Veins or thin-walled vessels carry impure blood back to the heart. Veins act as one-way valve that prevents impure blood from flowing backwards. When these valves become weak, the blood flows back to the veins and results in congestion due to clots of blood. With the congestion the veins becomes enlarged and this condition is known as varicose veins.
Types of varicose veins
* Venous lakes
These are pools of blood in the veins found on face and neck.
* Reticular veins
These are flat, blue veins under skin that are mostly seen behind the knee.
These are fine clusters of blood vessels reddish in color and found on the face or upper body.
Causes of varicose veins
* Long-standing periods
* Lack of exercise
Home Remedies for varicose veins
* Apply cider vinegar to the varicose veins in morning and evening till the veins starts shrinking.
* Apply vitamin E oil to the affected areas.
* Raw vegetable juices like carrot juice in combination with spinach juice has been proved beneficial. It can be taken in a proportion of 300 ml carrot juice and 200 ml of spinach juice.
* A hot Epsom salt bath is effective and should be taken twice in a week.
* A mudpack can be applied over affected area at night and can be left till morning.
* The alternate hot and cold hipbath is valuable and can be taken daily.
* The nutrient vitamin C is effective in the treatment of varicose veins and should be taken in a therapeutic dose of 3000 mg.
* The affected area can be sprayed with cold water or cold pack can be applied over it.
* Sunbathing is helpful in dealing with varicose veins.
* Various yoga postures like viparitakarni, sarvangasana, sirshasana, padmasana, gomukhasana, vajrasana and shalabhasana are proved beneficial as they drain the blood from the legs and reduces pressure on the veins.
* Potatoes, starchy foods, condiments, alcohol, coffee, strong tea, white flour products and white sugar should not be taken.
* Flex exercises and deep breathing exercises are best to prevent varicose veins.