Varicose vein surgeries are quite common and highly effective. However, if you fear going under the knife (or laser), then it is worth your while to try reducing your varicose veins with some of these other non-surgical methods first.
Grape Seed Oil
Several studies have indicated that grape seed oil may be effective in reducing both the discomfort and swelling associated with varicose veins. The specific antioxidants it contains are known to fight inflammation, which is one of the primary contributors to varicose veins. Grape seed oil is also thought to make the veins more pliable, which should prevent future varicose veins from forming.
Grape seed oil is available in capsule form in many health food stores. Studies of its effectiveness as a varicose vein treatment have used doses up to 150 mg per day. Do not exceed the dosage recommended on the bottle. You can also massage your veins with grape seed oil to enhance its effects.
Pine Bark Extract
A recent study found a specific brand of pine bark extract to be effective in treating varicose veins. It is thought to work by reducing the swelling associated with varicose veins. It also helps prevent leg edema, which is often seen in varicose vein patients and can make the condition worse over time.
Patients in the study were given either 150 or 300 mg of pine bark extract daily. The patients who received 150 mg experienced about the same effects as those who were given the higher dose, which suggests that 150 mg per day is enough if you wish to try this treatment.
If you're a fan of folk remedies, then you may wish to try using gotu kola to treat your varicose veins. Related to parsley, this herb is native to India, where its leaves and stems have long been used as medicine. Gotu kola contains a compound called triterpenic fraction of Centella asiatica, which is thought to boost collagen production, strengthening the walls of your veins to help heal varicose veins.
Gotu kola is often sold in a tea form. Follow dosing instructions on the package for best results. While this herb is safe for most people, you should check with your doctor before adding it to your regimen as it may interfere with certain medications.
If the treatments above do not have the effects you desire, it might be time to talk with your doctor about varicose vein surgery. Today's procedures are quick and cause little discomfort.