Varicose veins are the enlargement of superficial veins with impaired valve function and blood flow. This condition causes veins to increase in size, change shape, and lose elasticity. Consequently, blood flow slows, potentially leading to thrombosis. This negatively affects skin nourishment and can result in trophic ulcers. The disease primarily affects the peripheral (superficial) veins, especially in the lower limbs.
- Swelling along the veins
- Nighttime leg muscle cramps
- Evening swelling
- Feeling of heaviness in the legs below the knees
- Dark brown or tan spots on the skin of the legs
Causes include blood circulation disorders, obesity, lack of moderate leg physical activity (walking, swimming, gymnastics), excessive strain (sports), low elasticity of superficial vein walls, chronic constipation, genetic predisposition, congenital weakness of connective tissue, prolonged standing, and pregnancy.
Psychosomatics of Varicose Veins
Since varicose veins affect the veins, let’s first consider the function of veins in both physiological and metaphysical senses. Veins are blood vessels that carry blood to the heart. Metaphysically, veins (and arteries) carry joy in life. It’s noteworthy that veins are symbolically associated with males, hence, women typically suffer from venous diseases (while arteries, conversely, are associated with females, and men more often suffer from arterial diseases).
As varicose veins mostly affect the legs, it’s logical to explore what legs symbolize. Legs represent a person’s movement forward in life. Therefore, an unwillingness to move forward in life leads to stagnation in both life and legs.
Another symbol of legs is stability (as in the saying, “stands firmly on their feet”). Thus, people constantly worried about their social position, career, and work are more prone to leg diseases.
Now, let’s examine the psychological causes of varicose veins.
Psychological Causes of Varicose Veins
From the above, it follows that women, who feel dissatisfaction or anger (inflammation of the veins) towards men for lack of economic stability, predominantly suffer from varicose veins.
In men, varicose veins can arise due to constant concern about their family’s economic stability.
Considering that veins correlate with masculinity, a woman might develop varicose veins due to feelings of not achieving societal success (associated with masculine traits). Such women are overwhelmed by a sense of domestic oppression, and this negativity manifests externally as varicose veins.
Psychologists note that this ailment appears in people dissatisfied with something in their life, like an unloved job they are forced to go to. They make themselves go to work every day with internal negativity, and their legs signal that this cannot continue.
Another psychological cause of varicose veins may be the feeling of carrying too heavy a life burden.
Another psycho-emotional cause is living with suppressed anger and dissatisfaction for a long time. In this case, these accumulated emotions break through the skin.
Author Louise Hay cites such causes of varicose veins as being in a situation you hate, disapproval, feeling overburdened and oppressed by work.
Psychologist Liz Bourbeau asserts that a person with varicose veins perceives their life as a heavy burden, guided by the principle of ‘must’, not allowing themselves to relax and rest. She writes that such a person wants more freedom but cannot. They overexert themselves because they exaggerate the importance of tasks, making them seem insurmountable.
Liz Bourbeau also notes that a person with varicose veins does not find joy in their work.
Doctor V. Sinelnikov identifies the following causes of this ailment: a wrongly chosen life direction, dead-end family relationships, fear of the future. Based on his practice, he asserts that these causes prevent a person from moving forward in life.
Paths to Healing
A clue to the paths of healing from varicose veins and other psychosomatic illnesses can be found in the ancient health doctrine of Ayurveda.
According to Ayurveda, the human mind is very negative and prone to experiencing only dissatisfaction and discontent. It always overlooks the positive in life and collects the negative. When, filled with negativity, a person begins to suffer, they start thinking that all life is suffering.
But Life is not suffering, it is Joy. It’s just that the human mind has chosen such an approach to its life – suffering (everything that happens in their life, they perceive through their discontent and suffer from it).
So, what is the path to healing? The answer is obvious: change the negative approach to Life to a positive one. Try to focus your attention daily on all that is positive: the sky, the sun, rain, the beauty of nature, the smiles of loved ones, etc.
In reality, if you stop the race of your mind and take a closer look, something pleasant, joyful, amazing, wonderful, magical awaits us at every step… I think it’s worth paying attention to this side of Life. Then dissatisfaction and ailments will be forgotten.
Try it, you won’t regret it.