The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.
Varicose veins occur when the vein valves that keep the blood from flowing
backward don't work properly. The blood collects and distends the vein,
if it occurs near the surface it causes bluish streaks. They are most common
in the legs, along the inner thighs and on the calves. They often occur
during pregnancy and are aggravated by prolonged standing. Varicose veins
can cause aching pain. Vitamin
C and bioflavonoids will help to strengthen veins. Support stockings
are helpful, as is exercise to assist with blood flow back to the heart.
Bilberry-Shown in a number of studies to strengthen vein walls
Standardized extract (25% anthocyanidin content)- 80-160 mg three times
Witch Hazel-shown to help strengthen vein walls. Apply topically
as witch hazel water or tincture.
Horse Chestnut- Modern research has shown help support the integrity of the vascular system and connective tissue.
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