Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) can be characterized by pulling, creeping or other unpleasant sensations in the legs signaling the overwhelming, and sometimes uncontrollable, urge to move your legs. As many as 10% of the population in the US suffers from RLS, but many health care practitioners have little advice on how to improve the problem.
Here, Curry explains some basic causes of RLS and how acupuncture can help treat the cause of Restless Legs Syndrome.
The following from excerpt Oriental Medicine and You describes a common cause in many RLS cases:
“There are many reasons one could experience restless leg syndrome, however what follows are the basic mechanics. The “yin” of the body is cool, moist, and nourishing (an example of yin in the body would be the amniotic fluid around a baby). The “yang” of the body is hot, moving, and invigorating (an example of yang in the body would be a woman experiencing hot flashes where the yang goes “awry”). A deficiency of yin will cause the yang to “rise” at the most yin time of the day (night), causing the muscles to become active when they are supposed to be relaxed and immobile.
As a person goes through life, there are a variety of stressors that can cause a breakdown in kidney/adrenal function. As that function begins to slip, the yin of the kidney/adrenal system becomes depleted, which causes the yang to become overactive, stimulating the muscles of the legs.”