Send Varicose Veins Packing with this Surprising Change


Anatomy of a varicose vein 

I have known about varicose veins since our first family reunion that was warm enough for shorts. Along with several other common diseases I was told from a young age that varicose veins was an inevitable condition of my genetics. I am not one to accept my fate, and I tend to subscribe to the philosophy that we must know our enemy in order to defeat him. I spent a lot of time understanding the pathophysiology of the varicose vein. This problem in our circulatory system can happen just about anywhere in the body. The hemorrhoid is merely a varicose vein. A large percentage occur in the legs, however, and this is pretty logical. A varicose vein is simply one in which the wall of the vessel has pushed out and blood pools rather than pumping efficiently on to another part of the body. In the legs this can be the result of weak tissue walls, over exertion or excessive weight. The legs spend a good deal of time pumping blood back up to the heart against the force of gravity. There are pinched places in these veins that act just as a series of locks do in a canal. As the blood passes one of these “locks” the vessel pinches to prevent the flow from sliding backwards in its progress upward. Many different factors can cause these sites to fail, contributing to the problem of varicose veins in the legs.

Five years ago as my pregnant body became heavier in the last trimester I woke to find one angry, bulging vein running through the inside curve of my knee. I was ready for this challenge. Typically, I would advise someone to work from the outside in when working on a varicose vein.

Externally, it is often recommended that one wear compression stockings. This tight tube sock very literally squeezes the blood through the leg and prevents the vessels from sagging. Unfortunately, at the end of the day you will remove the sock and your weakened veins will once again sag painfully. It is a good stop-gap method, but should be used in conjunction with a deeper therapy.

Herbal liniments are extremely useful in toning both skin, muscle and blood vessel walls. Often these liniments are made up of astringent herbs. These herbs precipitate the proteins in our cell walls, resulting in a tightening and toning that can head off “looseness”. A simple liniment of witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) and horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) massaged into the legs upwards in the direction of the heart can work wonders.

Internally, nettle (Urtica dioica) is indispensable for anyone who is having difficulty with this condition. Not only is it a blood builder, but it is a tissue strengthener. It should be part of a daily habit when someone wants to correct bulging veins.

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