Varicose Vein Hope
There is nothing like standing for hours for bringing out the worst in your legs.
- Tired, heavy legs
- Aching, painful legs
- Leg cramps
- Swollen ankles
All of these are due to stagnant circulation – the failure of the body to push blood back up the legs to the heart and lungs effectively.
It happens when you are stuck in sedentary jobs, or when you’re forced to stand for a long time. It is worse if you’re pregnant, carrying extra weight, or have weak veins inherited from your family or left over from previous pregnancies or sedentary occupations. It also gets worse as you get older, and if you’re constipated!
What’s going on?
The veins should be able to propel blood back up the body with the help of the pumping action of the calf muscles. When this doesn’t happen, the blood in the leg veins increases and the veins start to bulge. The valves found in the veins (to prevent backflow of blood) cease to function properly because they can’t close across the distended veins. More blood stagnates in the legs, and you start to feel it. Any of the symptoms listed above may strike you, and eventually the veins will become permanently distended and varicose.
What happens next?
Varicose veins are hardly attractive to the eye, and their lack of artistic merit is rivalled by the discomfort they cause their owner. If not treated, they inevitably worsen.
What you can do about it?
Conventional treatments include support stockings (deeply unglamorous, not to mention uncomfortable and too hot to wear in summer), or surgery to remove or collapse the veins. Surgery is not always a long term solution as the increased pressure exerted on the remaining veins eventually causes them to become varicose as well. The herbal option is Horse Chestnut (Aesculus) used to strengthen the vein wall, reducing the rate at which it’s broken down, and strengthening capillaries.
If you just need a quick blast of something to keep you on your feet, rub Horse Chestnut gel onto your legs with an upward motion a couple of times daily, and feel the relief.