Alternative medicine may be the answer to treating inflamed veins.
Inflammation of the veins is most commonly found in two different forms: varicose veins and hemorrhoids. There is no real connection between the two ailments; however, both share one thing in common. Once the veins become swollen and visible, it is next to impossible to make the problem go away.
Treat Inflammation in Veins & Arteries
1. According to the “Health Encyclopedia of Diseases and Conditions”, varicose veins can best be described as abnormally swollen veins. These swollen veins are usually found on the backs of the legs just below the knee. The most common reasons why people experience varicose veins are due to weakened vein walls, valve failure and vein damage. Symptoms include aching, disfigurement, itching, inflammation, bleeding and ulcers (in severe cases). Prevention is best when dealing with varicose veins, because they can be extremely difficult to get rid of once they occur. Prevention includes not standing for long periods of time on hard surfaces (particularly concrete floors), wearing proper footwear and elevating feet above the heart for 10 to 15 minutes at least once per day. Support stockings may be helpful in treating varicose veins in people who experience a mild case. Support stockings work by compressing the leg veins. When the leg veins are compressed, the blood is squeezed out of the inflamed vein, which can help to reduce its size. If support stockings aren’t working well enough to treat varicose veins, the patient may consider sclerotherapy. This procedure involves the injection of a chemical into the inflamed vein, which causes the vein to become sealed off. This procedure works better on smaller veins and may not be effective for severe cases of varicose veins. Sclerotherapy can be used in combination with surgery for severe cases.
2. When clumps of tissue form in the anal canal, it can be due to hemorrhoids. All individuals have hemorrhoids; however, they do not cause problems until they become enlarged. Like varicose veins, prevention of hemorrhoids is best; however, no one is entirely sure what causes hemorrhoids. It may be possible to reduce or prevent hemorrhoids by adding fiber into the diet, by drinking plenty of fluids or by using a stool softener. Over-the-counter local anesthetics may also help reduce symptoms of hemorrhoids, which may include itching, swelling, bleeding and pain. Astringents can be used to dry the skin to help relieve itching, and corticosteroids can help reduce swelling. Individuals suffering from hemorrhoids should have the condition assessed by a medical doctor, who can go over which medical treatment options are available and will work best for the specific situation.
3. With the rising cost of healthcare, many individuals are using alternative treatments for common ailments. Inflamed veins can also be treated with home remedies. Calendula is an excellent form of treatment and can be ordered or purchased from local health food stores. Calendula is available as a dried herb, which can be wetted down and applied as a salve to the affected area. This may help reduce inflammation as well to clot blood, which can be helpful, particularly with hemorrhoids. According to “Discovery Health”, Butcher’s Broom, St. John’s Wort and Witch Hazel are helpful in treating varicose veins. Witch hazel is available in most pharmacies (such as CVS and Walgreen’s) in the facial aisle. It is available in liquid form and can be refrigerated before use in order to help reduce swelling and inflammation (wet a clean wash cloth with witch hazel and refrigerate in a sandwich bag; apply as needed). Butcher’s Broom and St. John’s Wort are available as herbal supplements. However, for individuals who are taking additional supplements or prescribed medications, a pharmacist or a doctor should be consulted before beginning St. John’s Wort to prevent the possibility of drug interaction. Speak to a health consultant for correct dosaging for St. John’s Wort and Butcher’s Broom.