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| Is Horse Chestnut Effective for Spider Veins? |
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: October 28, 2001
Is horse chestnut safe to take while nursing? I have a real problem with spider veins. Will I notice a difference after taking this herb for a while?
Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is astringent and anti-inflammatory, used mainly for toning the veins in cases of hemorrhoids and varicose veins. Spider veins are a form of varicose veins. Horsechestnut is very effective when applied topically, especially in a cream also containing Witch Hazel. I suggest that you use the topical form while nursing. The herbs are directly absorbed by the veins beneath the skin to tone these blood vessels. It usually does work. I suggest you try it, along with the other strategies listed below, for 2 weeks to see if you notice a difference. Creams are available in Health Food stores and pharmacies.
It is important to include physical exercise, such as a half hour walk daily, to improve blood flow. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time, keep your feet up when sitting, and avoid any tight clothing that can restrict the blood flow. Vitamins C, E and bioflavonoids help circulation and nourish the blood vessels.