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Chinese medicine therapy soothes fidgety legs: Kneipp treatments are good for at home
An estimated two to eight percent of Germans suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). While the disease slumbers during the day, it shows its true face in the evening: Constant tingling, pulling or tearing in the legs, often accompanied by uncontrollable tremors, make a restful night's sleep impossible. If those affected get up and take a few steps, symptoms quickly subside. There are patients who walk several kilometers every night. During the day they often suffer from extreme exhaustion, fatigue and overexcitement. Since medical examinations usually show no abnormalities, RLS patients often go a long way with many visits to the doctor before the correct diagnosis is made.
If you then want to do without symptom-suppressing drugs, Chinese medicine with its holistic approach offers a good therapy option. "With RLS, we see the cause mainly in a congestion of juice in the lower part of the body," explains Dr. Schmincke, TCM expert and head of the clinic at Steigerwald, the disease process from the perspective of Chinese medicine. "There it affects the circulation of blood and lymph, which the body desperately tries to dissolve through involuntary movement drives. However, its impulses do not reach the stagnation at depth. ”The aim of TCM therapy is therefore to mobilize deep stagnation and to discharge slag due to congestion via the intestine. The most important method is Chinese medicine therapy. "If patients have taken conventional medicine, we start with a careful tapering off," explains the TCM expert, explaining the first treatment step. At the same time, an individually compiled medication recipe with a complex effect is given: "It dissolves congestion in the pelvic area through warming impulses and eliminates it through cooling, draining plants via the intestine and bladder." Mobilizing external applications such as foot reflexology, psychotonics, shiatsu, acupuncture and heat treatments support drug therapy.
Affected people can also do a lot for themselves at home. Regularly and correctly performed Kneipp treatments, such as an increasing foot bath, sensible, moderate nutrition and refraining from excessive alcohol or coffee consumption, help. Bloodletting, leeches, fasting, especially evening fasting and, of course, exercise also help to alleviate symptoms. Older people in particular, but sometimes pregnant women, are among those affected. RLS is also often associated with polyneuropathy, a disease of the long nerves. (pm)