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Acupuncture: A method for treating Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome, also known as Ekbom Syndrome is a nerve disorder that features uncomfortable and strange sensations in the legs while at rest, and an intense and uncontrollable desire to move the legs in order to relieve the discomfort. Individuals suffering from this condition often describe the sensations as creeping, crawling, pulling, tingling, throbbing and grabbing. The symptoms usually present themselves in the evening when the individual prepares to relax and go to sleep. Sleep is therefore often disturbed leading to chronic fatigue.

Restless legs syndrome affects up to 10–15% of the American population. Though it can affect any age including children, it is most prevalent in middle age to elderly individuals, and tends to worsen with age. Though it is not gender specific, studies show more women are affected than men, in 2-1 ratio. RLS is not genetically linked but it has been shown to run in some families, passing for parent to child.

Conventional treatment of RLS aims to relieve its symptoms as well as treat the underlying cause if it is known. Doctors may suggest adopting some lifestyle changes such as; avoiding the intake of tobacco, caffeine, or alcohol, changing sleep patterns, getting regular exercise, or taking an iron supplement. The physicians may also prescribe different types of medication to alleviate the symptoms of RLS.

Alternative methods are utilized to alleviate the pain, promote a better sleep pattern and improve the quality of life. The treatments may be given on their own or as a comprehensive holistic approach. Biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, homeopathy, nutritional supplements, reflexology and acupuncture are among the most frequently utilized modalities.

Traditional Chinese Medicine manage restless leg syndrome based on its symptomatic patterns. The predominant symptoms exhibited by individuals afflicted by RLS relate to deficiencies in the liver and kidney organs, the heart and the blood. Acupuncturists select the distinct points on the meridians corresponding to the deficient organs, to stimulate qi and blood flow and correct the stagnation and deficiencies. This is often combined with herbal medicine that works in a synergistic way to promote blood circulation and address the organ deficiencies.

Research studies regarding that effectiveness of acupuncture have shown great promise. Results of several scientific studies indicated that acupuncture has a better therapeutic effect on RLS than conventional treatments. Chinese research has shown a large percentage of remission and relief of symptoms with the use of acupuncture treatments.

Dr. Elisha expertly utilizes acupuncture as part of a comprehensive treatment program for restless leg syndrome. The holistic approach includes a diet and exercise plan as well as herbal and homeopathic remedies. Let Dr Elisha alleviate your pain, promote a better sleep pattern, and help you relax and feel generally better.

 

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