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Varicose Veins Causes & Remedies

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Varicose Vein

Varicose veins occur when the veins become dilated, enlarged, and clogged with blood. This type of ailment is usually painful. The skin around the area became red or bluish-purple in color. The vein in the lower leg may even appear raised or swollen. Varicose Veins are very prevalent in women. However, with Ayurvedic, there is a permanent cure for varicose vein.

Causes of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins occur the moment the vein stop functioning properly. Our veins consist of one-way valves, which prevent blood from flowing backward. The moment these valves stop functioning properly, blood will start clogging in the vein rather than flowing towards the heart. Since the legs are farthest from the heart, once the veins start malfunctioning, blood will find it harder to flow upward due to gravity. Hence, clogging begins to occur. The veins will become dilated, and enlarged.

Some possible causes for varicose veins are:

  • Chronic heart valve conditions
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy
  • Standing for an extended period
  • Pressure along the midsection of the body, particularly the abdomen
  • Obesity – Added body weight increases the pressure on the legs

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

The main symptom of varicose veins includes very obvious, misshapen veins, particularly on the legs. Such a person may also feel pain, heaviness, swelling, as well as aches in the legs. At times, there may be discoloration, swelling, or ulcers around the ankle area.

Diagnosing Varicose Veins

Ayuvedic approach of diagnosing a disease is very unique and different from modern medicine. An Ayurveda Doctor examines patient and disease both for confirming the diagnosis and status of disease.

  • Examination: The medical personnel will examine the legs and visible veins. You will be expected to sit or stand while the diagnosis is carried out. You may also be asked about the symptoms or pains you are feeling.
  • Ultrasound test: An ultrasound test may be carried out to check the flow of blood. This consist of a non-surgical test that makes use of high-frequency sound waves. This gives the medical personnel a closer look at how the blood in the veins is flowing.
  • Angiogram: An angiogram may also be used to further evaluate the veins. During the angiogram, a special dye will be injected into the legs by the medical practitioner. X-rays are then taken. The dye will be seen on the x-ray, providing the medical personnel a clearer view concerning the flow of blood.

Tests like an angiogram or ultrasound will help to confirm that a blockage or a blood clot is not responsible for the swelling or the pain felt in your legs.

Prevention

To prevent the occurrence of varicose vein, you may be asked to make lifestyle changes rather can trying more complex treatments. The following are lifestyle changes that can help in preventing the formation of varicose veins:

  • Do not stand for an extended period.
  • Avoid extreme exposure to the sun.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. You can also try to shed some weight.
  • Perform regular exercise. This will help in improving the strength of your leg.
  • Desist from crossing your legs for a long period.

In case you already have varicose veins, the best way to prevent new ones from forming is by taking the steps above. Try as much as possible to be mindful of how you place your legs while sleeping or resting.

Diet

Deficiency in certain nutrients can also cause varicose vein. The skin begins to lose its elasticity. As a result of this, individuals are usually encouraged to take a balanced diet that can supply the body with essential nutrients.

These include:

  • Diet rich in protein. This includes milk, legumes, meat, egg, and various other food substances rich in protein.
  • Whole grain millet and wheat, instead of synthetically polished food grains.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables.  This helps to supply the body with Vitamin C.
  • Consume garlic, ginger, and onion for the proper distribution of the protein.
  • Drink lots of water. This helps to keep the clean and detoxify the body system.

Ayurvedic Therapy - Permanent Cure for Varicose Vein

Specific Treatments for Varicose Vein:

Leech Therapy

Raktha moksha is the fifth Panchakarma of Ayurveda and is performed to eliminate the toxins from the blood. It is very painless and highly effective form of panchakarma.

Vasti

Panchakrama treatment like vasti will yield good effect in varicose vein. Anuvasana vasti and Asthapana vasti will have very good effect if done in yogavasti method.

Lepam

External Herbal paste application on the varicose vein is very useful in reducing the swelling. It also reduces the inflammation thereby increases the blood circulation.

The following are useful herbs that can be used to provide a permanent cure for varicose vein:

  • Brahmi
    This is an indigenous Indian herb which supplies necessary treatments needed for the adequate toning of the vein. The herb help in making the vein less tortuous. You can use Brahmi with other mineral or herbal  supplements. Brahmi is the possibly the best treatment for varicose vein.Brahmi and some Rasoushadies are the prescribed drug choice by Ayurveda for varicose vein treatment in Kerala. The patient will be asked to take between 125mg – 250mg doses at least twice a day. Other commonly prescribed medicine includes Nagarjunabhra rasa, Chandraprabha Vati, Punarnavadi Guggulu etc.
  • Garlic and Ginger
    Garlic and ginger can also be used to treat varicose vein. They can help in breaking down the body’s protein, as a result of this, encouraging even distribution of nutrients. Hence, varicose vein is avoided.
  • Onion
    Onion helps to enhance proper absorption and distribution of protein all over the body. This provides inner strength. Chewing onion on a daily basis can be a permanent cure for varicose vein.Ayurvedic herbs such as Sudh Guggul, Kaishora Guggulu, Sarivadyasava, Chirabilvadi kashaya, Erandamooladi kashaya, Punarnavashtaka kwatha, Kachnara, Nagkesar, Amalaki, Ashwagandha, Guduchi, Arjuna, and lots more are some amazing herbs which can help reduce inflammation and improve blood circulation. Other herbs, which are also excellent to improve varicose veins, include Varuna, Kanchanara, Aswagandha etc. They help to heal varicose veins giving the patient a healthy lifestyle.

Yoga Asanas and Exercise

Some useful yoga postures and exercise recommended for the patient include

  • Virasana (hero pose).
  • Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) – this can be done for about 10 minutes every day.
  • Pawanmuktasana (wind-relieving pose).
  • Bhujangasana (cobra pose).
  • Kapotsana (pigeon pose).
  • Halasana (plough pose).
  • Shavasana (corpse pose).

Simple exercises like walking, swimming, cycling and stretching the legs while sitting on a chair also help. Avoid excessively vigorous exercise and after any exercise take a brief period of relaxation. Avoid bathing in overly-cold water.

Furthermore, Ayurvedic oil can also be used to seek relief. However, this may be temporary. You can apply sahacharadi softly to the affected vein area. Yoga exercises are also recommended for patients. Perform exercise that encourages you to lay on your back, elevate the leg, by pointing your feet upwards. This helps the flow of blood from the leg to the heart.

Diet

Deficiency in certain nutrients can also cause varicose vein. The skin begins to lose its elasticity. As a result of this, individuals are usually encouraged to take a balanced diet that can supply the body with essential nutrients.

These include:

  • Diet rich in protein. This includes milk, legumes, meat, egg, and various other food substances rich in protein.
  • Whole grain millet and wheat, instead of synthetically polished food grains.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables.  This helps to supply the body with Vitamin C.
  • Consume garlic, ginger, and onion for the proper distribution of the protein.
  • Drink lots of water. This helps to keep the clean and detoxify the body system.