This article is dedicated to our faithful and selfless companions in the everyday struggle: our legs. We so often take them for granted and neglect to afford them the importance and care they deserve.
Can you imagine how difficult our lives would be without our legs? Or if they didn’t work properly? How else would we get from point A to B? Let’s learn to value and take better care of them. A common problem in our day-to-day lives is the nuisance caused by bad circulation in our lower members. Bad circulation can give rise to several irritations, from itchiness to aesthetic issues and even beyond that, pain, disability, and complications such as thrombosis.
Thrombosis refers to the formation of a blood clot inside a blood vessel that can turn into an embolus (a blood clot that travels inside the body carried by the blood’s own currents). This condition can lead to severe health consequences and may even be fatal.
What are varicose veins and where do they come from?
Varicose veins are caused by a dilation of the vein due to an accumulation of and consequent blockages caused by blood. They usually arise as a result of various genetic and hormonal factors and are most commonly seen in women. Other contributing factors include obesity, pregnancy, and any number of bad health habits, all of which prevent good blood circulation and produce build-up that causes veins to increase in size.
What are some preventative measures I can take?
Swimming and long bike rides are highly recommended for the prevention of varicose veins. When resting, the best thing you can do is raise your legs to improve blood flow, thus preventing the build-up of blood.
We should also avoid exposing our legs to too much heat, trying not to sunbathe at the hottest hours or taking very hot baths. It is better to go for looser-fitting and comfortable clothing instead of tight pants that limit blood circulation.
Waxing is definitely not recommended for people who suffer from varicose veins. Massages are also beneficial, as long as they are not too hard or rough. They should be performed by a specialist – if not, they might aggravate the symptoms.
Nutrition and good remedies
Vitamin E is very highly recommended for people suffering from circulation problems. Cayenne pepper cream can also be externally applied to help improve this malady. Niacin or Vitamin B3 relaxes the veins and improves circulation. Extract of artichoke also diminishes arterial pressure and prevents arteriosclerosis.
Some remedies generously provided us by Mother Nature that we can use to improve circulation of the legs are:
- Ginkgo biloba: has the capacity to dilute veins and in this way improve blood circulation.
- Garlic: helps prevent the formation of blood clots.
- Cat’s claw: diminishes the blood’s coagulative capacities.
- Horsetail: acts as a diuretic, improving circulation. Extract the essence of horsetail by boiling 100 grams of dried horsetail per liter of water for 30 minutes and drink a few glasses a day.
- Witch hazel: Witch hazel massages or rubs can alleviate pain and swelling of the legs caused by swollen veins.
- Horse chestnut: Consume a tablespoon of essence in one glass of water a few times a day.
- Argan oil: Argan oil can be consumed raw in salads.
- Willow: An infusion of one small tablespoon of extract per glass of water should be consumed every two days.