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Restless Legs

The English physician who first described restless legs syndrome (RLS) in 1683 wrote of leapings and contractions of the tendons so intense his patients were no more able to sleep than if they were in a place of greatest torture. The hallmark sensation of RLS is creepy crawly or itchy, burning sensations that will often drive the patient out of bed in search of any kind of relief.

It seems that until this decade RLS was kept under the covers by patients for fear of being labeled insane. But now, thanks to a pharmaceutical company’s advertisements on television, everyone is familiar with this condition.

In treating this condition, I have found homeopathy, acupuncture, and frequency specific microcurrent by themselves or in combination offers the best help. But before seeing your physician try some nutritional solutions first.

Iron: Up to 25% of RLS patients have low iron stores. This can be tested through blood work, and if present the product Floradix, a liquid organic form of iron, is best assimilated.

Folic Acid: If RLS run in the family then this supplement which plays a key role in nerve tissue health may be of benefit.

Magnesium: Sometimes RLS can result from and electrolyte imbalance. Magnesium is the main electrolyte deficiency associated with RLS. Take up to 800mg at bedtime.

Terry Pfau, DO, HMD

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