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Varicose Veins: CAM Therapies for Specific Conditions

 

  • Naturopathic physicians are trained to perform a variety of minor surgical techniques, including sclerosing therapy for spider and varicose veins.

 

  • Horse chestnut has long been used in Europe to treat circulatory problems of the legs, including overall poor circulation to the extremities, night cramps, and varicose veins. According to Dr. Phillippe O. Szapary of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, horse chestnut appears to be as effective and safe as currently available conventional therapies such as compression stockings. The usual dosage is 75 mg two times per day with meals. Supplement should be standardized to contain 16-21 percent triterpine glycosides or "escin" units. It may be taken daily on a continuous basis with no known side effects except for occasional, temporary stomach upset. It should not be used by pregnant women without a physician overseeing its use.

 

 

 

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