VARICOSE VEINS

VARICOSE VEINS

 

Varicose veins are veins that have become bluish, swollen, enlarged and twisted. This happens most commonly in the veins in the legs. Varicose veins are the result of malfunctioning valves inside the veins.

Veins are blood vessels that return deoxygenated blood from the outer parts of the body back to the heart and lungs.

Veins in the leg are either superficial (close to the skin) or deep (encased by muscle and connective tissue. In this case you must necessarily consult your doctor).

Varicose veins affect nearly 50% of middle-aged adults, and 60% of them are women.

 

Causes

Abnormal structure of the vein wall

Pregnancy

Prolonged sitting or standing in one position

Heart failure

Chronic cough

Lifting heavy objects

Obesity

Chronic constipation

Trauma to the legs

Sitting in a cross-legged position

Diet poor in low-fiber

Diet full in unrefined foods

Straining to pass hard stool

Lack of exercise

Inherited problems

 

Aching, feeling of heaviness, redness, dryness, itching, swelling, leg sores, cramps, appearance of spider veins in the leg, are some of the symptoms of varicose veins.

 

Recommendations

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat foods high in fiber (vegetables, fruits, grains), low in fat and salt
  • Walking or swimming daily
  • Do not smoke
  • Avoid food rich in refined carbohydrates
  • Eat a lot of blackberries
  • Your diet must be low in fat
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Elevate the legs above heart level for twenty minutes at least once a day.
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Take vitamin C, E, bioflavonoids, vitamin B-complex.

 

Consult your doctor in order to take some supplements, which are very helpful and sold in the market such as Coenzyme Q10, glutathione, lecithin granules.

 

Beneficial Herbs

Herb

Form

Benefits

Aloe vera

Gel

Cooling and soothing topical treatment for varicose veins

Bilberry

Capsules

Supports the health of connective tissue

Bromelain

Tablets

Reduces risk of blood formation

Butcher’s broom

Ruscogenin tablets.

For burning and itching.

Cayenne

Cream, capsules

Anti-inflammatory, relieves pain, expands blood vessels, reducing stress on the capillaries.

Dandelion

Tablets

Alleviates tissue swelling by reducing water retention

Gingko biloba extract

Tablets

Improves circulation in the legs

Gotu kola

Liposome tablets, capsules

Increases oxygen transport. Stabilizes tissues supporting veins

Hawthorn

Solid capsules

Strengthens fragile veins,

Horse chestnut

Aescin tablets

Relieves swelling and inflammation. Makes blood vessels more elastic

Grape seed extract

Tablets

Improves blood-vessel, strengthens connective tissue

Pine bark extract        

Tablets

Improves blood-vessel strength and flexibility

White oak bark      

Tea (bathing the legs or           compress)

Helps stimulate blood flow

Witch hazel

Tincture

Increases tone of veins and “shrinks” varicose veins