the natural way

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Jim Fain Spider veins are known as superficial varicose veins. You see them as wiggly red/blue or black decorations just under the surface of the skin. They are found mostly on the thighs, leg, ankles and feet. Deeper varicose veins happen too, and can cause trouble. Most everyone is familiar with the varicose vein called a hemorrhoid. Horse chestnut (aesculus hippocastanum) is an herb sanctioned by the German Commission E as a great choice to deal with all of these vein troubles.

Treatment of the symptoms of the leg veins is an age-old use of this herb. Some of the symptoms of vein disease include pain, a sensation of heaviness, nighttime cramps in the calves, itchy 'roids and swelling of the ankles. Sometimes nighttime cramps are due to not having enough minerals or electrolytes so I'd add those first and, if I still had trouble, I'd definitely give Horse chestnut a try.

For spider veins, make tea with sliced and sifted Horse chestnut, let it cool then lay a washcloth or maybe a length of gauze thoroughly dampening the wrap. Squeeze out the excess into your original container and layer the cloth or gauze on top of or around the highly colorful/decorative area. Repeat this daily for about 10 days. Make sure the container of tea is clearly labeled so that it won't be drunk, then try adding some witch hazel to cool and heal the skin. Save the extra tea in the fridge to be used the next day. Make up fresh wrap tea every two or three days.

Adding Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) can make the herbal wrap just a little better. Don't overdo with gotu kola as some sensitivity could happen if you use too much.

Horse chestnut also comes in capsules for swallowing. A standardized capsule of 300 mg of Horse chestnut will produce 60 mg of aescin (one of the most active ingredients) per capsule. Taking one to three of these a day helps with deep varicose veins. Spider veins are benefited and hemorrhoids are greatly reduced. A good product should cost between $10 to $14.

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