With the warm weather during summer in Boca Raton, you’ll want to outfit your wardrobe with new shorts, skirts and summer dresses. However, if you suffer from unsightly varicose or spider veins, you may feel hesitant when it comes to your summer wardrobe. Vein disorders can be painful, uncomfortable and leave you feeling embarrassed about your legs.
Preventing Vein Disorders Naturally
Varicose and spider veins develop due to circulatory problems that have developed in your legs. These problems can be caused by a number of things and can possibly be prevented by simple exercises to help improve circulation. If you already have varicose or spider veins, you can lessen your symptoms with these tips that include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a high fiber, low-sodium diet
- Exercising regularly
- Wearing compression stockings
- Elevating your legs
- Changing your sitting or standing position frequently
Treating Varicose and Spider Veins with Natural Remedies
When it comes to the treatment of varicose and spider veins, there are several common options that will be utilized by a vein specialist, such as:
- Laser vein treatment
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Endovenous laser treatment
- Ambulatory phlebectomy
However, the treatment of your vein disorders depends on the severity of your condition. Although there is no scientific evidence to support their effectiveness, supporters of natural, at-home remedies say several readily available extracts and ointments can be beneficial for those experiencing mild varicose and spider veins. These remedies are said to ease symptoms and help improve circulation in your legs.
Some common natural remedies for varicose and spider veins include:
- Horse chestnut extract. Horse chestnut seed extract offers relief from swelling, pain and itching that can be associated with vein disorders. It may also help block enzymes that can damage capillary walls.
- Dandelion. Has been said to ease the symptom of heavy legs that is associated with vein disorders.
- Gotu Kola. Helpful for reducing swelling and improving blood flow.
- Pine bark extract. This extract is rich in specific antioxidants that bind to collagen to help protect capillaries.
- Butcher’s broom. This herb tightens and strengthens damaged veins.
- Distilled witch hazel. A soothing astringent when applied externally to the affected areas. Witch hazel has also been said to strengthen blood vessels.
Many other herbs and natural products such as gingko biloba, ginger, hesperidn (found in citrus), rosemary and St. John’s Wort have been said to aid in circulation and in the treatment of vein disorders.