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Top 6 Home Remedies for Varicose Veins

Dr. W. Y. Chung, MD - Friday, August 05, 2016

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Mustering up the confidence to wear shorts can be hard when you have varicose veins

Varicose veins are veins that have weak walls or malfunctioning valves that cause blood to pool in certain areas causing enlargement or protrusion of the vein.

Affecting both men and women, they are usually occur from one of the following reasons: heredity, long periods of standing, being overweight, birth control pills, hormonal changes during a pregnancy, and constipation.

They can cause pain, tiredness, restlessness, and burning, tingling, throbbing or heaviness feelings in the legs. They can also be unsightly and cause people to experience self-consciousness.

Medical and surgical treatments are available to treat varicose veins. In addition, there are some home remedies that can be used to reduce their appearance and discomfort:

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a natural cleansing solution and can improve blood flow and circulation. You can apply directly to the area and gently massage. This can be done before retiring during the evening, and in the morning. Swelling will decrease.

How to Use: Apply topically or you can add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink twice a day.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is considered an excellent treatment for varicose veins. It is a rich source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids. It can increase circulation of the blood and helps to lessen the pain of veins that are swollen.

How to use: Add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder to one cup of hot water and stir. Have three times a day for a couple of months.

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Olive Oil

On the areas with varicose veins can help to increase blood circulation and reduce inflammation and pain.

How to Use: Just mix equal amounts of olive and vitamin E oil, warm it, and massage the veins with the warm mixture for a few minutes. This can be done twice a day for two months.


Garlic can help break up and rid your body of toxins, and is also credited with reducing inflammation from varicose veins. 

How to Use: Mix six cloves, sliced, add to orange juice (fresh squeezed) and two tbsp. of olive oil. After allowing mixture to sit for twelve hours, stir well, and apply to affected area.

Butcher’s Broom Supplements

These supplements can help reduce inflammation that constrict the veins.  It has vitamins B and C along with calcium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, silicon and zinc. 

How to Use: Just take 100 mg of butcher’s broom three times a day.

It can help to tighten, strengthen and decrease inflammation in the veins as well as improve blood flow up the legs. Be sure to consult your physician prior to taking this supplement.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel can help strengthen blood vessels thereby reducing your symptoms of varicose veins. It can help to tighten, strengthen and decrease inflammation in the veins as well as improve blood flow.

How to Use: A cloth soaked in witch hazel can be applied to the area, left on for a few minutes, and reapplied.

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While home remedies are a great start they may not treat varicose veins completely. If you find yourself in that position then find find a complete plan for varicose vein removal.  Visual sclerotherapy involves injecting a harmless solution into the vein to eliminate the problem area. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy can be used on small veins, which connect to the larger veins and produces a dramatic result.

Endovenous laser therapy can close the superficial vein that is the source of the varicose and spider veins. For veins on the surface that are permanently damaged, a phlebectomy by making micro incisions into the skin for removal.  It offers great results with minimal downtime.



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