8 Tips for Natural Varicose Vein Treatment
Swollen and gnarled varicose veins can look and feel unpleasant. Of the 20% of women and 15% of men in the United States with varicose veins, many experience burning and throbbing from this unsightly condition. Varicose veins can also cause muscle cramps and itching. If you suffer from any of these varicose vein symptoms but hesitate to take part in common invasive treatment options, these natural remedies for varicose veins may interest you.
1. Chiropractic: While chiropractors can relieve tension through manipulation of the neck and spine, they can also relieve pressure that may be inhibiting proper blood flow. The position of the pelvic bone can be manipulated to improve blood flow and thereby limit the pressure on varicose veins.
2. Herbal Therapies: A whole sleuth of herbal teas and ointments exist that can decrease inflammation, improve circulation, remove protein build-up, and strengthen veins. Herbs commonly used in teas for treating varicose veins include Dandelion, Witch Hazel, Marigold, Bilberry, Butcher's Broom, and Hawthorn.
3. Massage: For those who aren't as mobile, massage is a good way to push fluid through the lymphatic system and improve peripheral circulation. Most massage therapists will start at the feet and work their way up to the hips. Be careful not to push on varicose veins as this could cause further damage to the already weakened vessels. If performing leg massages on yourself, massage about 5 minutes per leg each day.
4. Acupuncture/Acupressure: this ancient Chinese practice works to restore circulation of Qi (energy) and blood by temporarily inserting tiny needles into key places in the skin. Improved circulation can take pressure off of swollen varicose veins, alleviating the pain and inflammation associated with them.
5. Color Therapy: also called Chromotherapy, color therapy is used to balance energy through emotional reactions to different colored lights. Color therapists suggest the use of red and yellow on the affected areas for 30 minutes every day for 10 to 60 days. Red is considered the color of life, and is said to increase pulse, blood pressure and rate of breathing. Yellow is the color of the sun at the horizon and is used to create a feeling of detachment and liberation.
6. Aromatherapy: Massaging rosemary oil around the affected area (not directly on veins) may stimulate better circulation through the dilation of capillaries, increasing circulation and taking pressure off of swollen varicose veins. Cypress and chamomile oils gently massaged into swollen skin may help reduce the pain caused by inflammation.
7. Yoga: the stretching and breathing exercises used in yoga promote relaxation and blood flow that can ease the stress and pain caused by varicose veins. Several positions in particular (including the Plow, Corpse, and Half Shoulder Stand) are used to drain blood from the legs and sooth varicose veins.
8. Schuessler Tissue Salts: the various minerals in the collection of Schuessler tissue salts are to be held under the tongue until dissolved. Schuessler believed that certain symptoms like inflammation and poor circulation are the result of mineral deficiencies. The salts said to alleviate the pain and swelling of varicose veins include ferrum phosphate, magnesium phosphate, and calcium fluoride.