Hi there, anyone any ideas on how to go about treating restless leg? Tui Na good but temporary effect. I tried acupuncture (case study only!!) and he was so figity that the needles were pulling and painful.
It can be useful to ask why someone has Restless Leg Syndrome - is it diet, gut problems with poor nutrient absorption, illness or underlying body system imbalances, medication, toxicity, etc?
Quite often RLS is due to a shortage of magnesium which is necessary for muscle relaxation (if he is fit, is he constipated too?). Low magnesium levels are common in dietary deficiency, malabsorption syndromes, chronic diarrhoea, pre-menstrually, in diuretic use, the elderly, excessive alcohol consumption, excessive sweating, kidney disease, diabetes, and congestive heart failure.
Lack of magnesium can contribute to muscle spasm, inflammation and the formation of free-radicals. Magnesium comes predominantly from green leafy veg but can be supplemented. My husband takes a brand of Liver Salts (magnesium sulphate which has made a difference).
Other causes of RLS are selenium deficiency (common in UK because of low levels in the soil), and iron (not necessarily anaemia but low ferritin levels - needs Dr to test) common in elderly people.
RLS can also be the side effect of some drugs - like neuroleptics and Prozac.
Hope that helps
Is restless legs not agitation caused by liver stagnation?
Tuina GB20/21, LV3 and maybe ST44
working liver, stomach and spleen pathways.
What does the tongue and pulse tell you?
Magnesium is definately a biggie.
Magnesium is involved in the ion exchanges that happen during muscle contraction. if levels of magnesium are lower than our physiogical requirements, problems can certainly arise at the neuromuscular junction, and in the correct contractability of both skeletal and smooth muscle.
This by no means suggests that magnesium is an out and out cure for RLS, but there have been some promising studies. We'd love to hear if anyone has direct experience with using a supplement an that has found relief 🙂