Alternative remedies for varicose veins

Do you suffer with unsightly swollen, blue, red, or flesh-colored veins, especially on your legs and thighs? If so, you could be suffering with varicose veins or spider veins. Varicose veins are also sometimes accompanied by symptoms of painful aching legs and swelling. If you suffer with varicose veins then you are not alone, according to womenshealth.gov, about 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem.  Varicose veins affect half of people 50 years and older.

Whatsmyalternative.com takes a look at some contributing factors and alternative treatments to help deal with varicose veins.

Varicose veins can become more visible because of the breakdown of collagen, the most abundant protein in the body; collagen forms connective fibres in tissues such as skin and capillaries.  Collagen helps to keep capillaries away from the surface of the skin.  If collagen breaks down or becomes weakened, then the blood being transported becomes visible, and this results in veins the surface of the skin and becoming visible.

Supplementation

Taking a good quality collagen protecting supplement will help to protect further breakdown of collagen in the skin. whatsmyalternative.com like UK based Nature’s Best’s Colladeen®, which includes pure natural plant compounds called anthocyanidins that help to protect collagen.

It is important that you improve blood circulation to strengthen the walls of capillaries and veins.  Regular cardiovascular exercise is important part of this, as is ensuring your diet is rich in Vitamins C, E and also the addition of flavanoids will help, supplementation is recommended should your diet not include adequate daily levels.

Grape seed extract helps to treat underlying blood vessel disorders which may be contributing to your condition.  Grape seed works by strengthening the fragile or weak capillaries, increasing blood flow to the extremities.

If you need help to control inflammation and swelling caused by varicose veins, Horse chestnut or Butcher’s Broom supplements can help.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center website, several small studies suggest Gotu kola may help reduce swelling and improve circulation and in a study of 94 people with venous insufficiency, those who took Gotu kola saw their symptoms improve compared to those who took placebo. Another study noted that in people with varicose veins, ultrasound tests showed improvements in the vascular tone of those who took gotu kola.  Bilberry works together with Gotu Kola and is often available as a combined supplement.

Homeopathic remedies

Homeopathy can also provide benefit for varicose veins.  View this article for more information and consult a qualified Homeopath for advice.

Ayurvedic remedies

Veinish is an Ayurvedic preparation that has been used for more than 250 years and time tested by Chavarcode Ayurvedic physicians. Used for generations, this natural herbal formula is made without any added chemicals or preservatives and helps with spider and varicose veins. Visit Gurus Garden to find out more.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help to treat varicose veins. Acupuncture re-distributes abnormal blood and energy flow and corrects poor circulating conditions. The insertion of acupuncture needles forces the stagnant blood to move in the blocked veins and surrounding blood vessels.

*Important reminder: if you have a medical condition, please consult your doctor or primary care provider before taking supplements or starting a course of alternative health treatment.*

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