Tips and remedies for varicose veins

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Posted on: 15 July 2015 by Ivana Craft

Varicose veins affect mostly women, for many different reasons, and are considered to be a common issue caused by malfunctioning vein valves. Basically, the arteries transport blood away from the heart, and it returns to the heart through the veins. The vein valves make sure the blood flows towards the heart. Sometimes these valves can fail, causing blood to collect in legs and feet veins. This causes them to enlarge and become varicose, and bleed if injured.

Nowadays, there are cutting-edge treatments that can remove varicose veins. Some of them are sclerotherapy, the ‘superglue’ treatment, laser ablation, Vein Gogh Thermolysis, etc. There are also some alternatives that can slowly but effectively help women ease the symptoms. The following measures and remedies may be worth a try:  

  • Changing your diet

  • Do daily exercises

  • Cold baths

  • Avoid standing and sitting for long periods of time

  • Avoid crossing your legs all the time

  • Elevate your legs whenever possible

Herbal remedies can also be useful in varicose veins treatment. However, it is necessary to emphasise that these remedies can only be used if the vein problems are not causing alarming concerns. Apple cider vinegar and olive oil used separately improve circulation and are excellent for cleansing. Grape seed extract and fresh garlic is a type of antioxidant that also prevents leg from swelling. Drinking a mixture of cayenne pepper with hot water can treat swollen veins. Taking ginkgo supplements, which act as antioxidants, will also help ease the leg pain. Butcher's broom is a plant that strengthens collagen and helps with blood circulation. Blueberries, rosemary, avocado, beets, asparagus and ginger are other types of food that are rich in vitamins and are known to improve circulation.

All in all, the fact is that there is no cure for varicose veins. There are many different kinds of treatments that can help, depending on how serious the problems are, but there are certainly no guarantees.

Photo courtesy of Natural Cures Not Medicine

 

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