Washing Soda can be recommended for use where there is swelling without heat, bruising, tenderness or redness
Washing soda comes as crystals & flakes. If crystals are used, then they must be crushed to the consistency of coarse salt. Crystals are preferable as flakes tend to be too small. Place them into a piece of cotton & fold to make a pack (approx. 5cm sq).
The pack is then placed on the lower part of the swelling & is held in place be some sort of tie like an elastic bandage or a pair of tights.
The washing soda can draw off a lot of fluid from a swollen ankle or knee, so the area can be wrapped in a small towel to soak up excess fluid. This can be tied on using tape or something to hold it in place.
Apply the pack just before bedtime as it is best left on overnight for around 6 hrs. Packs can be applied every other night but no more than 3 times per week, until the swelling is reduced or removed.
Any cuts or grazes can be covered with Vaseline to avoid irritation.
If there is no reduction in the swelling or the pack remains dry, try changing the position of the pack until it finds a point to draw from.
If you have high blood pressure or heart disease, apply the pack for shorter periods during the evening to avoid any radical removal of fluid from the system.
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