One of the most common problems of pain in your leg is caused by abnormally large veins near the skin's surface. Varicose veins are pretty common most frequently affect the calves and thighs. They are caused by poorly functioning valves of the veins or weakened walls that regulate blood flow. The condition causes restlessness, heaviness, feelings of throbbing, burning, and tingling, pain, and/or fatigue in the legs. You can get it treated medically or surgically; bit did you know there are home remedies to reduce the pain associated with varicose veins?
Home remedies for varicose veins
Physicians at Phoenix Family Medical Clinic suggest the following home remedies to reduce the pain caused by varicose veins. Depending on the severity of the condition and reducing the pain, these remedies may be able to treat varicose veins. The home remedies include the following.
- Dietary Changes
Changing your diet is the first step to the treatment of any health condition, including varicose veins. To treat varicose veins,
- Add more fiber to your food as it helps with healthy bowel function
- Reduce the consumption of salty or sodium-rich foods as it leads to water retention.
- Consume foods with flavonoids as they help improve blood circulation and relax blood vessels.
Some of the foods to include in your diet include the below.
● Whole-grain foods
● Nuts and dates
● Seeds and legumes
● Leafy and root vegetables
● Fish like salmon and tuna, chicken
● Oats, wheat, and flaxseed
● Onion, garlic,
● Citrus fruits
A change in the diet can reduce the pain caused by varicose veins and help treat other health problems.
A good diet accompanied with exercise is the most ideal solution to many health problems. It encourages good blood circulation and helps to push along the blood that is collected in the veins. It also helps to reduce your blood pressure, a major contributing factor to varicose veins. Remember, you must concentrate on low impact exercises that do not strain the calf muscles such as swimming, yoga, cycling, and walking.
- Plant Extracts
Several plant extracts and essential oils are known to reduce pain and promote blood flow. They have anti-inflammatory properties that make them a suitable treatment to reduce pain. Some of the plant extracts and essential oils include the following.
● Butcher’s Broom
● Horse Chestnut Seeds
● Olive Oil
● Witch Hazel
They can be diluted in carrier oils and applied topically or used in a diffuser.
- Non-restrictive clothing and Compression stockings
Did you know that your clothes can cause varicose veins to pop? Tight-fitting clothes that restrict blood flow reduces blood circulation. Additionally, high heels also contribute to varicose veins. Instead, wear loose-fitting clothes, especially in the lower body, and flat footwear.
You can also wear compression stockings that can be bought from pharmacies or online. These stockings apply pressure to the legs and aid veins and muscles to move blood towards the heart.
Keeping the legs elevated, massage, and herbal remedies are some of the other home remedies for treating varicose veins. If you are suffering from varicose veins, call us and book an appointment with our expert physicians at Phoenix Family Medical Clinic. We can help!