Varicose veins are difficult for conventional medicine to treat. Alternative medicine shows some promise and can alleviate, even regress, some of the symptoms.
by Anna Sienicka – HomeopathicCare.ca
When valves inside the veins are weak or absent, or return of blood from congested areas is inefficient, veins can become enlarged and swollen aching. Varicose veins are most often seen in the legs, although they also occur in other areas. Women are three times more likely to develop varicose veins than men. Hemorrhoids are varicose veins in the rectum; varicose veins in the legs and vulva often develop during pregnancy. Homeopathic remedies are often used to help to relieve the discomforts of varicose veins, as well as prevent their worsening. Individuals with serious cases benefit from a constitutional remedy, prescribed by an experienced homeopath. Many do not realize that constantly crossing one’s legs will contribute to varicose veins. Other major reversible factors are lack of walking type exercises and constipation. When one strains on the toilet seat the extra force expelled into the veins causes predisposed to varicose veins.
Prevention is everything. Your diet is one fundamental source of preventive “medicine.” Vegetables provide phytonutrients, like bioflavanoids, which will improve structural integrity of blood vessel cell walls. Fermented foods, such as natto, typically have the highest concentration of vitamin K found in the human diet. Despite its unique flavor it is very beneficial to add it to daily diet.
Homeopathy is a type of energy medicine and it works through resonance. Everything alive is energy and everything vibrates. With vibration there is resonance. Resonance is the interaction between two objects vibrating at about the same speed. Homeopathic remedies have a similar frequency to the disease being treated. The remedy neutralizes the disease by resonating with it. Varicose veins are a type of disease with its own frequency. When matched by a remedy with similar frequency, symptoms are alleviated and the disease will go into remission.
Some of my favorite homeopathic remedies used in treatment of Varicose Veins:
When this remedy is indicated, the legs look bruised, or black and blue, and the swollen veins are very sore to touch. The legs feel deeply sore all over and are also worse from motion.
Varicose veins that hurt while the person is standing or walking may respond to this remedy. People who need this remedy often have poor circulation, with clammy hands and feet, and a general feeling of chilliness.
This remedy can help when varicose veins are large and sore, and very weak and easily damaged, with a tendency to bleed. Pain is sore and bruise-like, and the legs look bruised and purple. A stinging feeling may be felt in the irritated veins. The muscles of the legs feel tired and are often cold. People who need this remedy may also develop varicose veins in the genital area or have a tendency toward bleeding hemorrhoids.
Aesculus is a chief remedy for hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids which are painful, burning, purplish and bleeding hemorrhoids. Rectum is sore, burning and itching. There is dryness of rectum with sensation as if rectum is full of small sticks. Knife like pains shoot up the rectum. Aesculus is also useful in treating varicose veins. Varicose veins of purple color. There is aching and soreness in the limbs.
Other alternative treatments:
Varicosis, also known as varicose veins, may be attributable to a lack of vitamin K, according to a new study in the “Journal of Vascular Research.” Inadequate levels of vitamin K may reduce the activity of the matrix GLA protein (MGP), which in turn has been identified as a key player in the development of varicosis. Since vitamin K is required to activate MGP, it is believed that adequate dietary intake of vitamin K is a prerequisite for the prevention of varicose veins. There are two main forms of vitamin K:
1. K1 (phylloquinone, aka phytonadione)
2. K2 (menaquinones)
Vitamin K3 is a synthetic variant of the vitamin, which is not recommended for human consumption.
Vitamin K1 is found in green leafy vegetables, including kale, collards as well as wild edible plants ie plantain, violets, stinging nettle.
Witch hazel Tea or Cream
Witch hazel is famous for shrinking blood vessels (which is why it’s one of the main ingredients in Preparation H cream). You can apply it externally, either as cream or tea.