There are more conservative methods of treating the symptoms of vein disease that may help provide some relief from varicose veins. However, these home remedies may or may not be effective depending on the severity of your vein disease. These methods will not address the root cause of your venous insufficiency if you are already exhibiting symptoms of varicose veins such as restless legs, leg pain, skin changes, or open wounds and ulcers.
Again, there is no scientific proof that exists stating these more natural remedies can adequately treat varicose veins. At the same time, trying them out will not cause any adverse effects.
Altering your lifestyle and habits can have a significant impact on your likelihood of developing spider veins and varicose veins. Below are a few effective changes you should adopt if you want to see a difference in the appearance of your veins.
The less you weigh, the less pressure your legs will be forced to carry. This can lighten the appearance of existing varicose veins and spider veins and prevent new ones from sprouting.
Practicing a healthy diet cannot only help you lose weight, but it can also promote healthy veins. For instance, salty foods will cause water retention and create more significant pressure in your veins. Steering clear of foods high in sodium will work in your favor.
Potassium can reduce water retention if you do have a diet high in sodium. So you can opt for foods high in potassium, like salmon, potatoes, almonds, and pistachios, and also continue to avoid high-sodium foods.
Additionally, foods that contain flavonoids will be particularly helpful to you because they improve blood circulation.
Flavonoids help your blood flow in the right direction and reduce the chances of it collecting in your veins. A healthy diet rich in flavonoids can also lower blood pressure in your arteries, which in turn will put less pressure on your blood vessels, reducing the possibility of varicose veins. Foods rich in flavonoids include broccoli, bell peppers, garlic, onions, cherries, apples, and blueberries.
Cardio is a great way to get the blood circulating throughout your body, especially your legs and calf muscles. Walking helps to reduce the chances of blood pooling in your veins and causing swelling or additional symptoms. Standing or sitting for long periods of time may increase the chance of blood clots forming deep in your leg veins so it is important to be taking frequent walks. The other more obvious benefit of walking and cardio is that it can also aid in weight loss.
Other forms of exercise that can promote circulation and weight loss include yoga, swimming, and cycling. These are all low-impact exercises that won’t strain your legs.
To make sure you’re using the most effective compression stockings for your size and ones that apply the right amount of pressure, you should visit your healthcare provider. The pressure is an important component in compression stockings because the right amount will prevent blood clots from forming and get your blood flowing in the right direction—toward your heart.
In turn, this can reduce the symptoms of spider veins or varicose veins. However, be aware it is considered more of a "band-aid" approach to the treatment of varicose veins, making it a poor long-term solution for the treatment of vein disease.
Essential oils are popularly used for many ailments. To treat spider and varicose veins, you can use horse chestnut oil, which is from a tree that's seed, bark, and flower are used to help reduce pain, itching, and heaviness in the legs. Horse chestnut oil can be used for patients who have chronic venous insufficiency, which is known to be a primary cause of varicose veins.
Pinus maritima, sea pine extract, and butcher’s broom extract are also said to reduce leg swelling (known as edema) when applied to the affected area. Because these essential oil treatments are topical, they will not address the root cause of varicose veins and many other symptoms of vein disease. To close the non-functioning veins that are causing debilitating leg symptoms for good, proper vein treatment and procedures are needed.
An astringency of witch hazel can be a very effective treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. As a vasoconstrictor, it shrinks and tightens veins, and also serves as an anti-inflammatory and mild pain reliever. Soaking a small towel in cold witch hazel and placing it on your leg as a compress can reduce swelling and relieve symptoms of varicose veins.
Apple cider vinegar may also help symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins. It is an astringent as well that can constrict swollen veins and ease soreness and discomfort in the legs.
Cayenne pepper may also relieve symptoms of varicose veins. It is a rich source of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. It can increase blood circulation and help to lessen leg pain. Drinking a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper three times a day may help blood circulation in the legs.