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Ayurveda for Varicose Veins

By on October 10, 2015

Many of us might have heard people saying, “I have a varicose vein problem!”  Many of us might even have been suffering from varicosity (enlarged and tortuous veins).

Now you can learn about what the actual problem is in this condition and how best you can avoid it.

Lower limbs are the most common site of this varicosity.  More than 5 percent of the population suffers from this problem in our society.

Our food habits and lifestyles are the main causes for the weakening of the nervous system, which in turn leads to weakening of the venous system.

Signs and Symptoms of Varicose Veins

  1. Painful and tortuous veins superficially seen on the legs (often harmless)
  2. Heaviness in the legs
  3. Swelling in the ankle joint after standing for a long time, after walking or by evening
  4. Burning sensation or itching sensation in the lower limbs


  1. Obesity
  2. Professions/circumstances that require standing for a long time (like teaching).
  3. Sedentary lifestyle
  4. Chronic constipation
  5. Portal hypertension
  6. Old age
  7. Pregnancy
  8. Any abdominal tumors
  9. Irregular food habits


The venous system in the legs carries the blood in the opposite direction of gravity towards heart.

The causes listed above weaken the nervous system.  In turn, the valves of the veins become weak and lose their elasticity. Hence the blood becomes stagnant in the veins instead of flowing.

Varicosity may happen in both superficial and deep veins, and both will be painful.

According to Ayurveda, varicosity is mainly a Vataja Vyadhi, Raktha and Pitta being involved in the condition.

As Vyaana Vaata is responsible for all kind of movements and transportation in the body, disturbed vyaana vaata affects the valves of the veins, and hence the upward movement of the blood is hampered.

Because pitta is another dosha involved in this condition, it lead to burning sensations, discoloration of the skin and ulcer/wound formation in later stages.

Conventional Treatment of Varicose Veins

This condition is treated on an outpatient basis:

  1. Self-care is advised always.  This includes exercise, losing weight, avoiding tight clothes, avoiding long periods of standing and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle.
  2. Wearing compression stockings is often a first approach to reduce further progression of the varicosity.
  3. If the condition is not responding to self-care or the stockings, surgery is the next option, which might be sclerotherapy, vein stripping, laser surgery or catheter-assisted surgery.

Ayurveda Chikitsa (Ayurvedic Treatment)

The beauty of Ayurveda lies in treating any disease from its route instead of treating only symptoms.

Foods that lead to impairment of vaata and pitta in the body are to be avoided—for example, junk foods, salty foods, excess of spicy foods, dry food—as well as smoking.

One must also avoid long periods of standing, which is a direct cause of the problem.

Ayurveda mentions many herbal drugs like Arjuna, Manjishta, Punarnava, Guggulu, Sariva, Triphla, Amalaki and Ashwagandha—that help to strengthen the valves of the vein and promote an healthy venous circulation in the body.

Classically, both herbal and herbo-mineral drugs which are helpful to get rid of this condition include:

  • Punarnava guggulu
  • Arjunarishta
  • Chandanasava
  • Sarivadyasava
  • Nagarjunabhra rasa
  • Abhraka bhasma
  • Rasa sindoora

External treatments also play a very important role in normalizing the circulation.  These include basti karma (colon therapy), jaoulavachara (leech therapy) and rakstha mookshana (blood-letting treatment).

Home Remedies

1. Prepare a decoction of ajwain and ginger, to be taken daily on an empty stomach.

2. Jeera water can be taken as a part of one’s water intake.

3. Apply dry ginger powder paste (made with hot water) if there is painful ankle joint swelling.

4. Daily massage (without pressure) with medicated oils like pinda taila, balaguluchyadi taila or madhuyashtyadi taila, will be very effective in reducing the pain pain and risk of varicose veins.

5. Make triphala churna paste by mixing triphala with any of the above massage oils (warmed).  Apply it to the varicose leg to relieve pain and enhance circulation.

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About Dr. Himabindu

Dr. Himabindu M.D (Ayu), is an expert in Ayurvedic pharmaceuticals.  She offers solutions to all variety of health issues. Presently she is a Consultant at Guduchi "The Ayurvedism", an Ayurvedic wellness center in Bangalore, India.


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