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AsktheExpertVaricose
Veins

VaidyaManohar,ourayurvedicexpertfromIndia,isour
featuredhealthpractitionerthismonth.Hereheexplains
thecauseandtreatmentofvaricoseveins,whichoccurin
oneoutoftwopeopleoverage50,mostlyinwomen.
Q:AfterpregnancyIstartedtodevelopvaricose
veins,andIwonderifthere'sanywaytokeep
themfromgettingworse.
VaidyaManohar:VaricoseveinsareprimarilyaVata
disorder,causedbyanimbalanceinVyanaVata,which
createsincreasedpressurethataffectsthevalvesand
elasticityoftheveins.
Vataischaracteristicallydry,moving,andrough,andis
themindbodyoperator(dosha)thatgovernsmovement
inthebody,includingthemovementoftheblood
throughthearteriesandveins.
Infact,VyanaVata,oneofthesubdoshasofVata,is
responsiblefortransportingoxygenrichbloodfromthe
hearttothebody'scellsthroughthearteries.Italso
governstheflowofoxygenpoorbloodfromthebody's
cellsbacktotheheartthroughtheveins.
Topushbloodbacktotheheart,theveinsrelymainlyon
surroundingmusclesandanetworkofonewayvalves.As
bloodflowsthroughavein,thecuplikevalvesalternately
opentoallowbloodthrough,thenclosetopreventthe
bloodfromflowingbackwards.
WhenVyanaVataisoutofbalance,excessivedryness
resultsinhardeningandlossofelasticityofthevalves
andtheveins.Atthesametime,anincreaseinblood
pressuredilatesthevein,andthevalvesnolongerseal
properly,makingitdifficultforthemusclestopushthe
bloodbacktotheheart.Insteadofflowingfromone

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valvetothenext,bloodcollectsinthesuperficialveinsof
thelegs,whichhavelessmuscularsupportthanthedeep
veins.Theresultisvaricoseveinsjustbeneaththesurface
oftheskin.
Asasecondaryfactor,oncethebloodhasaccumulatedin
theveins,animbalanceinRanjakaPittacanleadtoulcers
inthevaricoseveins.Pittadoshaishotandsharpby
natureandgovernsmetabolicandhormonalfunctioning.
OneofthesubdoshasofPitta,calledRanjakaPitta,
maintainsthepurityoftheblood.RanjakaPittaresidesin
theliverandthespleenandisresponsibleforblood
compositionandthedistributionofnutrientstocellsand
tissuesthroughtheblood.IfRanjakaPittaisoutof
balance,thebloodcanbecomeimpure,ortodescribeit
anotherway,itbecomesmixedwithdigestivetoxins,
thickandsluggish,thuscontributingtoulcersinvaricose
veins.Pleaseconsultyourphysicianifyounoticethe
appearanceofulcers.
Sovaricoseveinsareprimarilycausedbypoorcirculation
(asgovernedbyVyanaVata)anditssecondary
complicationssuchasulcersarecausedbyimpuritiesin
theblood(asgovernedbyRanjakaPitta).
Inaddition,anyconditionthatputsexcessivepressureon
thelegsorabdomencancausevaricoseveins,suchas
standingforlongperiodsoftime,hormonalfluctuations
duringpregnancyandmenopause,obesity,sedentary
lifestyle,heavylifting,chronicconstipation,tumors,
excessivephysicalactivitythatputspressureonthelegs,
andaging.Dietarydeficienciesorlossofskinelasticitycan
alsocontributetotheproblem.
Q:WhatcausesVyanaVataandRanjakaPittato
gooutofbalanceinthefirstplace?
VaidyaManohar:Thisisaverygoodquestion.In
ayurveda,mostdisturbancesstartwithfaultydigestion.
Manyfactors,suchaslifestyle,emotionalstress,and
eatingthewrongfoodsforyourbodytypeorseason,can
causethedoshastogooutofbalance.
Wheneverthedoshasareoutofbalance,theysoon
disturbdigestion,withtheresultthatfoodcannotbe
properlydigested.Theundigestedfoodturnsintothe
toxicstickysubstancecalledama.Amaistherootcause
ofmanydiseases.
Q:Aretheredietaryrecommendationsfrom
MaharishiAyurvedaforcorrectingthisimbalance?
VaidyaManohar:Ingeneral,it'sbesttofollowaVata
Pittabalancingdiet.EspeciallyduringtheVataseason
(winter),youshouldeatfoodsthatbalancethedry,fast
moving,irregularVatadosha.
TohelpbalanceVata,you'llwanttoeatfoodsthatare
cooked,warm,andunctuous(meaningthattheyhavea
smallamountofgoodfatssuchasgheeandoliveoil).Eat
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foodsthatarepredominantlysweet,suchaswhole
grains,lightdairyproductsandsweetfruits,asthis
balancesbothVataandPittadosha.Alsofavormoderate
amountsofbitterandastringenttastes(whichinclude
legumes,greensandmostvegetables),asthesepacify
Pittadosha.WhilesaltyfoodsaresoothingtoVata
dosha,you'llwanttomoderateyoursaltintake,because
highsodiumdietsareassociatedwithvaricoseveins.
DrinkOrganicCalmingVataHerbalTeaandflavoryour
foodwithOrganicCalmingVataSpiceMix.
OneofthesignsofimbalancedVataisconstipation,and
strainingwhilepassingthestoolcanbuilduppressure
andaggravatevaricoseveins.SoaspartofyourVata
PittaPacifyingDiet,makesureyouaregettingenough
fiberatleast30gramsaday.Avoidrefined
carbohydratesandredmeat,astheseareconstipating.
Eatwholegrainssuchasmilletandbuckwheat,legumes,
fruitsandvegetables,whicharehighinfiberandrichin
vitaminswhichcanrestorehealthtoyourveins.Hereare
someexamples:
Blackberriesandcherrieshelphealvaricoseveins.
VitaminA,whichspeedsvaricoseulcerhealing,isfound
incantaloupe,carrots,pumpkins,sweetpotato,winter
squashandleafygreenssuchascollards.
Bvitamins,whichhelpmaintainstrongbloodvessels,
arefoundinallseasonalfruits,lassi(yogurtdrink),whole
grains,lentils,pulses(legumes)anddhals.
VitaminCandbioflavonoids,whichaidcirculation,
promotehealingofsoresandstrengthenveinwallsto
preventdilation,arefoundinmelons,grapes,
pomegranate,lemon,limeandothercitrusfruits.
Rutin,oneofthebioflavonoidsusedroutinelytotreat
varicoseveins,ispresentincitrusfruits(especiallyifyou
nibbleonthewhiteareainsidetherind),apricots,
blueberries,blackberries,cherries,rosehipsand
buckwheat.
VitaminE,whichhelpstoimprovecirculation,reduce
susceptibilitytovaricoseveinsandrelievepain,isfound
inalmondsandalmondoil.
Lecithin,whichhelpstoemulsifyfatsandimprove
circulation,isfoundintofuandgarlic.
Zinc,whichassistswithhealingandcollagenformation,
isfoundinpumpkinseedsandsweet,freshfruits.
Q:Andwhataboutlifestylechanges?
VaidyaManohar:TheirregularVatadoshaisbrought
intobalancebykeepingaregularschedule.Planyour
mealsatthesametimeeveryday,asthenyourdigestive
systemwillbemoreefficientandstronger.Toimprove
circulationinallseasons,doadailyayurvedicoilmassage
usingYouthfulSkinMassageOil,whichcomesindifferent
formulasformenandforwomen.Theseblendsofjojoba
andsesameoilwith15powerfulherbshelptheskin,
musclesandveinstoregaintheirelasticity.Adailyoil
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massageisanimportantwaytobalanceVyanaVata,
purifytoxins,andimprovedigestion.
Dailyexerciseisamustforimprovingcirculationand
reducingvaricoseveins.Invertedyogaposescanbe
especiallyhelpfulinrestoringthenormalflowofblood
fromthelegstotheheart.Elevateyourlegswhensitting
forlongperiods,andtakefrequentbreakstorestore
circulation.Donotstandorsitforlongperiodsoftime.If
youmuststandforalongtime,shiftyourweightfrom
onelegtotheothereveryfewminutes.Ifyoumustsit
forlongperiodsoftime,standupandmovearoundor
takeashortwalkevery30minutes.Donotcrossyour
legswhensittingtopreventbloodfrompooling.Avoid
tightclothingthatconstrictsyourwaist,groin,orlegs.
Q:Arethereanyherbalsupplementstohelpwith
varicoseveins?
VaidyaManohar:RejuvenationforLadiesand
RejuvenationforMenareherbalfoodsupplementsthat
helpimprovecirculationandhelpavoidthebuildupof
impuritiesintheveins.Theseformulashelprevitalizethe
organsandtissues,thedeteriorationofwhichcauses
prematureagingandcanbeafactorinvaricoseveins.
Inaddition,Flexcelisanherbalfoodsupplement
combining22ayurvedicherbsthathelpswith
inflammationandulcers.
Pleasenote:Thisayurvedicinformationiseducation.It
doesnotreplacemedicaladviceortreatments.
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