Yoga for Varicose Veins

Phlebitis, also known as superficial thrombophlebitis or superficial venous thrombosis, is defined as the inflammation of the walls of a vein. Phlebitis mostly results in the formation of a blood clot (thrombosis).

Phlebotombosis is the common term used to define blood clots in vein. Thrombophlebitis or superficial thrombophlebitis is a condition wherein the superficial veins are influenced and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) affects the deep veins.


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People suffering from varicose veins, usually develop phlebitis; however, the condition may go unnoticed. Varicose veins coagulate or clot and develop into phlebitis. The symptoms associated with phlebitis or superficial thrombophlebitis are as follows:

  • Swelling in the leg or arm
  • Pain
  • Redness of skin
  • Tender vein

The risk factors of phlebitis may include:

  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Varicose veins
  • Extended inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or oral contraceptives
  • Injury
  • Pregnancy
  • Frequent air travel

Yoga Poses for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged and swollen veins that are a result of weak valves in the veins. Varicose veins can lead to muscle pain, fatigue, and pain. Yoga poses, especially legs above the head poses, help to push blood from the legs back to the heart. Regular practices of yoga poses boost efficient blood circulation and regulate the blood in and out of the legs. Some yoga poses that have proven beneficial in the varicose veins treatment are as follows.

Yoga Treatment for Phlebitis

Phlebitis hinders the proper circulation of blood in the legs and back towards the heart.

Yoga poses such as the above mentioned inverted poses or leg raises help improve circulation and prevent clot formation. In addition to the practice of these yoga poses, relaxation poses such as the Corpse Pose (Savasana) and deep breathing exercises (Pranayama) assist in resting the heart, mind, and body.


Phlebitis or varicose veins can be prevented by combination of circulation boosting exercises such as yoga, Pilates and running. Also, simple remedies such as heat compress, elevating the foot when resting to boost blood circulation, wearing support stockings, and consumption of vitamin E, fiber, and blood vessels-repair herbs like horse chestnut work well for phlebitis relief.

Yoga is an effective and powerful method in the treatment and prevention of phlebitis and varicose veins. However, it is important to notify the medical specialist of any alternate treatment procedure. Call in for medical help if the symptoms persist or any new ones appear.

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