Do Natural Remedies Work for Varicose Veins?
The symptoms of varicose veins vary significantly from one patient to the next. Some may have few, if any, symptoms while others can develop severe symptoms. These severe symptoms may include swelling of the legs and ankles, pain or discomfort, fatigue, or changes in the skin colour.
Regardless of the appearance of veins and the severity of symptoms, varicose veins should never be thought of as merely a cosmetic problem. Even in mild cases, the patient should be evaluated by a doctor to determine if there are hidden problems that could surface later.
It is common for people who are just beginning to experience signs or symptoms of varicose veins to look for natural remedies as a means of treating the symptoms.
Popular Supplements for Vein Disease
A variety of herbs and extracts are used in supplements for vein disease, including:
Horse Chestnut Seed Extract – claims to promote constriction of the veins and thinning of the blood, thus preventing clots
Butcher’s Broom Root – claims to reduce swelling of the veins and chronic venous insufficiency
Prickly Ash – claims to improve blood circulation in people with varicose veins
Pot Marigold – claims to relieve itching, dryness and ulcers
Some companies also offer mixtures of several of these and other ingredients that are sold as natural remedies specifically made to enhance vein health.
Flavonoids, such as grape seed extract
Flavonoids are classified as food supplements. They come mainly from plant sources such as citrus fruits and, and they contain antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. Daflon, (MPFF), is another new naturally based compound that some feel eases aching and swelling of the legs after a few months of treatment. There is some research to support this claim.
The controversy over whether natural remedies work for varicose veins comes, in great part, from the lack of rigorous data available on which to support claims of effectiveness. Most of the herbs and extracts listed above have been shown to have no real impact on varicose veins.
In addition, natural supplements can cause side effects, particularly when they are taken with other medications. The greatest concern of all is that people may use these supplements to treat their symptoms and ignore the need for medical treatment for the root cause of their condition.
Supplements on their own will not get rid of your varicose veins. To actually eliminate varicose veins, doctor today offer a number of highly effective, minimally invasive procedures that require virtually no recovery time with nearly no risk to the patient.
A healthy diet and active lifestyle are natural methods of improving varicose vein symptoms, and the use of certain well-researched supplements such as Daflon may help some people suffering from varicose veins. Always work together with your doctor to determine the best approach to treating your varicose veins and not just the symptoms.