The symptoms of varicose veins vary significantly from one patient to another. Some may have few, if any, symptoms while others can develop severe symptoms. These severe symptoms may include swelling in the legs and ankles, pain or discomfort, fatigue or changes in 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
- 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. There are some companies who also offer mixtures of these and other ingredients, as natural remedies specifically made to enhance vein health.
The controversy over whether natural remedies work for varicose veins comes, is from the lack of data available to support these 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.
Supplements alone will not get rid of your varicose veins. To actually eliminate varicose veins, doctors today offer a number of highly effective 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. The use of well-researched supplements, such as Daflon, may relieve symptoms of varicose veins. Always work together with your doctor to determine the best approach to treating your varicose veins, not just the symptoms.