Every person might have experienced cold feet at some point in life. The coldness may be felt internally in the feet or the feet may be cold to touch or both. It may just be occurring as a normal response of the body to change in temperature and is temporary. When a person faces a cold environment the blood vessels in the hands and feet constrict resulting in reduced blood flow to these areas. It diverts the blood flow from hands and feet to more vital organs (like heart, brain, lungs) and keeps them warm. Homeopathic medicines for cold feet target the root cause behind it and bring about symptomatic relief.
But it may also be indicative of some health conditions. It can arise from various causes. One of the main reasons behind it is poor blood circulation. It may occur in persons having a sedentary lifestyle, or someone who spends a lot of time seated and has an inactive lifestyle. It results in decreased blood circulation to the lower limbs resulting in cold feet. Next poor circulation may arise from smoking tobacco. Another reason that may lead to reduced circulation is high blood cholesterol. Lastly it may occur from some of the heart conditions in which the heart has to work hard to supply blood all over the body at a good speed. Second cause behind cold feet is excessive stress and anxiety. When a person is under stress or anxiety then adrenaline is pumped into the bloodstream. It results in constriction of the blood vessels at the periphery of the body causing reduced blood flow to the extremities making them cold.
Third cause of cold feet is diabetes. High blood sugar levels can cause the arteries to get narrow leading to reduced blood supply to the tissues. Diabetes also leads to nerve damage from very high blood sugar for an extended time period. Other attending symptoms that may be present with cold feet in diabetics includes numbness, prickling sensation and tingling in the feet. Next cause is anaemia ( refers to a condition where a person has a decreased level of healthy red blood cells in the body). Hypothyroidism (means an under active thyroid which is unable to produce the right amount of the thyroid hormones) is yet another cause for this. It causes issues in the body and can lead to feeling of coldness all over the body including the feet . Other than this it can arise from nerve damage that can arise from trauma, injury, diabetes and frostbite. Damage to peripheral nerves can also happen from liver disease or kidney disease, autoimmune diseases, alcoholism and lack of certain vitamins. Another reason is peripheral artery disease (PAD) in which the blood flow to legs and feet is obstructed or slowed down.
Lastly it can arise from Raynaud’s disease in which the body overreacts to cold and results in coldness and numbness of fingers and toes. These also appear pale and then blue and when they get warm again they turn red in colour.
It may be accompanied with tingling, numbness or pins – and – needles sensation in the feet depending on the cause behind it. The colour of the foot may be red, purple blue or pale white. Weakness and pain in the feet can also attend sometimes.
Homeopathic Medicines for Cold Feet
Homeopathic medicines are very effective in managing cases of cold feet. The homeopathic medicines are prepared from naturally occurring substances so are very safe and gentle to use. Use of these medicines is recommended in cases where no serious health issue (for example heart disease) is associated. As the reasons behind it are variable it is best to get a homeopathic medicine prescribed from a homeopathic physician after detail case analysis. A homeopathic physician can rule out the reason behind it and prescribe accordingly and refer to conventional mode of treatment if any serious cause is suspected where homeopathy has a limitation to help.
Calcarea Carb – Top Grade Medicine
It is a top listed medicine for managing these cases. Persons needing it have cold feet. It gets worse at night time in bed. Along with this there is sweating of the feet. It has an offensive smell or sour smell. Next they may also feel weakness in the feet. Lastly they may sometimes have insensibility of the feet usually in the evening. It is one of the major medicines for managing cases of underactive thyroid.
Agaricus – For Icy Cold Feet
This medicine is well indicated when the feet are icy cold. For using it the coldness is most marked in the big toes. It may be accompanied with numbness in feet. Sometimes twitchings also occur with this. It is also indicated when the feet are icy cold up to the ankles. In some cases formication or crawling sensation and itching is felt in the back of the foot. Lastly weakness and heaviness in the feet can be present.
Silicea – For Cold Feet with Excessive Sweating
Silicea is a prominent medicine for coldness of feet attended with excessive sweating. The sweat is offensive. In cases needing it the coldness is worse at night time. Sometimes the coldness is also felt in the legs along with feet. Weakness may also occur in the feet. There may also be tingling in the soles of feet. Numbness in the feet in the evening is yet another symptom that may be present. Coldness of feet in females especially during menses is also indicative for using this medicine.
Kali Phos – For Prickling in Feet
It is a good medicine for cases in which prickling in the feet is present with coldness. Accompanying symptoms include a stinging sensation in the soles. Feet may be swollen in some cases.
China – For Cold Feet and Hands
It is a natural medicine prepared from dried bark of plant Cinchona Officinalis commonly known as Peruvian bark. It belongs to the family rubiaceae. It is an important medicine when there is coldness in both feet and hands. There may be paleness also on the feet and hands. The coldness persists even in a warm room. With this feet may feel weak. Coldness of hands and feet get worse from walking in cases that require it. Anaemia may be present in cases where it is required.
Zincum Met – For Cold Feet and Formication
use of this medicine is considered when the feet are cold and there is formication in the feet. Both these symptoms worsen at night when it is needed. Weakness and nervous movement of feet can also be there. Feet are also sweaty around the toes.
Carbo Veg – For Cold Feet in Evening
This medicine is useful when the feet coldness occurs in the evening. The feet may also be red and swollen. The hands may also be cold where it is required. In many cases the coldness of feet extends up to the knees. Feet may be numb and sweat too.
Sepia – For Coldness in Legs and Feet
The main indication for using this medicine is coldness in legs and feet. In some cases swelling is also present in legs and feet. Other symptoms that may attend are tingling and numbness in soles of feet.
Causticum – For Coldness and Numbness in Feet
It is a major medicine for managing cases in which there is coldness and numbness in the feet. Additionally there may be drawing and tearing in the feet. Swelling may be present too on the feet. Tingling in the soles of the feet may be present. Last symptom that may be there is crawling sensation in both the soles.
Lycopodium – For Cold Feet up to Ankles
This medicine is prepared from plant Lycopodium Clavatum commonly known as club moss. It belongs to the family lycopodiaceae. People needing it feel the coldness of the feet up to their ankles. They feel as if they are standing in cold water. In some cases the chilliness may extend up to legs and even the back. Coldness in one foot and heat in another foot are also characteristic symptoms that indicate its use. Profuse cold perspiration may be present on the feet.
Ferrum Met – When Feet and Hands are Continually Cold
Ferrum Met is a highly beneficial medicine for cases in which the feet and hands are continually cold. With this the feet can be numb. Cramping in feet and toes is another symptom that can attend. Ferrum Met is one of the leading medicines for managing cases of anaemia.
Menyanthes – For Cold Feet with Heat in Face
It is a natural medicine prepared from plant Menyanthes trifoliata. Having the common name Buck – bean and Bitterklee, it belongs to the family gentianaceae. This medicine is beneficial for cases presenting with coldness in feet and heat in the face. The coldness from feet may extend to knees. It seems as if they are present in cold water. The hands are also cold.