Acupuncture helps with restless legs syndrome
Restless legs syndrome is a common condition affecting nervous system. It causes an urge to move your legs and an uncomfortable sensation in your legs and sometimes arms, chest and face. The symptoms include that tingling, burning, itching or throbbing a 'creepy-crawly' feeling, feeling like fizzy water is inside the blood vessels in the legs and cramping in the calf’s or legs. These symptoms can be mild or unbearable and are usually worse in the evening or during the night. These unpleasant sensations can often be relieved by moving or rubbing your legs. It can be difficult to sit for a long period of time. About half of people with restless legs syndrome have some degree of lower back pain. Over 80% of people with restless legs syndrome also have a condition that is known as periodic limb movements (PLM). With PLM, you will have jerky or twitchy leg involuntary movements, usually at night while you are asleep.
There are some conditions which can cause restless legs syndrome such as iron deficiency, low levels of iron in the blood can lead to a drop in dopamine triggering restless legs syndrome. Other conditions causing restless legs syndrome include chronic kidney disease, diabetes,Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, an underactive thyroid gland or fibromyalgia. Some pregnant women may have symptoms of restless legs syndrome which will disappear within four weeks after giving birth. In many cases the causes are unknown.
Acupuncture is used to treat restless legs syndrome in China. There were many case reports with acupuncture treating restless legs syndrome. Acupuncture helps with reducing severity of the symptoms and decreasing the frequency of the symptoms.
A clinical report has shown that acupuncture improves restless leg syndrome
Restless legs syndrome is a common condition of the nervous system that causes an irresistible urge to move the legs and is also associated with involuntary jerking of the legs and arms, in sleep (PLMS). It can also cause an unpleasant crawling or creeping sensation in the feet, calves and thighs. The sensation is often worse in the evening or at night. The symptoms can vary from mild to severe. In severe cases, restless legs syndrome can be very distressing and disrupt a person's daily activities. The symptoms include unpleasant sensation such as tingling, burning, itching or throbbing sensation, a "creepy-crawly" feeling, a painful, cramping sensation in the legs, particularly in the calves. These unpleasant sensations can range from mild to unbearable, and are usually worse in the evening and during the night. They can often be relieved by moving or rubbing your legs. The cause of this condition is not clear. A theory suggested that it is related the falling of dopamine in the part of the brain. Having chronic conditions such as diabetes, parkinson’s disease etc is likely to trigger restless syndrome developed. Iron deficiency anaemia is a trigger for the syndrome. Dopamine agonists including ropinirole, pramipexole and rotigotine are used to treat restless syndrome. Recently a study has shown that acupuncture helps to improve abnormal leg activity. In this study, significant improvement was seen after 4 week and 6 week acupuncture treatments. There were no side effects found during the treatments. Acupuncture is potential treatment for restless leg syndrome.
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