Actions: Improves tone of venous endothelium,
and reduces vascular fragility. Inhibits perivascular edema by reducing
permeability of venous walls, and facilitates reabsorption of edematous
fluids back into the capillaries. Platelet anti-aggregate constituents
assist in preventing venous thrombosis.
Uses: Venous stasis and atony of venous circulation:
varicose veins, hematomas, phlebitis, and chronically
incompetent veins; cramps, heaviness and fatigue in
the legs, particularly at the end of the day; painful veins during menstruation;
hemorrhoids (piles); prevention and treatment of thrombosis
and thrombophlebitis; edematous swelling
of bruises, fractures, strokes and brain trauma; lymphoedema
and lymphostasis; cold hands and feet.
Dose: Preventative tonic: One or two
times per day, take 20 to 30 drops in water.
Restorative tonic for chronic conditions: Three times
per day, take 30 to 40 drops in water.
Acute: Three to five times per day, take
40 to 50 drops in water. Note: Do not take more than 150 drops within
24 hours. During pregnancy, or for continued use, take the restorative
tonic dose 6 days per week, for 6 weeks; then skip a week (take no drops);
then repeat the same cycle again.
Topical: Apply gently over troubled area (varicose
veins, bruises, hematomas, etc.). Can be used undiluted in most cases,
but should be diluted (50 drops per ounce of water) for sensitive areas
and hemorrhoids. Apply around broken skin and varicose ulcers but not
directly to them — it is best to use Herbal Salve here.
Adjunct Therapy: Connective
Tissue Tonic is helpful as a restorative to venous and capillary
connective tissues. Take 40 drops 2 or 3 times per day.
Lightning can be applied to varicose veins to improve local circulation
and enhance action of above compounds. Apply as described above under
For associated pigmentation, eczema and skin ulcers apply Herbal
Extract should be used during any inflammatory stage (phlebitis,
“burning” veins or hemorrhoids, etc.). Take 30 to 40 drops,
3 to 5 times per day.
Physiotherapy for legs: External elastic support (stockings
or bandages) can often ameliorate symptoms and may impede progression
of venous deterioration. This can be especially important in pregnancy.
Here the woman should put on support stockings before she first stands
on arising. To relieve edema and other complications, the legs should
be elevated above heart level several times during the day. For sleeping,
the foot of the bed should be raised about 2 inches. Avoid standing
or sitting for more than one hour at a time. Obesity is a contributory
cause of varicose veins — lose weight if need be.
Cautions: Because of the Horse Chestnut in this compound,
consult a qualified midwife or physician before taking in pregnancy.
Although venous disease can often be mild and self-limiting, some cases
can become serious health problems and, with the associated danger of
pulmonary embolism, can be a threat to life. It is therefore important
that venous disease be treated by a qualified healthcare practitioner.
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