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Home Remedies for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are veins in the lower legs that are distended, widened, and in some cases, twisted.
The veins most commonly affected by this problem are the ones just under the skin, called superficial veins. Symptoms of varicose veins are aching legs, muscle cramps and a feeling of heaviness in the legs.
The primary cause of varicose veins is a breakdown of the valve system in the veins. Age and extra weight, especially in the hips and waist regions, are some of the contributing factors for varicose veins.
Any activity that may add strain to the circulatory system or constrict the flow of blood may be a contributing factor. Prolonged standing or sitting, lifting heavy weights, long-distance running, lack of exercise and obesity are some of the factors to be considered. Aging, pregnancy, hormonal changes, and dietary deficiencies are also contributing factors.
Varicose Veins Remedy
There are many things that can be done to help reduce the symptoms of varicose veins, a few are:
- Avoid standing for long periods of time. This will reduce pressure on the valves in the veins in your legs. If you are pregnant of if your occupation puts a lot of stress on your legs, wear support stockings.
- While standing, get on your tiptoes by lifting your heels off the floor. Do this twenty times, relax for a few minutes, and then repeat. This exercise will strengthen your calf muscles and promote circulation.
- Heat dilates blood vessels so the veins are more visible after hot showers or baths. Try cool, quick showers instead of hot soaks. Cold compresses can also temporarily hide veins.
- Elevating your feet whenever possible will reduce the pressure in your legs. Use a recliner or ottoman when reading or watching TV, or if you read in bed, elevate your feet with cushions or pillows.
- Weight may also be a problem. Exercise and dietary changes to lose weight will be very beneficial to relieving varicose veins.
- Rubbing your legs with some sort of soothing lotion such as St John's wort oil, lanolin, or massage oil will relax the leg muscles and improve circulation. Gently massaging with an upward motion with your palms or fingertips and occasionally squeezing your legs will help force blood out of the veins in your legs and back to the heart.
Supplements for Varicose Veins
As with so many diseases, there are underlying nutritional problems, that, if corrected, may well alleviate or eliminate the disease. A few supplements that can help with varicose veins are:
- Vitamin A taking 25,000 IU, for skin integrity and to promote ulcer healing.
- B-complex to help maintain strong blood vessels.
- Beta-carotene This antioxidant is a healing nutrient.
- Bromelain This nutrient aids in activating a factor that promotes the breakdown of fibrin and help prevent blood clots.
- Vitamin C and bioflavonoids to aid circulation, promote healing of sores, and strengthen vein walls.
- Calcium A calcium supplement will help stimulate the venous system.
- Lecithin Take one tablespoon of granules (or two capsules) daily to emulsify fats and aid circulation.
- Magnesium To relax the arteries and muscles in the legs.
- Vitamin E Take 300 to 800 IU, in gradually increased doses, to promote and improve circulation. Vitamin E may also relieve calf pain due to narrowing of the arteries.
- Vitamin K cream will help strengthen the capillaries.
- Zinc Take 50 mg. daily, to assist with healing and collagen formation.
Natural Supplements for Varicose Veins - Cardiolin
Cardiolin contains a mixture of clinically evaluated ingredients that lend support to the permeability of blood vessels, as well as the integrity of vein walls.
It addresses the healing process by providing the body with nutrients needed for circulatory support. When used in conjunction with exercise, proper diet, and relaxation techniques, Cardiolin may provide a reduction in the diameter of varicose veins without employing costly surgical procedures.
Certain nutrient deficiencies have been shown to promote the onset of varicose veins in both men and women.
Cardiolin provides nutritional support for your entire circulatory system; lessening the venous pressure of the legs and increasing the integrity of tissues that support veins.
The ingredients in Cardiolin are:
- Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) - Horse chestnut affects both the collagen content and architecture of varicose veins and supports normal function of veins. It appears to relieve symptoms of CVI, which sometimes lead to varicose veins.
- Butcher's Broom (Ruscus aculeatus) - Butcher's broom has venotonic properties that reduce venous capacity and pooling of blood in the legs. It also has a protective effect on capillaries, vascular endothelium, and smooth muscle.
- Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) - Gotu kola has shown in clinical studies of CVI patients to increase the integrity of the tissue that supports veins, decrease lower leg edema and improve lower leg circulation. It appears to affect metabolism of the connective tissue in the vessel wall.
- Grape seed (Vitis vinifera) - Extracts of grape seeds contain proanthocyanidins and procyanadins, which strengthen the connective tissue structure of blood vessels and have antioxidant effects.
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