Home Remedies for Restless Leg Syndrome

February 4, 2013

I was diagnosed with Restless Leg Syndrome and was given a prescription
which I had several bad side effects from and it was also addicting. So I did not take it long.


I was talking to a friend of mine who told me she also had Restless Leg Syndrome and she took 1 table spoon of apple vinegar cider nightly for years and has not had to take any other medication since for it.

Since I cannot stand the bitter taste I bought some apple cider vinegar tablets and I have not had any more restless nights and I don't have to take it as often now just as needed. They are not expensive. I buy 250 mg - 250 Tablets for $7.39 and they last me a long time. I hope this helps as many of you as well as it has helped me.

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July 30, 2013

I've read and surfed the web like you, heard of all the crazy RLS cure ideas but what I found out that works for me was when I stopped all caffeine intake and most sugar intake for just one day and that night, zero RLS.

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January 31, 2013

I have suffered from RLS for years, but cannot tolerate the prescription for it. My doctor, who also suffers from it, drinks 8 oz. of tonic water every evening.

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December 25, 2013

Every night my left legs shakes and vibrates. Is that restless leg syndrome? What can I do to make it stop? Please help.

By Andrea


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December 27, 20130 found this helpful

Your symptoms do not sound like the classic RLS symptoms. Generally, with RLS, you voluntarily move your legs because there is an irresistible urge to do so. If your symptoms are causing a great deal of problems, please see a neurologist.


He will probably ask you to spend the night in a sleep lab where nerve conduction test will be performed, so as to find the source of your problems. I wish you luck.

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May 29, 2013

RLS is one of the most annoying, and stressful things for me. When I go to bed at night say, 9 o'clock, I usually can't fall asleep till 3 am. My hands, feet, and legs keep me awake all night. The feeling is sometimes so uncomfortable for me, I cry.

My doctor thinks I'm crazy, because I'm so young (18). But my mom suffered from it and my father has diabetes. The feeling in my hands is the most uncomfortable for me; it feels almost as if somethings crawling through my fingers. I feel like I have to crack my knuckles every second and shake my hands to stop the feeling. Unfortunately that doesn't work, neither does stretching my legs before bed, or gently massaging my feet. Somebody please help me.


By Christina


May 30, 20130 found this helpful

My MD suggested I take 400mg Magnesium every! Night at bed. It works like a charm! Good luck. Chris

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May 4, 2011

Anyone have any advice as to the best way to control nightly bouts of restless leg syndrome? I have recently begun to suffer with spasms, often severe and affecting my whole body. I am type 2 diabetic and need my sleep! I have heard a nightly dose of a couple of teaspoons of Milk of Magnesia could help. Has anyone tried this?

By Mary Lou from Canada


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May 4, 20110 found this helpful

I have had two doctors tell me that there isn't really anything to do for the leg cramps. I am a type 2 diabetic, and have these cramps too. However, I was having them before I became diabetic. These doctors have told me they are part of growing older for some people. One of the doctors had an intern with him on the day he told me that and she made the comment that her Dad had just started getting these night time leg cramps and we should hear what he had to say about them.


The doctor looked at her and replied see what we have to look forward too someday.

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June 18, 2008

I have one restless leg and it keeps me from falling asleep for hours at night. I have tried meds but didn't like the feeling it gave me. Does anyone know a way to stop the feeling of having to move my leg (one leg)? I would appreciate any help.

az2010 from Easthampton, MA


By patcholi1961 (Guest Post)
June 18, 20081 found this helpful

I just read that drinking 1/4 tsp of baking soda mixed in a glass of water works well. I haven't tried it yet. Give me news if it works for you please.


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June 18, 20080 found this helpful

If I put a heating pad under my legs for a while, it seems to relax them enough that I can go to sleep.

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June 18, 20080 found this helpful

I had that problem for awhile and what I did was to wrap my legs tightly in the sheet and fell asleep that way. As I slept it unwound and I slept through the night. It went away after about a year and hasn't happened again.

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June 18, 20080 found this helpful

I get right up and do leg stretches. Works for me.

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June 18, 20080 found this helpful

Restless leg syndrome is a symptom of Folic acid deficiency,
I had it for yrs and never thought I would get rid of it,
Drove me nearly crazy,
Then I found out Folic Acid deficiency causes Restless leg syndrome. I have been free for over 3 yrs now, After spending a lifetime with it. It is so nice to be able to crawl in bed and go to sleep! Be aware if taking folic acid long term you MUST take it with B12, Both are water soluble. So there is no worries of taking to much,


I purchase it at my drugstore, contains folic acid, B12 and B6, tablets are cherry flavor and chewable. So there easy to pop in and chew up. there not very expensive, only $6.00 for 120 tablets. Also a lot of foods that is suppose to have folic acid in them, in fact do not, The ground in many many places through out the world is depleted in it.

Years ago when I raised Goats I found this out the hard way, We had to start injecting our animals with Folic acid, They were not getting it from the food they ate. I have also been informed that folic acid is the #1 deficiency in the world. Alcohol consumption depletes the body of folic acid as does medications, among other things.

My husband was just past Diagnosed with bone marrow cancer..
To make a long story short, He was having to go for blood transfusions every 6 days, He's now taking extremely large doses of Folic acid and B12, B6, He has now gone almost 2 weeks without a blood transfusion. One of the major symptoms of folic acid deficiency is Bone marrow Cancer, We found this out the hard way.

If you are lacking in Folic acid then your gonna be lacking in your B vitamins too. They most always go hand in hand, That's one reason why you must take B12 with folic acid. Another reason being Long term usage of folic acid without the added B12 can cause permanent damage.So be sure to take it with B12.
Check this link out for more info about Restless leg syndrome ,,,,

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June 18, 20080 found this helpful

I take an herbal supplement called valerian. It smells horribly but it relaxes me and my legs enough to fall asleep. Good luck.

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By Lois Ann from New York (Guest Post)
June 20, 20080 found this helpful

I have it as well. I have heard that SOAP at the foot of your bed works. It sounds ridiculous, but it works. I place a bar of Ivory soap near my feet and lo and behold it does the trick.

Additionally, if it hits before bedtime, I take HYPERICUM PEFORATUM homeopathic remedy. It is gone within 10 minutes

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By KJ (Guest Post)
June 20, 20080 found this helpful

My husband had a severe problem with RLS. It was disturbing his sleep so much, he had to take Quinine for it, prescribed by his dr, for a couple of years. Please note: there is natural quinine in club soda too.

However, what really helped him was to go off all caffeine. After he did that, the RLS stopped almost immediately. He's never had an issue with RLS since.

He'll drink non-caffeinated pop/coffee, and it doesn't bother him at all.

If you drink a lot of coffee/tea/pop, maybe you have a caffeine sensitivity?

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June 20, 20080 found this helpful


Ok, I know I'm crazy, so let me get that over with right now! But, after a whole life around livestock, I started worming myself. Now, I tend to use a type of horse wormer that's safe--according to doctors and vets--but I'm not necessarily recommending that. There are great herbal people wormers out there. But here's the bottom line.

I used to get the creepy crawlie feeling in my legs, and they'd itch and jerk. I took the wormer and it quit. One time I had a nasty crawling feeling in my arm right by my elbow. I took the wormer and it quit.

So--am I nuts? Possibly, but it's worth checking into. Humans can get a parasite load just as easily as animals--and quite frankly, the horses don't eat papaya's from who-knows-where or foreign strawberries or...well, you get the picture!

Check it out on line! Good luck!

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June 20, 20080 found this helpful

i just found this :
caution: the comments are not exactly "wholesome"

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By Joyce Horner (Guest Post)
June 21, 20080 found this helpful

I rub Vicks on my legs. Started doing that in my teens before I knew it was a "condition". That was 50 years ago. It's still helping me.

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May 18, 2009

Does anyone have a home remedy for Restless Legs Syndrome? I have a prescription, but tend to build up a resistance to them and need to take a break from them. Unfortunately, there's no sleeping without them. I need help!

By Cricket from Parkton, NC

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October 6, 2012

I have twitchy legs at night, my doctor says its not RLS. It seems to start in my lower back and go all the way down my legs, I can feel it in my hips, my groin, my knees, and it's a painful hurt. I personally think it's a nerve problem on one side, but now the other side is acting up as well. If I don't move my legs when they feel they need to move, it seems to "hurt". I sleep on a heating pad (on my hips) and take half a Vicodin every night before bed. It's starting to not help with the Vicodin and heating pad anymore. Any remedies I can try that anyone can think of?

By Trisha H

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December 28, 2011

Does anyone have a homemade or natural remedy for restless leg syndrome? I have had RLS for most of my life. Until recently I was taking Requip and was extremely satisfied with how much it helped. About 4 months ago I changed doctors and the new one told me to come off the Requip, along with several other meds I had been taking because she didn't want me on anything she herself didn't prescribe, but she wouldn't prescribe the Requip or anything else for the RLS.

I have since quit that doctor (many reasons) and have gone back on the Requip (my pain doctor gives it to me). However suddenly I can't take it anymore. Whenever I do, I spend the entire night throwing up and the whole next day severely nauseated.

I need something natural or homemade that I can take. Right now I'm back to pacing the floor most of the night and not getting more than a few minutes sleep at a time.

Can anyone help me? I'm desperate!

By Cricket from NC

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