Horseradish Neck Compress
Kind of substance
Due to the intense sharpness of horseradish, the local blood supply to the tissues becomes so strong that congestion in the head area can be prevented or eased in case of headaches or beginning migraines.
- Migraine, starting
- This treatment is very intensive. After a short time, the burning is so intense that the compress must be removed, otherwise damage to the nerve corpuscles in the skin can occur.
- Danger of burns (1–2 min. maximum)
- Exercise caution in case of skin diseases
- 1 cotton cloth, ca. 20 x 20 cm
- 1 heaped teaspoon of horseradish freshly grated or taken from a glass (unsulfured, without cream)
- Outer cloth: dry washcloth or the like
- Spread the grated horseradish over the middle of the cotton cloth about the size of the palm of your hand. Fold in all 4 sides of the cloth to form a small pack. Place the single-layered side of the pack on the neck, directly on the 7th cervical vertebra (which stands out strikingly). Cover with the outer cloth.
- Leave on for 1–2 minutes, in consultation with the patient.
Cover the treated areas with a cloth for 10 minutes to keep them warm.
- If the compress is left on for too long (even for only 2–3 minutes), it can cause burns.
- Care must be taken with skin diseases; this compress may be unsuitable!