Varicose veins are a common ailment, affecting almost 50 percent of Americans, primarily women. Varicose veins generally appear on the legs and lower extremities as sometimes-painful veins that appear blue or purple and are swollen at the surface of the skin. Symptoms such as swollen legs, itching, numbness, tingling in the legs, and difficulty standing for long periods of time can also accompany varicose veins.
Traditional Treatment Options:
- Improved diet and exercise
- Wearing compression stockings
- avoiding standing for long periods of time and pain killers
- Limb elevation
- Ablation therapy (chemical, mechanical, or thermal).
When these treatment options fail there are surgical treatments that include lasers, chemical injections, andÂ radio-frequencyÂ that can shrink, remove and lessen the appearance of these veins.
Alternative Cosmetic Therapies
As an alternative to these treatments there are several homeopathic and at home remedies available to avoid surgery. Â One type of treatment available through a homeopathic physician is a plant-based substance called pulsatilla. This plant mixture is used to increase circulation, thereby lessening the appearance of swollen veins. Another herbal method you may want to try is called horse-chestnut seed.
This seed targets the pain, tiredness and itching often associated with varicose veins. It is believed that this works through increasing circulation in veins, thereby decreasing inflammation and strengthening the capillaries. Different dosages are recommended depending on the form of the horse-chestnut seed and your homeopathic physician can help determine the proper dosage for you. Another extract recommended for increasing vein strength and thereby decreasing their bulging appearance is bilberry extract. Finally, witch hazel is recommended for topical pain relief and soothing irritated skin.
In addition to the aforementioned, there are several other remedies that are believed to treat varicose veins.Â The first is cheesecloth soaked in apple cider vinegar. The vinegar in combination with the cloth is believed to reduce pain, swelling and the throbbing sensation that are all symptoms of varicose veins. Another technique to increase circulation and decrease pain is a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in hot water three times a day, often providing noticeable results within a few weeks.
Lastly, the combination of white oak bark infused tea with tablets of calcarea fluorica leads to better elasticity of the veins especially when taken in conjunction with the pant yarrow. In order to determine the best type of treatment and the proper dosage itâ€™s best to consult with a homeopathic physician. They will be able to provide you with the right combination to reduce the pain, swelling, throbbing and itchiness associated with varicose veins. Itâ€™s important that you remember that no treatment option is perfect and you may need to try more than one homeopathic method before you have varicose vein free legs, but if you have an aversion to traditional medicine, homeopathic treatment can provide you with the results youâ€™re looking for.