Natural Treatments for Varicose Veins

Amidst all the research papers about laser probes that zap varicose veins, or the use of ultrasound on clusters of veins, lets not ignore the tried-and-true natural treatments that have been around for years and years.
First, what are we dealing with? Well, we know that veins are actually very thin-walled vessels that carry the spent or impure blood back to the heart to be replenished. Within the veins are tiny valves that help to regulate the flow of the blood. When these veins become enlarged, swollen, thickened, or dilated we say that they have become varicose veins.

Where are They?

While varicose veins can appear just about anywhere on the body, we find them most common on the backs of legs. Leg veins are the largest in the body and they work against gravity to move blood from the lower legs back up to the heart. When the tiny valves within the veins begin to lose their ability to seal properly, we see evidence of varicose veins.

One of the serious dangers inherent in varicose veins is the real possibility of the formation of a blood clot. A blood clot that has formed within a swollen and enlarged vein can eventually and suddenly break away and head for the lungs or heart where it can cause serious mischief.

Symptoms

Then what are we looking for? Youll probably first take notice of varicose veins when you observe a swelling. Often youll begin to experience leg cramps, especially at night, and youll feel a decided tiredness directly behind the knees.

The area on the surface of the affected skin may become pigmented and develop into varicose eczema which causes intense itchiness, or even into varicose ulcers, where the patient has scratched the itchy area unto open sores. In either situation great discomfort may accompany the conditions.

Now that youve found it, how do you treat it? This is the area where we turn towards natural remedies to assist us in getting a handle on this varicose vein condition.

Many naturalists suggest that a juice fast is in order, probably with a duration of four days, or a week of an all-fruit diet. Keep in mind that we are striving to avoid constipation, since it can complicate the condition.

Juicing

Carrot juice in combination with spinach juice has shown itself to be beneficial in the treatment of varicose veins. In fact, most raw vegetable juices appear to be helpful.

Alcoholic beverages, coffee, strong tea and white sugar are not helpful to a varicose vein-fighting diet and should be avoided whenever possible.

Dont forget the importance of vitamins when youre considering an all-natural treatment for varicose veins. Nutrients like vitamins C and E are effective in the treatment of varicose veins, with the vitamin E having the added value of relieving the leg cramps.

Sleeping Well

Lastly, try to sleep with your feet elevated slightly above the level of your heart. This will assist the blood flow away from the ankles. If you follow these all-natural remedies, you can treat your varicose veins using diet and common-sense.

Speak with your doctor before you begin your treatment plan so that he can double-check any interactions with current medications.