Natural Help for Varicose Veins

These twisted, enlarged blood vessels most commonly appear on the legs and feet. When valves malfunction, blood pools when valves malfunction, and veins lose the elasticity needed to propel blood back to the heart.

Prevention
Flavonoids from dark-colored berries, like blueberries or blackberries, can help maintain vein elasticity, preventing varicose veins. Avoid tight clothing, leg crossing, and long periods of sitting; exercise regularly; and put your feet up.

Treatment
Compression stockings, designed to help propel blood back to the heart, are a traditional over-the-counter treatment. But you can also take horse chestnut seed extract orally to improve vein elasticity and tone, or apply astringent witch hazel topically to improve the condition, says Patricia Gaines, a naturopathic physician in Tempe, Arizona, and the chair of botanical medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Most varicose veins are only a cosmetic worry, but if they give you considerable pain or discomfort, see a doctor. Some can form blood clots, sores, or ulcers and may require more rigorous treatment or surgical removal.

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24 comments

kathy bonard
kathy bonard2 years ago

Must try horse chesnut.Now in the menopause and find I'm getting quite veiny in the legs.They ache now and again but I do stand most of the time.It's no fun getting old lol!

Lady Kaira
Lady Kaira3 years ago

thanks

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thank you what a great article.

JL A.
JL A.3 years ago

good to know

Alicia N.
Alicia N.3 years ago

I like this! very simple- thanks

Monica May
Monica May3 years ago

ty

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Loretta K.
Loretta K.5 years ago

thanks

Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Sheila S.
Sheila Swan L.5 years ago

Horse chestnut it is! And witch hazel too! I'm really pleased with
the stockings for long airplane rides -- no more swelling!