As mentioned in my earlier blog it is a common practice to treat varicose veins surgically by making incisions (cuts) and removing the affected veins. But I also highlighted all the risks (side-effects and complications) associated with surgeries. Also, more than 20% of people who have undergone varicose vein surgery have chances of developing new varicose veins over time (for details read my earlier blog on Varicose veins which discusses what is Varicose veins, what causes it and drawbacks of its Surgical removal)
As we know nature has perfect solutions for all health issues, so why not try the natural ways of healing Varicose Veins.
As we have discussed earlier, Varicose veins is mainly associated with poor blood circulation, so massage is thought to be an effective way to stimulate healthy blood circulation. This approach can help relieve pain and swelling. So the best remedy is to include either apple cider vinegar or essential oils like, tea tree oil, cypress oil, lemon grass oil and lavender oil in massages. Essential oils can be applied via a hot or cold compress, in a bath or as a massage oil. Some oils can also be used directly on the skin, or can be diluted to avoid irritation or burning.
Other natural solutions are vitamin supplementation (like B, C and E) and herbs.
Below mentioned are few herbs which can prove to be useful in Varicose veins condition.
Horse Chestnut Extract- Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is a herb most widely used for varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. The active compound present in horse chestnut is called aescin. Research showed that use of oral horse chestnut extract in people with chronic venous insufficiency resulted in reduction in leg pain and swelling, which may be due to the anti-inflammatory effect of Aescin. It also provides relief from itching, irritation and bleeding in Piles, which is also a type of varicose veins.
Grape Seed Extract- Grape seed extract obtained from the seeds of the plant Vitis vinifera contains oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs). These compounds act as potent antioxidants and help strengthen the connective tissue structure of blood vessels. They also improve blood circulation. They reduce pain, swelling and inflammation in Varicose veins and CVI patients. External application of Grape seed oil also helps relieve Varicose veins by reducing pain and swelling and strengthening the veins.
Pine bark Extracts- Pycnogenol is a standardized extract from the bark of Pine tree (Pinus maritima). It has been studied for its effects on Varicose and Spider veins and found to be effective in relieving pain, swelling and discomfort associated with them. It also helps improve the elasticity of the walls of the veins and improves its tone.
Butcher’s Broom- Butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus), a plant in the lily family, contains compounds called ruscogenins. These compounds strengthen the collagen in blood vessel walls and improves circulation, thus reducing symptoms like pain or heaviness.
Turmeric- Turmeric reduces the discomfort in legs caused by varicose veins due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It also inhibits blood platelet aggregation and leads to improved blood flow. This is useful in treating varicose veins and helps in better functioning of valves of the veins. Additionally, varicose veins have been linked to many digestive problems. By consuming turmeric and resolving all digestion-related issues in the body, chances of developing varicose veins in the future can be reduced.
Gotu kola- One ayurvedic medicine which is purported to treat varicose veins is Gotu kola (Centella asiatica). It is said to strengthen the vein walls by increasing the production of collagen and elastin due to the presence of triterpenoid antioxidants. It also effectively improves blood circulation and maintains blood pressure.
Gingko biloba- The leaf of the herb Ginkgo biloba is a source of bioflavonoids. These compounds help strengthen blood vessels, improve blood circulation, relieve leg pain and prevent nerve damage.
Ginger- Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a boon for patients suffering from varicose veins. Since ancient times, ginger has been proved useful in healing various disorders. Nutrients present in ginger are useful for providing relaxation to legs and ankles. It helps in blood circulation and blood purification and also increases protein supply to the lower limb region.
Many more herbs like, Bilberry, Garlic and Amla also help in Varicose veins.
Supplements are best used as an additional treatment, rather than the only treatment. It is important to follow certain Do’s and Dont’s for effective treatment as well.
Do’s and Don’ts with Varicose Veins
Don’t cross your legs when you sit. Crossing your legs can put unwanted pressure against your veins.
Sit with your feet elevated higher than your heart occasionally. This allows blood to flow back easily towards the heart and relieves the veins of working against gravity.
Avoid standing or sitting for a longer period.
Don't restrict the blood flow with tight clothing. Also avoid heels.
Do gentle exercises such as walking, swimming, or yoga. Even walking can help to improve circulation, tone calf muscles, alleviate pressure, and reduce swelling.
Wear stockings. They help in contraction of the veins and muscles in the legs thus increasing blood flow.
Avoid alcohol and smoking
Eat anti-inflammatory foods including turmeric, ginger, and broccoli. Inflammation reduces blood flow. Reduced blood flow leads to blood clots. Blood clots result in varicose veins.
Reduce salt intake as it can help reduce swelling.
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Varicono comprises of a perfect combination of herbs in the form of capsules and oil. VARICONO CAPSULES provide internal correction of the problem by providing strength to the Veins, improving blood circulation and preventing pooling of blood in lower limbs, while external application of VARICONO OIL helps reduce pain, swelling and discomfort. The oil also helps to improve tone & elasticity of the veins and helps to prevent a build-up of blood in the veins. The product also helps control different complications of Varicose veins by reducing blood clotting tendencies and promoting healing. It also helps stop the formation of ulcers and helps in Chronic venous insufficiency (for details visit www.priorityherbals.com)