Varicose veins are large ropy veins that generally stick above the surface of the skin and are due to poor valves in the veins, heredity and excess pressure on the veins from standing or sitting for long periods of time. There are surgical methods for getting rid of varicose veins and natural remedies for varicose veins. The method you choose depends on what you are willing to spend on treatment and on what your philosophy is on the treatment of these ugly veins.
An herbal remedy for varicose veins tends to work by strengthening the veins so that they don’t expand and leak fluid from their walls. They don’t tend to work as well if the vein is hard, red, and extremely painful to the touch or has caused an ulcer.
One of the home remedies for varicose veins is horse chestnut extract. It is used to treat chronic venous insufficiency, the cause of varicose veins. It contains a natural chemical called aescin. It works by blocking the release of certain enzymes that damage capillary walls. A recent research study showed improvement in venous insufficiency when using horse chestnut extract. There were few adverse side effects and it seemed to work for short term problems with insufficient veins. You need to use the extract rather than take whole horse chestnut, because the whole product has a number of side effects, including headache, seizures, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Extracts remove the toxic component of horse chest nut. Even so, it should be avoided in those who suffer from kidney diseases, liver diseases or bleeding problems. You can’t take it with aspirin or other blood thinners.
Grape seed and varicose veins go hand in hand. Grape seed extract along with pine bark extract contain antioxidants called proanthocyanidin complexes. They tend to strengthen the connective tissue that keeps veins from dilating and keeps the valvular connective tissue intact. The minimal side effects include nausea and indigestion. It should not be taken with those who have autoimmune diseases because it affects the immune system as well. They shouldn’t also be used with immunosuppressants.
Butcher’s broom is a plant related to lilies. It is also known as knee holly or box holly. The main ingredient of butcher’s broom is ruscogenins that are believed to increase the strength of collagen in the blood vessels. Circulation is improved and the vein walls are made stronger. It carries the mild side effects of indigestion and nausea. It can’t be taken with those who have high blood pressure, prostatic enlargement or who take MAO inhibitors unless your doctor works carefully with you.
There are benefits of comfrey with varicose veins. Comfrey has been around for many centuries as a healing plant for varicose veins and other illnesses. It is a leaf that has alternative names of boneset, knit bone, and nip bone. This is because its primary action is to heal bone that has been fractured. Comfrey in the treatment of varicose veins is applied to the veins as a poultice. It strengthens the veins so they don’t unnaturally dilate and cause trouble with varicose veins.