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Night Cramps



First Draft © Dennis Rocke & Dr J. M. Mungavin 1983

Updated Dennis Rocke © 2022


(Mainly night leg cramp)

Cramps are a common occurrence and normally only last for a few minutes. They are a painful spasm in muscles caused by excessively prolonged contraction of the fibres that make up the muscles of the body. They usually occur after exercise due to the build up of lactic acid and other muscle chemicals. Night cramp of the leg on the other hand is supposedly an unknown commodity and it is an assumption that they are due to Peripheral vascular disease (narrowing of the blood vessels in the leg). The cause of cramp is in fact due to the body’s inability to assimilate nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6 and Vitamin D or simply a deficiency of these nutrients. If cramp persists for longer than an hour it could be due to a serious condition and help from a GP should be immediately sought.

When cramp is suffered regularly at night, a GP can prescribe drugs containing calcium and quinine which can help prevent the painful recurrences.

All good chemists now sell heat packs and massaging the affected leg before applying the heat pack is a very successful treatment for spasmodic cramps.


The health diet with emphasis on:

  • Apricots
  • Fresh fruits
  • Kefir
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Millet
  • Sesame seeds
  • Soured milk products
  • Yoghurt


  • Citrus fruits (in excess)
  • Fruit juices (in excess)
  • Grains
  • Meat including liver
  • wheat (because it is completely lacking in calcium)
  • wheat germ (because they are completely lacking in calcium)
Daily Supplements (Recommended)
Vitamin B6  

100 mg


Vitamin C  

5,000 mg


Vitamin E  

600 iu daily


Calcium Lactate  

5 tablets


Cod Liver Oil or any other fish oil  

As directed


Magnesium Supplement  

As directed


Natural Multi Vitamins  

Take as prescribed by the manufacturer.


Pantothenic Acid  

100 mg



As directed



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