Restless Leg Syndrome (cont.)

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Are there any remedies or complimentary/alternative treatments for restless leg syndrome?

Other treatments that have been helpful for some patients include:

  • warm/cold baths,
  • electric nerve stimulation,
  • oral magnesium,
  • acupuncture, and
  • natural treatments such as quinine water at bedtime (tonic water).

Unfortunately, some of the above mentioned medications may produce side effects, so patients are urged to discuss any conditions that arise after taking medication for RLS with their doctor.

Anxiety may trigger or increase RLS symptoms according to some investigators. Consequently, many over-the-counter items such as lavender soap fumes or acupuncture, or other home remedies and natural treatments may reduce anxiety and thus reduce symptoms of RLS, according to anecdotal claims. However, there is no known cure for RLS and, in most people, any underlying cause should be ruled out by medical tests.

Medically reviewed by Jon Glass, MD; American board of Psychiatry and Neurology

REFERENCE: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Restless Legs Syndrome.
<http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/rls/rls_WhatIs.html>

Previous contributing editor: Dennis Lee, MD


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/9/2014

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