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Last updated March 26, 2017 (originally published February 27, 2009)
By Allison Burgess,
Do you remember what you thought the first time you looked down
and saw those unsightly, snarling veins pushing themselves up and
up practically through the surface of your skin? Varicose veins are
fairly common. A 1991 study from Comenius University in
Czechoslovakia found that as many as 60% of women suffer from
varicose veins. What causes varicose veins? Do high heels cause
varicose veins? What remedies, if any, exist to treat varicose veins?
Are there natural remedies or habits you can use to reduce varicose
Varicose veins had become a part of your life-- a part of you! If you
were alarmed, that’s understandable, but you should know that there
are many options to cure varicose veins. First, let’s settle a few
What causes varicose veins? Varicose veins are known to occur
almost always in the legs and begin when valves in your veins
become weak and cannot sufficiently send blood back up to the
heart. The blood then begins to collect and enlarges the vein until the
point that it is considered varicose. So, why you, right? Well, many
factors play a role in deciding who gets varicose veins. Age, sex,
genetics, your diet and physical activity can all be possible causes of
Are varicose veins different from "spider veins"? They are similar,
but spider veins are smaller and closer to the surface and can also be
found on the face. Spider veins do not normally need treatment,
whereas varicose veins can cause potential health problems such as
blood clots, sores, skin ulcers, and swelling. (www.4woman.gov)
Do young and old women get varicose veins? Not only do young
and old women get them, but men get them too. Yes, men get
varicose veins. Symptoms can be seen at a younger age and worsen
as the years go on. It is estimated that 1 in 2 persons over 50 is
affected by varicose veins. According to the National Institutes of
Health, varicose veins are also very common in pregnant women but
generally improve within three weeks of delivery.
Those who suffer from varicose veins have found many remedies
(both natural and surgical) that can improve or even eliminate this
Non-Surgical Remedies for Varicose Veins
• Get a move on! Whether it’s walking around the block or
taking the stairs, exercise helps get your blood pumping.
• Not too Tall! Yes, those beautiful high heels look great on
women, but they restrict the movement of the calf muscles which in
turn restricts the flow in the veins.
• And not too tight! Buy a bigger size if you must because tight-
fitting clothes around your waist, groin, and legs do negative
wonders for potential or current varicose veins.
• Watch the Pounds. Yet another reason to watch your diet.
That’s right, excess pounds can put pressure on your veins while a
diet high in salt can cause water retention and swelling. Being
overweight is one of the key risk factors for varicose veins. As a
2003 study from Ludwik Rydygier University Medical School in Poland
found, obesity and lack of activity are strongly associated with
varicose veins and severe chronic vein insufficiency, more so in
women than in men. So watch the pounds, go light on the salt, and
pack in the fiber. Click here to find out how much is too much salt.
• Prop up those legs. Find some time during your day to elevate
your legs whether it’s putting extra pillows underneath them in bed
or hiking them up on the desk (when no one’s looking, of course).
• Support Hose. And yes, compression stockings ---"support
hose" ---really can help. They steadily squeeze your muscles and
veins in order to get blood pumping more smoothly. Sizes and
• Horse Chestnut. Remember Nat King Cole singing "chestnuts
roasting on a open fire"? Well, those same ordinary forest nuts can
help to heal your veins and capillaries. Horse chestnut taken as an
extract or applied to the legs as a cream, has been used in Europe for
many years as a natural remedy for varicose veins. Horse chestnut
contains an ingredient which helps to "seal" the veins and capillaries,
stopping the leaking which appears as varicose veins or spider veins.
• Other herbs which have not been studied as extensively as horse
chestnuts may also help to seal varicose veins. These include
Butcher's broom and grape seed oil.
Surgical Remedies for Varicose Veins
• Sclerotherapy. For small and medium-sized varicose veins, a
solution is injected that scars and closes the vein. Within a few weeks
the veins should fade. Anesthesia is not required. One possible
complication of this treatment is that you become slightly more at risk
for blood clots, as a result of the scarring of the closed vein. If you
are already at an elevated risk fro blood clots, you may simply decide
to forgo this option.
• Laser surgeries. New technology is becoming more and more
popular as an option requiring no incisions or needles. According to
the Mayo Clinic, smaller varicose veins and spider veins react
especially well to this treatment.
• Catheter-assisted procedures. This procedure is used more on
patients with larger varicose veins. The doctor inserts a tube
(catheter) into the vein which is then heated, destroying the vein and
causing it to close shut.
• Vein stripping. Often an outpatient procedure, it involves
removing a long vein through many tiny incisions.
The remedies listed above are four of the most common surgical
procedures for curing varicose veins. Always ask your doctor for
Does Massage Help Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins, as we have said, are caused when the veins become
"leaky" and the valves of your veins are unable to help move blood
back toward your heart.
This is why varicose veins can be thought of as a mild form of venous
insufficiency. Now, researchers have found that performing lymphatic
massage can help more serious cases of venous insufficiency.
The study was carried out in 2013 by researchers from the
Department of Physiotherapy at Eskulap Health Centre in Poland and
the Department of General Orthopaedics, Musculoskeletal Oncology
and Trauma Surgery of Poznan University of Medical Sciences,
Poznan in Poland. Led by Dr. Powel Molski, the research team divided
70 patients with venous insufficiency severe enough to warrant
surgery into two groups.
One group received manual lymphatic massage and the other group
did not. After 30 days, the group which ad received the lymphatic
massage had lower leg swelling. The other group showed no
A couple of words of caution are in order. First, as our team of
Doctors and Registered Nurses has pointed out, the study did not
examine varicose veins specifically so we can't conclude that
lymphatic massage will help varicose veins. Second, the number of
people evaluated in the study is still rather a small sample on which
to base any general conclusions. We'll need to await more studies to
give you an unqualified recommendation about massage for varicose
veins. On the other hand, there does not appear to be any risk to
trying light lymphatic massage if you have varicose veins.
Remember that varicose veins do not have to take a permanent place
in your identity! You do not have to be and should not be
remembered as the family member with the weird legs. There are
many natural and surgical remedies for you to try. With time, they
can eventually become only a passing thought…a nuisance you dealt
with years ago.
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