The Nature Doctor
Do not make the mistake of writing off varicose veins as an aesthetic flaw, because their unsightliness is just one aspect of this condition; it can be an extremely bothersome and painful ailment.
If these veins bulge significantly, even a minor injury could result in excessive bleeding. Neither does the lack of visibility of haemorrhoids make them any easier to bear. I heard from one patient that he had failed a college examination because he was suffering from an attack of haemorrhoids during the two days his examination had been scheduled to take place. I can well believe that in such a condition, you are far from your usual self.
What really is the cause of varicose veins or haemorrhoids? Shop assistants are often warned about the risk of developing varicose veins in the legs as a result of spending long spells on their feet.
Yet again, lorry drivers and taxi drivers are more prone to these conditions because they sit in the same position for long periods. Ladies ought to be aware that it is unwise to sit with their legs crossed as this will hinder the circulation of the blood.
When blood from the legs returns to the heart and lungs to gather more oxygen, the weight contracts the muscles and weaker areas in the veins and arteries will come under undue pressure.
As one gets older the elasticity of the veins is reduced. Also, overweight people carry more fatty tissue and the veins do not receive the required support. Here we have yet another reason to keep down the body weight, especially for people with either a sedentary job or the reverse, when they spend long hours on their feet.
This is also one reason why pregnant women have to be very careful, because during pregnancy the enlarged womb will increase the pressure on the veins and this, all too often, can be the cause of varicose veins or haemorrhoids.
Another major cause for concern is constipation. Excess food, and especially excessively spicy food, can be held responsible for haemorrhoids.
The seed of the Horse Chestnut tree or Aesculus hippocastanum - the glorious nut-brown conker - has been used for many, many years in the treatment of disorders of the veins.