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Herbs for Muscle Spasms

by
author image Rose Kitchen
Rose Kitchen is a freelance medical writer pursuing a bachelor's degree in sociology and education. She has a nursing background and is going back to nursing school in September 2011 for her R.N. Kitchen holds a certificate in anatomy and physiology and English and is pursuing certificates in natural and alternative medicine, fitness and nutrition and sports nutrition.
Herbs for Muscle Spasms
Goldenrod may help to alleviate muscle spasms. Photo Credit Tntk/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Muscle spasms, sometimes called muscle cramps, occur when a muscle painfully contracts. If a muscle is injured or overused, this often causes muscle spasms, according to MedlinePlus. Being dehydrated, or having low levels of calcium or potassium may also cause muscle spasms. Certain medical conditions may also cause this painful condition, such as alcoholism, kidney failure, metabolic problems, hypothyroidism, certain medications and pregnancy, according to MedlinePlus. Before using any herbs for muscle spasms, be sure to consult a doctor.

Celery Seed

Celery seed is a plant that can grow to two to three inches in height and has little white flowers on it. The seeds are in the flowers. This herb is most often used as a diuretic, but may also be useful for treating muscle spasms, inflammation, arthritis, gout and calming the nerves, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. This herb should not be taken by those with kidney inflammation and pregnant women. Celery seed may interact with blood-thinning medications and diuretics.

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Goldenrod

Goldenrod is a perennial with yellow flowers that typically bloom between the months of August and September. This herb is most known for its purported use as a topical wound healer. However, it may also be beneficial for arthritis, gout, inflammation, kidney stones, high blood pressure and muscle spasms. This herb may cause heartburn. It is contraindicated for patients with kidney disease, heart disease, high or low blood pressure, pregnancy, osteoporosis and breastfeeding women, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Goldenrod may interact with lithium and diuretics.

Rosemary

Rosemary is a common cooking spice that has a variety of purported health benefits. Such benefits may include treating indigestion, hair loss, joint pain, muscle spasms and pain, and improving concentration or memory, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Consuming too many rosemary leaves may cause vomiting, coma, spasms and fluid in the lungs. Pregnant women and those with ulcers, ulcerative colitis, high blood pressure and Crohn's disease should avoid this herb. Rosemary may interact with blood-thinning medications, diuretics, diabetes medications, ACE inhibitors and lithium.

Wild Yam

Wild yam is a tuberous vine that twines, that is often found in thickets and damp woodlands. The leaves are heart-shaped and this plant has little clusters of greenish-yellow or greenish-white flowers. In general, this herb has been used to treat muscle spasms, asthma and inflammation. Those with a history of hormone-related cancer, either personal or family, and those who are nursing or pregnant should avoid this herb, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. This herb may interact with birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy.

Yarrow

Yarrow is a plant with white flowers, that spreads rapidly, found along roadsides and in meadows. This herb has a variety of uses, including helping to alleviate muscle spasms, heartburn, fever, menstrual pain and cramps, infection and inflammation. This herb is available as a fresh or dried herb, liquid extract, tablet, tincture or capsule. Women who are pregnant should avoid this herb, and it may make increase the skin's sunlight sensitivity. Yarrow may interact with stomach acid-reducing medications, high blood pressure medications, barbiturates, insomnia medications, anticonvulsants and benzodiazapines, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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