Published: 02/23/2015 - Updated: 12/29/2017
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
Do you believe that leg sores can’t be cured? Does your ulcer refuse to close? The circulatory system is responsible for sending blood throughout the entire body, from the heart, which is the center of the body, to the periphery, which are the extremities and fingers. Then it sends the blood back, from the periphery, through the leg muscles, and back to the heart. This circulatory movement takes place all the time, and the valves in the veins are responsible for not letting any blood accumulate or become stagnant in the legs.
Valves in the veins are constantly pushing and removing blood, but when, for whatever reason, these valves don’t function correctly or don’t have enough strength to maintain blood flow, the blood starts to accumulate in the legs in the veins, creating varicose veins.
Varicose veins are not only an aesthetic problem, but they’re a health problem too. They tell us that blood is pooling in the legs, and whenever this happens, blood pressure goes up and it could cause the veins to rupture. The fluids are then spilled and blood components accumulate in leg tissues. Whenever this happens, the affected tissues are robbed of nutrients and oxygen, which causes a change in skin color, leg swelling, pain, heat in the affected area, and with just the slightest wound to the area, something known as a leg ulcer (Ulcus cruris venosum) forms.
Symptoms of a leg ulcer:
- Legs with rupture varicose veins
- Discoloration of the affected skin
- Leg swelling
- Pain, which could become very intense
- Bleeding in the open area
- Fowl odor due to the micro-organisms that colonize in the wound
- Immobility in the leg due to pain
- The ulcer stops the blood flow returning to the heart from functioning properly, which causes the blood to remain stuck, creating a viscous cycle.
Causes of leg sores:
- Lack of exercise, being sedentary
- Standing for long periods of time
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Emotional cause: feelings of repressed frustration, feeling like you are where you don’t want to be, or not being able to flow towards where you want to go (blood represents circulation and the legs carry us forward). Feelings of not being good enough also cause problems with the veins.
How to cure a leg sore
Diet is very important. You must eliminate anything that acidifies the blood or increases toxins in the body, like cow’s milk in any form (light, skim, etc) refined flour and sugar, processed animal products, etc.
Your diet should consist primarily of fresh and steamed vegetables, whole grain rice, soups and fish (without frying). We recommend starting the day with a juice, either with aloe and lemon, or orange with chia, to cleanse the blood and reduce toxicity levels. You need to include foods like almond milk in your diet, or other plant-based milks, like those from rice and oatmeal. Carrots and alfalfa are fantastic for regenerating and repairing tissues, as well as extra-virgin olive oil, which is recommended before breakfast. Drink two liters of water a day to keep the body toxin-free, and drink boldo tea in the afternoons, 20 minutes after eating. This will help keep your liver cleansed.
It is also important not to cover the wound and to let it air out as much as possible. If you live close to the ocean, it would be great for you to soak your leg in its healing waters. Walking in sand will also help circulation, and it is an excellent preventative for varicose veins and leg sores. But if you have a large sore and it bleeds, it’s best to lay down and elevate your legs. Act as if you were bicycling against gravity, to help remove congestion in the leg.
On the other hand, it’s important to consider the emotional perspective. Learn to release anger and to understand it. Don’t expect from others and begin a new attitude towards yourself. People with leg sores generally take care of others, and are always looking out for others, which causes them to abandon personal care. This causes feelings of frustration, because they are often times obligated to care for, protect, tend to, etc. They stop circulating where they want to because they feel obligated to tend to their surroundings. Dissatisfaction or hatred are also causes that could unleash this condition.
Recovery phase for leg sores
The recovery phase for leg sores is interesting. That’s why we recommend you read the following link: Leg sores, acne, etc: Help the body repair itself and heal completely.
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Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 12/29/2017
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