Varicose veins are enlarged and/or twisted veins that typically appear in the legs, but can also occur in other parts of the body. Veins become varicose because of genetics, pregnancy, obesity, prolonged standing, age, or straining.
The first symptoms of venous circulation issues are the sense of heaviness in the legs, swollen ankles, numbness and itching.
What causes varicose veins?
“Family history, older age, gender, pregnancy, obesity, lack of movement, and leg trauma” are all risk factors that contribute to the appearance of varicose veins according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Who is at risk?
As reported by the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) varicose veins “affect half of people 50 and older.” Their findings reveal that “about 50-55% of women and 40-45% of men in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem.”
What are the different stages of varicose veins?
Varicose veins can vary in symptoms and appearance ranging from mild to severe. Spider veins for instance are a minor manifestation of this issue. They normally resemble spider legs under the skin. Severe varicose veins are often rope-like in appearance and are more widespread.
If left untreated, varicose veins can trigger other conditions including skin discoloration, ulcers, heaviness or burning sensation and swelling in the affected areas.
Although varicose veins can be treated surgically, a less aggressive treatment would include some natural remedies that can reduce the appearance and uneasiness caused by this condition.
One way to relieve the pain and swelling inflicted by varicose veins is wearing compression stockings.
Another efficient natural remedy is the following recipe:
- ½ cup chopped carrot
- 3 tbsps. aloe vera gel
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
Make a paste by mixing all the ingredients in a food processor. If you need more of the paste, double or triple the amount of each ingredient. Apply the paste on the affected areas and let it act for half an hour. If your varicose veins are on your legs, it’s recommended to keep your legs raised after applying the paste.
Finish by removing the paste with warm water. Repeat the treatment as many times a day as you feel necessary.
What makes the recipe effective?
The health benefits of this recipe are the result of its ingredients.
For one thing, carrots are rich in antioxidants, and therefore are used in many skin care products. They can also reduce the risk of heart disease.
Apple cider vinegar is particularly effective as a blood thinner that prevents the formation of clots.
Last, but not least, aloe vera gel has long been part of natural medicine in treatment of many ailments, including skin inflammation.
Before using any natural remedies, always consult a doctor so as to avoid possible complications related to your health issue.