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Natural Help for Varicose Veins

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.

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.

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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8:59AM PST on Nov 8, 2013

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!

7:47AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013


1:26AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Thank you what a great article.

6:52PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

good to know

10:15AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

I like this! very simple- thanks

8:52AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013


9:43AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Thank you

10:06AM PST on Jan 20, 2011


4:54AM PST on Jan 20, 2011

Thanks for the info.

3:18PM PDT on Oct 30, 2010

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

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