In this condition, the superficial veins, usually of the legs, first become these. Though they can be felt at this point, they are not visible until they become distended, elongated, and tortuous. Usually, defective or weak valves associated with postural strain obstruct venous blood flow. Often, this condition runs in families. Constipation, irregularity, and jobs with continuous standing are the main causes, but varicose veins can also be due to press in the abdomen, for example, with pregnancy. In pregnancy, however, the varicosity is often temporary.
Early on, there are no complaints and the person often consults the doctor for cosmetic purposes only. However, as the varicosity increases, standing for long periods of time may become painful and the affected leg feels heavy. The degree of varicosity does not necessarily determine the symptoms. What appears to be a mild case might result in more severe symptoms than varicose veins that look severe.
Varicose veins- Ayurvedic Perspective
Persons of Vata predominant constitutions are suffering more from this disorder.Varicose veins happen due to imbalance of vata. All the three doshas may be involved.
In predominant Vata condition there is pain at the end of the day.
In Pitta condition the affected leg gets sensation of burning.
In Kapha condition, the affected legs become heavy and there is mild pain.
Varicose veins- Ayurvedic Treatment[a] Diet:
Food types to avoid include: Bitter foods. Bitter foods have a sharp, dry taste. A few examples include leafy green vegetables, eggplant, and bitter melon.
Pungent foods. These are foods with spicy taste. Some examples include chiles, turnips, and radishes. Astringent foods. These are foods that leave your mouth feeling dry. Astringent foods can include some types of legumes, grains, and fruits.
Remedies for Varicose veins
- Drink Barley water, Lemon water, Buttermilk ,Coconut water , Pumpkin soup, Sweet lime juice (not in excess)
- Consume sugarcane- Mix green cardamom with a little sugarcane juice, Drink twice a day empty stomach.Take Tulsi seeds with sugarcane and milk.You can also take Take Cumin seeds, sugarcane, and honey.
- Take some watermelon ,preferably eat the fruit.
- Include amla powder in food
Dos and Don’ts for Varicose veinss-- Drink enough water. Eat fruits with high water content
-- Urinate on time
-- Cleanse the bowel by drinking warm water early in the morning
-- Regularly practice yoga poses, meditation, pranayama.
[b] Herbs and Medicines:
Useful herbs include- Shatavari, Ashwaghandha, and Bala. Ashwagandharishta is useful in this condition.
Practice inverted postures such as Headstand, One Leg Raise, and Shoulderstand daily. In these postures, raising the legs upward helps venous return of blood. Especially helpful is to move in and out of these postures or in and out of one-leg variations rhythmically. For instance, move from One Leg Plow to Rotated Plow to Inverted Action. Over time, increase the number of repetitions. Receiving massage while holding inverted positions is particularly beneficial.
Abhyanga - Abhyanga is a type of Ayurvedic massage where you apply warm herb-infused oil to your entire body. It’s believed to bring your doshas back into balance.
Leech therapy - Leech therapy aims to promote better blood flow around varicose veins. When a leech attaches to your skin, it naturally secretes a blood thinning compound. This keeps blood in the affected area flowing as the leech feeds.
Basti therapy - This type of therapy involves the use of medicated enemas. These are administered rectally on a specific schedule. They contain a variety of natural ingredients.
Home Remedies for Varicose Veins* Avoid wearing tight clothes, but apply elastic bandages to the part of the leg with varicose veins to prevent further development. For women, wearing stocking can also help prevent varicose veins.
* Raise the legs while sleeping at least for 1 to 2 hours every day.
Massage the legs twice daily, starting below the veins and massaging upward. For predominantly Vata symptoms use warm sesame oil, for Pitta, use coconut oil, and for Kapha, use bala oil. After massage for Vata & Kapha symptoms keep the leg in warm water. This strengthens the valves in the veins and improves the condition.