“Natural treatments for varicose veins”
The word "varicose" comes from the Latin word "varix" which means "twisted". Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins, which are usually bluish purple. Small one-way valves in the veins ensure that blood flows only to the heart. In some people, these valves weaken and blood collects in the veins, causing abnormal enlargement.
Varicose veins are most often the feet because the veins of the feet have to work against gravity. Standing increases the pressure on the veins of the legs. Varicose veins are a common condition in the United States. Up to 25 percent of women and 15 men are affected.
Natural treatments So far, scientific support for the claim that any drug can cure varicose veins is lacking.
1) Horse chestnut extract
The herbal horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is one of the most widely used alternative medicine for varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (associated condition). The active ingredient in horse chestnut is a compound called escin.
In 2006, researchers at the Cochrane Collaboration reviewed studies involving the use of oral horse chestnut extract in people with chronic venous insufficiency and found an improvement in the signs and symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency with horse chestnut extract compared with placebo. The horse chestnut extract resulted in a significant reduction in leg pain and swelling compared to placebo.
The researchers concluded that, based on the evidence, horse chestnut extract has the potential as a short-term treatment for chronic venous insufficiency. However, none of the studies evaluated whether the extract could reduce the appearance of varicose veins. Whole horse chestnut is considered to be dangerous by the FDA and can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, convulsions, blood and respiratory failure and even death. Tea, leaves, nuts and other raw forms of horse chestnut should also be avoided.
2) Grape seed and pine extracts
Grape seed extract (Vitis vinifera) and pine bark extract (Pinus maritima) contain oligomeric complexes of proanthocyanidin (OPCs), antioxidants that appear to strengthen the structure of connective tissue of blood vessels and reduce inflammation.
Preliminary studies suggest that OPCs help people with different veins. Grape seed extract should not be confused with grapefruit seed extract. The most commonly reported side effects are digestive complaints such as nausea and upset stomach.
People with autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease, should not take boron or grape seed extract unless monitored by a doctor because of its effect on the immune system. The safety of pine bark and grape seed extracts has not been established in pregnant or lactating women or children.
Pine bark or grape seed extracts should not be combined with drugs that suppress the immune system or with corticosteroids unless under medical supervision.
3) Butcher's broom
A plant from the lily family, the broomstick (Ruscus aculeatus) is also known as a box or a knee. It contains ruskogenin, an ingredient that supporters say strengthens collagen in the walls of blood vessels and improves circulation.
Side effects of brooms can include digestive complaints such as poor digestion or nausea. People with high blood pressure or benign prostatic hyperplasia should not take a butcher's broom without first consulting a doctor. The safety of the butcher broom has not been established in pregnant or lactating women or children.
Butcher's broom should not be taken with high blood pressure medicines, benign prostatic hyperplasia or MAO inhibitors unless under medical supervision.
Reflexology is a form of bodywork that focuses mainly on the feet. A small study compares reflexology with rest in 55 pregnant women. Reflexology significantly reduced leg swelling.
Pregnant women should consult their doctor before having a reflexology. Some sources say that reflexology should not be done in the first trimester.
Although in some people, varicose veins may be a concern for cosmetics, in others it can cause swelling and unpleasant pain, heaviness or pain or be a sign of heart disease or circulatory disorders. If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to serious complications such as phlebitis, skin ulcers and blood clots.
At any time, if varicose veins become swollen, red or tender and warm to the touch or if there are ulcers, ulcers or rash near the varicose veins, see your doctor.
Use of natural remedies Supplements have not been tested for safety, and keep in mind that the safety of supplements in pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, children and those with medical conditions or who are taking medicines has not been established. You can get tips on using supplements here, but if you are considering using any medicine or alternative medicine for varicose veins, talk to your primary care provider first. Self-medicating any condition and avoiding or delaying standard care can have serious consequences.