Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Leg Cramps - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of leg cramps generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

Leg cramps are involuntary muscle contractions that can appear at any time. Lasting from a moment to several minutes, leg cramps can be the result of overexertion, dehydration, mineral deficiency, an injury, or a condition called Restless Leg Syndrome. RLS is a brain disorder that causes uncomfortable tingling or burning sensations in the legs while at rest, often at night. The condition is also characterized by a strong urge to move the legs in an effort to alleviate the sensation, which can range in severity from mild to painful.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for leg cramps.


There are no acupuncture treatment protocols associated at this time.



There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for leg cramps:

Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan

The following (0) acupuncture points may be useful for leg cramps. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)

There are no associated points at this time.



There are (1) Chinese herbs currently associated with leg cramps. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for leg cramps. For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Leg Cramps

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan

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