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Varicose Vein Ayurvedic Treatment About Ayurveda

About Varicose Vein Ayurvedic Treatment

Veins are blood vessels which transport blood back to the heart, are much thinner than the arteries. A congenital wall weakness of the veins, which is usually associated with a slight general weakness of the connective tissue, leads to the rapid fatigue of the thin vein walls.

This causes poor blood circulation. Veins become bluish, dilated and twisted.

It is estimated that 15% to 30% of the population has varicose veins. Women are 2 to 3 times more affected than men. Varicose vein condition is permanent and very difficult to cure completely. But it is possible to alleviate the symptoms associated with it and prevent the formation of other varicose veins.

Causes of Varicose Vein

Some of the common causes of Varicose vein condition are Impairment of Valves: The veins are provided with numerous valves, which performs the functions of a valve. When the veins contract, the valves open in one direction causing the blood to circulate in the direction of the heart. When valve closes, they prevent the blood from flowing in the opposite direction. If the valves weaken, this affects the blood flow to the heart. Blood tends to stagnate in the legs. This accumulation of blood dilates the vein causing varicose vein condition.
Deterioration of Vein walls: The walls of the veins play an important role in the return of blood to the heart. Their effectiveness depends on the ability to contract, elasticity and tightness. Over time, the walls lose their elasticity and tone. This is another reason for a varicose vein condition.
Loss of muscle tone: During a walk, the return of the blood to the heart is favored by the leg muscles. The muscles acts as a pump for the blood circulation. Over time, lower muscle tone can cause the functioning of the vein resulting in varicose vein condition.
Aging: All the above mentioned factors- impairment of valves, deterioration of vein walls and loss of muscle tone comes over time. So aging is a common factor responsible of the causes of varicose vein condition.
Genetic Disposition: Stats suggest that most of the patients diagnosed with varicose vein have had parents who were also affected by the same. This might be due to some kind of inheritance of muscle tone. or vein walls or valves.

Injury: An injury caused at some point of time, even if it had caused a long time back.
Obesity or being overweight: It is seen that majority of people diagnosed with varicose vein is either obese or overweight.
Standing, sitting or loading activity during work for prolonged period: Women can cause varicose veins due to hormonal imbalances and also during pregnancy. During pregnancy, the increased pressure on the pelvic vein by the child in the uterus, the increase in blood volume and strong pressure on the legs while sitting and standing are some of the factors.

Symptoms of Varicose Vein

In the initial stages of the condition, symptoms like heavens, calf cramps , tension, slight swelling or pain. Later stages develop skin discoloration and skin compaction.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Varicose Vein

According to Ayurveda, most diseases are the result of faulty digestion. Lifestyle, emotional stress and eating wrong foods for your body type or season may lead to the fact that the doshas get out of equilibrium. This causes a digestive imbalance, resulting in the the accumulation of poisonous sticky substance called ama. It is the excess accumulation of ama, which is the root cause of all disorders. According to Ayurveda, the varicose vein condition is caused by imbalance in the vata/ Kapha combination and pitta doshas. Imbalance of vata causes high blood pressure, which affects the elasticity of the valves and the veins. Kapha imbalance affects the blood circulation. Vata regulates movement in the body, including the movement of blood through the arteries and the veins. When vata is out of balance, this causes dryness and loss of elasticity of the valves and veins. Increased blood pressure expands the vein, affecting the valves to close properly, which complicates the ability of muscles to push the blood back to the heart. Instead of flowing from one valve to another, blood accumulates in the superficial veins of the legs, which have less muscle support. This causes varicose vein condition. A pitta imbalance causes the formation of ulcers in the vein. Ranjaka pitta is a type of pitta constitution responsible for this condition. When blood gets accumulated in the veins, there is an imbalance in the ranjaka pitta dosha. Ranjaka pitta is stored in spleen and liver and is responsible for the purity of blood. When there is an imbalance to the ranjaka pitta, blood becomes impure and it becomes mixed with digestive toxins. This leads to the formation of ulcers in the varicose veins.

Ayurvedic treatment of varicose vein involves internal medication prescribed by the doctor, panchakarma detoxification therapy for the removal of toxins and a strict ayurvedic diet.

The treatment procedure starts with-

Consultation with an ayurveda physician. (We at superbeing arranges free consultation over the phone or email with a specialized doctor, provided you have send a detailed description of the disease condition and the concerned medical reports)

The doctor performs thorough diagnosis of your body by analyzing your medical reports. He then prescribes a treatment routine to be followed-

A typical treatment routine includes:

    1. No of days required for treatment

    2. The therapies to be followed in each stages of treatment

    3. Number of total sessions required for each therapy

    4. Internal medicines and its timings

    5. Diet to be followed during treatment

    6. Do’s and Don’ts  to be followed before and after  each session

Some of the Panchakarma therapies advised in Ayurveda for Varicose Vein are :

Abhyanga: Abhyanga is a part of Panchakarma treatment method which involves application of warm medicated oil over the body with mild pressure. The medicine is rubbed over the body in directions comfortable to the patient. It improves strength and alleviates Vata. Abhyanga is a type of Bahya Snehana which can be performed as therapeutic procedure as well as preventive procedure.

The patient is made to sit on the Abhyanga table with leg extended. The oil is to be heated to optimum temperature and applied over the head, ears and soles of the feet. And then the oil is applied uniformly with mild pressure over the body by two masseurs standing on both sides of the table. Massage is started from scalp, head and moves down to neck, upper back, shoulders, upper arms, forearms, hands and then chest, abdomen, lower back and lower limbs.

Abhyanga should be done in sitting, supine, right lateral and left lateral positions and prone position. At the end of the procedure the oil on the body is wiped off with tissue or towel. The procedure normally takes 30- 40 minutes.

Patient is advised to take complete rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bath can be taken with hot water and soap to remove the oil from the body. Light semisolid digestible diet is advised after the bath.

Ilakkizhi: ‘Ila’ means leaves and ‘Kizhi’ means bolus. This is a highly effective therapy is bone and joint inflammations.

In this therapy, leaves of medicinal plants are heated and tied in a bolus. This bolus is then applied to the affected area to provide heat.

Podikkizhi: In this method a mixture of herbs are dried and powdered. This is then tied to a bolus. This bolus is then heated and applied over the affected area.

Pizhichil: Pizhichil is a preparatory procedure of Panchakarma which has the advantage of producing the effects of Snehana and Swedana at the same time. Pizhichil has its origin in Kerala Ayurveda. Pizhichil is a procedure by which the body is made to perspire by means of pouring warm medicated oil in a specific manner.

The patient is made to sit on a dhara table with legs extended. A cotton swab after soaking in suitable oil is applied over the scalp. Then Karnapurana (application of oil in the ears) is done. The rolled cotton cloth has to be tied above the ears, around the head at the level of forehead.Ears should be plugged with cotton and oil is applied all over the body. Gentle massage is performed by two masseurs attending on either sides of the patient.

The oil used for Pizhichil is to be heated by keeping the vessel on a hot water bath. The temperature of the oil must be comfortable to the patient. Then piece of cloth is to be dipped in the warm oil and squeezed over body with right hand. Simultaneously gentle massage is done with left hand. The oil should flow in uniform stream from the thumb facing downwards from a height 12 to 20 cms. or as per the condition of the disease./ patient. This process is continued in seven positions given below.

Basically only 3 positions are described- Sitting, Supine and Prone, but practically 7 positions are followed.

    - Sitting

    - Supine

    - Left lateral

    - Prone

    - Right lateral

    - Supine

    - Sitting

After Pizhichil, body of the patient is to be massaged gently and oil is to be wiped off with clean towel over the scalp and body.Then fresh oil is applied all over the body and covered with blanket or cotton cloth. Rest is advised for few minutes followed by hot water bath.

The duration of Pizhichil varies from 45 -60 minutes and usually performed 7,14 or 21 days according to the condition of the patient/ disease.

Pizhichil is performed for Neuromuscular disorders like Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Peripheral Neuropathy, Muscular and Ligamentous injuries. It is also effective in Orthopaedic & Rheumatological problems like cervical spondylosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Other degenerative joint diseases.

Navarakizhi: In this therapy, medicated oil is applied to the whole body and then the body is massaged with small cotton cloth boluses filled with cooked Njavara rice. Njavara rice has immense medicinal value.

The boluses are dipped in this regenerating mixture of cow's milk and a brewed herbal decoction, and then applied to the body, causing the body to sweat.

Raktamokshana: Raktamokshana or blood letting is a process of removing toxins by eliminating contaminated blood. Toxins, which are absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract enter into the blood stream. This can lead to a wide range of diseases.
In case pitta induced diseases when the fire is too strong with too much heat, removal of a small quantity of blood eases tension and helps in relieving the symptoms.

There are small, medium and large bloodletting techniques, depending on the amount of blood taken. In case of a large blood let, the blood is removed from the attached area in which the toxins are accumulated. In small and medium blood letting, blood is taken from the vein of the arm flexion.

Methods of application are
1. Incision of the vein
2. puncturing the vein
3. by applying leeches to the affected area
4. Cupping methods

Among these methods, the puncturing of the vein the most commonly used technique. The main objective for this method is to clear out the impurities accumulated inside the blood stream.


Ayurvedic Home Remedies and Diet Tips for Varicose Vein

For Varicose vein, Ayurveda explains a diet which focus on balancing the vata and pitta. 1. Consume a fibre rich diet. Avoid refined carbohydrates and red meat, as these can contribute to digestive disorders 2. Melon, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin etc are rich in Vitamin A. This helps in healing of the varicose ulcers. 3. Citrus fruits are good for improving blood circulation, healing of vein ulcers and strengthening of vein walls. 4. Blackberry and cherry are other important fruits which has healing property. 5. Vitamin C and Vitamin E are good for blood circulation. so include these into your diet. 6. Eat on time. 7. Performing an oil massage once a day is good for blood circulation. 8. Regular exercise is a must. You should also avoid sitting or standing for long hours.

About Ayurveda

Ayurveda, which means the science of life. (Ayur = Life, Veda = Science). Ayurveda is a traditional System of treatment (medical science) which was developed in India more than 5000 years ago. Ayurvedic treatment which helps to cure most of the diseases. Major treatment methods are massages, Pizhichil, Njavarakizhi, Sirodhara, Vasthi, Sirovasthi, Udvarthanam, Abhyangam, Nasyam, Thalam etc. The main Advantage of taking ayurveda treatment is, its completely natural because herbal medicines are used to treat any disease conditions. Its a natural medical system focused on physical, mental and spiritual growth of human beings and it focus on treating and get rid off the root cause of the disease (Complete cure) rather than suppressing the symptoms.Special Ayurveda packages available in kerala for most of the ailments

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