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horse chestnut for veins + will it affect bp?

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Old 03-09-2005, 07:17 AM   #1
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horse chestnut for veins + will it affect bp?

I have some broken veins in legs (not varicose) and read that horse chestnut is very good for veins, esp in lower extremities. The info I have read indicates it is safe unless you are taking blood thinning medications. I'm not, but I'm still a little leary of this supplement. Does anyone here know if there are any contraindications for someone who has mild hypertension, takes Diovan, and occasionally takes a NSAID for pain? Thanks.

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Old 03-09-2005, 09:34 AM   #2
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Re: horse chestnut for veins + will it affect bp?


I read "Horse Chestnuts for Veins" and my first inclination was to say HAVE THEM REMOVED IF THEY'RE THAT BIG!
I pictured your lower legs with varicoses that were the size of chestnuts...lord I've actually SEEN someone at my gym with them...huge blue chestnuts. I get frightened for him when I see him on the treadmill!

As a kid horse chestnuts were all over my hometown til some blight wiped them all out. We'd make pipes and wampum neclaces out of them but we were always told they were poisonous.

I wouldn't put much stock in any cure other than surgery or conceivably an injected thrombolytic to plug and eventually absorb the vein. I think the surgery today is pretty easy.

Old 03-17-2005, 07:32 AM   #3
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Re: horse chestnut for veins + will it affect bp?

Dr. Andrew Weill says it is effective, as do some people over on the dermatology boards.

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