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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....

heavy aching legs


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.

Who is concerned?

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.

Origins of heavy aching legs

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...

The consequences

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.

Solutions against heavy aching legs

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 case of moderate venous insufficiency, the most recommended treatments are:

  1. heavy leg gels and creams
  2. compression stockings
  3. veinotonic drugs
  4. natural treatments
  5. aromatherapy
  6. phytotherapy
  7. acupuncture
  8. homeopathy
  9. massages
  10. thalassotherapy

In the case of varicose veins, more serious medical treatment should be considered, sometimes involving surgery: stripping or stripping, sclerotherapy, endovenous laser and radiofrequency.

Natural anti-heavy leg treatments

Natural treatments to help heavy legs

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.

Plants, massages and alternative medicine

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.

Heavy aching legs: massages and spa treatment

Types of effective massages against heavy aching 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.

Lymphatic drainage and aquadrainage

The objective of lymphatic drainage is to stimulate lymphatic circulation and venous circulation to limit water retention and thus "deflate" the legs:

  1. Lymphatic drainage by a massage therapist: it lasts about an hour and consists of a series of gentle pressures, performed at a regular rate. This type of massage is very powerful and provides immediate, but short-term relief.
  2. Lymphatic aquadrainage is a new technique that allows you to work more actively while cycling underwater, in the pool. The effect is more lasting since exercise strengthens muscles.

Caution however: hot water is not recommended in case of venous insufficiency, as it dilates the vessels and aggravates the blood stasis. So, if you choose a thalassotherapy centre, make sure that it has a special "phlebology" program, with a water temperature below 28°C.

Massages as a spa treatment

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.

Which plants to choose?

Many plants have a venotonic action, i.e. they tonify the veins to improve venous return.

To choose, ask your pharmacist for advice. The most commonly used plants are:

  1. Red vine (leaves), invigorating
  2. Blackcurrant (fruit)
  3. Horse chestnut (bark)
  4. Cypress (cones)
  5. Ginkgo biloba (leaves)
  6. Witch Hazel (leaves), works by tightening the blood vessels
  7. Fragon or small holly (rhizome)

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.

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