CAM Therapies for Specific Conditions
- Naturopathic physicians are trained to perform a variety of minor
surgical techniques, including sclerosing therapy for spider and varicose
- 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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BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R.
permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.
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