By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2017 15 Comments
    Could Standing On an Icepack Cure Leg Cramps Fas…

    If you search cure leg cramps on our website you will likely find all sort of remedies. They include pickle juice, pickle relish, yellow mustard, tonic water, soap under the bottom sheet, glycerin, B …

    By: Joe Graedon October 16, 2017 7 Comments
    Olive Juice Cures Muscle Cramps like Magic

    We have written extensively about muscle cramps over the years. Physicians have no FDA-approved drugs for this problem. As a result, people have searched high and low for home remedies. They have rang…

    By: Joe Graedon May 29, 2017 34 Comments
    Busting Myths and Offering Unique Leg Cramp Reme…

    Q. My wife told me about leg cramp remedies, including the mustard cure some time ago. I thought it sounded wild, as I don't understand how it would work. Last week, I participated in a run/walk in I…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 28 Comments
    How Soap Overcame a Scary Throat Spasm

    Many years ago, we heard about putting soap under the bottom sheet to ward off nighttime leg cramps. We thought it was implausible, but after hearing from hundreds of people and trying it ourselves wi…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2016 22 Comments
    Homemade Muscle Cramp Remedy: Ginger, Cinnamon a…

    If you have ever experienced a muscle cramp you know how distressing it can be, especially if the spasm wakes you out of a sound sleep. We recently talked to Bruce Bean, PhD, of Harvard. This neurosci…

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2016 57 Comments
    How Does A Teaspoon of Mustard Cure Muscle Cramp…

    For years people have been insisting that a teaspoon or two of yellow mustard eases the pain of muscle cramps within a minute or two. We have even tried it ourselves with amazing success. But health p…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2016 5 Comments
    Why Did Abandoning Earl Gray Tea Cure Muscle Cra…

    Q. You briefly mentioned Earl Grey tea causing leg cramps. You suggested oil of bergamot used for flavoring can interfere with potassium absorption. Eliminating the tea was an instant cure for a pers…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2015 6 Comments
    Leg Cramp Remedy Resulted in Red Itchy Rash

    A new medication or a change in medicine can sometimes lead to an uncomfortable or undesirable side effect. Often, the health care provider's response may be to write another prescription that can ea…

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2015 106 Comments
    Reader Dismisses Mustard for Leg Cramps as Junk …

    Q. I am disappointed in your response to the person who claimed that swallowing a teaspoonful of mustard cured severe leg cramps in two minutes. You agreed with the writer that it was most likely the …

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2014 39 Comments
    Nighttime Foot Cramps May Yield to Magnesium or …

    Q. My sister gets cramps in her feet at night. They are so severe that she has to get out of bed to deal with them. She has tried mustard, soap, pickle juice and V8. Is there anything else that might …

    By: Joe Graedon May 29, 2014 38 Comments
    Skeptics Become Bed Soap Believers To Overcome L…

    If you have ever been awakened in the middle of the night with a cramp in your calf or the arch of your foot, you know how much that can disrupt your sleep. But what can you do to prevent this proble…

    By: Joe Graedon March 10, 2014 58 Comments
    Home Remedies for Hand Cramps: Soap Stories to t…

    When most people think of muscle cramps what comes to mind are leg cramps. That's because a "Charlie horse" can be super painful. The muscles in your legs are long and strong and when those muscles co…

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2013 22 Comments
    High Doses of Vitamin B6 Could Cause Nerve Damag…

    What happens when you take high doses of vitamin B6? A deficiency of this crucial nutrient has been linked to nerve damage, particularly nerve pain. But is it possible to get too much? Taking High Dos…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2013 0 Comments
    Pre-Marathon Painkillers Can Cause Trouble

    Long-distance runners should resist the temptation to take pain relievers before a race. Although they may not want their performance to be hampered by pain, taking OTC anti-inflammatory drugs such as…

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2012 11 Comments
    Mustard for Muscle Cramp

    Q. I walked all around the house for 10 minutes last night with a cramp in my ankle that wouldn't quit. Then I remembered my sister telling me to try mustard. I went to the refrigerator and got a dab …

    By: Joe Graedon July 22, 2012 422 Comments
    Why Does Soap Soothe Nighttime Leg Cramps?

    We admit that putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet near your feet seems like a strange way to prevent leg cramps. Many health professionals insist that it is pure placebo. But we think there a…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2012 22 Comments
    Doctor Embraces Old Wives’ Tale

    We sometimes hear from doctors who are disappointed that we write about home remedies. They feel the only topics worthy of discussion are treatments that have been discussed in weighty medical journal…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2012 8 Comments
    Gramps Gets Relief from Cramps

    Q. During a visit to an amusement park last fall I encountered severe leg cramps while walking around the park. This happened several times during the day and each time I got a little cup of mustard f…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2012 17 Comments
    Mustard Eases Post Wedding Party Pain

    Q. After dancing up a storm in high heels at a very fun wedding reception, I awoke with a terrible leg cramp in my calf. It was so intense I could barely move. After trying to grab my toe to stretch o…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2010 47 Comments
    Science Proves Pickle Juice Remedy Works

    Q. I would like to tell you about a remedy for leg cramps or spasms. One evening we were playing cards with some friends, and suddenly my husband bent over with a severe leg cramp. Our host went to th…

    By: Joe Graedon May 8, 2009 2 Comments
    Tums to Ease Leg Cramps

    Q. Let me share my remedy for leg cramps. I find that Tums give fast relief, better than a spoonful of yellow mustard. I keep a packet at the bedside and in my purse. A. You are not the only reader to…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2008 8 Comments
    Leg Cramp Sufferers Face Quinine Quandary

    Q. I am devastated that quinine is no longer available. I have taken it safely for decades to reduce leg cramping, especially at night. Since I ran out and cannot get more I have a terrible time sleep…