Herbs for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are those twisty bumpy veins that stick out on your legs. Most people would happily get rid of them if they could. Even worse than having to look at them, is the fact that they hurt. They ache, they burn and you really don’t want to accidentally lay on them or press hard on them because that hurts most of all.

There are a number of causes for varicose veins. Both my mother and my grandmother had bad varicose veins and I have some. Not as many as them, but still enough to be painful. Family history will make you more likely to develop varicose veins.

Other causes are
Loss of elasticity
Spending many hours on your feet
Sedentary lifestyle

You can have the veins stripped, destroyed by injection or removed by laser. Some treatments work better than others.

Sclerotherapy (injection) is a treatment where a solution is injected directly into the vein. According to WebMD “The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view.”

Laser removal comes in two different forms. There is Simple laser treatment for spider veins and Endogenous laser treatment for larger veins. For a more thorough explanation see WebMD here.

Vein stripping according to WebMD “Vein ligation and stripping is a minor surgery. It is used to remove a damaged vein and prevent complications of vein damage”.

So if the above treatments aren’t an option for you, here are some natural ways to support vascular health and ease pain.

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent free radical damage. It also is excellent for toning and strengthening the walls of arteries, capillaries and veins. The toning and strengthening properties of Vitamin C help maintain the elasticity of the tissue and prevent varicose veins.

Gingko Biloba

Most people know this herb as a memory herb. The same things that make it good for the memory make it excellent for eradicating the pain of varicose veins.

Gingko is a vasodilator which means it increases the capacity of the veins to carry blood. This makes it excellent for memory, blood pressure and a number of other issues. For varicose veins, its ability to assist and increase blood flow means less pressure is put on the veins and pain is reduced.

On a personal note, I take Gingko to prevent the pain of my varicose veins. Like any herb, gingko has some cautions. Those already taking blood thinners should avoid taking gingko.

For more on Gingko see my blog here.

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Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is a powerful astringent. It can be used on your face in place of toners. It has been used traditionally to treat haemorrhoids. It is actually a vasoconstrictor so its use is most effective on spider veins.

The University of Michigan Health System states “Although witch hazel is known primarily for treating hemorrhoids, it may also be useful for varicose veins. Topical use of witch hazel to treat venous conditions is approved by the German Commission E, authorities on herbal medicine.”

It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The tannins in witch hazel help tone and restore veins to their normal structure according to LIVESTRONG.

For more information on Witch Hazel see my blog here.
Witch hazel can cause mild allergy symptoms. Although it has been taken internally, my training was that it is for external use only so I do not recommend ingesting witch hazel.