Tired legs, the feeling of pressure, cramping, burning, pain… Varicose veins are not just anything, they are a reality that can limit your quality of life very much. Almost 50% of women suffer from them, whether it’s those slight spider veins that cover their legs or in their most noticeable and dilated way in which the varicose veins end up becoming more annoying than painful. So, are there any ways for soothing varicose vein pain?
The most common way to treat varicose veins is almost always with surgery. Lately, laser has become the most recurring option, but unfortunately that does not mean that varicose veins won’t come back. When it is a circulation-based problem, it is very likely that you will see them come back. Your genetic ancestors, a sedentary lifestyle, and your diet are key factors for why you suffer from them. We will explain how you can relieve varicose vein pain and how you can have a better quality of life in a simple and economical way.
1. Start by Changing Your Diet
- In order to get relief for your legs and stop feeling that heaviness, it’s best to start by changing your eating habits. Eliminate salt from your meals, canned foods, salted foods, pickled food, cold cuts, red meat… All of that will cause you to have fluid retention and will make the pain worse.
- Fiber is essential for reducing the effect of varicose veins. According to several studies, the lack of fiber increases pressure at the abdominal level and causes venous insufficiency, promoting the appearance of varicose veins or hemorrhoids.
- The most suggested advice is to start following a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains… All of that will boost your intestinal tract. Fruit with flavonoids are especially recommended: oranges, lemons, apples, cherries, cranberries, blueberries…
- Drink at least two liters of water a day.
2. Medicinal Plants
- A very effective remedy for relieving pain and the feeling of heaviness in your legs from varicose veins is to resort to those so called “venotonic” medicinal plants. They are a natural resource that helps you prevent capillaries from dilating and improves your resistance.
- They are also anti-inflammatory plants that reduce swelling and have an antioxidant effect.
- The plants that you can resort to are witch hazel leaves, red vine leaves, and Gingko Biloba. You can find them all in herbal stores and natural stores. We recommend that you consume them everyday and that you are consistent. You can also find these same plants in creams or gels and use them to relieve your heaviness with a massage. They are very effective.
3. The Benefits of Indian Horse Chestnut
- Indian horse chestnuts are one of the most effective remedies for treating varicose veins. There is a component in its seeds called “escin” that favors normal blood flow. There are many studies that support this reality, stating that it reduces swelling and thus prevents fluid retention.
- It reduces pain, heaviness, and cramping. It is great for treating those spiders on your legs, as well as ulcers and even hemorrhoids.
- You can find Indian horse chestnut in natural stores or herbal stores in capsule form. It’s recommended that you take 400 mg twice a day, one at breakfast and another before dinner. This will prevent cramping and nocturnal pain in your varicose veins.
4. Other Basic Tips for Reducing Varicose Vein Pain
- When you get home, try to relax for ten minutes and lay down on the couch with your legs up. You can just put a cushion down and put them up on the wall. You will reduce swelling in this way.
- Aloe vera is highly recommended for relieving varicose vein pressure as well. You can massage them with the pulp from the inside. You will experience a fresh and relaxing feeling.
- When you lie down, remember that we always suggest that you sleep with your legs slightly above your body. Just put something underneath mattress or a cushion to get the most comfortable position.
- The pressure measurements are often very good because they relieve pain very effectively.
- Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Move as often as you can. If your job forces you to be seated, take advantage of any times you can to move or walk. Once you get home, try to take a 20 minute walk. Biking is always very effective.
- Try not to wear very tight clothing because it makes circulation in your legs more difficult.
- Applying cold and heat is also very effective. Start with a hot cloth and put pressure on the varicose veins. Then do the same thing but with a cold water cloth. This change in temperature is very relaxing, effective, and facilitating for the proper circulation in your legs.