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Topic: Cabbage Leaves for Sore Breasts!!

Forum: Surgery - Before, During, and After — Surgical options and helpful tips for recovery and side effects.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2011 07:54PM

truebff wrote:

I have a cool and interesting experiment going on...  I used cabbage leaves (washed dried and the veins cut out) to pack my daughter's breasts after a miscarriage several years ago. It helped her tremendously. It has also been used to relieve swelling in wisdom tooth surgeries by some dentists.

So, today, I packed my breast in clean green cabbage leaves, changing every two hours. (It's important to change them periodically and if you leave in too long, not a problem, you will just end up smelling like cooked cabbage :-D)

I feel so relieved, so comforted, and so much better.

The cabbage leaves help the body get rid of excess fluid like lymph fluid.

If anyone tries this, please let me know how it went for you!

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Sep 8, 2011 07:56PM Bren-2007 wrote:

What a wonderful idea!  So glad to hear this has helped with your swelling.



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Sep 8, 2011 08:00PM , edited Sep 8, 2011 08:01PM by truebff

Yeah, I was so sore I could not leave the house and my ice pack. And so swollen. I can't believe how much relief the cabbage gives me. I really wanted to share this.

Dx 7/13/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 8, 2011 09:25PM vanlex wrote:

I was thinking about this too because it worked great while I was nursing!  thanks foe the reminder!

Dx 8/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Sep 9, 2011 12:15AM truebff wrote:

So far, in my day's experiment, my breasts fell cooled and the swelling reduced Smile !

No, not all of the the post-surgery swelling, and, yes, they are still sore, and I am also taking pain meds, but enough to give me relief and MUCH bettter for walking around with than icepacks strapped to my chest! Yeah!

Also, if you pound the leaves first, then they won't make the temporary leaf lines if you are really feeling sensitive.

Please let me know how it works for you if you try it!

Dx 7/13/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 11, 2011 08:26PM vamom wrote:

i'm not very fond of doctors & medicine..... i'll take an old folks remedy anyday. after i had my daughter my grandma told me to put cabbage leaves in my bra. as crazy as it sounds, it works! dried up the milk & swelling went down.

Toni- BRCA2+, Strong fam HX, PBMX 12/8/11
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Sep 12, 2011 02:42PM J9W wrote:

Love it.  It sounds like an old 'wife's tale'; however as we know, the wife is usually right. 

DCIS, grade 3, 2009. Right mastectomy, tamoxifen for only 11 months.
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Sep 12, 2011 03:04PM MaryNY wrote:

Very interesting. It seems to be a folk remedy that has been around for a long time.

From the British Medical Journal (BMJ):

A 72 year old woman with bilateral knee osteoarthritis was admitted to hospital for a total knee replacement. Postoperatively we saw her on the ward with the outer leaf of a cabbage taped to her non-operated knee. She said that this was the only measure that provided relief from the symptoms of her osteoarthritis and that the outer cabbage leaves fitted well with the shape of her knee.

M R Utting, specialist registrar, V Currall, senior house officer, department of trauma and orthopaedics, Avon Orthopaedic Centre, Southmead Hospital, Bristol BS10 5NB

A follow-up note to the editor of the BMJ by a GP:

Cabbage leaves are often used by breast-feeding women to soothe engorged painful breasts. Their success in my personal trial of one has led to my recommendation of them, not only to breastfeeding women but to any one with an acutely inflamed bodily part, with reasonable success.

A cabbage stored in the fridge is cheaper than any of the exciting gel filled pouches you can buy, and the leaves conform well to a variety of anatomical shapes.

Mary ~~ lumpectomy 8/10/2009, Oncotype DX 18, Chemo 10/28/09--2/1/10 AC*4, CMF*4 Dx 5/19/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 13, 2011 08:11PM truebff wrote:

I am so glad this is helping, at least to relieve temporary pain and swelling!

My breasts are now starting to begin to heal too. The cabbage at least helped in that for sure.

Here is still another site about it:


Dx 7/13/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-