Anti aging guide

About Varicose Veins



What are varicose veins and how to avoid it with proper treatments and precautions

About Varicose Veins

People who stand for long periods are more likely to develop varicose veins. Sometimes pregnancy and tight stockings can make them worse. The problem is that varicose veins are not only unsightly for some but can also cause pain and discoloration of the affected area.

Varicose veins develop easily in the legs, but can also appear in the veins of the anus (the familiar haemorrhoid) or the veins of the oesophagus (the gullet) in some patients with severe liver problems. Several treatments have been suggested but the most effective are injections with special material or an operation to remove the affected vein. Special elastic support stockings may help delay the progress of the problem. Other treatments are:

  • horse chestnut supplements, which contain the astringent chemical aescin
  • massage with cypress oil
  • alternating cold and hot baths
  • hazel or cotu kola herbal teas or supplements

Externally applied marigold has been used by some sufferers. Homeopathic treatments are carbo veg, hamamelis and pulsatilla. Nutritional supplements include antioxidants and lecithin. Suitable exercises are swimming and yoga (headstand position).

Five ways to avoid varicose veins:

  1. Avoid tight socks or stockings.
  2. If you can, keep your feet up when you sit down.
  3. Avoid crossing your legs when sitting.
  4. Take regular breaks from long periods of standing on your feet.
  5. Perform regular foot exercises such as circling your toes and ankles.


By the time we are 75 years old, we will have walked the equivalent of four times around the world. The size and shape of your feet change with the passage of time, so it is important to get your feet measured properly before buying any new shoes.

To reduce the risk of any problems, use moisturizers regularly, avoid having too long or too short toenails and visit the chiropodist early if you notice anything abnormal.

Massage your feet with marjoram and black pepper oil or add these to a warm foot bath. Use more garlic, cayenne pepper and ginger in cooking, as these are thought to power-up blood circulation to the feet.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 25, 2012 at 5:24 am