Varicose comes from a Latin word which literally means twisted. Varicose veins are twisted enlarged veins that occur under the skin of the legs.
Varicose veins are caused due to number of factors:
1. Hormonal changes in women during menopause or maternity
2. Obesity can increase the pressure on veins in the foot
3. Long hours of staying in a single position increases the pressure on certain veins as well as obstruct blood circulation
4. Excessive constipation
5. Hereditary factors
Varicose veins commonly occur in leg. At times varicose veins do not cause any serious health discomfort, they are more of just ugly bluish veins. However, some people experience swelling, aching, weightiness which may be indicative of heart diseases. If timely treatment is not given then these symptoms may actually lead to serious health issues such as phlebitis, skin ulcers or blood clots.
What are the Natural Cures for Varicose Veins?
The following natural cures work by toning up the veins, which reduces or stops fluid leaks from the vascular walls. However, if the enlarged veins makes you uncomfortable then you must see the doctor first.
1. Horse Chestnut Extract
This is one of the most commonly used herb for treating Varicose veins as well as venous insufficiency. The active component in horse cheatnut is Aescin which obstructs the release of enzymes that causes damage to the capillary tube walls. Several researches have established that this herb is useful in curing the symptoms of Varicose Veins. It may or may not reduce the prominent blue veins. Whole horse chestnut is not to be consumed in its original form. The horse chestnut supplements are more beneficial as they are mixed with other healthy herb after the toxic substances have been separated. This herbal supplement is quite popular in Europe.
2. Grape Seed or Pine Bark
The grape seeds and pine bark extracts are loaded with antioxidants that help in strengthening the conjunctive tissue structure of blood vessels as well as reduce redness. Studies have shown that these antioxidants have helped many people ease vein trouble. While getting your supplements do keep in mind that grape seed extracts are not the same as grapefruit seed extracts.
Some people experience slight digestive problems such as an upset stomach or nausea. People suffering from autoimmune problems, like atrophic arthritis, sclerosis or regional enteritis should consult a doctor before taking grape seeds and pine bark extracts.
3. Butcher’s Broom
Butcher’s Broom is a herbaceous plant from the lily flower. It is also called as knee holly or even box holly. It contains a component called ruscogenins which is known to improve the strength of collagen in the walls of blood vessels and also enhance blood circulation. This helps in tightening of weak, expanded blood vessels such as those common with varicose veins condition.
Few people may experience indigestion or nausea after taking Butcher’s Broom supplement. This herb should not be consumed with any other medication for hypertension.
Reflexology is a type of bodywork that centers mainly on the feet. A brief research observed reflexology with bed-rest in fifty five pregnant ladies. Reflexology was greatly successful in reducing swelling in the leg.
All the above herbs and holistic therapy are extremely beneficial, however, pregnant women lust keep their doctors updated about it. Also, these supplements should not be mixed with any other medicines to avoid any side effects.