FLYING CAN BE A REAL PAIN IN THE LEG.

This is a request from a family member that suffers from “heavy legs,” especially when the weather is warmer and who is very nervous about flying transatlantic knowing the length of the trip will make it even worst. In the past, not only would her legs be painful and swollen, but it would take several days for her legs to get back to normal. I recommended to her a homeopathic treatment. She was so pleased with the results that she asked me to post it.

I would recommend starting the treatment a week before the flight if you already suffer from heavy legs. If this is only happening when you fly, start one or 2 days before:

Arnica Montana 6C: Take 5 sublingual pellets 3 times a day.

Hamamelis 6X: Take 20 oral drops in a glass of water 2 times a day.

Vipera redi 6C: Take 5 pellets 3 times a day. This is particularly effective in people who cannot bear having their legs dangling when they sit and who get relief by raising their legs up for several minutes.

After arrival, carry on with the treatment for 2 to 3 days. You should also massage the legs with Boiron Arnicare Gel 2 to 3 times a day.

If you have this issue, chances are that you also suffer from varicose veins and you can use the same treatment. You can also improve the quality of your capillaries by “nourishing” them through foods and supplements:

Eat dark and red berries such as blueberries that contain important flavonoids. All the citrus fruits (grapefruit, oranges, etc.) are good too because they are a source of citroflavonoids. You can also take Solgar CitrusBioflavonoids complex. Those flavonoids are capillary protectors.

In all cases, drink a lot of water during the flight. Try to stay away from alcohol and too much caffeine. Do not cross your legs and do some of those exercises that are shown on the plane and that you can even do while seated (rotating your ankles, pressing the heels in the floor, etc.). Get up and walk a little bit as often as possible. Remember that the longer the flight the more risk there is of your legs swelling. I also tested the compression tights or stockings and found they work well, provided that you selected the exact right size for you. Once you have arrived at your destination, if you have swollen legs, limit your salt intake as sodium increases water retention. Drink plenty of non sparkling water; sparkling water is often rich in sodium. It also helps to cool your legs with cold water and elevated them. Elevate the end of your bed with phone books under two bed feet so your feet are slightly higher than the rest of your body. This increases the venous return and helps circulation.

As a side note, know that this could lead to a serious condition, especially if you are on a long flight and are not able to move around a lot. Be particularly careful if you experience a severe pain in your calf. This could indicate phlebitis. Women taking birth control pills are more at risk, so be sure to check with your physician regularly.

Have a great trip!

This is a request from a family member that suffers from ‘’heavy legs’’, especially when the weather gets warmer and was very nervous about flying transatlantic again, knowing it would make it even worst. Not only her legs would be painful and swollen, but it would take them several days to get back to normal. I recommended her a homeopathic treatment to try and she was so pleased with the results that she asked me to post it.

I would recommend starting the treatment a week before the flight if you already suffer from heavy legs. If this is only happening when you fly, start one or 2 days before:

Arnica Montana 6C, 5 sublingual pellets 3 times a day

Hamamelis 6X, 20 oral drops in a glass of water 2 times a day

Vipera redi 6C, 5 pellets 3 times a day. This is particularly effective in people who cannot bear having their legs dangling when they sit and who get relief by raising their legs up for several minutes.

After arrival, carry on with the treatment for 2 to 3 days. You should also massage the legs with Boiron Arnicare gel 2 to 3 times a day.

If you have that issue, chances are that you also suffer from varicose veins and you can use the same treatment. You can also improve the quality of your capillaries by ‘’nourishing’’ them through foods and supplements:

Eat dark and red berries such as blueberries that contain important flavonoids. All the citrus (grapefruit, oranges etc) are good too because they are a source of citroflavonoids (you can also take Solgar CitrusBioflavonoids complex). Those flavonoids are capillary protectors.

In all cases, drink a lot of water during the flight (try to stay away from alcohol and too much caffeine), do not cross your legs and do some of those exercises that are shown on the plane and that you can even do while seated (rotating your ankles, pressing the heels in the floor etc). Get up and walk a little bit as often as possible. Remember that the longer the flight the more risks there are to get swollen and painful legs. I also tested the compression tights or stockings and they work well, provided that you selected the exact right size for you. Once you have arrived at your destination, if you have swollen legs, limit your salt intake as sodium increases water retention, drink plenty of non sparkling water (sparkling water is generally rich in sodium). You can also apply cold on your legs (cold showers for example) and elevate the end of your bed (try phone books under 2 bed feet) so your feet are slightly higher than the rest of your body, increasing the venous return and a better circulation.

As a side note, know that this could lead to a serious condition, especially if you are on a long flight and were not able to move around a lot. Be particularly careful if you are experiencing a severe pain in your calf. This could indicate phlebitis. Women taking birth control pills are more at risk, so be sure to check with your physician regularly.

Have a great trip!

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One Comment

  1. Denise Gershon says:

    As I am often on long flights this is very important information and I will spread the word. Thank you!

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