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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Varicose Veins

What is Varicose Veins?

When the blood moves back from the organs to the heart, it is carried by a network of vessels called veins. Veins are thin-walled vessels compared to the arteries (vessels that take blood from the heart to the various organs). Veins contain one-way valves every few inches to prevent the blood flowing back due to gravity. It is when these valves become weak that the blood starts pooling in the veins. Veins then become dilated (widened) and twisted, and are called varicose. Any vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in the legs and feet. Mainly in legs one or more of the valves fails to close properly, therefore the veins conduct blood back into the leg instead of up to the heart. As blood accumulates, abnormal pressures dilate the superficial vein system, causing the veins to bulge and become visible.

The symptoms

Symptoms commonly found in those suffering from varicose veins are

  • Pain
  • Achiness
  • Heaviness
  • Burning
  • Throbbing
  • Muscle cramping
  • Swelling in lower legs

Veins appear as enlarged, snake-like, blue veins and are most easily seen under the skin while standing. Itching may be present around the enlarged veins. Skin ulcers at ankle, whenever present, indicate a sever form of varicose veins.

Treatment of Varicose Veins

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Varicose Vein Treatment - Advanced Trivex Procedure
  • Trivex System - Advance Varicose Vein Treatment
  • Laser for varicose Vein Treatment
  • Surgery for Varicose Vein

Homeopathic Treatment

  • Homoeopathic medicines Calcarea flour and Acid flour stand at the top of the table for treating varicose veins.
  • Calcarea flour not only clears the symptoms but also eradicates the tendency for developing varicose veins.
  • Calcarea Iodatum works extremely well for ulcers accompanying varicose veins.
  • Hamemelis and Vipera are indicated when there is acute inflammation in the veins often called phlebitis.

Varicose Veins During Pregnancy:

It is common for women to develop varicose veins during their pregnancy. The main cause of this is due to the hormone changes in the womans body. There are increased levels of progesterone which cause the blood vessels to relax. This problem can be increased due to the fact that the enlarged womb may pressure the major veins that pass through the pelvis which results on pressure in the veins of the legs. Varicose veins during pregnancy are more likely to affect women who have an inherited tendency of varicose veins in their family.

Its important to note that varicose veins may disapear after pregnancy however after each subsequent pregnancy varicose veins are more likely to appear and become more visible. For women who had varicose veins in previous pregnancies its important you take precautions if you become pregnant again.

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