One third of the French suffer from heavy legs, with symptoms ranging from simple heavy legs to severe varicose veins. Treatments are available, the important thing is to find the one that suits you.
This page will help you, independently and with simple words, to understand better in order to choose well....
What we call "heavy aching legs" is actually a symptom of venous insufficiency, i.e. a disorder of blood circulation.
Heavy legs, pain, tingling, itching or swelling (edema) all indicate a poor return of blood to the veins of the legs.
This disease affects more women than men: more than one in two women is affected, compared to one in four men. However, this disease affects more women than men: more than one in two women is affected, compared to one in four men. The reason for this inequality is mainly hormonal, which explains why pregnant women are often affected. Some professions also cause venous insufficiency.
Venous insufficiency is due to a dysfunction of the veins, which bring blood from the feet to the heart. When these veins are too dilated or damaged, they lose their tonus and their ability to pump blood. As a result, blood stagnates in part in the legs, causing a feeling of heaviness, tingling and sometimes varicose veins. While heredity is the main cause of venous insufficiency, some factors can worsen the disease, such as lack of exercise, overweight, number of pregnancies, time spent sitting or standing on the floor, and so on...
Venous insufficiency is a disease that develops over time. The first symptoms are mainly heaviness in the legs, but they can then turn into edema, varicose veins, phlebitis, all potentially dangerous complications.
Physical activity, including walking, combined with a good diet, is essential for proper venous circulation. Some simple actions can reduce symptoms. There are also a wide range of solutions against venous insufficiency, the choice of which depends on the severity of the disease.
In the case of varicose veins, more serious medical treatment should be considered, sometimes involving surgery: stripping or stripping, sclerotherapy, endovenous laser and radiofrequency.
If you have heavy legs, don't neglect natural treatments. They are generally very effective, most venotonic drugs being herbal.
A multitude of simple and free tips can also be used to improve blood circulation.
While many plants have veinotonic properties, alternative medicines such as homeopathy or acupuncture can also improve blood circulation. Finally, wellness massages or therapeutic massages as well as those provided as part of thermal cures, are excellent for relieving heavy legs.
As swollen legs are linked to a circulation problem, and more particularly a poor venous return, all massages that help blood to move from the ankles to the thighs are beneficial.
Whether wellness or therapeutic, massage helps to relieve tissue congestion, and therefore reduce swelling in the legs in the case of oedema. Wearing compression tights extends the benefits of massage by preventing blood from stagnating in the legs again.
Many thalassotherapy centres offer solutions for venous insufficiency, which combine manual or jet massages, exercises and walking in the water, and gas baths (carbon dioxide) to stimulate microcirculation.
Whether you take these plants in softgels, herbal teas or tablets, the effect on circulation will be the same. You can therefore choose to buy veinotonics or use plant extracts (phytotherapy) or essential oils (aromatherapy) directly.
Most heavy leg gels or creams also contain these plants.
Many plants have a venotonic action, i.e. they tonify the veins to improve venous return.
These plants are available in capsule form but you can also take herbal teas or even foot baths in case of swelling.
The essential oils will be applied by massage, diluted for example in grapeseed oil. The essential oils that have an effect on the veins are oils based on mint, cypress, rosemary, etc.