Varicose veins are enlarged, dark blue or purple veins on the legs. They usually appear on calves below the knee and sometimes on the back of the legs. Weakness and poor circulation in leg veins is a major cause of varicose veins.
Alternative herbal treatments for varicose veins are becoming more popular and, in some cases, are a better choice than compression support stockings because they rejuvenate veins and provide a more permanent solution. Many people are finding that these natural therapies relieve pain and pressure and prefer them over invasive surgical procedures which may or may not solve the problem.
Veins become varicose, or swollen, when valves along the vein walls start to weaken and gravity pulls blood toward the feet causing blood vessel walls to bulge. When blood pools in the lower legs it results in dull pain, heaviness and slight swelling of the ankles.
Are You Experiencing These Symptoms?
• Aching or heavy feeling in the legs
• Itching veins
• changes in the color of ankles
Then your need to read this:
1. Elastic support hose – Your legs will look smoother and feel better if you wear support stockings. These stockings help prevent legs from aching and swelling and keep blood from collecting in varicose veins which keeps you more comfortable. Be aware however, that as soon as the support stockings come off, the veins will reappear and the symptoms may progressively worsen because support stockings do not cure varicose veins.
2. Exercise -Walking, running and cycling is an enjoyable way to get relief and prevent varicose veins. Exercise improves blood circulation by moving blood from the bottom of your legs back up to your heart. These activities strengthen your calf muscles which act as pumps, keeping blood pumping up the legs. Exercise prevents the condition from worsening.
3. Raise the legs – Lying on the floor on your back, with your legs and feet raised up against a wall for about five minutes helps to increase blood flow back to the heart. Putting a pillow under your hips makes this pose very comfortable. You can do this once or twice a day being careful if you have back trouble. Always elevate legs when sitting or lying down to read or watch TV.
4. Eating a high-fiber diet can take some of the pressure off varicose veins. A high-fibre diet which includes whole grains, like oats, barley, beans, peas, lentils, baked potato with the skin, brown rice and whole wheat, and plenty of vegetables and fruits will prevent constipation which gives you a tendency to push and put more pressure on legs veins. Adding plenty of water to your diet also prevents constipation.
5. Take Vitamin C -Taking 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C every day strengthens blood vessel walls, maintains leg vein health and prevents the tendency for legs to swell due to poor circulation or pressure from standing and sitting. If you get diarrhea, reduce to 500 to 1,000 milligrams each day.
6. Apply a varicose vein cream containing safe but powerful herbs and essential oils to leg veins. Look for the herbal ingredient Calendula extract, a circulation enhancer known for its anti-inflammatory and regenerative capabilities. Horse chestnut and gingko biloba are herbs also known to be very beneficial for leg vein health and regeneration of damaged veins.
7. Horse chestnut can, according to the Mayo Clinic, significantly reduces pain and varicose vein size and may actually be as effective as compression stockings. It has been shown to increase the strength of vein and blood vessel walls, helping to prevent veins from softening and bulging. Use this products externally in a lotion for best results.