Varicose Veins-Enlarged Veins
Varicose veins are a condition in which veins become enlarged, dilated or thickened. Varicose veins can occur in any part of the body but generally appear on the legs.
The direction of circulation in these vessels is depend upon gravity. Though there are no mechanical obstacles to blood-flow.
It is usually the incompetence of the valve which leads to an increase in intravenous pressure.
Varicose veins are about thrice as common as occurrence in women as in men. This disease is rare in rural undeveloped societies.
Signs you may have with varicose veins include:
Veins that are dark purple or blue in color
Veins that appear twisted and bulging; often like cords on your legs
An achy or heavy feeling in your legs
Muscular cramps and a feeling of tiredness in the legs behind the knees.
During an upright position, in some cases the normal flow of blood towards the heart may be reversed.
In continuation this results in venous insufficiency & causing causing blood to pool in the legs.
Both conditions cause severe pain.
Worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they’re smaller & closer to the skin’s surface and are often red or blue in colour.
A varicose condition of the veins results from sluggish circulation due to various factors such as constipation, dietetic errors, lack of exercise and smoking.
As you get older, your veins can lose elasticity, causing them to stretch. The valves in your veins may become weak, allowing blood that should be moving toward your heart to flow backward.
Standing for long periods and wearing tight clothings can also lead to sluggish circulation.
Taking hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills may increase your risk of varicose veins.
Women usually suffer from this condition in the early years of childbearing.
Obesity can also cause varicose veins. Because overweight puts added pressure on your veins.
For a proper treatment of varicose veins, initially you should put yourself on a juice fast for four or five days or on all-fruit diet for 7 to 10 days.
If you are suffering from constipation then take warm water enema regularly to cleanse the bowels to avoid constipation.
The midday meal may consist of a raw salad or any of the vegetables in the season with olive oil and lemon juice dressing.
In continuation take steamed vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, carrots, turnips, cauliflower and raisins, figs or dates in the evening.
You must not include potatoes & other starchy food in your diet, because these foods will affect your restricted diet plan.
After the restricted diet, you may gradually embark upon a well-balanced diet with emphasis on grains, seeds, nuts, vegetables and fruits.
About 75 per cent of the diet should consist of raw vegetables and fruits.
You should strictly avoid all condiments, alcoholic drinks, coffee, strong tea, white flour products, white sugar, and white sugar products.
Raw vegetables juices, especially carrot juice in combination with spinach juice, have proved highly beneficial in the treatment of varicose veins.
The formula proportion considered helpful in this combination are carrot 300 ml.and spinach 200 ml to prepare 500ml of juice.
This will relieve pain and leg cramps associated with varicose veins.
Alternatively, hot and cold hip bath is also very valuable and should be taken daily.
Apply mud pack at night and allowed to remain until morning.
Take hot epsom-salt bath twice a week.
In addition, depending on the progress you may adopt a short fast or all-fruit diet for two to three days every month.
Precautionary Measures :
The following precautionary measures will help prevent varicose veins and ease symptoms if the disease has already developed :
When on a long plane or train trip get up and walk around every half an hour. If on a long trip by car, stop once in awhile and get out to stretch your legs.
When you are reading or watching television, elevate your feet and rest your legs on a chair or stool.
The great pressure of the water against legs helps move the blood up the veins and protects against stagnation.
In case of serious troubles with varicose veins, you should raise your bed by placing blocks of six inches height under the posts at the foot. This is, however, not advisable for person with heart trouble.
Never wear round garters. They cut off the venous circulation, thus raising pressure in the vein and increasing the risk of varicosities.
Avoid wearing elastic girdles, especially when seated for a long time, such as at a desk, or during a plane, train or auto trip. The girdles bunch up and hamper the return flow of blood.
Pregnant woman should wear elastic stockings and lie down occasionally during the day.
Getting up soon after delivery is also helpful in blood circulation.
These easy-to-follow flex-exercises are beneficial as they ease the cause of varicose veins and thereby relieve the resultant symptoms. Sun bathing and deep breathing exercises are also helpful.
Certain inverted yoga postures such as Viparitakarani, Sarvangasana, Padmasana, Gomukhasana, Vajrasana, Shalabhasana and Shirshasana are beneficial in the treatment of varicose veins.
These yoga postures help to relax the muscles and allow the blood freely in and out of the lower extremities and drain the blood from the legs and reduce pressure on the veins.