to a paste and set aside, then blend the red pepper flakes till it is a power add a few drops of water to make a paste. When cabbage is wilted enough drain the water and wash off the salt. I pat dry with a towel. Add to your bowl of cabbage all other items.. And mix well.. This will be a bit spicy.. When it is mixed together I put it in a glass mason jar with a lid.. And keep in the fridge it will last about a mo... I eat it with rice or beans but I do it every day for my joints and other issues.

Replied by Bev
Long Beach, Ca
This sounds like kem chi. I love Kim Che.

Fungi and Parasites  
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Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 04/28/2009 | 530 Posts

[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.

Replied by Adelon
Victoria, Bc, Canada
Hello, Have you used this with success? What type of parasite/fungus? I am working to clear out blastocystishominis. It is and has been very difficult.

General Feedback  

Posted by Cynergy (Middletown, Nj, Usa) on 05/20/2010

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.

Posted by Irma (Baguio City, Philippines) on 06/25/2008

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.

Replied by Rat Jeo
It is really effective for the breast feeding days :)

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Posted by Sarah (Brussels, Belgium) on 05/20/2007

[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.

Replied by Ken
Muscat, Oman
Hi SArah from Brussels!

Thank you for sharing your first hand experience about the cabbage...I was wonderin if it is really effective...because I saw a couple of sites at the internet which states that it cabbage should be avoided by people with GERD. I have the GERD for a few months now..and taking PPI when necessary. I want to tally eradicate the medication but am quite anxious of this cabbage thing....Maybe I'll give it a shot..

Replied by Gail
Port Charlotte, Florida, U.s.a.
Cabbage Juice for Gerd

I have recently been looking at the good uses for cabbage juice and am interested in buying a juicer for myself and husband. Since I have GERD and have been taking prescribed Meds for years for it, I now want to get off of them. I also have Hypothyroidism and am on meds for that. Can I take the cabbage juice regimen?

Replied by Hannah
Hephzibah , Ga
[YEA]   My condition was Ulcerative Colitis and the medicines given had such serious side effects I could not take them... However started drinking cabbage juice approximately a 1/2 cup every 8 hours. Brought a Juicer from Sears (62.00) and about 1 head of cabbage and starting drinking.... My condition was to see a colon surgeon if meds don't work.... So I'm not taking any meds and my condition after 10 days of just drinking juice is awesome.... Currently no more systems of Colitis and I will maintain drinking cabbage juice as a maintenance drink... I suggest you try this, ! The time it takes to prepare is no more time then it takes waiting on your drug prescriptions at the drug store... Go for it... results will be great.
Go for it!
Replied by Mo
Camano Island, Wa
[NAY]   I drank raw cabbage juice and it relaxed my lower esophagel sphincter so now I have reflux after having surgey to fix it. Be careful! Don't take the chance!! I am experiencing a nightmare because I drank the cabbage juice!
Replied by Ppat
New York, Ny, Usa
Hi, I have been taking about 600ml (300ml twice daily) for the last 2 weeks. My gastritis symptoms have improved but I'm worried about the effect of cabbage juice on thyroid since I have read that excess cabbage juice can cause goiter. Is it true? If it is, what is excess consumption? I am planning to lower my dose and try drinking it for another 2 or 3 weeks to relieve the symptoms completely.

Any help is appreciated!

Replied by Vmotta
Los Angeles, Ca
Ppatt, I wanted to ask how your Gastritis is progressing. Also are you juicing green or red cabbage? Before, after or during meals?

Thank you.VM

Replied by Sharron
Vmotta from Los Angeles, CA Or anyone that knows this answer, it would be very helpful!

I know this post is from a couple of years ago, but is it better to eat the red cabbage than the green if you are suffering from hypothyroidism?

Replied by Mo
Camano Island, Wa
Hey I know it is old comment. I just drank cabbage juice for 10 days and had same experience with lower sphycnter which had been repaired 5 years ago. Did your symptoms get back to normal again. What was your final outcome. Thanks Ron

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Posted by Christine Keitel (Melbourne, Australia) on 09/19/2007

[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!!!

Posted by Angel (Iuka, MS) on 10/09/2006

[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?

Replied by Linda
Clanwilliam, Mb
Yes, it is good for edema. I have a book that lists many ailments it works with, including cancerous tumors, arthritis, exema, respiratory problems, sciatica, arthritis, migraines, and many more.