Most of us are concerned about our looks and appearances. Spider veins are a common condition affecting both men and women and disrupt your cosmetic looks. The prevalence of spider veins increases with age and is found more in women (50% of women) than men (40%). The prevalence can be more in women than men, but the percentage is not negligible in men too. In India and other Asian countries, the recorded prevalence of spider veins ranges from 14% to 54%, with higher rates recorded among women. In the following article, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, and ayurvedic treatment for spider veins in detail.
Spider veins are also called as telangiectasias are defined as small and dilated blood vessels that appear near the skin’s surface. These veins are majorly found to appear on the skin surface of the legs and face. The veins seen are typically found to be bluish, reddish, or purplish. The shape and structure of these veins resemble tree branches and spider webs. Thus, the name Spider Veins is named after the structural appearance of the veins in this condition.
Spider veins have various risk factors including age, gender (women are more affected), and family history (genetics play a major role). Pregnancy (hormonal changes), obesity, and prolonged standing or sitting could trigger the cause. Preventive measures are advised to deal with these risk factors and maintain a healthy body through regular exercise, avoiding sitting for a long time, also avoiding prolonged standing, and wearing stockings in certain professions that need prolonged standing can better the condition and will prevent major risks.
Also protecting the skin from sun damage and maintaining a healthy weight can prove to be helpful in this medical condition. Spider veins generally are harmless and do not require treatment. While in some cases, the weakened valves in the veins, can result in blood pooling in the veins and sing them to expand and cause discomfort, pain, and itching-like symptoms. In severe untreated cases. In uncomplicated cases, people may seek treatment due to cosmetic reasons.
According to Ayurveda, the Spider veins, (also known as Varicose veins) are correlated to Sira granthi, or “Sira shotha, which is believed to be a Vataj disorder that is caused due to Pitta dosha dominance tridosha balance. The vata dosha and pitta dosha both work differentially and make the conditions unfavorable that cause blood to pool into the veins and cause the appearance of spider veins.
To treat spider veins with Ayurvedic medicines, the underlying Pitta imbalance must be addressed. This can be done through dietary and lifestyle changes, such as avoiding spicy, sour, and salty foods, reducing stress, and getting enough rest.
Spider veins can be caused due to
- Aging- (As people age, the valves in their veins may weaken, leading to the development of spider veins).
- Hormonal changes (during puberty, during pregnancy, and after menopause)
- Prolonged sitting or standing (certain occupations)
- Sun exposure
- Injuries or trauma to the skin or blood vessels
Spider veins often do not cause any symptoms and are primarily a cosmetic concern. However, in some cases, they can cause discomfort along with other symptoms, including
- Aching of legs
- Burning sensation in the legs
- Itching as well as tingling sensations (around the affected area)
- Leg cramps
- Restless legs syndrome
- Skin ulcers (in severe cases)
Diagnosis of spider veins involves
- Physical examination (for color, size, and location)
- Medical history
- Family history
- Doppler devices to listen for any abnormalities in blood flow in the affected veins.
Some additional tests recommended are
- Venogram, which involves injecting a contrast dye into the veins and taking X-ray images to assess blood flow and identify any blockages or abnormalities.
Treatment of spider veins is typically done for cosmetic reasons, but may also be done to alleviate discomfort or other symptoms.
- Laser therapy
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Endovenous thermal ablation
- Vein stripping
These treatment options are not at all side effects free and can cause adverse symptoms at any stage of life. Successful treatment through these medications does not insure the re-occurrence of the disease. To help prevent new spider veins and re-occurrence of the disease is possible through ancient ways and medicinal treatment that is described follows.
Herbal remedies by Planet Ayurveda for the treatment of Spider Veins
Planet Ayurveda prepares herbal medicines on its own that are used worldwide for various ailments management. Multiple Ayurvedic medicines are recommended by Planet Ayurveda for the management of spider veins. The result of these herbal medicines depends on the purity and quality of the herbal extracts being used. The medicines of Planet Ayurveda are 100% pure and are recommended by professional doctors according to the symptoms.
- Triphala Guggul
- Gotu Kola Capsules
- Arjuna Capsules
- Nirgundi Oil
1. Triphala Guggul
These tablets are prepared from pure resin extracts of Guggul (Commiphora mukul), along with Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), etc. These tablets are excellent blood cleansers that detoxify the blood and maintain overall metabolism and health status. These herbs will balance tridoshas in the body and help to relieve the symptoms of spider veins.
Dosage- Take 2 tablets twice daily.
2. Gotu Kola Capsules
These herbal capsules support healthy blood circulation, maintain a healthy metabolism, and balance all three psychic energies of the body. Each capsule contains a pure extract of Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica). These capsules relieve stress and control both body and mental abnormalities very effectively.
Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily.
3. Arjuna Capsules
Standard extracts of Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) are used to prepare these single herbal capsules. These capsules will restrict the blood abnormalities due to spider veins and will maintain a healthy heart by reducing complications of the condition. It will also reduce the symptoms of inflammation, burning, and pain in the legs by allowing smooth blood flow through the veins.
Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily.
4. Nirgundi Oil
This medicinal oil is prepared from the leaves of the wonderful plant Nirgundi (Vitex negundo). This oil has multiple benefits (due to its multiple properties such as analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-aching, anti-itching, diuretic, antioxidant, and anticonvulsant) when applied to the affected area externally. The oil and relaxant properties. This oil has no side effects even after using it for a long period.
Indication- Local application of oil in the affected area.
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Thus, spider veins are a common condition that can affect people of any age. While they are more commonly considered to be a problem from a cosmetic perspective. While they are also associated with serious venous conditions. If you experience any of these symptoms of spider veins you can visit our website for appropriate treatment at www.planetayurveda.com