Home Remedies For Varicose Veins

Written By Center for Vein Restoration
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Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins that commonly appear on the legs and feet. These unsightly and often painful veins are a classic symptom of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a condition in which the veins in the legs have problems properly returning blood to the heart. Also known as vein disease, CVI occurs when the valves in the leg veins become damaged or weakened, allowing blood to flow backward and pool in the veins rather than return to the heart.

This blood pooling increases the pressure within the leg veins, leading to various symptoms and complications, such as swelling, aching, heaviness, cramping, skin discoloration, or restless leg syndrome. If left untreated, CVI can progress to more severe complications like venous stasis ulcers, which are open skin sores that are difficult to heal, or the potential of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Can varicose veins be treated at home?

Living with varicose veins can be challenging, both physically and emotionally. The allure of treating any condition at home is understandable, as it offers a sense of control, convenience, and potential cost savings. However, it's crucial to recognize that while home remedies for varicose veins may provide some temporary relief, they fail to address the underlying causes of varicose veins or prevent long-term complications.

Ultimately, medical intervention is required to achieve lasting relief from the uncomfortable and unsightly symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, a few select home remedies can provide some relief (but not a cure!) in how varicose veins look and feel. These include:


Regular exercise, particularly low-impact activities like walking, swimming, and cycling, can help improve circulation and alleviate the discomfort associated with varicose veins.

Compression stockings

Wearing compression stockings can provide relief by applying gentle gradient pressure to the legs, promoting better blood flow. Compression stockings can benefit people of all ages by relieving symptoms of vein disease, improving circulation, reducing muscle soreness and fatigue, and preventing blood clots, making them a good choice for athletes, pregnant women, people who stand on their feet or are immobile for an extended time (such as during travel or after surgery).

Dietary changes

Including certain foods in your diet may help manage varicose vein symptoms. Flavonoid-rich foods such as capers, hot peppers, and green tea may help lower blood pressure, reducing the strain on veins. A high-fiber diet can also be beneficial, as it helps prevent straining during bowel movements, which can exacerbate varicose veins. Potassium-rich foods like bananas, grapefruit, and spinach may also help manage symptoms.

Herbal remedies

Some herbal remedies have been suggested to improve vein comfort by reducing inflammation. However, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any supplements, as they may interact with medications or have potential side effects.

  • Horse Chestnut Extract: Some studies suggest that horse chestnut extract can reduce leg pain, swelling, and itching associated with chronic venous insufficiency. For example, a study reported by the National Library of Medicine (NIH) suggests that it may reduce lower leg volume and ankle and calf circumference. However, the evidence regarding its effects on leg pain and edema remains highly uncertain due to very low-quality data.
  • Grape Seed Extract: Known for its antioxidant properties, grape seed extract may help reduce swelling and improve circulation. Some research supports its effectiveness but is not a standalone treatment for varicose veins.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: According to a study reported by the National Library of Medicine (NIH), external application of apple vinegar can reduce varicosity symptoms and alleviate some social anxiety related to the appearance of varicose veins. In a randomized controlled trial involving 120 patients, those who applied apple vinegar to affected leg areas showed greater improvement in pain, leg fatigue, edema, and other varicosity symptoms compared to the control group.
  • Cayenne Pepper: Rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids, cayenne pepper can improve circulation and reduce pain. Its effectiveness for varicose veins is primarily based on traditional use and anecdotal evidence.
  • Olive Oil: Massaging with olive oil can improve circulation and reduce inflammation. While it can provide temporary relief, it does not address the root cause of varicose veins.
  • Garlic: Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties and can improve circulation. When used topically or included in the diet, it may help reduce symptoms.
  • Butcher’s Broom: This herb can reduce inflammation and strengthen veins. It is effective in relieving symptoms of venous insufficiency but should be used under medical supervision.
  • Witch Hazel: Witch hazel is an astringent that can strengthen blood vessels and reduce swelling. While witch hazel may have some potential benefit for temporarily decreasing redness and inflammation associated, its effectiveness is anecdotal.
  • Parsley, Grapevine Leaves, and Marigold: These natural remedies are rich in vitamins and antioxidants that support vein health. They may help reduce symptoms but are not cures for varicose veins.

Elevation and massage

Elevating the legs above heart level can help improve circulation and reduce swelling. The Cleveland Clinic recommends a “Legs up the wall” yoga pose ( known as an inversion pose) to improve circulation and reduce stress. Gentle massage can also provide relief by promoting blood flow and reducing discomfort.

Minimally invasive outpatient treatment options for varicose veins

Outpatient minimally invasive outpatient treatments are the only proven options to achieve long-term relief and prevent further progression of venous insufficiency. These treatments are designed to address the root cause of varicose veins by closing or removing the affected veins and restoring proper blood flow.

  1. Radiofrequency Ablation and Laser Ablation: During these endothermal techniques, heat is used to close the affected veins, causing them to collapse. Blood flow is rerouted to healthier veins.
  2. Ambulatory Phlebectomy: The varicose veins are removed through tiny incisions during this procedure, leaving minimal scarring.
  3. Sclerotherapy: A solution or foam is injected into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and eventually fade away.
  4. Varithena: During this catheter-based technique, a specialized microfoam solution is injected, closing off the problematic veins and rerouting blood flow through healthy blood vessels.

As a nationally acclaimed vein care provider, Center for Vein Restoration (CVR) specializes in minimally invasive, virtually pain-free varicose and spider vein treatments. Their state-of-the-art, compassionate approach to vascular care aims to redefine the standard for treating venous disorders across the U.S.

CVR offers a range of affordable outpatient solutions to eliminate unsightly problem veins. These solutions are safe and effective in addressing the root cause of varicose veins, providing long-term relief from symptoms and preventing further complications.

Safe, effective treatment by the nation’s leader vein care

While home remedies may temporarily relieve varicose vein symptoms, consulting a vein specialist like those at CVR is crucial for addressing the underlying condition through minimally invasive treatments and achieving long-lasting relief.

As the nation's premier physician-led vein care network with over 110 locations across 22 states, Center for Vein Restoration (CVR) provides comprehensive, easily accessible, and effective treatment for chronic venous insufficiency.

With over 70 dedicated physicians delivering compassionate care and a 98% patient satisfaction rate, CVR accepts most major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, to make quality vein treatment available to all patients to want a permanent solution to leg pain.

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