May 6, 2015 | Posted in Aging, Concepts in Anthroposophic Medicine, Muscles / Bones, Nursing Treatments, Symptoms and Treatments

These printable instructions are meant to be used in conjunction with the video Ginger compress in the video group at  

Ginger Compress for Arthritis


Treating the kidney area with a ginger compress brings warming and helps arthritis anyplace in the body.  It is also beneficial for dementia, depression, chronic chest problems, bone pain. It is applied in the morning most commonly, but can be used at bedtime to diminish pain which occurs at night.

Research on ginger compress treatments, and ready-made ginger patches may be found at: RATO Health Ltd!osteo/cbwz

Supplies needed:

  • Ginger root size of palm of hand
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Grinder (small food processor)
  • Hot water bottle
  • Hot water
  • Cheese cloth approx 18″ long by 10″ wide
  • Wool to warm compress, eg piece of old sweater.
  • Abdominal wrap wool or other warm fabric if person is allergic to wool 10″ – 12″ wide and long enough to go around the person’s girth 1 and one-half times.


Fill hot water bottle halfway with nearly boiling water.  Push air out of bottle.

Dice ginger, no need to peel, and grate by hand or in a food processor. Makes about 1 cup.

Place cheese cloth on hot water bottle, and spread grated ginger on the cheese cloth covering the surface of the hot water bottle.

There should only be a thin layer of cloth between the ginger and the hot water bottle.

Fold the cheesecloth over the ginger, and cover with wool to maintain warmth.

Allow compress to sit on the hot water bottle covered with wool to warm for 3-5 minutes

Scroll the abdominal wrap from both ends towards the middle.

Bring scroll and compress on hot water bottle to bedside.

Place wool blanket on bed covering pillow.

Place the abdominal wrap on the bed.  Place the compress on top of the wrap.

Arrange so that the person’s kidney area (T12-L2) will be on compress when he/she lies down. Lift the person’s shirt and lay him/her down on the compress

Snugly wrap the abdominal wrap around the front and tuck the ends under the person.

Pull down shirt and wrap body in wool blanket including shoulders and top of head.

Allow person to rest for about one hour.  May sleep on compress.  No need for wiping off grains of ginger when removing compress.

May be repeated in four hours if needed.


Care for any illness may require additional treatments. Treatment should be supervised by a fully trained healthcare provider.
Do not overheat the water for the hot water bottle, or overfill the bottle. If you are applying the hot water bottle directly to the person’s body use a hot water bottle cover. (It is easy to make one from an old sweater)

Compresses should be done by an adult with full focus on the activity.

See Videos: external applications

See Value of external applications


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