Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Dried Basil
- Horse Chestnut and Butchers Broom Herbs
- Horse Chestnut, Elastic Stocking
- Linseed Oil, Tyrosine and Echinacea
- Multiple Remedies
- Nattokinase, Bioflavonoids
- Nettle Tea
- Oil of Cypress
- Oil Pulling
- Remedies Needed
- Ted's Remedies
- Unflavored Gelatin
- Varicose Vein Study
- Varicose Vein Theories
- White Vinegar
- Witch Hazel
01/16/2011: Lyn from Sydney, Australia: "Just thought I'd let u know of something I'd heard of to assist varicose and spider veins : stinging nettle tea. I'm pretty sure it's not an overnight cure, like most worthwhile cures. It is full of vitamins (A, C, E, B's and K) with important minerals (magnesium, zinc, many more) and of course, other agents, which a scientist could explain, and even more that, apparently, they can't yet! I have started taking it, just one cup A day. In about a week or so I will increase it to two cups per day. I have some varicose veins, which are sometimes very noticeable, and sometimes not. I also have spider veins. I'm also 15 weeks pregnant. I am taking Ted's lemon juice and baking soda remedy. I love it. Haven't noticed a difference in veins though. Maybe that's because of my pregnancy.
Anyway, I will let you know, in awhile how I am going with the nettle tea. Has anybody else had success with this???"
Oil of Cypress
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/02/2011: Elin from The Hague, The Netherlands: "Varicose veins unfortunately run through our family. My grandmother suffered from them, as does my mum and when I was in my early 30's, I was diagnosed with it as well. I have had Phlebitis and my right leg has been operated on. My veins aren't visible on the outside; my legs look smooth, but upon touch it feels as if there are cables inside my calves.
Most annoying is the feeling of 'heavy legs'. On warm days, my ankles swell up despite the support hoses I wear every day.
But am seeing great results using essential oil of Cypress with Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) as carrier.
I make a small amount of salve which I apply twice a day, or more often when it's warm weather or when I expect to do a lot of standing and walking. The reason I make a small amount is I like it to be fresh.
The recipe is simple, two tablespoons of VCO; 15 drops of Oil of Cypress. Personally, I started with 7 drops to test for allergic reactions, none came, and the dosage of Cypress could be increased. Store in a glass jar, essential oils eat away at plastic. Keep in a cool place.
Apply twice a day on feet and calves, even thighs if you want or need. Massage gently and only stroke upwards. Works great to reduce fluid retention around the ankles, and my legs don't feel as "heavy".
Hope this helps!"
[YEA] 04/29/2007: Dani from Queens, NY: "I have been oil pulling for about 5 weeks now. First thing I noticed was my sweet tooth completely gone, needless to say with that came weight loss. Also it is true that your ailments first worsen before getting better. My biggest thing was leg pain from my varicose veins. When I first started OP it hurt for about a week since then I haven't had any pain. Thank you for all your great help."Replies
10/16/2008: Jaquelyn from Escondido, CA replies: "I've never heard of "oil pulling." Can you explain this for me?"
EC: Read more here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html
[YEA] 04/02/2007: Sweet from P.O.S., Trinidad, W.I.: "On 1/3/07 I gave feedback on OP & promised an update: Mom changed her daily routine only by adding OP... varicose veins (legs) are noticeably smaller; Aunty Y. is relieved... the intensifying pain in her heel has lessened (no more limping); Navindra, my friend, has been getting rid of mucus effortlessly and gives credit to OP. Others have no definite result to contribute (not yet). In addition to OP, I've been using other remedies from this site, eg. molasses, ACV, etc. I'm incorporating these methods and generally feel healthier. Blessings to all. Sweet"Replies
07/26/2012: Cherry from Chaguanas, Trinidad replies: "What is OP? I am from Trinidad as well. Chaguanas.
Three specialists gave different feedback on why my right foot was swelling. One said nothing is wrong, anothe said is Capillary leak syndrome, the other said is very mild varicose veins. I have been trying all sort of treatment but nothing is working."
07/28/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Cherry, You might want to see an acupuncturist and inquire about cupping. It's a method that moves and clears blood stagnation which is what you are most likely experiencing. My acupuncturist has performed this on me for varicose veins long ago, which took care of them and also when my knees were bothering me. It's quite an amazing technique. Hope this info helps, Lisa"
11/06/2011: Silvia from Dubai, Uae: "Dear Folks,
Help please! I have a very acute case of varicose veins only before my period. Yes the veins grow tremendously for later to somehow become thinner. Terrible pain I get during these days. Any advice? Still I feel the veins are getting noticiable through the whole left leg day by day. Please help to stop this and totally recover.
11/07/2011: Baldev from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hi Silvia,
Hyland's Homeopathic "Arnica Spray" does help in your condition. You just have to spray on that area. If it is not available then you can also try Magnesium Oil. This you have to apply on that area may be twicw a day and if you can get DMSO then you can make a 50:50 solution and apply. This will surely give you relief from the pain.
07/04/2011: Anjali from Kanpur, U.p./india: "I am suffering from varicose veins since 7, 8 years. With time being it is becoming critical. What should I do?"Replies
07/04/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Hi Analji -
I have always thought that ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid) was a good thing for this. You might want to web search it."
10/13/2009: Elle from Cronulla, Nsw: "Hi. I have yucky varicose veins and spider veins all over my legs. They frequently ache and look unsightly. I feel constantly embarrassed about my legs. Please help. I know it's not life threatening or anything. I also suffer from fatigue, brain fogginess and cellulite. thank you , Elle."Replies
10/13/2009: Merryanne from Orange City, Florida, USA replies: "I don't know exactly which remedy might help..but if you look in both sections of ailments and remedy's it will give you some idea of a few things to try,,the same thing does not always work for everone, even with the seemingly same problem,,,because different things cause simpler illnesses, fungus, bacteria, virus, poor nutrition, gall stones, kidney stones, many different internal parisites (we all have some), But for me I always like to tell someone to start by getting your systems cleaned out,,,internal parisites, liver cleanse, gall blader, etc.,,all of that can take a month or so. Merryanne"
10/17/2009: Mae82 from Cardiff, South Wales, Uk replies: "Hi there!
I came across your website searching for effective cure to relieve leg pain and hopefully help disappear my varicose veins or red bruises.
I`m not sure what`s cold but this red or brownish blemishes on my left leg cause me to be not comfortable and i couldn`t wear my knee length skirt during summer.I am hoping to find an easy cure for my varicose veins which is not expensive.
I was 15 when i first had this and you can imagine i`m always wearing trousers and and jeans most of the time.
in your sector where they talk about varicose veins cure with the help of apple cider vinegar, herbs, withc hazel..etc
Will you please tell me which is the best to start to try.
Looking forward to hear from you soon.
10/18/2009: Maureen from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada replies: "Hi Elle & Mae82, If you raise the head of your bed 6"-8" as mentioned on the Inclined Bed Therapy(IBT)page here on Earth Clinic http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/incline-bed-therapy.html you will likely find a good improvement over time. Here is the link to Arthur K fletcher's website
He is doing a study to prove sleeping on an inclined bed makes a big difference with both vericose veins and edema. Check it out for yourself. You do not have to spend a penny to try this. He would appreciate any feedback you can provide to him. I have been sleeping on the incline for 10 weeks now and see improvements in edema. Maureen"
[WARNING!] 05/07/2007: Robin from Belleville, IL: "Ladies, remember: do your research before taking rutin during pregnancy. Definitely not during the first 4 months!"
[YEA] 05/19/2006: Amy from Prescott, AZ: "I had given birth 6 years ago and have had a mild case of hemmorrhoids almost all of those 6 years. They recently got painful and severly swollen for the first time and the women at the health food store recommended rutin. Within 3 days all the swelling was gone, even the painless swelling that persisted since childbirth disappeared. I have poor circulation and sometimes in the dry months get itchy swollen varicose veins behind my knees. This has not been a problem since taking the rutin supplement. A good complement to this herb is horse chestnut, especially for those with varicose veins."
12/01/2008: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "A varicose vein is a sign of blood thickening and possible blood clot, and a blood clot is potentially dangerous, obstructing the heart, and we call it heart disease, obstructing the brain and we call stroke, obstructing the legs and we called it varicose veins. There is a much simpler disease that describes all three condition: blood clot. Scientist prefer to call them platelets aggregation. Now if we continue to use highly specialized words, we won't ever know the real cause of the condition. For doubting Thomas, is best to get a live blood analysis and just look at all the blood platelets clumping together. Vitamin E, and blood thinners such as aspirin may also help, but my findings is blood clot is influenced by bacteria (pathogens), excessive protein (leadng to blood thickness), metabolic acidosis (acid blood precipitates, and hence clots), heavy metals (free radicals) and of course, excessive calcium which accelerates blood clotting, leading to a major circulatory problems, and that leads to lower oxygen, and hence lower immune system. Blood circulation and oxygen is everything. People can't see we are strangulating ourselves quietly whenever blood clots forming varicose veins, and if they become large enough, and clots in the leg, those clots may travel to the brain causing stroke, to the heart causing heart disease, and they are all the same condtion.Theefore, I believe it is important to monitor the condition of our blood circulation. It's as important as oxygen. Just think of it this way: if blood circulation is constantly obstructed, then blood reaching the heart is limited. When this happens, it's no surprise that a heart can't beat without normal circulation to the heart muscles reaching it. Magnesium also helps heart muscles to relax so that it can beat more normal. Excess calcium causes heart to contract but can't release itself, while magnesium helps in relaxing and thus enable circulation to normalized. Therefore magnesium supplements, such as 500 mg may help too for heart condition."Replies
03/26/2009: Karen from Mass, USA replies: "FOR TED.
THANKS TED....IF I USE MAG CHLORIDE IT IS IN 25MG/10 DROPS. THAT WOULD BE 200 DROPS A DAY TO EQUAL 500MG. OR, DOES THIS LIQUID WORK DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE THE PACKAGE RECOMMENDS 10DROPS/DAY?
ALSO, WHAT ABOUT MAGNESIUM TAURATE FOR THE HEART?
[YEA] 12/28/2011: Lisa from Austin, Tx, Usa: "I used to have chronic pain from my varicose veins in my left leg but since taking one tablespoon of unflavored gelatin a day, the pain is gone. I dissolve it cold water and then add hot water and apple jelly and drink it. My nails and hair been growing fast also. Be sure to buy the unflavored gelatin as you don't want to be ingesting the ones in the Jello packets that have additives."
Varicose Vein Study
08/05/2008: Andrew K Fletcher from Paignton, United Kingdom: "Andrew K. Fletcher
Paignton, Devon U.K.
Inclined Bed Therapy (IBT) Varicose Veins Study.
Inclined To Sleep Inclined Yet?
We are seeking more people with varicose veins who are willing to put IBT to the test and feel that this is something that your readers and colleagues will definitely find fascinating and some who have varicose veins and oedema and wish to avoid surgery may want to Help in this important trial and join our Free study which has already produced positive results in only 4 weeks as predicted!
An Important Scientific Study into the cause of Varicose Veins and Oedema and Inclined Bed Therapy (I.B.T.) is now underway, which makes use of the way the body uses gravity to move solutes through the vessels to improve circulation and alter the pressure inside the veins to significantly reduce swelling and oedema. Our study is free for anyone to participate in. There are no products to be sold or marketed.
What is Inclined Bed Therapy?
Gravity was identified as the driving force behind circulation in trees in 1994 and was applied immediately to how circulation in the body benefits from the same interaction with salts and sugars in the circulation. A video showing the use of IBT with spinal cord injury can be viewed here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3D7tBQfCxQ
IBT is simply tilting the bed so that the head end is 15 cm's or 6 inches higher than the foot end providing a level but tilted bed, hence the name Inclined Bed Therapy.0 People with varicose veins, oedema (fluid retention) are needed to participate in an online Diary Study, in order to prove that simply altering our sleeping position can have a positive affect on these problems.
If you or someone you know has Varicose Veins, the standard advise is to raise your legs and tilt your bed the other way to IBT, Or to undergo risky and expensive surgery that is prone to fail because it does not address why the pressure inside the vein causes it to bulge.
Which according to current physiology books makes sense. But what if that logic is incorrect? All the evidence from our study is showing that gravity is not a force we are struggling to overcome but a force that drives the fluids within the body.
Are you prepared to take the 4 week challenge and provide us with your observations? Or do you know someone who has varicose veins and would like to watch them slowly but surely shrink and improve every night they go to bed instead of becoming more unsightly and uncomfortable?
Our study is located on the Naked Scientists forum, who have a regular slot on BBC Radio. http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=9843.msg121037#msg121037
My wife's calf showing clearly her varicose vein shadow, which went flat after 4 weeks of Inclined Bed Therapy back in 1994 and has not returned to its former state since. http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=9843.msg121037#msg121037
Alun has already confirmed my statement on the study thread that Varicose veins will shrink after 4 weeks of IBT and has supplied us with photographic before and after 4 weeks of IBT along with a diary account of his observations. And he is not alone. http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=9843.75
We are hoping to find at least 50 more pioneering volunteers who wish to avoid surgery and it's inherent risks and failures, who are willing to provide us with photographic and a written account of their own experiences sleeping inclined.
So far our study is running towards a predicted outcome that flies in the face of current physiology literature.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely, Andrew K Fletcher"
01/25/2012: Bokka from Austin, Texas, Usa replies: "I have noticed about two months back that I have varicose veins.
I happened to see around the same time, the Varicose Vein Study presented by Andrew K. Fletcher Paignton, Devon U.K
I arranged, and have been using my bed in inclined position head end 5 inches higher than feet end. This resulted in benefit on total absance of snoring for my wife.
On a critical reading of this study, it occurred to me that I need to change the inclination of feet end 5 inches higher than head end to address my problem of varicose veins.
I am hesitating if I do this, again my wife's snoring may reappear.
I wish to know what are all the benefits/ disadvantages that can be expeted with IBT - with feet end higher to head end.
I request Andrew K. Fletcher Paignton to comment/ advise on this."
05/15/2012: Linda from Eugene, Oregon replies: "I visit Earth Clinic all the time and recommend it to anyone who is struggling with illness issues. However, I have neglected to take the time to post a "yea" on the inclined bed idea. I have been plagued with vericose veins for years and then read here about raising the head of the bed 6 inches. That seemed crazy, but like most natural remedies, "simple" is usually the way to go. I have seen a great improvement in the veins on the back of both legs and have only been at this for a week. Another interesting thing happened.... My husband who has Normal Hydrocephalus plus some loss of strength in his right side as a result of a stroke, is improving!! This after 2 years of therapy and several operations with not much success........ just say'n.
Big hugs to all the contributors and posts. You rock!"
08/11/2012: Carole from Takoma Park, Maryland replies: "I have had tremendous results with varicose vein surgical procedure. Hospitalization covered it, I'd worry about the expense for someone who didn't have hospitalization. There are a couple of types of procedures to be used. Mine consisted of the surgeon using a probe to enter the vein and zapping it with the heat device. What happens is, the vein collapses with the intense heat of the probe, and the body takes the vein away. I felt better as I was leaving the office---that being because I had had so much trouble before I walked in!! With the test results for my legs, the doctor explained the need for the procedure in this way---hold a rolled up towel in your hand..... Now submerge the towel in a bucket of water--now, try to hold the towel in your hand. That's a description of how veins are that have been hard at work all day while you are standing on your feet. There are no pumps in your legs, your veins are doing all the work. You may have reflux, the veins can't circulate under the load. My big concern after my consultation was--what happens to the veins---research on the web confirmed---ummm, you don't have those veins now.... Think of it, they don't work, you're better off without them, the working veins will pull the load. I had no down time, could have gone back to work the same day, but there were compression bandages. I drove myself to and from the office. When you see the wall posters in the doc's office, when you do the research on the web, you see how bad things can get with these bulging veins. It will convince you to be done with them, the legs feel lighter, you'll have much less pain and fatigue. In the consultation the doc looked at my test results and said, with your other concerns (I have bone damage from an auto accident with accompanying osteoarthritis), I can't get total improvement, but this will give you some. I said, with as much trouble as I was having, if it lessened by ten percent I would consider it successful. I got much more than that. They don't say it at all, but I can't believe that the constant "pull" caused by non-functioning veins is not a pull on the heart. This will rid you of the faulty veins will be of benefit---it is not cosmetic, it is a health issue. I am two years post-surgurical procedure, and it has been a tip-top result. You have a pain for a reason, take care of the source of the pain, get evaluated for the vein procedure, they can tell you if it will work for you. Thank you for this page, Earth Clinic.... It's wonderful, it is pricelessly wonderful to have a source on the web. We have become partners with the medical community in our own health."
08/21/2012: Nurit from Aberdeen, Sd replies: "Someone recommended Cypress essential oil. I got a free sample. Have seen results on spider veins within a week. Just use a few drop and massage it in twice a day. I also heard it works for varicose veins. It's not that expensive on Ebay, and it really works."
Varicose Vein Theories
04/05/2010: Anonymous from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Usa: "Is it possible that stones in the liver could cause hemmorhoids or varicose veins in the legs by restricting blood flow?"Replies
07/03/2012: Denise from South Brunswick, Nj replies: "I'm 40 with 3 kids, I got my variose veins when I was pregnant with my first child and ever since my right leg has gotten worse with each pregnancies. I finally went for sugery cause I was tired of not wearing shorts or skirts and even bathing suits due to how embarrassing I feel about my leg. Well it helped a little not a lot some days it looks really bad like I never had surgery and some days its ok just not enough for me to be comfortable wearing shorts, skirts or bathing suits. I'm gonna try the IBT and see what happens maybe for the first time since I'm 22 I can have nice legs without the scarring that I have now from the surgery... I'll keep you posted."
07/03/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Denise, I had a lot of problems with varicose veins when I was pregnant with my 3rd child. That was a long time ago now though! Anyway, my best friend at the time could see how much pain I was in. She was also studying to be an acupuncturist at the top school here in L.A. Anyway, she said she would go to the top Chinese medicine teachers and ask them what they do for varicose veins. Without hesitation, they said they would do cupping. She was scared about the idea because it went against her first training which was in Western medicine. I said I wanted to do it because that was my instinct- to massage them. She gave me the treatment and the next day they were gone! It was absolutely amazing. All that was there were stretch marks where the veins had been distended. She continued to give me cupping treatments throughout the pregnancy and I never had varicose veins again. I also went on to have 2 more children.
I hope this information helps. Take care, Lisa"
07/04/2012: G.a from Vancuver, Bc replies: "Hi Lisa, did your friend do the cupping right on the varicose veins? I have varicose veins and had some treatments but result is not satisfactory. Thank you for your time. Regards."
07/04/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi G.a, Yes, my friend was the one who did the cupping for me and it was directly over the varicose veins. I have had cupping done by other acupuncturists as well, quite successfully. Did you have a good acupuncturist? How many treatments? As I said, my friend continued to cup me throughout the rest of my pregnancy so as to keep the blood moving since varicose veins are from blood stagnation. I have fortunately, had very amazing TCM doctors! Hope this helps in your quest, Lisa"
[YEA] 08/29/2006: Janet from Geraldton, Ontario, Canada: "WHITE VINEGAR IN MY BATH (1/2 CUP) EASED THE PAIN OF VARICOSE VEINS. IT SEEMS TO STIMULATE THE BLOOD FLOW IN THE VEINS. READ THIS IN ONE OF MY MEDICAL BOOKS. ALTHOUGH IT DOES NOT CURE IT, IT SURE HELPS."
05/11/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash: "Witch hazel site, I been visiting some to find answers and they said if you put it on top of the veins it shrinks them... need to reapply."Replies
05/11/2013: Haler from West Coast, Ca, Usa replies: "Gramma died from repeated varicose veins removal surgeries. Dr said he'd never once seen them 'return'. Our holistic dr says he's never seen them NOT 'return' and said dr's won't actually admit 'they grow back' - because they are really an alive vein that just has collapsed from lack of blood circulating through it - 'collapsed'. My and husband had them from my secretary years of long hours sitting and his business travel hours of long driving. Our dr said to just do regular topical massage - like a rubdown - after a shower or bath just rubbing with our hands on and around the skin of blue (collapsed) vein areas for a couple minutes, or while watching tv, or as a car passenger, daily or whenever we think of it... Also, after any very active outdoor sports or other outings, we'll do a few minutes rubdown on those areas. Now it's been many years for us both since we've ever had them."
05/11/2013: Me from Here..., Inclined-bed-land replies: "Do a web search for "inclined bed therapy" or Andrew K. FLetcher. My husband and I have been doing ICB for a few months now, and it is amazing. It is good for FAR more health concerns than varicose veins. Inclined Bed Therapy also has a Facebook page. We are total fans. When you read about it.... It just makes sense!"
05/12/2013: Mary from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada replies: "Hi Thanks for your tip. Would you describe the direction you massaged the varicose veins and how long it took to heal them? Can you still see them? Are they totally gone?