Varicose veins can occur even to the healthiest person on earth. These are not signs of unhealthiness but can be signs of other normal factors like pregnancy, obesity, and standing up, sitting down, or crossing the legs for a long period of time. Having ugly veins cannot always be avoided but at least, they can always be treated. There are certain herbs that are used for treating and managing varicose veins. Use the following herbs and you will be confident again to show your legs:
- Pine bark (Pinus pinaster). Extract from pine bark contains flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. There are various brands of this extract from maritime pine tree. One of the most popular brands is the Pycnogenol, which has been shown by lots of studies to treat varicose veins. Use this product, or any other pine bark extract product, as instructed by the manufacturer.
- Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana). This herb is a popular ingredient in topical anti-varicose vein solution. Extracts of witch hazel can also be taken internally and target the varicose veins from there. It’s possible because the herb is known to be effective in strengthening the blood vessels.
- Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum). Several studies have already proven the effectiveness of this herb for treating varicose veins. In one of these studies, 240 test subjects, who suffer from varicose veins, have proven its effectiveness. One group was given extract of this herb everyday. Another group was wearing compression stockings that have the same herb extract. Another group received placebo. The study ran for 12 weeks and after that, those who took the extract and wore the compression stockings have reduced varicose veins. This study revealed that the horse chestnut’s compound, called the escin, is a good venotonic, a property that improves the tone of veins. Besides that, the escin is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-edema properties.
- Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus aculaetus). This is one of the oldest herbs used for treating varicose veins. In fact, Europeans are known for using Butcher’s broom extract to remedy bulging veins. The extract can be taken internally or be applied externally and get the same effect. This herb is effective because of its active ingredient called ruscogenin that works as an anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictor remedy. Several studies have already proven that the herb’s effectiveness is beyond just superstitious beliefs. But it should be taken along with hesperidin or vitamin C for better result. These two can improve the vein’s healthiness.
- Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica). Extract from this herb has 70 percent of triterpenic acid, which is a known ingredient for fighting varicose veins, venous insufficiency, and cellulites. Besides these benefits, taking Gotu Kola extract can also improve the tissue structure, reduce sclerosis or thickening of tissues, and improve blood blow. The herb extract can treat varicose veins by improving the tissue connections around weak veins. This way, the bulging veins get better support and can function well.
The herbs mentioned above are only the most popular herbs used for treating varicose veins. If none of them is effective for you, then try the not-so-famous herbs like bilberries, cayenne pepper, ginkgo biloba, grape seed, and buckwheat. Try over-the-counter topical solutions also. Consult a dermatologist immediately in case none of the herbs and other remedies can treat your varicose veins. Perhaps your condition is too much for mild solutions. The dermatologist will know the best solution for your varicose veins.