On Reynauds Disease (bad circulatioin)

The US Military worked out a treatment regime for this. (Wouldn't want the grunts to be unable to shoot folk or anything.....). It is aimed at convincing the sympathetic nervous system that there is no need to shut off the peripheral circulation just cos it's a bit chilly out.

Start in a nice warm place with nice warm hands. Fill a bucket with water at 44C (and keep a kettle on hand to keep the temperature up). Don't worry too much about the measurement - 44 is about the hottest you can keep your hands in.

Go to a cold place (at least 10C colder than the warm place - preferably much colder..) and sit for 1/2hr with your hands/feet in the water. Don't worry about the cold, you'll absorb so much heat thru your hands as to be sweating at the end. I just open up the window and sit and watch telly in my underpants - doesn't waste much time that way.

Go back into the warm place, dry hands thoroughly and keep em warm.

Do this every day for a month.

Results? After frostbite years ago, I have had bad problems with circulation. I have been doing this for a week, and my hands have only gone blue once. I have also spent a day outside in 40F with no circulation cutoff when normally my hands go blue below 60F - and this after 2 days of treatment!

Some people need to renew the treatment every year, others every few years, others never.

We'll see how effective it is after the full month, but so far, it looks very promising.


OK, folks, that was last year. It was a bit late in spring, so the results seemed promising, but no great shakes. Now, it's cold enough that I should have had blue hands and a good crop of chilblains for a couple of months.

But no circulation problems at all!!!!!! My hands are like a human's........No circulation cutoffs, no chilblains, and I've been much less careful about keeping them warm too!

So it looks like last years treatment DID work. And very effectively. It is wonderful to be able to ignore my hands instead of running my life round em.

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