The condition when the veins are swollen and enlarged is known as varicose veins. When a vein is healthy the blood flows easily to the heart. However, when the blood is prevented from flowing backwards by a series of small valves that open and close to let the blood through, the veins stop working properly and varicose veins appear. Varicose veins usually occur on the legs and have blue or dark purple color.
Causes and Treatment
Varicose veins are a common condition, affecting up to 3 in 10 adults. Women are more likely to develop them than men. They are more likely to appear during pregnancy, old age or when overweight. In most cases this condition is not a serious problem, although they usually have an unpleasant appearance. Varicose veins normally do not require any treatment. Nevertheless, a treatment may be obligatory if varicose veins cause complications and pain. The most common treatments include, but are not limited to the following:
endothermal ablation – treatment where heat is used to seal affected veins
sclerotherapy – this uses special foam to close the veins
ligation and stripping – this involves surgery to remove the affected veins
Natural Remedies for Varicose Veins
Fortunately, varicose veins can definitely be managed with a combination of diet, exercise, and herbal remedies. Garlic is considered the best natural remedy which soothes inflammation and triggers the blood flow. Including garlic in your everyday diet will provide long-term benefits, while applying a mixture of garlic on the varicose veins will reduce symptoms in no time.
AyurvedicRemedy For Varicose Veins
1 tablespoon of olive oil
3/4 cup of orange juice
3 Garlic cloves, finely grated
Mix well all the ingredients for about 30 seconds
Let the mixture stay for about 12 hours before use.
Shake the mixture again to get rid of any separation that may have occurred.
Apply the mixture onto the affected areas, using slow, circular motions until the mixture is absorbed in your skin.
Use a warm bandage or towel to wrap the area and let it stay for about 15 minutes.