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Can Acupuncture Help Spider Veins?

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Other Natural Remedies for Spider Veins

Your acupuncturist may recommend that you use one or more of these natural remedies if you have spider veins.

  • Horse Chestnut. This herb is taken orally and not only improves circulation, but also reduces leg swelling.
  • Hawthorn Berry. Taking hawthorn berry tones the vascular system and strengthens blood vessel walls.
  • Grapeseed Extract. Grapeseed extract, a powerful antioxidant, improves circulatory system function, reduces leg swelling and prevents damage to blood vessels.
  • Witch Hazel. Witch hazel is applied directly to your skin and can lessen the appearance of spider veins.
  • Vitamin C. A diet high in vitamin C is helpful in strengthening blood vessels. Taking vitamin C supplements is a good way to ensure that you receive the full benefits of this important vitamin.
  • Guava. Add guava to the menu to combat spider veins. The fruit is high in vitamin C and also contains vitamin K, which improves blood flow and can fade the color in your spider veins.
  • Ginkgo Bilobo. Ginkgo biloba supplements also improve circulation and strengthen veins.
  • Castor Oil. Warm up castor oil before massaging it into your skin to improve the appearance of spider veins.

Before you try any herbal remedy, talk to your acupuncturist first, as some remedies can interact with the medications you take.

Spider veins may not be a serious health problem, but they can make you feel self-conscious about the way you look in shorts or skirts. Abnormal leg veins, including spider veins and varicose veins, affect 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men in the U.S., according to the Office of Women's Health. Acupuncture treatments improve the appearance of spider veins naturally and help you feel better about your legs.

What is Acupuncture?

Thousands of years ago, Chinese medical practitioners theorized that many common health problems occurred due to a blockage of Qi, a life force that runs through your body. When they tested their theories and inserted thin needles into strategic locations in the body to free the blocked Qi, pain and other symptoms decreased. Acupuncture continues to offer impressive results with no side effects, unlike many traditional forms of medical treatment.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins, those thin blue or red veins that appear just below the surface of your skin, occur when the valves in your veins do not close completely, allowing blood to back up in a section of a vein. Several factors increase your risk of developing spider veins, including:

  • Extra Weight. The more you weigh, the more pressure on your veins. Spider veins are more likely if you are overweight or gain weight during pregnancy.
  • Family History. Weak valves are common in some families and are passed on from generation to generation.
  • Age. As you age, your veins tend to become weaker, which can lead to the development of spider veins.
  • Hormonal Changes. Changes during puberty, pregnancy and menopause can cause spider veins, as can using any form of birth control that contains estrogen and progesterone. Hormonal changes tend to weaken the walls of your veins, making it easier for spider veins to develop.
  • Inactivity. Your veins must work harder if you sit or stand for long periods of time.
  • Smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for blood to circulate through your veins. When circulation is impaired, your vessels swell and spider veins form.

How Can Acupuncture Treatment Improve the Appearance of Spider Veins?

Weak muscles and connective tissue can cause blood to pool in your veins, causing spider veins. Since the muscles and connective tissue are governed by the spleen network, your acupuncture practitioner will concentrate on breaking up pooled blood by inserting acupuncture needles in the parts of your body that correspond to the spleen. When the blood breaks up, the veins begin to become less noticeable.

Your acupuncture practitioner may also recommend herbs and supplements that will help reduce your symptoms, suggest dietary changes and provide information on exercises that can increase blood flow to your legs. Making lifestyle modifications may also help decrease your symptoms. For example, if you spend long hours sitting at a desk, your practitioner may recommend that you get up and take short walks at regular intervals.

Would you like to get rid of unsightly spider veins naturally? Call us and learn how acupuncture treatment can help you.

Sources:

Office on Women’s Health: Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Fact Sheet, 7/6/2012

http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/varicose-spider-veins.html

Women’s Health: How to Get Rid of Those Evil Spider Veins, 3/6/2015

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/spider-veins-0

Doctors Health Press: Natural Ways to Treat Spider Veins, 8/27/2015

http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-articles/natural-ways-to-treat-spider-veins

Acupuncture.com: Varicose Veins? Natural Secrets for Restoring Beauty

http://www.acupuncture.com/newsletters/m_aug10/varicoseveins.htm