Home Medications and Treatments for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are swollen, elongated veins usually located in the legs. These may be associated with aches, fatigue, or a burning sensation, all of which are alleviated by elevating the legs. They are more common in women than men. Coming from the Latin word root varix, meaning twisted, varicose veins can be very unsightly. Varicose veins are more obvious when you stand up because of the increased pressure. Varicose veins may also indicate that the patient is suffering from a disorder of the circulatory system.
The first sign of varicose veins is a swelling along the course of the veins. This may be followed by muscular cramps and a feeling of tiredness in the legs behind the knees. In some cases, the normal flow of blood towards the heart may be reversed when the patient is in an upright position. Large, swollen, and bulging veins with blue or purple discoloration are the prominent signs of varicose veins and common on the legs.
Raised red and white patches appear on the skin. They are accompanied by burning,intense itching, and stinging. Rubbing and scratching usually aggravate the condition. The outbreak of urticaria is sudden and the disease may affect any part or the entire body. The eruptions may be as small as pin heads or as large as a rupee. The eruption may fade in a few minutes or an hour in one place, but may appear in another.
Some of the common symptoms that are associated with varicose veins are:
Twisted and bulging veins
Pain and heaviness in the legs particularly after standing
Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping, and swelling in the calves
Itchiness around the affected area
Creeping sensation across the skin
Nighttime leg cramps
Skin lesions near the ankle, which represent a severe form of vascular disease and require instant medical attention.
A varicose condition of the veins results from sluggish circulation due to various factors such as constipation, dietetic errors, lack of exercise, and smoking. Standing for long periods and wearing tight clothing can also lead to sluggish circulation. Some veins are more susceptible, like those in the legs, must work against gravity to carry the blood to the heart. Pregnancy may cause varicose veins due to increased pressure in the pelvis and abdomen, which slows down the flow of blood from the lower extremities to the heart. Women usually suffer from this condition in the early years of childbearing. Obesity can also cause varicose veins.
Varicose Veins treatment using Marigold:
The herb marigold is valuable in varicose veins. A compress of this herb should be applied externally in the treatment of this disease. The flowers of this plant can also be applied externally over varicose ulcers with beneficial results, as they are an excellent remedy for inflamed or ulcerated conditions of the skin.
Varicose Veins treatment using Vegetable Juices:
Raw vegetable juices, especially carrot juice in combination with spinach juice, have proved beneficial in the treatment of this disease. The formula proportions considered helpful in this combination are 300 ml of carrot juice and 200 ml of spinach juice.
Varicose Veins treatment using Nutrients:
Certain nutrients, especially vitamins E and C have also been found effective in the treatment of this disease. The patient should take vitamin C in therapeutic doses up to 3,000 mg and vitamin E in therapeutic doses from 600 to 1,200 mg daily. This will relieve him of pain and leg cramps associated with varicose veins.
Varicose Veins diet
Besides helping you maintain proper weight, a balanced diet can give you nutrients that may actually help prevent varicose veins. For example, protein and vitamin C are both components of collagen, part of the tissue in the veins and valves. If the collagen is in good shape, the tissues are likely to be more resilient. A balanced diet that includes a wide variety of foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of protein, is the best way to get the right amounts of valuable nutrients. However, while a healthy diet can strengthen your vascular system, it can't cure varicose veins.
Poor Diet and poor eating habits go hand in hand in developing cellulite. Spicy foods, caffeine, saturated fats, alcohol and smoking are the biggest culprits. The toxins that these foods and beverages produce are easily trapped in fatty tissues. Crash diets are not a way to get rid of cellulite (or lose weight). They increase the risk because the body thinks it's starving and by attempting to compensate it assists in forming cellulite. Smoking damages the connective tissue that causes the dimpling effect.
Warm-water enema to cleanse bowels
During the initial juice fast or an all-fruit diet, a warm-water enema should be administered daily to cleanse the bowels and measures should be taken to avoid constipation.
Hot and cold hip bath
An alternate hot and cold hip bath is very valuable and should be taken daily.
Cold water or cold packs
The affected parts should be sprayed with cold water or cold packs should be applied to them.
A mudpack may be applied at night and allowed to remain until morning.
Hot Epsom salts bath
A hot Epsom salts bath is also very valuable and should be taken twice a week.
Sunbathing, Breathing exercises and Yoga postures
Sunbathing and deep breathing exercises are also helpful. Certain inverted yoga postures such as viparitakarani, sarvangasana, and shirshasana are beneficial in the treatment of varicose veins as they drain the blood from the legs and reduce pressure on the veins. They help to relax the muscles and allow the blood to flow freely in and out of the lower extremities. Padmasana, gomukhasana, vajrasana, and shalabhasana are also beneficial.
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