Treating Varicose Veins Naturally
We all know them when we see them. Varicose veins are the bulging elongated veins usually found in the lower legs. These ugly, often painful veins occur when blood backflows in to them. Factors that may affect your chances of varicose veins are your family history, vein weakness, pregnancy, obesity, and excess fluid in the cavity lining of the abdomen. You may experience feelings of heaviness in the legs after standing or walking for prolonged periods, or in hot weather.
The good news is that there are natural remedies to address the condition of varicose veins. Most conventional treatment usually involves surgery or painful injections; these natural remedies are painless and non-invasive.
- Vitamin C helps maintain the integrity of the blood vessels and research has indicated that those individuals with higher levels of vitamin C have lower incidence of varicose veins.
- Butcher’s Broom Extract alters the levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate, the intercellular signaler that degrades the venous tissue.
- Horse Chestnut Extract, which can be used both internally and externally, inhibits the venous enzymes that degenerate the vein wall. Just 300mg three times per day produces benefits within 12 days!
- Ginkgo Biloba decreases the levels of endothelial cells that detached from the vascular wall causing damage to the veins.
- Gotu kola stimulates wound healing and increases collagen synthesis. Additionally, gotu kola reduces the breakdown of connective tissue in blood vessels and reduces heaviness in the limbs, edema and foot swelling.
- Witch hazel ointment may also help combat varicose veins and should be applied at least three times a day for two or more weeks.