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    Default Muscle Cramps & Spasms Remedies

    I wanted to share a few things that are helping me or that I plan to try, and invite others to share anything that's worked for them. Just sharing experience and hope--not endorsing, prescribing, etc.

    Because my ability to use medications is very limited, and I can't currently get into a hot bath because of my injuries, I've been looking into alternative remedies for muscle spasms, which I've had for a few years because of brain lesions from Lyme disease..long story. Anyway, my usual medication is low dose naltrexone, which I can't take til I'm off of opiates, so I'm back to the drawing board. Here's what I've been trying:

    Hyland's Leg Cramps--a homeopathic remedy--seems to really help. I take it every four hours. They also make a restless legs one--called Restful Legs.

    Topricin--jury's still out. It's a homeopathic cream for neuropathy, restless legs, spasms, etc.

    Traumeel--well known homeopathic cream for muscle pain. I love it.

    King Bio Leg Cramps & Spasms--haven't tried it yet--recommended at health food store. Yet another homepathic blend.

    The most commonly recommended homeopathic remedy for cramps is Magnesium Phosphoricum, known as a cell salt. I've had mixed results.
    Two other remedies for spasm: Zincum and Belladonna. If you don't know much about homeopathy, use a low dose-- 6c or 12 c. You try it, and if there's no response in a few minutes-- say 15, you can try again, up to three times is usual. If it does work, wait til the effect wears off, then use again, as needed. Homeopathic remedies are totally non-toxic. They work by stimulating the body's own healing systems in a certain direction. Lots of places to learn more. I've often found them more effective than pharmaceuticals. Leg Cramps has seven remedies in it.


    Herbs:
    these can be bought in alcohol-free tinctures or "phytocaps"

    Skullcap is a nervine and muscle relaxant--helps specifically with spasms, anxiety, insomnia
    Valerian--helps with anxiety, insomnia and I've found it to help with spasms
    Lemon Balm-- relaxant
    Passionflower-- has been shown in studies to help with withdrawal--for anxiety, insomnia, and sometimes for spasms--I find all the relaxants help at least some with muscle spasms, but skullcap is specific for spasms.
    One I haven't been able to find that is anti-spasmodic is Wood Betony.

    Capsaicin is made from cayenne pepper and is applied to the muscles for pain--it's like setting backfire--something about the superficial burning offsets the deeper pain--this one's also been validated in numerous studies.

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    Default Re: Muscle Cramps & Spasms Remedies

    ThAnks for tHat. I am a great believer in Homeopathics. A great one for WD is Aconite @ 30 CH
    Good for anxiety headaches sleep and shock

    With all homeopathics you cannot eat drink or smoke a half hour before or after taking it and no coffee tea or peppermint one hour b/a. Incredibly safe and cheap. Also do not handle the pellets (3). Use the cap to drop them under the tonge till disoLved. If anyonehas any questions come on over to my thread and I will be happy to help :)
    The opiate 'buzz' NEVER lasts......THEN WHAT......?

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    Default Re: Muscle Cramps & Spasms Remedies

    Actually, 10 minutes on either side is plenty and coffee antidotes remedies but tea doesn't--it's not the caffeine in coffee, it's something else.

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