Adults may experience varicose veins at some point. There are several treatments for this condition, but one may want to try natural remedies to relieve symptoms.
In this article, we will discuss 10 natural home remedies for varicose veins.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins can develop when the valves in small veins become loose. These valves normally stop the flow of blood through the veins, and when damaged, blood can pool in the veins. It causes twisted and swollen veins that are very visible.
Varicose veins are dark blue and purple in color and usually appear under the skin.
Other symptoms of varicose veins include:
burning or throbbing sensation in the legs
heavy and painful uncomfortable legs
muscle spasms that may be more noticeable at night
swelling of feet and ankles
dry or itchy skin that looks thinner on the veins
Ten Home Remedies for Varicose Veins
If a person has varicose veins, the following home remedies can help manage the condition and improve symptoms.
Regular exercise improves blood circulation in the legs and helps to push blood that has accumulated in the veins. Exercise can help lower blood pressure, which is another factor that affects varicose veins.
Low-impact exercises help to work the calf muscles without overloading them. Effective and low-impact exercises include:
swimming in water
- Compression socks
Compression socks are available at most drugstores and help put pressure on the leg. It helps muscles and blood vessels move blood to the heart.
A 2018 study found that people who wore knee-high socks with a pressure of 18-21 mmHg for one week experienced less pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins.
Compression stockings can be found at drugstores or online stores.
- Plant extracts
A 2006 review found that horse chestnut extract, Aesculus hippocastanum L., can help reduce leg pain, heaviness, and itching in people with chronic venous insufficiency, a major cause of varicose veins. Aesculus hippocastanum L. is available in health stores and online.
A 2010 study found that maritime pine extract, Pinus maritima, butcher’s broom extract, and Ruscus aculeatus both reduced leg swelling and edema, which is often associated with varicose veins. Ruscus aculeatus is available in health food stores and online.
Dilute plant extracts and essential oils in a carrier oil before using them in a diffuser for topical application or aromatherapy.