Varicose veins are enlarged and often twisted veins in the legs and feet. They get that way after working against gravity; the valves in the veins that normally prevent blood from flowing downhill (away from the heart) wear out and then blood pools in the veins, causing their appearance.
Many varicose veins are a cosmetic condition, but some can be quite painful. Larger varicose veins can clot, however this type of clot rarely leads to the dangerous clots in the deep veins that some people are prone to. Clotted varicose veins are painful, red and swollen – this type of vein may require surgery to correct.
Smaller varicose veins are more common, especially in runners. These are known as ‘spider veins’ because of their appearance. This type of varicose vein may be treatable with natural remedies.
Both men and women are prone, but a woman who's had children is much more likely to develop them (as an enlarged uterus creates lots of pressure on the veins in the lower extremities).
Natural treatment for varicose veins works by strengthening the veins and reducing fluid leakage through the vessel walls. There are several herbs that have a ‘toning’ effect on the vessels, preventing them from leaking while other nutrients strengthen the vessel wall, preventing them from worsening over time. This can also reduce pain as well.
The botanical medicines Horse Chestnut, Butcher’s Broom and Gotu Kola are used in combination - each of these has a long historical use for varicose veins and work to tighten and prevent them from leaking and expanding.
Vitamin C with Flavonoids provides both vitamin C for strengthening collagen (which the vessels are made from) and flavonoids, plant chemicals that improve blood vessel tone.
Greens First is packed with plant phytochemicals and antioxidants that promote blood vessel health.
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