Varicose veins are a common problem associated with aging. One in four women report having noticeable varicose veins. While they are aesthetically undesirable, they can also be a symptom of a larger health problem.
Varicose veins form when the valves in your veins become weak. When this happens, the veins begin to collect blood and then become enlarged. This causes them to turn darker in color and become more noticeable under the skin. They tend to be most common in the legs, as excess standing and sitting puts pressure on the veins which are already working against gravity.
The swelling of the veins can cause pain in some sufferers and can also act as a forerunner to serious health issues such as blood clots, skin ulcers and chronic venous insufficiency. In addition, varicose veins can also be a sign of bigger problems such as circulatory disorders and heart disease.
Currently, modern medicine uses injections and laser treatments to ‘cure’ the look of varicose veins. Unfortunately, this simply masks the effects and does not attack the cause.
Holistic medicine aims to treat the entire problem rather than just focusing on the negative physical aspects of varicose veins. Currently, the most promising natural remedy for the treatment of this issue is horse chestnut.
Naturally, horse chestnut has toxins in it that make it unsuitable for human consumption, however, when the toxins are removed, the remaining substances make it a great treatment for varicose veins. The key is aescin; a compound in horse chestnut that stops certain types of enzymes from being released. These enzymes damage the walls of veins which causes them to become inflamed and noticeable. Aescin also promotes better blood circulation, which not only helps reduce the appearance of varicose veins but is also great for overall health.
Scientific evidence supports the positive effects of horse chestnut. One medical study showed that horse chestnut improved the symptoms of those suffering with chronic venous insufficiency, a similar issue associated with varicose veins. A second study found significant reduction in swelling and leg pain associated with varicose veins.
So why bother with painful injections or expensive laser treatments when the cure to your varicose veins may be growing in your backyard?
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