Varicose veins are torturous and also look very bad, many people suffering with this problem have found home remedies for varicose veins as effective ways to cure the problem. Varicose veins mostly occur in legs due to pressure and gravity, when veins get enlarged, twisted and dark blue in color and create troubling symptoms they are referred as varicose veins. Veins have leaflets valves to prevent blood from flowing backwards when muscles push the leg veins to pump the blood back to heart against gravity. When leaflet valves are unable to prevent blood from flowing backwards it enlarges veins even more. Superficial veins in the legs which return nearly 10% of blood from the legs to heart get most commonly affected due to pressure of blood while standing, walking and running. Home remedies for varicose veins are the best non-surgical methods to cure the problem and also to provide relief from troublesome symptoms of the problem.
Though varicose veins affect a large part of the population but their exact cause are unknown yet. Studies have suggested that heredity, age and gender are factors which increase the chances of varicose veins in a person. This problem have been found to run in the families, it occurs between ages of 30 to 70 and keep getting worse with the growing age and it affects women more commonly than men. Obesity, hormonal disturbances and pregnancy are other common factors which have been noted as initiators of varicose veins. People involved in the job which requires either long sitting hours or standing hours are also prone to suffer with this problem. Home remedies for varicose veins are very effective and easy to use treatments to cure the problem.
Bulging and twisted veins below the skin which are dark blue in color and cause itching are symptoms of varicose veins, however people notice these symptoms when problem has already settled in. Most of the people do not get any prior symptoms or the symptoms are so mild that one can hardly notice. Cramps, pain and heaviness in calf muscles are symptoms of varicose veins though these symptoms can be of various other problems too. Swelling around ankle and in calf muscles are also symptoms of varicose veins, feeling heaviness, tiredness and ache after periods of standing or at the end of the day are also possible symptoms of varicose veins. The symptoms of varicose veins are progressive, these keep on getting worse with the age and worsen with time if left untreated. Home remedies for varicose veins have shown significant improvement in the condition of people suffering with the problem and are safe even for long term use.
Pineapple juice is one of the effective and simplest home remedies for varicose veins. The anti-inflammatory properties of pineapple allow blood flow and keep veins healthy, regular intake of pineapple juice not only prevents the problem but also cure it.
Vegetable juices also work as preventive and curative home remedies for varicose veins. Mix 300 ml of carrot juice with 200 ml of spinach juice and consume this mixture once in a day. This relieves the pressure on the veins and keeps their functioning proper to avoid twisting and enlargement of veins.
Castor oil massages are also beneficial home remedies for varicose veins. Apply warm castor oil on the legs and more on varicose veins, later massage the legs starting from the lower point and stroking upwards. If one finds difficult to self massage in this way take help of other person, regular castor oil massage provides relief from pain, stops progression of the problem and also stops itching and burning of the skin.
For treating severe itching and burning of the skin topical application of apple cider vinegar is one of the popular home remedies for varicose veins. The acidic properties of apple cider vinegar soothes the skin which gets stretched due to twisted and enlarged veins and also helps in curing varicose veins.
Mix 12 drops of cypress and essential oil in four ounces of almond oil. Use this mixture to massage the legs by stroking upwards. Regular massage with this mixture works as one of the effective home remedies for varicose veins. Application of rosemary oil on the affected veins ad later gently massaging the area or entire leg by stroking upwards is also simple and one of the easiest home remedies for varicose veins.
Alternate hot and cold hip bath also improve blood flow and work well for curing the problem of enlarged and twisted veins. Epsom salt tub bath twice in a day regularly for few months also provide long lasting relief from the problem. Topical application of vitamin E oil or witch hazel is also effective and easy treatment of the problem. All of these are trusted home remedies for varicose veins.
Take two cups of calendula flowers, leaves and stem, mix these with equal quantity of melted lard. Heat this mixture and leave it for 24 hours, later reheat the mixture and strain. Apply this on the affected veins, this is one of the most effective home remedies for varicose veins.
Avoid long standing periods or long sitting periods take a break between for few minutes after every one hour. Keep weight under control. Yoga poses are excellent ways to treat the problem, Yoga poses like Shirshasana, Shalabhasana, Padmasana, Vipritkarniasana, Sarvangasana, Gomukhasana and Vajrasana are excellent exercises to cure the problem and also to prevent it from occurring. Deep breathing exercises described in Yoga are very useful for keeping even blood flow to all parts of the body, regular practice of these exercises also helps in keeping weight under control without straining legs. Practicing breathing exercises is very beneficial for people suffering with varicose veins or prone to suffer with problem. Avoid consumption of potatoes, starchy foods, condiments, alcohol, coffee, strong tea, white flour products and white sugar to cure the problem. Include whole grains, lean meat, fresh fruits and steamed green leafy vegetables more in the diet for supporting the body to prevent varicose veins. Avoid sitting in cross leg position, move your ankles in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction while sitting for longer period and lie down and elevate your legs and cycle for few minutes in the evening to avoid varicose veins.