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Simple Remedy Eases Hand Cramps

Putting a bar of soap in your bed for leg cramps is a favorite home remedy, but one reader found it helpful for painful hand cramps, too.

Q. I have horrible hand cramps, even when I am not gripping anything. Is there a home remedy I can try?

A. Many readers have found that soap is helpful against muscle cramps. Some keep a bar under the bottom sheet for leg cramps. One person wrote us: “A few days ago the fingers in both hands cramped up. I thought of the soap and held it in my hands. The cramps went away like magic.”

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About the Author
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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