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When valves inside the veins are weak or
absent, or return of blood from congested areas is inefficient, veins
may become enlarged and swollen—and aching, itching, tenderness, and
muscle cramping may occur. Varicose veins are most often seen in the
legs, although they also occur in other areas. Hemorrhoids are
varicose veins in the rectum; varicose veins in the legs and vulva
often develop during pregnancy. Homeopathic remedies often help to
relieve discomfort that comes with varicose veins, and may help to
prevent their worsening. Individuals with serious cases may benefit
from a constitutional remedy, prescribed by an experienced homeopath.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Arnica montana: When this remedy is
indicated, the legs look bruised, or black and blue, and the swollen
veins are very sore to touch. The legs feel deeply sore all over and
are also worse from motion. Lying down may bring relief.
Calcarea carbonica: Varicose veins
that hurt while the person is standing or walking may respond to this
remedy. People who need this remedy often have poor circulation, with
clammy hands and feet, and a general feeling of chilliness. They may
have weak or flabby muscles, and be easily tired by exertion. Weight
problems, cravings for sweets and eggs, and a tendency to feel anxious
or overwhelmed when overworked are other indications for this remedy.
Carbo vegetabilis: Poor circulation
with icy coldness of the extremities, and mottled skin with distended
veins and a bruised or “marbled” look, may indicate a need for
this remedy. The person’s legs feel weak and heavy, and often itch
and burn. Poor digestion, a feeling of faintness, and a craving for
fresh or moving air are strong indications for Carbo vegetabilis.
This remedy is often indicated for older people, or those who are slow
to recover from an illness.
Hamamelis: This remedy can help when
varicose veins are large and sore, and very weak and easily damaged,
with a tendency to bleed. Pain is sore and bruiselike, and the legs
look bruised and purple. A stinging feeling may be felt in the
irritated veins. The muscles of the legs feel tired and are often
cold. People who need this remedy may also develop varicose veins in
the genital area or have a tendency toward bleeding hemorrhoids.
Lycopodium: When this remedy is
indicated, drawing or tearing pains are felt in the legs, sometimes
with a numb sensation. Symptoms are worse when the person is keeping
still, and the legs may cramp at night in bed. People who need this
remedy may have a worried facial expression along with digestive
problems, sluggish liver function, and poor circulation.
Pulsatilla: Swollen veins in the
legs, and sometimes even in the arms and hands, suggest a need for
this remedy. Varicose veins in the legs feel hot and painful at night,
with heaviness and weariness. Symptoms are worse when the legs are
hanging down without support, and worse from warmth. Cold
applications, motion, and cool fresh air may help. Pulsatilla
is often helpful for varicose veins that develop during pregnancy.
Zincum metallicum: When this remedy
is needed, the legs are fidgety and restless , with weakness in the
muscles, crawling sensations, and a tendency to twitch. Large varicose
veins may develop, with pain and soreness that are worse from touch.
The person may feel worse from alcohol, especially wine.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
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