While most people think that varicose veins only affect women, in fact both men and women can experience those bulgy veins that often appear darkish blue or purple. Statistics show that approximately 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men experience some type of vein condition. Also, about half of people over the age of 50 experience varicose veins. Varicose veins are also common among pregnant women.
As we age, veins can lose elasticity and put us at a higher risk for varicose veins. There are many different was to both prevent and treat varicose veins. Here are a few natural remedies that may help if you are experiencing mild cases of varicose veins.
Exercise improves blood flow along with lowering inflammation. Studies show that sitting or standing for extended periods can increase the risk for varicose veins. By exercising, you get blood pumping through your veins; it can also help balance hormones.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Those who are overweight are at a high risk for varicose veins. The extra weight puts higher pressure on the veins and can contribute to inflammation in veins, such as the saphenous vein.
Essential Oils May Help
Some essential oils can improve blood circulation and hormonal balance. One such oil is cypress oil, which has been shown to increase circulation. Rub five drops of this essential oil on the varicose veins two times a day. Within a few weeks, you should see an improvement.
Eating food that can help reverse inflammation and increase a healthy circulatory system can help improve varicose veins, as well as prevent their development. Good anti-inflammatory foods include:
• High-fiber foods
• High-antioxidant foods
• Natural diuretics
• Foods rich in magnesium
When Natural Treatments Aren’t Enough
If you are experience more serious symptoms of varicose veins, you may require medical treatments before they progress to more serious states. At St. Louis Laser Vein Center, we are vein specialists and can examine and diagnose your individual case. We can also provide the best treatment for your individual case. If you find that natural treatments are not helpful or effective, we can offer medical treatments such as Sclerotherapy, laser treatments and radiofrequency ablation. Dr. Thomas Wright and his staff want to ensure that you get the very best treatment for your individual situation, and we invite you to schedule a consultation today!