Varicose veins are common condition that affect millions of men and women worldwide.
What are varicose veins? Wikipedia define varicose veins as veins that have become enlarged and tortuous (twisted), that you can see just under the surface of the skin. The term commonly refers to the veins on the leg, although varicose veins can occur in other parts of the body.
What causes varicose veins? Weak or damaged valves in the veins can cause varicose veins. If the walls of the veins become weak, it may cause weak valves and lose their normal elasticity. They become like an overstretched rubber band. This makes the walls of the veins longer and wider, and it causes the flaps of the valves to separate. When the valve flaps separate, blood can flow backward through the valves. The backflow of blood fills the veins and stretches the walls even more. As a result, the veins get bigger, swell, and often twist as they try to squeeze into their normal space.
Varicose veins treatment
If varicose veins are not causing more serious problems, you don’t need medical treatment or surgery from a qualified doctor. Home treatment is recommended. Following lifestyle changes and home remedies for varicose veins, you can help control the problem and keep it from getting worse.
Here are simple home remedies and lifestyle changes you can make to decrease the discomfort that varicose veins can cause, help prevent and slow it’s development:
1. Eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of fish and fresh fruits and vegetables. The diet also has to be low in fat and carbohydrates.
2. Eat as many blackberries and cherries as you can. They help to prevent varicose veins, and if you have them they may ease the symptoms.
3. Include ginger, onions, garlic and pineapple in your diet.
4. Eat foods high in fiber to prevent constipation and keep the bowels clean.
5. As much as possible, avoid sugar, ice cream, fried foods, peanuts, junk foods, cheeses, tobacco, salt, alcohol, animal protein, and processed and refined foods.
6. To ease pain and stimulate circulation, fill a tub with cold water and simulate waking.
7. Avoid scratching the itchy skin above varicose veins. This can cause ulceration and bleeding.
8. After bathing apply Castor oil over the varicose veins affected and massage into your legs from the the feet.
9. Exercise even a simple walking to encourage blood circulation in your legs.
10. Watch your weight, and your diet to avoid unnecessary pressure off your veins and prevent swelling from water retention. Eating a balanced diet and keeping your weight down can help
ease the pain of varicose veins.
11. Watch what you wear such as high heels, tight clothes around your waist, legs or groin.
12. Elevate your legs such as lying down with legs resting on three or four pillows. Putting your feet up is good, but elevating them above the level of your heart, at least once a day, is even better.
13. Avoid long period of sitting or standing to encourage blood flow.
14. Dont’ sit with your legs crossed to avoid slowing down blood circulation to and from your lower legs.