Would you believe that a potential cure for restless leg syndrome is possibly in your pantry? Many people on health forums are raving about the effectiveness if not unusual medicinal qualities that apple cider vinegar (ACV) has on reducing the symptoms of restless leg syndrome.
While it seems unusual that a common household ingredient could play a key role at reducing your uncomfortable RLS symptoms, it’s important to be aware that this home remedy may not work for everyone. Still, if it affords you a good night’s rest, it may be worth the trouble.
What is RLS
Restless leg syndrome is characterized by what many describe as a crawling sensation felt on the lower limbs, not unlike that of being covered with insects. Others complain that the crawling sensation may be accompanied by searing joint pain or a pins and needles type sensation.
If the sufferer has managed to found a way to alleviate these initial sensations, they may later wake up to the involuntary muscle spasms that affect their lower limbs while trying to sleep.
Because the disorder or disease is strictly neurological in nature, it would seem highly unlikely or improbable that ACV would be an effective means of treating RLS, still sufferers from all over the world are raving about the effectiveness of this cheap ingredient.
Causes of Restless Legs
While the exact cause hasn’t been determined, medical professionals have theorized that a patient may have an increased risk of developing RLS if they have relatives that display the conditions’ symptoms. However, this isn’t the only theorized cause. Certain lifestyle changes or triggers may be responsible as well.
Anyone who is exposed to or frequently indulges in the following may be at increased risk of developing RLS:
• Iron Deficiency
• Magnesium Deficiency
• Other underlying medical conditions
• Over the counter cold and allergy medicines
• Certain prescription medications
• Excessive consumption of caffeine
• Excessive consumption of alcohol
• Excessive smoking
While conventional medicine focuses on alleviating the symptoms of RLS, natural or home remedies aim to heal the health condition rather than mask it. The unobtrusive nature of natural remedies also seems to appeal to a variety of people. While a home remedy should never be used to replace the sound and educated advice of a doctor, with a doctors’ approval, you may decide to give the apple cider vinegar treatment a try.
Doctors may recommend starting off with the least intrusive remedies such as determining if the patient has any known iron or nutrient deficiencies. If deficiencies have been confirmed, your doctor may recommend a supplement and a recommended vitamin regimen for you to follow. Your doctor’s advice combined with the ACV treatment may bring on the much desired relief.
ACV for Treatment
Although there’s no clinical or medical background on this treatment method, most of the information and success stories can be found on a variety of health message boards pertaining to the RLS condition. The theory is the apple cider vinegar helps neutralize any pH imbalances that are found within the body. PH imbalances can occur due to being run down with a crazy lifestyle, poor diet and even poor health choices such as smoking or alcohol consumption. These imbalances may appear as health conditions that seemingly arise out of nowhere.
Vinegar aids in restoring the pH balance because its considered an alkaline food, which is credited with giving ACV its natural healing abilities. Unfortunately, there’s no medical background or evidence that shows or indicates that RLS is the direct result of a pH balance. Still, many swear on the effectiveness of the ACV treatment.
For safety reasons, this article will not discuss the dosage recommendations due to the liquid’s potency. Before consuming the liquid, it’s important to contact a physician or your doctor first. Apple Cider Vinegar undiluted is extremely harsh and somewhat corrosive. Potential side effects due to oral consumption include but are not limited to:
• Damage to tooth enamel
• Upset stomach
• Reduced potassium levels (leading to further aggravation of muscle cramps)
• Irritation of the throat and esophagus
• Allergic reaction
• Swelling of throat
If you’re still interested in trying ACV as a potential treatment for restless leg syndrome, consult with your doctor and ask about possible side effects. Your doctor may be able to give you the best advice on how to use ACV to achieve effective results.