Enlarged, twisted superficial veins. May occur in almost any part
of the body, but most commonly observed in the lower extremity and
in the esophagus. Hemorrhoids are varicose veins of the anus or rectum.
Incompetent venous valves that may be acquired or congenital. The
development of varicose veins is promoted and aggravated by pregnancy,
obesity, and occupations that require prolonged
standing or sitting without movement (usually at their job), sitting
with legs crossed, or lack of exercise.
Varicose veins are the result of a breakdown of the valves inside
the veins that allow blood to flow back to the heart. If the valves
do not work properly, blood accumulates in the veins, stretching them
and causing varicosity.
Esophageal varices are caused by portal hypertension that accompanies
cirrhosis of the liver.
Pain in the feet and ankles, swelling ulcers on skin. Severe bleeding
if a vein is injured. These are prominent, bluish, bulging veins and
are often accompanied by dull, nagging aches and pains. Swelling,
leg sores, leg cramps, and a feeling of heaviness in the legs are
characteristic. See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.
Spider veins are harmless and should not cause any problems.
Symptoms of hemorrhoids include: rectal
itching, pain, and blood in the stool. Besides lack of circulation,
hemorrhoids are usually caused by constipation,
improper diet, and/or liver damage.
In hemorrhage, elevation of extremity and gentle but firm pressure
over the wound will stop bleeding. The use of a tourniquet is not
desirable. Sterile dressing should be held in place with a firm bandage.
The patient should not be permitted to walk for some time. The Sengstaken-Blakemore
tube is used to control bleeding due to hemorrhage from the esophageal
In general, treatment consists of rest, elevation of extremity, and
use of an external support. The use of elastic stockings is much preferred
to elastic bandages. Injection of sclerosing solutions by the doctor
may be utilized in small varicosities. Vein removal may be necessary
for major varicosities.
Herbal Medicine Formulas and Recipes
Vitamin C, 3,000-6,000 mg. per day, will aid circulation
by reducing blood clotting tendencies. Biofavonoids complex, 100
mg. per day, promote healing and prevent bruising. Brewer's
Yeast, as directed on the label, contains needed protein and B
vitamins. Lecithin liquid or capsule, as directed on the label,
is a fat emulsifier that aids circulation. Multivitamin complex, as
directed on the label, is needed for healing. Vitamin B
complex, 3 times per day, is needed to help in digestion
of foods and relief of hemorrhoids. Vitamin D, 1,000
mg. daily taken with 1,500 mg calcium chelate
and 750 mg. magnesium at bedtime, helps relieve leg cramps
when combined with calcium and magnesium. Vitamin E,
400-1,000 IU, start with 400 and increase slowly, helps
improve circulation and aids in preventing heavy feeling in the legs.
Zinc, 80 mg. per day, aids in healing.
- Alum root, wild
- Buckthorn bark
- Burnet saxifrage
- Butcher's broom
- Collinsonia root
- Dock, yellow, root
- Flag, sweet
- Golden seal
- Horse chestnut
- King's clover
- Marjoram, sweet
- Red grapevine leaves
- St. John's wort
- Sheep sorrel
- Shepherd's purse
- Stone root
- Witch Hazel
Diet should be low in fat and refined carbohydrates, and contain
plenty of fish and fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid animal protein,
processed and refined foods, sugar, ice cream, fried foods, cheeses,
peanuts, junk foods, tobacco, alcohol, and salt. Add plenty of fiber
to the diet.
To increase circulation, you must exercise. Avoid long periods of
standing or sitting. Change your daily routine to allow more time
for exercise and movement of your legs. Take rest periods several
times during the day to elevate your legs. Avoid crossing your legs,
heavy lifting, and putting any unnecessary pressure on your legs.
Wear loose clothing that does not restrict blood flow. Wear supportive
elastic stockings; these will help support varicose veins and help
Take a sitz bath daily. Mineral bath therapy can be therapeutic.
Vitamin K can help bleeding hemorrhoids. Good sources are: alfalfa,
blackstrap molasses, and dark green leafy vegetables.
An herbal wash that relieves varicose veins:
Sweet flag root
Horse chestnut leaves and fruit
Mix in equal parts. Add 3 tbsp. to 1 quart
cold water, bring to a boil. Add 1/2 tbsp. salt and use
to bathe the legs.