Muscle Cramp Remedies

Last Modified on Oct 18, 2014


Niacin   1  0   

Posted by Ss (Santa Barbara, Calafia) on 01/09/2011

[YEA]  Niacin is EXTREMELY effective for leg cramps. Unlike magnesium, it does NOT result in muscles becoming so relaxed your body's energy levels appear to be reduced.

Pickle Juice   6  0   

Posted by T Byrd (Milan, Tennessee) on 10/04/2010

I accidentally found a "cure" several years ago. I woke up in the middle of the night with leg cramps as well as a terrible taste in my mouth. So I hobbled to the fridge to drink some dill pickle juice to chase the taste from my mouth. Lo and behold, my leg cramps went away. I now take 2 to 3 tbls of ACV with warm water and 1 tbls of local grown honey and don't have cramps like I used to. When my stomach acts up, I add 1/2 tsp of baking soda to the mixture and drink it down while it's bubbling. Works every time. If you like dill pickles, I suggest making your pickling recipe without the pickles and keep it in your fridge. I still drink dill pickle juice cause I like it.

Posted by T W (Jackson, USA) on 09/08/2008

[YEA]  My combination may be of help to sore throat sufferers as well as people having leg cramps. I have always liked dill pickle juice and, as chance would have it, I was suffering from leg cramps when I took 5 gulps of juice. Lo and behold, my cramps went away. I now make my own dill pickles that uses cayenne pepper in the recipe. I am currently working on a concoction that includes elderberrys, garlic, honey, cayenne, vinegar, as my base. Any input would be appreciated.

Dill pickle recipe:
3 cups water
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup pickling salt
1 clove garlic
1 or 2 cayenne peppers
1 tsp. dry dill
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

Posted by Carolee (Hillsboro, OH) on 05/04/2008

[YEA]  A horrific shoulder cramp awakened me in the middle of the night on Thursday.' The knot was visible in the mirror.' Trying to knead it out made me nauseous. I used hot. I used cold. The pain abated somewhat during the day on Friday but returned full force in the middle of the night. Tonight I was again awakened because of the severity of the pain. Additionally I felt what seemed like a muscle cramp in my chest. I wondered if I were having a heart attack. The pain in my chest and shoulder was so bad I would have gone to the emergency room if I had health insurance. I found your site. I did not have any apple cider vinegar but I did have a jar of dill pickles. I drank some of the juice about 20 minutes ago. Incredible. The pain in my shoulder and chest is gone! After more than 48 hours of stomach churning pain, a swig of pickle juice has made it go away. My deepest gratitude for your site.

Posted by Lani (Eugene, OR) on 03/29/2008

[YEA]  Pickle juice cured my leg cramps - immediately! I have been having severe leg cramps (mainly at night) for months.They wake me up many times each night.Tonight, as I was watching TV,the cramps came on hard. I decided to get on internet to look for a cure. I eventually came upon pickle juice and decided to try it because I had some in the refrigerator and I like the taste.I poured a small glass (4 ounces of sweet pickle juice) and drank it.I sat down to watch TV again and the cramps were gone. It is hard for me to believe that pickle juice would work so fast and so well, but it did.I just poured another glass and put it on my bedside table to use in case the' leg cramps return tonight. Shall let you know what happens!

Posted by Dorthy (Salt Lake) on 11/17/2006

[YEA]  Dill pickle juice cured my severe leg mucle spasms following knee replacement surgury. I found one site that said the pickle juice gives us acitic acid. Whatever it does, it worked almost instantaneously. I would like to find another way to stop the spasms, there is not a lot to do with bottles of pickle without the juice. Eating just the pickle does not give the same relief.

Posted by Dee (West Palm Beach, FL) on 10/21/2006

[YEA]  Just drank 4 tblsp of Claussen pickle juice 3 mins. ago...SEVERE ANKLE PAIN (right side), pain is abating as I write this!!!! Thank you, thank you thank you. Happened to have Claussen (dill) pickles on hand as daughter likes them for sandwhiches. I have had this severe cramp for five hours and went on your site for relief.

Posted by Reenee (KY)

[YEA]  my sister in law had told me about pickle juice. i know it works! potassium helps but pickle juice dill stops it in its tracks.

Posted by Pamm
Alabaster, Alabama
05/23/2009
The reason Pickle Juice Works is because of the Sodium content in it. One of the reasons we get muscle cramps in our legs and feet is because we are lacking sodium in our diet rather it be from sweating or diarrhea or addison's disease or urinating a lot or etc.. I have a problem with low sodium & I noticed I would have muscle spasms or cramps all over. As soon as I eat saltine crackers or peanuts they would go away within minutes. So its great that pickle juice works but its because of the sodium in it not the pickle juice itself. So for people out there that doesn't like pickle juice try anything with high content of sodium next time you have muscle spasms. And also try anything with potassium in it too. Good Luck!
Posted by Josie
Koyuk, Alaska
08/23/2010
Just out of curiosity, would a taste of Soy Sauce work twice as fast? My dad is 55 and strong, but I've noticed, over the years, he'd have severe cramps, he blames the water system also. Why am I asking? Because I'm also worried that, what if these are symptoms or signs that something may go wrong. Even so, he believes in drinking alot of water everyday. Sincerly,
Me

Point Toes To Nose   1  0   

Posted by Peter (Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff) on 04/29/2013

[YEA]  Instant leg cramp relief:

Point your toes to your nose as hard as you can, standing up or lying down all ways work.

Myself and my partner both sufferd with this for many years, total agony, I forget who told me this but it works every time instantly. I was swimming in the freazing cold sea once and got a leg cramp some way out, toes to nose and it went, if I had not known that then I don't think I'd be typing this now.

Oh, and no long lasting after pains :)

Posted by Merrin
Mundaring, Western Australia
04/30/2013
Interesting! I started getting leg cramps when pregnant. Local goat dairy owner and midwife gave me raw goats milk throughout two pregnancies. This cured my leg cramps. She told of her 90 year old aunt who experienced leg cramps when on holiday as only cows milk was available. On returning to the goat dairy and beautiful raw goats milk, her leg cramps ceased. Pointing toes to nose seems so much easier.
Posted by Peter
Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff
05/05/2013
When we used to get these leg cramps we would instantly start streching the leg by pointing the toes away from the body, this would never work because you're not doing anything, try it now and point your toes hard to your nose, feel that, well I do that every now and then and I have not had leg cramps in over 10 years, taking meds for it is insane.

Potassium   2  0   

Posted by Cindy (Usa) on 06/05/2014

I have had some blood work done and show low potassium level. how can I improve this and do I have to be concerned about then having some other vit/mineral being affected. I sometimes have leg cramps or Charlie horses mostly at night and also dizziness. thanks in advance

Posted by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
06/05/2014
959 Posts
Hi Cindy...I would start supplementing both magnesium and potassium for your cramp problems. Start supplementing potassium gluconate(100 mgs three times a day with food) and magnesium citrate (250 mgs twice a day). Or you can buy the Magnesium Oil (which is a saturated solution of magnesium chloride) and just rub that on the skin over the cramping areas at night. Magnesium oil gets rapidly absorbed transdermally from the skin into the blood. You can also take magnesium oil orally -- 10 drops, twice a day, in a glass of water with food. I normally take high doses of magnesium -- over 1000 mgs per day -- and the body usually has no problems getting rid of magnesium unless you specifically have kidney problems.

Perhaps you should also eat more potassium rich foods like dark green leafy veg, baked potato, beans, avocados, plain yogurt, mushrooms and bananas.

Your dizziness might be a blood flow problem in the brain. I had dizziness and cramps when I had systemic candida. I also had racing heart problems. I found that using Ted's alkalizing remedies, supplementing iodine and supplementing Magnesium Chloride cured all those problems.

I would therefore also advise that you supplement a strong liquid kelp extract. The iodine in the kelp will help fix any low thyroid problems that you may have and kelp also contains a huge and beneificial array of minerals that will also help you as well.

It might also benefit you to also take niacin in the form of slow release niacin (like Inositol hexanicotinate). Take two 1500 mgs doses (morning and evening) with food per day. You will not get the niacin flush using this form of slow release niacin. The niacin will help to change and thin the blood safely -- allowing better blood flow to the brain so that there can be no cause or reason for your dizziness. You should also always take B50 complex(once a day at breakfast) and vitamin C (1000 mgs three times per day) together with the niacin for best effect.

Posted by Wenjoy (Winter Springs, Florida) on 04/22/2013

[YEA]  Potassium for leg cramps or other cramps: Two potassium supplement tablets, with water, when muscle feels like it will cramp will eases my symptoms within 15 minutes. It is even faster if I chew them first. They taste a little like salt but not as strong. Each of the usually available tablets are only 3% of the RDA so I used to take eight a day when I worked out in the sun on my construction job, as I sweated a lot. If I started to feel my fingers start to cramp I would take another two to prevent leg cramps. I am now 62 and retired.

Posted by Vera (Beulah, Co) on 01/03/2013

[YEA]  I suffered Charley horse something awful. It would wake me at night, screaming. Getting out of bed and putting weight on the foot/leg in question would help break the spasm. But I did not discover a cure until I was at a holistic clinic. I asked them if it's lack of calcium. They tested me, and said I had plenty.

They put me on liquid potassium, drink slowly with food. There is a prescription for it. Now, if I experience just a smidgen of it again, I take some potassium for a few days, and I am blessedly free of the agony. Never again. My neighbor tried it too, and she's not had a problem since. :-)

Prunes   1  0   

Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 07/27/2013

[YEA]  My husband was on a long drive under stressful driving conditions (dark, windy roads, towing a trailer, etc. ) He got a cramp in his hamstring and couldn't drive anymore. (My son was able to take a turn at the wheel. ) He would normally take blackstrap molasses for a cramp, but we didn't have any in the vehicle. We did have prunes, which are high in potassium. He ate 5 of them and his cramp went away! He did take blackstrap when he got home, before bed and woke up feeling fine! Don't eat too many prunes at once or you will end up with stomach cramps, though.

~Mama to Many~

Quinine Water   0  0   

Posted by Linda (Roscommon, Mi) on 02/12/2013

My Mom had bad leg cramping at night and her doctor told her to drink quinine water before bed.

Remedies Needed   0  0   

Posted by Saba (Mentor, Oh) on 01/15/2013

Does anyone know any natural remedy for toes and/or foot cramps? They are painful and sometimes they curl up and sometimes they curl down. Thanks.

Posted by Tinydancer
Dayton, Ohio, Usa
01/15/2013
35 Posts
Apple Cider Vinegar works for me. I believe that it is the potassium in ACV that does it. I take about 1-2 Tablespoons in 8-10 ounces of water. I get results in minutes. Hope it works for you.
Posted by Julie
Charleston, Sc
01/15/2013
Hi Saba, I believe this indicates either a potassium or magnesium deficiency. Try increasing both with foods high in potassium and magnesium and I imagine your foot cramping will disappear in a day or so!
Posted by Tls
Gainesville, Florida
01/16/2013
For immediate relief, pickle juice.. Sounds crazy, and I've only used the kind that you find in the refridgerated section of the store it has little bits of garlic and spices in it. Just a mouthful, this works within a minute. I have recently started taking b12 shots and suprisingly I have had cramps only a couple times, whereas I was getting them every night.


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