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Natural Help for Varicose Veins
Vari-Gone is designed to help heal varicose veins. This formula can also have benefits for hemorrhoids, sore legs and aching feet. It tones weak veins and improves venous circulation. It also helps reduce edema, particularly in the legs. There are two herbs in this formula: horsechestnut and butcher's broom. The formula also contains vitamin C and various bioflavinoids (rutin, hesperidin and lemon bioflavinoids).
Horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) - This sturdy deciduous tree produces a dark brown seed (nut) with a light brown eye. The nuts come from a prickly green casing in the fall. They contain several constituents, including triterpenoid saponins, coumarins and flavonoids. Aescin, one of the triterpenoid saponins, has anti inflammatory properties. Coumarins are natural blood thinners.
The nuts are astringing and anti-inflammatory, particularly to the vascular system, making horse chestnut seed a popular remedy for varicose veins among professional herbalists. It also increases the blood supply to the prostate and gastric areas. It has been· prescribed for edema, particularly in the legs, and for phlebitis. The herb reduces fluid retention by increasing permeability of the capillaries, which allows fluid in the tissue spaces to return to the blood stream more readily. Vari-Gone contains a standardized extract of horse chestnut seed.
Fenugreek Seed is a mucilaginous herb that decreases thickness and soothes inflamed tissue.
Rutin, hesperidin and lemon bioflavonoids antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids protect against free-radical damage, strengthen capillary walls and are anti-inflammatory.
Vitamin C help to keeps blood vessels toned. Insufficient amounts can contribute problems like varicose veins, hemorrhoids, easy bruising, bleeding gums and frequent nosebleeds.
Butcher's Broom (Ruscus aculeatus) - This bushy evergreen shrub was once used to make brooms to sweep the fat and grease off of butcher's blocks-hence, the name. European research suggested that the herb helped to prevent the formation of blood clots in the circulatory system. Studies showed that it prevented post-operative thrombosis.· It has also proven valuable in helping to heal both varicose veins and hemorrhoids. A vasoconstrictive remedy, it tones the wall~ of blood vessels and is a valuable herb for leg pains, cramps and heavy feelings in the legs (particularly in elderly people).
Butcher's broom contains saponin glycosides with a very similar structure to the diosgenin found in wild yam, which appear to be partly responsible for its anti-inflammatory action. It also helps improve blood flow to the brain. The herb has also been used as a diuretic and emmenagogue.
Vari-Gone (90 capsules)