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Natural Treatment For Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Updated on November 3, 2014
Horse Chestnut Seed
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Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Any finding relating to a natural treatment or an alternative medicine that not only shows therapeutic effects, but may also help to ease the financial burden off the shoulder of the medically uninsured, and even help others who are trying to save a few extra dollars in tough economic times like these, is worthwhile sharing.

Many people whose profession or job require long hours of standing are at great risk of developing Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). People employed in jobs such as nursing, restaurant business, retail service, and so on, are some of these individuals at greater risk, due to the fact that they have to do a tremendous amount of standing on the job on a daily basis. Many nurses for example, wear compression stockings to prevent or address issues relating to CVI, such as swollen legs.

Based on findings, Chronic Venous Insufficiency is a common condition affecting 2-5% of the U.S. population. CVI most commonly occurs as the result of a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs, a disease known as deep vein thrombosis(DVT). It is believed that as many as 30% of people who has been diagnosed with DVT will eventually develop CVI within 10 years after diagnosis. Another common cause of CVI is thought to be genetically related, and that is, the congenital absence of venous valves. CVI may also result from pelvic tumors, valve damages due to aging, extended sitting or standing, or a combination of aging and reduced mobility, vascular malformations, and sometimes for other unknown reasons.

While arteries carry blood away from the heart, veins return blood to the heart from all the body's organs. To get to the heart, the blood needs to flow upward from the veins in the legs against gravity. The veins contain one-way valves to keep the blood flowing upward, and to prevent back flow. However, if these valves should become damaged, or compromised, this will cause the blood to leak backward. Failure of the valves in the veins of the legs to hold blood against gravity due to damages or malfunctioning, will lead to the slow or rather sluggish movement of blood out of the veins, causing the legs to be swollen.

There are a few alternative medicines that may help to address the issues with CVI. However, there are more conclusive evidence shown in support of one of these alternative treatments in particular.

Horse Chestnut Seed

Studies have shown that Horse Chestnut Seed extract is useful in treating chronic Venous Insufficiency. Based on preliminary evidence, horse chestnut seed extract may be as effective as wearing compression stockings. However, according to NCCAM(National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine), there is insufficient scientific evidence to support the use of horse chestnut seed/leaf/bark for any other conditions.

According to information published by NCCAM, when properly processed, Horse Chestnut Seed extract contains little or no sculin and is considered generally safe when used for short periods of time. However, there are some side effects associated with the use of this extract. These side effects include itching, nausea, or gastrointestinal upset.

Other studies have also shown that some compounds of grape seed extract may also be effective in relieving symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency(ex. swelling in general).


Since Horse Chestnut Seed extract in particular, has shown therapeutic effect similar to the wearing of compression stockings, people in nursing and other professions that demand a great deal of long standing could benefit a lot from the use of this alternative medicine. Also, because individuals who tend to sit a lot or have become less mobile due to illness or physical impairment can develop CVI, they too could benefit from this Alternative Treatment.


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      I.W. McFarlane 5 years ago from Philadelphia

      Thanks for sharing this additional bit of information rasta1.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      occasionally doing low squats while work will also help. resting the legs above the waist during breaks also helps. Horse chestnut seeds is a must.