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3 Ways To Relieve The Pain Brought By Varicose Veins

3 Ways To Relieve The Pain Brought By Varicose Veins

Dark purple or blue, achy and bulging veins that cause pain and swelling in your lower legs are all symptoms experienced by more than 40 million Americans and most often point to varicose veins. When vein walls are damaged, the transmission of blood gets impaired, causing the veins to swell, change color, or even bleed. Untimely or inadequate treatment can lead to more serious health problems.

Common causes of varicose veins

Age: With age, veins get weaker and lose elasticity which increases the likelihood of blood pooling.

Women & Pregnancy: Female hormones tend to loosen the vein walls, women are more prone to suffer from varicose veins.

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Obesity: Veins can become pressured by too much weight.

Inactivity: Can cause muscles to weaken which then weakens the veins.

Standing for long periods of time: People whose work requires being in the same, inactive position for long periods of time can develop improper blood flow, leading to the condition.

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Apart from being unpleasant to the eye, varicose veins shouldn’t be left untreated since they can potentially cause serious health issues such as chronic venous insufficiency, ulcers, blood clots and bleeding.

Since complications include serious health issues, it is always best to opt for approved and tested ways when looking for a remedy for varicose veins.

1. Massage

Massage is known as one of the most effective ways to relieve the pain brought by varicose veins. A study[1] shows that reflex massage is especially effective in pain relief since it triggers the release of endorphin, a substance known for its opiate effect.[2] Additionally, the studies show that massage improves blood circulation that helps to prevent venous stasis and trophic disorders. Whether it is combined with pharmacological therapy or done as a separate treatment, reflex massage, when performed regularly by a trained massage therapist, can bring significant pain relief and improvement to the overall condition for patients suffering from varicose veins.

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2. Dietary support

A healthy diet needs to be a complementary part of any varicose veins treatment. A study[3] that examined the effect lifestyle factors have on the development of varicose veins shows that the rates for developing this condition were more common among smokers, people who regularly drink alcohol, and individuals whose meat intake was only 0-2 times a week.[4] In order to prevent and/or improve the condition, patients are advised to follow a certain dietary plan that includes:

  • Fiber rich diet: Foods rich in fiber help prevent constipation which can lead to varicose veins. Great sources of fiber include apples, peas, beans, oats, and whole grain cereal.
  • Vitamin C rich diet: Vitamin C improves the strength and elasticity of the veins, which, in turn, decreases the risk of varicose veins development.
  • Hydration: For fiber rich foods to have its full effect, it is essential that body gets enough water regularly.
  • Reduce alcohol intake

3. Increased physical activity

Aside from contributing to overall health, physical activity can help prevent and reduce the development of varicose veins, as a study shows.[5] Regular exercise helps release the pressure on the veins by stretching and strengthening them, which reduces the risk of developing the condition.

Two Common But Unproven Remedies

Contrary to the popular belief, there is no medical research that supports the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar or compression stockings on improving the condition.

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As far as compression stockings are concerned, according to Haroun Gajraj, a vascular surgeon from the VeinCare Centre near Dorchester, Dorse, “There is no hard evidence to support it, but more of an intuitive feeling that wearing them reduces the risk of varicose veins progressing.”

Similarly, no medical study suggests that apple cider vinegar has the potential to prevent varicose veins. A 2016 study[6] on The Effect of External Apple Vinegar Application on Varicosity Symptoms, Pain, and Social Appearance Anxiety, only shows that external application of apple cider vinegar “increased the positive effects of conservative treatment.”[7]

Please note: Even though the three suggested methods can relieve the pain caused by varicose veins, people suffering from the condition are encouraged to seek medical professional help for more permanent treatment.

Reference

[1] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042814017923
[2] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042814017923
[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20656959
[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20656959
[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3395496
[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26881006
[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26881006

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11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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