by Walt Roberts
Have you ever wondered if you have Restless Leg Syndrome? Some estimate that Restless Leg Syndrome affects as many as 12 million Americans. However, others estimate a much higher occurrence because RLS is thought to be under diagnosed and, in some cases, misdiagnosed. Some people with RLS will not seek medical attention, believing that they will not be taken seriously, that their symptoms are too mild, or that their condition is not treatable. Some physicians wrongly attribute the symptoms to nervousness, insomnia, stress, arthritis, muscle cramps, or aging.
People with RLS feel uncomfortable sensations in their legs, especially when sitting or lying down, accompanied by an irresistible urge to move about. These sensations usually occur deep inside the leg, between the knee and ankle; more rarely, they occur in the feet, thighs, arms, and hands. Although the sensations can occur on just one side of the body, they most often affect both sides.
Because moving the legs (or other affected parts of the body) relieves the discomfort, people with RLS often keep their legs in motion to minimize or prevent the sensations. They may pace the floor, constantly move their legs while sitting, and toss and turn in bed.
The symptoms of RLS vary in severity and duration from person to person. Mild RLS occurs episodically, with only mild disruption of sleep onset, and causes little distress. In moderately severe cases, symptoms occur only once or twice a week but result in significant delay of sleep onset, with some disruption of daytime function. In severe cases of RLS, the symptoms occur more than twice a week and result in burdensome interruption of sleep and impairment of daytime function.
Symptoms may begin at any stage of life, although the disorder is more common with increasing age. Sometimes people will experience spontaneous improvement over a period of weeks or months. Although rare, spontaneous improvement over a period of years also can occur. If these improvements occur, it is usually during the early stages of the disorder. In general, however, symptoms become more severe over time.
For those with mild to moderate symptoms, prevention is key, and many physicians suggest certain lifestyle changes and activities to reduce or eliminate symptoms. Decreased use of caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco may provide some relief. Physicians may suggest that certain individuals take supplements to correct deficiencies in iron, folate, and magnesium. Studies also have shown that maintaining a regular sleep pattern can reduce symptoms.Physicians also may suggest a variety of medications to treat RLS.
Of course any treatment should first be discussed with your doctor but trying natural herbal remedies before you turn to prescription medication should not be ruled out. It has always seemed illogical to me start with these prescription chemical cocktails. There are many herbs and botanical extracts that are being used successfully to treat rls. Lets take a look at some of them.
*Astragalus membranaceous is a well-known revitalizing herb used as a systemic tonic for centuries in traditional Chinese Medicine. Astragalus supports the healthy functioning of all the body’s organ systems through its adaptogenic and tonic properties. This herb also supports circulation and the absorption of iron from food.
*Ruscus acluteatus is also known as Butcher’s Broom and is used extensively in Europe to support circulation, digestion and water balance and as a bladder and kidney tonic.
*Aesculus hippocastum (Horse Chestnut) helps support healthy blood circulation throughout the body, including the legs.
*Rhus tox. (30c) is a natural remedy often recommended to support comfort in the legs as well as healthy sleep patterns.
*Zinc met. (30C) is another natural remedy which is an excellent immune tonic and also supports the absorption of minerals in the body. In addition, Zinc met. acts as a nervous system tonic to soothe the nerves at night as well as during the day.
*Mag. phos. (6C) is one of the 12 Biochemic Tissue Salts and is very useful in maintaining rested limbs Mag. phos. also addresses an adequate absorption of Magnesium into the system
Now, all of these solutions must be properly prepared according to the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia and you should only purchase the remedy from a reliable manufacturer.
I have had a great deal of success with the RLS product from Native Remedies. All there products are carefully prepared in registered facilities and meet with FDA approval.
Best of all, their products are backed by a one year, unconditional money back guarantee. Lets face it though, no one product is good for everyone. If you decide to try a herbal remedy and you don’t get relief, send it back (ever try to return a prescription drug? you cant) The prices are reasonable and the quality is unquestionable.
*If you have been diagnosed with RLS or you have noticed the symptons that typically accompany the condition, visit Native Remedies, learn more about the condition and read the testimonials written by other RLS sufferes. You will be glad that you made the effort.