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Horse Chestnut And Varicose Veins

Frequently Asked Questions

    Horse chestnut seed extract in pill form for vericose/spider veins?
    I have spider veins & now it the right lighting I can see the early stages of varicose veins forming in my legs. It's heredity from my Gma & dad. I'd like to start treating it as naturally as possible. Can anyone testify to the use of horse chestnut seed as a supplement that has helped them? Also, any other advice is helpful. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Varicose veins happen when the "one-way" valves in the blood vessels break off and blood starts backing up - they swell. It's permanent. Nothing can make a valve grow again. Bioflavinoids can help strengthen connective tissue (90% of the body, really) however, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is chock full of bioflavinoids, phytopigments and other stuff which makes you healthier over all. So I suggest that first (always). Chestnut? I don't have anything against it. But I wouldn't expect miracles from it either.

      Good Luck

    How to get rid of varicose veins naturally?
    I have heard that insurance companies won’t cover surgery for varicose veins because it is considered “cosmetic”. So, if possible...is there any natural way of getting rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there's a natural way of treating varicose veins. When my wife got pregnant she went throught the same problem. But she found this site: http://www.varicose-and-spider-veins.info/treatment really helpful. It talks about using horse chestnut extracts, grape seed and pine bark extracts and also refloxology.

      The http://www.varicose-and-spider-veins.info/treatment will guide you how to used these. My wife really found it very effective!

    Can anyone advise me about blueberries and horse chestnut for varicose veins?
    What dosages work? Please don't advise me to eat blueberries, I cna't stand them.

    • ANSWER:
      "For poor blood circulation (chronic venous insufficiency): 300 mg of horse chestnut seed extract containing 50 mg of the active ingredient, aescin, twice daily." [1]

      If you wanted to you can add some other supplements that will help support your circulation and strengthen your veins. The supplements all work together to help support one another and to help you achieve your goal. Some supplements that you could aid would be as follows.

      2 Vitamin E
      3 Vitamin C
      4 Diosmin (Popular in Europe)
      5 Bioflavonoids (Rutin)

      You can even purchase vitamin C supplements that contain rutin/bioflavonoids together. If you can spread the supplements throughout the day you will experience even better results.

    Can Vitamin K supplements be taken in conjunction with Horse Chestnut Supplements to improve varicose veins?

    Im just wondering because vitamin k assists in blood clotting and horse chestnut assists in blood thinning yet both are popular in treating the condition. my question is will taking both at the same time be beneficial or contradictory?

    • ANSWER:
      I do know that Horse Chestnut Supplements helps with circulation in the legs due to spider veins. Varicose veins are a bit complicated because they are largely damaged veins and sometimes has to be surgically removed.

    horse chestnut products for varicose and spider veins?
    has anyone tried horse chestnut products either creams or tablets for varicose and spider veins? does it really help?

    • ANSWER:
      Sclerotherapy is the best long term solution but it hurts like hell even though the Dr. says it won't. Definitely worth it in the end though!

    How do I get Reid of spider veins with out laser or surgery?
    I don't want to get surgery but I have some veins on the side and back of my legs. I do stand alot and do try to walk durning my day. I want to know if any women out there has tried any products that work. I've heard of vitamin k and compresson socks. I just want to be able to wear shorts with out feeling like I have ugly legs. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I have been taking this herbal blend for about 1 year and it has dimished the appearance of my spider veins...I love this product.

      Read this information:
      Varicose veins, swollen, tired, painful, itching, tingling legs can interfere with your daily activities. Do something about
      this with Arbonne’s exclusive Leg Vein Formula, a combination of standardized horse chestnut seed extract and Arbonne’s proprietary herbal blend of bilberry, butcher’s broom and gotu kola. The key ingredient in this formula, horse chestnut seed extract, is used in Europe and Asia to
      help tone the blood vessels, strengthening the veins*. The extract we use in this formula is standardized to ensure the
      same amount of active component in each tablet. This product is based on scientific research, and the amount of the active component that we use (100 mg Escin per day) has been shown to be effective.
      The proprietary herbal blend is added to support the active ingredient in this formula, making this product unique and
      exclusive to Arbonne.

      Ingredients: herb functions:
      Horse Chestnut - The active component of horse chestnut seed, escin, helps strengthen capillary cells and reduce fluid leakage.
      Bilberry - Helps circulation by stimulating new capillary formation, strengthening capillary walls and increasing the overall health of the circulatory system.
      Butcher’s Broom - This herb has a long history of treating venous problems like varicose veins. It contains two anti-inflammatory compounds that constrict and strengthen veins.
      Gotu Kola - Useful in treating circulatory problems in the lower limbs, including venous insufficiency, water retention in the ankles, foot swelling and varicose veins.

      This product is 45 days guaranteed and keeps the Arbonne philosophy of pure, safe and beneficial.

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    there is a chroni varicose pain in my legs.I have to sit on chair during the day.How can I get rid of the pain
    I am forty years old.The blue vein are on my legs and even my ankles.My left leg is more painful,specially in my calf and ankle.I do appreciate your helpful answers in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Varicose veins are a common problem and can become quite sore. Wearing compression stockings (special medical grade stockings that put pressure evenly on your legs) is a non-invasive option. Standing up frequently and moving around may help, but the basic problem in this situation is that blood can't get out of the affected vein easily. Some people have found horse chestnut oil in small amounts on the area can help, but there is no direct data about its effectiveness. Finally, if it is causing that much trouble, you might consider seeing a vein specialist regarding other treatments (laser, saline injection, stripping, surgery).

    How long does it usually take for Horse Chestnut pills to improve the appearance of Vericrose Veins?
    I'd like to get some idea of how long it will take before i see improvement. I've taken about two a day for the last week. I'm sixteen, 115 pounds and I am very active, if any of this makes a difference.

    Any suggestions on dosage?

    • ANSWER:
      I've taken horse chestnut and grapeseed before, and after a couple weeks, I really did notice a difference! I have really bad varicose veins behind my knees, and spider veins as well. The varicose veins seemed a lot lighter after I was taking horse chestnut pills. The only thing is, I wasn't able to take it in the morning or empty stomach because it made me feel nauseous. I would suggest maybe taking it before bed.

      But, be cautious:
      "When properly processed, horse chestnut seed extract contains little or no esculin and is considered generally safe. However, the extract can cause some side effects, including itching, nausea, or gastrointestinal upset."

      So that would explain my nausea! Yeah, so it should not contain esculin. Follow the directions on the bottle, and if you notice any side effects, lower the dosage.

      Hope it works for you! I think I will continue taking it again..

    What are some remedies for helping prevent and cure spider and varicose veins?

    • ANSWER:
      Apart from rutoside (eg Paroven), there is no evidence to suggest that any medicines can be used to effectively treat varicose veins. There is also no enough evidence to suggest that herbal creams, lotions are effective for the treatment of varicose veins.

      There are however, some dietary supplements that you can take to help strengthen the vein walls and slow the deterioration of the veins. These include rutins, bioflavonoids, horse chestnut, gingko, and witch hazel leaf. Ayurveda prescribes Brahmi (indigenous Indian herb) as the drug of choice for the treatment of varicose veins. Another treatment suggested by Ayurveda is yoga.

      The following suggestions may slow down the progression of varicose veins: wear properly fitted compression stockings, periodically elevate your legs, avoid prolonged standing, avoid wearing tight clothing, exercise regularly, control weight, don't smoke, don't cross your legs when sitting. Finally wear sunscreen to prevent the formation of spider veins on your face.

    whats the best food or herb for lowering blood clotting?
    I have been told I have a factor 5 blood type what should I be doing in the way of vitamins and dietry intake, and how do I clear up my veins and arteries. My legs always ache and I feel little pinches from time to time. I was told by my doctor to take half an aspirine a day, but it doesn't seem to do much for the sensations in my legs. Iam 42 years of age. What am I to expect from this condition?

    • ANSWER:
      Horse chestnut extract has been shown to help improve vein health by eliminating such symptoms as pain, lethargy, and heaviness in the legs that come with poor vein health. Many people take horse chestnut extract for its ability to help varicose veins, the unsightly condition caused by fragile blood vessels and poor circulation.


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    How do I get rid of veins on my thighs?
    I know it would help if I tanned them more, but my butt and thighs are really white. Is there any way I could solve either problem without tanning nude or surgury?

    • ANSWER:
      varicose veins can be removed thru schlerotherapy where it is an outpatient procedure and the doctor will inject small amounts of medicine directly into the veins which will instantly disappear the varicosities.. for a long term solution, take horse chestnut extract supplements with 60mg aescin, and raise your legs every night for 30 minutes.. that should help.

    how do i get rid of my varicose vein without surgery?
    im only 17 and i hav a huge vein on my leg, i play lots of sports so i dont know why! how do i get it to go away??!!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to tell you but, you can't make them go away. The only way to get rid of it is to get it taken out. I've tried everything there is out there and I found new stuff myself and tried it and nothing nothing nothing works. So, I finally went to a vein clinic and had it taken out and it really was no big deal at all. You can walk the next day and do your normal things. But, if you do get it taken out you would probably have to take a few weeks off of rough sports. I'm so sorry you have that though. I totally know what it feels like but, it is sooooo worth it to get it gone!!! Hope my answer isn't too long and ((hugs)) to you!!!!

      Oh and also, to help with circulation and to help your legs feel better take horse chestnut with grape seed and butcher's broom. (very good herbs!!)

      Additional details: I agree with Carmen, it totally sucks to be self-conscience in shorts and skirts because of a bad vein. I got a phlebectomy, which is like, the newest thing they've come up with for varicose veins and it leaves no scarring or anything. I can wear shorts and skirts now without feeling bad. It is very worth it!!!

    Have any of y'all had Sclerotherapy for spider or varicose veins?
    Or perhaps you know of someone who has? What were the results? Or maybe have you've had an alternative treatment for this that has been effective?

    • ANSWER:
      my dad has varicose veins and we found loads of herbal remedies that really helped him. things like Horse Chestnut Extract. also there are everyday things that you can do to help like not standing or sitting ALL day. try and vary it as much as possible, also being over weight of constant constipation can cause the symptoms to worsen.

      i really hope you get through this as i know what my dad was like.

      good luck to you

    Vitamin supplements to prevent and improve varicose veins?
    I need vitamins or any other product that helps with blood circulation. I am already getting compression stockings. I'm sending my husband to get it for me so I need names of products that he could get at walgreens or any pharmacy store like that. Thank you so much for your help :)

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of supplements that you could try that have the potential to help. A local Walgreens might not have some of the more advanced supplements like micronized diosmin which is popular over in Europe. Here is a list of some that your husband should be able to find with little difficulty.

      Vitamin C
      Vitamin E
      Horse Chestnut
      Grape Seed Extract
      Pine Park Extract (Pycnogenol)

      The whole idea is to strength your capillaries and veins and to improve circulation. Vitamin C is sometimes combined with bioflavonoids, but it might be better to take each one separately as you can get larger doses of each when taken with separate pills. You could take 1000 mg of vitamin C 3 times a day along with the bioflavonoids or the grape seed extract. Vitamin E would be best taken probably once a day at your biggest meal. It is measured by IU so if you husband could find a 200 or 400 IU vitamin E that would probably be the best one to start.

      Finally you can take horse chestnut and just follow the directions on the bottle. Horse chestnut is a herb so if you are on any prescription medications you might want to use caution before you try this supplement. Everyone is different, but if you were to combine all the supplements listed above you would have a much greater chance of success at reaching your goals.

    Have you taken horse chestnut for varicose veins? Did it work for you?
    did it improve the appearance of the veins and how long did it take?
    i mean horse chestnut extract. It is a well known remedie for vein problems

    • ANSWER:
      Pure Horse Chestnut is poisonous, but supplemental Horse Chestnut would isolate and remove the harmful parts of it, plus it's in a smaller dose... that's why you'll almost always see it in a standardized extract and almost never see it in a whole herb form.

      That being said, Horse Chestnut (in the proper doses) is very good for circulation and leg vein health. Whether it will help Varicose Veins or not will actually vary based on your body. What I mean is that the Horse Chestnut is just giving your body the raw materials to improve the health and strength of your veins, your body would take those nutrients and do whatever repairs it is able to. That's why some people find a huge effect from it and some notice the Varicose/Spider Veins disappear while some notice hardly anything.
      Generally, supplements can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to get in your system enough where you notice the benefits, but when it comes to your body healing damage like this, it might take a couple months to see a significant difference. Good luck and I hope I helped!

    how can i get rid of hemmroids quickly?
    i have had these things for almost 5 years and nothing over the counter has been helping. What are my options now?

    • ANSWER:
      Surgery of course will be the fastest .. but if you are looking for the alternatives to that:

      Collinsonia Root
      Very effective herbal remedy. Standard Process mades a capsule which is very good. You can take the capsule orally, or open the capsule and apply the powdered root externally. Gaia Herbs makes a liquid extract.

      Witch Hazel
      Topical use of witch hazel to treat venous conditions is approved by the German Commission E, authorities on herbal medicine. You have to use it regularly and for a period of time for results.

      Populations in which fiber intake is high have a very low incidence of hemorrhoids. So you can try to eat more veggies and grains. If you are constipated then you can try Psyllium seed/powder, found in your local health food store.

      Horse Chestnut
      Used for internal and external application for problems of venous circulation, including varicose veins and hemorrhoids. This herb has been used historically, but I am not sure how well it is holding up in research trials.

      There is a nice slection of homeopathic remedies you can try, for example: http://www.hmedicine.com/shopping/product/1896

      Please, before you start on anything alternative, make sure your doctor has had a chance to diagnose you.

    what should I do for hemorrhoid during breastfeeding?
    27 days ago, my delivery was done and it was normal delivery. But for 3/4 days blood is going with my stool and it gives me severe pain.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many ways to treat hemorrhoidsids. Following is a few treatments:

      Treatments for hemorrhoids vary in their cost, risk, and effectiveness. Different cultures and individuals approach treatment differently. Some of the treatments used are listed here in increasing order of intrusiveness and cost.

      For many people, hemorrhoids are mild and temporary conditions that heal spontaneously or by the same measures recommended for prevention. There is no medicine that will cure hemorrhoids but local treatments such as warm sitz baths, using a bidet, extendable showerhead, cold compress, or topical analgesic (such as Nupercainal), can also provide temporary relief.

      Especially in the case of external hemorrhoids with a visible lump of small size, the condition can be improved with warm bath causing the vessels around rectal region to be relaxed. Consistent use of medicated creams during the early stages of a hemorrhoid flare-up will also provide relief and may stave off further development and irritation. However, creams containing steroid preparations weaken the skin and may contribute to further flare-ups. Keep the area clean and dry, with some lubrication provided by hemorrhoidal creams or a lubricant. Ointment or suppositories such as Proctosedyl[12][13] and Faktu[14] can also relieve the symptoms.

      Natural Treatments

      Some people[who?] claim to have successfully applied natural procedures for treatment or reversal of chronic conditions. These procedures largely echo the prevention measures. However, self-care measures, including herbal or "natural" remedies, should not be undertaken without medical consent to avoid possible drug interactions. They include:
      Reducing regional pressure in such ways as improving posture and muscle tone, or in severe cases, undergoing a profound psychophysical reeducation, by a method such as the Alexander Technique.
      Taking herbs and dietary supplements that strengthen vein walls, such as Butcher's Broom, Horse-chestnut, bromelain, and Japanese Pagoda Tree extracts. Drinking 99% pure aloe juice can also relieve itching and swelling.[citation needed]
      Topical application of natural astringents and soothing agents, such as Witch hazel (astringent), Cranesbill, Aloe vera, and honey.
      Drinking chamomile tea several times a day.
      Eating fiber-rich bulking agents such as plantain and Psyllium seed husks to help create a softer stool that is easier to pass, to lessen the irritation of existing hemorrhoids.
      Using the squatting position for bowel movements.[15]
      For sufferers of hemorrhoids caused by poor vein circulation (coupled with varicose veins in lower extremities and/or varicocele), sleeping overnight with raised legs helps reduce or completely eliminate especially external hemorrhoids.
      Using a hand held shower massage to direct a pulsating stream of cold water at external hemorrhoidal tissue for a few minutes each day tends to shrink the swelling, stop the itch and over time may reduce or eliminate the condition. Pressure used must be low at first but should be increased over time during future applications as tolerance builds.

      The combination of internal and external remedies is particularly recommended, e.g., Witch-hazel suppositories combined with frequent cups of strong chamomile tea.

      Dietary supplements can help treat and prevent many complications of hemorrhoids, and natural botanicals such as Butchers Broom, Horse-chestnut, and bioflavonoids can be an effective addition to hemorrhoid treatment.[17]

      Butcher's Broom extract, or Ruscus aculeatus, contains ruscogenins that have anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictor effects that help tighten and strengthen veins. Butcher's Broom has traditionally been used to treat venous problems including hemorrhoids and varicose veins.[18][19][20]

      Horse-chestnut extract, or Aesculus hippocastanum, contains a saponin known as aescin, that has anti-inflammatory, anti-edema, and venotonic actions. Aescin improves tone in vein walls, thereby strengthening the support structure of the vein. Double blind studies have shown that supplementation with Horse-chestnut helps relieve the pain and swelling associated with chronic venous insufficiency.[21][22]

      Bilberry extract, or Vaccinium myrtillus, is an anthocyanoside bioflavonoid. Supplementation with this potent flavonoid protects and maintains venous strength and function

    Can acupuncture heal Rosacea and other issues at the same time?
    Has anyone here had great results from acupuncture to heal their Rosacea? Pro or con I would love to hear from you. How about Chinese herbs?

    I went for acupuncture for my appetite. That with the herbs really did help. I have to go back for more.
    Can an acupuncturist deal with several aliments at the same time per session? Or must it be one at a time?


    • ANSWER:
      Acupuncture basically opens up the flow of energy to areas that are blocked and equalizes the flow where energy is running too much. It does it by stimulating nodes along the meridians, or paths of energy flow. The answer would be yes, that you can work on several things at once, with the caveat that if the challenges need opposite treatments (decrease/increase) it might be better to wait until one energy flow is corrected before beginning another treatment.

      Rosacea can definitely be helped with acupuncture especially if you are willing to do some herbal support as well. The herbs butcher's broom and horse chestnut are very helpful in strengthening the blood vessels that are "flabby" and dilate too much, letting in too much blood and making the area look so red. I like a combination called Vari Gone (also good for varicose veins, gum disease, hemorrhoids, congestive heart failure)

      Good Luck!

    Any Very good Creams for Varicose Veins?
    My GrandFather has Varicose Veins and he is looking for some kind of very good creams that would help to clear those away , Does anyone know any very good creams that help ?

    • ANSWER:
      Preparation H and VeneSanar Cream are two remedies your grandfather could try. However, given the physiology of varicose veins (spider veins), I doubt if these would be anything beyond temporary solutions. The effectiveness of varicose vein treatments are directly proportional to lifestyle changes like reducing salt intake, doing breathing exercises, etc.

      One of my friends is 52 years old and has been suffering from varicose veins since he was 45. He uses Gingko Biloba as a diet supplement and is seeing good results with Horse Chestnut. In the end, it's down to lifestyle changes, medical consultation and herbal remedies.

    What supplement can I take to help with lower leg circulation?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kristy S, you need know that prevention for varicose veins initially begins with the wearing of support hosiery. But a healthy diet and lifestyle can do wonders to avoid the occurrence of varicose veins.

      Eat a balanced diet low in fat and carbohydrates and include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
      Take vitamin C. Vitamin C helps strengthen blood vessel walls.
      Keep the diet high in fiber to prevent constipation.
      Avoid sugar, fried foods, junk foods, tobacco, salt, alcohol, processed and refined foods.
      Exercise daily to maintain a healthy weight. Walking, swimming and bicycling all promote good circulation.
      Do not wear tight clothes which restrict blood flow.
      At least once a day sit with the legs above the heart level for 20 minutes to relieve symptoms.
      Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time.
      Avoid crossing the legs when sitting.
      Avoid heavy lifting and putting any unecessary pressure on the legs.
      Herbs, such as red clover and horse chestnut, are especially helpful in maintaining healthy strong veins.
      Jason Homan

    Can reticular veins go away without surgery? Like with horse chestnut?
    I have slightly bulging reticular vein behind my knee. My reticular vein is pretty mild and is only behind one of my knees. I'm 19. My question is can it go away without sclerotherapy or surgery by natural treatments?

    I have bought horse chestnut and diosmin and i'm not sure if they will work..

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor may recommend compression stockings. These stockings create gentle pressure up the leg. This pressure keeps blood from pooling and decreases swelling in the legs.

      There are three types of compression stockings. One type is support pantyhose. These offer the least amount of pressure. A second type is over-the-counter compression hose. These stockings give a little more pressure than support pantyhose. Over-the-counter compression hose are sold in medical supply stores and pharmacies.

      Prescription-strength compression hose are the third type of compression stockings. These stockings offer the greatest amount of pressure. They also are sold in medical supply stores and pharmacies. However, you need to be fitted for them in the store by a specially trained person.
      Medical Procedures

      Medical procedures are done either to remove varicose veins or to close them. Removing or closing varicose veins usually doesn’t cause problems with blood flow because the blood starts moving through other veins.

      You may be treated with one or more of the procedures listed below. Common side effects right after most of these procedures include bruising, swelling, skin discoloration, and slight pain.

      The side effects are most severe with vein stripping and ligation (li-GA-shun). Although rare, this procedure can cause severe pain, infection, blood clots, and scarring.

      Sclerotherapy (SKLER-o-ther-a-pe) uses a liquid chemical to close off a varicose vein. The chemical is injected into the vein to cause irritation and scarring inside the vein. The irritation and scarring cause the vein to close off, and it fades away.

    Kill hemorrhoids is possible in natural way?
    So paintful in my ass. Everytime i'm sitting it is so pain. I don't want to do any surgery. Can someone give me solution in natural way ? Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Here are five natural remedies that are used for hemorrhoids.
      1) Fiber

      Fiber shows a consistent beneficial effect in relieving hemorrhoid symptoms and bleeding. It can soften stool and increase its bulk, which helps to reduce straining. Seven randomized trials with a total of 378 participants have found fiber improved symptoms including itching, discomfort, and pain.

      There are plenty of ways to get more fiber. Start by eating foods high in fiber, such as whole grains and vegetables. Psyllium, a powdered fiber supplement, is another option, one that's inexpensive and readily available. A typical amount of psyllium is one teaspoon of the husks in water followed by another glass of water.

      Another option is ground flaxseeds. Whatever the source of fiber, it's important to drink sufficient water or constipation may worsen.
      2) Bioflavonoids

      Bioflavonoids are a type of plant compound that are thought to work by stabilizing and strengthening blood vessel walls and by decreasing inflammation. They have been found to reduce anal discomfort, pain, and anal discharge during an acute hemorrhoid attack. Side effects of bioflavonoids appear to be mild and rare, making them a promising treatment for hemorrhoids in pregnancy (the flavonoid tangeretin however, shouldn't be used by people taking tamoxifen for breast cancer).

      The major flavonoids found in citrus fruits, diosmin, herperidin, and oxerutins, appear to be beneficial. Daflon, a product made with citrus bioflavonoids was found to improve symptoms in pregnant women by day four of taking it and to reduce symptoms of pain, heaviness, bleeding, itching and discharge.
      3) Witch Hazel Compress or Cream

      This drug store staple is made from the leaves and bark of a plant called Hamamelis virginiana. It is not be taken internally but is instead applied topically to the anal area in the form of witch hazel distilled liquid, ointment, or medicated pads.

      Witch hazel is thought to decrease the bleeding of hemorrhoids by acting as an astringent. It may also relieve pain, itching and swelling associated with hemorrhoids.
      4) Butcher's Broom

      The plant butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus), which is also known as knee holly, box holly, and sweet broom, gets its name because it was once used by butchers in Europe to clean their chopping blocks. Butcher's broom has a long history of traditional use for hemorrhoids and varicose veins. It is often used when there is underlying poor circulation in the veins.

      How does butcher's broom work? Although scientists haven't confirmed the effectiveness of butcher's broom for hemorroids, butcher's broom extract contains anti-inflammatory and vein-contricting properties that are believed to improve the tone and integrity of veins and shrink the swollen tissue. The active compound is called ruscogen.

      Butcher's broom is usually recommended in capsule or tea form. The tea has a slightly bitter taste, so a bit of stevia or honey can be used to sweeten it. The tea can be made by steeping one teaspoon of the herb in a cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Butchers broom has also been shown to be effective when applied topically as an ointment or compress.

      Butcher's broom should not be used by people with high blood pressure, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), by pregnant or nursing women, or by people taking alpha blocker or MAO inhibitor drugs unless otherwise recommended by their doctor.
      5) Horse Chestnut

      The herb horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), like Butchers broom, is often recommended when there is poor circulation in the veins, or chronic venous insufficiency. In folk medicine, it is used to relieve symptoms such as swelling and inflammation and strengthen blood vessel walls. The active compound is believed to be aescin.

      Horse chestnut can be taken as a tea or in capsule form. It can also be applied externally as a compress. People with an allergy to the horse chestnut family, bleeding disorders, or people taking blood thinners should not take horse chestnut. Only products made from the seeds or bark of the young branches should be used. Other parts of the plant are poisonous. Although uncommon, side effects have included kidney damage, severe bleeding, bruising, and liver damage.

    Has anyone used Horse chestnut seed extract for varicose veins?
    they are in a pill form from a health shop, and I'm not sure if they are making me feel weak. I stopped taking them and feel good but will try them again in a day or 2

    • ANSWER:
      I found after a few days of use that I became constipated and had to stop taking them.I tried again after a couple of weeks with the same result.They never had any affect on my legs but I only used them for a few days so I can't say if it works or not.At no time can I say I felt weaker from taking it.

    How do i prevent varicose veins? is there any medicine aside from injection?
    my feet always feel tired everyday even if im siting or standing.

    • ANSWER:
      i read somewhere that horse chestnuts helphttp://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkmmxI.tFcxMAYqFXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE2YThqZWljBGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMQRzZWMDc3IEdnRpZANGODczXzgw/SIG=12qpf6rnl/EXP=1173124401/**http%3a//www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20060308/news_lz1f08focus.html

    Has anyone tried horse chestnut cream?
    I have blood clotting issues in my legs and Im developing painful varicose veins at a fairly young age because of it. Ive talked to my doctor about procedures and they are veins that need to be left alon so standard procedures to fix them aren't an option. I have heard of something called horse chestnut cream to improve circulation, help with the pain, and the visual aspect of the problem. Has anyone had any experience with any sort of thing like this? any help would be greatly appreciated =)

    • ANSWER:
      about it you can get information from here http://webmd21.notlong.com/AAsWFjA

    I am affected by varicose vain, my question is shall i walk in the morning, is it effect more?
    what are the preventive actions for stop fruther spreading?

    • ANSWER:
      U have to do SARVAANGAASANA daily once or twice.
      Walking certainly helps. Know more about this:
      Normally the symptoms are leg cramps, nagging pains, sore legs and others.
      In the following paragraphs you will learn more about Varicose Veins Treatments you can use right away. We will talk about Sclerotherapy, Ambulatory Phlebectomy, medication, laser therapy, creams and natural treatments, exercise, zinc and more.
      The following are some of the Varicose Veins Treatments in use today.
      1. Varicose Veins Treatment with laser therapy.
      This procedure is a combination of using a laser and radio frequency. Although expensive you will normally get good long term results with particular Varicose Veins Treatment.
      2. Sclerotherapy.
      The vein protrusions will collapse with the use of an injection of sodium chloride solution. With this particular Varicose Veins Treatment you will get some localised swelling and possibly some minor allergic reactions but they will disappear as time passes by.
      3. Ambulatory Phlebectomy.
      This is a surgical procedure where a small instrument with a hook is inserted into small incisions in the skin to collapse the veins.
      4. Medication.
      There are now effective medications for those with vascular conditions.
      These modern medications work by dilating the veins to allow the correct circulation of blood back to the heart while your overall blood circulation will be improved too.
      As a Varicose Veins Treatment these are quite effective.
      Having the correct dosage can reduce the size of the veins significantly and because this is not an invasive treatment many women choose it as their preferred Varicose Vein Treatment. It is also inexpensive when compared with other types of treatment.
      5. Creams.
      You can use herbal remedies and creams as an effective Varicose Veins Treatment.
      There are several good ones on the market and this is considered the least invasive Varicose Veins Treatment you can find anywhere.
      These creams and herbal remedies work by stimulating your blood vessels and veins using anti-inflammatory ingredients. However, you do need to be patient as it can take several months to see results.
      Generally they are a relatively inexpensive Varicose Veins Treatment. The effects vary from person to person on the product of your choice and are a natural Varicose Veins Treatment.
      6. Exercise
      Regular exercise improves the circulation of the blood and while it is not a Varicose Veins Treatment as such it will have some effect on minimising the development of the condition.
      7. Taking regular supplements.
      Zinc, vitamin C and even Horse Chestnut Extract taken as a capsule can help to develop and maintain healthy veins.
      8. Wear loose fitting clothing.
      This is important because tight fitting clothing can restrict the blood circulation. It is also advisable not stand or sit down for a long period of time.
      You will see that there are several Varicose Veins Treatments you can use to get rid of those ugly varicose veins.
      Creams made with natural ingredients are the least invasive of all the Varicose Veins Treatment you can use. These creams come with anti-inflammatory ingredients that will stimulate your blood vessels.
      Medication in the form of tablets are a good varicose veins treatment and they can improve the blood pressure as well which also helps to reduce the size of the veins.
      For the best long term results it is clear that the laser and radio frequency solution should be considered although Sclerotherapy (using the injected sodium chloride solution) is worth considering.
      The use of loose clothing is common sense as is regular exercise.
      The most invasive of all these Varicose Veins Treatments is the Ambulatory Phlebectomy. With this method the varicose veins will be cut permanently.
      As with all health conditions you must consult your Doctor or a specialist clinic before choosing any form of Varicose Veins Treatment.

    What is the best medicine for varicose vein?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a couple of options available. [1]

      Micronized Diosmin
      Horse Chestnut
      Vitamin C

      The key is to increase circulation and strengthen and support the small capillaries that carry the blood through your body. The science bears this out as you can see in the following study. [2] Here is one particularly revealing quote: "Diosmine and other flavane derivatives have been shown beneficial in this condition". The various supplements should also work when taken together so if you wanted to try even 2 or 3 of the supplements to see if you can get quicker results it might be worth your time.

    Is there any successful treatment for RLS?
    I have had severe RLS for nearly 3 years. I take Mirapex, Iron, Magnesium, and Folate. Nothing works. I am so sleep deprived I can barely function. The only thing that permits me to sleep is Hydrocodone and I would really rather not become addicted. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      For centuries, natural and holistic approaches have provided long-term relief for restless leg syndrome sufferers. Herbal and homeopathic remedies contain a combination of ingredients that promote calm, rested limbs during sleep. A well known herb, Astragalus membranaceous, has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, and balances and improves the functioning of all the body’s organ systems through its adaptogenic and tonic properties. It also boosts circulation and assists absorption of iron from food.

      Ruscus acluteatus, also known as Butcher’s Broom improves poor circulation and relieves the pain and discomfort associated with restless leg syndrome. It is also useful in treatment of constipation and water retention, circulatory disorders including hemorrhoids and varicose veins and as a bladder and kidney tonic. In addition, Aesculus hippocastum (Horse Chestnut) helps promote healthy blood circulation throughout the body, including the legs and can relieve Periodic Limb Movement and RLS by keeping the blood flowing smoothly even during and sleep and rest.

      You may get detailed info on the above here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/r/restlesslegssyndrome.htm

    what foods are good to ease pain due to leg varicose veins?

    • ANSWER:
      HEY MARY, there is a herb that comes in capsule form called horsechestnut. it is a natural blood thinner, so if you are already on blood thinners you might want to ask your dr first. but this onfo i got out of my herbal remedies book by Dr. Mark Stengler the natural physician. You can also look up more herbal remedies for varicose viens and it will give you a list of them. Also there is a cr4ean called Propolis which you can rub on your legs while you take the horse chestnut capsules. 600 mil. a day. Do you have a herbal store near you or a herbal health store? Mary. You can get a free news letter from a DR. <housecalls@healthiernews.com that is where i found the book to order. they have great advice on medical stuff. Good Luck Mary.

    resless leg syndrome question. I have RLS and always have to move my legs at night when I go to bed,?
    It seems I get a feeling of butterflies or a "tickle" feeling in my lower stomach and then I MUST move my lege or I get VERY uncomfortalble? is this normal for RLS? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually, RLS creates that creepy feeling only in the legs and feet, and in severe cases, in the arms as well.

      May be its your upper leg or thighs and not your abdomen.

      Do you take some medications also for your RLS.

      Natural and holistic approaches provide long-term relief for restless leg syndrome sufferers. Herbal and homeopathic remedies contain a combination of ingredients that promote calm, rested limbs during sleep. A well known herb, Astragalus membranaceous, has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, and balances and improves the functioning of all the body’s organ systems through its adaptogenic and tonic properties. It also boosts circulation and assists absorption of iron from food.

      Ruscus acluteatus, also known as Butcher’s Broom improves poor circulation and relieves the pain and discomfort associated with restless leg syndrome. It is also useful in treatment of constipation and water retention, circulatory disorders including hemorrhoids and varicose veins and as a bladder and kidney tonic. In addition, Aesculus hippocastum (Horse Chestnut) helps promote healthy blood circulation throughout the body, including the legs and can relieve Periodic Limb Movement and RLS by keeping the blood flowing smoothly even during and sleep and rest.

      You may get detailed info on these if you so wish from here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/r/restlesslegssyndrome.htm

    How can I naturally (with creams, oil, vitamins... etc.) reduce the appearance of blood veins!?
    On my chest and boobs, my legs, my arms... all over my body my veins aren't really bulging out or anything, but they're very dark so you can see them all. I didn't realize how bad it was until my boyfriend took a picture of me and it looked like an x-ray. It was all veins. The main area is in my chest. I can't do surgery of any kind... I need something relatively cheap, easy, and do it myself. Thanks ahead!

    • ANSWER:
      Try a Vitamin K cream.
      For example see this link:
      Or this one:
      Also read this article of supplements you can take and other herbal remedies you can take, which include horse chestnut extract, pycnogenol and horsetail.

      As an alternative to Vitamin K cream you could try V Nal xtra cream but this is really for veins that are more varicose-like and in the legs. V Nal contains red vine leaf extract, butcher's broom and horse chestnut They also do a capsule

      If you have any medical conditions or are on medication for anything then check with a doctor or pharamacist first before taking any herbal remedies.

      I would persevere with natural products like creams and supplements but to be honest with you I wouldn't worry about them as it is quite common to have veins that can be seen. Sometimes it is genetic. If you are concerned see your doctor and they might be able to assess any other cause.

      Best wishes.

    where can i buy horse chestnut extrtact for varicose vein?

    • ANSWER:
      Blackmores.... they might do it. u can get their stuff in pharmacys

      or just eat them whole!

    is there any effective herbal medicine to remove the varicose veins?

    • ANSWER:
      Likely,blood type A,which has the thickest blood.Natural blood thinners like garlic and ginko may help.Butchers broom,and horse chestnut may help.Many homeopathic remedies may help.Doing all these together may help.Coconut oil rubbed on the skin may help.Might help.ABC homeopathy is has an on-line materia medica.Also,face book has good homeopathy groups,can ask on there.May help and it may not.Eating lots of meat and if you can`t break it down,can clog the veins,so,a good diet is needed.You do need protein and good fats.Soaking the meat in pro biotic before eating may help,or cooking it in water,may help with digestion.Eating fermented foods.

    Are horse chestnuts and conkers the same and can you eat both if they are different?

    • ANSWER:
      The nuts are poisonous, containing the alkaloid saponin, but some mammals, notably deer, are able to break down the toxins and eat them safely. They are reputed to be good for horses with wind, but this is unproven and feeding them to horses is not advisable. The saponin aescin, however, has been used for health purposes (such as varicose veins, edema, sprains) and is available in food supplements.
      In Britain, the nuts are used for the popular children's game Conkers. During the two world wars, horse-chestnuts were used as a source of starch which in turn could be used via the Clostridium acetobutylicum fermentation method devised by Chaim Weizmann to produce acetone. This acetone was then used as a solvent which aided in the process of ballistite extrusion into cordite, which was then used in military armaments.

      Chestnuts should not be confused with Horse-chestnuts, which are used in the United Kingdom to play a game called conkers. Conkers, or Horse-chestnuts, are poisonous and are obtained from the tree of the same name.
      Neither the horse chestnut (family Sapindaceae) nor the water chestnut (family Cyperaceae) is closely related to the chestnut, though both are so named for producing similar nuts. The name Castanea comes from an old Latin name for the sweet chestnut.
      The nuts are an important food crop in southern Europe, southwestern and eastern Asia, and also in eastern North America before the chestnut blight. In southern Europe in the Middle Ages, whole forest-dwelling communities which had scarce access to wheat flour relied on chestnuts as their main source of carbohydrates.
      The nuts can be eaten candied, boiled or roasted; the former are often sold under the French name marrons glacés. One easy method for roasting is to cut a slit in the top of each nut and heat in a shallow container, tossing occasionally, at 200-220 °C for 10-15 minutes. Another important use of chestnuts is to be ground into flour, which can then be used to prepare bread, cakes and pasta. Chestnut-based recipes and preparations are making a comeback in Italian cuisine, as part of the trend toward rediscovery of traditional dishes.
      To preserve chestnuts to eat through the winter, they must be made perfectly dry after they come out of their green husk; then put into a box or a barrel mixed with, and covered over by, fine and dry sand, three parts of sand to one part of chestnuts. Any maggots in any of the chestnuts will emerge and work up through the sand to get to the air without damaging other chestnuts. Chestnuts to be grown in the spring need to be kept in moist sand and chilled over the winter.

    What does hemorrhoid cream do?
    Does it get rid of the hemorrhoid or just make things more comfortable or what? Give me the low down.

    • ANSWER:
      make it more comfy. relives the itchiness, and swelling. but no it doesn't get rid of it

      Hemorrhoids are varicose veins (swollen veins) in or around the anal area. There are two types of hemorrhoids, internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids are varicose veins inside the anus. External hemorrhoids are varicose veins on the outside of the anus. Despite the claims of manufacturers, hemorrhoid creams do not get rid of hemorrhoids, but instead relieve the symptoms of pain, burning and itching that they can produce. Doctors can perform medical procedures to remove hemorrhoids that are causing annoying discomfort.
      Hemorrhoid Creams
      Hemorrhoid medications come in cream and suppository forms. Both types are designed for external hemorrhoids. There are currently no FDA-approved creams for treating internal hemorrhoids. The active ingredients in the cream and suppository forms are the same.
      Active Ingredients
      Different products will contain different ingredients and treat different symptoms. The following list contains common ingredients and explains their functions. Some of the ingredients listed are found in over-the-counter products, while others are only found in prescription products.
      Analgesic--An analgesic provides a cooling sensation that relieves pain and itching. Menthol is an example of an analgesic.
      Anesthetic--An anesthetic temporarily numbs the area to provide relief from pain, itching and burning. Benzocaine is an example of an anesthetic.
      Astringent--An astringent cools and calms the area to help relieve itching and burning. Witch hazel is one of the most popular ingredients found in hemorrhoid creams.
      Horse Chestnut Seed Extract is derived from a plant and is found in some natural hemorrhoid creams. It reduces inflammation in the area. Homemade Horse Chestnut Seed Extract should not be used because it contains esculin, which is poisonous. The plant must be properly processed to remove the poison.
      A moisturizer is used to hydrate the skin in order to help prevent itching. A cream that contains a moisturizer is helpful if itching is associated with dryness. Glycerin is an example of a moisturizer.
      A steroidal reduces inflammation in the area, which helps to relieve pain, itching and burning. Hydrocortisone is an example of a steroidal.
      A vasoconstrictor reduces blood flow to the area, which reduces inflammation and helps to relieve symptoms of pain, itching and burning. Ephedrine is an example of a vasoconstrictor.
      Do not use hemorrhoid creams for longer than the package suggests, unless you have a doctor's approval. Do not use more than the package suggests. If you are taking other medications, check with your pharmacist to determine if there are any possible drug reactions when simultaneously taking those medications with hemorrhoid creams.
      This article is not meant to replace medical advice. Always check with a medical professional regarding diagnosis and treatment

    What can be done with chestnuts?
    Give me some ideas. I've got about a dozen.
    they are not eatable chestnuts.

    • ANSWER:
      Definately a kid craft:

      Horse chestnut has been used in connection with the following conditions (refer to the individual health concern for complete information):
      Sprains and Strains (topical)
      Wound healing (topical)
      Edema (water retention)
      Varicose veins

    Is there a way to get rid of spider/vericose veins that actually works?

    • ANSWER:
      You can treat spider / varicose veins by following some basic hygiene and dietetic rules. To improve blood circulation in the legs, you will have to avoid:
      •the heat (sunbathing, sauna, wax, hot bath...) for the heat dilates the vessels,
      •wearing tight clothes,
      •sitting too long,
      •being overweight
      To help the venous circulation you can:
      •exercise (walk, swim, ride a bike)
      •sleep with your feet up on a pillow,
      •take cold showers,
      •wear support stockings,
      •eat less fat and less simple sugars,
      •eat wheatgerm, green vegetables and citrus fruits, that are full of vitamins. Eat foods that are rich vitamin E and C (antioxidants) can help fight against free radicals which are ageing factors of the venous walls.

      Here are some alternative products that can help:
      - herbal tea: cypress, gingko biloba, witch hazel, horse chestnut, gotu kola...
      - Vein bioresonance card which is based on the principle of the alternative medicine of bio-energy.

    Varicose veins.....any suggestions on how to help or prevent them?
    I'm starting to get signs of varicose veins.....the spider and bulging. They start by my hamstrings and work their way up to my inner thigh. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:

      Family history. An inherited weakness of the valves in the veins.

      With age, the elasticity of the walls along the veins are weakened which stretches the veins.

      Hormonal changes within the body during pregnancy and menopause relaxes the walls of the veins. In addition, during pregnancy the veins may receive extra pressure from the expanding uterus (womb) causing dilation. Also, the use of birth control pills or estrogen replacement therapy alters the female hormone levels which might lead to varicose veins.

      Deep vein thrombosis (economy-class syndrome), a blood clot in the deep vein.

      Obesity and lifting heavy objects are also contributing factors.

      Varicose veins can show up as a result of liver disease.


      Varicose veins are usually harmless. They can be treated with ligation surgery or sclerotherapy (injected medication to close affected vein so that blood moves to another vein). Spider veins can be treated with sclerotherapy and laser. Though newer and supposedly effective removal methods will surely be developed in time to come, it is always important to make sure you gather lots of information about these procedures and seek professional and sound advice before deciding what is good for you.

      Seek a physician if you cut a varicose vein, experience pain, swelling or develop skin ulcers near a varicose vein.
      How to reduce varicose veins

      Do regular exercise. Walking, running, cycling and swimming keep blood vessels healthy.

      Stick to a high-fiber and low-salt diet.

      Kick off the high heels.

      Avoid tight-fitting clothings or undergarments that restrict blood flow at the waist, groin and legs (e.g. girdles, stockings and socks).

      If elastic stockings are recommended, wear them before getting out of bed in the morning.

      Do not leave legs crossed or bent for a long period.

      If work requires prolonged standing or sitting, move and stretch those legs, rotate ankles and wiggle the toes once in a while.

      Do leg stretching exercises daily.

      Raise legs above the level of the heart whenever possible.

      Rest those legs on pillows while sleeping.

      Stop smoking.

      Horse chestnut (Latin name: Aesculus hippocastanum) is a herb known to reduce pain and swelling.

      Gotu kola (Latin name: Centella asiatica), another herb has been found to improve blood circulation.

      Butcher's broom (Latin name: Ruscus aculeatus) a herb that has been used to improve blood circulation in the legs and treat hemorrhoids.

      Vitamin E helps improve blood circulation and protects blood vessels from damage.

      According to Dr. John Heinerman in his book Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Juices (Prentice Hall, 1994), rubbing with persimmon juice once the bulging has started can prevent the condition from worsening. Nutrients found in a persimmon fruit include calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, vitamin A, C and K.

      Frankincense may also offer relief. Dilute 2-3 drops of frankincense essential oil in almond oil and then massage.

    What's the best remedy for varicose veins?

    • ANSWER:
      There are several factors that favor the appearance of venous insufficiency (varicose veins, spider veins, heavy legs, pain in the legs...) in legs:
      • a settled way of life,
      • being overweight,
      • a job that requires you to remain on your feet all days (hairdresser, salesperson..)
      • number of pregnancies
      • and, it can be hereditary
      Respecting some basic hygiene and dietetic rules is sometimes enough to improve blood circulation in the legs. You will have to avoid:
      • the heat (sunbathing, sauna, wax, hot bath...) for the heat dilates the vessels,
      • wearing tight clothes,
      • sitting or standing too long,
      • being overweight
      To help the venous circulation you can:
      • exercise (walk, swim, ride a bike)
      • sleep with your feet up on a pillow,
      • take cold showers,
      • wear support stockings,
      • eat less fat and less simple sugars,
      • eat wheatgerm, green vegetables and citrus fruits, that are full of vitamins. Eat foods that are rich vitamin E and C (antioxidants) can help fight against free radicals which are ageing factors of the venous walls.

      Here are some alternative products that can help:
      - herbal tea: cypress, gingko biloba, witch hazel, horse chestnut, gotu kola...
      - Vein bioresonance card which is based on the principle of the alternative medicine of bio-energy.

    My hands hurt and the veins pop out; plus hemorrhoids, varicose veins, & body pain. Does horse chestnut help?
    I have varicose veins on my legs and nose. I have had these for awhile. When 14 years old appeared on the nose, and around 20 years old on the legs. Hemorrhoids too, started around 5 years ago. I wasn't really ever the type to work out in elementary, junior high, or high school -always avoided it. And for like 5-6 years I worked on my butt behind a desk and had a poor diet most of my life. I'm not sure if all this lack of exercise has affected me. I have changed my life 360, and it is actually tough to get rid of this stagnation, but little by little my body gets better. Now that I want to be so active, I am but need to pace myself because my body can only take so much. I started taking Horse Chestnut today for my blood flow, could this help??? Oh and my body hurts 24/7 I started taking magnesium and helps a bit, do yoga everyday too so my body won't feel so stiff. I still work behind a computer but after every hour I need to take a 30 minute break.

    Thanks in advance.
    After taking a horse chestnut pill, 5-10 mins after I felt like I just needed to sit and breathe, which I did. My hands felt like some flow was being done. Felt nice, and didn't want to move... if I did move it felt like the motion of the blood flow was being disturbed.
    I'm not sure if this helps, I'm 24 years old now. And did take a whole 300mg horse chestnut pill a couple weeks ago during the day, with food, and couldn't work, was feeling very nauseous and a bit out of it.Decided to take half a pill at night / late evening with food.

    • ANSWER:
      This is for your haemorrhoid's problem.
      In the evening soak three dried figs after washing it thoroughly. Don't add too much
      water. Just enough to soak it thoroughly. Next day, in the morning one hour before breakfast,
      consume these 3 figs along with the water. Now again soak 3 figs in the morning to
      consume them at supper. So in a day you are consuming 6 figs which will overhaul
      your excretory system. Continue the regime for three months and your piles should
      be thing of the past. Additionally soak alum stone (available at any asian stores near
      you) in a jar of water and use it to clean your butt after answering nature's call. This
      will help in shrinking the piles as well.
      Good luck and God bless. Cheers! ;o)

    Does Bilberry vitamins really help with vericose veins?

    • ANSWER:
      When I think of Bilberry I think of eyes........ but after googling it it does say varicose veins too.

      What It Is Used For
      Historically, bilberry fruit was used to treat diarrhea, scurvy, and other conditions.
      Today, the fruit is used to treat diarrhea, menstrual cramps, eye problems, varicose veins, venous insufficiency (a condition in which the veins do not efficiently return blood from the legs to the heart), and other circulatory problems.
      Bilberry leaf is used for entirely different conditions, including diabetes.

      Read at this link: http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/15/25.cfm as it has other suggestions for varicose veins.

      In a study conducted in Italy in 1982, the Indian herb gotu kola improved the structure of varicose veins and increased blood flow through them in 80 percent of the participants who took it for one month. This study also showed that gotu kola strengthens the connective tissue.

      Researchers have found that ginkgo and gotu kola are even more effective when used together. Almost everyone who took this combination, many of whom had serious circulation problems in their legs, found that their circulation improved. Some enjoyed their first pain-free walking in months. And in numerous other studies, both ginkgo and gotu kola have been shown to be more effective and better tolerated than tribenoside, the standard drug used for this purpose.

      Horse chestnut and butcher's broom—strangely named herbs that are not nearly as well-known in North America as in Europe—can also be used to make veins stronger and less porous.

      Varicose Vein/Hemorrhoid Tea

      ½ ounce each hawthorn berries and flowers, ginkgo leaves and butcher's broom (if available)

      Hot water (enough to cover herbs)

      Combine herbs. Cover with hot water and steep for 5 minutes. Strain and drink. The same herbs can also be used to make a tincture (they are, in fact, used in several commercial tincture formulas).

      Varicose Vein/Hemorrhoid Oil

      1 ounce Saint-John's-wort oil

      8 drops each essential oils of chamomile, palma rosa and cypress

      Combine ingredients. Apply externally.

      Varicose Vein/Hemorrhoid Compress

      1 cup cold water

      1 teaspoon tincture of calendula or Saint-John's-wort

      3 drops each essential oils of chamomile and carrot seed

      Combine ingredients. Stir a soft cloth in them, wring out and place over itching or broken varicose veins or hemorrhoids as often as practical.

    Use of horse chestnut/ being underweight can be just as frustrating !?
    I was just wonderingif anyone knows about the use of hors chestnut externally. I have been given a cream by a herbalist while taking internally, ginger i read somewhere should not be taken with horse chestnut,i want to clarify this as i really need to take this cream. I am 23 years old and due to a long period of eating disoreder when i was younger i have what are some thread/ varicose veins at back of my legs and as a result i feel totally disgusted with my legs , proabbly more so than people complaining about weight , at least if i was over weight i could change it- but i not sure i CAN reverse something like that and i am only 23! so if anything will work this is it, but i been prescribed other herbs and not sure i can take horse chestnut with them,so if anyone has experienced using horse chestnut in a cream or had problems with thread veins and has had them treated herbally i would very much love ot hear your answers.also ANY HELP at all for people needing to gain!??

    • ANSWER:
      Imagine if ginger and horse chestnut were going to fix varicose veins. It would be a medical breakthrough. We could give gingerbread men to pregnant women to reverse their veins.

    Question about Horse Chestnut?
    Hi! Just wondering, if I have a nut allergy, would it be okay for me to use a product that contains horse chestnut? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Horse chestnuts are members of the buckeye tree family. I could find no information on cross allergic reaction....

      HOWEVER! I would call your allergist to make sure before you even open the product - goodness knows nut allergies are very serious indeed.

      If you are using the product for vein health (varicose veins, dark circles, etc) there are other things you can take. Rutin or butchers broom for example.

      Good Lucl

    which medicines is good I have legs varicose veins?

    • ANSWER:
      Some specific herbs for circulation are as follows: 1) Butchers' Broom extract. Sanhelios makes a compounded buthchers' broom, thyme, rosemary extract called Circucaps which works very, very well. You should be able to get it at any US herbal or vitamin store or any healthfood store or co-op. Other herbs/vitamins which are helpful are: 1) Vitamin C w/ bioflavonoids (quercetin, rutin, hesperidin, et al.); 2) Horse chestnut extract; 3) Co-enzyme Q10 (improves oxygenation of tissues); 4) Cayenne, chickweed, gentian root, gingko biloba, goldenseal, hawthorn berries, horseradish, horsetail, hyssop, licorice (provided user does not have high blood pressure), pleurisy root, rose hips (!), and wormwood (Artemisia). Black cohosh, and wormwood are NOT for use during pregnancy; gentian is extremely bitter. Goldenseal is an endangered herb, and there are many, many other herbals with similar medicinal effect that can be made/taken, so avoid its use, please. Drinking rosehip tea would be a VERY inexpensive and highly effective way to go about improving your circulation.

    any solutions beside surgury for veriocos veins and how to hide them?

    • ANSWER:

      * Elastic support stockings are recommended for the people suffering from varicose veins. Support stockings help your leg muscles push blood upward by concentrating pressure near the ankles.
      * Mix 12 drops each of cypress and geranium essential oils in four ounces of carrier oil such as almond, soy or sunflower. Gently apply the mixture to the legs by stroking upward, in the direction of the heart. Don't massage directly on the veins.
      * Massage oil of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) gently into an affected area. It may help stimulate circulation by causing capillaries to dilate.
      * Oils of cypress and chamomile (Matticaria recutita) may soothe swelling and inflammation and help relieve pain.
      * Add whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, to your diet as often as possible. Eat plenty of blackberries and cherries. They are rich in compounds that may prevent varicose veins or lessen the discomfort they cause.
      * Vitamin A In the form of beta-carotene, 25,000 IU for skin integrity and to speed varicose ulcer healing.
      * Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids 1,000 to 5,000 milligrams of vitamin C and 100 to 1,000 milligrams of bioflavonoids in divided daily doses to increase circulation, promote the healing of sores, and strengthen vein walls to prevent dilation.
      * Sugar, salt, alcohol, fried foods, processed and refined foods, animal protein, cheeses, and ice cream should be avoided.
      * Horse chestnut can be used both internally and as an external application for problems of venous circulation, including varicose veins.
      * Butcher's broom tons veins while reducing inflammation.
      * Gotu Kola strengthens blood vessels and improves peripheral circulation.
      * Ginkgo (Ginkgo Biloba) strengthens blood vessels and improves peripheral circulation.
      * Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) strengthens blood vessels and improves peripheral circulation.
      * Take 3 parts of Hawthorn berries, 2 parts of Yarrow 2 parts, 3 parts of Horsechestnut, 1 part of ginger and 2 parts of prickly ash bark. Mix all the ingredients. 3 parts
      * Ginger 1 part. Use two teaspoonfuls of the mixture. Infuse for fifteen minutes. Drink three times daily.
      * Take two buckets tall enough to submerge the legs up to the knees. Fill one bucket with enough comfortably hot water to cover the lower legs and the other bucket with the same amount of cold water. Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts per quart of water or you can add aromatherapy oil to the water. Soak your feet and legs in the hot water for about three minutes, and then immerse them in the cold water for about 30 seconds. Repeat three times, finishing with the cold soak. Perform this treatment once a day for at least one month.
      * Drink eight ounces of fresh berry or pineapple juice, alone or diluted with another fruit juice, once or twice a day.
      * One or two glasses daily of fresh fruit or vegetable juices- especially any combination of apple, beet, carrot, celery, citrus, parsley, or pineapple-and dietary supplements may be helpful in preventing and treating varicosities.
      * Lying flat on the floor and resting the legs on a chair seat or straight up against a wall for 2 minutes drains blood from swollen veins.
      * Elevating the feet higher than the hips with a recliner or ottoman, and raising the foot of the bed a few inches, helps blood flow back to the heart from the legs.
      * Practice morning walk briskly or finish your day with a swim or bike ride.
      * Apply a cloth saturated with apple cider vinegar on the varicose veins for 30 minutes twice a day. Follow this with a drink of 2 teaspoons of the vinegar in a glass of water.
      * Prepare a mixture by adding 2 cups of chopped calendula flowers, leaves, and stems into an equal amount of melted lard. Let the mixture stand for 24 hours. Reheat and strain. Coat this over your varicose veins and let it stand overnight.
      * Steep crushed, fresh violet leaves and flowers or marigold flowers in boiling water. Apply compresses of the liquid.
      * Eat a few fresh marigold petals every day. This treatment is believed to shrink varicosities and nourish the veins.
      * Prepare a poultice of bruised cabbage leaves, rotten apples, chopped brown onions, or a half-and-half blend of cod liver oil and raw honey. Apply this overnight. This is believed to heal varicose sores.
      * Add three tablespoons of sugar to one pint of warm water and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Take two ounces of this mixture everyday
      * Rub your legs with full- strength vinegar. Mix two tablespoons of vinegar with honey and drink it.
      * Periods of rest with your feet a few inches above your heart level let gravity work in your favor, helping pooled blood drain from your legs.
      * Avoid high heels in favor of flat shoes.
      * Avoid standing for long periods of time. This will reduce pressure on the valves in the veins in your legs.
      * While standing, get on your tiptoes by lifting your heels off the floor. Do this twenty times, relax for a few minutes, and then repeat.
      * Jump rope to strengthen the leg muscles and blood vessels. Begin slowly to build up tolerance; jump one minute per session and slowly build up to 5 minutes.
      * Take a teaspoon of Cayenne pepper 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.
      * Make a blend of half cod liver oil and half raw honey, bandage, and leave on overnight.
      * Alternating 2 minute icy-cold and very hot soaks (with 2 tablespoons of epsom salts per quart of water) for ten minutes daily will stimulate circulation.
      * Drink 3 cups of white oak bark tea daily.
      * The herb marigold is valuable in varicose veins. A compress of this herb should be applied externally in the treatment of this disease.
      * Do not wear tight clothes because they restrict blood flow.

    What to do Veins on boobs?
    So I'm pale and I've noticed blue veins on my boobs. I have big boobs and im pale but i dont want a guy to be turned off by it. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this othet than getting a tan? ( I like being pale)

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm, well if its a little i'm pretty sure most guys wouldn't mind (I know I don't really), however try some Horse Chestnut in the highest concentration you can find in a vitamin store. Horse Chestnut is great for reducing the size of varicose veins and improve bloodflow, so it might make them recede a bit.

    I'm 13 and I have something called varicose veins can someone help me!?
    I have these veins on my feet and legs. On my legs they are purple. On my foot it's purple and it puffs up a little. Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Marvin (again)

      Here are some answers for this as well. You must learn about nutrition if you want to stay healthy. Also drink up to a gallon of water a day (I do).

      The primary causes of varicose veins are nutritional deficiencies, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, smoking, regular standing for extended periods at a time, pregnancy, and hormonal changes at pregnancy or menopause.


      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Add cypress oil to baths. Lavender, juniper, rosemary, and lemon essential oils can be massaged around the affected areas (do not massage the veins directly).

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet that emphasizes fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, as well as plenty of pure, filtered water. The following foods can be especially helpful: fresh organic berries and cherries, organic citrus fruits, buckwheat, millet, garlic, and onions. Also eat plenty of fish and minimize your red meat intake. In addition, avoid unhealthy fats, refined carbohydrates, sugar, salt, alcohol, fried foods, processed and refined foods, and milk and dairy products.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of the tinctures hawthorn, ginkgo, prickly ash, and yarrow and take one teaspoon of this mixture three times a day. Topically, you can also apply a lotion made of ten parts distilled witch hazel and one part tincture of horse chestnut to help ease any discomfort. Cayenne pepper and ginger root are also recommended.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Calc fluor., Hamamelis, Pulsatilla, Calc carb., and Carbo veg.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Excellent juicing remedies include the following combinations: carrot, celery, and parsley; carrot, spinach, and turnip; carrot, beet, and cucumber; carrot, celery, and spinach; and watercress.

      Lifestyle: Wear support stockings and exercise regularly. Walking barefoot as much as possible is also excellent.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Recommended nutrients include vitamin C with bioflavonoids, vitamin B complex, vitamin, B6, vitamin D3, vitamin E, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, lecithin, essential fatty acids, proteolytic enzymes (taken away from meals), and rutin.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating varicose veins: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Bodywork, Chelation Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Energy Medicine (Light Beam Generator), Enzyme Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, Prolotherapy, Reflexology, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

      Best of health to you

    Veins in Legs help please?
    Hi Everyone. I am 16 years old, quite skinny, and pale. Anyways, all of a sudden, out of the blue, I noticed that the veins in my legs were very blue, and very noticeable. They read like a road map! They aren't varicose veins though. Any suggestions on how to get rid of them? Maybe I should also mention that about 2 months ago I started drinking a lot more water than usual, but I have stopped that now. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have veins too and ugh they are quite ugly. I take a supplement by natures way called leg veins. It has horse chestnut and butchers broom which is supposed to help and they also have a horse chestnut cream by planetary herbals. They can take a long time to work and I never used the pills long enough but from what I hear they are supposed to work good. I get them at Iherb.com.

    Restless Leg Syndrome and Folic Acid?
    I've read that in many cases, inherited RLS is due to a Folic Acid deficiency. Can anyone confirm this, and if so, what a typical dosage might be?

    • ANSWER:
      Dietary deficiency causes for RLS include Faulty Use or Lack of Iron, and low levels of calcium, magnesium, and folic acid.

      In some people with RLS, the condition may be genetic. People with familial RLS appear to have inherited an unusually high requirement for folic acid. Although not all people with RLS suffer from uncomfortable sensations, folate-deficient people with this condition always do. Additionally, folic acid (folate) helps to build red blood cells, which in turn help to oxygenate the body. This is important, as RLS is associated with a decrease in blood oxygen. Food sources of folic acid include leafy green vegetables, orange juice, whole grains, nuts, pulses, parsley, and beans. Mostly, any multivitamin has enough folate as a constituent.

      Natural and holistic approaches can provide long-term relief for restless leg syndrome sufferers. Herbal and homeopathic remedies contain a combination of ingredients that promote calm, rested limbs during sleep. A well known herb, Astragalus membranaceous, has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, and balances and improves the functioning of all the body’s organ systems through its adaptogenic and tonic properties. It also boosts circulation and assists absorption of iron from food.

      Ruscus acluteatus, also known as Butcher’s Broom improves poor circulation and relieves the pain and discomfort associated with restless leg syndrome. It is also useful in treatment of constipation and water retention, circulatory disorders including hemorrhoids and varicose veins and as a bladder and kidney tonic. In addition, Aesculus hippocastum (Horse Chestnut) helps promote healthy blood circulation throughout the body, including the legs and can relieve Periodic Limb Movement and RLS by keeping the blood flowing smoothly even during and sleep and rest.

      You may get additional details over here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/r/restlesslegssyndrome.htm

    Getting off of coumadin for leech therapy. ?
    I have deep vein thrombosis in one leg. I was told id be on coumadin my whole life but id like to stop taking coumadin for leech therapy. Anyone know a way of going about this?

    • ANSWER:
      You may want to seek a natural doctor to help you with this. The video below is of someone with DVT who started leech therapy. He noted a 50% improvement of his DVT using 11 leeches not to mention his arthritis in both knees disappeared. Read his information under the video...very interesting. I like this comment of his....

      Mainly because of the "yuuch' factor, scary, and all the pharmaceutical companies can make a ton of $money off drugs and other stuff that doesn't work very well. I know.

      The scientific studies...

      "Hirudin is derived from the salivary gland of the medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis. There is a recombinant form available which binds almost irreversibly with thrombin. The Organization to Assess Strategic for Ischemic Syndromes (OASIS)-2 trial looked at patients with unstable angina and non-ST segment myocardial infarctions (MI).3 The patients were randomized to intravenous (IV), unfractionated heparin or hirudin. At seven days, there was a 20% reduction in death and MI in the hirudin-treated group, although this group also had a slightly higher risk of bleeding (1.2% vs. 0.7%). It is still unclear whether the benefit in favour of hirudin lasts beyond the study period. Another trial comparing hirudin to LMWH in prophylaxis after hip replacement showed a 25% reduction in deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in favour of hirudin, with no increased risk of bleeding. 4"

      DVT'S & ARTHRITIS- My Leech Therapy 'how to' clip 1 of 2

      Anticoagulants - stop the clot >>>

      Other ways to help with DVT...

      "Nattokinase is an enzyme that is isolated from a Japanese food called natto, which is made from boiled and fermented soybeans. Studies have shown that nattokinase can prevent and dissolve blood clots, and may also help to prevent hardened arteries, heart attack, stroke, angina, and senility. It should be avoided by those on blood thinning medications and those that suffer from bleeding disorders.

      Taking one tablespoon of cod liver oil daily along with 400IU of vitamin E can help prevent blood clots. Herbs that may help include horse chestnut – good for patients with circulatory problems associated with varicose veins; butcher’s broom – a key herb for the veins; and gingko – which helps circulation. Garlic is also an effective blood thinner that may reduce clotting. Two substances in lemon juice – citrus juice and lemon polyphenol – may help prevent DVT by improving blood circulation.

      Ginger root helps to relax the muscles surrounding the blood vessels, helping the blood flow more freely through the arms and legs. Turmeric can prevent new clots from forming. Finally, regular exercise of just thirty minutes a day can significantly reduce your risk of getting DVT."

      DVT treatments >>>

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