When gout strikes, take them out, arrange them around the affected area, wrap a towel around them and let the warmth of your skin thaw them naturally.
If the theory is accurate, the gout-fighting chemicals in the cabbage will penetrate the skin and dissolve crystal deposits. If not, the frozen leaves will soothe the inflamed area anyway.
CABBAGE LEAVES FOR JOINT PAIN
In one Swiss hospital, patients with rheumatoid arthritis have their swollen joints wrapped at night in cabbage leaves to help reduce joint swelling and pain.
Savoy cabbages work best. Take some leaves, cut out the central rib, lay them flat on a chopping board, and bash with a rolling pin until the juices start to come out.
Then place the leaves over the swollen joints and wrap a gauze bandage around the joint to keep the leaves in place.