Varicose veins appear when the veins of a person are swollen and enlarged. Sometimes it also causes pain and discomfort. There are a range of home remedies that help in fading the appearance and pain of varicose veins. Surely, there are medical remedies as well, but if you are willing to try some of the home remedies for varicose vein treatment, this article is for you.
Exercising on a regular basis increases the flow of blood into your legs that help in pushing along the blood that has been accumulated in the veins. Exercising also helps in bringing down the blood pressure, where high blood pressure can also cause varicose veins. You can try some of the low impact exercises to get the calf muscles active with no extra strain. Effective low impact exercises are swimming, walking, cycling, and yoga.
- Compression stockings
These stockings can be bought easily from most of the pharmacies and is helpful in applying pressure to the legs. This helps your muscles and veins to move the blood flow to your heart. A study claims that if you are using knee high compression stocking with a pressure ranging 18 to 21 mmHg for a week, it fades away the pain and the aching related to the varicose veins. You can buy them from any pharmacy store or online.
- Plant extracts
A study claims that using horse chestnut extract helps in reducing the pain in the leg, heaviness and itching in people who are suffering from chronic venous insufficiency which is a leading cause of varicose veins. It can be easily bought from health stores or online. You can also use sea pine extract and Butcher’s broom extract to reduce the leg swelling or edema that is related to varicose veins. The latter can be bought from health stores and online. Plant extracts and essential oils must always be diluted in carrier oils before you can apply them topically or used in a diffuser for aromatherapy purposes.
- Dietary changes
Foods rich in sodium can cause body to retain water so if you cut down on sodium consumption, it minimizes water retention as well. Foods rich in potassium like almonds, pistachio, nuts, lentils, white beans, leafy veggies, fish like salmon and tuna are helpful in reducing the water retention. Foods rich in fiber like nuts, seeds, legumes, oats, wheat, flaxseed whole grain are helpful in keeping the bowels active and keep constipation at bay. If you are overweight, then varicose veins are a common occurrence, hence you need to lose some weight to get rid of those varicose veins.