Garden Herbs for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins also known as spider veins, are enlarged blood vessels that usually occur on the legs and foot. If you’re struggling with varicose veins, you’re not alone, about 60 percent of people have varicose veins, and up to 25 percent of women and up to 15 of men are affected, it’s one of the most common health condition in United States.
According to study from Phyllis Balch, varicose veins and spider veins are caused by one or a combination of different reasons, include pregnancy, standing or sitting for long hours, overweight, etc. And the truth is that no one is quite sure what cause varicose veins or spider veins. Varicose veins often occur when the vein is not functioning properly or lost their value that prevents blood from flowing backwards.
There is a wide range of treatments available for varicose veins. However, you should give herbs a chance before you try expensive varicose veins surgical measures first.
Horse Chestnut Extract
The book“Natural Health, Natural Medicine” strongly recommends the horse chestnut extract to get rid of varicose veins naturally. The reason why Dr. Weil, the author the book, emphasizes the value of horse chestnut because it contains a powerful compound called aescin, which is helpful for increasing circulation and strengthening the vein walls. Ask your doctor before applying horse chestnut extract as it may lead to itching and nausea.
Grapes are not only used to make good wine. Grape seed extract, also called Vitis vinifera is another great home remedy for varicose veins. It’s a natural oil rich in vitamin E, antioxidants, flavonoids and linoleic acid, they can help prevent free radical damage to the walls of the blood vessels. Additionally, grape seed extracts has been proved to relieve the pain and the swelling of venous insufficiency.
A study published in Arzneimittel-Forschung found that Butcher’s Broom extract has the anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that can be used for treating varicose veins. It’s helpful for relieving the aches and discomfort of varicose veins. The side effect of butcher’s broom is digestive complaints. Recommended daily dosage is 100 mg 3 times a day. And it’s not suitable for people who have high blood pressure.
Garlic is an age old herbal that has been used for many years. Garlic can break down the protein content in the body and distribute it evenly, which improves the circulation and eliminates toxins from the blood vessels. To use garlic for varicose veins is simple, just mix 5 garlic cloves and two tablespoons of olive oil in a jar with lid, then put juice of 3 oranges and 2 tablespoons olive oil as well. Leave it for 12 hours then you can apply it on your legs.
Pine Bark Extract
According to a new study published in International Journal of Angiology testifies that pine bark extract can significantly improves the appearance of varicose veins or spider vein. OPCs (Oligomeric proanthocyandin complexes) found in the pine bark has the ability to improve circulation and repair tissue in the body. Like the Butcher’s Broom oil, doctors suggests taking 100-120mg of pycnogenol three times a day for the problem. Because it may raise blood pressure, so ask your doctor before taking it.