What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins symptoms include enlarged flesh-colored, blue or purple veins often found on the calf or on the leg. They often appear twisted and bulging, may be swollen and raised above the surface of the skin and can become quite painful.
Varicose veins symptoms encompass any vein that becomes varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet. That's because standing and walking upright increases the pressure in the veins in your lower body. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they are just smaller and usually found on the legs and face (and are harmless).
For many people, varicose veins are just unsightly, but for others, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort. Varicose veins can also signal a higher risk of problems with circulation.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Every day the heart pumps blood filled with oxygen and nutrients to the whole body. Arteries carry blood from the heart towards the body parts. Veins carry oxygen-poor blood from the body back to the heart.
Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps to stop the blood from flowing backwards as it moves up the legs. If the one-way valves become weak, blood can leak back into the vein and collect there. Pooled blood enlarges the vein and it becomes varicose.
The causes of varicose veins vary from person to person and many factors can contribute to the risk of developing varicose veins. Causes of varicose veins include increasing age, having family members with vein problems or being born with weak vein valves. Other causes of varicose veins are hormonal changes due to menopause, pregnancy and puberty. Similarly so can obesity, leg injury, prolonged standing and other things that weaken vein valves. Varicose veins symptoms can cause also include sores, skin ulcers and rashes on the skin tissue around the varicose veins.
Help for Varicose Veins
Conventional treatment often includes sclerotherapy (for spider veins), where the doctor injects a solution into the vein that causes the vein walls to seal shut. Also common methods of treatment are laser surgery or surgical removal of the varicose veins.
Natural Remedies for Varicose Veins
Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been used to promote circulation, and keep a healthy flow of blood pumping through the body and serve as a natural remedy for varicose veins. Astragalus membranaceous is a well-known revitalizing herb used for boosting circulation, while Ruscus acluteatus is known extensively in Europe to improve circulation and relieve pain and discomfort associated with leg conditions thus serving as a natural remedy for varicose veins.
Anther natural remedy for varicose veins includes homeopathic ingredients such as Rhus tox, Zincum metallicum and Magnesium phosphate all help to promote health in the lower limbs and keep lymph and blood flowing freely. Skin health can be promoted through homeopathic ingredients such as Natrium muriaticum, Kalium muriaticum and Kalium sulphate to distribute oxygen throughout the body and to each individual cell and keep all cell membranes healthy.
By providing essential oxygen to inflamed or infected cells, these ingredients effectively assists healing, reduces inflammation and removes infected or dead cells.