Homeopathy in restless leg syndrome- RLS

Friday, December 11th, 2009

It is a disorder manifested by irresistible urge to move the legs to relieve the strange sensation in their legs and sometimes in arms. It is more during sleep. The various sensations explained by such patients are as follows:

• Uncomfortable, “itchy,” “pins and needles,” or “creepy crawly” feeling deep in the legs.
• The sensations are usually worse at rest, especially when lying in bed.
• The sensations lead to walking discomfort, sleep deprivation, and stress.

Causes: • Cause exactly not known.
• Age: generally after 40 years.
• It may be a manifestation in chronic renal failure patients.
• Also seen in patients with Rheumatoid arthritis.
• It may come during pregnancy.
• It may be one of the manifestations in Peripheral neuropathy, early Parkinson’s disease, Iron deficiency anemia, electrolyte imbalance.
• Excessive caffeine intake, withdrawal from sedatives and narcotics, alcohol withdrawal.
• Psychological factors like stress and fatigue can worsen the symptoms of Restless leg syndrome.

Homoeopathic concept of restless leg syndrome:

In Homoeopathy the restless leg syndrome can be treated with different approaches. Individual approach and disease approach are the two commonly prevailing methods in clinical practice. According to the individual approach the patient’s details are explored like physiological functions i.e. appetite, sleep, motion and urine habits, mind and emotions etc and a medicine will be selected based on the personality features. Disease approach is nothing but selection of medicine basing on disease or local part. For restless leg syndrome medicines like Rhus tox, Kali brom, Zinc met, Ars alb are highly efficacious provided the dosage and repetition of the medicines are done correctly. This can be done by any qualified Homoeopathic doctors.

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