Heavy legs are a common syndrome, especially in women, and usually aggravated with summer heats. If the hereditary factor exists, venous insufficiency is not inevitable and herbal medicine offers a range of remedies to alleviate this phenomenon and the pain generated.
Origins and symptoms of heavy legs and venous insufficiency
Due to altered or dysfunctional venous valves (types of small flaps that promote blood flow from bottom to top), venous insufficiency is characterized by a poor return of blood flow to the heart. There is therefore a venous hyperpressure located in the lower limbs. The most common symptoms of heavy legs are varicose veins, a feeling of stiff legs with sometimes tingling, edema (especially at the level of the joints), a marked or coloured skin, and sometimes an ulcer. These demonstrations are accentuated at the end of the day or by a prolonged standing position, and are soothed by the movement, the walking and the elevation of the legs.
Some steps to take to avoid heavy legs in herbal medicine
- Get used to raising legs as often as possible, when sitting or lying down
- Avoid clothes or shoes that are uncomfortable and too tight
- Focus on temperate places
- Walking, moving, dancing… In short, avoid standing still too long
- Drink (a weakly mineralized water of course!)
- Seat baths or derivatives baths contribute to a certain improvement in your circulation
- Finish the shower by sweeping your legs with a cold stream of water from the bottom up
- Decongestant massages are recommended, with a special mention for manual lymphatic drainage
- Foot Reflexology is another particularly interesting technique for stimulating general circulation.
Natural solutions for heavy legs
Vasoconstrictor Plants Act by preventing the stagnation of blood in the veins. Thus, the red vine (thanks to its concentration in flavonoids and anthocyanins, it tones the veins and small blood vessels and acts on possible edemas), witch hazel (it is a veinotonique. The tannins and flavonoids contained in its leaves protect the blood vessels and have anti-inflammatory properties), the chestnut tree (protective and stimulating effect of blood vessels, reduction of edema and inflammation), or even the Little Holly Fragn (the rhizome of the little Holly has vasoconstrictor and anti-inflammatory properties; it promotes better blood circulation) will have a beneficial effect on the sensation of heavy legs and on the pain caused. Other less specific plants (and therefore more global action) such as blackcurrant (for its anti-inflammatory potential) or clover (this plant contains coumarins, promoting the reduction of edema and flavonoids that have an effect On the blood vessels) may also be recommended. In Gemmotherapy, the association of several plants with complementary actions will effectively treat the symptoms and have a deeper ground action: Veinagem (Herbalgem) plants in the form of essential oils are also very Useful for relieving the consequences of venous insufficiency: Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), Juniper of Virginia (Juniperus Virginiana), Lentiscus pistachio (Pistacia lentiscus), Red Myrtle (Myrtus communis), Patchouli ( Pogostemom Cablin), white Sandalwood (Santalum album), or even the annual Tansy (Tanacetum annuum) have a decongestant and/or Phlébotonique action. You can compose an appropriate mixture of these oils for external use in massage, opt for the oral route with specific capsules (Oleocaps light Legs No. 6), or associate the two, according to the advice of your naturopath health practitioner. To benefit from the best effects of plants, the choice of remedies should not be confined to the expressed symptoms of heavy legs. Some plants will respond more to your terrain, temperament and adaptive reactions. That is why consulting a naturopath is a guarantee of a quality analysis allowing a global vision of your disorders which, let us remember, are the ultimate means of expression of your organism to mean you a dysfunction, a difficulty Transient or toxin overload.
- M. Falcon, treatise on scientific and medical aromatherapy, Editions blood of the Earth and medial, 2012