Did you know that there are alternative options for treating varicose veins ? Varices are dilations of the blood vessels that obstruct the normal flow of blood to the lower parts of the body and, consequently, the return of blood to the heart. It is a physical problem, but an aesthetic one, which causes people who suffer from it to look for different ways to treat them.
Before going into the merits of these alternatives to treat varicose veins , we will review what are the causes and many other aspects.
What are the causes of varicose veins?
According to Dr. James Douketis, ” the exact cause of varicose veins is not yet known, however the main problem is probably related to the weakness of the superficial vein walls (located under the skin), which can be hereditary.”
In popular circles, it is often stated that the origin of varicose veins is linked to poor blood circulation. However, varicose veins, directly or indirectly, can also be caused by other factors, such as:
- Sedentary lifestyle.
- High cholesterol.
- Genetic factors.
Another important factor to take into account is the lack of attention paid to cardiovascular health. For this reason, it is advisable to undergo a check-up once a year, even more so if there is a family history or if you have already suffered from some cardiovascular disease.
How to treat varicose veins?
For varicose veins, there is not only medical treatment. In general, the recommendations focus on adopting regular physical activity, good hydration and nutrition, and other healthy lifestyle habits.
On the other hand, the doctor may suggest that the patient wear graduated compression stockings or take a supplement with diuretic properties to relieve discomfort.
In addition, surgery can be used, although it is only indicated for the most severe cases.
As you can see, although varicose vein treatment is possible through some simple practices, the best thing to do is to prevent them by following healthy lifestyle habits.
Prevent varicose veins
The first rule of taking care of leg health is to adopt healthy habits and a balanced lifestyle. Such habits include:
- Stay well hydrated.
- Practice regular physical activity.
- Eating healthily.
- Avoid standing or sitting for too long.
In addition to these habits, you can also:
- Wear comfortable shoes every day.
- Avoid wearing clothes that are too tight.
- Do stretches every two hours (especially if you work at a desk).
- Raise the legs to promote blood return to the heart.
- Optionally, massage the legs and feet with essential oil for 15-20 minutes a day.
- Alternate the shower temperature. In this way the blood circulation is stimulated. When you use hot water, it should not exceed 38ºC.
Natural alternatives to combat varicose veins
There are several vasoprotective and venotonic drugs, but to improve the state of varicose veins it is also possible to resort to natural alternatives. Their effectiveness depends above all on the constancy of use. Either way, ask your doctor for advice on which option is best for your needs.
Alternative medicine offers some food supplements, which would help prevent and relieve the most common ailments – swelling, heaviness, water retention – and stimulate blood circulation.
- Aloe vera
- Sea salt
- Indian chestnut
Why are these alternatives beneficial for treating varicose veins?
Among the natural alternatives for the treatment of varicose veins, we find the famous aloe vera. This is the plant that brings the most benefits from an aesthetic point of view. Applying cold aloe gel directly to the legs helps reactivate circulation.
On the other hand, mint, laurel and eucalyptus are plants with a cooling effect, very useful for treating varicose veins. You can use them in the form of a tonic or body lotion to apply directly to the legs. A little baking soda can be added to the tonic.
Both the leaves and the petals of the marigold can be used to prepare a cream against varicose veins. You can apply it before going to bed, so it can work overnight. The stem of the plant can also be used to prepare a refreshing tonic.
Finally, water and sea salt baths are very relaxing, which greatly helps blood circulation. You can add a little apple cider vinegar to bath water to enhance its benefits.
One of the advantages of these natural remedies is that they are easy to find and prepare. However, we must remember that they should not be considered as an exclusive treatment against varicose veins but only as a complement. It is best to use them as a treatment to accompany the advice of the attending physician.