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Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses


Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) - Basics

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a brain disorder that causes uncomfortable tingling or burning sensations in the legs while at rest. 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. Because the symptoms of RLS appear when an individual is resting, it is common to experience fatigue and difficulty sleeping, if untreated. Several situations can trigger RLS symptoms, such as a long car ride, long-distance air travel, sitting through a film or relaxation.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).



Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) - Tam Healing - Tong Ren Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for restless legs syndrome (rls) that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam Healing/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)


Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating restless legs syndrome (rls). For a complete list from our store with more details see our restless legs syndrome (rls) formula section.


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Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (1) acupuncture point may be useful for restless legs syndrome (rls). 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.)




The following (2) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Ba Zhen Wan

  • Eight Treasure Combination
    • For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident
    • For frequent heavy menstrual cycles
    • Pale complexion, fatigue, dizziness from qi deficiency
    • Vertigo, palpitations, anxiety from blood deficiency
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood
  • Cautions
    • Do not confuse with Ba Zheng Wan - which is a clearing formula.

Huang Qi Gui Zhi Wu Wu Wan

  • Astragalus and Cinnamon Twig Five Herb Decoction
    • Common with blood deficient patterns for dispersing interior cold, xue bi, (blood painful obstruction), generally manifesting as numbness of the extremities.  With the appropriate underlying patterns - shoulder pain, neck pain, knee pain.
    • Diabetic neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy, polyneuropathy, conditions such as raynaud's with the right underlying factors, frostbite.
    • Facial paralysis, post-stroke recovery.
    • Restless leg syndrome.
    • Certain cardiovascular issues, heart disease.
  • Warm Interior Cold
  • Warm the Channels and Disperse Cold



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