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Horse Chestnut to aid 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.

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).

Bielanski TE, Piotrowski ZH: Horse-chestnut seed extract for chronic venous insufficiency. Journal of Family Practice 1999; 48:171-172.

Pittler MH, Ernst E: Horse-chestnut seed extract for chronic for chronic venous insufficiency: A criteria-based systematic review. Archives of Dermatology 1998; 134:1356-1360.

Escribano MM, Munoz-Bellido FJ, Velazquez E, Delgado J, Serrano P, Guardia J, Conde J: Contact urticaria due to aescin. Contact Dermatitis 1997; 37:233.

Diehm C, Trampisch HJ, Lange S, Schmidt C: Comparison of leg compression stocking and oral horse-chestnut seed extract therapy in patients with chronic venous insufficiency. Lancet 1996; 347:292-294.

Rehn D, Unkauf M, Klein P, Jost V, Lucker PW: Comparative clinical efficacy and tolerability of oxerutins and horse chestnut extract in patients with chronic venous insufficiency. Arzneimittel-Forschung 1996; 46:483-487.

Calabrese C, Preston P: Report of the results of a double-blind, randomized, single-dose trial of a topical 2% escin gel versus placebo in the acute treatment of experimentally-induced hematoma in volunteers. Planta Medica 1993; 59:394-397.

Diehm C, Vollbrecht D, Amendt K, Comberg HU: Medical edema protection—clinical benefit in patients with chronic deep vein incompetence: a placebo controlled double blind study. Vasa 1992; 21:188-192.

Hitzenberger G: The therapeutic effectiveness of chestnut extract. [German] Wiener Mredizinische Wochenschrift 1989; 139:385-389.

Bisler H, Pfeifer R, Kluken N, Pauschinger P: Effects of horse-chestnut seed extract on transcapillary filtration in chronic venous insufficiency. [German] Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift 1986; 111:1321-1329.

Takegoshi K, Tohyama T, Okuda K, Suzuki K, Ohta G: A case of Venoplant-induced hepatic injury. Gastroenterologia Japonica 1986; 21:62-65

Hirsch J: Leg disorders—disorders of blood supply: the effect of Essaven ultra in chronic venous insufficiency. [German] Fortschritte der Medizin 1982; 100:436-438.

Annoni F, Mauri A, Marincola F, Resele LF: Venotonic activity of escin on the human saphenous vein. Arzneimittel-Forschung 1979; 29:672-675.

Wilhelm K, Feldmeier C: Thermometric investigations about the efficacy of beta-escin to reduce postoperative edema. [German] Medizinische Klinik 1977; 72:128-134.






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