The only good news about Varicose veins, is that they can be treated 🙂 They usually result from valves in the veins that don’t function properly causing blood to collect in the veins rather than continue flowing to the heart. When this happens, the veins will appear swollen or raised and have a bluish-purplish color.
Varicose veins are not only unsightly; they can also be painful. They’re also fairly common, affecting approximately 25% of the adult population. The good news is that there is a range of treatment options for this condition from home remedies to modern treatments. Below we take a look at some popular home remedies as well as modern treatments for varicose veins.
- Herbal medicines – Nutritionists often suggest herbal medicines that address blood pressure, swelling and circulatory problems as a treatment for varicose veins too. These medicines include ginkgo biloba, witch’s hazel, sweet clover and others. However, to avoid potential complications, always consult with your physician before taking herbal supplements.
- Exercise – Exercise is highly recommended by doctors because it helps with blood circulation. Improved blood circulation can lessen the symptoms of varicose veins such as swelling, itchiness, and feelings of heaviness.
- Elevation – Elevating the legs also helps improve the blood flow in the legs as well as minimizes swelling.
- Massages – Massages work the same way as exercising in that they can help with blood flow and therefore reduce swelling and other symptoms.
- Apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar as a treatment for varicose veins has been used for generations. It’s applied as a compress to the skin and should be done twice a day.
- Diet – Dietary changes such as limiting your salt intake to avoid retaining water and shedding excess pounds also help take pressure off of your veins, which will reduce swelling and inflammation.
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