Permanently enlarged purple veins full of nodules are usually appearing on the calves. They can cause pain or discomfort, sometimes pulsing, swollen ankles and at night they cramps are appearing. When the leg veins are healthy, the valves are opening so the blood is flowing through them and then they close in order to prevent the blood from going towards the foot. Over time, due to constant use and aging, valves are stretching and are becoming ineffective. This means that the blood in the veins accumulates and stagnates, causing pain and their expansion, which can cause sores, swelling and other problems.
Experts believe that two-thirds of women have varicose veins, most likely due to non-continuous hormone levels throughout life. Many women get varicose veins already in the twenties or thirties. But many of them start seeking help in their forties and fifties, when the condition worsens and becomes painful.
Pregnancy, long standing or cross-legged sitting, weight gain and genetic factors are causing varicose veins. Varicose veins caused also by insufficient exercising, poor diet, and changes in hormone levels before menstruation or menopause.
With yoga against varicose veins
- Sit back, extend your legs straight ahead and straighten your back. Lean back and rely on your elbows. Inhale and exhale through the nose
- Lower your back slowly on the floor. Put your hands on the side of the body. Gently stretch your legs from yourself, and then relax. Palms facing up. Slowly lower your shoulders down, in opposite direction from the ears.
- Close your eyes and breathe in gently through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Stay there as long as you comfortable.