I’m now in my mid 40’s and have been suffering from WED for more than 20 years and it seems to progressively be getting worse…
I have tried an endless number of non-pharmacological solutions and a few pharmacological solutions and have never had any great success with anything until I recently came across a post on another forum from someone who found poppy seed tea to be effective.
I googled it and found this on Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppy_tea
A small amount of dried poppy or poppy tea at night is an effective remedy for restless leg syndrome (RLS), and is superior to quinine, codeine alone, or clonidine for this purpose because of the presence of papaverine, a non-narcotic smooth-muscle relaxant which impacts vascular systems.[/color]
I decided to give it a try. The first night I tried it I had my first full night of solid sleep in years, and it has consistently worked since.
I am not sure whether the relief I am having is from the morphine or codeine content of the tea or the muscle relaxant compound called papaverine in the tea. I am just amazed at how well it is working for me personally.
I am having about 60 grams or 4 tablespoons about an hour before bed .. in about 200 ml of hot water with the juice of one lemon .. I then shake it vigorously for about 5 minutes and then drink the strained liquid.
At the same time, obviously there are side effects of ingesting small amounts of the opioid oils and I would love to know if there is some way of finding out how much morphine and codeine and papervine are found in poppy seeds and what effects this daily exposure would be having. I have been taking it for about 6 weeks and don’t seem to developing any tolerance, although on the odd occasion when I haven’t drunk the tea, my WED comes back in full force.
It has made such a phenomenal difference to my life, but I can’t understand why scientists aren’t researching it or why there isn't more information that is readily available.
Has any one else had any success with Poppy Seed tea?