The facts about creams and lotions

I am constantly amazed at the number of advertisements touting the benefits of various creams and lotions to treat spider veins. I saw a recent ad saying, “Varicose vein creams offer a safe, natural, cost-effective solution and may just be the answer you’ve been looking for.” There is no science behind these gimmicks; these are scams to take your money plain and simple.

I continually read exaggerated claims about herbals, vitamin K, aloe vera, firming lotions, apple cider vinegar and vitamin E, just to name a few. Please do not waste your money. Here’s a treatment idea that I saw recently as a way to eliminate varicose veins. However, it will be more useful as a recipe for tea on a chilly day.

  • Go to local herb store and pick up the following items:
    • thyme leaves
    • horse chestnut leaves and fruit
    • sweet flag root
    • nettle leaves
    • salt
  • Go home. Add 1 qt water in pot and let boil. Mix equal parts of the herbs. Once water is boiling add 1/2 tbsp salt to water.
  • Add 3 tbsp of the herbal mix to boiling salted water. Let solution boil 20 minutes. Turn off the burner. Let the solution cool to a temperature that is warm but will not burn you. Once it is to a point where the temperature feels good use it to bathe your legs gently

Bear in mind that there have never been any good studies that have shown that any of these products actually work. Creams, pills, juices and potions simply will not work to eliminate veins of any type. When, and if, there is ever a legitimate cream, I will let you know immediately and will have boxes full in my office waiting for you.

In the meantime, I have posted on my website 10 tips towards healthy veins. These are easily to follow, lifestyle modifications that you can incorporate into your daily life to help alleviate some minor symptoms and prevent veins from worsening. They will not cure your veins – but they are free!