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 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.
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?
Acid reflux: I have tried bush cabbage, whereby you extract the juice by using a blender . I just take a 3 ounces of the liquid every morning for two weeks and it works like a charm.
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!
(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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the reason to abstain from the soy products? Comment made at the end of your iodine post.
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.
Thanks Maria. I will try to locate Miso that does not contain soy.
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.
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!
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.
How would you ferment the cabbage? Can you please give the detailed process? Thank you.
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 ;-(
(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"...
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.
(Long Beach, Ca)
This sounds like kem chi. I love Kim Che.
Fungi and Parasites
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.
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.
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..
(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?
(Hephzibah , Ga)
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!
(Camano Island, Wa)
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!
(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!
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?
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!!!
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.
Raw cabbage and cabbage juice relieves joint pain and swelling in my hands, and it works fast.
I wish to make my testimonial contribution:
I got an informative email a few yrs back about cabbage cures & a link to a helpful website w/ testimonials, like this one... I often forget about how wonderful cabbage is, but when we use it, wow! So far, personally, we've used it for congestion (cabbage leafs over chest, wrapped in ace bandages, OVERNIGHT). We all got results to varying degrees. I just tried it (warm this time)on these 2 painful lumps I just found behind my knee. I only did it for a few hrs and the pain was about 80% gone for a few hours. It seems to work much better if left overnight, so I'll try that tonight. I also ate raw cabbage yesterday morning, not knowing half this, and expelled worms! ;)
As you can see, cabbage works. We've used it a few times for congestion, on my mother in law for hers..... And my grandma in her 80's, on her knee... She says she hasn't had any more knee trouble since she did the cabbage leaf cure I recommended. ;) The hard part is remembering this easy cure!! ;)
Cabbage pulls out toxins... Maybe it's the alkalinity of it... Or the sulphur... ?? But it works! ;)
Some apply it warm, some cold, some crush it, some don't... Some wrap in ace bandage, some in plastic wrap (I'm gonna try that next time! -Produces more sweating).... Some apply it externally, some ingest it.... As food or juice, which ever.... Either which way, it's working wonders! The hard part is remembering this easy cure!! ;) So don't you forget it!! ~Cabbage!! I did just find a website that warned the cabbage family can prevent thyroid function, so keep in mind. I'm currently getting mine checked... So being careful, but if it helps your gut health this much, surely I'd THINK (this in my opinion only- based upon all previous research, knowledge & learning) that once the gut is healed, the rest of the body will be able to be healed also... God is good! He gave the body the ability to heal itself!! -IF we just take care of our bodies diligently!! ;)
Eat the cabbage, drink the cabbage, wear the cabbage... Just use the cabbage, for crying out loud!! ;)
Blessings to you all! Katie-Beth
(Menlo Park, California)
What an awesome post! Thanks for spreading the great cures. I tried eating a bowl of shredded green cabbage and raw ACV last night, my arthritis pain seemed to diminish a lot! It could be the sulfur in the cabbage as I heard lots of people who take MSM have the same positive affect on their joint pain. I will try the raw cabbage salad more regularly and will report back