Varicose Veins - Acupuncture
Acupuncture treatment of Varicose Veins
by Hong Jin
What are varicose veins
Veins of the lower extremity (leg) become enlarged, widen, bulging, swollen, winding, extending. The veins under skin are visible showing pink, red, purple, blue or black lines with possible clots. In some severe cases the twisted veins look like earthworms. Varicose veins can cause skin changes, damage, sclerosis, heaviness, weakness, tiredness and pain on the leg.
Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine which has more than 2000 years of history. This ancient treatment method has very good effects on varicose veins. However, it is rarely known to the Western world. According to Chinese medicine theory, varicose veins are caused by stagnant blood which could be produced by many factors. Under this condition, the blood flow is abnormal. Acupuncture can improve the blood circulation effectively. By inserting the tiny needles into the key points along the meridians, the acupuncturist forces the blood to move in the veins and surrounding areas. Meanwhile, the points for coordinating the internal organs are selected to enhance the energy and blood flow to supply and develop the source of blood to the area. Like the clogged pipe being washed wide open by a forceful supply of water.
Acupuncture is not as painful as people imagine. patients usually feel a tingling, or heavy, distended sensation. It has no side effects. It is normal that some patients may feel itchy-- deposited blood in veins and peripheral blood vessels starts moving, but the blood still can not circulate until the stagnant blood in the vessels is washed away by the new blood completely. patients can see the improvement gradually. The dark color becomes lighter and lighter and the lines, clots spread out to a wider area. Finally the varicose veins disappear. Some patients need to use a hot herbal decoction to soak and wash the area to speed up the healing process. The more treatments the patient receives, the more progress will show.