Home care for varicose veins
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that mostly appear in the calves and thigh regions where the veins develop debilitated walls that fail to regulate the blood flow. These are mostly seen in people who sit or stand for longer periods of time, pregnancy, constipation and who are overweight.
Now treatments for varicose veins can be managed by using home remedies or care which reinforce the blood vessels and ultimately improves blood circulation.
There various home care remedies are available for varicose veins. Some of them are:
Varicose veins arise when the small valves present inside the veins do not function properly which causes improper blood circulation. A gentle massage over the veins is the simplest home remedy to take care of the veins. Massage not only increases the blood circulation but also smoothens the veins and speeds up the blood flow.
Application of uniform pressure on the legs with the help of designed compression stockings is a tested home remedy. The compression stockings help to compress the veins and reduce their diameter. As a result, the veins function more effectively.
Application of mud packs over varicose veins results in a reduction of vein expansion. Usually, fine clay called ‘Fullers earth’ is often used for mudpacks. After application the clay dries and contracts which cause tightening of the veins which thereby improves the blood flow.
Taking a warm bath
Sitting in warm water for some time can also provide a relaxing effect. The heated water helps to reduce the swelling of the veins and can help to stop the pain.
Having a good diet
Increased homocysteine levels in the blood damage the inner lining of the blood vessels. This causes an increased risk of having varicose veins. Foods that are rich in B6, folate, and Vit B12 are highly beneficial to the people suffering from varicose veins. A healthy diet must include proper amounts of foods like green leafy vegetables, bananas, potatoes chicken, and eggs. Also, intake of anti-inflammatory foods also helps to reduce pain and swelling.
Regular physical activity
A regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep away varicose veins as it improves blood flow and reduces inflammation. Some kind of physical activity is necessary for a continuous blood flow to the veins as constant sitting at one place hampers the circulation. Thus exercise not only helps in preventing varicose veins but also contributes to maintaining healthy weight too.
Apart from home remedies some herbal remedies for varicose veins are: (kindly check reference for these remedies, I’m not too sure of its scientic authenticity, its there on some website like www.naturallivingideas.com/16-home-remedies-varicose-veins-really-work/ )
This herb is extensively used for treating varicose veins and other circulatory diseases. The herb contains an active ingredient called – Aescin which is a vasoprotective agent. This compound inhibits the enzymes that cause damage to the blood vessels. This herb provides relief from the symptoms of pain and swelling
Grape seed extract
The tiny seeds of the grapes are fortified with vitamin E, antioxidant substances (oligomeric proanthocyanin complexes OPCs) flavonoids, and linoleic acid. The OPCs are a set of powerful compounds that possess vasoprotective properties which prevent varicose vein formation and strengthen connective tissues of blood vessels and reduces inflammation.
Apple cider vinegar
A cheapest and effective remedy for varicose veins is the application of apple cider vinegar. It has astringent properties which promote the plasticity of veins and reduce their contraction. This agent can be taken internally as well as externally.
Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
This plant is rich in flavonoids as well as triterpenes which are valuable in treating varicose veins. The triterpenes and flavonoids help to improve the toning of veins which makes them less vulnerable to disintegration.