According to Jeffrey G. Carr, M.D., medical director of the Vein Center of East Texas, varicose veins are another thing you can blame on your mom. In fact, he recently told Women’s Health Magazine that, “It is by far a genetic problem with more than 70%- 80% percent of patients with varicose veins having a relative with varicose veins.” Of course that doesn’t always mean that you will have them too, although you probably inherited the propensity for them.
Other risk factors that weigh heavily on weakened valves in arteries and capillaries such as aging; pregnancy, due to the fact that your body is producing twice as much blood to support the fetus, and overall obesity. Although all these blood vessels return blood back to the heart, those in your legs are forced to work harder, pumping against gravity, and when damaged may actually let blood flow backwards, causing it to pool in your veins, creating unsightly bulges. The added pressure of walking in high heels can also exasperate the problem. They are also more common in people who sit for long periods of time without moving around (especially those who sit cross-legged), as well as those who lack proper amounts of exercise, or others who do a lot of heavy lifting.
While those bulging bluish veins pose cosmetic embarrassment, they may also be a source of physical discomfort, including dull, nagging pains, swelling, sore legs and cramps, tightness, fatigue, tiredness, numbness and often sensations of itching and burning, And while not all varicose veins require medical attention, if you experience any of these symptoms, or find that they have resulted in the formation of sores on your skin, not to mention beginning to bleed, you should see a doctor right away. If left untreated they can (over time) lead to non-healing ulcers or wounds and even blood clots.”
Treatment for varicose veins can vary from having them removed surgically (under general anesthesia, to heat-based procedures using either lasers or radio frequency energy to seal off and destroy the vein, which will dissolve into your body overtime. Another technique is VenaSeal, which uses innovative medical-grade super glue that is injected via a single needle entry to shut the damaged vein. “Advantages of this latest technique reportedly includes the reduction of nerve injury, multiple veins can be treated at the same time, and there is usually no need for post-surgical compression.
In the meantime, many holistic practioners recommend bathing legs (or other affected areas) in white oak bark her tea 3-times daily to stimulate blood flow, and regulate your diet to include plenty of fish, fresh fruits and fresh vegetable, while cutting back on animal protein and refined foods, high in fat and carbohydrates. In addition, recommended herbs include buckthorn bark, butcher’s broom, parsley, red grapevine leaves and uva ursi, Nutrients should include Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, zinc, lecithin and brewer’s yeast. This is especially important for those who suffer hemorrhoids (which, are in fact a form of varicose veins).
Allow for more exercise, but at the same time, take several rest periods during the day where you can elevate your legs, as well as avoid crossing them and doing heaving hoisting…basically anything that avoids putting any unnecessary pressure on your lower limbs.