Muscle cramps can be very painful and they usually happen at night but also they may occur after exercising.
Cramps occur more often in people older than 50. Cramps are caused by affected spine, vascular disease, nervous system disorders, disorders of calcium metabolism, lack of magnesium, neuroses etc.
The most dangerous cramps are those that happen while swimming. Thus, before going into the water, perform some exercises like running, lifting and bending legs, or rub your body and legs with a brush or sponge.
First Aid Methodsto Get Rid of Cramps
Grip the thumb of the leg affected from the cramps and pull strongly towards the body.
Another method is to insert the tip of a needle in the painful spot and quickly remove it. Make sure you won’t injure a large blood vessel.
This is an old method and it requires putting a teaspoon of mustard powder on the tongue and pressing it on the palate. Hold it until you swallow all the mustard. This method can be used to prevent brain stroke, as well.
If you get cramps while swimming, it is important to wear a needle on your bathing suit. Then, prick the affected muscle and the cramps will stop. If you don’t have a needle, press the muscle with the thumb or forefinger.
How to Reduce the Number and Intensity of Muscle Cramps
Analgesics, compression stockings or vitamin E does not eliminate leg cramps, but some of the tips to decrease their intensity are frequent swimming, long walks, riding a bicycle and recurrent beating the floor with your heels. This will improve your circulation.
Food Remedies for Muscle Cramps
At every meal have two teaspoons of honey combined with crushed almonds. After every meal consume two teaspoons of honey mixed with sunflower seeds.
In a jar put two tablespoons of raisins and chopped dates. Prepare a mixture with a tablespoon of chamomile and 500 ml of water. Let it boil, strain it and pour the mixture into the jar with fruit. After it soaks overnight, drink it the next day and repeat it for 3 weeks.
In 150 ml of spring water add 1/2 teaspoon of coarse salt and let it dissolve. Drink it when experiencing pains.
It is good to consume cottage cheese frequently because it contains calcium, which actively takes part in the process of transmission of nerve signals and muscle contractions.
Herbal remedies for muscle cramps
Depending on your body weight, dissolve 1-2 teaspoons of wormwood juice in 75 ml of water and drink the mixture 2-3 times daily for 3 weeks. Do not increase the recommended dose.
Add 2 tablespoons of eyebright into 500 ml of boiling water and let it infuse for 2-3 hours. Then strain it. Drink 125 ml of the resulted mixture four times a day, 20 minutes before meals.
Soak 10 grams of thyme in 100 ml of brandy for 8 days. Drink 15 drops mixed with 50 ml of water three times daily.
This remedy is a mixture of onions, hawthorn and pine. Chop 5 tablespoons of pine needles and mix with 3 tablespoons of hawthorn fruit and 2 tablespoons of onion peel. Put the mixture in a liter of water and let in boil for 10 minutes. Then, let it infuse in a covered container. Drink the mixture every day for a month, 1-1.5 liters daily, instead of water or tea.
External Treatments for Muscle Cramps
People in the Middle Ages cured cramps by applying chamomile oil and violet on the affected area.
Some people say it’s good to brush your feet, in the morning and evening, with lemon juice. Then, do not wipe your feet, but put on Do this treatment for 2-3 weeks. In the same time consume a glass of water with a teaspoon of lemon juice.
Cut white lily flowers in small pieces and soak them in 70 degrees alcohol. Keep it in a dark place for 10 days. Use the remedy to massage the legs every day until spasms disappear.
Crush 20 grams of frozen propolis into small pieces and massage with two tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of butter. Before going to bed, massage your feet with this mixture in places that are most affected.