Treating Varicose Veins

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated April 3, 2020)

There are home treatments that can help ease the pain of varicose veins, while slowing down their progression. Home treatment may be all that is required for some people, while others may still need to see a doctor for relief. The least you can do is to try some of these home treatment ideas and help to either stop or slow down the progression of varicose.

It always helps to know more about varicose veins and what causes them before you start to treat them. Varicose veins are veins that are enlarged and twisted that are close to the surface of the skin. This is caused by the veins in the legs being weakened. Once this happens the blood doesn't flow through the legs like it should so it begins to collect in the legs.

Several different things can contribute or even cause varicose veins:

  • Heredity. Varicose veins often occur in families, so there seems to be a genetic component.
  • Aging. As people get older the circulation in the legs just isn't what it should be.
  • Overweight or pregnant. The extra weight strains the blood vessels.
  • Sitting or standing. Sitting or standing for long periods of time increases the pressure on the legs.

Some various ideas on how to treat varicose veins at home are:

  • Apply cider vinegar. Applying cider vinegar to the varicose veins both morning and night.,with time will help the veins to shrink.
  • Drink raw vegetable juice. It has been suggested to drink 300 ml of carrot juice with 200 ml of spinach juice. (It helps to have a juicer.)
  • Use rosemary oil. Gently massage the oil onto the affected parts of the legs, or ankles.
  • Take baths. Alternate taking hot and cold baths.
  • Take vitamin C. Vitamin C helps if taken in therapeutic doses of about 3,000 mg a day.

A long-term solution would also be to restrict your diet. A diet that eliminates or avoids starchy food, alcohol, coffee, strong tea, white sugar, and white flour products is probably the best diet to go on for treatment of varicose veins.

After knowing what causes varicose veins it helps to know what can be done to prevent or at least keep from having more varicose veins from appearing. There are several different ways to try to control varicose veins, here are just a few:

  • Wear compression stockings. Varicose veins can be controlled by wearing compression stockings. These can help to improve the circulation in the legs.
  • Elevate your legs. Lie down and elevate your legs so they are propped up to or above the heart level whenever possible.
  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. You need to get circulation into the legs if you sit or stand for long periods of time. Remember to move around and alternate between sitting and standing.
  • Exercise daily. Try walking, swimming, and riding a bicycle; these will all improve blood circulation in the legs.

If trying these methods doesn't eliminate the pain or help to reduce the veins, then a trip to the physician is needed.

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...

MORE FROM DORIS

Unclogging a Toilet

Clogged toilets are, unfortunately, a fact of life. Learning to quickly unclog a toilet is an extremely useful skill.

Discover More

Decorating with Wallpaper

Wallpapering a room has long been a tricky prospect. Using these tricks of the trade, you are going to be able to do as ...

Discover More

Don't Give a Dog a Bone

While the TV shows, movies, and cartoons all show pet owners tossing their dogs a bone for a treat, that's not what you ...

Discover More
More Beauty Tips

Relief Treatments for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are not only unsightly to look at, they can also be very painful. There are many ways to treat varicose ...

Discover More

How to Get Long Legs

Short of going through painful leg lengthening surgery, we are stuck with the legs we were born with. The good news is ...

Discover More

Gorgeous Legs for Life

Everyone wouldn't mind have gorgeous legs all the time, but some of us may wonder how it's done, especially if we're not ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured beauty tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is six more than 7?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured beauty tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)