While running, walking, riding a bicycle, standing up for a long time, doing yoga stretches incorrectly, or even sleeping, a person can get muscle cramps. Any musde-upper arm, forearm, leg, calf, or even a toe or the baby finger-can undergo sudden spasm.
Muscle cramps and spasms have numerous causes. They may be due to insufficient blood supply to the muscle or, in some cases, to excess blood supply, as in the case of "writer's cramp." Muscle spasms can be due to lack of calcium in the diet or malabsorp?tion of calcium, since calcium plays a signif?icant role in relaxing the muscle. A related problem is hypoparathyroidism (underactive parathyroid), in which the person loses cal?cium; this may also cause the muscles to undergo spasm. Exposure to cold and poor circulation may also be responsible.
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The Ayurvedic understanding is, in sim?plest terms, that muscle spasms are caused by vata dosha. Vata, increased by mobile, cold, or rough qualities, makes a muscle stiff and hard, and it undergoes spasm.
Whenever a muscle is under spasm
This procedure will increase circulation, and the muscle will relax.
A marma point is located at the midpoint of both the lips. If there is a spasm in the upper body, such as in the arms or fingers, grab hold of your upper lip, in the middle, between your thumb and index finger. If the spasm is in the legs or the lower part of the body, grab the lower lip. These energy points on the lips send mes?sages to the brain, which in turn relays a sig?nal to the motor system to relax the muscles. Just grabbing the lips for 30 seconds should help relieve the spasm. Press fairly strongly, but not hard enough to be painful.
Repeat?edly alternate contraction and relaxation of the muscle. This will improve circulation and help to release lactic acid, which will relax the muscle.
Another approach is to apply a lit?tle oil to the muscle belly and gently mas?sage. Mahanarayan oil is best if you have it; otherwise, some sesame oil or other oil will do. Gentle massage of the painful cramped muscle will relax the muscle fibers, improve the circulation, and pacify the vata. That will help relieve the spasm.
After rubbing in the mahanarayan oil, apply a little heat. For best results, use a hot water bottle (not an electric heating pad).Winter, with its dry, cold weather, is vata season. During winter season, when vata individuals get exposed to the cold, their muscles may cramp. Rubbing the muscle with mahanarayan oil (or sesame oil) and hen applying heat will be soothing and healing.
For a cramp in your foot, soak the foot in a bucket of warm water that contains salt (t or 2 tablespoons).
A hot ginger powder-baking soda bath (2/3 cup baking soda and '/4 cup ginger per tubful of water) is also effective for muscle relaxation.
Make yourself a cup of chamomile tea, jatamamsi tea, or comfrey tea. Or, even better, you can make a tea using equal amounts of all three of these herbs ('/3 teaspoon of each per cup). It will help to relax your muscles.
As a preventive mea?sure against future cramping, drink some dashamoola tea-'/2 teaspoon of dashamoola powder steeped for a few minutes in t cup hot water. Have a cup or two of dashamoola tea every Saturday.
Getting repeated muscle cramps suggests that you either have a calcium deficiency or are not absorbing enough of the calcium in your food. First, take some supplements of calcium, magne?sium, and zinc. Your formula should contain approximately 1 ,200 mg. calcium, 600 mg. magnesium, and 60 mg. zinc. Take these sup?plements at bedtime.
Second, to improve absorption, take triphala every night or in the very early morning. Use about 1/2 teaspoon triphala powder per cup of boiling water.
Yogaraj guggulu tablets (200 mg. per tablet), taken 2 or 3 times a day for t month, are effective for pacifying vata in the muscles, which is the root cause muscle cramps.
Muscle cramps and cramps in the stomach may be related. Muscle pain can happen anywhere in the body, in the skeletal muscles as well as in the smooth muscles of the abdomen. As with spasm in the arm or leg, abdominal cramps may have many causes, such as eating too big a meal, or liking too heavy a weight, which strains the abdominal muscles. Gases in the stomach, constipation, or acid indigestion can also create cramps in the stomach or abdomen.
For painful cramps in the abdominal muscles, take the herbal compound shankha vati (one 200 mg tablet after dinner).
Take this entire amount once or twice a day, after meals.
Warm milk is helpful for abdominal muscle cramps. Its alkaline property helps pactft, acidity, and it is also a good source of calcium which helps muscles to relax. One cup of warm milk taken at bedtime will help to dispel acid irritation and spasm of the stomach.
Lasunadivati (garlic compound) is effec?tively used for smooth muscle spasm as well as skeletal muscle spasm. Take 1 tablet after dinner for 5 days. You can also buy odorless garlic tablets; take them as directed on the package. Garlic relaxes the muscles, calms down vat a dosha, and helps to take care of muscle cramps.
Hingvashtak churna, 1/4 teaspoon twice daily after lunch and dinner. It will relieve abdominal muscle pain and also reduce gas trouble.
Triphala is very effective in relieving gases, promoting proper elimination, and facilitating absorption of calcium and other key minerals. Take '/2 teaspoon of triphala daily at bedtime with warm water. It will minimize your chances of getting muscle cramps in the stomach.