Modern medicine techniques are miraculous, especially when it comes to varicose vein treatment like sclerotherapy and ELT (microlaser treatment). However, doctors and other medical professionals have begun to realize over the past two decades that combining these miraculous modern day techniques with natural remedies derived from food achieves a better overall result than either method could alone. This synergistic approach has been coined, “complementary medicine,” and it has become an important part of varicose vein treatment.
Luckily, some of the foods that are most effective in helping with a complementary approach to varicose vein treatment are also some of the most delicious! Here are two highly versatile recipes you can use often in your diet.
Sesame Orange Ginger Salad Dressing — It’s a Sauce and Marinade Too
This is a very tasty varicose vein treatment elixir that is so good you may be tempted to drink straight from the jar! A salad dressed with sesame orange ginger dressing goes really well as a sauce and or marinade with lean proteins like baked chicken, baked fish, tofu, or sauteed shrimp! It’s also great just mixed into a stirfry before serving.
Fresh ginger root is an ancient remedy for poor circulation and varicose veins and it works just as well now as it did thousands of years ago! In fact, some people with varicose veins actually rub ginger root oil directly on their legs. Sesame oil is known to help damaged blood vessels regain their elasticity. Oranges, and similar citrus fruits, contain high levels of a very powerful antioxidant called diosmin which has been proven to strengthen blood vessel walls, improve circulation, and reduce edema (swelling). Diosmin is found throughout the orange but it is most concentrated in the peel so do not skip the orange zest in this recipe! Plus, the zest makes it taste extra scrumptious!
- 1 Cup Orange Juice With Pulp (fresh is best, fresh frozen concentrate is second best, avoid pasteurized carton juices)
- 1-2 Teaspoons Honey
- 2 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seed Oil
- 1/2 Teaspoon Soy Sauce (optional)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Fish Sauce (optional)
- 1 Finely Chopped Shallot or One Small To Medium Garlic Bud (you can substitute an equal amount of onion)
- 2-3 Tablespoons of FRESH Grated Orange Zest (or more)
- Tiny Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
- Pinch of Salt To Taste
Whisk together the top four liquid ingredients. Whisk in one or both of the next two optional ingredients if you choose (you can experiment with these flavors). Add the shallot/garlic/onion, zest, red pepper flakes, and salt. Whisk again. If you use soy sauce, you may not need salt so taste it before you put it in. If you don’t have honey on hand, you can substitute maple syrup or sugar. You can use this dressing and marinade right away but it is better if you let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. It will last a week or more if you keep it refrigerated.
Rosemary is another super star when it comes to varicose vein treatment at home and it complements well the treatment(s) you’ll receive at a specialty vein clinic like Metro Vein Centers. In fact, right after receiving varicose vein treatment at your vein clinic, this is a recipe you can whip up without a lot of prep time or having to stand over the stove. Rosemary improves the circulation and its rosmarinic acid helps protect against free radical damage in your veins and capillaries. The ursolic acid in rosemary helps with vascular recruitment, i.e. growing new blood vessels. This can be helpful in growing new vessels and pathways for blood to flow after varicose vein treatment that involves ablating dysfunctioning varicose veins.
Rosemary potatoes are very simple to make and goes just as well with scrambled eggs in the morning as it does a piece of baked chicken or pan seared fish in the evening! It will also make your whole home smell heavenly so don’t be surprised if the neighbors just happen to “drop by!” Fresh rosemary works best but you can also used dried. If you do used dried, you may want to use a bit more.
- 1 Small To Medium Potato For Each Person
- Olive Oil (start with one Tablespoon and add more if needed)
- 1 Teaspoon (or more) Rosemary Per Potato
- Salt To Taste
- Coarse Ground Black Pepper To Taste
Preheat your toaster oven or oven to 400 degrees (if you’re in a hurry, you can bump it up to 425 degrees).
Leaving the skin on, cube your potato(es) into bite size pieces. Put these in a shallow roasting pan (a pie pan will work in a pinch) and sprinkle with salt and pepper as you toss them a bit. Drizzle the olive oil over the top and toss the potatoes with a fork until all pieces are covered with a thin layer of olive oil. Add the rosemary next and toss the potatoes really good. Make sure the rosemary is evenly mixed throughout. Spread the potato chunks out evenly across the bottom of the pan and place in the oven for roasting. They are done when the potatoes are golden brown and just beginning to get crunchy edges. This should take about 15 to 25 minutes, depending on how brown you like them.
There you have two of the most versatile and delicious recipes for at home varicose vein treatment and prevention. These “therapeutic” recipes will also complement well the treatment you receive at a vein clinic like Metro Vein Centers.