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Home Remedies for Varicose Veins

Jul 1, 2008
Varicose veins are abnormally enlarged veins that appear close to the skins surface. They occur usually in the calves and thighs and is the result of malfunctioning valves inside the veins as prolonged pressure or obstruction of the veins.

Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatments such as compression stockings for relieving the symptoms of varicose veins. The fruit of the horse chestnut tree has anti-inflammatory properties, helps to relieve leg swelling, and strengthens capillary walls. It enhances vascular
tone by tightening the elastic fibers in vein walls, which improves blood flow and prevents blood from pooling in the legs. Scientists have identified the active ingredient in horse chestnut as aescin. For best results, take extracts that provide 50 milligrams of aescin twice daily. Do not exceed therecommended dosage, because while horse chestnut is safe, in larger amounts it can cause nausea, vomiting, and other unpleasant side effect

Cayenne pepper Take a teaspoon in a cup of hot water three times a day. This will stop the pain in your legs and reduce the varicose veins by making the blood flow better. This remedy may take a week or two, but is very effective. Then keep on a maintenance dose of one teaspoon twice a day.

Witch hazel Apply witch hazel, an astringent, twice a day to the veins, or take 10-60 drops of witch hazel tincture four times a day.

The herb Marigold is of great value for treating varicose veins. External application of flowers of this plant works wonders in curing the inflamed conditions of the skin.

Bilberry is said to have vein protecting and vein healing power. It appears to strengthen the structure of veins and it is also believed to reduce the production of lysosomal enzymes, which contribute to varicose veins.

A plant in the lily family, Butchers broom (Ruscus aculeatus) is also known as box holly or knee holly. It contains ruscogenins, constituents believed to strengthen collagen in blood vessel walls and improve circulation. This is thought to tighten weak, stretched vessels such as those associated with varicose veins.

Another homemade remedy for varicose veins is to drink plenty of fresh fruit juices. Cherries, Blackberries and Blueberries all contain natural chemicals that help make your veins stronger. Pineapple is also a beneficial juice for people who suffer from varicose veins. It contains the Bromelain enzyme. Bromelain helps to prevent blood clots from forming in your legs
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