Yoga cures for Varicose veins

Varicose veins can be cured with yoga asanas and pranayama. It is a condition in which the veins get enlarged and twisted and are visible just under the surface of the skin. Severe long standing varicose veins can lead to leg swelling. This ailment often affect the legs because they are the farthest from the heart and gravity makes it harder for the blood to flow upwards.

Causes of varicose veins

Heredity tendency, lack of exercise, standing for long duration , hormonal fluctuations, very tight clothing, obesity, repeated deliveries, constipation, wearing high heeled shoes for long duration.


Aching heavy legs, ankle swelling, cramps, burning, itching, restlessness, throbbing, discoloration around the veins.

Yoga therapy

Yoga therapy brings relief and also aids in correcting and restoring damaged veins to their former condition. Patients have reported great improvement in their conditions by regular practice of yoga asana and pranayama,where there’s no severe damage. Extreme cases require medical consultation because blood gets collected in one spot causing clots. These clots can travel to lungs, heart or brain.Under such circumstances medical treatment is required and no yogic exercises should be practiced until doctor advice.

Generally this is not a life threatening condition but it’s very painful. In yoga,the asanas which allow the blood to drain back to the heart, allowing damaged veins to resume in a normal manner are beneficial .Inversions are most effective like Sarvangasana, Viparita Karani and Sirsasana. Other asanas like- Pavanmuktasana, Chakrasana, Paschimottanasana, Vajrasana, Naukasana, Tadasana, Surya namaskar and Savasana.

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Sirsasana by Pangong Tso Lake


Anulom vilom, Bhramri pranayam and Omkar recitation helps in relief from pain.

Useful Advice 

  • Keeping legs elevated for long duration brings relief.
  • Avoid sitting in cross legged position.
  • Standing for long duration should be avoided.
  • Walking is very important.
  • Sleeping with feet elevated above the heart level helps the blood flow away from the ankles.
  • Massaging legs at the end of the day with upwards motion towards the heart is also effective.
  • Use of elastic stocking for short period prevents further harm to the veins.

By adopting these simple measures and practicing yoga regularly, much relief can be gained.

Prarthana Makhija


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