Natural treatment for Varicose Veins

Home Remedies for Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins are extremely common, affecting almost one out of every four women. While they rarely present a serious
health problem, the characteristically swollen, discolored, and distorted veins are often painful and unattractive.

Veins are thin-walled vessels through which the impure blood is carried 'back to the heart. They usually have valves which
regulate the flow of blood towards the heart Varicose veins are a condition in which veins become enlarged, dilated, or
thickened. This condition can occur in any part of the body but generally appear in the legs.

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. This results in veinous blood collecting in the lower part of the legs; the skin
becomes purplish and pigmented, leading to what is known as varicose eczema or varicose ulcers. Both these conditions
cause severe pain.

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.
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 child-bearing.
Obesity can also cause varicose veins.
Herbs for Varicose Veins

    Herbs can be of great benefit for preventing and treating varicose veins. They increase circulation, strengthen blood
    vessels, and improve muscle tone in the vein walls, which enhances blood flow. Following are some of the most
    important herbs for treating varicose veins:

    Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatments such as
    compression stockings for relieving the symptoms of varicose veins. The fruit of the horse chestnut tree has anti-
    inflammatory properties, helps to relieve leg swelling, and strengthens capillary walls. It enhances vascular tone by
    tightening the elastic fibers in vein walls, which improves blood flow and prevents blood from pooling in the legs.
    Scientists have identified the active ingredient in horse chestnut as aescin. For best results, take extracts that provide
    50 milligrams of aescin twice daily. Do not exceed the recommended dosage, because while horse chestnut is safe, in
    larger amounts it can cause nausea, vomiting, and other unpleasant side effects.

    Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) is an herb that has long been used in India for treating varicose veins. It strengthens
    the connective tissue that surrounds the vein, improves blood flow, and reduces hardening of the vein. In addition,
    gotu kola relieves the uncomfortable symptoms of varicose veins such as leg cramps, swelling, and feelings of
    heaviness in the legs. Take one-half teaspoon of gotu kola extract or two capsules three times a day.

    Hawthorne (Crataegus oxycantha) is an excellent herb for any type of circulatory problem. It improves circulation
    and helps to relieve the fluid retention that may accompany varicose veins. The deep-blue-red hawthorne berries and
    flowers are also rich sources of anthocyanidins, the compounds that help to strengthen blood vessels. Hawthorne is a
    gentle, safe herb and is most effective when used over a long period of time. Make a tea by pouring one cup of water
    over two teaspoons of the crushed berries or flowers and leaves, cover, and steep for 20 minutes. Strain, and drink
    three cups a day. You can also take one-half teaspoon of liquid extract or two capsules three times a day.
Herbal Tea for Varicose Veins

    2 teaspoons hawthorne berries or flowers
    1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
    1 cup water

    Pour boiling water over herbs. Cover, and steep for 20 minutes. Strain, sweeten if desired, and drink 3 cups daily.
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.

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.

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.
Aromatherapy for Varicose Veins

    Combining hydrotherapy with therapeutic essential oils can effectively relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of
    varicose veins. Alternating hot and cold footbaths, compresses, and gentle massage help to relieve pain and aching
    and improve circulation, while cold compresses help to relieve inflammation and swelling. The following essential
    oils are especially useful for treating varicose veins.

    Cypress has astringent and vein-tightening properties and stimulates circulation. It also helps to relieve fluid
    retention. Cypress has a spicy, pinelike fragrance.

    Frankincense has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, helps to tighten veins, and stimulates skin healing.
    It has a rich, warm, balsamic fragrance.

    Yarrow contains azulene, a powerful natural anti-inflammatory that gives the essential oil a dark-blue color. The
    astringent properties of yarrow also help to tighten varicose veins. It has a fresh, herbaceous, pungent fragrance.
Aromatherapy  Massage Oil for Varicose Veins

    4 ounces calendula infused oil (How to make infused Oil)
    or almond oil
    20 drops cypress essential oil
    10 drops frankincense essential oil
    10 drops yarrow essential oil
    1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

    combine oils in a dark-glass bottle and shake thoroughly to mix. Store in a  cool, dark place. Shake well before
    using. To use as a massage oil, apply approximately 1 teaspoon of oil to each leg with long, gentle strokes, always
    working from the foot up the leg in the direction of the heart.
Soothing Lotion for Varicose Veins

    4 ounces distilled witch hazel
    10 drops cypress essential oil
    10 drops frankincense essential oil

    Combine essential oils with witch hazel in a dark-glass bottle. Shake well. Apply to legs as often as desired. For
    additional pain-relieving effects, store the lotion in the refrigerator and apply cold to the legs.
Footbath for Varicose Veins

    Alternating hot and cold footbaths are excellent for both preventing the development of varicose veins and easing
    the pain and discomfort of existing ones.

    You'll need two plastic basins large enough to hold your feet. Fill one basin with water as hot as you can tolerate,
    and fill the other with cold water to which you have added a few ice cubes. Add five drops of cypress essential oil
    to the basin of hot water, sit in a comfortable chair, and slowly immerse your feet in the water. Leave your feet in
    the hot water for three minutes, and then immediately plunge your feet into the basin of cold water for one
    minute. Alternate back and forth between the hot and cold water three to five times, ending with the cold water.
    Finish by patting your feet dry and massaging your legs with the varicose-vein massage oil.

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