Thursday, February 18, 2010

Austrian Traditional Remedy for Swelling: Cheese Curds

MSNBC and The Associated Press reports that US Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn is using cheese to heal an injury to her shin.  She's been applying topfen, a form of curded cheese popular in Europe, as a topical treatment to thwart inflammation to her shin.

Apparently, she learned this traditional remedy when training in Austria from her fellow Austrian ski mates.  Topfen is a white, creamy, acidic cheese-- a cross somewhere between cream cheese and cottage cheese--popular in western and eastern Europe for eating. (Photo from  & full article here.)

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