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Herbs for varicose veins

Varicose veins – causes

Varicose veins are enlarged blood vessels, red, blue or colorless, often visible and bulging. Any vain may become varicose but usually they appear on legs, around the knees, and around the buttocks and vagina during pregnancy.

Possible causes of varicose veins include genetic predisposition, pregnancy and obesity. Sometimes, the condition might be caused by heavy lifting, people who spend too much time standing or aren’t exercising enough.  Heart and liver problems may also be the cause of varicose veins. All of these cases have a common factor  they increase the pressure in the legs which lead to the illness.

Women are more likely to suffer from this condition than men. For most patients, varicose veins are a cosmetic issue, but for some they might be a painful problem. Varicose veins could cause itching and swelling of the ankles, heavy feeling in the legs and without any treatment the condition is getting worse.

Herbs, supplements, exercise and rest

Treatments include exercise, enough rest, supplements and herbal remedies and in some serious cases surgical removal of the affected veins.

Therapy might include vitamin C and flavonoids. These, combined, help the body to fight against varicose veins. The usual dose is 1,000 mg of vitamin C and 500 mg of flavonoids taken 3 times a day. Sometimes, use of vitamin C may provoke diarrhea. If that appear to be the case just decrease the dose. Vitamin E is used to improve strength of the veins wall and circulation. Daily dose is 400 IU (IU stands for international unit) twice a day. If you are taking anticoagulant drugs, please do consult your doctor about the use of vitamin E.

Gotu kola is considered to be on the best plants for this condition. 200 mg extract (or 400-500 mg crude herb) 3 times a day, improves the circulation, keeps the veins flexible and affects the surrounding tissue. Bilberry could be found in remedies with gotu kola, since the two remedies works best together. Usually, 80 mg of this plant is used 3 times per day. Specialists recommend use of standardized extract of horse chestnut, or butcher’s broom (as a substitute.) These herbs could reduce the swelling and possible edemas in the legs. Take 500 mg of horse chestnut every morning, or 150 mg of butcher’s broom, three times a day. Grape seed extract contains procyanidolic components sometimes called vitamin P.  Dosed 150-300mg per day, they are said to protect your body and help him fight with varicose veins.

Patients suffering from varicose veins are advised to exercise regularly. Cycling, walking and swimming are recommended activities. Long sitting or standing should be avoided, as well as tight clothes, belts or shoes. Use every chance you’ve got to elevate your legs, helping them to rest.

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