Natural and Alternative Leg Cramps Treatment Options

Leg Cramps Treatment {introduction}

Leg cramps are involuntary muscle contractions that can appear at any time. Lasting from a moment to several minutes, leg cramps can be the result of overexertion, dehydration, mineral deficiency, an injury, or a condition called Restless Leg Syndrome. RLS is a brain disorder that causes uncomfortable tingling or burning sensations in the legs while at rest, often at night. The condition is also characterized by a strong urge to move the legs in an effort to alleviate the sensation, which can range in severity from mild to painful.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for leg cramps.

TCM Diagnostic Patterns Related to Leg Cramps

Listed below are Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostic patterns that are commonly involved with this western medical condition/symptom. Properly applied, Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and herbal medicine) treats patterns not individual symptoms/conditions which may better account for the range of symptoms often experienced by individuals. Pattern diagnosis/treatment is a crucial part of using Chinese Medicine for disease prevention instead of focusing on solely symptomatic treatments as is somewhat more common in western medicine. For more on this concept, please read What Does Acupuncture Treat? Or Treating the "Cause" and not the "Symptoms".

There are no tcm differential pattern diagnoses listed for this pattern at this time.


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Herbal Formulas

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Peony & Licorice Teapills - Muscle Cramps, Muscle Spasms, Pain Herbal Formula
Peony & Licorice Teapills - Muscle Cramps, Muscle Spasms, Pain Herbal Formula

Uses: Muscle Spasms, Muscle Cramps, Pain. Peony & Licorice Teapills (Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan)is a traditional Chinese formula that softens the Liver, benefits yin, eases cramps and stops pain. This Chinese medicine is...



Acupuncture Treatment Protocols

Listed below are articles describing related TCM diagnoses and acupuncture treatment points. These generally require an understanding of basic TCM Theory, however, general readers may find the protocols illustrative of how Chinese Medicine views and treats this condition.

There are no treatment protocols listed for this condition at this time.

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Submitted Case Studies

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Leg Cramps related articles

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Forum posts related to Leg Cramps

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    Submitted On Sun, 08/28/2011 - 10:10pm
    Contributor ~ Skye

    Hello Friends, Next week I will turn 60.  Although I have given up ice cream and changed to a very healthy diet & supplements, my health has suffered. For the past 8 yrs., no doctor could make a diagnosis because all of my labs were...

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    Submitted On Sun, 10/10/2010 - 4:12pm
    Contributor ~ sabineba

     

    Dear Chad,

    I'm giving my grandmother (94) weakly some bodywork.
    She has been suffering from a flu-like low-grade fever for several weeks now and it won't go away. She also complains of pain in the joints...

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    Acupuncture Points for Leg Cramps

    Below you will find acupuncture points relevant to this condition. The points listed below are by no means the only relevant points, rather we list empirical or commonly used points as well as those applicable to use with acupressure as a self-help remedy.


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    TCM Herbs and Formulas for Leg Cramps

    TCM Herbal Formulas for Leg Cramps

    Listed below are TCM Herbal Formulas related to this condition.
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    Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs for Leg Cramps

    Below you will find Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs relevant to this condition. See our TCM Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no tcm herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Western Herbs and Leg Cramps Medical Information

    Western herbs for Leg Cramps

    Below you will find Western herbs relevant to this condition. See our Western Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no western herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Leg Cramps - Western Medicine Information

    At this time no Western Medicine information has been completed for this section.