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Restless Legs Syndrome Relief

More common in women, restless legs syndrome (RLS) disrupts sleep with an uncontrollable urge to move. Here, Oregon-based naturopathic physician Leigh Ann Chapman gives options for treating this neurological disorder -- to find more stillness in your slumber.

Remedy
Mucuna pruriens

Why It Works
This Ayurvedic herb is rich in L-dopa, an amino acid that increases brain levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which can stimulate relaxation.

What to Do
Take 200 mg of mucuna in capsule form up to four times daily. (Fava beans and aloe vera juice also delivery L-dopa, notes Chapman).


Remedy
Spinal manipulation

Why It Works
Restoring motion in the lumbar sacral joint can improve circulation, never health, and mother response in muscles affected by RLS.

What to Do
Visit your chiropractor, or a naturopath who specializes in naturopathic manipulative technique.


Remedy
Nutritional therapy

Why It Works
People with RLS may be deficient in certain nutrients, and when adequate levels are restored, this may reduce or eliminate symptoms.

What to Do
Talk to your health care provider about supplementing with magnesium, folic acid, or vitamin B12.

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