Veins are thin-walled vessels that carry impure blood back to the heart. Veins act as one-way valve that prevents the impure blood from flowing backwards. When these valves become weak, the blood flows back to the veins and results in congestion due to blood clots. With the congestion the veins become enlarged and this condition is known as varicose veins. The word varicose is derived from the Latin word varix, which means twisted. Varicose veins can occur in any part of the body but the most affected part is legs.
Causes of Varicose Veins
A varicose condition of the veins results from sluggish circulation due to various factors such as constipation, dietetic errors, lack of exercise, and smoking. Standing for long periods and wearing tight clothing can also lead to sluggish circulation.
Pregnancy may cause varicose veins due to increased pressure in the pelvis and abdomen, which slows down the flow of blood from the lower extremities to the heart. Women usually suffer from this condition in the early years of childbearing.
Obesity can also cause varicose veins.
Symptoms and Signs of Varicose Veins
Although there are some people who never experience any pain or discomfort before the appearance of varicose veins. For most people there will be signs before varicose veins appear. Some of these signs are itching around a vein or an achy or heavy feeling in your legs can also signal the sign of up coming varicose veins. Long periods of sitting or standing will usually make your legs feel worse. If you see the appearance of skin ulcers near, around or on your ankles might represent a sever form of vascular disease and will require immediate medical attention.
Risk Factors for Varicose Veins
There are several risk factors for varicose veins. Aging can cause wear on the veins over time and cause the valves in the veins to malfunction. Genetics can also be a risk factor. If you have members that have or had varicose veins there is a better chance that you too will end up with varicose veins. An over weight person forces their legs to carry a larger amount of weight, which causes more pressure on their legs and causes varicose veins. Being in the same position for long periods of time can cause varicose veins, since blood does not flow well when the body is in the same position for long periods of time. Lastly women are more at risk for varicose veins than men. Hormone changes in women during pregnancy, menstruation and menopause causes a vein walls to relax. Taking birth control pills or hormone supplements can also cause varicose veins since they cause a change in the normal hormone levels in the body.
Home Remedies for Varicose Veins
Vitamin E and C are essential for the treatment of varicose vein. For this, take 3,000 mg of vitamin C and 600 to 1,200 mg of vitamin E daily.
Staying on an all-fruit diet, for two to three days, is an easy solution for varicose veins. Thereafter, have a balanced diet that includes grains, seeds, nuts, raw vegetables and fresh fruits.
Warm water enema is a good home remedy to cure varicose veins, as it helps cleanse the bowels.
Applying apple cider vinegar to the varicose veins two times a day i.e. in the morning and evening would prove helpful in treating the problem. This would make the vein shrink back to their original size.
Taking hot Epsom salt bath, two times in a week, will prove effective in treating varicose veins.
Another useful home remedy would be to massage the affected area with rosemary oil.
Take some fuller's earth powder and add some water to it, until it forms a paste. Apply this mudpack on the affected area at night and leave it on till the morning. Then, rinse off with water.
In 4 ounces of carrier oil (almond oil), add 12 drops each of cypress and rosemary essential oils. Apply this mixture on the legs, by gently stroking them in an upward motion. This is an effective way to treat varicose veins.
Applying vitamin E oil or witch hazel tea to the affected area serves as a good home remedy for varicose veins.
Take hot and cold hip bath, alternately. This would prove to be beneficial in curing varicose veins.
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