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Clay Uses - Removing Spider Veins and Varicose Veins Naturally with Clay

What Are Varicose Veins?
Using bentonite clay to remove spider veins and varicose veinsVaricose veins, which affects 10%-20% of all adults, are abnormally swollen, twisted, blue veins that protrude from the surface of the skin in a rope like manner, usually on the legs. They are the result of a faulty valve or weak vein walls.

In addition to being unsightly and uncomfortable and even embarrassing, varicose veins can cause varying degrees of discomfort, such as: swelling in the ankles and feet, itching of the skin, throbbing, heaviness, leg cramps. Left untreated, symptoms are likely to worsen, leading to chronic swelling, bleeding, ulceration, skin pigmentation and thrombophlebitis.

The normal function of veins, both the deep and superficial veins, is to carry blood back to the heart. These veins have numerous valves. If the valves fails, blood flows into the superficial veins and down the leg. This results in veins enlarging and becoming varicose.

Women suffer from varicose veins more than men, and the incidence increases to 50% of people over age 50.

What are Spider Veins?
Typically, spider veins appear to have a diameter of 1 millimeter or less, although their actual diameter may be up to 3 mm under the surface. Small varicose veins are usually pinkish red, whereas larger vessels are blue or purple in color.

Sometimes a cluster of spider veins may appear as a red or purple patch called blushing or matting (telangiectatic matting) , that are often mistaken for bruises. Unlike bruises, however, spider vein mattings do not fade. Another form of spider veins, called an ankle flare is a cluster of spider veins, usually associated with varicose veins, that is located on the inner ankle.

Most spider veins are not symptomatic and are usually only considered a cosmetic problem. Some cases of spider veins - especially those of that develop from deeper "reticular" or feeder veins, however, come with a burning sensation or a dull, throbbing pain.

What Causes Varicose and Spider Veins?
Spider Veins and Varicose Veins are caused by similar factors that cause chronic venous insufficiency. These factors include:

  Most women with spider and varicose veins have mothers and/or female relatives with this vein condition. Weak vein walls and valves, as well as shortage of vein valves, seem to be inherited characteristics, and may play a role in determining who develops vein problems and at what age.
  During pregnancy, and to a lesser degree also during periods, fluctuations in the female sex hormone (especially estrogen and progesterone), cause softening of the vein walls and valves. This makes women's veins more prone to stretching and enlargement with increased pressure.  Increased blood volume, which is needed to provide circulation to the fetus, also cause increased pressure on the vein walls. The growing fetus also exerts pressure on the pelvis, which in turn, exerts pressure on the leg veins.  Some women see spider veins that develop during their pregnancies and persist after their baby is born. Other see that their veins disappear after the baby is born, only to reappear later in life.
Prolonged Standing and Sitting
  Prolonged standing and sitting cause a great amount of pressure to develop in the leg veins. In both conditions, the calf muscles are inactive and therefore cannot help push the venous blood to return to the heart. This causes blood to pool in the veins, thus resulting in increased pressure on the vein walls.  This pressure drops once one begins to walk, so if your job requires you to stand or sit for prolonged periods, remember to take short breaks and walk around for a couple of minutes every hour.
  In some people, spider veins appear after injury or trauma to the vein, such as after a broken ankle, surgery, car accident, or sports injury. Bruising, which is pooled blood resulting from broken veins under the skin, can also lead to an inflammatory response, which in turn, can result in enlarged veins. Sometimes, spider veins can appear many years after the wound has healed.
Vein Conditions
  In men, spider veins are usually the result of blow-outs from nearby varicose veins. High pressure from these veins cause adjoining superficial veins to stretch, enlarge, and change in color. These spider veins are usually darker and have larger diameters than the spider veins in women.  Spider vein matting, which resemble bruisings that do not go away, is often caused by the healing process of injuries and bruises, as well as complications from sclerotheraphy.  Ankle flares, or spider veins found on the inside ankle, is often associated with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a condition where venous blood is not returned efficiently to the heart.
Causes of Facial Spider Veins
  Although for most people spider veins occurs in their legs, there are instances where fine veins in the face and nose area become enlarged and darker in color.  For some, prominent facial veins are caused by rosacea. This condition is marked by numerous red spider veins in the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin, and is sometimes accompanied by acne breakouts.  Chronic sun exposure can also cause spider veins, as well as other forms of skin damage such as wrinkles, freckles, moles, and skin cancer. Trauma, such as bruising, can also lead to spider veins.  In some people with chronic allergies and inherited predisposition to vein conditions, repetitive sneezing and coughing can lead to enlargement of veins around the nose and below the nostrils. Bouts of violent vomiting can also create enough pressure to cause spider veins to form in the cheeks.

How Can Clay Help?
When dealing with varicose and spider veins, many naturopaths recommend first and foremost an internal detoxification to clean the blood, increase the strength and flexibility of the vein walls, and improve circulation.  When it comes to detoxing, nothing works better than Calcium Bentonite Clay. 
(CLICK HERE to learn more about detoxification) 

In his book The Healing Clay, Michel Abehsera has the following recommendations for dealing with spider and varicose veins:  First a thorough detoxification.  That is followed with local applications of hydrated clay, which is allowed to dry for approximate 1 to 1 1/2 hours, then washed off and reapplied.  He also recommends sleeping with light clay applications, and frequent clay baths to help increase circulation. 

Ran Knishinsky, author of The Clay Cure, recommends ingesting clay daily.  To do this, you can either eat hydrated clay or drink liquefied clay.  Generally, it is suggested that one to two tablespoons of hydrated clay daily is the proper amount for an adult.  For those who prefer to take their clay in liquid form, we recommend one to two ounces daily.  In all three cases, it is recommended to take the clay on an empty stomach for best results.  And if you're taking any medication, it is recommended to wait 1-3 hours before ingesting clay, but please check with your physician, as medications vary in time release and content.  Also soak 15- 20 minutes at least once a week in a hot bath into which a cup of powdered clay or 2-4 cups of liquefied Calcium Bentonite Clay has been added. 


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