Care for Varicose Veins
By Dr. Rita Louise
Our circulatory system
is made up of a complex web of arteries and veins. Our arteries
carry oxygen rich blood to the cells of our bodies, while the
veins are designed to pump oxygen poor blood back to the heart.
This is accomplished through a series of one-way valves that do
not allow blood to flow backwards into the vein. When someone
suffers from varicose veins, the one-way valves of their veins
do not close adequately, resulting in the inefficient transport
of blood back to the heart. This causes the blood to flow backward
within the vein, creating pressure and causing the vein to become
swollen and distended.
While rather benign,
this health condition affects about 15% of all adults worldwide.
Most people recognize varicose veins because of their knotted,
twisted, swollen and often bluish of these veins. In addition
to any cosmetic concerns they may pose, these veins can cause
discomfort in the form of dull nagging aches and pains, night
cramps, ankle swelling, feelings of burning or leg fatigue after
There are a number
of factors that play a part in the development of varicose veins
including heredity, gender, lifestyle, occupation and age. They
are also known to form during pregnancy due to the dilating effect
progesterone has on the veins. Because they are associated with
lack of circulation, the formation of varicose veins is more common
in people who sit or stand in one position for long periods of
time, habitually sit with their legs crossed and those who lack
Avoid standing for
prolonged periods of time. If this is unavoidable, move your legs
often. Stretching and flexing your ankle will work to pump the
blood out of your legs and get it circulating again.
If you find yourself
sitting for extended periods of time, get up and move around every
35 to 45 minutes.
Take regular walks
to help exercise the muscles of the legs and increase blood flow.
Avoid clothing that
may restrict blood flow.
Keep your weight down.
This can help to reduce pressure on your legs.
To help prevent leg
and ankle swelling, reduce your salt intake.
Elevate your legs whenever
possible especially when sitting.
Topically, witch hazel
can be applied to the legs to ease discomfort.
broom has historically been used when dealing with circulatory
ailments such as varicose veins.
Supplements such as
have been shown to improve circulation.
Try the herbal combination
which is made up of six nutrients, including horse chestnut and
butcher's broom, that work together to fortify and nourish the
overall health of veins.
Topically you can try
which contains horse chestnut, butcher’s broom, aloe vera
and yellow sweet clover. Combined they can help to improve the
appearance of varicose veins while hydrating the skin.
Q10 also improved tissue oxygenation and increases circulation.
C with bioflavonoids and rutin can help this condition by
reducing blood clotting tendencies, promoting healing and helping
to strengthen the blood vessels.
oak bark can be used to help reduce inflammation of the veins
as well as to tighten tissues and strengthen blood vessels.
Essential fatty acids
such as omega
3 or flax
seed oil can help to reduce the pain and inflammation associated
with varicose veins.
Dr. Rita Louise, Ph.D. is a Naturopathic Physician
and a 20-year veteran in the Human Potential Field, but it is
her unique gift as a medical intuitive that illuminates and enlivens
her work. A graduate of the Berkeley Psychic Institute and author
of the book “The Power Within: A Psychic Healing Primer,
Dr. Louise is a naturopathic physician, medical intuitive, mind/body
healer, herbalist and spiritual counselor. To schedule a session
with Dr. Louise, contact her at (972) 475-3393 or visit her web
page at http://www.soulhealer.com.
note: The information contained here is for educational purposes
only and is not meant to diagnose, treat, or prevent any illnesses.
We recommend that you contact a health care practitioner if you
have any immediate health care concerns.