The lure of all-natural ingredients (plus the convenience of skipping a doctor’s visit) is hard to resist. Many people try food and other items to treat the appearance and discomfort of varicose veins. But this begs the question: Do these home remedies for varicose veins actually work?
The answer is a yes and no. DIY varicose vein remedies can help sooth symptoms like inflammation and discomfort, but they are not a permanent cure. Here, we dive into the pros and cons of popular varicose vein home remedies.
Are Varicose Vein Home Remedies Safe?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a solid yes or no answer to this question. We believe in the power of vein treatments like VNUS and ambulatory phlebectomy. It’s the sure fire way to permanently remove your varicose veins.
But, we understand the temptation to reach for ingredients in your kitchen pantry. Some home solutions can indeed soothe the skin if thoughtfully used. We urge patients to err on the side of caution when approaching DIY cosmetics. It’s not worth harming your skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Pros: Apple cider vinegar (AVC) improves blood flow and circulation. It’s also supposed to cleanse the body of accumulated toxins. Apply undiluted ACV to the skin over the varicose veins and massage it into the skin twice a day.
Cons: While it’s unlikely the use of ACV for varicose veins is harmful, there is little research and proof to support this treatment as successful.
Pros: Epsom salt may help improve the blood circulation, reduce inflammation, and decrease varicose vein size. It can improve magnesium deficiencies in the body which are important for tissue development. Dissolve the salts in warm bath water and soak the affected areas.
Cons: Epsom salt is great for soothing the discomfort and inflammation caused by your varicose veins, but it will not make them go away.
Pros: Aloe Vera can have many benefits on varicose veins. The gel can relieve itchiness, which is a problem in patients with varicose veins. It can also reduce swelling and reduce pain. When massaged into the skin, aloe vera may improve blood circulation.
Cons: Aloe Vera can ease irritation and discomfort caused by varicose veins but it is only temporary. For a permanent solution, you need to seek medical vein treatment.
Pros: Peppermint oil has cooling and soothing properties. It helps reduce pain and discomfort caused by poor blood circulation. The oil also has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce inflammation. Warm the oil in your hands and massaging the area affected by varicose veins.
Cons: You’ll still suffer from underlying health complications related to varicose veins even after using peppermint oil.
Combine DIY Varicose Vein Remedies with Lifestyle Changes
These vein remedies will bring relief, but you need to commit to some lifestyle changes to prevent other varicose veins issues. The only way to improve the function and appearance of your veins is from the inside. Combine your vein care remedies with the following lifestyle adjustments:
Don’t sit or stand for long periods. If your work demands so, take breaks after every 30 minutes. Change your position, walk a little, stretch or stand for a while. Just don’t be in the same position for long periods of time.
Don’t sit with crossed legs or crossed ankles.
Keep your legs elevated even when you lie down or sleep.
Exercise regularly. Cardiovascular exercises and strength training all are beneficial for your vein health. Walking too improves your blood circulation.
Lose weight. Being overweight is one of the major causes of varicose veins.
Eat a balanced diet. Include more fiber in your meals. Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants are good for you and your blood circulation.
Skip the Trial & Error and Opt for Vein Treatment
We get it. It’s normal to wish for simple solutions. Choosing your home varicose vein treatment can be an attractive prospect, but it leaves too much to chance. The best way to find the right solution for varicose veins is to work with a certified vein specialist. They will check your veins, listen to your concerns, and provide personalized treatment. This approach is proven to provide visible, long-lasting results.
At Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients.