Acupuncture for varicose veins: Does it work?
Is your work requiring you to stand for long periods of time? Do you see and feel some of your veins at the back of your knee? You may be suffering from varicose veins and would want to know how to get rid of these spider web-like ‘body art’. Yes, anyone who has them is searching for ways to remove them, and that is the reason why you are reading this, right? Do you want to find out if alternative medicine can solve your problems? Well, let us introduce you to acupuncture for varicose veins, its effects, and how this Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) manages this problem. You can visit www.waynemassage.com.au/acupressure-massage-sydney to find out more about acupuncture and there TCM procedures.
What causes varicose veins?
Varicose veins typically affect the veins of the leg. As they become swollen and large, they somehow stick out of a patient’s leg and become palpable and visible. Many people want to remove it because it is not really attractive to look at, but some want to get rid of them because they actually cause pain and discomfort.
The real cause of getting varicose veins is a bit questionable, but the real culprit is having weak veins. If a patient has weak veins, the circulation of the blood from the heart going to the legs become compromised. Because our legs are at a level that is lower than our heart, it is difficult for the leg veins to circulate it back so more blood supply gets retained to these veins, called blood stasis. As the blood pressure increases to compensate for the circulation, they increase the size of the veins that they have no choice but to bulge out and become ‘embossed’, so to speak. Other causes may be directed towards hormonal imbalance or changes during pregnancy and puberty, aging, and obesity.
Medical treatments for varicose veins
How do doctors typically treat these large veins? There are many treatment options that they can recommend to remove these bulging veins. Here are some of them:
- Endothermal ablation.
- Ambulatory phlebectomy
- Ligation and stripping
- Laser surgery
- Endoscopic vein surgery
These treatments will either make the veins return to their normal size or remove the affected veins all in all.
Acupuncture for varicose veins
If you are not a fan of going to the doctor and get surgery for this unwanted body art, you are not alone. A lot of people are now raving about the traditional Chinese medicine called acupuncture to get rid of these web-like veins. But how can acupuncture for varicose veins really work?
As a practice, acupuncture generally regulates the normal blood circulation of the body using specialized needles placed on strategic places all over the body. Using acupuncture for varicose veins, the practitioner aims to help in removing blood stasis due to vein insufficiency. The alternative medicine activates the ‘stagnant’ blood from these veins and lets it flow freely to other parts of the body then towards the heart, regulating the circulation. At the same time, acupuncture and acupressure combined can help strengthen the leg muscles so that further medical problems and return of the vein condition are prevented.
However, acupuncture for varicose veins is not a practice that is sure to work. Trusted acupuncturists would advise their patients to observe after 3 or 4 sessions if they can see and feel any difference with how their legs would look and function. This will allow them to decide if acupuncture for varicose veins works for them or they would have to go and follow what their doctor suggests.