Varicose veins are sometimes just an unsightly problem that most people would wish away but sometimes there could be actual complications that may arise from varicose veins that may cause people to seek varicose veins treatments.
Sometimes, people who suffer from varicose veins may suffer from poor circulation and further problems, and in such cases it may become imperative to seek varicose vein treatments that may include:
Symptomatic treatments: Many find that elevating the legs can be a varicose vein treatment as it helps control symptoms such as swelling etc.
Compression hosiery or stockings is also known to help with controlling varicose vein symptoms, by reducing swelling and improving circulation of the area.
Drugs like Ibuprofen, Diosmin, and anti blood coagulants such as Aspirin are also seen to be effective varicose vein treatments for controlling the symptoms.
Surgical Treatments for Varicose Veins: One of the surgical treatments for varicose veins is called stripping that involves the removal of the entire saphenous vein main trunk or a part of it. This surgical procedure, however, is not without several possible complications such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism etc.
There are also other surgical procedures that can be preferred; however they are not without their critics.
Non surgical treatments for varicose veins: Procedures such as sclerotherapy, wherein medicine is injected into the affected areas and into the veins to make them shrink, endovenous laser ablation wherein specialized training for doctors and expensive equipment including ultrasound is required, etc, are used.
Alternative Treatments for Varicose Veins: Since an estimated quarter of American women and 15% American men have varicose veins there is obviously a high demand for alternative treatments for varicose veins, since these would be non invasive, and also without any fear of side effects and complications.
One of the most effective herbal treatments for varicose veins is horse chestnut. The component of this herb that is a compound called aescin is said to help in controlling varicose veins by blocking the release of enzymes that damage capillary walls.
Pine Bark and Grape seed Extracts are also thought to be effective treatments for varicose veins since they contain antioxidants that reinforce connective tissue structure of blood vessels and reduce inflammation of the affected areas.
Butcher’s broom is another herb thought to help in treating varicose veins by helping to tighten weak, stretched vessels.
Reflexology is another alternative therapy that is seen to be effective treatment for varicose veins.