Over the years, many of my patients have often asked if there were any natural remedies for the treatment of their spider veins and varicose veins. They would often refer to a cream they saw at the Pharmacy or a tablet they came across on a TV advert. Horse Chest Nut Extract is perhaps the only product that has been demonstrated, in a scientific study, to help reduce leg pain and swelling associated with varicose vein disease. However, it does not fix the vein issue.
There are other products which claim to help reduce the symptoms of varicose veins, but do not have any scientific backing. Some of the more widely available natural products include Flavinoids (found in berries, plums and cherries), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, St Johns Wort, Bilberry Extract, Gingko Biloba, Lavender and Hawthorn Extract.
Some patients report an improvement in their symptoms using natural remedies. However, you should always consider the use of such products as a temporary, band-aid effect. Ultimately, the problematic, dysfunctional veins causing all the issues will need to be addressed.
We are fortunate enough today to have access to the most incredible advancements in varicose vein treatments, including Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy, Endovenous Laser Ablation, Radiofrequency Ablation and Medical Vein Adhesive. Utilising a combination of these treatments will not only address your symptoms but treat the vein issue at its root.