Veins are a part of blood system that caries the blood through our body, and varicose veins (from Latin word that means twisted), are twisted and enlarged veins that tends to be purple and bluish. In some cases heart’s valve, that should only be pumping blood one way, are not working properly, blood is coming back into the veins, making the abnormally large.
Varicose veins are very common in the U.S., about quarter of population has it. They are usually located in the legs, because of the gravity, and prolonged periods of standing up, makes it worse.
For some people, varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue, but for others, it may represent serious symptoms, like pain, swelling, heaviness, etc. if untreated, these problems may lead to some serious consequences, like blood clots, skin ulcers and inflammation of the veins (phlebitis).
Causes of varicose veins can be various; from genetics, age, prolonged periods of standing or sitting, to overweight and hormonal changes during menopause or pregnancy.
There are some natural treatments that you can use for your problems with varicose veins, and they all have same beneficial affects; treat the ulcers and sores on the skin, strengthening veins, and reduce blood leakage from vessels walls. But in case of serious symptoms like inflammation, redness and swollen areas around vein, ulcers, rush, tenderness to touch, it is best for you to see your doctor.
Here is a list of some therapies that you can use to relieve the symptoms of varicose veins;
This technique is used primarily for pregnant women; it significantly reduces the swelling of the feet. It is a form of body work that mainly targeted and focuses on the feet. But you must consult your doctor if pregnant, for him to approve your use of reflexology.
Horse Chestnut Extract
Extract of this herb (Aesculus hippocastanum) is most commonly used medicament is cases of swollen legs, varicose veins and chronic venous inefficiency, which is a related symptom. The extract of horse chestnut blocks the release of enzymes that damages blood vessels and capillary walls. FDA considered this extract unsafe, because of its side effect like vomiting, diarrhea and nausea, but after removing some toxic elements from extract, it is now consider being safe for use. But, people with bleeding disorders and kidney and liver problems should avoid horse chestnut extract in any case.
This herb, also known as Ruscus aculeatus, is also very helpful with symptoms of varicose veins. It improves circulation and strengthens and tightens blood vessels walls. Pregnant women and children should consult theirs doctors before it’s used. Also, people with benign prostate hyperplasia and high blood pressure, should avoid it, too. Other side effect may be nausea or indigestion.
Pine Bark extracts (Pinus maritima) and Grape seed (Vitis vinifera)
Both of this plant’s extracts contains antioxidants, which tends to reduce inflammation of blood vessels and strengthen the tissue structure around blood vessels. Side effects of this extracts can be upset stomach and nausea. Also, people with autoimmune problems such as multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis should avoid this remedy.