It is estimated that 50% of people over 50 are living with varicose veins. It is a condition that is also hereditary - you are 90% more likely to develop varicose veins, if both your parents had them. They are caused by blocked valves in the venous system, which allow the blood to flow the opposite way down the leg that it is intended to flow. This is known as reflux. 70% of people experience pain with varicose veins, this is why they need self-care. Here are some all natural ways you can help treat varicose veins.
Get out and about
Doing some exercise is one of the best natural remedies for varicose veins that there is. This is because 90% of our blood is pumped through the deep veins. Exercise encourages good blood flow, this is why walking, swimming and running can be really effective at helping to reduce varicose veins. Try not to sit or stand for long periods of time either, as movement encourages better blood flow and also helps to improve your blood pressure.
Horse Chestnut Extract
The Horse Chestnut tree is particularly useful for helping to treat varicose veins. The tree contains a substance that it effective at thinning the blood, easier for the blood to flow the right way. There are two ways you can use Horse Chestnut for treatment. Firstly you can lay the leaves directly onto the problem veins. Making a poultice, is a good way of doing this, and it will be cooling if you have skin that itches. Fill a cheese cloth with Horse Chestnut leaves soaked in cool water and apply to the affected area.