Letters Cabbage leaves

Cabbage leaves are poor man's poultice

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7412.451-c (Published 21 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:451
  1. Helen M Woodman, registered breastfeeding counsellor (voluntary) (hmaybfc{at}aol.com)
  1. National Childbirth Trust 4 Greenfield Way, Storrington, Pulborough RH20 4PY

    EDITOR–Freshly washed cabbage leaves are known in European folk medicine as the poor man's poultice. There is nothing new about this ancient remedy used to help reduce all types of painful swelling. You may even find that there is a cache of cabbage in the fridge of your local maternity unit.

    So there is nothing freakish or stupid about the woman pictured in Minerva who used it over her painful knee.1


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