Natural home remedies for varicose veins include exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, consuming a low-sodium diet and avoiding clothing that is tight around the legs, waist or groin. Wearing low-heeled shoes, elevating the legs and avoiding long periods of standing or sitting also help varicose veins, states Mayo Clinic.
Taking an herbal supplement called horse chestnut seed extract may decrease the swelling and pain associated with varicose veins, states Mayo Clinic. Because this supplement can interact with other medications, individuals should speak to a doctor before taking it. Home treatments for varicose veins typically do not cure the problem, but they often decrease discomfort and prevent and slow the progression of new varicose veins.
Varicose veins are swollen and twisted veins in a leg caused by pressure on leg veins. They start as superficial spider veins, which are cosmetically displeasing but not painful, and progress deeper into the leg, says Natural Health. Varicose veins often become painful, itchy, and may bulge.
The best way to alleviate existing varicose veins and prevent healthy veins from developing into varicose veins is to reduce pressure on the legs, says VariStop.com. If varicose veins are painful at night, elevating the foot of the bed may reduce the pain. Another way to reduce pressure on leg veins is to wear prescription compression stockings, which are fitted to the patient and squeeze the legs to reduce internal pressure.
By changing position from sitting to standing at least once an hour, uncrossing legs when sitting and by wearing flat shoes, pressure on the leg veins is greatly reduced, as WebMD indicates. Exercise – even just by going for a walk – can improve blood circulation in the legs.