Restless legs syndrome, also known as Willis–Ekbom disease, has been known to physicians since the late 1600s. It’s gone by many names over the years, but both the cause and effective treatments have proven to be elusive.
There are two types of the disease. The most common is called idiopathic or primary restless legs syndrome, which has been shown to be a hereditary condition. Scientists believe that it is linked to problems with the production of the neurochemical dopamine in the basal ganglia, the area of your brain that controls muscular activity and movement. Secondary restless legs syndrome is linked to other underlying health conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, anaemia, and kidney failure.
Here at the Center for Neuro-regenerative Medicine, we have experience helping sufferers of Restless Leg Syndrome. Treatment with needle implantation in the outer ear has proven to be effective in reducing the symptoms of this uncomfortable and distressing condition.
What are Your Options?
For mild sufferers of the condition, it can sometimes be managed by lifestyle changes such as avoiding stimulants such as caffeine in the evening, quitting smoking, regular exercise, and ensuring that you get a good night’s sleep.
However, many people with the condition are prescribed with medications that encourage the production of dopamine in the brain. However, many of these pharmaceutical solutions have a number of short- and long-term side-effects associated with their use, such as nausea, vomiting, and headaches. In some cases, these drugs can even worsen the symptoms of the condition, causing it to occur earlier in the day and effect other limbs than it previously did.
Fortunately, there is another option for sufferers of restless legs syndrome. Treatment with acupuncture was an avenue explored by German neurologist and researcher Dr Ulrich Werth. Based on the principles of Chinese and French acupuncture systems, he discovered that the constant stimulation of certain nerve endings in the ear encouraged the areas of the brain that produce dopamine.
This led to the introduction of his permanent acupuncture treatment in 2001, which was originally designed to help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Soon after, further research showed its efficacy in treating other neurological conditions, including restless leg syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease.
What Does the Treatment Involve?
Dr Werth’s treatment involves implanting a number of tiny 2mm long titanium needles in the cartilage and under the skin of your outer ear. The needles are not visible externally after implantation, and cause no pain or discomfort.
The procedure takes place at our clinic in Valencia, and is performed under a local anaesthetic. It doesn’t necessitate hospitalisation, and the wounds will heal in 2-3 days. We are happy to help your organise all of the logistical considerations involved in your treatment, from booking your flights, applying for a Visa, to helping you to find a hotel.
Find Out More
If you would like to learn more or to ask us questions about the treatment, then you can call us on +34 963 516 680, send us a Whatsapp message on +34 610 14 15 41, email us at email@example.com, or you can use the contact form on our website. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions, and you don’t have to make any commitments. We look forward to hearing from you!
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