Varicose veins are usually treated by surgery or by getting rid of them them with lasers or the use of harsh chemicals. But these treatments can be avoided. Here are some more excellent home remedies.
4. Dietary Support
Research has indicated that an increase in homo-cysteine levels in the blood can damage the lining of the blood vessels. This can increase the risk of thrombosis and varicose veins. Deficiency of B-complex vitamins, B6, B9, and B12 are known to elevate homo-cysteine levels. Alcohol consumption has a similar effect on the homo-cysteine levels in your body. All vitamins should be supplied to the body through food. Tuna, salmon, shrimp, chicken, turkey, and egg are excellent sources of these B-complex vitamins. Sweet potatoes, potatoes, sunflower seeds, avocados, bananas, broccoli, lentils, and lima beans are also excellent sources. If you include anti-inflammatory foods in your diet, it will help reduce pain and swelling. Inflammatory foods include oily fish, leafy vegetables, beets, tomatoes, nuts and whole grains, ginger and turmeric, garlic and onions, berries and cherries.
5. Increasing Activity
The heart pumps blood into your arteries. Its return to the heart from the legs is helped by the movement of your calf muscles. That is why inactive lifestyles are very bad for varicose veins. When you have this condition, standing and sitting for extended periods has to be avoided. Walking is a great activity since it boosts blood circulation. If you have a desk job, it helps to take frequent breaks. You need to stretch your legs and move around some. Place your legs on a stool at a comfortable height and move your ankles in a circular motion and up and down. This will aid you with your blood circulation. If you have to be on your feet most of the time, try to keep moving. You can shift the weight from one leg to the other. Another exercise to help with circulation is to lift yourself on the balls of the feet. Swimming is also an excellent workout for the legs. This is because the calf muscles can pump the blood towards the heart without having to work against gravity.
There are many home remedies for varicose veins found in the world of plants. Here are herbal remedies for varicose veins.
6. Horse Chestnut
Horse chestnut extract is obtained from the bark, leaves, flower and the seeds of the plant Aesculus hippocastanum. It is one of the most popular herbal remedies for varicose veins. The active ingredient in horse chestnut is Aescin. Aescin is vaso-protective, stopping the enzymes that cause damage to the walls of the blood vessels. Aescin also has an astringent quality that constricts or shrinks body tissues, including the blood vessels. The blood thinning property of horse chestnut extract will increase your circulation. This property will also reduce the formation of clots in your veins. Its anti-inflammatory properties also reduces pain and swelling in the affected area. The bark of the horse chestnut tree can be applied directly to the leg. No part of the plant should be ingested or used for brewing herbal tea. This is because they contain a toxic substance called esculin. Commercially available extracts are extremely safe because they have been processed to eliminate this toxin.
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