The Truth About Varicose Vein Treatments

by Derrick Testa


As more research is conducted, we are constantly learning new information about the causes and treatment of diseases and medical conditions. Unfortunately, not every “breakthrough” we hear about is authentic. People with interests in promoting certain treatments often spread misinformation exaggerating their efficacy. The treatment of varicose veins is no exception. In the past few years several various ways have been suggested to deal with varicose veins. But do they work? Let’s examine the truth about some claims that are being made about how to get rid of varicose veins.


Exercise is an especially tricky case. Depending on who you listen to, varicose veins can be made worse by too much or too little exercise. Is there truth to either of those assertions? Well, exercise increases blood circulation in the body as tensing muscles force blood through veins and toward the heart. At least that’s how it works when everything is functioning properly. In varicose veins and other veins that are blocked, damaged, or otherwise non-functional, the increase in blood flow does nothing to either hurt or help the vein. So while increased exercise won’t do anything to alleviate varicose veins once they have developed (although it may help prevent them from forming by promoting healthy blood flow), it also won’t hurt them. A lack of exercise, similarly, won’t be beneficial to varicose veins.

Vitamins and Supplements

Many healing powers and health gains are attributed to various vitamins and supplements. While some are medically proven, many claims about these products originate from someone’s desire to sell them. Horse chestnut and vitamin E are among the supplements purported to eliminate varicose veins. Unfortunately, none of them has been proven to be effective, and they are not likely to be. The reason is that varicose veins are the result of damage to valves in veins that cannot be reversed. Once this happens the veins will only get worse and the best way to improve blood flow is to remove the varicose veins to redirect more blood flow to healthy, functioning veins. The body has far more veins than it needs to function, so removing varicose veins does not hinder blood flow, it only helps.


Increased fiber in your daily diet has been touted by some as a way to improve varicose veins. However, like other dietary methods, it can’t restore functionality to varicose veins and make blood flow through them properly. They will only continue to deteriorate unless properly treated.

Effective Treatment

So what can be done? The best and surest way to deal with varicose veins is to have them removed. This increases blood flow, stops the pain associated with varicose veins, gets rid of embarrassing, unsightly veins, and prevents the veins’ deterioration from contributing to other health problems. Seeking help from a board certified phlebologist is the most effective course of action in dealing with varicose veins.

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