CURING FOOT CRAMPS
I lived and worked in France for six years where I found that if I stood “one-legged” on the marble floor, this relieved the cramp — the cold shock seemed to be the reason. I now keep a marble offcut under my bed and stand on that.
Duncan Ogilvie, Bristol Both my father and I suffered foot cramp at night for many years. My father’s is kept at bay by quinine tablets on prescription. Mine has disappeared since I started to drink two litres of water a day.
Sally Royle, by email I have found the following works. Using your thumb and forefinger, pinch your top lip in the centre beneath your nose. Do this as tightly as you can and hold it for 30 seconds. Since being told this remedy I have never had a problem.
John Gardner, by email CIRCULATION PROBLEMS I suffered with “dead fingers” in my 20s when, as a bank clerk, I was entering ledgers – on shiny, cold paper. A colleague said: “You need molasses,” and explained that its trace elements would help to correct poor circulation. I took a spoonful of molasses in hot water once a day. The problem faded and I have not suffered from Raynaud’s since.
Maggie Thoyts, by email