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Mustard cures cramps?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I just lent a guest at the motel some mustard for his buddy who had leg cramps. The guest swears by it. He says he heard it from some "old-timer", and when he tried it, it worked almost instantly.

A quick Google search turned up the following from

According to that page, the theories as to why it works are that mustard has (1) acetic acid, (2) turmeric, and (3) sodium, and that these could play a role in cramp-fighting powers.

I suffer from nocturnal leg cramps. Every few weeks, I will get BAD leg cramps while in bed. I don't know if I'll ever be able to stumble to the kitchen in time, but if I feel a cramp coming on and am within reach of the refrigerator, I may give this a shot. Anything is better than rolling around on the bed in pain while sobbing, right?

As an aside, I recently discovered that when my calves cramp, rotating my ankle from side-to-side (verses flexing up and down) seems to alleviate the cramps. I accidentally discovered this a couple months ago whilst rolling around in painful anguish, and ever since I've been able to stop the cramps before they start if I'm awake enough to feel them coming on.
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    It's not a potassium deficiency, or at least not all the time. I like smoothies made with a banana base, so I don't think that's the issue. I've gotten cramps when I've had a smoothie recently and when I haven't. I've gotten cramps when I was slightly dehydrated and when I wasn't. I've gotten cramps after strenuous exercise and when I've been lazing around all day. Those are the most common cramp causes, and none of them are a common denominator for me.

    I've suffered leg cramps for as long as I can remember, ever since I was a kid, and trust me, I've been trying to find a correlation between the cramps. I think it's possible that there are multiple culprits and I'm just extra susceptible to them.
    1910 days ago
    I think that mustard poultice was a cure for a lot of things back in the day. I have found if I start getting cramps in my legs/feet that if I start eating a banana every couple days that this stops. You may be having a potassium deficiency.
    1911 days ago
    Wow, thanks so much for posting this! I didn't know getting cramps at night was an actual thing...I thought it was just me or something I did to cause it.

    I'm glad I'm not alone!
    1911 days ago
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