Varicose veins usually occur as a result of the valves inside the veins (which normally prevent downward flow) becoming weakened and failing in their function. This allows blood to fall back down the venous structure opposite to the normal flow, creating enlarged, twisted and swollen veins. They are commonly found on the legs of older people, pregnant women and those whose occupations require a lot of standing. People who do more walking, or other exercise, are not affected as often because muscular contractions squeeze against the veins to force the blood back up during exercise. The typical blue varicose veins seen on the surface of the legs are veins that have dilated or expanded as a result of the outward pressure on their walls as abnormal amounts of blood collect in them. The blue colour is due to the lack of oxygen in venous blood, which is returning to the heart. Varicosity further disables the valves in the veins. The situation, therefore, compounds itself and the veins become grossly distorted along with aching, cramping and general weakness. If sores and ulcers develop, they may be prevented from healing due to inadequate circulation. Thrombophlebitis (severe inflammation of the blood vessels, complicated by blood clots) is a dangerous condition that may then result.
Much of the weakness of the valves and walls of the veins can be attributed to calcium deficiency, and it should be taken as a supplement. White oak bark taken as a tea (simmered down to 1/4 its original amount) or applied as a fomentation is a specific astringent tonic for varicose veins. It can also be painted on like shellac and wrapped with a bandage as well as taken orally.
Single Herbs: Horse Chestnut, Gota Kola, Butcher’s Broom, White Oak Bark, Collinsonia root, Witch Hazel.
Nutritional Supplements: Bioflavonoids (1000 mg, three-six times daily), Rutin (500 mg, twice daily), Hesperidin (1500 mg, twice daily), Calcium, Zinc (15-30 mg daily), Multiminerals, Trace minerals, Coenzyme Q10, Essential Fatty Acids.
Breakfast: Horse Chestnut tincture (20 drops), BEVC (2 tablets), Bioflavonoids (1,000 mg), Krill / Black Currant Oil ( 2,000 mg), Zinc (15 mg).
Lunch: Horse Chestnut tincture (20 drops), Bioflavonoids (1,000 mg).
Supper: Same as breakfast.