My experiences with Restless Leg Syndrome came in conjunction with menopause, yet I feel it may have been related to the thyroid condition I had at the same time, instead of being a menopausal symptom at all. However, the overlapping symptoms do confuse the issue somewhat.
Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome
My condition of Restless Leg Syndrome was never diagnosed by a doctor, but the symptoms of RLS are pretty obvious :
1. It generally affects one most while trying to rest, and can thus affect sleep patterns as well.
2. There is often a feeling of general discomfort in the legs.
3. Legs can feel “itchy”, or one can sense a “creepy crawly” feeling, or even the sensation of “pins and needles”.
4. There is an irresistible urge to move the legs in an attempt for relief.
There is said to be no way to diagnose this malady, so although I sought no medical treatment, my experiences spoke for themselves, in my eyes.
Potential alternative remedies for RLS
I used Kelp to regulate my thyroid, and the RLS symptoms went away as well. Though mine was certainly not a clinical study, I fell my results through self treatment with these alternative therapies were quite excellent.
However, I do feel I should mention some of the other remedies I tried before even realizing my thyroid was not functioning properly. They did provide some temporary relief from the RLS symptoms, and thus I feel they may be valid alternative therapies for it as well. Some herbs simply work faster than others, and that could be the case here.
In addition to being beneficial for menopausal symptoms, Butcher’s Broom (good for leg circulation), and Black Cohosh (anti-inflammatory, works in nerves and in brain) seemed to help somewhat with the Restless Leg Syndrome symptoms.
Exercise is also beneficial
Still, as with many of the other symptoms, the best results came from the use of Kelp. Over time, Kelp alleviated the weight gain, and it gave me more energy almost immediately. This allowed me to resume my normal exercise routine, which was very beneficial to the RLS, as was propping my feet up above my heart at night (to aid circulation).
Though I still believe Kelp was instrumental in my full recovery, the other herbs and exercise should be taken into account as well. I see much value in their use, and I feel that further study into the relationship of all these ailments is greatly needed.
Consult your medical professional before utilizing any of these alternative therapies, as some herbs could have adverse effects with any medications you may already be taking.