Itchy, Achy, Tired and Swollen Legs – Varicose Veins? A Tried & Tested Treatment For Vein Disorders

Are you suffering from tingling, painful or tense legs especially after long periods of standing or sitting, varicose veins or small varices on the upper or lower leg, tired, heavy and swollen legs, especially at night, itching and / or hardening skin?

If you do, then you’re not alone, millions of people are suffering from the above mentioned symptoms which are often the initial signs of venous insufficiency. About 44% of women and 19% of men are alerted to vein problems by the time they reach just 30 years of age. But by the time they reach 50, over 54% of women and 42% of men are affected by some form of Varicose Veins. A recent study in Edinburgh showed that more than 50% of women in the general population had aching, heavy or tense feeling legs.

Uncomfortable legs can make it difficult to get on with the day’s tasks and often affect people’s enjoyment of life. Many people put up with these feelings, because they think they’re an unavoidable part of getting older. However, these leg discomforts are often made worse by general lifestyles and other factors in everyday life, which affect the action of the leg veins.

Why do we get varicose veins? The veins in our legs have to work very hard to transport blood back to the heart against the force of gravity. And in today’s hectic Western lifestyle, which often involves standing or sitting all day, this puts a great strain on our leg vein circulation. As a result of this heavy load on the leg veins, fluid enters into the surrounding tissues causing swelling, pain and that “heavy leg” feeling.

The decreased efficiency of the valves in our veins leads to insufficient return of blood from the legs. The valve at the top of a vein can become ‘incompetent’ and stops working properly; this allows an abnormally high pressure on the section of vein beneath it. This stretches the vein’s wall, making it varicose, and this makes the next valve down incompetent, and so on down the leg.

As we get older we are more at risk of developing varicose veins because of loss of tissue tone, loss of muscle mass and weakening of vein walls; however other risk factors include: lack of exercise, pregnancy, prolonged sitting or standing, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, certain hormone treatments, wearing tight fitting clothing and long flights.

Aching and heaviness of the legs are common complaints, particularly after standing up for a long time. Some people with varicose veins get itching and a feeling of heat and tenderness over their veins. All symptoms caused by varicose veins tend to be worse at the end of the day, and relieved (at least to some extent) by ‘putting your feet up’.

Most people will find that their legs are more swollen and tender at night, although the swelling normally goes away after a night in bed, it will return the following day after standing or sitting. However, if chronic venous insufficiency is left untreated and allowed to progress, it can lead to much more serious health problems. In some people abnormally high pressure in the leg veins can cause damage to the skin, and eventually lead to ulcers.

The first sign of trouble is often mild eczema and itchiness of the skin – usually just above the ankle. This can be settled temporarily by steroid-containing creams, but in the long term they are not a safe or satisfactory treatment, because they can cause the skin to become thin and fragile. If neglected, the eczema can become very severe, with inflamed, red, scaly skin all around the lower leg. Some people will also notice a darkening of the skin – first to a pale brown colour, and later to a dark, shiny brown appearance, or shiny white areas of skin, which are a sign of quite advanced skin damage.

In chronic venous disease, it is not only the skin that becomes discoloured, shiny and hard, the fat beneath also becomes hard and shrinks, so that the area finishes up ‘dented’. This can lead on to ulcers on the skin, which can become very large and extremely painful, and unfortunately leg ulcers are becoming more and more common in the Western World. However, treating the underlying venous problems will help to stop it getting worse and becoming more vulnerable.

Of course other than the health implications, it is the cosmetic embarrassment of varicose veins which brings misery to many people. An image conscious society naturally makes women want to have nice looking legs. Some doctors may be unsympathetic to their patients with varicose veins as they do not see these problems as particularly life threatening, but for those who are sufferers it can cause pain, embarrassment and misery.

Luckily, there are many ways in which you can help yourself avoid these problems. Venavine Plus Leg Health capsules are a powerful, yet natural remedy that will quickly and easily start to help with the symptoms of venous insufficiency. Venavine Plus is scientifically proven to help maintain healthy leg vein circulation.

The red capsules contain active ingredients of Red Vine Leaf extract. The knowledge of the medicinal potential of grape vine (Vitis vinifera) can be traced back far in history. French wine farmers seldom suffered from vein disorders or heart problems, and the belief was that this was due to them drinking infusions made of Red Vine leaves.

Medical Studies have now shown that the substances found in Red Vine Leaves have significant health and healing properties that protect the leg veins, reducing the loss of fluid into the surrounding tissues and helping maintain healthy leg vein circulation. Venavine Plus therefore assists in improving leg vein circulation and preventing discomfort of tired, heavy and aching legs caused by prolonged periods of standing or sitting.

The leaves themselves grow on red grape vines in many areas of the world and are cultivated in warm and dry regions of Europe, Africa and in South America. The red vine leaf is harvested following the grape harvest. It is at this time that the leaves have the highest content of the key ingredients. After being harvested, the leaves are dried and then extracted using purified water, a method that is dependent upon precise temperature control. In this process, the extracting agent permeates the leaves and dissolves out the ingredients in several stages. The liquid phase is separated from the raw material residue and dried, leaving the active ingredients which are then found in Venavine Plus.

Venavine Cooling Leg Gel is also available. This is an easy way to help tired and heavy legs feel refreshed at the end of a busy day. This pleasant and non-greasy gel also containing Red Vine Leaf Extract, is for topical application. Massage a little gel into your legs for an immediate cooling and soothing effect. The gel has been specially designed to complement the action of the Venavine Plus Leg Health Capsules. The gel can be used with the capsules or by itself.