Unfortunately a complete cure or fix for varicose veins, using only natural methods you can apply in the home, is virtually impossible. Varicose veins are usually caused by a technical fault with the vein, so nothing you do is going to be able to fix them. Even invasive procedures like surgery can’t “fix” the veins – they just remove them.
However there are a few things you can do to slightly reduce the appearance of the veins, and some of the negative side effects associated with them (like throbbing and pain).
Exercise helps improve your circulation which means blood is pumped around your body more efficiently. If you begin to exercise more frequently and your circulation improves, the appearance of varicose veins may be reduced. This is because it can help pump away the extra blood which is causing the bulging. It’s also possible that more muscley & toned legs can pull the skin tighter, therefore further reducing the bumpy appearance.
This may also help prevent against the veins in the future.
All round good health can help reduce varicose veins. Losing weight, or maintaining a healthy weight can relieve pressure on the veins. This is beneficial because the harder a veins has to work, the more chance it is to become defective. Additionally, the veins may be more visible on overweight legs.
We look at some of the best treatments for varicose veins here. One of the most natural treatments looked at there is compression stockings. They essentially encourage your blood to flow upwards. This may reduce the amount of blood which pools in the veins and causes bulging. Wearing compression stockings can also work as an effective prevention against the veins.
Bioflavonoids can help increase both the strength of veins and can improve circulation. While this can help reduce the appearance of current veins, it works better as a form of prevention. Foods which contain bioflavonoids include broccoli, strawberries, garlic, and green tea.
Horse chestnut extract is another great way to help reduce varicose veins naturally. Again it’s best used as a prevention. Horse chestnuts can increase the tone of the veins & assist in strengthening the walls. In some cases this can even stabilize varicose veins.
Read more about the science behind horse chestnuts here.
Gotu kola may also help. However there is not enough scientific evidence to say this for sure. Gotu kola is a herb which can potentially decrease blood pressure and inflammation. It can also reduce swelling which may further reduce how much the veins stand out.
Butcher’s broom is a herbal treatment which is often used to treat circulatory problems. Applying it to the skin may be able to help the body release the excess blood which is causing the bulging in the veins.
Remember that these treatments don’t heal / remove the broken veins and valves – that would be pretty much impossible without invasive techniques. Rather they work to reduce their appearance, prevent further problems, and strengthen your cardiovascular system.
Even though the treatments listed above are natural, if taken incorrectly it can be dangerous. Just because something is natural doesn’t always mean it’s 100% safe. So remember to seek medical advice before starting any treatments.
What You Shouldn’t Do
The most natural way to prevent varicose veins is not to get them in the first place. So prevention is always going to be a great idea. Try to avoid the following things:
- Standing for long periods of time. This increases pressure on the veins and makes them work harder.
- Sitting down for long periods of time. There is a similar problem with sitting – try to move around at least once every 30 minutes.
- Cross your legs. It’s possible that leg crossing can restrict blood flow.
- Smoke. Smoking can restrict blood vessels which puts even more stress on them when pumping blood back to your heart.
- Wear tight clothes. This can restrict you blood vessels and put them under more stress than is needed.
If all else fails you can try your best to hide them. Treatment isn’t always needed.