Natural Cures for Spider Veins
Spider veins and varicose veins are more or less similar. However, spider veins are finer, mesh-like veins that appear near the surface of the skin, whereas varicose veins are large, bluish to greenish bulgy veins. Both spider and varicose veins are caused by defective veins that fail to efficiently transport deoxygenated blood back to the heart and lungs. Such vein disorders are often caused by changes in hormone and hereditary which leads to vein valve damage; damaged vein valves no longer close and this leads to blood backflow. Spider veins and varicose veins also worsen during pregnancy and old age.
Both kinds of venous disorders can appear anywhere in the body, particularly on the feet and legs, and even on the face. In less severe cases, spider and varicose veins do not cause any discomfort and pain, they are only aesthetic issues. However, when they are left untreated and worsen, they can cause serious health issues such as leg numbness, skin ulcers, and deep vein thrombosis.
Although there are already several modern procedures that can remove spider and varicose veins fast and easily, some individuals still opt for natural ways to treating varicose veins. Here are some natural cures for spider veins:
- Diet or Nutrition
It is important to eat foods that are good for veins and arteries. People with spider veins will benefit from eating foods with high fiber and Vitamin C. Reducing salt intake and staying hydrated is also very important. Vitamin P or bioflavonoids can help treat spider veins. Foods rich in Rutin, a flavonoid, can strengthen vein walls; also Rutin can help relieve pain, swelling and aching caused by spider and varicose veins.
There are just so many benefits one can get from exercise. Exercise does not only help you lose weight, but it can be an effective way of minimizing the symptoms and appearance of both spider and varicose veins. Being physically active can promote efficient blood flow throughout the veins. Muscle activities, particularly in the legs, can also help squeeze blood up towards the heart.
- Horse chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Horse chestnuts have been scientifically proven in treating venous insufficiency, a vein disorder which causes spider veins and varicose veins. The herb can lessen swelling and aching brought by varicose and spider veins. However, it is advised to seek medical help before using this herb. Individuals with kidney and liver problems, as well as those taking blood thinning medicines, should not consume horse chestnuts.
Compression stockings are usually the first thing people use to relieve themselves of the symptoms caused by spider and varicose veins. Compression stockings are designed to increase blood circulation on the legs. The perfect compression stockings should squeeze the legs right, but they must never be too tight.
- Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus)
Butcher’s broom is a Eurasion shrub that is popular for its several medicinal uses. Studies show that Butcher’s broom is also effective in treating chronic venous insufficiency. However, people with high blood pressure should consult their physicians before using.
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