Varicose veins affect an estimated forty million Americans. Telltale signs of this health problem are dark blue, or purple, bulges in the lower legs. These bulges are veins that are distended. Varicose veins can cause pain and soreness in your legs, tiredness, sores, and night cramps in the affected areas. Homemade remedies for varicose veins can’t get rid of this medical problem, but they can drastically reduce the severity of the symptoms.
There are many causes of varicose veins, but the most common causes are heredity, obesity, lack of exercise, and smoking. There are also four common ways a healthcare professional can get rid of your varicose veins. Your doctor can recommend laser surgery, a chemical treatment called Sclerotherapy, vein stripping, or a process known as Ablation.
For the most part, though, you’ll have to deal with the uncomfortable symptoms of varicose veins. To do this there are homemade remedies that work well to reduce the swelling, soreness, pain, and night cramps that varicose veins cause.
Since varicose veins can also be caused by constipation, health experts recommend that you first change your diet. Adding at least thirty grams of fiber to your diet each day will help alleviate the stress that constipation puts on your inflamed veins. High fiber foods include whole-grains, fresh fruits, dried raisins or apricots, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage. Foods you shouldn’t eat include sugar, fatty and fried foods, processed foods, cheese and ice cream.
Another effective homemade remedy for varicose veins is to take a multi-vitamin that’s high in Vitamins A, B Complex, C, and E. Vitamin A is helpful in healing sores caused by varicose veins. Vitamin B Complex helps strengthen blood vessels. Vitamin C aids in the strengthening of vein walls. And Vitamin E helps improve the blood circulation throughout your body. Vitamin E oil, when applied directly to sores on your legs caused by varicose veins, is known to help the healing process.
Witch Hazel is an astringent that’s produced from the Hamamelis shrubs. Applying Witch Hazel to the affected areas of varicose veins can help reduce the swelling and reduce the pain.
Drinking a tea made with Cayenne Pepper and water three times a day will also stop the pain and discomfort this health problem causes. The Cayenne Pepper will increase the circulation in your legs, allowing the blood to flow easier.
You can also mix up and drink an herbal tea that’s made up of three parts of Hawthorn Berries, one part of Ginger, two parts of Yarrow, and three parts of Horsechestnut. The Hawthorn Berries, for example, will help strengthen your blood vessels and promote better circulation.
Another homemade remedy for varicose veins is to drink plenty of fresh fruit juices. Cherries, Blackberries and Blueberries all contain natural chemicals that help make your veins stronger. Pineapple is also a beneficial juice for people who suffer from varicose veins. It contains the Bromelain enzyme. Bromelain helps to prevent blood clots from forming in your legs.
And finally, another homemade remedy for varicose veins is to massage your legs on a daily basis. Don’t try to massage the affected veins. Gently rub the unaffected areas of your legs instead. Just five-minute daily massages will help the blood flow easier throughout the veins in your legs.