Thursday, December 27, 2007

Herbal Remedies for Varicose Veins

Herbs can be of great benefit for preventing and treating varicose veins. They increase circulation, strengthen blood vessels, and improve muscle tone in the vein walls, which enhances blood flow. Following are some of the most important herbs for treating varicose veins:

Herbal Remedies for Varicose Veins using Horse Chestnut:
Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatments such as compression stockings for relieving the symptoms of varicose veins. The fruit of the horse chestnut tree has anti-inflammatory properties, helps to relieve leg swelling, and strengthens capillary walls. It enhances vascular tone by tightening the elastic fibers in vein walls, which improves blood flow and prevents blood from pooling in the legs. Scientists have identified the active ingredient in horse chestnut as aescin. For best results, take extracts that provide 50 milligrams of aescin twice daily. Do not exceed the recommended dosage, because while horse chestnut is safe, in larger amounts it can cause nausea, vomiting, and other unpleasant side effects.

Herbal Remedies for Varicose Veins with Gotu Kola:
Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) is an herb that has long been used in India for treating varicose veins. It strengthens the connective tissue that surrounds the vein, improves blood flow, and reduces hardening of the vein. In addition, gotu kola relieves the uncomfortable symptoms of varicose veins such as leg cramps, swelling, and feelings of heaviness in the legs. Take one-half teaspoon of gotu kola extract or two capsules three times a day.

Herbal Remedies for Varicose Veins using Hawthorne:
Hawthorne (Crataegus oxycantha) is an excellent herb for any type of circulatory problem. It improves circulation and helps to relieve the fluid retention that may accompany varicose veins. The deep-blue-red hawthorne berries and flowers are also rich sources of anthocyanidins, the compounds that help to strengthen blood vessels. Hawthorne is a gentle, safe herb and is most effective when used over a long period of time. Make a tea by pouring one cup of water over two teaspoons of the crushed berries or flowers and leaves, cover, and steep for 20 minutes. Strain, and drink three cups a day. You can also take one-half teaspoon of liquid extract or two capsules three times a day.
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