Jun 17, 2016
Raynaud's disease is a condition that affects the flow of blood to the extremities of the body, causing pain, tingling, and discoloration of the affected fingers or toes. Fortunately, natural treatments for Raynaud's disease exist, including magnesium oil, lemon water, and cayenne pepper.
What is Raynaud's Disease?
Raynaud's disease is one of countless diseases that is rather elusive. Some connect this condition to lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or thyroid disease. It is often counted as an auto-immune disorder. Triggers of Raynaud's disease include stress, cold (even from something as simple as opening the freezer!) and nutritional deficiencies.
In Raynaud's disease blood flow is restricted to the extremities causing pain, tingling, and discoloration of fingers and toes. A typical recommendation for those with this disease is to avoid cold. But this is not always easy for those who live where the seasons change, and especially in areas where it is cold most of the time. Air conditioning, cold air from the freezer, or even a cool breeze can make it nearly impossible for those even in temperate climates with Raynaud's to avoid cold at all times.
Natural Remedies for Raynaud's
Magnesium is an important mineral for a great many body functions. It is also a common deficiency due to the depletion of it in soil. Magnesium supplements are often helpful, but the best way to get magnesium is often "Magnesium Oil." Magnesium oil is not actually an oil. It is magnesium flakes mixed in water. It does not feel oily on the skin, but it may feel sticky. It usually washes out of clothing that it may come in contact with as easily as salt.
Magnesium Oil is bought in a spray and spayed on the skin. The body readily absorbs the magnesium. When you first use magnesium oil, it may itch or sting. It is fine to rinse it off after 20 minutes. Some will use it 20 minutes before showering. As your body adjusts over days or weeks, the stinging and itching subsides and you may not need to rinse it off. Spray Magnesium oil onto arms and hands, legs and feet twice daily. (DO NOT spray legs right after shaving, however!) While some experience relief with magnesium right away, others will need to use it for a few weeks to see results.
Lemons, though an acid fruit, help to alkalize the body. Adding a squeeze of fresh lemon to each glass of water (or herbal tea) that you drink daily will help to alkalize your body, helping many body functions to improve.
Herbs for Raynaud's
Cayenne pepper is a wonderful herb for circulation. It helps to open up blood vessels and improve circulation and blood flow. Cayenne pepper can be bought in capsules and taken with meals. Some people find that it causes some digestive distress. In that case, adding some cayenne pepper to juice or food is a better way to get some daily cayenne pepper. If you are not used to cayenne pepper, start with a little. Your body will gradually get used to it and tolerate larger amounts. Keep a shaker bottle with cayenne on your kitchen table. Cayenne is delicious on eggs, in salads, and on meats and vegetables.
Ginger is another warming herb that is great for circulation. Ginger can be made into a tea, added to food, or taken in capsules. If you like spicy food, you may like to chew on a sliver of fresh ginger root a few times a day!
Often cayenne pepper and ginger are found together in capsules for heart health. Both are good for the circulatory system and ginger helps to balance out the digestive distress that is sometimes caused by cayenne pepper.
Cinnamon is a delicious spice that also has strong medicinal value and warming properties. Cinnamon can be added to foods or even taken as a nutritional supplement. For medicinal purposes, take Ceylon cinnamon. (Do watch for blood sugar changes as this cinnamon can lower blood sugar.)
Vitamin Supplements for Raynuad's
So many health problems are caused by or made worse by a lack of nutrients.
Some important vitamin supplements for those with Raynaud's include:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
Dietary Changes for Raynaud's
Foods to Avoid
Caffeine is important to avoid because it dilates the blood vessels, which is already a problem for those with Raynaud's. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, and energy drinks.
MSG, food dye, and artificial sweeteners should be avoided. These empty nutrients work against health instead of for it.
Foods to Include
A variety of whole foods is important for overall health. Replace processed foods, white flour, and sugar with whole foods. Use honey instead of sugar (in moderation!) Use whole grains instead of white breads and pastries. Make your own instead of buying prepared whenever you can.
Fat is important for keeping warm. Be sure to include some fat in your diet. Coconut oil and olive oil are good choices.
Other Lifestyle Practices for Raynaud's
Epsom salt baths are an easy way to warm the body and get a boost of magnesium. Add 1 cup of Epsom salt to a warm bath. Soak for at least 20 minutes.
Whenever weather allows, get some sunshine. Walking in the sun will help your circulation and give you some extra vitamin D.
Continue reading for reader experiences and remedies for Raynaud's. Have you tried a natural remedy for Raynaud's? Do share your story with us!
Remedies for Raynaud's Disease
I am 38 and have started running low on adrenal horsepower at times; related (I believe related) troubles are Raynauld's in the winter and dry eyes. I work out very vigorously 6 times a week, recently ran a marathon, and work a great deal every day. I got tremendous relief to all my symptoms from a combination of weekly acupunture (esp. focused on qi and kidneys), daily different types of yoga (restorative and vigorous like Bikram), weekly espsom salt baths, and daily meditation and the emotional release and clarity about one's purpose it gives. My circulation is great, Raynauld's almost gone, and energy terrific. I feel 15 years younger, literally. And I am calm and have an entirely new level of self-awareness. Magnesium is very important, as well.
However, hard and/or long workouts 3-4 days in a row sneak up on me and the symptoms return. Also aggravating, I have discovered, is high consumption of tofu, dairy, and daily protein shakes, taking advil, working late on the computer, and Doing what you don't enjoy.
I was reluctant to try yoga for years and never thought about doing acupunture. Now I swear by them. Give them a go and be amazed - and get off that computer by 9pm!
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Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 01/05/2009 | 523 Posts
Hi Aricepatty who wrote:
Aricepatty from Dayton, Ohio, USA: "I have been suffering from Raynauds now for a couple of years. I have been unsuccessful in finding gloves or shoes that keep my fingers/toes warm enough so that I do not loose circulation and they turn blue/black and white. Of course, the only thing that my specialist recommends is to keep warm! Well that's hard in Ohio! So I avoid, if possible, going out in cold weather, swimming and air conditioning. Are there any remedies that I can try that will help relieve or eliminate this problem or the symptoms? So far, I have tested negative for RA and Lupus, so it appears that my Raynauds is just by itself, thankfully."
Can't guarantee that it will help your Raynauds, but first things first, if you are a smoker - QUIT as of last year! But smoker or not, two vitamins that help the circulation are niacin (one of B complex) and vitamin E. If you have never taken niacin before, be aware that it will cause flushing & tingling and be aware that you should not drinkhot coffee, tea, or hot chocolate within 30 minutes to an hour after taking niacin. This is not an allergic reaction, it is an expected result of taking niacin. My thinking is if you're too low on any of the B vitamins, you should be taking a good Bl00 complex because you are probably low on the others also.
Posted by Josephy (Puyallup, 98371) on 01/12/2014
I have Raynaurd`s Syndrome on the number 1 & 2nd fingers on my Right hand. I have had it for 10 years or more. The tips of my fingers turn white. They ache while they are white. Maybe 10 minutes or maybe an hour. I read an article in a health paper which said use Cinnamon on your food. Not any Cinnamon, but Sir Lanka (Cylon) in India area.There other types but only the two listed. They are both same place. An island along the coast of India. Anway put a 1/4 or 1/2 of a teaspoon or more on your breakfast Cereal or any food at lunch or dinner. Twicea day, more or less. Ive been on it for about three weeks and I would say its about 80 to 90 % gone. I am amazed. All I say, Its working for me. Joseph
Posted by Jenn (Nanaimo, B.c.) on 01/13/2014
I have been dealing with severe raynauds. Thankfully I have learned how to deal with it. For years I had no clue as to what to do to help the situation and so I suffered and wanted my foot cut off at times due to the freezing cold pain. So the problem is that the nervous system is out of wack and when it senses a cold sensation *ANYWHERE* on the body it then has an over reaction response and tells all the veins to constrict. Also it takes a while for this process to recognize that the cold is no longer present and so yet the veins stay constricted. Putting gloves and thick socks on wont stop an attack. Keep your ENTIRE body completely warm. Limit your time outside in the winter - as even your skin on your face being uncovered can cause an attack. so if your raynauds affects your feet ....and you get a cold breeze on your arm while by your fridge then it will trigger a response from your nervous system and you will find yourself having an attack. the best way to get out of an attack is to get as warm as you can as fast as you can. Cover up HEAD 2 TOE! The sooner you do this the sooner the attack will end. In the winter time I work indoors only. I limit my outside time and when I come in I get warm asap. I sometimes wear a neck warmer on my head in a stylish kind of way when at work to avoid attacks as you can lose a lot of body heat from your head. This has helped me to avoid agony. There is NO cure. But I have also been taking a multi complete vitamin with minerals...I take Children's chewables cuz I'm a big suck. And I take B Complex (chewables of course). The longer you let an attack go on for the more nerve damage you will have as a result. SO always as first defense warm up ASAP!! Please understand the importance is in keeping the *body* warm...
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Posted by Dianna (Austin, Tx) on 01/05/2009
In response to:
01/05/2009: Aricepatty from Dayton, Ohio, USA: "I have been suffering from Raynauds now for a couple of years. I have been unsuccessful in finding gloves or shoes that keep my fingers/toes warm enough so that I do not loose circulation and they turn blue/black and white. Of course, the only thing that my specialist recommends is to keep warm! Well that's hard in Ohio! So I avoid, if possible, going out in cold weather, swimming and air conditioning. Are there any remedies that I can try that will help relieve or eliminate this problem or the symptoms? So far, I have tested negative for RA and Lupus, so it appears that my Raynauds is just by itself, thankfully."
Have you tried dry brush massage? You take a natural bristle brush and massage your skin before a bath. Brush your whole body - ESPECIALLY your hands and feet. This really helped me when diabetes was giving me numb and cold hands and feet - do it til your hands are red and you can see the blood moving under the surface and they feel warm. After I had done this just a few times the numbness went away. Eating virgin coconut oil made the cold hands and feet go away too - when I stop taking the VCO my cold hands and feet come back. The combination is perfect for me. Try it - it can't hurt. Djh/Texas
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Posted by Bruce (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) on 12/15/2011
For anyone with Raynaud's. try L-Arginine, 1000mg 3xday. This is used if you have high blood pressure to increase blood thru your veins. Should help in all veins.
Posted by Sykes (Bradford, West Yorkshire) on 06/11/2016
I tried Apple Cider Vinegar for a long time for my SEVERE Raynaud's and it did many benefits for overall health but very little for my Raynaud's. I have the CURE for Raynaud's and I have completely got rid of it for good by using a very very simple natural remedy.
To give you a little background info, I suffered from really bad Raynaud's and poor circulation especially in my hands and feet. Both would turn extreme bluey purple easily and I was ALWAYS cold even when everyone else was boiling. I tried everything, herbal and medical but to no avail. Fed up of numerous visits to the doctors and paying large sums for useless medication I ventured on my own journey. I ate healthy, the greens, the smoothies, litres of water and hours of exercise but nothing helped.
One day I thought why not add the humble lemon to my water as I was fed up of drinking plain water and thus started drinking lemon water and by God I realised I was getting warm. Change happened so fast I didn't even realise that drinking lemon water regularly cured ALL my circulatory problems and now I am always sooo warm that I have reversed my problem.
Doctors are amazed at my cure and after years of medication, Raynaud's and my bad circulation, I am the warmest person alive!
Posted by Jessaka (Tahlequah, Ok) on 01/20/2011
Raynaud's Disease: I tried taking magnesium capsules internally and have been using them for over two years without success. The oil worked. I don't think it matters what brand it was. I got mine off amazon I think. I put it on my wrists twice a day, and in two weeks I have noticed the difference. It works, but if you don't use it one day it comes back but not as bad. it also helps more if you have just taken a warm shower, so I imagine that is because it opens your pores.
Posted by Jessaka (Tahlequah, Ok, U.s.a.) on 01/10/2011
Thanks so much for the magnesium oil idea. I have suffered with Raynaud's for 20 years. One year I was free from it when taking Ginko. It quit working. I have been using the oil for 3 weeks now, and it took 2 weeks to notice a difference. I put it on twice a day, in the morning and before I got to bed. I rub it on the inside of my arm, from my wrist to my elbow. I am not completely symptom free, but I can go outside in the cold now without my hands turning white. It used to be that I couldn't get to the car without having to go back and put my fingers in hot water. Today in the snow I went to the grocery store and back, and it has been like that. I don't wear gloves because they never work. So you can imagine. I couldn't even sit in my computer room due to how cold it is, and I am now. Thank you so much. I also take magnesium tablets at night, but have been doing so for a year or more, but they did nothing for this condition.
Posted by Karen (Asheville, North Carolina) on 02/19/2009
I have suffered with Raynaud's for the last 10 yrs and have tried many different supplements without any success until this last week. I am so excited to share this with anyone who has to endure Raynaud's since it seems to get worst in most cases as it has in my case.
I love the Earth Clinic website and after reading about magnesium oil used for something else on the EC site I decided to look into magnesium oil and read it helped people with Raynaud's. I have been using it for the last four days faithfully with the temperature ranging from 20 to 45 degree's here and I have only had one tip of one finger turn white or loose blood!! This is amazing since just last week when my husband dropped me at the door of the supermarket so I would only be exposed to the cold 30 seconds and I would loose the blood (go white) in all 4 fingers on both hands and all toes on both feet.
This is a great improvement in just a few days using the magnesium oil so I am very excited and wanted to share. I knew I had symptoms of low magnesium and have tried other magnesium supplements (oral) before without any improvement, however the oil that I am now using is absorbed through the skin so it is obviously utilized better by the body. Hopfully it will be a lasting improvement...I'll post again if there are any changes!
Thanks for all the great info on EC site!! My favorite :)
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Posted by Dreamerbob (California, US) on 08/09/2014
I had Raynaud's for years and if hands got cold, the fingers got white.A few months ago, I started on the Rath-Pauling protocol of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), Lysine, and Proline. I also added taurine and chelated magnesium (with glycine) plus MSM. This stack to deal with atherosclerosis, calcification and joint health.
I take this stack 3 to 4 times per day and it seems to be working. Recently, while defrosting the freezer, my wife and I noticed that despite handling the ice and melted ice water, my fingers did not turn white. No Raynaud's. A definite improvement.
This would indicate to me that at least one possible cause of the Raynaud's is calcification. The Rath-Pauling protocol is for calcification and plaque.
I am also careful to drink no fluoridated water, eat no dairy to avoid the calcium, take no calcium supplements, and take Borax for the boron.
The magnesium and other supplements has also been great for my 73 year old joints, not sore joints, no arthritis.
Just the atherosclerosis which I am working on.
Posted by Bibi (Nashville, Tn) on 01/15/2010
I have Raynaud's and my fingers turn white, blue, and purple. I was having this problem daily. Supposedly it is related to Systemic Lupus, but I'm wondering if it isn't related to thyroid issues and the problems of converting T4 to T3.
As soon as I started taking 200mcg selenium and 50 mg zinc with a vitamin E source (usually sunflower seeds) and a stress B complex, I immediately stopped having this problem. I have read on various sites on the internet that Selenium and Zinc deficiencies cause problems with the conversion of T4 to T3. Good luck.
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