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Do you suffer from foot, leg or calf cramps, forcing you to walk around and if they occur in your sleep making you to leap from your bed and prance indecorously round the room?
In my experience they happen more early on in the night than later, and they can be very painful.
What is the reason for them in Chinese medicine?
There are several contributing causes including:
Qi takes an infinite number of forms and in the body it works through Blood to nourish and moisten. If Blood is deficient, the tissues starve and aren't repaired.
Blood itself is manufactured from
Consequently, if what you eat is either of poor quality or is not properly absorbed and transformed into Blood, cramps, including calf cramps may occur.
A common problem that interferes with the above process of Blood manufacture is emotional and stress, giving Qi stagnation.
Do not forget that it is possible to enjoy the excitement of stress but still to be harmed by it. Also, if you do too many things and don't get enough rest, your body can't recover enough Qi to digest food.
Stress also makes people eat faster, chew less, and rush off after eating to get on with the next job. These upset digestion.
So calf cramps can have many causes.
Here there is often either Liver Blood Stasis and/or a history of injury. Injury prevents the smooth flow of Qi and Blood, starving the tissues and leading to calf cramps.
Numbness is a further extension of Blood deficiency.
Here you get what is called Empty Wind, which arises because the Blood, being deficient and not properly flowing, can't prevent bubbles appearing in it.
Please realize that these aren't real bubbles! They are a figure of speech to explain the idea of Empty Wind. If you have ever seen a river during drought, as the water flows over the river bed there are many small obstacles for it and it makes a noise, as bubbles form and collapse, quite different from the noise of the full river.
Aging brings wisdom but, often, physical woes.
One of them is that our supply of Jing gradually reduces. This means that, among other problems, our digestion becomes less efficient. With a less efficient digestion (Spleen and Stomach) we don't make such good Blood.
For more details read the linked pages detailed above.
In general, however, keeping fit helps.
Of course, since Chinese medicine has an explanation for this troubling condition, we suggest you consult an acupuncturist.
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