VARAVEIN with Horse Chestnut, Pycnogenol, and Maritime Pine Bark Extract: Fades VARICOSE and SPIDER VEINS - Alleviate the
symptoms of CVI, including the swelling in the legs that leads to varicose
veins - PREVENTS AND RELIEVES HEMORROIDS - Clinically Proven to Reduce Leg
Cramps and Swelling
Horse Chestnut used internally to aid the body in the treatment of problems such as varicose and spider veins, phlebitis, inflammation in the veins, varicosity and hemorrhoids.
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Horse Chestnut is an astringent and anti-inflammatory. The unique actions of Horse Chestnut are on the vessels of the circulatory system. It increases the strength and tone of the veins in particular. It is used internally to aid the body in the treatment of problems such as varicose and spider veins, phlebitis, inflammation in the veins, varicosity and hemorrhoids.
In Germany, Commission E, which is the equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves standardized horse chestnut for treatment of conditions of the veins of the legs, including varicose and spider veins, a sensation of heaviness, nocturnal cramping of the calves, pruritis, and swelling. This condition is described medically as chronic venous insufficiency.
Horse chestnut is popular throughout Europe for the treatment and prevention of those conditions, and for hemorrhoids -- which are no more than varicose veins of the anus and rectum. Horse chestnut is also used to soothe sports injuries, such as strains and sprains. Some research indicates that horse chestnut is valuable in the treatment of wrinkles, hair loss, cellulite, backache, and arthritis.
How horse chestnut cures VARICOSE and SPIDER VEINS?
Varicose veins (and other peripheral vascular conditions). The tortuous blue varicose veins that appear just under the skin, most often in the leg below the knee, are easy to spot. Too easy, for many who suffer from them.
Not only do varicose veins look unattractive, but they can throb, itch, cramp, ache, burn, and feel heavy and uncomfortable, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, an office of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The legs may swell, too; varicose means "swollen."
varicose veins sometimes run in families. They may be aggravated by excess weight, hormonal changes such as pregnancy, or tight clothing that limits circulation, the NIH says. Women experience them more often than do men.
Normally, oxygen-carrying blood travels through our veins, back to the heart. Valves in the veins keep blood from flowing backward. When the valves don't work or are weak, blood pools in our veins, the NIH says. These pools stretch the veins, which become swollen.
Horse chestnut appears to be the only known cure for varicose veins. Exercise helps boost circulation, while elevating the legs during rest relieves discomfort, the NIH says. Women can wear support or compression stockings to help push blood toward the heart. Other traditional options include surgery, injecting a solution to diminish the veins or zapping them with lasers for cosmetic improvement.
With spider veins, compression is standard treatment, although a solution also can be injected to eliminate them. Often, scars will appear and the spider vein will return after a few months.
Research on horse chestnut
A study out of West Germany, reported in the early 1980s, showed horse chestnut products affected both the collagen content and architecture of the varicose vein and helped make the veins more normal.
Horse chestnut may also relieve symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), which sometimes leads to varicose veins. Symptoms of CVI include edema, enlarged veins near the skin surface, and fatigue in the legs. Standing or walking aggravates symptoms. Sitting and elevating the feet usually helps.
Denise Webb, Ph.D., an associate editor of Environmental Nutrition newsletter, reported on a review of 13 studies on horse chestnut for CVI that showed the extract worked better as well or better than standard medications at reducing symptoms of CVI. A one month treatment of horse treatment rarely costs more than $12.00. The prescribed medication costs nearly $70.00 a month and is NOT as effective according to the published clinical evidence citted by Dr. Webb. Clinical studies showing horse chestnut to be effective in treatment of varicose veins and related conditions (CVI).
Hemorrhoids & Horse Chestnut
Hemorrhoids. These swollen veins of the anus and lower rectum are an external manifestation of variscose veins and often accompany the appearance of varicose veins on legs and arms. Hemorrhoids stretch under pressure, sometimes causing pain, itching, and the appearance of bright red blood on the stool or toilet paper. Often, this blood is mistaken as a symptom of colon polyps or even colon cancers.
Hemorrhoids are common, especially during pregnancy, because of pressure from the fetus. Other potential causes include chronic diarrhea or constipation and straining to have a bowel movement. About half of women and men get hemorrhoids by age 50. For some, the condition is hereditary.
Traditional treatments include warm baths, ice packs, hemorrhoidal creams or suppositories, and regular consumption of dietary fiber and nonalcoholic beverages. Sometimes, hemorrhoids must be treated surgically, says the NIH.
Horse chestnut has been used for relief of hemorrhoids since ancient times. In 1896 a clinical study established that horse chestnut was usefulness in treating hemorrhoids, using an alcoholate of the nut to show its anesthetic and anti-inflammatory activity in treating varicosis, in general, and hemorrhoids, in particular. It remains the treatment of choice among Europeans where standardized extracts of horse chestnut are readily available.