When you first notice signs of varicose veins and raise questions about the diagnosis, causes and treatments, you might reasonably ask, “Is there a homeopathic medicine to treat varicose veins?”
The answer: Eh, no.
Oh, if you do an online search for “varicose veins and medicine” many pages will appear, but you will also find that none of the “vanishing” creams or sprays is endorsed or even mentioned on any of the familiar and reputable sites that offer medical advice.
As the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute states, “Varicose veins are treated with lifestyle changes and medical procedures.”
That means you may be able to delay the onset of varicose veins by maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and avoiding long periods of standing or sitting. But once you have been diagnosed with varicose veins, in order to get rid of them you will need to consider one of the many modern office-based procedures for treatment, such as sclerotherapy or radiofrequency ablation.
Alternatives to Varicose Vein Medical Procedures?
A few herbs and natural extracts are sometimes mentioned as potentially having some beneficial effect in relation to varicose veins. Please discuss with your doctor before trying them out to see what happens.
- Horse chestnut – A daily dose is said to reduce inflammation and improve vein function, perhaps by acting as a blood thinner.
- Butcher’s broom – Part of the lily family, this plant contains a chemical that some say might help the formation of collagen, which could strengthen the walls of blood veins.
- Grape – Grape seeds contain an antioxidant that may reduce inflammation, which is a symptom of varicose veins.
- Sweet clover – Proponents say this bitter-tasting plant will act as a blood thinner, which might relieve symptoms of heavy legs and swollen ankles.
Natural ingredients may cause negative reactions in people with some diseases, and pregnant women should always be careful about what they ingest. You should absolutely talk to your doctor before taking anything medicinal.
So far, none of the natural treatments have been found to be an effective treatment, mostly because of the underlying cause of varicose veins. The enlarged and discolored look of a diseased vein occurs when a valve in the vein fails, allowing blood to pool instead of being pumped back to the heart and lungs.
Unfortunately, no medicine – natural or concocted in the laboratory — is going to repair that valve when it fails.
No matter what question you have about varicose veins, schedule a free appointment at the Vein Institute of Connecticut to answer all your concerns.