Rest your legs with homeopathy. In the heat of the summer, legs can feel heavy. Why is this? The sun and heat can exacerbate certain symptoms such as: intense pain, heaviness or cramps in the legs, itching, tickling, swelling, pain that becomes worse when there is no movement or after standing for long periods of time.
The pain is relieved when the legs are raised. These are the first signs of venous insufficiency.
Venous insufficiency is the main cause of complaints such as varicose veins (and their associated complications), phlebitis and varicose ulcers. This is much more than just an aesthetic issue – it is a functional issue.
The venous system is responsible for the transportation of blood from the periphery of the body towards the heart. In the lower limbs, there are two different venous systems – the deep one and the superficial one. Both are closely inter-linked. Disturbances in the function of these systems are the source of vein disease.
The deep venous system transports the largest volume of blood from the lower limbs and this blood originates from the muscles.
The superficial venous system is formed by the veins that are close to the surface of the legs and transports the blood that comes from the skin’s venous drainage and the sub-fascial tissue.
In order to return the blood to the heart, the venous system has developed its own mechanisms such as vein valves and the structure of the venous walls. These help to counteract the force of gravity and avoid reflux.
Varicose veins and their associated complications appear when the veins in the lower limbs are dilated and the valves become incontinent.
Venous insufficiency can also be accompanied by unsightly spider veins, which are caused by an upsurge in venous pressure.
The factors that aggravate these symptoms are:
- Heat has a vaso-dilatory action that hinders the venous return. We should avoid exposing ourselves to situations where excessive heat is present, such as sun-bathing, saunas, hot waxing, hot showers and baths.
- Sedentary lifestyles, standing for long periods of time or crossing our legs. It is a good idea to engage in any sport or simply walk briskly for half an hour, at least three times a week.
- Some medicines such as contraceptives, hormonal treatments, antidepressants, blood pressure tablets and painkillers.
- Pregnancy and the menopause – varicose veins are more common in women and can worsen during pregnancy or the menopause due to oestrogens and progestogens .
- Obesity and constipation are factors that exacerbate venous insufficiency and leg swelling. A balanced diet that is rich in fibre and plenty of hydration (2 litres of water a day) will help us to improve the backflow of blood.
- After childbirth, a surgical intervention in the lower pelvis or a malignant tumour, a thrombophlebitis may appear in the major veins of the leg.
- There is usually a hereditary element
Homeopathic medication to relieve your legs
Rest your legs with homeopathy
Homeopathy can help us to improve the disagreeable symptoms of venous insufficiency: oedema in the feet and ankles, periphlebitis and varicose veins.
Homeopathic treatment can relieve the symptoms associated with primary varicose veins and moderate periphlebitis and as part of the treatment for varicose ulcers.
A few medications with localised effects
The veins dilate and are sensitive to the touch. Veins and capillaries are fragile and any light knock can cause spontaneous bruising.
The symptoms are aggravated by hot air and lessened with rest. Hammamelis is also used to treat haemorrhoids, pain, burning and easy bleeding. All the affected areas are painful. It is a remedy that works well in conjunction with pulsatilla.
Aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut)
The congestion is far greater than in the previous medication. The affected area feels full, heavy, throbbing and hot.
The patient feels worse with heat, upon standing or lying down and feels better with cold showers applied to the legs. Aesculus is also a cure for haemorrhoids that are hot and itchy. This remedy is often used along with sulphur.
The varicose veins and their surrounding areas are painful, the leg becomes swollen and the veins are dilated and inflamed, together with a “popping” sensation. The pain is worse when the legs are suspended and better when the legs are raised.
The legs feel heavy and the person experiences a bruised and painful feeling. The bruises appear with the smallest of bumps, and the capillaries are easily broken. Pain is worsened by physical exertion.
A few base medications
This medication has tropism for connective tissue and particularly venous tissue. The kind of varicose veins that require treatment with this particular medication are frequently associated with varicose eczema and ulcers.
This medication in indicated for patients who have dilated, painful and swollen veins that feel worse in the heat and with immobilisation. These pains improve with fresh air and gentle walks.
The patient suffers from erythrocyanisis of the limbs and has a tendency to develop chilblains. Sometimes the patient may have previously had thrombophlebitis.
The feeling of heavy legs worsens in the heat, a small amount of constriction and in the pre-menstrual phase; it usually diminishes when the periods commence. Easy bruising frequently occurs. This medication is especially useful in varicose veins that become worse or appear in the menopause.
Circulation disorders are often coupled with skin conditions: itching and eczema that is almost always dry. The affected person complains of burning sensations in the legs, especially at night time; these feel better when he sticks his legs out of the bed. This medication is suitable for individuals who display a psoric reactional mode.
Thuya occidentalis is recommended for varicose veins that appear in patients who are affected by cellulite and display a sycotic reactional mode.
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