Can CBD Oil Or Herbal Supplements Help Varicose Vein Symptoms?
Varicose veins affect 30-40% of the population and cause symptoms such as leg swelling, pain, aching, heaviness, burning, or throbbing for many of these people. Naturally, those who suffer with these symptoms want to know what they can do, or if there’s anything they can take, to alleviate the symptoms on their own, short of medical treatment procedures.
Towards that end, a quick search online shows hundreds of options for natural supplements that claim to reduce varicose vein symptoms. In addition, the recent surge in popularity of CBD products has many people wondering if a CBD oil or cream can improve or even eliminate their varicose vein symptoms.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a chemical in the cannabis plant. Unlike its well-known cousin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not make you high. It’s available as oral drops and topical sprays and creams, and even is being formulated in bath bombs and dog treats. CBD is being marketed as a treatment for just about any condition, including varicose veins.
According to AARP, baby boomers are embracing CBD and using it as a treatment for pain, arthritis, and other age-related health problems like varicose veins. The theory is that CBD reduces inflammation in the body, which can then reduce symptoms like pain and swelling.
For those who are considering trying CBD for varicose vein symptoms, It’s important to note that research of CBD is in its infancy, and the purity of some CBD consumer products may not be reliable. In addition, CBD may have negative interactions with many medications, so patients with any medical conditions or diseases should talk to their doctors before taking it.
Similarly, there are many over-the-counter supplements on the market that claim to reduce varicose vein symptoms. Though they haven't been well-studied, a number of herbal therapies also claim to be helpful for those with varicose veins, such as horse chestnut and grape seed extract. However, you should talk with your doctor before trying any herbal or dietary supplement to make sure these products won't interfere with any medications you’re currently taking.
The bottom line is that whether or not CBD or supplements are effective for reducing varicose vein symptoms is measured on a person-to-person basis, as conclusive research has yet to be determined. The most important thing to keep in mind is that these products are meant to ease symptoms of varicose veins, like pain and swelling. They cannot make existing veins disappear, or even prevent the gradual progression of varicose veins. Any product that claims to do so should not be trusted.
Varicose veins are a chronic and progressive condition, and regardless of whether CBD products or supplements temporarily help with your symptoms, you should know that today’s advanced treatments are quick and easy, requiring little to no down-time.
As the first physician dedicated solely to the treatment of vein disease in Tennessee, Dr. Douglass and East Tennessee Vein Clinic leads the region in experience and expertise of varicose veins. We treat veins differently than other clinics precisely because of our dedication to treating the root cause and full extent of each patient’s vein disease.
Visit us online at East Tennessee Vein Clinic, or call 866-281-VEIN, or request an appointment online today. We are offering free vein screenings through April. Please mention free screenings when making your appointment.