Natural Remedy for Restless Leg Syndrome and Insomnia

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Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is a nervous system disorder causing an irresistible urge to move your legs. People with restless leg syndrome describe it as a creepy/crawly, pins and needles or itchy feeling in their legs. The symptoms are usually worse at night making it difficult to sleep.

Doctors do recommend that lifestyle improvements like avoiding alcohol, improving sleep patterns and having a regular movement routine will help alleviate restless leg syndrome. I would highly recommend seeing a naturopath to find out any nutritional imbalances that could be contributing to your experience of restless leg syndrome. It seems like eating foods with more vitamin B, like nutritional yeast and eating more vegetables such as winter squash, sweet potatoes, beets, spinach, and swiss chard to get more potassium can be incredibly helpful.

Since restless leg syndrome is a nervous system disorder, restorative and yin yoga, styles of yoga that directly addresses tension in the nervous system would be a great way to release the built up tension in your muscles and connective tissue.

Today we are going to look at kava root as a potential herbal extract to relieve restlessness, particularly restless leg syndrome. It seems like kava root is particularly helpful for restless leg syndrome combined with the muscular tension that causes insomnia. It acts as a mucous membrane anodyne (which simply means medicine that reduces pain).

You can take 30-40 drops of kava root 4xs a day.

However, you should speak to your healthcare practitioner if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should not use kava root if you are on a hapatotoxic medication, combined with excess alcohol consumption or if you suffer from liver disease.

This kava root is from Botanica. I will put the direct link in the show notes:

If you live in Victoria BC you can get it at Mother Natures Market on Cook Street.

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p.s. Here is the video I filmed a couple of years ago with an exercise for restless leg syndrome.

Thanks for watching.

Namaste, Melissa


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