Cramps are very painful and unpleasant that causes muscle contraction for a short time. We all suffer from pain of leg cramps from time to time.Listed below are a few herbs that will help to relief your painful leg cramps. Muscles in your legs become very tight and painful when you experience cramps and usually occurring in the night when you are resting on the bed. Usually you experience a cramp either on the calf muscle, below and behind the knee.
Are you irritated with this leg cramp? Let’s talk what causes leg cramps? DVT (Deep vein thrombosis) is the primary factor that causes leg cramp. Deep vein thrombosis is a blood cloth in the leg, which is a serious health condition. Secondary causes are physical activity, over-exertion of muscles, excess alcohol, fatigue, thyroid disease, kidney disease, pregnancy, liver disease and medications.
Electrolyte disturbance, which is primarily loss of minerals and calcium causing leg cramps. The disturbances, arises due to loss of amount of fluid through sweat and if not treated on time can lead to serious bad health conditions. Listed below are few herbs that will help to relief your painful leg cramps.
Best Herbal Remedies For Leg Cramps
Bromelain is an enzyme that is found in pineapple in highest concentration and is a combination of several proteins along with calcium and acid phosphatase. Bromelain contains healing and anti-inflammatory properties that has a thinning effect on the blood cloth in the leg.
Intake of Bromelain helps to reduce swelling, injuries, muscle ache, pain, bruising and is to be taken in capsule or tablet form, 500 milligrams up to three times a day. Bromelain supplements do not seem to have any side effects and therefore you can continue using this for a long time.
Chamomile is a herbal plant that has anti-viral, healing, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that helps to relief muscle cramps and is more commonly consumed as tea, though tinctures and capsules are available. Papverine, is a compound that is found in chamomile essential oil and is applied on the affected area to relief the pain of leg cramps.
Butcher’s broom also known as box holly is an excellent herb used for centuries to improve circulation and treat spider vein. It has natural anti-inflammatory properties treating disorders and leg cramps.
Butcher’s broom improves blood circulation in the legs and helps to prevent blood from ‘pooling’ in the veins. Standard dose of this herb is 36 milligram two times a day.
Turmeric is a popular culinary herb that contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, thereby treating leg disorders like cramps, arthritis and tendonitis that has been used for medicinal purposes for ages. Mix ¼ teaspoon of turmeric in three ounces of water, drink it and your cramps will subside in about less than a minute.
You can even apply turmeric topically by preparing a thick paste of turmeric and water. Apply it over contracting muscles and cover it with a bandage. This will give you a quick relief. Turmeric can also be taken in a tablet or capsule form that is up to 400 milligrams two times a day.
Raspberry leaf has been used for centuries to treat cramps and contains essential vitamins, minerals and some form of calcium. It also has astringent, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory properties, thereby helping to relieve people suffering from pains.
Raspberry tea, can be prepared by boiling a cup of water and adding one teaspoon of raspberry tea to it. Boil this mixture and let it steep for about 15 minutes. After a while strain the mixture and drink this tea two times a day, morning and evening to relief from cramps.
Apart from above, many other herbs like alfalfa, dandelion, caraway, gingko, ginger, nettle, garlic, oak bark, nettle, chickweed, nutmeg, cinnamon, mullein, peppermint, cayenne, red clover, Dong Quai and licorice also helps to treat leg cramps.