Ashwagandha for “Restless leg syndrome”
‘Restless leg syndrome’ is a neurological condition in which the person feels an uncontrollable urge to move their legs; it could be experienced due to an uncomfortable sensation. This is seen typically when the person is trying to sleep at nighttime, when they are sitting or lying down. This movement is done because it eases their uncomfortable feeling temporarily.
According to Ayurveda , there are 3 energies or doshas which govern the human body namely , ‘ Vata , Pitta , Kapha’ which carry out their functions to maintain normal body functions . Any imbalance between these 3 doshas causes problems in the health and well-being of a person.
Ayurveda recognises that people under the strong influence of ‘Vata” dosha show this excessive mobility or movement, since movement is the main function of ‘vata’ dosha. The person will be seen shaking their legs, hands, eyes, eyebrows, lips, tongue, head, neck or any such voluntary muscle due to the ‘hyperactive Vata energy.’
This might occur if the person has a vata provoking diet or the person does excessive physical exercise, if they are deprived of sleep, they might be suffering from anxiety conditions and etc.
The classical Ayurvedic treatment for ‘Restless Leg Syndrome’ is Ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha is known for strengthening the nervous system and it has a mild sedative effect. This helps in relaxing the person and possesses strong rejuvenating qualities. Ashwangandha has been used since centuries as a remedy for insomnia as it ensures better sleep without any side effects. If a person is well rested and not sleep deprived, their nervous system will function better and will reduce anxiety or other unpleasant feelings. The person feels more rejuvenated and has a sense of calmness which prevents them from continuously moving their legs.
Moreover , Ashwagandha brings back the vata balance which is lost and provides a holistic treatment to the ‘Restless Leg Syndrome’ .
Dosage: 1 cap twice daily for 3 months (as advised by your Physician)
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