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Natural Herbal Remedies for Varicose Veins

By Michael Castleman
November/December 2002
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Herbs & Natural Remedies:
Horse chestnut, butcher’s broom and gotu kola.

Horse chestnut: seed extract. Butcher’s broom and gotu kola: extract.

How it Works:
Horse chestnut, butcher’s broom and gotu kola all strengthen vein walls, minimizing varicosities.

Horse chestnut: An extract containing 50 mg of aescin twice daily. Butcher’s broom: 100 mg three times a day of an extract containing 9 to 11 percent ruscogenins. Gotu kola: 30 mg three times daily of an extract containing 70 percent triterpenic acid.

Fresh horse chestnut is toxic. Use only commercial medicinal preparations. They have been detoxified.

Other Information:
Try to avoid standing in one position for long periods. Wear support stockings. Get regular, moderate exercise—for example, walking. Don’t wear high heels.

San Francisco health writer Michael Castleman is the author of 11 consumer health books. Visit .

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