This is a natural remedy used in Hawaii, Japan, and, Puerto Rico. It has a drawing quality, and is used to pull out toxins. Traditionally, an albi plaster is used for dissolving hardened tumors and lymphatic swellings; however, it can be used to treat any kind of inflammation, including conjunctivitis (do not get the paste into the eyes), strains and sprains, and edema. For problems with the ears, use the plaster behind the ear. If used continuously, it will draw out poisonous wastes stored in the body’s cells.
You will need:
- 50% freshly grated taro root (or albi powder-see below)
- 5% grated ginger (or ground, dried ginger)
- 45% wheat flour (white flour is the best for plasters because it is the most glutinous)
Remove the skin from the taro root and then grate the root. Mix (using the percentages listed above) the grated taro root, the ginger, and the wheat flour with a little water. Mix thoroughly; the consistency should be that of an easily spreadable paste.
Apply the mixture to the affected area, to a thickness between 1/4 – 1/2 inch.
Use a flannel cloth to hold the Albi mixture over the affected area. Keep the plaster in place with gauze wrap or other appropriate type of cloth or bandage. A ginger compress can be worn before or after the albi plaster to increase its effectiveness. Wear the plaster for 4-5 hours. The first time you use it, change the plaster after 2 hours. It is best to keep it on day and night. During night-time use, you can leave it on up to, but not more than, 12 hours.
Should the plaster cause a skin irritation, cover the inflamed area with sesame oil before applying any further plasters.
Taro root can be found locally at Wild Oats stores, or possibly at local oriental grocery stores.