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Old 06-27-2011, 05:20 PM   #1
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Mini plunger for knee

Hi,

Has anyone ever heard of using a mini plunger on their arthritic knees
to treat behind-the-kneecap fluid and swelling?

Thanks!

 
Old 06-29-2011, 10:15 AM   #2
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Re: Mini plunger for knee

What is a mini plunger?
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:07 PM   #3
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Re: Mini plunger for knee

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What is a mini plunger?
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Well James, I typed in "mini plunger" on my search engine and some interesting things came up.

I have a small plunger I use on my bathroom sink when it is running slow, but it sure wouldn't fit on my knee! It is a conventional plunger design.

But do the search yourself on your search engine and you will see various models that might conceivably fit over some knees. But I for one can't imagine doing this to my knee.

I think a trip to the doctor is a much better idea.

A certain Doctor who appears on TV talk shows is quoted as recommending this knee suctioning. Have a look at the listed articles and see what you think of all this. Hee hee.

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Re: Mini plunger for knee

I'm sorry -- I should have explained what it is. My first impression was that it might be an easy way to remove behind-the-knee swelling. I'm just looking
for an easy fix.

 
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I'm sorry -- I should have explained what it is. My first impression was that it might be an easy way to remove behind-the-knee swelling. I'm just looking
for an easy fix.


And who isn't?!!!!!!

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And who isn't?!!!!!!

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Shirley, I realise now this is the cheap mans cupping device. Anyone who is the child of a mid European will have heard of this. You use small drinking glass, heat with a lighted candle and place on the skin. As it cools it produces suction thus improving the circulation. Used for lung conditions as well as musculoskeletal disorders. I remember see some old folks when I was young who had been wet cupped, that was a small cut on the skin and the glass cup over it so it would bleed out the "bad humours" whatever they were. I remember some who had been marked for life as the suction had been very strong and a brown circle was left. Perhaps plungers should be left for blocked sinks.
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Re: Mini plunger for knee

Hi James:
I had never heard of that folk remedy of "cupping". Sounds interesting but the cutting of the skin doesn't appeal much to me. Seems to invite infection? Some of the old folk remedies seem to work. I have European forebears but don't remember any of their home medical adventures. Thanks for this interesting information.

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Thanks, guys, for the interesting comments!

 
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