Leg Cramps or Restless Legs? Think Zinc!

Zinc does a body good — really good! In fact, it’s an essential nutrient found throughout the cells in our bodies to support many different functions that go unseen. But do you know what zinc can do for you in homeopathic form?

A Mighty Mineral

People need zinc to stay healthy. As a trace mineral, the body only needs small amounts, and yet it plays a big role in a wide range of processes, including the immune and nervous systems, the creation of DNA,  and wound healing, among others.

Your body doesn’t make or store zinc, but you can get plenty of it through your diet. Oysters are rich in this mineral, as well as other seafood, red meat, and poultry. Additional sources of zinc include beans, nuts, and dairy products.

Homeopathy’s Link to Zinc

Zincum metallicum is a homeopathic dilution of zinc. As an over-the-counter medicine, it relieves painful leg cramps as well as fidgety, restless legs, especially after drinking wine or spirits.* To use, dissolve 5 pellets of Zincum metallicum 6C under the tongue twice a day. If pain or restless legs occur at night, take 5 pellets before bedtime. You can also find this medicine in Boiron’s Leg Pain Relief Kit, which includes Cuprum metallicum and Hypericum perforatum.

To learn more about the homeopathic uses of Boiron Zincum metallicum, click here to watch this video featuring Gary Kracoff, NMD, RPh.

Just for our blog readers! Get 10% off this medicine when you use the code BLOG at checkout.

*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

Share article:


Related Articles:

14 thoughts on “Leg Cramps or Restless Legs? Think Zinc!”

  1. Laker Eunice Linda

    The notes about how to handle leg cramps was so inspiring, I want to start taking zinc, because I really feel pain in my legs and my waist, it’s on and off, I don’t know whether the ART treatment am on is the cause of the pain. Will give you feedback soon

  2. Can you tell me the difference between your two leg cramp pellets please. I use zincum Metallica but now see you also sell Cuprum Metallica. Thank you I suffer with chronic leg cramps

    1. Hi Debbie, Cuprum relieves sudden and sharp pain from muscle spasms and cramps, occurring either at night or in the calves. However, Zincum is useful for restless legs. Oftentimes, restless legs can bring about cramps at night, so we offer these medicines together in our Leg Pain Relief Kit. Hope that helps!

    1. Hello PCA, the raw substances used to make the medicines are different. Zincum metallicum is made from metallic Zinc, while Zincum oxydatum comes from zinc oxide. Both medicines have similar uses for leg cramps, but have other indications as well. Hope that helps, or feel free to give us a call at 1-800-BOIRON-1 to chat more.

  3. I’ve been using Zincum Metallicum for sudden, severe leg cramps, but just read Cuprum Metallicum is better for those. I get them both when I’ve been sitting to long and when walking too much. They seem to be exacerbated by dehydration, due to not drinking enough water and/or drinking alcohol, but not necessarily always white wine. What do you recommend, Zincum or Cuprum? Thank you!

    1. Hi Kim, great question. Both medicines are indicated for leg cramps. Zincum may also help when legs are restless or fidgety. If you’ve had success with Zincum, there is no need to change, but you can certainly try Cuprum and see how you respond.

  4. Hello, first of all thank you for your homeopathics and all the information. I’m not sure you can help with this. I am 65 years old.
    I have recently had lots of hair loss. It seems to be all over my head. Can you suggest what to use? I’ve been using Phosphorus 30c for about 2 weeks. Thank you for your blog!!

    1. Hello Trudy, as a manufacturer, we offer over-the-counter medicines with clear indications for acute conditions that can be safely relieved with self-medication. Each medicine is labeled with the most common acute condition it relieves. However, health care professionals may instruct their patients to use the medicine for other conditions not listed on the label. There may be a homeopathic treatment that addresses your condition, but we recommend consulting a practitioner knowledgeable in homeopathy. Be well!

      1. Hi Navinchandra, please use according to the label instructions unless directed by your health care professional.

  5. I am 62 years old and started having leg spasms at night in 2022.
    I can’t find zincum metallicum or cuprum metallicum in my local health food stores–only
    rhus tox, sulphur, pulsatilla and lycopodium (there is a product with these ingredients by another company
    for “restless legs”, but so far it doesn’t seem to have any effect for nighttime leg spasms).

    1. Hi Bentje, your local health food store should be able to assist you in ordering these medicines. If not, you can purchase them at BoironUSA.com or Amazon.com. We also offer this Leg Pain Kit, which contains contains Cuprum, Zincum, and Hypericum. Hope that helps!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Subscribe to our e-newsletter to get coupons and health tips from Boiron.
Shopping Cart