Do your legs hurt a lot, in particular below the knees in the morning when you awaken, or at the end of your work day?
Do you notice a dull aching, throbing, and a or an unsual tiredness in the legs, especially the calves and even lower?
Do you wake up in the morning, sometimes earlier than you want and your find that your calves are hurting, and they did not feel that way the night before when you went to bed?
Do you feel that you've reached a certain age, and you find that you start to get leg pain at the end of the day, more so now because of your job, or athletic regimen?
A more serious medical reason your legs may be hurting is because you may have a blood clot, and you may need an emergency medical intervention, or medical attention. This can be the case when you have just gotten off a flight within the last 24-48 hours (especially a long one), and you are unaware of your own tendency to venous insufficiency, and you did not wear compression stockings.
In all these cases, when there is such profound leg pain, because of the noisiness of daytime life, the attention on your children you are taking care of, spouse, parent, etc the awareness does not come until you are in bed, lying horizontally in complete quiet. At this time of night, examine the health of your legs for any veinous protrussions, throbbing, adequate blood circulation, and any pain. Do this when you are lying horizontally, fully relaxed, and before you put the sheets over your body and go to sleep. This technique is so you can look at your legs, and feel them more. Having this awareness of your leg's health is extremely beneficial because you can understand the source of it. It is better to deal with your needs and the cause of the pain rather than proceed to more medically profound pathology later on in life, and need more crucial long-term medical care.
There are several other important reasons why your legs may hurt so much. Natural treatments will be examined.
For the first part of this article, I will be examining Venous insufficiency.
For the 2nd part of this article to I will be updating this web page periodically, with the following related topics:
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Venous insufficiency is when the venous part of the cardiovascular system, where the blood also flows, does not work optimally, and there is a genetic weakness of the flaps in it. The venous system is responsible for the returning of blood to the heart. It does not work on a pump as the arterial blood system works.
The pain of this disorder is very easily discernable and has certain characteristic patterns. It is evoked in certain circumstances. The pain of venous sufficiency often makes your legs feel like they are 2-3 times their actual weight. It is usually a throbbing pain.
When you have walked for an hour or more or been on your feet in a stationary position for a while, you will likely get pain in your lower legs if you have a tendency towards venous insufficiency. Often times there is no real pattern to this, because walking or standing does not always cause the pain. Sometimes it can be a long game of tennis, or even a short one on a particular day.
People who have to stand for their job such as hairdressers, supermarket employees, restaurant workers, etc are in my opinion at highest risk of developing difficulty with the venous system. It is advisable not to have a career in these professions because of the tendency to pain. You may be better off sitting at a job, or working at a job, where you get to sit for an hour, and then arise for certain tasks. I met a hairdresser once who had to use herbals from Italy every day, when she was started to live in Toronto again. This was an eyeopener to me for when I had become studied in Iridology. This kind of pain is probably more common than we think, and since we still have a tendency to ignore this type of pain, since it is not a dire pathology, we don't figure out what the source is, or what to do abou it.
So, when you have pain in your lower legs, especially below your calves. you will feel like massaging the area when you get home. The pain is throbbing, and takes hours to go away. Sometimes the pain stays for many hours, and the only way for it to stop is to lay down on your bed and go to sleep. You may wish to slightly elevate your leg to help with blood flow.
Antioxidants, and antioxidant drinks can help. There are many berry mixture powders available on iherb.com.
Consult your medical doctor to ensure you have venous insufficiency, and rule out other causes. Your medical doctor can tell from the veins in your legs, and their protrusion even when you are in your 30's that venous insufficiency is becoming evident.
It is not necessarily true tthat venous protrusion in your legs, is caused by the tendency to venous insufficiency though. It can be caused by other factors.
Sometimes this pain happens only one side of the body as well.
Because of the possibility of portal vein hypertension
In fact constipation is also one of the root causes of congestion of the arteries as well as the veins. Constipation in the form of plaques in the lower bowel can also cause pressure on the veins which are returning blood from the intestines. These veins meet up into the large vein, called the portal vein which goes to the liver.
Any pressure or constipation, chronic, or parasites in the intestines may cause Venous insufficiency. See the web page Do I Have Parasites or Intestinal Worms? for more information on knowing whether you carry parasites.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the Spleen organ system governs keeping the blood within the arteries and veins. It's the qi, chi or energy of the Spleen (spleen-pancreas) system which can have an effect on the pain in the legs as well. The spleen meridian runs along the inside of both legs up to about the knee area. When there is congestion in the spleen meridian (energy congestion) there could be some pain at certain points in the meridian where acupuncturists often insert needles to regulate or balance the qi. See an acupuncture chart of the spleen-meridian. Usually when the Spleen is imbalanced, there would be digestive issues as well. More damp forming foods, such as milk, yogurt, cheese can cause the spleen to weaken it's energy. Overthinking, overstudying, or worrying too much without expressing concern about something specific, or clearing one's assumptions can degrade the health of the spleen.
The venous system needs nutrients just as much as the arterial system.
In addition cleansing the whole cardiovascular system will include the venous system as well. Careful attention to a staged Vibrational Reading is warranted. In this case, the use of the Kroeger Herb™ Circu-Flow™ Formula may be warranted.
A comprehensive vibrational reading can help heal long-term health difficulties arising out of venous insufficiency.
Horse chestnut seed extract tincture is one of the best remedies for chronic venous insufficiency. In fact it is very effective, and listed in the The Complete German Commission E Monographs Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. It is a well researched herbal extract with scientific study.
A. Vogel's Venaforce Liquid and tablets is an excellent product.
Warning: Horse chestnut seed Extract is very unpalatable in liquid format. Use honey or take with food to mitigate the taste in the tincture..
Many other retail stores carry the Vogel Herbal Formulas in America.
Certain herbal formulas may also be highly beneficial for venous insufficiency. Berries, such as blue-berries may provide anti-oxidants and other phytochemicals which are highly beneficial to the veins.