Varicose veins are a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. They are swollen, twisted, and enlarged veins that usually occur in the legs and feet. Varicose veins are more common in women than in men, and they tend to become more prevalent with age.
The signs and symptoms of varicose veins vary from person to person, but they often include pain, swelling, itching, and a feeling of heaviness in the legs. Other symptoms may include darkening or discoloration of the skin around the affected area, as well as the appearance of bulging or rope-like veins that can be seen beneath the skin's surface.
There are several causes of varicose veins, including genetics, pregnancy, obesity, prolonged standing or sitting, and age. People who have a family history of varicose veins are more likely to develop the condition, as are those who are overweight or obese. Pregnancy can also increase the risk of varicose veins due to the increased pressure on the veins in the pelvic region. Additionally, people who spend long periods of time sitting or standing, such as office workers or retail employees, may be at a higher risk of developing varicose veins.
Smaller varicose veins are more common, especially in runners. These are known as ‘spider veins’ because of their appearance. This type of varicose vein may be treatable with natural remedies.
Common Causes of Varicose Veins
Pounding on the legs from running (after many years)
Excessive standing or sitting both put pressure on the leg veins
How To Take Care of Varicose Veins
Natural treatment for varicose veins works by strengthening the veins and reducing fluid leakage through the vessel walls. There are several herbs that have a ‘toning’ effect on the vessels, preventing them from leaking while other nutrients strengthen the vessel wall, preventing them from worsening over time. This can also reduce pain as well.
The botanical medicines Horse Chestnut, Butcher’s Broom and Gotu Kola are used in combination - each of these has a long historical use for varicose veins and work to tighten and prevent them from leaking and expanding. Here's a good combination of those herbs.
Vitamin C with Flavonoids provides both vitamin C for strengthening collagen (which the vessels are made from) and flavonoids, plant chemicals that improve blood vessel tone.
Omega-3 fatty acids can provide structural support and overall health to the cardiovascular system including damaged varicose veins. Omega-3's can also help reduce congestion in the veings, thereby lessening their severity over time.
Curcumin is an important (and powerful) natural anti-inflammatory. There is some evidence that curcumin can minimize inflammation in the cardiovascular system and also lessen the pain associated with varicose veins.
Greens First is packed with plant phytochemicals and antioxidants that promote blood vessel health.
Exercise can help improve circulation and reduce the pressure on the veins.
Weight loss can reduce the strain on the veins in the legs.
Lastly, wearing compression stockings or elevating the legs can help reduce swelling and improve circulation.
Reducing the discomfort associated with varicose veins can take some time; these approaches are meant to strengthen the walls of the blood vessels so it will take a bit before notable changes occur.