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Fresh Soap Renews Anti-Cramp Effect

Q. I have been plagued with horrible leg cramps at night for years. I read about putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet to prevent them and used the same bar for three months.
Suddenly I had cramps again for three nights in a row. I read that Ivory soap works best so I placed a fresh bar at the bottom of the bed and the cramps went away.

A. We can’t explain why soap under the sheet helps some people ward off nighttime leg cramps. We have heard from several other readers that the effect can wear off after a few months. Replacing the bar of soap seems to renew the effect.
So far as we can tell, any type of soap seems to help those who respond to this remedy. We have designed a large flat bar of Bed Soap designed to fit smoothly under the bottom sheet and not get in the way, while still helping to prevent toe, foot or leg cramps. It is scented with lavender, reputed to aid drowsiness.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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