Muscle cramping in different parts of the body is commonly caused by a calcium and magnesium imbalance and/or a
Most muscle cramps occur at night when resting and affect the legs, especially the calf muscles, and the feet. These kinds of cramps occur more frequently in the elderly, the young, and persons with arteriosclerosis.
The use of diuretic drugs for high blood pressure or heart disorders may also be the cause of muscle cramping. If taking one of these drugs, be sure to add potassium.
Poor circulation contributes to leg cramps. See the doctor if you have cramps during the day while active. This may be a sign of impaired circulation.
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Silicon, taken as directed on the label, aids in calcium absorption.
Lecithin, taken as directed on the label, reduces cholesterol.
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- Aspen, quaking
- Balsam fir
- Birch, black or sweet
- Clover, yellow sweet
- Cohosh, black
- Corydalis, golden
- Dong quai
- Elderberry extract
- Fennel seeds
- Ginkgo biloba extract
- Heart’s ease
- Horsetail grass
- Indigo, wild
- Pine, white
- Saffron, meadow
- Willow bark
- Witch hazel
- Yellow dock
- Yerba santa
Eat alfalfa, brewer’s yeast, plenty of chlorophyll, cornmeal, kelp, and green leafy vegetables.
Massage the muscles after using heat to relieve pain. Do not massage if there has been an injury or sprain, especially when there is swelling.
Suspect claudication (impaired circulation) if cramping occurs after walking and is relieved when you stop.
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