Saturday, May 17, 2008

Get Rid of Spider and Varicose Veins Without Surgery

ARA – Swimsuit season is here. Will you be basking in the sunshine every weekend or hiding in the shadows? If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from some form of vein problem, the answer is likely the latter.

According to statistics kept by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 50 to 55 percent of American women and 40 to 45 percent of American men have unsightly varicose and spider veins. Varicose are enlarged veins that can be flesh colored, dark purple or blue and often look like cords and appear twisted and bulging. Spider veins are similar in appearance, only smaller, and closer to the surface of the skin.

Among the reasons people get them:
* Being born with weak vein valves.
* Having family members with vein problems.
* Increasing age.
* Hormonal changes. These occur during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Taking birth control pills and other medicines containing estrogen and progesterone also increase the risk of varicose or spider veins.
* Pregnancy. During pregnancy there is a huge increase in the amount of blood in the body. This can cause veins to enlarge. The expanding uterus also puts pressure on the veins.
* Prolonged standing or pressure on the veins.

In Dr. Nancy Powers’ case, the spider and varicose veins she has, predominantly on the back of her left leg, were brought on by a combination of things. “Countless hours of sitting with my legs crossed during medical school, being on my feet a lot while giving speeches, my pregnancy, you name it,” she says.

As a holistic physician, health activist and host of “Dr. Nancy Talks Health,” Powers spends a lot of time in the public eye, and her bulging veins eventually reached the point where they embarrassed her so much she wouldn’t even wear a skirt in public anymore, much less shorts on the weekends. When she finally decided it was time to do something about it, she wasn’t happy with the options her doctor offered:

* Laser surgery -- A laser pierces the skin and penetrates the superficial blood vessel. The heat generated from the laser coagulates the blood inside the vessel causing it to collapse and seal.

* Sclerotherapy injections -- Also known as injection therapy, this is a non-surgical procedure in which a solution is injected into the problem veins in order to cause their disappearance.

* Ambulatory phlebectomy -- A method of removing varicose veins on the surface of the legs. This procedure involves making tiny punctures or incisions through which the varicose veins are removed. The incisions are so small no stitches are required.

* Vein stripping -- This procedure involves tying off the upper end of a problem vein and then removing the vein. Vein stripping is performed in an operating room. The patient is usually under general anesthesia.

“All of the options I was offered involved some kind of invasive procedure I was uncomfortable with. I decided I would be better off finding a solution on my own,” says Dr. Powers. She was ecstatic when she came across information about an all-natural treatment that has been popular in Europe for decades and is just now catching on in the United States.

Bioflavonoid-rich and derived from sweet orange, DiosVein is made primarily from the supplement diosmin, which has over three decades of efficacious use as an anti-inflammatory and vascular protecting agent. It is clinically proven to tone and repair vessel walls, resulting in stronger veins, healthier legs and sound circulation. And since DiosVein does not interfere with most therapies, it can be used in combination with other vein treatments.

“I take two pills every day -- one in the morning -- one at night, and my legs have never felt or looked better,” says Dr. Powers.

In addition to taking the supplement, here are some other things Dr. Powers does to promote her own leg health:

* Exercises regularly to encourage blood circulation in the legs.
* Watches her weight and diet -- shedding extra pounds takes unnecessary pressure off the veins.
* Watches what she wears -- avoids high heels and doesn’t wear tight clothes around her waist, legs or groin.
* Elevates her legs often to improve circulation.
* Avoids long periods of sitting or standing.
* No longer sits with her legs crossed as this position can aggravate circulation problems.

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