VARICOSE VEINS: CAUSES, SYMPTOMS AND NATURAL REMEDIES

SPIRAL/BROKEN VARICOSE VEINS

VARICOSE VEINS: Is a condition when abnormally enlarged veins appear close to the skin's surface. They usually occur in the thighs & calves when the veins develop weakened walls or poorly functioning valves, which regulate blood flow. Read more about Varicose veins during pregnancy ...VARICOSE VEINS IN PREGNANCY

SYMPTOMS OF VARICOSE VEINS


Include; restlessness, fatigue, pain feeling of tingling, burning, throbbing or heaviness in the legs.

CAUSES OF VARICOSE VEINS

 
The most common causes for this condition are heredity, occupation, long-standing hours, obesity, constipation, use of birth pills & hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy, puberty & menopause.

Home remedies for varicose veins 


APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV)


It is a natural body cleansing product & also improves blood flow & circulation.
  • Apply undiluted ACV on the skin over the varicose veins & gently massage the area. Do it every day before going to bed & again in the morning. Follow it for a few months to reduce the size of varicose veins.
  • Add 2 tsp. of ACV in a glass of water & stir well. Drink the mixture twice a day for at least a month to see positive results. 

COCONUT OIL


It is very necessary for treating varicose veins is increasing the blood circulation & with that reducing pain & inflammation.
  • Mix equal amount of coconut oil/olive oil + Vitamin E oil & warm up slightly. Massage with this for several minutes. Do it twice daily for 1-2 months. 
  • You can mix four drops of essential oil in 2 tsp of warm coconut oil & massage with this mix.

GARLIC


It is a natural blood thinner, anti-inflammatory also helps to break up harmful toxins in the blood vessels & improve circulation.
  • Slice up 6 garlic cloves & put them in a clean glass jar. Extract the juice from 3 oranges & add it to the jar along with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Let it stand for about 12 hours. Shake the jar & then put a few drops of the solution on your fingers & massage the inflamed veins with it, in a circular motion for 15 minutes. Wrap the area with a cotton cloth & leave it on overnight. Repeat daily for several months.

CAYENNE PEPPER


Rich in vitamin c & bio-flavonoids, it increases blood circulation & eases the pain of congested, swollen veins. It protects the walls of the blood vessels from free radical damage & promotes collagen formation to keep them healthy & elastic. Also, Capsaicin has anti-inflammatory, Analgesic & blood-thinning properties.
  • Add 1 tsp of cayenne pepper powder to a cup of hot water & stir well. Drink this mixture 3 times a day for 1-2 months.

RUSSIAN FOLK REMEDY


Take few GREEN TOMATOES, clean them & cut them in thick pieces. apply them on the varicose vein area & put a cloth over them. Tie the cloth so the slices don't fall off. Leave them on the affected area until you feel tingling. As tomatoes contain an ASPIRIN-like substance & also it is an anti-coagulant which dilutes the blood.

MUD PACKS


Applying a mudpack to varicose affected legs may help reduce vein enlargement. It helps to reduce pain also. Fine clay such as FULLER"S EARTH is best for mudpack. Mix the clay with water & apply to your legs before going to bed. Morning wash the clay with warm water & pat the area dry. As the clay dries, it contracts, resulting in a tightening effect. It works in a similar fashion to compression stockings by constricting the dilated blood vessels & promoting blood flow. Clay has a detoxifying effect too. It draws out impurities from the skin & the blood vessels.

COMPRESSION


Applying uniform pressure on the legs with specially designed compression stockings is a tried & tested remedy for varicose veins. Loss of elasticity of the blood vessels & their consequent enlargement reduces the efficiency of the venous valves trying to stem the back-flow of blood. The gentle, yet consistent pressure compresses the veins, reducing their diameter. This helps the valves to work more effectively to prevent back-flow. The additional support for the venous walls facilitates the smooth flow of blood, reducing the risk of stagnation & blood clot formation.

DIETARY SUPPORT


Research indicates that an increase in homocysteine levels in the blood can damage the lining of the blood vessels & increase the risk of thrombosis & varicose veins. Deficiency of B-complex Vitamins, B 6 (Pyridoxine), B9 ( Folic Acid )& B12 (Cobalamine) in particular, is known to elevate homocysteine levels. Include Tuna, Salmon, Shrimp, Chicken, Turkey, & eggs. Also vegan sources like Sweet Potato, Potatoes, Sunflower Seeds, Avocados, Bananas, Broccoli, Lentils & Lima beans. Include Anti-inflammatory foods like oily fish, Green leafy Vegetables, Beets, Tomatoes, Nuts, Whole Grains, Ginger Turmeric, Garlic, Onion, Berries & Cherries To reduce Pain & Swelling.

Increasing activity


The heart pumps blood into the arteries, but its return to the heart from the legs is aided by the movement of the calf muscles. That is why sedentary lifestyles are bad for varicose veins. Walking is a good activity since it boosts blood circulation, even though the veins in the legs have to carry the blood upwards against gravity.

GRAPE SEED EXTRACT


Tiny seeds inside grapes contain antioxidant substances, flavonoids, linoleic acid & Vitamin E. It also promotes the formation of collagen, a protein that helps maintain the elasticity of connective tissues & strengthen the walls of the blood vessels. It prevents leakage of fluid from the veins & resultants swelling of the legs.
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