Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological conditions which could be recognized as the irresistible desire to move legs. This impulse to move the legs is often accompanied by an itchy, pulling or gnawing feeling that induces you to constantly move the legs. Once the legs are moved, the feeling goes away for a couple of seconds.
Due to distractions and activity throughout the day, most individuals don’t observe the sensations until they are resting. This may be in the end of the day or in bed, before falling asleep. As your body becomes more and more relaxed in a bid to fall asleep, the tingling, and creepy need-to-move feeling gets more noticeable to the point at which you might be fidgeting with your feet or moving your legs, tossing and turning without even being conscious of what you’re doing. When the brain reacts and moves the disturbed limb, the feelings subside for a very brief time period only to return and need additional movement. This cycle may repeat all night.
Nerves Over Activity
This nervous activity is extremely real to the mind and in-fact actually originates from the feet and legs. While it isn’t exactly clear what causes this over-activity or sensitivity of the nerves, one thing is apparent. Millions of individuals suffer from this issue and it’s largely un-diagnosed. What’s worse, there are not many selection for treatment. Some might respond to some pharmaceutical remedy but it must be taken each evening. Many cases of RLS are episodic; that is, they occur for brief amounts of time. The conditions may occur for many nights and then not-recur for a month or more. Clearly the reluctance to take daily medication for an episodic malady is noteworthy.
The effect of this aberrant nervous activity is the individual trying to sleep will un-consciously keep moving the legs, feet or toes. This tends to be just enough physical diversion to keep one from drifting into a deep sound sleep. The sleeper never gets from stage II sleep and to REM or Delta sleep. This partial sleep deprivation is extremely insidious since there’ll be a feeling of having slept but no refreshment in the sleep.
Various dietary imbalances are blamed for this illness and a mixture of these and the amount of daily activity may indeed be found to blame. As yet though, there appears to be no obvious correlation between any specific imbalance and the incidence of the problem.
There’s another option
If you can’t cure the condition, it’s at least valuable in order to effectively alleviate the symptoms. The world of herbs provides many helpful plants that could facilitate this relief. Cramp Bark and Yam include elements that generally relax skeletal muscles. This relaxation of these muscles is crucial and very different than what is achieved by massage. Peppermint and Rosemary help to increase circulation to the cells allowing more of their natural restorative lymph and blood elements to reach the distressed cells. St. John’s wort and Lavender are age-old favorites for reducing excess nervous action. They quell the plethora of low-level signs that plague the mind in a seemingly endless petition for motion.
As opposed to ingesting this cacophony of herbs, an individual can simply make them in a decoction, then gel it slightly and apply this as a cream directly to the over-active limbs. After all, why drink it if the issue is on your legs, not your stomach. As the water-based lotion penetrates the tissue, it calms the debatable nerves relaxes the muscles in the area. Applying the herbs directly to the affected area has been done for centuries. This used to be accomplished by macerating the herbs and creating a poultice. This was implemented by tying it around the area with a cotton fabric. Applying the active constituents via a lotion is much easier and allows application to a wider region of tissue.