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Heb jij last van RBS: het rusteloze benen syndroom?

Hoe een stuk zeep naar het schijnt wonderen kan verrichten.
door Tsenne Kikke - dinsdag 24 april 2018 12:47

Het rusteloze benen syndroom (RBS) is een neurologische aandoening, die zich kenmerkt door een irriterend, branderig gevoel - alsof er insecten rondkruipen - diep in de kuiten, soms beurtelings, soms in beide kuiten tegelijk. De aandoening kan zich ook voordoen in de bovenbenen, voeten, romp en armen. Ze is niet pijnlijk maar kan erg vervelend en hinderlijk zijn. Toch kan het leiden tot een chronisch slaaptekort en de bijbehorende vermoeidheid overdag, met alle gevolgen van dien, waaronder prikkelbaarheid, verminderde prestaties op het werk, en zo meer.

Naar schatting lijdt 5 à 6 % van de bevolking in meerdere of mindere mate aan RBS. Ongeveer 80% van die mensen hebben ook last van periodieke bewegingen: een soort spiertrekkingen van de ledematen tijdens de slaap die het doorslapen kunnen verhinderen.

In een aantal gevallen is RBS een gevolg van een andere ziektetoestand, of kan er een externe oorzaak worden aangewezen. Men spreekt dan van secundaire RBS. We spreken van primaire RBS als de oorzaak in het geheel niet duidelijk is. Alleen in het geval van secundaire RBS, dus als de onderliggende oorzaak bekend is, is genezing van RBS mogelijk. In alle andere gevallen kunnen alleen de symptomen behandeld worden.

Toch vond ik op het internet een interessant filmpje waarin er over een mogelijke remedie wordt gesproken, zijnde: een stuk zeep... Eigenlijk is het niet het stuk zeep op zichzelf die 'het werk doet', maar de geur die het afscheidt.

Put A Bar Of Soap Under Your Bed Sheet For One Brilliant Reason

A common condition that affects more than three million people across America is Restless Leg Syndrome, or RLS, per the Mayo Clinic. This condition does not yet have a cure and can negatively impact someone's life quality.

RLS typically causes cramping in the legs, but they can also occur in the head, arms, torso, as well as other parts of the body. Also, because the cramping causes one to toss and turn in bed, their sleep is lost.
 
Health experts believe the reason RLS develops is because of a problem in the nervous system where the legs cramp up overnight and they begin to move uncontrollably.
 
Reports indicate that RLS is quite painful. Those that have experienced this have shared that it feels like itching that goes away by standing up and walking around. This is largely why this is frustrating and why quality sleep is lost.
 
There are no treatments for this condition; however, there is a natural remedy that has been found tried and true in relieving the painful symptoms of RLS.  That natural remedy is to put a bar of soap under the sheet of your bed before you go to sleep!

This odd folk remedy is a simple one.  Just place a bar of soap under your bed sheet or under the bottom fitted sheet of your bed.  You can place the bar of soap in a sock before placing it in the sheets to prevent making a mess.  It is also recommended that you change out the soap every month to a new one.

While this may sound odd at first, people have found that this method gives great results to treating their leg cramps and RLS.  While the benefits cannot be explained by medical doctors, it is believed that it is due to the soap’s high levels of magnesium.  That is because magnesium deficiency is a leading cause of leg cramps and restless leg syndrome (RLS).

Some doctors even suggest using lavender soap would provide extra benefits, as lavender is known to relax your muscles. To achieve the very best results, use a natural soap and a scent that uses essential oils, such as lavender oil.

Have you ever heard of this odd remedy?  Let us know your thoughts on this in the comment section.

How Putting Soap Under Your Bed Can Get Rid of Leg Cramps:

The most obvious theory regarding this cramp relief is simply a placebo effect. People believe that it will work, therefore it does. But it seems premature to just dismiss the phenomenon in this way. Maybe, there is some strange bio-chemical effect at work.

But, there hass been very little scientific investigation regarding the soap phenomenon. The 1 relevant study you could find was published in the 'Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine'. Dr. Yon Doo Ough of Beloit Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin and colleagues studied whether soap-scented skin patches could help in easing menstrual cramps. Their study was directly inspired by the soap’s use in preventing nocturnal leg cramps. They have theorized that it was the smell of the soap, and not the soap itself, that was making that anti-spasmodic effect. Therefore, they applied soap-scented oil to skin patches and then tested them on women who have a history of severe menstrual cramps. The women mentioned that the patches did help.

Also, a few years ago, at Weird Universe, a study published in the journal 'Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery' looked at whether the stinky shoe smell could be a very effective treatment for epilepsy. For years, it has been part of folk medical practice in India to help in arresting epileptic seizures by forcing the individual having the seizure to smell stinky shoes. The researchers concluded that the technique worked. They stated that, “strong olfaction applied in the form of “shoe-smell” did contribute a suppressive role and thus exerted an inhibitory influence on epilepsy.”

If a strong smell can help in suppressing an epileptic seizure, therefore, it can also suppress the perception of cramps and pain. The brain works in mysterious ways, so it would be very interesting to test whether sleeping with a stinky shoe, can also help in easing cramps. Will any strong smell have the same effect?

Conclusion:

Until a much better explanation comes along, we are willing to accept the possibility that putting soap between the sheets might help ease cramps, perhaps because the smell tricks your brain into ignoring the pain and suppressing the cramping response.

This technique is harmless and cheap. So, if you are suffering from nocturnal leg cramps, this is worth a try. There is nothing to lose.

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