Restless Leg Syndrome
Natural Remedies

Home Remedies for Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Tonic Water

Posted by Karen (Chicago, Il) on 05/25/2015
5 out of 5 stars

RLS: I drink tonic water with quinine. I have never found it without quinine. I like it so I sip on it all day and into the evening. If I'm not home all day, I sip on it all evening. My doctor suggested 12 oz. in the evening. That amount worked initially but sipping on it all evening is a must now. Every once in a while it will act up despite the tonic water. I don't just have the creepy crawlies that make me need to stretch my legs with no relief. I also have uncontrollable movement of one or both of my legs. I used to have it in my arms also. They would flail on their own during the night. Jerking up. Typically the left arm. When it acts up I chug the tonic water. Glass after glass. On the rare occasion it takes longer to take effect.


Trigger Point Therapy

Posted by Trish (Tri Cities, Washington) on 05/06/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I've had RLS for quite awhile and have started using Trigger Point Therapy for the last couple of years. I sometimes have to work at it a little while, but I eventually find the trigger Point that is causing the symptoms in that particular leg. After I have massaged it the RLS symptoms slowly go away and my leg quits twitching. I know I have found the right spot because it will trigger the twitch in my leg untill it is massaged. I seem to mostly find the trigger points are in my hips and/or lower back. You can find the books and videos online that can show you how. Hope this helps it sure has me.


Vitamin D

Posted by Mia B (Slough, UK) on 06/13/2013
5 out of 5 stars

HI, I've suffered with the same restless leg syndrome (rls) for ages, and the pain was unbearable and took co codamol just to sleep for years.... doc said pain in body could be lack of vit d....

So one night last week I took 10 x 400 IU of vit d3, and 2 x 500mg tabs of magnesium and calcium... Then soaked my feet in a hot bowl of water with a cup of Epsom salts... did this every night.

I haven't taken my painkillers in over a week! ... The throbbing is still there and the joint pain and swelling... But seems to be responding to the daily vit d3 and magnesium... Although my joint pain and swelling is most definitely brought on by eating wheat! ... the rls may be a severe deficiency in calcium, magnesium and d3....

D3 ive read can be taken in therapeutic doses of 50,000 IU daily for 6 weeks then 1000 IU daily thereafter.

Replied by Mia B
Slough
06/14/2013

Sorry have to correct my last post... It's 50,000 iu a week not daily for therapeutic dose of d3... So I just split it up as daily doses... Have to admit that already there is a huge difference, hardly any throbbing at night and can fall asleep without any painkillers... And I soak my feet in Epsom water every other day... I have also started the half lemon juice with 1/2 tsp baking soda last thing at night, sometimes with a pinch of cream of tartar powder for the potassium.... So that along with the calcium and mag tabs... I think is doing the trick.... Now just have to fit in the Apple Cider Vinegar in the mornings!! .... Whatever it takes...!!!


Water

Posted by Lardiver (Abbotsford, Bc Canada) on 02/25/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have found that if I drink 2 - 3 glasses of water befor going to bed it stops the RLS. Also foods that start up my RLS like chocolat, junk food, and more, the 2 to 3 glasses of water stops it. At first I thought I would be up all night peeing it out but usually only about once, must have something to do with laying down. Try it if you get desperate like I did.

Replied by Lardiver
Abbotsford, Bc Canada
11/02/2011

Since I told you about water for RLS I have found that coconut oil stops the RLS. I take 2 tablespoons a day and it stops the RLS.


Wheat

Posted by Sageinreno (Reno, Nv) on 04/01/2015

I had RLS, only it was all over my body, it started mainly in my legs and then eventually got really bad everywhere. I had never heard of the soap trick until now. However, I went on a no carb diet for a few weeks to lose a few pounds and the Body RLS completely stopped. I tested it further by introducing wheat back into my diet, it came back. Now, I eat a totally wheat free diet as much as possible, sometimes when I'm out with friends I can't follow it well, but I mostly eat at home. Within about 3 hours of me consuming bread, pasta or crackers, or pizza, cake etc...anything with wheat, it starts up again. I don't have celiac, and no one else in my family has any history of wheat sensitivity. My joints also swell up, I feel very arthritic and my energy level goes way down, that's just after ONE serving! So, just wanted to let you all know that there may be a root cause that you don't know about. It might be the modern wheat, it might be the roundup they use to dry today's wheat crops to get them to market faster, I don't know. I just know. I don't use wheat anymore and don't have the problems.

Replied by Sam
Miami, FL
04/02/2015

This is an autoimmune condition. Try to find some answers here, you need to learn about SHEN.

http://www.itmonline.org/shen/

and here:RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME AND CHINESE MEDICINE

http://www.itmonline.org/arts/restlessleg.htm


Zinc

Posted by D (Asheville, Nc) on 01/15/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have food allergies and have Restless Leg Syndrome in the evening as well as at night in bed. I also have insomnia. What works for both my insomnia (even when the legs aren't restless) and for the RLS is zinc supplement before bed. Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night and need to take it again. Since I take it almost everyday, I only take as much as I need and try not to take more than that.

The different kinds that work for me, are zinc chelate, monomethionine zinc, zinc gluconate, combination of zinc arginate and zinc glycinate. But two zincs that work quickest for me are in liquid form: Monoatomic zinc liquid and zinc sulphate liquid. Supposedly one has to take some copper to balance the zinc or you could get a copper deficiency. I take the other minerals and all the trace minerals as well for the same reason.

Replied by Kathi
Everett, Wa, United States
01/16/2012

Dear D, I used to have RLS as well and it was caused by my severe anemia. Once I was no longer anemic, there was never an issue with RLS again! I used wheat grass powder daily to build up my blood again. Give it a try.

Replied by Leasa
Spruce Pine, Nc
06/08/2013

Going to try the zinc, niacin, magnesium (100% multi-vitamin in short)... Not sure I could choke down 1-3 Tbsp of coconut oil, but I WILL try massaging it on my legs after I shave them with just a cheap battery operated shaver that I have used for awhile now whenever my legs begin to bother me. I don't know if it is the vibration of the shaver, the rubbing of the shaver over my legs or what, but it has worked pretty well for me. The onset of my WORST RLS episodes, I have noticed, is ANYTHING with aspartame sweetner. Natural low or no calorie sweetners don't both me. As far as the shaver goes, it could be just the slightest stubble on my legs that will aggrivate my RLS. Not sure, but I do know the shaver WORKS for me. I am on a very low dose (0. 25mg) of Mirapex (a medication used for people with Parkinson's disease) at bed time for my RLS now. Most days I don't have to take it during the day... My shaver usually can put a stop to it. Between 5-7pm I can feel it coming on and will take a half tablet if the shaver doesn't get rid of it. I am hoping that by adding a good multi-vitamin, putting coconut oil on after shaving and adding the extra niacin my vitamin doesn't cover, I can get off of the Mirapex. I have been on it for several years and it has been a life saver, but it's time to try to say goodbye to 1 more drug if at all possible!

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
06/09/2013

Magnesium Oil is even better than Coconut Oil for restless legs. Apply the magnesium oil to your legs before bed. Magnesium oil is available at most healthfood stores.