Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen, and twisting veins, often appearing blue or dark purple. They happen when faulty valves in the veins allow blood to flow in the wrong direction or to pool.
Veins have leaflet valves to prevent blood from flowing backwards (retrograde flow). Leg muscles pump the veins to return blood to the heart against the effect of gravity. When veins become varicose, the leaflets of the valves no longer meet properly, and the valves do not work. This allows blood to flow backward and they enlarge even more varicose veins are most common in the superficial veins of the legs, which are subject to high pressure when standing, severe long standing varicose vein can lead to leg swelling venous eczema, skin thickening, and ulceration. Causes of varicose veins are obesity, age, pregnancy, menopause, prolonged standing and leg injury.
More than 23 percent of all adults are thought to be affected by varicose veins. It is common and affects more in women than men it is only a cosmetic concern and however worsens in chronic conditions with skin infections. The most common symptoms are aching pain and heaviness in the lower extremities, discolouration, itching, and appearance of dilated veins. In severe conditions it can lead to bleeding, blood clots and formation of ulcers as well.
In ayurvedic literature, varicose veins is considered as a sira vikriti (venous disorder) and is known as siragranthi which occurs due to aggravation of mainly vata dosha (a basic body element). Indulgence in excess and tiring works, intake of unsuitable foods such as junk foods and aerated drinks are also reasons for the incidence of the disease.
Due to the aetiological factors, vata gets aggravates at the site of affliction which disturbs the rakta and siras (veins) causing tortuosity of veins and stagnation of blood due to obstruction of pathway of blood vessels. Thus, it causes pain, heaviness and appearance of tortous veins.
According to Ayurveda, depending up on the involvement of bodily constituents, the root causes of the disease are to be taken care of.
Treatments at Kooplicat Ayurveda Hospital are completely customised and they help to reduce the pressure on veins, relieve pain and inflammation and maintain a normal tone of venous walls and their functions. We do this through the use of specific drugs and drug combinations along with customised ayurvedic diet which supports a healthy living as well.