Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and knobbly. The affected area may show the veins bulging and protruding, and their colour may shine purplish or bluish through the skin. Most frequently, such varicose veins occur in the lower extremities – the legs and feet. Whilst for most people varicose veins are only a cosmetic concern, others are troubled by heaviness, aches and pains in the affected limbs and swollen ankles. There may be a burning, throbbing and itching sensation at the location of the varicose vein. The characteristic aching is worse after longer periods of sitting or standing and may result in muscle cramping and swelling.
More serious issues occur when varicose veins bleed or become inflamed. The area becomes even more painful and may become warm to the touch. Ulcers may form on the skin near the affected vein. In such cases, the varicose vein needs medical attention.
Varicose veins are commonly a sign of an underlying circulatory issue. In order to improve circulation and reduce the incidence of varicose veins, preventative measures may help. These include exercising, stretching, losing excess weight, avoiding high heels, raising the legs, and wearing support stockings, which may be able to alleviate acute symptoms.
Pharmacies and health food shops also have on offer diverse creams and preparations to relieve the discomfort associated with varicose veins. However, there is also homeopathic help available and two remedies are specifically indicated for these complaints, namely Aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) and Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel). These may be used as low potency, in 4X or 6X. A dose of one tablet, three sugar globules, or five drops is to be taken three times a day for seven days.
Aesculus is indicated if the legs are heavy and tired, and the skin on the legs feels tense and swollen. The veins may appear knobbly but are not necessarily painful.
Hamamelis is indicated if there is sensitivity to touch, discomfort from pressure and warmth. These varicose veins are very painful. There is a prevailing feeling of exhaustion in the legs and the veins shine through the skin, in a dark bluish colour.
Homemade horse chestnut tincture can also be used to relieve complaints. This is easy to make and as it is currently the season of the horse chestnut, the nuts can be found plentifully across the country side.
When the fruit drops from the trees and the prickly shells break open, it is easy to collect the chestnuts.
To make the tincture, 15 chestnuts will suffice. These need to be chopped into little pieces and placed into a glass jar. The jar should then be filled with vodka, or another clear 40%-45% alcohol, to cover the chopped chestnuts evenly; 200ml to 250ml may suffice.
Closed with a tight-fitting lid, the tincture must be left to infuse for two to three weeks in a warm place. It is recommended to shake the solution every other day. After the infusion time, the liquid can be strained into a dark bottle or jar. It keeps fresh for about one year. The affected area of the varicose veins should be dabbed with some cotton wool that has been lightly soaked with the tincture, as and when needed.
By Uta Mittelstadt
Uta Mittelstadt, BSc & MSc Homeopathic Medicine – University of Central Lancashire, U.K.
Clever Homeopathy / Clever H.-the Mag!
Treatments in the Algarve:
in the course of 2018