Varicose veins are a common disease in which the veins of the legs lengthen and widen, and their walls become thinner, "knots" and "stars" appear. The disease usually develops after 30-35 years and more often affects people with a sedentary lifestyle.
The changes that occur in the veins in varicose veins are irreversible. But it is quite possible to alleviate the symptoms and manifestations of this unpleasant condition. It is quite possible to treat varicose veins on the legs with folk remedies, we will talk about it in detail, but first we will learn about the symptoms and cause of the disease.
Causes of varicose veins
Heredity affects the appearance of varicose veins. If someone in the pedigree has suffered from this disease, the offspring are in danger.
Pregnancy and contraceptive use are also factors in the occurrence of varicose veins. Women whose family has been ill with this should take hormonal medications with great caution.
Lack of physical activity and obesity increase the pressure inside the veins and lead to varicose veins.
It is easier to prevent the development of the disease than to treat it later. Don’t neglect prevention.
Symptoms and consequences
The unattractive appearance of the legs, covered with a network of swollen veins and "stars", is not the most unpleasant and dangerous symptom of varicose veins.
The first sign of the disease is severe swelling of the legs, a feeling of heaviness, usually at the end of the day. This is especially noticeable if the person is busy with long-term work. This symptom subsides during sleep or exercise.
In the next stage, nocturnal leg cramps begin. Then the veins become visible. If you do not start treatment for varicose veins immediately, eczema can develop.
Prevention of varicose veins
Prevention of the disease is much easier than often ineffective treatment.
- First, you should include more vegetable fats and fish in your daily diet. They contain useful elements that strengthen blood vessels.
- Second, do not neglect physical activity. If there are no contraindications, swimming, running, cycling will help strengthen your legs and avoid obesity.
- It is useful to massage the feet, sometimes make a contrast shower.
When signs of varicose veins appear, you should consult a phlebologist, who is treating the disease. He recommends the following ways:
- Sclerotherapy. The essence of this method is the injection of special substances that repair damaged walls of blood vessels.
- Laser therapy. The action is similar to the action of sclerotherapy, the laser is designed to strengthen weakened blood vessels.
- Surgical removal of veins. Venectomy does not harm the body, in advanced cases it is the only way that really makes life easier for a person.
- Leeches for varicose veins. Hirudotherapy is a very unusual and repulsive method of treatment. However, chiropractors claim that it is quite effective.
Any of the selected methods is usually combined with light physical activity and wearing special compression underwear for varicose veins.
Folk remedies for varicose veins
Treatment of varicose veins at home with folk remedies is still popular, despite the fact that modern methods of professional doctors quickly give positive results.
Folk remedies will help in the initial stages of the disease, until the veins are so affected that surgery is needed.
Apple cider vinegar is usually a popular home remedy for varicose veins. It contains many vitamins and nutrients that strengthen blood vessels, alleviate swelling and improve the work of the entire vascular system. For treatment, apple cider vinegar must be completely natural, without additives.
You can make wraps based on vinegar. To do this, it must be diluted in half with water, soak a napkin with the solution, fasten it to the affected areas and wrap with film. With such a wrap, lie under a warm blanket for about forty minutes.
You can simply pour and wipe your feet with a solution of vinegar.
It is not recommended to take it internally, because the substance is quite caustic and can lead to ulcers.
Lemon and honey treatment
Honey has a wide range of useful properties. Its mixture with various products helps maintain the overall tone of the body and the vascular system during varicose veins.
You can take a few pieces of medium-sized lemon, a couple of cloves of garlic and mix all these products with a blender, then pour a kilo of honey and a couple of tablespoons of linseed oil. Store the mixture in a cool place, in a glass jar. Take a tablespoon before meals.
Copper is an unusual remedy for varicose veins. It is believed to have antibacterial properties and restores impaired blood circulation. Copper applicators help with inflammatory processes on the skin. Not all types of copper are suitable for treatment, only some of them have healing properties.
The main indicator that copper is working are greenish spots on the skin after application. Coins or plates of this metal are needed to treat varicose veins. Apply them to sore spots so that they stick to the skin. You need to wear the applicators until they start to roll on their own.
You need carrot tops. It contains a lot of potassium and vitamin C which strengthen blood vessels. To treat varicose veins, you can make a decoction of carrot tops.
- For ten tablespoons of the plant, take two liters of boiling water.
- Cook the soup for five minutes. Filter before use.
- It is enough to drink a glass of decoction four times a day, for greater benefit and taste you can add honey.
The method of treatment is not suitable for people with gastritis and other diseases of the digestive system.
Treatment of varicose veins in dead bees
Underwater - these are dead bees collected directly from hives. Like other bee products, the dead bee is useful in treating many diseases. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties enable the use of selection in varicose veins.
The most common treatment for varicose veins is based on subpestilence. To do this, the bees pour boiling water over it, insist for ten minutes and squeeze, wrapped in gauze. A coating is made from the obtained steamed submarine. It should be kept on the affected areas of the feet until it cools completely.
Propolis is a more common bee product. It is used to make effective ointments that help with varicose veins. Either they are simply rubbed into the legs, or bandages are made. Such procedures should be done twice a day.
Acetic acid salicylic ester
Acetylsalicylic acid will not help cure an already developed disease, but it can be used to relieve symptoms. The drug dilutes the blood, stimulates the dissolution of blood clots. With caution, if there are no other contraindications, you should take half a tablet a day.
This method requires sea salt, it is much more useful than ordinary table salt. Salt-based compresses and baths will help remove swelling, disinfect and stimulate tissue regeneration.
- To obtain a solution with the appropriate salt concentration, it is sufficient to take 10 grams of the substance per glass of water.
- In the resulting liquid it is necessary to moisten bandages or any comfortable cloth and apply to sore spots.
- No dressings need to be done, because a good air flow is needed for the physiological solution to work.
The course of such coatings lasts about 10 days.
Green tomatoes have many more acids and minerals that help treat varicose veins. It is advisable to apply the fruit cut in half on the affected areas and keep until they start to burn.
The substances contained in unripe tomatoes dilute the blood and tone the blood vessels. Repeat the procedure several times a day for 2-3 weeks.
Hydrogen peroxide is suitable for the treatment of trophic ulcers when the disease enters an advanced stage. It is enough to apply a cotton swab soaked in peroxide on the wound for twenty minutes.
Since obesity is one of the factors of varicose veins, it is recommended to treat it by starvation. With this method one should be careful, there are a number of contraindications. Not suitable for people with weight loss, heart and digestive diseases.
More often than not, a strict diet is an additional rather than a major method.
If alternative methods do not give visible results, the disease continues to progress, consult a phlebologist immediately and undergo professional treatment.