Varicose veins are unsightly, bulging red or bluish colored and appear at the surface of the skin in the legs and feet. While not dangerous, the condition is considered unattractive and can be painful or itchy. Since as of 2011 the only known treatments for varicose veins are invasive surgery, sclerotherapy and laser treatments, some patients are turning to more natural, homeopathic methods for relief. Some of the most common techniques and substances used to treat varicose veins include compression stockings, leg elevation, bilberry extract, witch hazel, horse chestnut seed, pulsatilla and cayenne pepper. When selecting a method of homeopathy for varicose veins, introduce the remedies sparingly at first, to prevent allergies or aggravating other complications.
Homeopathy is the practice of following individualized, natural remedies as opposed to utilizing a regimen of chemical contraindications or undergoing invasive medical procedures. The practice is controversial, and the overall benefits of homepoathy have been difficult to study. Homeopathic methods are distributed based on individual preference, tolerance, disorders and other variables that differ between patients. What works for one person may or may not work for another. Therefore, the safety of homeopathy is difficult to determine as the types of homeopathy differ for each individual.
Before ingesting any herbs or supplements, begin your homeopathy for varicose veins with compression stockings or increased physical activity. Doctors do not know precisely what causes varicose veins in patients, but some speculate that obesity, weight gain from pregnancy, standing for long periods of time and increased estrogen production may be the culprits. Genetics and aging may be the cause for some people, and in such a case homeopathy for varicose veins will offer little relief. Witch hazel, an astrigent derived from the witch hazel plant, soothes skin inflammation and irritation from varicose veins. Apply a small amount of witch hazel with a cotton ball or clean cloth for instant relief.
Medical practitioners warn against herbal supplements, especially for patients taking medications for other disorders. Always consult with your physician before applying any method of homeopathy for varicose veins. Some of the most common herbal homeopathic treatments include those that reduce inflammation and improve blood flow. Cayenne pepper, horse chestnut capsules and pulsatilla stimulate blood flow and relieve pain from swelling. Bilberry extract, garlic, ginger and onions affect the walls of the veins by reducing fibrin and strengthening cell walls.
Uses of homeopathy for varicose veins varies widely. Much depends on the severity of the disorder, the health of the patient, any existing medical conditions, genetics and more. To prevent complications and ensure safe and effective results, consult with a physician or homepathic medical professional.