Acupuncture -? A Cure For Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)



I am 41, British, and have had Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) all my life adult. I do not remember when I felt the first twinges, so it must have been gradual. My paternal grandmother suffered from restless legs syndrome. I remember, when visiting grandparents in Birmingham (United Kingdom) as a child, Nana would mention this mysterious “fidgets” (as she called them) kept her awake at night. I would remove her slippers and give her inexpert foot massage, she always said made her feel better. However, I suspect that she was sparing my feelings, as in my experience rarely massage brings relief. Indeed, when I have a particularly bad spell, I have to resist the urge to cut off wayward Bolton!

So it is Restless Leg Syndrome? Very briefly, it is an overwhelming urge to move in order to get rid of very uncomfortable feeling, outlined against the creeping, itchy, antsy feeling, to name a few. As the legs, the condition can also affect the feet, ankles and / or wrists (and no doubt other areas as well) when they are at rest. So it can be when you’re trying to sleep, distract you when you are in the movie, read a book, a plane, a desk or table with a meal. It disappears when you’re active – walking, jogging, baking, hanging clothes on the line, etc.

So in my case it is genetic – my father also suffer from restless leg syndrome, which means my younger brother. My dad likes it in his ankles, my brother in her wrists and me to my feet. Dad only gets it when watching TV, strangely enough. I do it at night, and when it is particularly bad, I get little or no sleep. Luckily my partner has not stomped out of the bedroom in search of a more restful sleep partner. Oftentimes, though, I move the couch for the night.

MY RLS symptoms worsen

I am currently in Chiang Mai, Thailand Syndrome has been particularly bad in April, the hottest month of the year. Despite air conditioning, I have also begun to feel it in my wrists. I tried reflexology (foot massage), but it was agony. The horror massagers’ my legs would jump out of their hands that crawl perception caused by kneading them became intolerable. What was supposed to be a relaxing time regularly changed ordeal. I think that the meeting helped at first, but I got to be afraid of them and so I dropped them altogether. It was doubly off-putting to see my partner fall asleep Reflexology session his wake and stretch an hour later, quickly bore his shoe back on and walk jauntily back to the bustling street, whistling through his teeth. I felt like a ragged doll. My only consolation was that wretched my feet now felt as smooth and soft as (surely) the day I was born.

Things get when I started to get the fidgets during the day. This is the time when I usually catch up on my sleep, but a few days ago this was impossible. I was very concerned indeed, especially since the symptoms can worsen with age. My partner went surfing the internet to find out more (I stopped bothering and something I read about the subject until the cause of syndromes to be unknown incurable). My buddy finally found the testimony of female sufferers in the UK acupuncture sessions have cured her condition. “Light” because she says her fidgets not flare up occasionally, and she will be going back to a single treatment. After further search, my partner came up with the name Doctor Petch Christian McCormick Hospital in Chiang Mai (Christian it was founded in 1889 by Presbyterian missionaries and named after Mrs. Cyruss McCormick Chicago funded the main hospital building in 1925). Dr Petch is described as offering ‘very valued acupuncture service for walk-in patients. “Furthermore, she studied in China and” its control of medical related English is excellent. “

Unfortunately, when we went to McCormick hospital to see Dr Petch we found acupuncture unit is fully renovated, and were then told that it would only start April 19 (2010). It was too long for me to wait, and the nurse laid Ramkhamhaeng Hospital (referred to locally as “RAM”) in Chiang Mai. We drove by there on our motorcycle and I recorded a lot of reception. I filled out the form, handed my passport over to photocopy, and was addressed to the surgical table., where I made an appointment to see an acupuncturist, Dr. Tosa Porn Wittayakhom, at 11 o’clock in the morning I was sure the doctor spoke good English It was all very efficient – .. the whole thing took 15 minutes I was once told that I could get to order the same afternoon; I refused, though – my partner and I were hot and sweaty and thirsty at this time, and we just wanted to cool off in the pool with a good smoothie

ENERGY-boosting ACUPUNCTURE meeting

April 6, 2010

I introduced me to the surgery table at 10:45 in the morning, and was immediately taken away to the road (which I could have done without – I had just finished breakfast), and have my blood pressure taken. I was then escorted to the office of Dr Tosa Porn is promptly at 11am, where he spent 15 minutes asking me questions, a nurse sitting in. He said I was the first patient to come to him for restless legs syndrome, and although he knew of the syndrome he had never been asked to treat it. As he had read up on the condition of further appointments were delayed until April 8th.

Like I would not go empty-handed (as it was), I asked him to give me a session to increase my energy (I was drooping with heat). I went to the bed directly and lay on his back. He put the needle on top of my head and behind my ears, stomach, calves and feet, and stimulate four of needles in my leg rather some sort of electrical pulses, which I’ve never seen before. The doctor left me there for 20 minutes, came back, accompanied by a nurse and carefully remove the needles, disinfection of each area he went. He told me that I should feel the effects of the day -. And the meeting would probably help me sleep


April 8 (two days later)

Well, the doctor was right – the energy-boosting acupuncture session was to help me. I got two great nights sleep. Not even fidget, and I feel relaxed and alert.

In the morning I went to fidget related acupuncture my meeting. Weighted me again and took my blood pressure, I was followed, as before, at the office of Dr Tosa Porn for 11am sharp. We talked about how I was feeling, and he found that all was well, he asked me to lie down – in front of mine this time. He put the needle in my back and legs, and four were returned with electrical stimulation. 20 minutes later he returned with a nurse, removed the needle and disinfect the corresponding area. Next acupuncture sessions mine is set for 11am on April 20.

April 9

Last night I went to sleep seamlessly, but woke up with mild RLS in the early hours of the morning. I’m disappointed, but I was going back to sleep right away, which is unusual. I may need multiple sessions acupuncture points. Ironically energy-boosting therapy worked better for my fidgets but the Board aims one; maybe I should focus on the former and the latter dropping. I will just have to wait and see how my next appointment goes.


I understand that Restless Leg Syndrome takes on average two years to analyze. Given this, if you have restless legs syndrome (or think you might) and are considering to see an acupuncturist, you may want to print out a clinical paper “Treatment of 49 cases of RLS of acupuncture plus acupoint Injection” published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science. Only preview site is available for free, but it can be purchased and downloaded on-line article in its entirety.

Alternatively, you can simply print out a section of acupoints (shown below) to indicate where to insert the needle. This will be especially useful if Acupuncturist is unfamiliar with the syndrome

“acupoints Yang Ling Quan (GB 34), Jinggu (BL 64). Cheng Shan (BL 57), Chengjun (BL 56) and Shangqiu (SP 5) Gansh (BL 18), Shenshu (BL 23) and Taixi (KI 3) was adopted for making the lack of liver and kidney yin; Xuehai (SP 10) and Sanyinjiao (SP 6) was passed to making cold moisture into the interior “

Finally, a word of caution :. it seems that acupuncture does not work for everyone. Indeed, according to doctor me, only 70% of patients respond to treatment. It is a pretty good average, but it still leaves a considerable 30% who do not.