Restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) affects approximately 10 percent of the population, with onset commonly occurring among woman in their 50s. RLS involves moving the legs constantly – seeking relief from pains, twitching, burning, crawling, tingling and unease – all made worse when you’re lying still in bed.

There is no known conventional treatment for restless legs syndrome; however, certain home remedies and alternative treatments often provide some relief.

Homeopathic remedies

Rhus tox: People needing Rhus tox often experience joint and muscle pain with stiffness. The person may be extremely restless, anxious, suspicious and depressed – symptoms being worse at night and when lying still, forcing the individual to move to obtain relief. Continued motion, heat and rubbing bring relief, making this one of the first remedies to think of for Restless legs syndrome.

Phosphorus: The individual needing this remedy may have cramping, numbness, stiffness and jerking of the toes and feet. Symptoms improve when the individual lays on the right side. The person is often mild-mannered, insecure, prefers company and is thirsty for large quantities of icy cold water.

Arsenicum album: The person needing this remedy is generally afraid of being alone, chilly, anxious and restless in general. There is a feeling of uneasiness in the legs and they can’t lay still at night, feeling the need to continually move the legs. There may be leg cramps in the calves. The person is often thirsty for cold water and craves company.

Home remedies and treatments

· Stretching and walking exercise leg muscles.
· Drink 1/4 cup of tonic water with quinine before bed; the quinine settles the nervous system providing relief.
· Add black strap molasses to your diet. High in iron, it helps relieve RLS.
· Warm soaks in the tub before bedtime with Epsom salts, apple cider vinegar, or baking soda.
· Add foods rich in magnesium to your diet or take magnesium supplements to help reduce cramping. Read a related article…
· Use hot and cold therapy to reduce cramping.
· Implement relaxation techniques.
· Add vitamins to your diet, especially iron — but only after speaking to your doctor and having a blood test for iron levels.
· Have frequent massages to low back and legs.
· Visit an acupuncturist, who may be able to help relieve symptoms of restless leg syndrome.
· Reduce or eliminate caffeine consumption.
· Use herbal relaxants — try chamomile tea, valerian.
· Take B vitamins.
· Wear socks to bed to keep feet warm and protected.
· Check your medication to be sure RLS is not a side-effect.