When you see the doctor for Restless Legs Syndrome, you’re often given pills without mention of the many natural cures that have been found to be helpful in controlling the symptoms of RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME. One of the major differences between holistic, natural alternative medicine and conventional allopathic medicine is that natural medicine supports the body in its own healing processes, but conventional medicine often interferes with the natural healing processes while attempting to subdue a symptom. This does not mean that the two approaches cannot work together; they can if you in conjunction with your doctor are aware of all of your choices.
Here are several choices you can make with natural cures for your Restless Leg Syndrome.
Iron deficiency: Low iron stores in the brain will contribute to RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME symptoms so making sure your diet is high in iron can prevent symptoms due to low iron from occurring.
Caffeine, Tobacco and Alcohol: A diet low in caffeine is necessary during times when the RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME potential is worse. This means avoiding coffee, tea, certain sodas and chocolate. Caffeine can increase jitteriness and worsen the symptoms of restless legs that you have. Tobacco in cigars, cigarettes or even Nicotine gum can worsen the symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome. Another recommendation sometimes heard is to stay away from alcohol and even sugar substitutes
Vitamins: Some studies advocate the use of vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, vitamin B12, magnesium, calcium, Zinc and folic acid or folate. Most people think of vitamins and minerals, they think of going to the store and buying a multivitamin. What they don’t know is that those vitamins are almost always synthetic and don’t work the same as real food or whole food vitamins. Whole food vitamins contain minerals and vitamins that are really extracts of food. This makes them much more capable of getting into the body and working like vitamins are supposed to work.
Foods: Some early
studies showing that having reactive hypoglycemia contributes to a higher than average risk of developing RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME. Eating several small meals and avoiding high sugar food may reduce symptoms of low blood sugar. High protein foods like peanut butter are better than high sugar foods, foods containing flower and stick with whole grains, nuts, seeds, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Chiropractic Care: Many chiropractors believe that a part of Restless Legs Syndrome includes having pelvic instability. The chiropractor will recommend strengthening exercises for the pelvic area and a program that consists of consistent walking. Leg stretching also helps if done twice per day.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture involves the use of needles placed at specific areas of the body to either stimulate or turn down certain nerves. When used in Restless Legs Syndrome, acupuncture can reduce the symptoms of restless legs in as little as one acupuncture session.
Bioidentical Hormones: In the same way that whole food vitamins are better than synthetic vitamins, some people believe that using bioidentical hormones is better than using the synthetic hormone therapy. Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical structure as those found inside the body. They are often used in the form of a cream that enters the body through the skin. Because Restless Legs Syndrome tends to increase with age, it can be related to menopausal changes in men and women. Using bioidentical hormones may improve the hormonal situation so that the chemistry of the body is more normalized.
Homeopathy: Homeopathy can often help relieve Restless Leg Syndrome. The guidance of an experienced homeopath is important so that nothing goes wrong.
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