4 plants and 4 natural remedies for varicose veins and hemorrhoids

Varicose veins are swollen blood vessels that prevent blood from returning to the heart, which in medicine is known as venous insufficiency. They occur in superficial veins of the skin, especially in the legs and specifically in the calves.

As those who suffer suffer, they cause more or less annoying or painful symptoms: heaviness, cramping, swelling of ankles, itching and coloration on the skin.

The most frequent causes

They favor sedentary lifestyle, obesity, hypertension and age, although other factors, such as stand usually standing without walking, wearing tight clothing or abusing fats, without ruling out the hereditary factor.

The clinical treatments they go through conventional surgery, hemodynamic preservation technique and sclerotherapy.

Another venous disorder no less common are Hemorrhoids The main symptoms are blood loss, stinging and intense itching. 60% of cases can be corrected with certain habits or with clinical treatment.

4 plants to treat varicose veins and hemorrhoids

Certain medicinal plants maybe they can not supply surgery, but they are an effective support for relieve symptoms and facilitate venous return when the problem is not very advanced.

It’s about plants with a venotonic action, astringent, healing and vasoprotective not negligible.

Red vine

Of the vine (Vitis vinifera) the leaves are used, rich in flavonoids and tannins. They are applied in seat baths for improve circulation and favor venous return.


The leaves, either of the European hazel (Coryllus hazelnut) or the American, the witch hazel or witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), also stand out for their richness in tannins and flavonoids, which gives them a powerful astringent, healing and local hemostatic effect.

By strengthening the wall of the veins, they activate the passage of blood through them. They are taken in infusion or applied in sitz baths in long-range treatments to help eliminate varicose veins, phlebitis and hemorrhoids. You can find ointments and creams that contain them.


The Ginkgo biloba It is also a effective venous tonic and adds an effect as a peripheral vasodilator. It is applied in partial baths and it is taken in infusion, in drops of liquid extract or in creams by topical route.


The strong cones of the cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) are a prodigious Herbal remedy for venous insufficiency. They exert a remarkable analgesic, anti-inflammatory and astringent action, useful to treat varicose veins and painful hemorrhoids, as well as edema.

The decoction in seat baths, washes or enemas soothes pain and heaviness and helps contract blood vessels. It is especially useful in pregnancy and postmenopause.

It also sells essential oil and ointments and suppositories with cypress.

Infusion to facilitate venous return

In equal parts a very useful infusion is obtained for ginkgo, witch hazel, rusco root and star anise. improve the symptoms of varicose veins, phlebitis and hemorrhoids.

Boil two tablespoons of the mixture for half a liter of water for two minutes. It is allowed to rest, sneak and drink during the day.

Adding yarrow, cypress globules and horse chestnut seed, but without the anise, in higher quantities (20 g of each per liter of water), it is applied in Sitz baths (in case of hermorrhoids) or in leg massage.

Tonic remedies to make at home

You have more natural options to deal with venous problems:

1. Seat or wash bath

Ideal for varicose veins or heavy legs. With laurel, yarrow, chamomile, mint – a handful of each – and a pinch of bicarbonate: it is brought to a boil and filtered.

2. Compresses of meliloto

With a very concentrated infusion of this vasoconstrictive and venotonic plant, compresses are soaked and Apply cold on the painful area. Toning the veins

3. Lotion with essences

40 ml of witch hazel, 20 ml of almond oil and 5 ml of essences of cypress and mint are mixed. It is stirred and applied in massage on the legs. Drains, soothes and deflates.

4. Blueberries

A good habit is to take one tablespoon soup of dehydrated cranberries a day. Its pigments, anthocyanins, improve peripheral circulation.

Counseling: J. M. Teixé, Herbalist of Manantial de Salud