Bath crystals help relieve limb oedema

Household soda crystals are a simple and well-tolerated treatment option for chronic limb oedema, according to palliative care specialists in Victoria.

The treatment was brought to the attention of specialists at the Centre for Palliative Care at the University of Melbourne by a cancer patient who obtained long-lasting relief of chronic lower limb oedema by wearing stockings filled with calcium carbonate crystals overnight.

The 38-year-old man with a long history of osteosarcoma had extensive lower limb