Varicose veins are bluish veins which suddenly show up, ache, and make wearing short shorts or dress one second guess. Although varicose veins are commonly seen on the legs, they can pop up anywhere on the body. It is worth noting that women are more prone to this issue compared to men, and heredity may have a part in who has them. Since varicose veins are closely related to circulation in the body, some of the most common symptoms include aching, heaviness in the limbs, throbbing, and an increased risk of blockage in the veins.
Veins are of utmost importance in terms of bringing de-oxygenated blood back to the heart. When veins weaken, the blood pools in specific areas cause swelling and distention, which then makes them more visible underneath the skin.
What Does Chinese Medicine Have to Say About This?
Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at the body as a whole, rather than as an individual condition or symptom. Getting to the root of the problem and re-balancing the body from the core is the key to relieving the symptoms or the condition. The best thing about looking at the body from this perspective is that there are various things that can be done to relieve the symptoms as well as to prevent them from re-appearing.
2 Main Causes of Varicose Veins
- Lack of circulation
In case of stagnation (stasis), things are not moving as they are supposed to and blood pools in areas where it should be moving. Signs of stasis may also show up in other areas of the body, such as stabbing pain or headaches, shoulder tension, purple color to the nails or tongue, and more.
Eating foods which have the ability to move your internal energy is critical. Using foods like turmeric and apple cider vinegar on a regular basis can be of great help. Adding a cup of apple cider vinegar to a bath helps a lot, too.
Some of the most popular moving foods include coriander, marjoram, dill, garlic, chive, and caraway. Teas made with fennel, tangerine peel, and peppermint as well as foods like carrots, radish, plum, grapefruit, and peach are all extremely beneficial. Exercise is also essential, especially moving the large muscles of the legs in order to improve circulation in the stuck areas. Squeezing of the muscles around the veins helps, too. Avoid sitting or standing for an extended period of time!
- Lack of tone and energy
Prolapse or depleted side popping up as lack of energy in the body is another pattern associated with varicose veins. It can show up in the digestive system too, with looser bowels, bloating, and periods that are heavy. Eating raw, frozen, or overly cold food as well as overwork heavily affects this pattern, so the food we eat and how we work has a significant effect on varicose veins.
Which are beneficial for this pattern include carrots, whole grains, and beets, which should be prepared into soups/ stews or lightly cooked for easy absorption. Other foods include tempeh, sweet potatoes, chicken, cherries, oats, and beef.
Acupuncture for varicose veins
Acupuncture stimulates the blood to move in the veins and breaks up stasis or pooled blood. Acupuncture for varicose veins uses specific points to treat the root imbalance, typically bleeding a point along the channel to relieve the pooled blood.
Acupressure for varicose veins
Here are the points which help treat varicose pain if stimulate daily.
Stomach 36: This point is situated below the kneecap on the outer side of the leg. Apply pressure with the thumb and hold for a few minutes.
Spleen 6: This point is located 4 finger-widths above the ankle bone on the right leg. Apply pressure with the thumb and hold for three minutes.
Liver 3: It is located on the tip of the foot, at the area where big toe and next toe join. It is ideal for reducing stress and improving circulation in the body.
Liver 5: This is actually the point where people typically experience varicose veins.