Natural methods for the treatment of restless legs syndrome (part 1)

Pharmacology considers the treatment of restless legs syndrome from two sides: elimination of the causes of concomitant diseases or actually symptomatic therapy. For example, if the problem is thought to be caused by anemia (and it can accompany restless legs syndrome), try to treat it specifically or, if possible, relieve the condition, hoping that the symptoms of restless legs syndrome will decrease simultaneously. And when this method does not work, measures are taken to get rid of the specific symptoms of restless legs syndrome. Currently, no data and studies can confirm the effectiveness of using certain methods of treatment.

Psychotherapy: support with a sense of loneliness arising from a given syndrome

Before you start to consider the methods and tools that are used in the treatment of physical symptoms of restless legs syndrome, it is worth paying attention to one of the "secret" manifestations of this problem, that is, a sense of loneliness.

The restless legs syndrome has no established causes recognized by medicine, so that what you feel is not understood and lonely is absolutely natural. It can psychologically affect you. Many people go from doctor to doctor, trying various therapeutic remedies and listening to all sorts of explanations for their problem. Some people prefer not to discuss what is happening to them. How can you talk about a problem whose causes and methods of treatment are unknown?

Therefore, you should contact a therapist so that it's easier for you to endure loneliness. If it is not controlled, the mental state may worsen. Do not be ashamed of what you feel. You should know that nothing terrible will happen if you contact a specialist for help. The therapist will not heal restless legs syndrome, but it can help you more easily bear the burden of loneliness and the psychological suffering that you are undergoing.

Cryotherapy or cold treatment

Cold treatment has proved effective, manifested in very rapid, even immediate relief of the symptoms of restless legs syndrome. For this reason, many people use this method before going to bed, in order to quickly and easily fall asleep.

In a few words, cryotherapy consists in applying cold to certain areas of the legs. This can be done in two ways: using bags containing low-temperature substances, or cooling sprays.

The reason for the effectiveness of cryotherapy is not known (which is common for restless legs syndrome).

Some suggest that the cold affects the level of the nerves, although, most likely, this is due to the fact that it forces the muscles to contract, thus eliminating the need for independent movement.

It is advisable that the doctor supervise the procedures and that he prompts you how to carry them out, especially if you use special cylinders. Keep in mind, they contain substances that, in contact with delicate areas of the body, such as eyes, can cause thermal burns.

Do not necessarily go to a doctor or buy a bottle for cold treatment.

Gel. It is highly recommended to use gels, as they provide a feeling of freshness for a period of time sufficient to allow you to fall asleep. This tool is extremely simple to use.

Fan. It helps in the hottest months of the year, although with restless legs syndrome is less effective than cooling cartridges or dousing with cold water. Direct the flow of air from the fan to your feet, in order to feel fresh throughout the night. Do not forget that the air directed by the fan should only reach the feet. Despite the fact that at night it can be hot, it is advisable that you sleep in your pajamas in case cool air will still fall on the body.

Cold bags. You can go to bed, putting on your feet bags containing cold substances. It may be inconvenient to sleep with pouches placed between legs or tied to them, but the effect is stronger than using a fan.

Phytotherapy against Restless Leg Syndrome

Phytotherapy is one of the most recommended natural methods used in the treatment of restless legs syndrome. Medicinal plants help to properly relax and improve sleep.

Hawthorn. This is a wonderful plant that maintains an emotional tone for a long time. You can take infusion of 1 teaspoon of dried flowers 2-3 times a day. In the pharmacy you can find drugs that include hawthorn in combination with valerian.

Linden. Classical plant, used for suppressed states. You can take an infusion of lime color 3-6 times a day (1 teaspoon of dry raw material per cup of water).

Melissa. It is recommended to take 2-3 times a day infusion, prepared from ½ teaspoon dried flowers per cup of water.

Kava-kava. This plant is not as well known as the previous ones. It is best to take pills that are sold at the pharmacy.

Saint John's wort. Take a day for 2 cups of infusion, prepared from 1 teaspoon of a dry plant. St. John's wort has an antidepressant effect, therefore it is not recommended for people suffering from insomnia.

Sleep Hygiene

The restless legs syndrome prevents many people from sleeping. Thus, fatigue and drowsiness increase symptoms. Consequently, lack of sleep generates a vicious circle, because it worsens the condition, and this, in turn, makes it difficult to fall asleep.

Consequently, a burden of lack of sleep is added to the already heavy burden of impatient sensations in the legs, which can greatly affect the daily activities of a person. There are many physical diseases (for example, restless leg syndrome) or mental illnesses (problems associated with painful anxiety) that prevent normal sleep. In these cases it is recommended to follow certain rules.

Many people notice that going to bed a little later (at 1-2 o'clock in the morning) and going up a bit later (at 9-10 am), it's better and longer to sleep.

Try to go to bed and get up at the same time.

Sleep at least 7 hours.

An hour before sleep, do some light exercises (yoga, walking, etc.).

Be healthy!