Varicose veins are unsightly enlarged veins generally found on the legs from ankles to the groin, on the inner parts of the legs or the back of the calves. There are usually no symptoms or pain unless the varicosity of the vein becomes severe. Moderate to sever varicose veins include redness, itching and swelling. It is worse as the day goes on. There can be associated pain. Legs may also feel heavy.
Varicose veins result from weak valves in the legs and blood pools distorting the vein, circulation is not complete and vein walls may be lacking strength. Varicose veins may be from inherited connective tissue weakness, from sitting or standing too long, crossing the legs too much, or poor circulatory health. Pregnancy may be contributing factor for women. If left untreated, varicose veins may lead to more serious problems of phlebitis, blood clots, or leg ulcers.
Causes of varicose veins also include a poor diet (junk or processed foods), physical inactivity, standing too much on a job; smoking or certain medications can make the blood stick or the vein valves weak.
Medical treatments range from steroid crèmes to pressure socks to surgery or laser treatments. There are always side effects and vein re-growth problems.
Seek prevention by looking at how you spend the majority of your time. Make sure you are not sitting or standing too long at one time. At night, elevate your legs. Set up a moderate exercise program. It is important to eat a high-fiber diet, avoiding constipation. Tobacco, alcohol, and coffee should be eliminated.
It is also valuable to treat these things naturally to prevent further problems such as inflammation of the veins, embolism (clots), and leg ulcers to mention a few. Using natural means may help the body to aid itself in healing for long-term vein health.
Nutrition for Varicose Veins
Valuable supplements can strengthen the connective tissue of the veins. Use these natural supplements for varicose veins:
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids helps to strengthen veins.
Grape seed extract helps strengthen the veins.
Bilberry extract promotes circulation and provide vein integrity.
Natural Healing Protocol: Combining supplements will do more to support your body’s ability to function properly than using just one. Use the following remedies for best results — your ability to heal will depend on the severity and length of time your symptoms have been present.
Herbs for Varicose Veins
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Use a combination of the following herbs in capsule or powder for maximum benefit, and adjust as your condition improves. Therapeutic dose is equal to one capsule of each herb 3 times a day or 1 liquid dropper full of an herbal tincture 3 times a day.
Gotu kola helps peripheral circulation and better memory and concentration.
Gingko biloba extract promotes circulation and vein integrity; memory and concentration also.
Butcher’s broom used long-term strengthens veins. Also works for hemorrhoids.
Cell Salts to Help with Varicose Veins
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#1 Calc fluor 6X– connective tissue weakness, leg ulcers, swelling and hardness
#3 Calc sulph 6X – weakness of legs, leg tender to touch, feet slightly swollen and tender
#4 Ferr phos 6X – inflammation in general, swelling with or without fever
Varicose Vein Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Aesculus – venous stasis, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, phlebitis.
Apis mellifica – venous stasis with swelling; burning and stinging; better from cold.
Arnica – when the varicose veins are from trauma; sensitive; pain worse from movement; tendency to bruising.
Arnica – varicose veins from injuries or when legs feel heavy, sensitive to the touch and have muscle pains or cramps.
Asafoetida – with leg cramps, convulsive tremors and pain in tibia worse at night.
Calcarea carb – trembling weakness; cramps in calves; obesity; weakness of ankles; sour sweat.
Carbo veg – varicose veins, venous stasis; indigestion and bloating; blueness of tissues.
Ferrum met – menstrual problem related varicose veins; swollen; history of anemia; heart problems; everything better from walking around slowly.
Formica rufa – venous stasis; weakness; symptoms come on suddenly and with restlessness and burning pains.
Hamamelis virg – varicose veins, venous stasis, hemorrhoids; legs feel heavy, painful, especially from standing. Very painful.
Lachesis – limbs feel hot; desires fresh air; often on left leg and more with women; woman feels better when menstruation starts; sensitive to touch; passionate person.
Lycopodium – veins feel worse 4 – 8 pm; right-sided usually; numbness, drawing pains, leg goes to sleep; can’t lie on painful side; one foot hot, other cold; feet numb
Pulsatilla – venous stasis, varicose veins; changeable symptoms; varicose veins on legs and arms; limbs feel heavy and cold; symptoms feel worse from warmth.
Zincum met – muscle cramping; nervous disorders; restless feet and legs; weakness, trembling; twitching of muscles; large varicose veins.
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Copyright 2015 by David R. Card