Restless Legs

This condition may be partly hereditary and partly nervous in origin, and is most common among the elderly and those who smoke, or if the leg muscles are overexerted and fatigued. It has been linked to diabetes, vitamin-B deficiency, excess caffeine, drug withdrawal, and food allergy. Symptoms are tickling, burning, or prickling sensations that are mainly in the lower legs and cause involuntary twitching or jerking.

SELF-HELP Use a hot-water bottle in bed or wear warm socks. Cut out caffeine and eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. Check for a food allergy if symptoms persist.

Restless legs that are better for continuous movement

Feet that are restless even at night

Tickling feeling, like ants moving around beneath the skin

Burning, prickling sensations in the legs Legs feel wooden and dead

Trembling, twitching feet and restless legs, even when asleep

Restlessness that makes sleep difficult nervous system (see page 178), and as such may be adversely affected by stress. As well as homeopathic self-help remedies for specific ailments, constitutional treatment (see page 176) may improve the body's general metabolic function, reduce stress, and maintain the health of other organs—for example, the liver—on which the functioning of the heart depends.

PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS SYMPTOMS BETTER

Circulatory disorders, especially heart disease, benefit most from a complete health program that, as well as homeopathic treatment, includes key dietary practices, an adequate amount of appropriate exercise and relaxation, and a lifestyle that avoids smoking, stress, overwork, and excesses of any kind.

SYMPTOMS WORSE REMEDY & DOSAGE

• Great anxiety based on fear that • For slow movement • On exposure to cold and damp Agaricus chilblains are a harbinger of • When warm in bed • In cold weather (see page 33)

more serious disease • Before thunderstorms 6c half-hourly up to 6 doses

• Possible tearfulness due to • With the hands above the head • For heat Pulsatilla discomfort of symptoms • For gentle exercise • In extremes of temperature (see page 61)

• Desire for sympathy • In cold, fresh air • In the evening and at night 6c half-hourly up to 6 doses

Tendency to shriek shrilly • For applying firm pressure to the • For movement Cuprum met.

Violent tearfulness affected area • For applying light pressure to (see page 80)

Fearfulness • For cold drinks the affected area 6c 4 times daily

• For perspiring • During sexual intercourse up to 14 days

Fear of being touched Nervousness about pain Oversensitivity to noise

On starting to move In clear, cold weather When lying down

For heat

For applying light pressure to the affected area

For prolonged movement

Arnica

(see page 37) 6c 4 times daily up to 14 days

• Anxiety at night • For lying down quietly

• For injury Hamamelis

• For movement or jarring (see page 145)

• For applying pressure to the 30c twice daily affected area up to 7 days

Timidity and submissiveness Tearfulness Desire for reassurance and consolation

In cold, fresh air

For applying cold compresses to the affected areas

When standing upright

When lying on the back

For warmth In the evening During pregnancy

Pulsatilla

(see page 61) 30c twice daily up to 7 days

Mental restlessness Inability to concentrate

For continuous movement For heat

For holding the legs

For rest

On starting to move In cold, damp weather

Rhus tox.

(see page 162) 6c 4 times daily up to 14 days

Mental hyperactivity Intolerance of noise

For movement

For applying firm pressure to the affected area

For massaging the legs

For being exhausted For noise For touch

For being overheated

Zinc. met.

(see page 101) 6c 4 times daily up to 14 days

THE MOUTH

Digestion begins in the mouth, where the digestive enzyme amylase, found in saliva, begins to break down carbohydrates. The teeth crush and chew food to break it up into smaller pieces, and the muscular tongue mixes it with lubricating saliva and rolls it into a ball ready for swallowing. When food enters the mouth, it stimulates taste buds on the tongue. These send signals along nerves to taste centers in the brain, which in turn activate digestive secretions.

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