Varicose veins are more common in women than in men, and are linked with heredity. Other related factors are pregnancy, obesity, menopause, aging, prolonged standing, leg injury, abdominal straining and crossing legs at the knees or ankles. Varicose veins can be due to various causes. It is therefore important to ascertain the root cause by consulting a doctor, rather than treating the problem as a cosmetic issue.
Yoga therapy for varicose veins is all about how to understand and prevent this condition. The whole system of yoga focuses on proper breathing and circulation in the body, which is essential for a healthy body and mind.
Yoga therapy for varicose vein is an eye opener for everyone.
“Science teaches about the Law of Gravitation, which pulls the energy downwards but yoga teaches about the Law of Grace that which raise the energy upwards.”
Yoga has always been stressing on the importance of the inverted asana as it improves the circulation to the upper body. Due to gravitation and aging, there is lesser circulation to the lower body. In the same way, blood reaching down to the lower extremities does not return back to the heart properly. Blood has got to get back again. When one is lying down, this is not too much of a problem. While preforming an inverted pose, like resting with the feet up against wall, gravity plays an important role in returning blood and removing the blocks in the veins.
A combination of the variations of inverted and other regular asana,s which stimulate the muscular movements like squeezing the calf muscles, can be a great sequence for yoga therapy for varicose veins. People with blood pressure condition should practise with the help of a proper yoga teacher while performing inverted asanas.
Regular practice of asanas will improve the circulation and muscle tone, which can reduce the risk of developing varicose veins or making the existing condition more chronic. Avoid sitting long in one position at work or while travelling. Try to elevate the legs while sitting or practise inverted asanas for stabilising the circulation. Keep changing the posture regularly to avoid stagnation of the blood in the veins. Follow proper diet with high fibre and low salt and keep the weight in control.