Treating varicose veins with herbal remedies and supplements is as natural of a treatment as you can get. Mother nature knows best, right? If you are looking for a way to manage varicose vein without needlessly subjecting your body to surgical treatments, supplements are the path to explore. This is especially try when they are combines with other methods like compression stockings and exercise.
For one reason or another, people will often dismiss herbal treatments as ineffective. Yet consistently, medical publications show evidence that herbal supplements for varicose veins help to both treat existing ones and prevent new ones from forming. Veins specialists in Europe frequently recommend the use of natural supplements to varicose vein sufferers long before they consider suggesting invasive and costly surgeries. In fact, some countries consider supplements to work so well that they actually cover their cost. After looking into them, my wife Melinda and I also became quickly convinced of their effectiveness.
There are many natural supplements for varicose veins to choose from. We focused on the three most commonly used ones.
Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Native to many parts of Europe, the horse chestnut is a large and leafy tree. Extract from the tree’s flowers, seeds, leaves, and bark is what is used to treat varicose veins. The active ingredient in the extract is a chemical called aescin. Aescin tones and strengthens vein walls, which increases and supports healthy blood circulation. Using horse chestnut should also significantly reduce swelling and pain in the legs. When selecting a product, look at trusted brands with aescin content of between 16% and 20%. Our brand of choice was and to this day remains this.
Pine Bark (Pycnogenol)
Pine bark is an extract from the bark of evergreen trees native to the Mediterranean. Its primary benefit is that it contains high levels of bioflavonoids called OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanidin). Despite their fancy name, OPCs are basically antioxidants. They reduce inflammation in and strengthen the connective tissue structure of blood vessels. OPCs work by stopping enzymes that cause damage to the veins. A stronger blood vessel means increased and improved blood circulation. This in turn results in less pain and reduced swelling in the legs. We found this to be an excellent product. This supplement is also made from French maritime pines, not their Chinese equivalent, which we would suggest you avoid.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract is produced from ground seeds of red wine grapes. It is similar to Pine Bark in that it contains OPCs. As mentioned above, OPCs improve blood flow, strengthen vein connective tissue and reduce swelling. Grape Seed Extract and Pine Bark are commonly used together, and you may often encounter products that combine both in a single supplement. Grape seed extract also contains Vitamin E, which stimulates skin cell and collagen growth to repair and protect your skin. We initially used a product that combined both Grape Seed Extract and Pine Bark into a single product. We later switched to a purely Grape Seed Extract one and supplemented Pine Bark separately to give us greater control over the dosage.
Where To Get Them
We elected to source all our supplements from Amazon, due to convenience and lower cost. However, if you prefer, these supplements should also be available at most natural food stores or pharmacies, and of course at other online stores. As mentioned above, these are the products my wife and I used for Horse Chestnut, Pine Bark Extract, and Grape Seed Extract. There are plenty of other options you may prefer that could work just as well, but these are the brands we can confirm worked well for us. No matter which options you select, please never forget to follow the directions specified on the package.
For another point of view on herbal therapies for varicose veins, take a look at Diane Thompson’s book Varicose Veins Secrets. She has an excellent section on homeopathic treatments that is based on her successful treatment of varicose veins. It never hurts to get information from multiple sources, and we found Diane’s guide very handy.