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Varicose Veins
What is it?
The surface veins of the legs are most commonly affected, but veins inside the rectum may also become varicose, and varicose veins also sometimes occur around the vulva, in times of pregancy. Obstruction of the blood flow is the prime cause of varicose veins. In the case of leg veins, the problem usually arises in the rectum. Varicose leg veins are common from the teenage years onwards, and are particularly frequent in pregnancy. If extensive, they result in aching legs, and sometimes swollen ankles. People who spend long periods standing are particularly susceptible. Obesity can also be a contributory factor. A varicose vein may become inflamed causing pain and redness, known as phlebitis. Sometimes blood clots form, and are felt as hard lumps in the veins.
Aching legs, swollen ankles, red, painful inflamed veins, blood clots, hard lumps in the veins.
Conventional Practice:
Doctors advise sufferers to help their circulation by taking regular exercise and wearing support socks, stockings or tights. They should avoid standing for long periods, and sitting with legs crossed. A diet high in fibre will help to avoid constipation, and so relieve any obstruction of the blood flow in the pelvic region. A doctor may suggest injection of troublesome veins with a chemical such as ethanolamine to shrink or close them. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
Alternative Treatments:
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info

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