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Possible Relief for Varicose Veins

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Varicose veins provoke aching and tenderness. They are unsightly. They make many women want to hide their legs.

Wouldn't it be great if there were some gentler ways to deal with varicose veins that didn't have to involve injections or surgery? Well, apparently there are.

Dr. Andrew Weil, internationally known advocate for wellness and doctor of integrative medicine, recommends grape seed extract, which contains ingredients that make blood vessels more flexible, and less prone to fluid leakage. Grape seed extract is very popular for problems with varicose veins in France.

Dr. Weil's personal favorite treatment, though, is horse-chestnut seed extract (HCSE). This is a well-known treatment for varicose veins in Germany.

"The major active ingredient in HCSE is believed to be the compound escin, which helps support normal vessel wall functioning. The dosage for varicose veins is 250 to 300 mg twice a day of standardized horse-chestnut seed extract (the equivalent of 100 mg of escin)."


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so do i rub the horse-chestnut extract on my ankles or do they have to be injected?

May 3, 2011 - 7:56am
(reply to kendapw)

Hi kendapw,
thank you for your interest in using this treatment. It always is best to receive clarification from your doctor about the best treatment for you. Call your doctor's office and verify correct dosage and method of taking it with him or her.
Take care, and let us know what you find out.

May 3, 2011 - 11:29am
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