Herbal RemediesTo Treat
Varicose veins is not only an unsightly problem, it can also
be quite painful. Each vein to be found on your legs has its
own set of delicate valves.
Each of these valves opens to let blood flow up to your
heart, and each valve is also made to close so that gravity
cannot pull the blood back into your leg.
However, if any of these valves break, the blood will pool
in the vein, and the vein develops what is medically referred
to as varicosity. In other words, a varicose vein. Varicose
veins may come in just about any size.
They may range from tiny spider veins to large, bulging
veins that can become painful and swollen. Varicose veins can
often make your legs feel tired and heavy.
Traditionally, medical doctors have treated varicose veins
through the use of prescription compression hose. These hose
are notorious for being bulky, expensive, and difficult to put
on. The aim of the hose is to relieve the pain caused by
varicosity by reducing the amount of fluid that is present in
Practitioners of natural or alternative medicine believe
that varicose veins can be treated much more effectively
through natural herbal-based remedies. Many naturopathic
doctors believe that natural herbal-based remedies can help
enhance the integrity of the wall of most veins, including the
This means that some remedies may even help reverse the
varicose vein process. Moreover, most natural medicine
practitioners believe, even if natural medicine cannot
completely reverse the process of varicosity, it can at least
greatly help in relieving the pain associated with varicose
To help create even stronger leg veins, many herbalists and
naturopathic doctors recommend taking Grape Seed
Extract or Pine Bark. Both of these
natural extracts are rich in anthocyanidins, proanthocyanidins,
and bioflavonoids. All of these herbs are highly regarded for
their ability to strengthen the vein wall.
Most naturopaths recommend taking a daily dose of either of
these herbs of 150 to 300 milligrams. Most herbalists recommend
continuing this treatment indefinitely in order to prevent the
varicosity process from worsening, and to help improve the
long-term appearance of already-existing varicose veins.
An Interesting Herb Fact
The Healing Beauty of Borage
The borage flower (Borago officinalis) is well known for its lovely blue color. The flowers have been used since Elizabethan times for both decoration and for its healing beauty. Recent modern research has shown that the plant may actually stimulate the adrenal glands, encouraging the production of adrenaline, that famous 'fight or flight' hormone that is responsible for getting our bodies geared up during the most stressful times in our lives. Herbalists describe the character of the borage...
There is another very easy (and tasty) way of getting enough of
these important bioflavonoids. Many kinds of berries, including
blackberries, cherries, and blueberries, are rich in
anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins. Eat as much of these
fruits as possible if you are prone to developing varicose
Another herb that may be helpful in the
treatment of varicose veins is Horse Chestnut.
Horse Chestnut is thought to help tone veins and slow the
process of varicosity by strengthening the elastic fibers in
the vein wall. Horse chestnut is believed to be a great
There are several practical applications for
the Aloe Vera plant.
The Aloe Vera gel can be applied directly to
burns, wounds, fungal infections, insect bites,
and areas of dry skin. You can simply split the
Aloe Vera leaf and apply the gel directly.
You can also collect the gel from several
split leaves of the Aloe Vera plant to make an
The gel of Aloe Vera can also be inhaled as
a steam inhalation to treat bronchial
A tincture can also be made from its leaves
and taken as an appetite stimulant.
Many herbalists and naturopathic doctors
recommend taking a 300-milligram capsule of horse chestnut two
times a day in order to help control the varicosity
Butcher's Broom is another
herb that is recommended to individuals who are prone to
developing varicose veins. Butcher’s broom is lauded for its
ability to tame inflammation.