Q. I am an above-the-knee amputee who suffers from severe phantom limb pain. This always starts with muscle spasms.
I tried taking a tablespoon of yellow mustard and it stopped the spasms immediately, not allowing them to progress into a full-blown episode that could last 12 hours or more. What is it in mustard that is helping?
My doctor has never heard about the mustard remedy against muscle cramps. He’d like to know more so he can help other patients.
A. There have been no scientific studies of mustard against muscle cramps, but people tell us that this remedy is surprisingly effective. We’re not sure whether the magic ingredient in mustard is the yellow spice turmeric that provides the distinctive color or the vinegar or salt. Thanks for sharing such a compelling story.
We have gathered many leg cramp remedies in our Guide to Leg Pain. If swallowing a teaspoon of mustard is not effective for nighttime leg cramps, perhaps one of the other remedies will work. Roger said:
“My wife gets bad leg cramps and when she does she will either reach for the pickle jar (she drinks the juice) or the mustard bottle. We read about them on your site. Both work extremely well but the pickle juice seems to work almost instantaneously.”