Definitions:
Varicose veins are tortuous, swollen, enlarged veins. While any vein
may become
varicose, the veins most likely to become varicose are found in the
legs, ankles
and feet. Resulting from standing and walking upright, the  increase in
venous back-pressure results in distension of the veins in the lower
body.Spider veins are a common, mild
variation of varicose veins, involving superficial, smaller venous structures, close to the surface of the skin.
Treatment Options:
Horse chestnut extract (Aesculus hippocastanum) is one of the most widely used natural treatments for varicose veins.
The active chemical moiety in horse chestnut is called aescin.
Aescin blocks the release of enzymes that damage capillary
walls.
Whole horse chestnut, that is, unprocessed, raw horse chestnut, is considered unsafe
by the
FDA. Use of the raw product may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,
headache, convulsions,
circulatory and respiratory failure, and  death. Any use of the crude,
raw product should be avoided. Extraction of Aescin from horse chestnut
products removes the
toxic component, esculin.

Patients that suffer with kidney or
liver disease, bleeding disorders should use horse chestnut only after
consulting a physician.  Horse chestnut should not
be combined with aspirin, Plavix, Ticlid,
Trental, Coumadin, and other blood-thinning drugs unless under medical
supervision.

Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus)
is also known as box holly or knee holly. The active moieties,  ruscogenins,
strengthen collagen in blood vessel walls and
improve circulation, by tightening weak, stretched vessels
such as those associated with varicose veins.Side effects of butcher’s broom may include indigestion or nausea.
Patients with high blood pressure or prostate issues should not take
butcher’s broom without first
consulting a doctor.
Vitamin
K2 has been shown to activate the proteins
that support the normal smooth muscle cells of the vein wall, and
regular use of vitamin K2 may retard formation of varicose veins.

 

Copper
deficiencies can lead to the development of varicose veins, spider
veins, hemorrhoids and aneurysm.  While taking chelated copper may not
reverse damage that is already done, it may behelpful to slow or stop
the progression or worsening of the condition.

NOTE
WELL:  Copper chelates must be used with caution, as effective dosages
are quite modest and excess use can cause serious medical
complications. Qualified medical supervision is essential before
considering adding copper chelate to self-medication regiments.

David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM

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