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Whether you’re a long-time marathoner or moving from your Couch to a 5K, there’s a pesky problem that can keep you from making the progress you want: calf pain.

Want to kick off summer on the right foot? It all starts with the legs…

Leg pain – whether it be tight hips, sore knees or throbbing calves – can really stop you in your tracks. With lots of summer fun ahead, now is the time to conquer leg pain once and for all.

Get ready to learn our best tips for beating leg pain while running, acupressure tips to move better, herbal remedies to soothe aching legs and even a delicious iced tea recipe that maintains your mobility while you work on your tan.

Remedies for Leg Pain

Nearly every runner has experienced calf pain at some point in their running journey, and while it typically goes away, the pain can linger on and keep you off the track.

If you’re experiencing calf pain during your runs, don’t worry. Not only is this a common issue, but it’s also a relatively simple issue to fix with some smart pre-run prep and post-run recovery.

Head to our latest blog to learn more about why we get calf pain while running and the best ways to end the pain and get back up to speed.

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Healing at Home

Remedies for Leg Pain: Acupressure Points

While it’s always a good idea to get regular acupuncture visits, acupressure is an easy way to promote healthy qi and blood flow right from home. For those with leg pain, acupressure can offer immediate relief and preventative self-care to quiet aching legs and stand stronger.

Apply gentle pressure to these points to reduce leg tension and tightness, enhance muscle function and reduce muscle fatigue:

  • Spleen (SP) 6
  • Spleen 6 is located on the inner lower leg and is a powerful point for moving blood throughout the body. It is particularly helpful for those with sore legs, tired ankles or painful varicose veins.

  • Gallbladder (GB) 34
  • Gallbladder 34 is one of the best acupressure points to relieve pain related to the tendons and ligaments of the leg. Press this point to relax and improve the flexibility of your tendons and alleviate joint pain, especially around the knee.

  • Stomach (ST) 36
  • Stomach 36, known as “Leg Three Mile,” is anecdotally named due to its ability to help you walk (or run) “three more miles” after stimulating. This point helps to enhance blood and qi circulation throughout the body, but especially through the legs.

  • Urinary Bladder (UB) 57
  • Got calf pain? UB 57 is a powerhouse point located right in the middle of the gastrocnemius muscle. Press deeply until you feel a tenderness to relieve calf muscle tightness. This point can also be used for issues like Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, which tend to be worsened by tight calf muscles.

  • Pinch between Kidney (KD) 3 and Urinary Bladder (UB) 60
  • Kidney 3 is located on the inner ankle, in the webbing between the Achilles tendon and the ankle bone. You’ll find UB 60 in the same place on the outer ankle. Pinch around the Achilles to activate these two points at the same time and open up circulation through the entire leg.

    Herbal Spotlight: Topical Tinctures to Stop Leg Pain

    Put in too many hours at the gym? Struggling with non-stop arthritis pain? Herbal medicine can help. Here are a few of our best herbal remedies for leg pain to help you stay active and healthy this summer:

    For Arthritic Hips, Knees, and Feet: Ancestors Advanced Dit Da Jow

    If you’re an athlete, martial artist, senior, or generally active person, this tincture is for you. Ancestors Advanced Dit Da Jow is formulated to support tissue healing and relieve pain, especially for vulnerable joints that suffer from repetitive activities, stress or arthritis.

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    For Acute Injuries and Sprains: Herbal Ice

    Herbal Ice is a must-have tincture for any medicine cabinet. This formula uses cooling herbal medicinals to stop pain and reduce swelling and inflammation so fresh injuries (like sprains, strains and bruises) can heal rapidly.

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    For Lingering Leg Pain: Ho Family Dit Da Jow

    Ho Family Dit Da Jow is a restorative formula that is perfect for chronic or lingering leg injuries or pain. It has a warming quality, which makes it suitable for leg pain or tendonitis that feels worse in cold weather, or that feels better with warmth and movement.

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    Plum Dragon’s Herbal Kitchen

    Iced Summer Peach Flexibili-Tea

    If you want to live a long and active life, maintaining good flexibility (especially in the hips and knees) is key. With this refreshing recipe, you can help improve the flexibility and mobility of your lower limbs while enjoying a relaxing summer’s day.

    This summer peach iced tea contains herbal remedies for leg pain that soothe muscle tension and ease stiffness. The addition of honey and peach work to further relax the body and nourish sore, tired muscles.


    For the tea

    To serve

    • 1 cup brewed tea
    • 1-2 tbsp peach honey simple syrup, or plain honey
    • 2-3 slices fresh peach
    • Ice
    • Fresh mint leaves (optional)


    1. Add one pack of Flexibili-Tea to a large pot with 1 gallon of water.
    2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 40 minutes.
    3. Strain the herbs out and cool the tea.
    4. In a glass, add 1 cup of brewed tea and peach honey simple syrup to taste.
    5. Add ice and garnish with mint leaves if using.
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    Meet the Author

    Kate Downes is a Chinese medicine practitioner (MSAOM, NCCAOM, Dipl.OM) and wellness writer. Through her educational content for Plum Dragon Herbs, Kate hopes to help others gain a better understanding of the wonders of Chinese herbal medicine so they can be empowered in their own quest for natural, vibrant health.

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