Restless Legs Syndrome – Help from Nature!
Burning and tingling in the legs which cause movement, even while sleeping is the most common symptoms that indicate this disorder.
Uncontrolled movement of the lower limbs, uncomfortable tingling and burning sometimes accompanied by pain are common symptoms of restless legs syndrome, disorder which is frequent lately.
Although it is not a life threatening disease, it can reduce the quality of life and ability to perform daily activities.
To the syndrome restless legs (Restless Legs Syndrome – RLS) was referred to in the 17th century, but even a few decades it was marked as clinical disorder – Ekbom syndrome after Swedish neurologist Karl Axel Ekbom.
It affects both sexes equally, and from it suffers even 10 – 15% of the population. Most often occurs in middle age and older people, although some cases have been noted in children.
If it appears before marking the 30 years of life, then it is a hereditary disorder.
In the case of primary restless legs syndrome, a hereditary disorder is the reason that lies in the part of the brain that is responsible for monitoring.
The secondary form of the disease may be caused by factors such as:
- Weakened kidney function,
- Degenerative diseases of the spine,
- Damaged peripheral nerves.
This disorder is sometimes caused by the use of some medications, such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, antihistamines, and consumption of coffee, alcohol and nicotine.
Persons suffering from RLS complain of feeling delighted in calves, which they describe as burning, tingling, pain, feeling something crawling on their feet, makes the movement followed by relief.
Symptoms usually occur when a person is in a state of rest after a long sitting or lying. Becoming movement, extension or snoring legs, usually solves the problem which happens especially at night.
Often, despite this disorder PLMS (periodic limb movements in sleep) is happening – movement of the legs during sleep, which often happens to older people.
There is no specific diagnostic test for restless legs syndrome, but can be diagnosed by the clinical picture. From laboratory findings it requires complete blood count, determination of hormonal status and kidney samples.
The patient sends the electromyography and measuring of the speed of the nerve impulses. Depending on the diagnosis, the doctors usually prescribes vitamins, minerals, certain exercises and dopaminergic drugs, analgesics, tranquilizers tablets, antiepileptic …
How to ease the burdens
Going to bed and waking up at about the same time can ease symptoms, but experts suggest easy stretch just before sleep, to sit on the floor with legs stretched out, and then slowly bend your torso to the feet to be able to grab your hands, and in that position to stay a few minutes.
Before going to bed you should practiced a hot bath to relax the body and muscles and this will facilitate your sleep.
It is advised to do easy exercises and daily walks in the fresh air are also helpful. For relief of symptoms yoga is also advised that includes stretching exercises, deep breathing and relaxation.
It is necessary to avoid coffee, tea and chocolate as they badly affect blood circulation and sleep quality.
In most cases, people who suffer from restless legs syndrome, actually suffer from a lack of iron in the blood. The mineral releases dopamine, a substance that helps control movement, so the diet should introduce more nutritious foods that are rich in railway red meat, beets, dried plums, chick peas, blackberries …
Cover one spoon of crushed fruit bars and chamomile flower, with half a liter of boiling water, and let it stand for 15 minutes. Strain it and add lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey. The tea should be drunk several times during the day and just before bedtime.
To make the mixture of 5 drops of basil and marjoram and 3 drops of almond oil and massage your feet every evening.