Do you also see bluish green, spidery, unsightly veins under your leg folding??? Varicose veins are a vascular disorder mostly seen in overweight or pregenent women than men and are definitely a cosmetic concern for many.
Standing jobs are the main culprits behind varicose veins. Parlour jobs, marketing executives, security guards, teachers and such are mostly affected.
Varicose from the roots
To understand varicose from the roots lets know few basics on arteries and veins. Arteries are the one that pumps blood from heart to all other parts of the body including limbs. Alternatively, veins help in pumping back the blood (impure or oxygen less) from lower parts to the heart.
When you walk or stand the healthy veins pump blood in the reverse direction that is upwards against gravity.
Varicose veins may fail to do this process. The increased blood pressure makes veins lose elasticity and become enlarged and twisted or even break the veins over time. Veins need support from the surrounding muscles to push that blood back to heart against gravity. More the pressure your veins go through more the vein expands causing the blood clogged in the superficial veins of the legs.
Be it superficial that lie close to the skin or deep veins that lie within the muscles of the lower limbs especially in the groin and behind the knee.
Why varicose affects only legs?
We all know arteries supply oxygen-rich blood from heart to other cells of the body and veins supply oxygen-less blood from body’s cell to heart. It is because legs especially calf, being the lower part of the body and has less muscular support than the deep veins get swollen and lose resulting varicose veins.
People with this medical condition thus get to experience:
- Pain in limbs
- Itchy skin
- Discoloration of veins to dark bluish green
Blood is what you eat. The more the digestion issues the more toxins your gut releases into the blood stream. The more the blood is loaded with impurities – the more it settles down in your limbs. The accumulation of this impure, toxic and thick blood in the veins behind the knee can even lead to ulcers due to the impurities blood carry.
What you eat is what you are…
We all know Veins carry bad blood that is less-oxygen or impure blood from body to the heart. Constipation or other digestive issues can directly lead to overflow of toxins in the blood and thus contributing to enlarge the varicose vein condition. Make sure you have healthy food to keep your gut in balance.
Here are some of the most common reasons behind varicose veins:
- Poor blood circulation
- Prolonged standing periods
- Hormonal imbalance
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Chronic constipation
- Excessive physical activity
Varicose veins can lead to many long-term health complications out of irregular blood supply to heart as veins carry blood from legs to heart.
People suffering from cardiovascular disease can develop high blood pressure from this medical condition as extra load is put on heart to pull the pooled blood out of the veins as the veins are flattened when standing or walking.
Home remedies to treat varicose veins include
Extreme varicose veins can even lead to blood clots in any part of the vein and the clot may even penetrate in to heart, brain and lungs within the network of vein blood flow leading to further complications. So, here with this article I would like to unfold and share few effective ways to treat varicose veins from the bottom.
Yoga is for everything and anything. The low impact postures are the best that a varicose vein patients needs to stimulate the blood flows in the lower limbs every day. Yoga aids in restoring the damaged veins back to proper form with great ease. Suryanamskaras and others listed below works best for people suffering from varicose veins. Make sure you remain in these postures for five breaths.
- Ardhapawan – Muktasana
- Urdhvamukh – Paschimottanasana
- Viparita Karani
- Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand)
- Corpse Pose
Exercise regularly but not strenuously. Don’t put pressure on your veins to keep leg muscles toned and blood circulating.
Oil massages is the best solution to almost any common medical condition and as varicose veins are the problem involving veins and poor blood circulation – oil massage is one best effective treatment to treat varicose veins.
Sesame oil works well in building up elasticity back in to your veins and helps clear blocked veins to enable defined blood flow.
Alternatively, you can use cold or warm compress to treat the problem. All you need is warm water in a bowl and add 5 to 8 drops of any essential oil of your choice and a teaspoon full of carrier sesame / olive/almond/coconut oil. Soak the cloth into the oil mixed warm water to compress over the affected varicose area for 15 minutes.
Adding garlic pods to the warm oil and application of this mixture also helps in easing the pain.
Wrapping around a cloth or bandage around the varicose veins help support the muscle tissues and the veins and relives you from instant pain, numbness or fatigue. There are numerous varicose vein socks available online and in medical stores
It helps!!! Brisk walking helps develop blood circulation and muscle pressure to push the blood forward.
Do not over do. 15 min walk is just enough.
Rest the limbs upward
Try putting your legs parallel to the gravity. A pillow underneath your feet while sleeping or elevate your legs while sitting or resting for prolonged periods to let gravity drain stacked blood from veins in the legs.
Bioflavonoids – new veins
The pigments found in bright colored fruits and flowers are the FLAVNOIDS.
Taking foods rich in falvonoids helps improve blood circulation, relax blood vessels, prevent formation of cots and reduce inflammation thus improving the overall strength and integrity of vascular system and thus varicose veins.
- Citrus fruits
- Black currants
- Dark chocolate
- Bell peppers
- Green tea and black tea
From the kitchen for varicose veins
Cayenne pepper is a miracle herb rich in vitamin C and bioflavnoids increases blood circulation and helps clean clogged veins. Add Cayenne Pepper to your curries and soups in moderation.
Ginger and garlic
Ginger and garlic are wonder herbs to treat almost any vascular related diseases to reduce inflammation and kill toxins from the blood vessels. Adding ginger+ garlic paste to foods help or take 1 garlic pod mashed + 1 teaspoon honey on empty stomach.
Onion helps in the proper distribution of protein to the lower limbs and thus directly treating the varicose vein issue.
Carrot + spinach juice
Drink carrot mixed with spinach juice to keep digestive issues away and help varicose veins fade away soon.
Simple tips to treat varicose veins
- Avoid sitting crossed leg while sitting as it cuts off the blood flow in the limbs and complicates the situation
- Say no to high heels
- Quit smoking as it directly contributes to rise in blood pressure and exaggerate varicose veins condition.
- Do not use plastic stockings or bandages at nights or for longer periods. They are used to support your veins to pump blood. Do not over do the use
- Your diet should be low in fat, sugar and salt
- Drink plenty of water
- High fiber diets
- Protein rich diet
- Bring weight under control
- Have an alternating hot and cold shower baths daily
Hope your varicose veins fade away soon!!! Share and spread the love!!