Although there is no cure for varicose veins and venous insufficiency, there are certain treatments you can try at home to help relieve some of the symptoms of aching legs, swelling of legs, itchy legs, leg cramps and restless and heavy legs.
Homeopathic Agents for Venous Insufficiency and Varicose Veins
For those who prefer a homeopathic approach for managing the symptoms of venous insufficiency or vein disease, there are three agents we recommend for home treatment of varicose veins:
• Horse Chestnut — The first is horse chestnut or Aesculus hippocastanum. Horse chestnut is derived from the horse chestnut tree, and was approved by the FDA for use in patient with symptoms associated with venous insufficiency. The active ingredient is aescin, and 100mg daily is the recommended dose. It can be purchased over the counter at most health food stores (Sprouts, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, High Health, GNC). It does interact with Lithium, but does not have any other significant interactions. Some patients love this therapy, as for them, it helps get them through their work day by minimizing daily symptoms including leg fatigue, aching legs, night cramps, numbness, etc.
• Arnica Montana — The second recommended agent is arnica montana. Arnica montana comes in several different forms. There is a topical gel and cream, as well as, oral forms including tablets, and a sublingual (under the tongue) dose. Arnica helps dissipate bruising and minimize inflammation. It works well both topically and in oral form. I would urge you to be savvy when picking up arnica. Some over the counter products claim to have arnica in them, and upon reading the active ingredient label, it has no arnica in it. Please purchase this from a reputable vendor.
• White Willow Bark — The final agent is white willow bark. As its name implies, this is derived from the bark of the white willow tree. It is an anti-inflammatory, and can be taken for inflammation and pain, similarly to over the counter medication. It too can be found at most health food stores.
Essential Oils for Varicose Veins
Essential oils can help to temporarily alleviate symptoms associated with varicose veins. Home remedies for varicose veins is a delicate subject because once again, these are not a cure but can certainly give some limited relief. If these home treatments work for you….that’s great!
The majority of sufferers will likely find that more aggressive treatment will be needed for varicose veins, venous insufficiency or vein disease. Consider seeing a true vein specialist to diagnose and provide treatment for these conditions.