Although there is no cure for varicose veins and venous insufficiency, there are certain varicose vein home treatments you can to help relieve some of the symptoms of aching legs, swelling of legs, itchy legs, leg cramps and restless and heavy legs.

Varicose Veins Homeopathic Treatment

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 for this natural venous insufficiency treatment 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, and 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, nighttime leg cramps, leg numbness, etc.

CLICK HERE for a great in-depth article on additional benefits of Horse Chestnut from Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.

 

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 varicosities. Home remedies for varicose veins is a delicate subject because once again, there is not a natural cure for varicose veins, but these homeopathic treatments can certainly give some limited relief. If these vein treatments work for you….that’s great!

The majority of sufferers will likely find that more aggressive treatment will be needed for venous insufficiency or vein disease. Consider contacting our vein center and see a true vein specialist to diagnose and provide treatment for these conditions.

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About Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC

Jilanne is Phoenix Metros only Doctorate Nurse Practitioner that has been trained extensively by a Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeon, an Interventional Radiologist, and an Interventional Cardiologist. Dr. Rose is highly regarded by patients and physicians who seek her out because of her expertise in vein disease, her commitment to compassionate care, and her excellent success rates. As a peripheral vascular specialist that has performed well over 10,000 vascular interventions, Dr. Rose is dedicated to helping patients achieve a pain free, healthy and happy life.