Muscle cramps are caused by chronic contraction or abnormal toning of the muscles, of which there are three types: skeletal, smooth, and heart.[divider]
Symptoms of muscle cramps include tightness in the muscle, pain, and/or tingling and burning in the affected area.
Everyone experiences muscle cramping at some time, but those who are most prone to it tend to live a sedentary lifestyle, do not exercise regularly, lack magnesium-rich foods in their diet (especially green vegetables) and/or eat an excess of foods that reduce calcium, such as animal foods, grains, soda, caffeinated beverages, refined sugars, and processed foods high in phosphates.
Muscle cramps can be due to lack of exercise; low thyroid function; deficiencies in iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamin E, and/or folic acid; dietary imbalances; food allergies; excessive coffee consumption; poor posture; spinal problems; uncomfortable footwear; past injury; stress; poor circulation; heart problems; general fatigue; diabetes; and/or arthritis. If muscle cramping becomes chronic, all of these factors need to be screened for and, if present, addressed.
Note: Diuretic medications can worsen muscle cramps and spasms because of their tendency to deplete the body of essential minerals, particularly potassium, calcium, and magnesium, and may create worse muscle spasms.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
Eat an organic, whole foods diet that is high in calcium-rich and magnesium-rich foods, such as green leafy vegetables, fruits (particularly apricots), organic yogurt, kefir, millet, raw nuts and seeds, and raw organic honey. Minimize your intake of citrus fruits, meats, and grains. Overall, you want your diet to be one that supports alkalinity and minimizes acidity, so you need to make sure each meal of the day is high in fruit or vegetable content. Also eliminate coffee and other caffeine drinks and drink plenty of pure filtered water throughout the day.
If the muscular spasm occurs due to a potassium deficiency you should increase the consumption of soya flour, bananas, bran wheat, potatoes, tomato puree, apricots and such.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
The following nutrients are very helpful for relieving and preventing muscle cramps: calcium, magnesium, potassium, silica, trace minerals, a multi-mineral supplement, vitamin B complex, vitamin B1, vitamin B3 (niacin), folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, and chlorophyll.
Muscle cramps, particularly in the calf muscles, can also occur because of a lack of sodium in the body. To prevent this, take a half a teaspoon of organic sea salt or Celtic salt in a glass of water once a day.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day nc.vitaminstrength.com for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
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Fish oil – www.shoporganic.com
Cod liver oil – www.drrons.com
Vegetarian – www.sunfood.com
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
Vital Balancing. Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
In Ayurveda, muscles cramps or spasms are simply caused by vata dosha. Increased by mobile, rough or cold qualities, Vata makes a muscle hard and stiff, unable to relax and goes into a spasm.
Sinhanaada guggulu is a good drug for the treatment of this condition. This drug has mild laxative effect and thus can be taken in constipated condition that is usually associated with muscle cramps. The dose is two tablets twice a day followed by a glass of warm milk or lukewarm water.
Prataapa lankeswara rasa, Lakshmivilaas rasa are some of the potent Ayurvedic medicines that are usually prescribed in stubborn conditions.
From stomach muscle cramps, Mahanarayan oil or sesame oil is recommended.
Abdominal cramps may be linked to eating a big meal or lifting a heavy a load, where strain is placed on the abdominal muscles. Other causes include acid indigestion, gas in the stomach or constipation. In this case, a good ayurvedic formula is:
¼ teaspoon guduchi
½ teaspoon shatavatari
a pinch of shanka brasma
Take once or twice a day after food.
Shankavati herbal compound is also recommended. In the ayurvedic diet, warm milk is recommended because of its ability to pacify acidity in abdominal cramps. Milk is also a good source of calcium, which helps muscles relax. Take a cup of warm milk at bedtime to help dispel any spasm in the stomach or acid irritation. If you are lactose intolerant, take low lactose milk.
Another remedy is Hingwastak churna. Take ¼ teaspoon 2 times after lunch and dinner. Garlic compound, also known as Lagsunadivati, helps relax muscles and calms the vata dosha, relieving pain from the muscle cramps. You can use it for both smooth muscle cramps or skeletal muscle spasm. Take 1 tablet after dinner for 5 consecutive days.
Yoga is also recommended.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Zheng Gu Shui for relieving pain and relaxing the muscles. A decoction of corydalis is also helpful.
Acupuncture can be used to relax the muscles and improve the circulation of blood to the affected area. Different acupuncture points and meridians are accessed, depending on the specific needs to be treated. Similarly, acupressure can be extremely helpful in relieving muscle cramps and spasms. The practitioner usually applies pressure directly to the affected area, and also massages related acupressure points to increase the flow of blood to the area and balance the person’s chi.
Rosemary, lavender, marjoram, chamomile, or clary sage essential oil massaged into the affected area can provide rapid relief of most muscle cramping.
A massage oil you can prepare is: 1 ounce Cramp bark, 1 cup of extra-virgin oil, one-fourth ounce Willow bark, half ounce Lobelia. Mix all these ingredients and keep the mixture in a bottle or a jar. Use it for your massages.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Bryonia – soothes aching joints and muscles, stiff lower backs, inflamed joints and even chest muscles.
Cimicifuga – aids numbness, aching and muscular soreness in the limbs, cramping pain in the calves (especially with periods) and pain in the chest and large muscles.
Mag phos – the cell salt all muscles need, relaxes muscle spasms and cramps including leg cramps, menstrual cramps, muscular tension and radiating nerve pains.
Rhus tox – the joint pain specialist, relieves tearing pain and soreness in muscles when related to joint pain, swelling and sprains.
Ruta grav – the tendon and muscle remedy, eases sprains, injured joints and out-of-whack backs.
Cuprum Metallicum and Arnica Montana are also recommended.
As its name suggests, cramp bark tea is an excellent herbal remedy for preventing and relieving muscle cramps. A tincture of equal parts lobelia and cramp bark can also be applied topically to soothe the affected muscles.
Flower Essences – Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically over the affected area.
Juice Therapy – Carrot, beet, celery, and cucumber juice can provide your body with vital nutrients to minimize your risk of cramping.
Topical Treatment – Massage cramping muscles with a mixture of grated ginger juice and equal parts olive or sesame oil. Repeat as needed throughout the day.
Chamomile Tea – this can be also used successfully in treating muscular cramps naturally.
Water – Because dehydration can lead to muscular cramps take care to stay properly hydrated. Drinking 2 liters of water daily can help you to prevent muscular cramps. Make sure it is pure and filtered (link here)
Mustard Seeds – Boil some mustard seeds in water for 10 minutes and pour the water into a basin. Soak your legs in the hot water and stay until the water is almost cold.
Celery Seed – Celery seeds are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Due to these properties they reduce efficiently the arthritic pain and relive the pain caused by muscle spasm.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong –Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating muscle cramps: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Bodywork, Chiropractic, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Hypnotherapy, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Osteopathy, Qigong, Reflexology, Rolfing, and Yoga. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
Relieve aches and pains with essential oils: www.naturalnews.com/033004_essential_oils_aches.html
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Collodial Silver NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Essential minerals for muscular cramps: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvQoE4edo9k
Home remedies for muscle cramps: video.ezinemark.com/home-remedy-for-muscle-cramps-43350b33d10.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Lemongrass for muscular cramps: www.naturalnews.com/033587_lemon_grass_muscle_cramps.html
Pine bark extract for muscular cramps: www.naturalnews.com/019984_pycnogenol_pain_athletes.html
Iodine deficiency and its link to diseases: www.naturalnews.com/023107_iodine_body_thyroid.html
Further Information (links and books)
Natural Healing with Cell Salts by Skye Weintraub ND
Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
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