Please note: A number of other websites refer to using bentonite clay. Please DO NOT substitute their guidelines or product for ours. Our clay is stronger in its action than a lot of other clays, different in its texture and the way it behaves. Our guidelines are designed to work with our products.
This guideline has been written by our practitioner Sarah Beesley to provide a comprehensive approach. The best result is gained when the whole guideline is followed. The following information is not intended to diagnose any condition or to replace the advice of your doctor.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and twisted. The term commonly refers to the veins on the leg although varicose veins can occur elsewhere as well. Veins have valves which are designed to prevent blood from flowing backwards. Leg muscles pump the veins to return blood to the heart against the effects of gravity. When varicose veins occur, it is because the valves no longer stay closed and have collapsed allowing the blood to flow backwards. This creates a ballooning in the area of the vein under the affected valve. Varicose veins are most common in the superficial veins of the legs which are subject to high pressure when standing. Besides being a cosmetic problem, varicose veins can be painful especially when standing. Severe long-standing varicose veins can lead to leg swelling, venous eczema, skin thickening and ulceration. This is largely because of the poor circulation and a resulting lack of oxygen and nutrients to the dermal tissue. Life-threatening complications are uncommon, but varicose veins may be confused with deep vein thrombosis which may be life-threatening.
Improving the Circulation and Reducing Swelling
This is where our clay is very helpful. We have had a number of people with varicose veins severe enough to keep them awake at night who have found that clay packing with our clay reduces the swelling and throbbing. The applications will not “heal” the veins, but they will improve circulation and therefore the waste removal from the tissue and the nourishment of the tissue which results in improvement. Regular clay packing can be a great management tool.
- Pack the affected areas daily with Purely Earth Clay. For some people this is best done overnight. Others find it better to do for 3-4 hours during the day. You may have to try both to find which way works best for you. For how to make and use a clay pack Click here.
- Follow with Purely Earth Vitamin E Cream and use this as a daily moisturiser and skin balancer. This is a non-chemical natural cream that nourishes and feeds the skin and will help to soothe and heal any stressed areas of the skin surface. This is very important if there are signs of flaking or dry skin in the area being packed.
- Use clay foot baths to improve circulation to the lower leg area. Bathe the feet in warm water for 30 minutes a day using a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of clay each time. Over time the frequency of the foot baths may be able to be reduced.
To Prevent Worsening Varicose Veins
Once you have varicose veins, the most important thing you can do is to support the health of your cardiovascular tissue so that you don’t get new ones. Veins are like long muscular tubes, a little like hose pipe, and around the hose pipe is a fibrous mesh which helps the vein to keep its shape. The valves inside the vein are made from the same stuff. Collagen makes up a large proportion of the mesh and collagen requires nutrients to maintain it. These are listed below and can be very valuable in maintaining the health of the veins and arteries.
- Use 2000 mg daily of our liposomal Vitamin C daily.
- Change your diet to include a lot more vegetables, less coffee, less sugar, less grain foods, less dairy and less red meat. If your condition is extreme, try removing processed foods, grains, red meat, sugar, alcohol and dairy totally for 4 weeks and see how you feel. Replace these foods with vegetables, a small amount of fruit, walnuts, ground flaxseeds, root vegetables (not potato) and herbs. For protein eat more white fish, chicken and vegetarian type protein foods.
- Increase your water intake to 30 ml per kilo of body weight. Replace coffee with herbal teas, especially strong organic nettle tea which assists with the removal of uric acid. Good hydration makes circulation improve.
- Use Essential Detox Minerals and Cell Food Silica to provide the essential minerals that improve the health of the veins and arteries. These also strengthen the cartilages, tendons and bone.
- Use a quality product containing calcium and magnesium. There should be twice as much magnesium in the product as calcium. We recommend Bluebonnet Magnesium/Calcium.
- Use a quality fish oil product that provides 3000-4000 mg of active omega 3 essential fatty acid daily. Omegas help the walls of the veins and arteries to remain flexible.
- Use ginger, cinnamon and cayenne in cooking daily to improve circulation. DO NOT use ginger or cayenne if you are on blood thinning medications.
- Keep your legs elevated where possible when sitting.
- Do exercises which improve muscle contraction in the lower leg such as gentle calf raising exercises. These can be done sitting or standing.
Using the above information may result in a reduced need for medication due to improved nutrition. We advise that appropriate monitoring be put in place. For example: If you have high blood pressure which is being controlled through mediation, get a cheap blood pressure cuff and monitor any changes at home. If your blood pressure drops, ask your doctor to reduce your medication accordingly. If you are on thyroid medication or cholesterol lowering medication, get your blood levels tested regularly.
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