Anyone experiencing varicose veins knows they can be painful and embarrassing and most people who have varicose veins would rather that they didn’t. Once they’ve appeared, varicose veins can be hard to get rid of though many people seek natural ways to lessen their appearance and the discomfort associated with such.
There are some natural dietary efforts that can lessen the symptoms of varicose veins as well as certain exercises and movements that may help.
Vitamin C is hugely important to any healthy diet and an increase in vitamin C can help blood vessels function properly while encouraging blood flow. Sufficient fiber intake may also help reduce the symptoms of varicose veins as added pressure on the pelvis and the nearby veins may occur when a lack of fiber causes constipation problems.
Aside from diet, those who are worried about varicose veins may also want to look into the benefits essential oils for soothing irritated veins and the surrounding areas. These oils may be able to reduce swelling and inflammation. Cold compresses can reduce the throbbing often associated with varicose veins in legs that have become fatigued or have been standing too long. Hot and cold baths may also relieve the discomfort of varicose veins on tired, restless legs.
Regular walks are helpful in improving circulation and keeping the legs moving since varicose veins are often exacerbated by long periods of standing or sitting.
Many forms of yoga have been shown to help treat the symptoms of varicose veins, particularly those poses that put the legs upward in an elevated position and reverse the pressure of gravity temporarily.
Varicose veins are largely hereditary so if a family member such as a mother or grandmother had varicose veins or spider veins, chances of development are increased. Obesity, pregnancy, an increase in estrogen, birth control pills, high heeled shoes, and constipation are all contributing factors to the development of varicose veins.
Of course any natural methods sought to alleviate the discomfort of varicose veins is just that; a temporary relief and not a long-term solution or an actual removal of varicose veins. For patients who want to rid themselves of varicose veins for good, medical intervention is necessary with the help of a vein specialist who can rid the affected areas of these damaged veins through surgery or procedures which target the veins and cause them to close.
Seek out the medical advice of a vein specialist to see how medical vein treatment can treat painful varicose veins long-term.