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Varicose Veins



First Draft © Dennis Rocke & Dr J. M. Mungavin 1983

Updated © Dennis Rocke 2022

Varicose Veins

It is very common for people to have varicose veins, in fact about 3 in 10 women are affected by them at some time. This is about half the amount as men sufferers. They are usually found on the legs and are swollen veins that look bluish and lumpy through the skin.

So which of the veins become varicose?

There are two sorts that can become varicose, the long saphenous vein (LSV) and the short, long saphenous vein (SSV). The ones that most often form varicose veins are the long saphenous and its tributaries. This vein is formed from tributaries in the foot, and the time it is most visible is when the person is standing, It runs up the inner side of the calf and up into the thigh on the inner side of the ankle. When it reaches the groin, it turns inward in a sort of dive and then joins the femoral vein (the main deep vein).

The tributaries of the SSV can also become varicose, but not as often as the LSV. it starts just behind the outer side of the ankle on the bone and runs the back on in the middle of the calf. This vein also takes a dive and joins the femoral vein, but it does this just above the knee.

This said, any vein in any part of the leg a perforating vein can develop incompetent valves that cause the blood to be outwardly pumped into superficial veins, stretching them and so causing them to become varicose. Veins in the leg even without the valve problems talked about above can become varicose but are usually insignificant and cause hardly any symptoms.

Important Dietary Facts

Anyone suffering from varicose veins should be put on the health diet with emphasis on:

  • Buckwheat
  • Fruits
  • Millet
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Vegetables
  • Wheat
  • Whole grains
Beneficial Treatments

Believe it or not, one of the best exercises are done with your head down, such as lying on a slant board with your head on the bottom and your feet in the air. Stay in this position for as long as you can without becoming uncomfortable.

If you can, do a headstand and stay on it for as long as possible twice daily.

Raise the foot of your bed about 4 inches so that your feet and legs are slightly raised.

Swimming is extremely beneficial, walking and cycling are also very good exercises. Sitting for long periods every day can cause varicose veins, so try not to sit for too long.

Daily Supplements (Recommended)
Vitamin B-Complex  

As directed making sure it contains B12


Brewer’s Yeast  

3 tablespoons


Vitamin C  

3,000 mg daily



Granules 1 teaspoon or 5 tablets



2 teaspoons


Natural Multi Vitamins  

Take as prescribed by the manufacturer.



500 mgs



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