Varicose veins or spider veins are a resultant of weak blood carrying veins. While surgery and laser may be adopted to do away with this annoying mesh of veins, various natural therapies are usually preferred and resorted to in the first place.
Varicose veins or their smaller counterpart, spider veins are bulging, purple-bluish cords beneath the surface of the skin. They usually occur in the legs and feet, and sometimes even on the face. It is a venous disorder which is generally deemed harmless but can lead to serious complications if ignored and left untreated.
Veins are the blood carriers of our body to the heart. Valves in our veins which pump this blood can get weak, thereby allowing the blood to flow backward and pool in the veins- a condition referred to as spider veins or varicose veins.
Because of hereditary and hormonal causes, which cannot be treated or changed altogether, this disease requires one to be cautious and aware of the susceptibility. People with a family history of the disease, those with more weight (or obese), women and old people are more prone to getting this disease.
Some natural practices and elements have proved to be highly effective in relieving spider veins.
An easy blood flow through the veins can be ensured by following a regular exercise regime. This will naturally cause the pooled blood in them to flow, relieving spider veins. Exercises like walking, elevating the legs while sitting or laying down (at least twice a day for 30 minutes) or cycling-legs-in-the-air can also be helpful.
As the disease is related to the health of our veins, adopting a dietary scheme with elements leading to healthy veins is recommended. High fiber diet with low salt (for regulated blood pressure) should be consumed with more Vitamin C rich elements. Bioflavonoids, also known as Vitamin P have shown great results in curing spider veins. Rutin is a bioflavonoid that may shore up the walls of veins and help them work better. A number of studies have shown that flavonoids that come from rutin, relieve swelling, aching, and pain from varicose veins. Staying hydrated is also advisable.
They are usually the first few remedies to be adopted for curing varicose veins before moving on to medicines, herbs or surgery. These are specialized hosiery items designed to provide extra support and increased blood circulation. They steadily squeeze the legs, helping veins and leg muscles to flow blood more efficiently. The compression stockings should be strong. They should fit properly without being too tight.
Several studies have accredited some specific herbs to be highly effective in curing and relieving spider veins. In spite of their wonderful results, they should be taken with great caution along with other medication/diseases one is undergoing, and under the supervision of a doctor.
Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum): Scientific studies have affirmed horse chestnut as a remedy for chronic venous insufficiency, a condition related with varicose veins in which leg veins have problems returning blood to the heart. The herb may help improve swelling and discomfort caused by varicose veins. It should be taken in consultation with a doctor and never more than the recommended dosage. Also, patients with liver or kidney ailments, those on blood thinning medication or diabetes medication or lithium should not use this.
Pycnogenol (Pinus pinaster): a pine bark extract: Symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency can be relieved by consuming this extract. It thus eases varicose veins. A prior consultation with doctor is preferred to avoid any side-effect or complication. People with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus should not take this.
Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus): It is a low evergreen Eurasian shrub, with flat shoots known as cladodes that give the appearance of stiff, spine-tipped leaves. The shrub has many medicinal benefits. A few studies have found it beneficial in treating chronic venous insufficiency, including varicose disease. Because of its tendency to interact with some blood pressure medications and stimulant medication, it should be consumed only on the advice of a health consultant.
An arm of naturopathy, homeopathy also offers natural cure for spider veins. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account a person's constitutional type -- your physical, emotional, and intellectual makeup. Medicines like Arnica Montana, Calcarea carbonica, Hamamelis and Pulsatilla can be prescribed by a homeopath depending upon the dominating symptoms and problems faced by the patient.
Cold compresses of witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) and yarrow (Achillea millefolium) tea may provide temporary relief from pain and burning.
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