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Leg Soap for Bursitis, Cramps, Knees & RLS

We have been collecting some amazing soap stories over the last few years, but the ones below are more impressive than most:

“For several years now I have been putting a bar of soap in my bed under the top sheet for leg cramps. This works almost immediately and the cramps are gone.
“You and your readers might find this hard to believe but it is true. For almost a year now, I have had severe pain in my left leg from my waist to my ankle and this is only at night (an MRI indicated bursitis). Most nights I would have to get up between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. and get in my recliner because the pain kept me from sleeping.
“Late one night when the pain was so bad, I thought about the soap and wondered if it could possibly help with the pain. I put a bar of soap next to the hip/thigh area where the pain started and within minutes the pain stopped! I couldn’t believe it!
“For several months now, I have done this every night and can finally get a good night’s sleep with NO PAIN! I told a friend who has back and hip pain about this and he tried it and was surprised when it worked for him, too. It’s hard to believe this works but my husband is my witness.”
Thank you,
Lynda H.

“For some reason, for the last two years my knees have ached terribly when I lie down in bed. I have NO pain at all when standing, walking or sitting – just lying down. I figure it’s some kind of arthritis, but really don’t know what is causing it.
“Your soap remedy kept popping up in your newsletter, so six months ago I finally decided to try it for my knees. It was amazing! In one night, the pain was totally gone.
“On vacation, I spent a few nights in another bed with no soap & guess what – knees ached again. So I bring my soap with me now. I replace it every time I need a new bar in the shower.
“I won’t leave home or sleep without it! Thank you for all your wonderful tips!”


“I read your column about putting a bar of soap under sheet for leg cramps. I suffer from restless leg syndrome in one leg only, usually when I am very tired. Nothing helps. I have tried calcium, stretching, etc. I just have to wait it out.
“Recently during one episode, I remembered the soap and thought if it helped cramps, it might help RLS. I was sitting in my recliner, so I took a piece of bath soap, put it in a sock, and put it on my foot with the twitches. It worked! I now use my ‘soap sock’ regularly when I feel the least tingle of RLS.”

“A friend of my daughter’s suggested putting a bar of soap in my sock before going to bed at night. Needless to say I was VERY skeptical! I’ve been suffering from heel spurs to the point of barely being able to walk.
“My podiatrist prescribed Mobic and a shot which has had no effect. So….I tried the silly bar of soap. I woke up with a very slight amount of pain. Had I not tried it, I would have NEVER believed it!
“I’m going to be sleeping with soap from now on. What do I have to lose? Pain! Try it!”


“How do you keep a bar of soap in your socks and not have it become uncomfortable? How can you keep soap in along with your foot? I am asking because I have heel pain and am trying for heels (both feet) not to hurt.”

This is precisely why we created/designed “Leg Soap.” These small-sized soap chips fit comfortably inside socks. No smashing, shaving or crushing soap is necessary. Just pull a soap chip or two out of our box and away you go…to sleep, on a walk, during a car or airplane trip. You will also discover a “flat” bar of soap we call “Bed Soap” that is not uncomfortable in bed with you.
Here are links to “Leg Soap” and “Bed Soap.”
Have you experienced any relief from soap for your bursitis, leg cramps, arthritis pain or restless leg syndrome (RLS)? Has soap been an abysmal failure?
We would love to hear your story regardless. Share your comment below.

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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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