Yoga and Naturopathy for Varicose veins

Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged
and twisted. The term commonly refers to the veins on
the leg, although varicose veins can occur elsewhere
also. Veins contain one-way valves to ensure that the
blood flows towards the heart. Failure of these valves
allows blood to flow backwards down the veins and
results in an overload of pressure when standing. This
excess pressure leads to widening of the veins so that
they do not close properly. Blood then flows back into
the leg along these veins and causes varicose veins.
Raised pressure in these veins also encourages the
development of spider veins and discoloured areas
which look like bruises. Women are more likely to
suffer from varicose veins and up to 50% of women
may be affected. Hormonal factors including puberty,
pregnancy, menopause, the use of birth control pills etc
are some of the causes of varicose veins. Other factors
include ageing, standing for long periods of time,
obesity and leg injury. Severe long-standing varicose
veins can lead to leg swelling, venous eczema, skin
thickening and ulceration. Although life threatening
complications are uncommon, varicose veins may be
confused with deep vein thrombosis, which may be
life-threatening. It causes aching pain and discomfort.
Treatment of Varicose veins involves compression
stockings, exercise or procedures to reverse it.
Asana: Uttanpadasana, Pawanmuktasana, Cycling,
Leg rotation, Viparitkarani, Sarvangasana, Sirshasana
etc. Practice Suryanamaskara 5-10 sets. Lie down on
back with legs up (with wall support) for 20 min and
practice deep breathing in that position.
Pranayama: Kapalbhati, Agnisar, Bahiya, Anulom
Vilom etc.
Diet Therapy:
Do fasting on water and juices viz. coconut water,
barley water, cucumber juice, carrot-spinach-amla
juice, green coriander juice etc. Take green leafy

vegetable soup, fruits, salad and sprouted foods in
ample quantity.
Avoid: Fried food, fast food, stale food, tinned food,
maida products, spicy food etc. Minimize salt and
sugar intake.
Take mud pack on abdomen, enema, hot foot bath, hot
and cold foot bath etc.

Written by Yogaguru Dr Mohan Karki  

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