About 60 percent of people have varicose veins; they are more common in women. While varicose veins may sometimes cause symptoms such as pain and swelling, they are primarily a cosmetic concern for most.
The blue, gnarled appearance results from blood not being properly pumped back up towards the heart, and pooling in one spot.
If you are interested in natural strategies that may reduce the formation of new varicose veins, treat any symptoms you have, or improve the appearance of existing varicose veins, there are several that may be worth a shot. It is important to remember, however, that like conventional treatments, not every strategy will work for every person; it can also take awhile to see results, so be patient before giving up on a particular treatment.
Get Plenty of Exercise
Exercise is a key component of keeping veins strong and healthy. You want a mix of aerobic and strength training for optimal support of the muscles and the supporting venous structure. Exercise also benefits varicose veins indirectly by helping you maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight is a primary risk factor for this condition.
Herbs and Nutritional Supplements
Several herbal supplements have a long history of use for treating varicose veins.
Grape seed extract is a common treatment in France for varicose veins. It is rich in a particular type of antioxidant that appears to play a role in vein health by promoting elasticity and reducing fluid leakage that contributes to leg swelling.
Horse chestnut seed extract is a popular treatment for varicose veins in Europe, and is one of the more extensively studied supplements for treating this condition. It is used both topically and orally. Research has found a particular compound called escin contributes to vein health by supporting normal functioning of the vessel walls.
Other treatments commonly used include butcher’s broom, rutin, gotu kola and pine bark extract.
If you use natural supplements, it is important you educate yourself about them before proceeding. Remember natural does not always translate to safe, and using certain supplements may be inappropriate if you have a particular health condition or are taking a specific type of medication. Like drugs, herbs and other natural substances can cause negative reactions.
You may need to take a supplement for up two months or longer before seeing optimal results so give it at least this long to determine whether one is working for you.
There are many homeopathic treatments that may aid you in getting rid of varicose veins and reducing symptoms. Homeopathy is a highly individualized system of medicine in which the best treatment is highly dependent on many individual factors, meaning the best course of action can be very different among people with the same condition.
So, make sure you read up a bit on it before trying treatments. Here are just a few of the more common treatments employed for varicose veins:
- Arnica montana is good for people whose varicose veins are painful when touched, feel better when lying down and worse when moving, and whose legs looked bruised.
- Calcarea carbonica is good for people who are easily fatigued and have poor circulation, crave sweets, are overweight and feel anxious when overworked.
- Hamamelis is a good treatment for people whose veins feel tender, experiencing stinging in the legs, and may also suffer from bleeding hemorrhoids.
- Pulsatilla is a good treatment for people whose symptoms improve with cold and worsen with heat and have swollen veins that feel warm and heavy in the evening.
Compresses can be very effective for easing discomfort and reducing the appearance of swelling. One of the most popular for varicose veins is a mixture of witch hazel and yarrow.
These are just a few of the natural treatments that may benefit your varicose veins. It is important to note it may take a bit of trial and error before finding the treatments that work most effectively for you. If you are willing to be patient with the process, you will likely find an effective regimen.