Pain relief in your back garden?
Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on March 30, 2011
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Wandering Jew Plant and pain relief
Wandering Jew plant (North America) is, as one might guess from the name, an unwelcome plant that spreads quickly and has a bad reputation with gardeners as it is very difficult to get rid of. However, it appears to have pain relieving qualities (according to this anonymous testimonial from ‘Maria’ on a chat site:
“To everyone that suffers from pain in their hands due to carpal tunnel or arthritis pain, and probably even more. All YOU NEED ARE 1 to 3 leaves of this humble and amazing plant. Rinse and boil them until they turn pink. The water will probable turn green, depending on how many leaves you are boiling. When leaves are pink, pour the water in a bowl and put your hands above the bowl, (Your hands are going to receive the steam, DON’T PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE BOILING WATER. YOU’LL GET BURNED!). When there is no more steam coming out, just throw the water away.
My daughter who has suffered from this pain, went to the doctors. use different kinds of medicines and never got better, was almost crying one day in pain, I got 3 leaves and did it on her. After almost 20 minutes, she told me there was no more pain. I’ve been thinking about sharing this tip with everyone, but was afraid of not knowing what to say, and look how much I’ve said right now. This is true. Hope it works as well for many of you that are suffering from this affliction.”
Unfortunately Wikipedia informs me that there are four different plants, three of the same family that are all called Wandering Jew.
Three species of the spiderwort plant are known as “Wandering Jew”:
- Tradescantia fluminensis, a shade-tolerant, easily regenerating invasive plant having small green leaves and white flowers, a South American native.
- Tradescantia pallida, a plant bearing purple leaves, with white, pink or purple flowers;
- Tradescantia zebrina, a type distinguished by leaves that feature a distinct lengthwise zebra-stripe pattern of white and green.
- Also, (blue) Wandering Jew, Commelina cyanea, a native Australian plant, common from Victoria to Queensland.
The description above suggests that the writer is talking about T.pallida (the pinkness of the leaves) – but it is T. zebrine that appears to be more commonly used for medicinal purposes. But as they are closely related (except for the Australian plant) it may not matter.