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Instantly soothe and relieve swollen, aching, inflamed muscles and nerves

by ken winston caine

I have just made the most remarkable 3,000-year-old discovery that instantly soothes aching, inflamed muscles and nerves and relieves pain and inflammation.

And can’t believe that it’s taken me all this time. I must have first read about this technique at least 30 years ago and “learned it” again in numerous herbal medicine courses over the years.

The forgotten, ancient medical miracle used thousands of years ago in India and China and in other folk-medicine traditions in more recent centuries?

The ginger compress.

Just a hot, moist pack of ginger placed over acutely inflamed muscles and nerves.

I’d never tried it, having lost faith in herbal compresses years ago when I found that most I experimented with seemed to have no discernible healing power beyond the effect of the moist heat. Not so with the ginger compress. It really works. REALLY works. Fast.

It costs pennies, takes seconds to make. You probably already have the makings on hand in your house if you raid the spice cabinet and improvise a bit. And it instantly draws away the swelling and pain… Even better, the effect is lasting.

I’ll tell you how I made it in a moment.

Tried it yesterday during an exercise-muscle-strain-induced episode of severe sciatica. The kind of injury that in the past has laid me up for 10 to 21 days and would have required multiple visits to the chiropractor. (I’m prone to these episodes occasionally since blowing out my lower back in a head-on collision in 1971. Lap-belt injury. Before cars had shoulder straps.) You’d think I would have experimented with this long ago, since I preach about how effective ginger is as a systemic anti-inflammatory when taken orally, regularly. And can cite solid scientific studies that prove it.

But the ginger compress applied externally? I’m a latecomer to this party.

Only tried it yesterday because it was Friday evening and I knew I couldn’t get to my chiropractor until Monday and I was contorted in pain and desperate. WOW, am I glad I did.

The externally applied ginger pack gave me relief in 40 seconds. I left the compress on for about four minutes. (Could have left it on for hours if I’d rigged up some straps to hold it in place over my right S-I joints.)

Reheated it and repeated it an hour later and got even more relief. Awoke this morning with no sign of yesterday’s injury and painful spasms. Amazing.

Here’s how to make it:

I heated an inch of purified water in a pan. (I recommend purified water since ginger is a carrier herb. You don’t want it carrying mutagenic chlorine and other impurities into your muscles, nerves and bloodstream. And it is believed to be a “potentizer.” That is, that it increases the potency of other herbs and substances it is combined with.)

While the water was heating, I located a clean white cotton anklet sock and scooped into it about 4 heaping tablespoons of finely ground organic ginger-root powder ($6.63 per pound for the bulk powder at the Santa Fe Vitamin Cottage — this was maybe 40 cents worth). Spread it out evenly, maybe 1/8 inch thick in the bottom half of the sock (from toe to mid-arch area).

(Traditionally, herbal compresses are not made with old socks — or new socks for that matter. Rather, herbalists use thin clean unbleached cotton cloth, like muslin. You could be more clinical about it and use many layers of gauze, I suppose. The sock was an emergency inspiration.)

Carefully laid the sock in the steaming water for a few seconds, completely submerging it and letting it soak, poking it a bit with a fork to make sure it became saturated with the near-boiling water. Then, with the fork, lifted it out and held it over the pan and let it drip and cool just a bit for about five seconds.

Gingerly, I touched one finger to it, making sure it was not so hot it would burn my skin. It wasn’t. Yes, it was hot, hot, hot, but not scaldingly so. So quickly I gently pressed out the excess water, turning the ginger inside the sock into a paste, and then I flattened and held the sock firmly against the inflamed area.

Literally, in seconds, the inflammation began dissipating and the pain faded away. I could FEEL it happening. Almost like a shot of Novacaine. It was as if it soaked up the pain. Took it from an extreme agony to a mild toothache-like level. Minutes later I was able to walk and bend without yelping and jerking in pain. I kept holding it there until it cooled, then reheated it and held it there again.

In traditional medicine you would apply this to your patient, cover it with a rubber sheet and a folded wool blanket (or folded towels) to hold in the heat and moisture. The longer it can stay in place and stay warm and moist, the better. And the sooner you can get it in place once the inflammation starts, the better. (Less damage to heal.)

The makings for a ginger compress become part of my traveling first-aid kit later today.

Try it for sports sprains, runner’s injuries and yard- or garden- work muscle strains. And let me know how it helps.


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12 Responses to “Instantly soothe and relieve swollen, aching, inflamed muscles and nerves”

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  2. Bill Bartmann
    September 14th, 2009 03:02

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  3. shweta
    April 27th, 2012 20:26

    i am paraplegic. recently gt swollen muscle on middle part of back which causes tightness when i get up. Wud try this gingerly thing for sure.lets see

  4. Ken Winston Caine
    April 28th, 2012 12:47

    Shweta, do you have the ability to sense hot and cold well in the spot that requires soothing? If not, proceed very very carefully. You don’t want to scald your skin!

    If you are able to do this treatment safely, I suspect that several 10 minute applications a day for four or five days will offer tremendous relief.

    Please let me know how it goes.

  5. Leah
    January 14th, 2013 13:45

    Interesting, I’m Jewish and I heard years ago that in the Talmud it says ginger cure. Take fresh ginger, peel and chop, and then boil in water and put ginger pieces in towel and soak the towel in the tea (water boiled in). roll up and put whole compress on your back to help bronchitis, colds, etc and of course, also drink some of the remaining tea.

    Really helps, so many have tried and seen amazing results! G-d heals :)

    Thank you for sharing, will try this.

  6. ken winston caine
    January 14th, 2013 13:53

    Would love to know where to find that in the Talmud, Leah. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Montanamuse
    June 28th, 2014 18:54

    The healing properties of ginger are quite varied. I was once so ill with some gastric bug I had to call a friend to come over to help me. I was vomiting into a trash can while voiding from the bottom end. She had me get into a tub that was as hot as I could stand. She put half a jar of ground ginger into the tub. Fresh would have been better, perhaps, but that was what she asked for. She gathered the sludge from the bottom of the tub and put on my back, chest, arms and lets. Everywhere that was out of the water. She kept changing what was on me. I sat in the water until it cooled. I vomited once while in the tub and that was the end of it.

    I have never had a gastric episode of that magnitude last for only 4 hours. I love to use ginger for any of its many uses. It is easy to grow, and can be done from a piece of ginger. Thanks for this pain solution.

  8. ken winston caine
    June 29th, 2014 19:33

    Thanks, Montanamuse, for sharing your experience and wisdom.

  9. Vijay
    September 15th, 2016 09:26

    Caine good advice. I have had muscle pain and then sciatic pain. Right bottom all the way down to the heel. First time ever. Gradually got almost bedridden. Now more than 2 months. Steroids and diclofenac and chlorzoxazone gave some relief but inherently dangerous especially so long. Suspect disk herniation. Came across your article. Tried it in the tub sitting on a chair then showered. While no dramatic results I believe definite right direction. Have been able to stretch the times between the 50mg diclofenac once 24hours to 36 hours. Will continue the ginger compress. Thank you very much for your article

  10. Kimberley
    October 3rd, 2016 07:10

    This is the first post I saw when I googled “how to reduce swelling in nerves” and I am thankful for that!
    I started an episode of (I believe) trigeminal neuralgia last wednesday. So much pain! Massage treatment on Friday provided some relief. I thought it was subsiding last night until I tried to eat my rice pasta dinner and found I couldn’t chew on the right side at all. Inflammation on my lower jaw seemed to have my bite off and hurt too intensely to chew.
    Seemed to be settled afterwards but woke up at 5am with searing pain in my lower jaw. I applied voltaren on my jawbone/cheek, which brought some relief.(I don’t normally use pain meds of any kind but had a sample and was desperate. It had helped a few days earlier at the base of my neck).
    I now have swelling visible on my jaw and severe pain under my first molar. I don’t have a fever, seems to be nerve swelling. Can this be? I don’t know who to see! A dentist? Naturopath? I will try the ginger compress and hope it helps!
    Advice welcome!

  11. ken winston caine
    October 1st, 2017 17:47

    Kimberly, hope you got some relief. Sorry am only seeing this now.

  12. ken winston caine
    October 1st, 2017 17:47

    Hope that continued to work for you, Vijay. Thanks for sharing.

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