How NOT to Treat Varicose Veins: The Latest Varicose Vein Information

How NOT to Treat Varicose Veins: The Latest Varicose Vein Information

Here’s the latest varicose vein information and the final word about what is truly effective to treat your varicose veins. You can read the whole truth about the most recent varicose vein treatments that are available today.

Here’s what works and what doesn’t work.

No fluff.

No BS.

Just the current medically proven, most up-to-date, and latest varicose vein information that you need to know if you suffer from varicose vein disease.

People want to know, “What about natural or home treatments of varicose veins?”

People are usually looking for three things when it comes to getting rid of their unwanted and often painful varicose veins.

  1. The first thing you want is for the vein treatment to work and not hurt with a quick recovery.
  2. With higher medical costs and deductibles, you want to save money.
  3. The third thing is that people are looking toward natural organic and healthy alternatives for their body.

Some are looking for a do-it-yourself solution to both save money and do it in a healthy way.

Why is Alternative Medicine So Enticing?

  • People want options.
  • People want choices.
  • People want lifestyle changes.
  • Some people want to try something at home first.
  • Some people are dissatisfied with traditional medicine.
  • Some people want to treat their veins naturally.
  • Some feel alternative treatments will help them achieve a “balance”.
  • People want to save money and avoid expensive traditional care.
  • Many people want to try other options that may compliment traditional care.

Everyone wants the truth.

Natural Remedies Are All the Rage.

There are stores in malls that specialize in selling supplements and vitamins. Whole Foods, the grocery chain, should have a sign that says, “Business is booming”.  Antonio Brown would love it.

A common search on the internet is – How can I get rid of varicose veins naturally?

Another is – How can I get rid of varicose veins at home?

Others ask- How can I get rid of my spider veins naturally?

People want to know what the best exercises to help their varicose veins are.

Can I prevent varicose veins since one of my parents had them?

Many people research and read countless articles. The tragedy is that people with no medical training at all can and do write blogs.

They promote herbal remedies for personal profit. That is their primary motivation.

Perhaps some of them really believe it because home remedies, supplements and natural treatments are so pervasive in our culture. In Europe, homeopathic medicine is a gigantic market.

“Buy my pills and your veins and symptoms will melt way,” They claim to have the magic answer.

The overwhelming number of these natural remedies on the market makes it confusing. Since there are so many people claiming the same thing, you may ask – could there be some truth in it?

One of the reasons for such a flood of information on the internet is that varicose veins disease is so prevalent.

Up to fifty per cent of people will develop abnormal veins in their legs during their lifetime. Fifty million people in this country have varicose veins.

That is a huge market.

The money that comes with that market attracts a lot of people promising to help.

An analogy can be seen in nature. When the animals that are hunted for food in the wild increase in number, the number of predators increase proportionally.

It’s easy to promise a cure.

It’s harder to deliver on that promise.

Home Remedies, Potions, Tonics, Elixirs, Balms, Pink Pills and Ointments for Varicose Veins

Swindlers promoting home remedies have invaded the internet to promote their gimmicky cures.

In the West, about a hundred years ago, they were called snake oil salesmen. They may have originated in the Eastern United States in New York and Pennsylvania. These quacks would sell oil from oil seeps and recommend that you rub it on your scrapes and cuts.

These frauds claimed that their potions could cure anything “at tall that ails ya.” It was the ultimate hoax until the modern version of these swindlers came up with the multitude of natural treatments for varicose veins.

The modern day equivalent of snake oil salesmen are internet hucksters. They abound pushing nostrums and potions to treat veins. They are simply a waste of your money.

There are more schemes and cons for treating veins than Carter has liver pills. (That was another con).

These articles on how to treat varicose veins naturally don’t have any scientific validity. There is very little medical evidence.

Marketing hype abounds.

Some of these have a placebo effect at best.

Still people want alternative treatments for varicose veins.

The Truth About Home Remedies and Natural Remedies for Varicose Veins

Unfortunately, natural remedies and supplements have little or no effect on improving or ridding you of your varicose or spider veins. Miracle treatments without a vein specialist’s help simply don’t exist.

There is no magic cure.

Facts About Alternative Varicose Vein Treatments You Must Know:

  • Witchhazel, garlic, butcher’s broom, olive oil, vinegar, grape seed, pine bark, aloe vera, chestnut bark, green tea, immersion baths, enemas, marigold, cayenne pepper, turpentine, arnica Montana, St. John’s wort and the slew of other so-called supplements are worthless in treating varicose veins. Don’t waste your money on them.
  • The truth is there is no quick and easy way to get rid of varicose veins.
  • You cannot get rid of your varicose veins at home.
  • There are not any “down and dirty tricks.
  • Yoga will not help your varicose veins.
  • Natural remedies have minimal effect if any on your varicose veins.
  • Natural treatments do not work.
  • Home remedies do not work.
  • Horse chestnut will not make your varicose veins go away.
  • Creams do not work on varicose veins.
  • Homeopathic remedies for varicose veins do not work.

Don’t believe me?

Do a search on proven varicose vein treatment methods on Google Scholars.

Best medical practice is not determined by anecdotal evidence or opinion.

Recommendations for treatment come from systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials and analysis of multiple studies (meta-analysis). Only when data has been rigorously scrutinized using peer-reviewed and evidence-based medicine can the strongest recommendations for treatment of a particular medical condition be made.

You get the picture.

Why Are People Looking for Alternative Methods of Treating Varicose Veins?

Perhaps they had a relative who had their varicose veins stripped. Because stripping was painful and left ugly scars and the veins returned, they were turned off to the traditional medical approach.

Things have changed and continue to change drastically in the varicose vein field.

The good news is that new medically accepted varicose vein treatments are evolving rapidly.

Even more effective and easier minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins have been FDA approved over the past year.

Three of these treatments are a big step forward compared to the lasers and radiofrequency treatments that doctors now perform.

Glue, special foam and a device that spins inside of the vein while medicine is injected into the target vein look very promising.

At this time, because they are so new, insurance companies do not have a code for them.

They are considered experimental or investigational by your insurance company.

It will probably take two or three more years until your insurance company will cover them.

The out-of-pocket costs run into thousands of dollars. That is prohibitive for most people.


You are now aware of the latest varicose vein information available as well as the latest proven treatments.

Alternative treatments are becoming increasingly popular even though there is little or no scientific evidence to support their use in treating varicose vein disease.

Most of these home remedies or natural supplements are simply a waste of time and money.

Don’t be fooled by the countless internet articles and blogs promising to treat your varicose veins naturally or at home.

Minimally invasive techniques including laser and radiofrequency are proven and effective.

There is little discomfort and recovery time is very quick.

Newer methods of treating varicose veins like glue, foam and mechanic chemical ablation have been FDA approved. They should be covered by insurance companies in a few years.

Take it from a Mayo Clinic fellowship trained, board certified vascular surgeon with over thirty years of experience treating varicose veins.

Call us at 724-969-0600 to learn more about varicose vein removal that will definitely work.

About The Author

Dr. John Happel

Dr. John Happel has been in practice as a surgeon since 1986 in the Pittsburgh region. He specializes in vascular surgery and has subspecialized in the treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1999. Dr. Happel is board certified in vascular surgery and recertified in vascular surgery in 2012. He was chosen in 1985 to fulfill the position for the vascular surgical fellowship at the world renowned Mayo Clinic.