Acupressure for RLS

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Reducing RLS through acupressure involves points on the skull. Help ease your RLS symptoms with the help of an acupuncture physician in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, Acupuncture Physician and Clinical Herbalist. Today, we will be discussing acupressure for RLS, otherwise known as Restless Leg Syndrome. Now, if you're a sufferer of Restless Leg Syndrome, you know that it can be quite debilitating when you're trying to go to sleep and you feel this creepy crawly sensation that's as if something is on your leg. So, I'm going to show you a point today that can help with gentle acupressure daily and nightly. This point is called GB 20 and translates as wind pool. So, in the diagnostic terms of Chinese medicine, we often say that twitching and spasms are a result of a wind which is kind of funny to conceptualize in western mind does if wind has gotten inside the body. But, what happens is, the blood in our blood vessels travels in a centrifugal manner, in a circle. Right? Otherwise, it would never overcome gravity. And sometimes when blood is deficient especially in the elderly, it begins to dry out from excessive heat in the body, that centrifugal force slows down. And what happens is is air gets in front of it and that is what we call wind. So, using this point wind pool, GB 20, located at the base of the skull, at the mastoid process can help to emulate the effects of wind throughout the body. So, this point would actually help for any type of ticks or spasms or tremors that you're experiencing, not just specific to Restless Leg Syndrome. Oftentimes in my RLS patients, I find that they are deficient in iron or other minerals such as magnesium. So, that is one of the first things that I go to is supplementing the diet with an iron-based, with a food based iron supplement or magnesium citrate. Magnesium citrate is also very helpful because of its effect on the nervous system. It helps to relax the nervous system. So taking that at night is a nice form of drink. It can actually help to calm your mind and help you forget about the symptoms that you're experiencing with the RLS. It's important to visit your local acupuncture physician to understand which points are specific to you in your condition of RLS. But in the meantime, give GB 20 a try. I'm Hilary Talbott and that was acupressure for RLS.


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