|Medical Herbalism: Clinical Articles and Case Studies|
Cardiovascular - Lower limb venous insufficiency with varicosities
by Paul Bergner
Medical Herbalism: 01-31-97 8(4): 16
A 69 year-old woman had been suffering from lower limb venous insufficiency since age eight, with ankle swelling in one leg that required pressure wraps. She had suffered from varicosities since age 39, with burning and stinging. Other significant problems: severely prolapsed bladder. Patient unwilling to make dietary or lifestyle changes, or to accept conventional medical treatment (surgical for the varicosities). Treatment: Bottoms-up from Wise Woman Herbals.
Collonsonia canadensis (stone root) 4 parts
Ruscus aculeatus (butchers broom) 3 parts
Centella asiatica (gotu kola) 2 parts
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) 2.5 parts
Aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) 2 parts
Achillea millefolium (yarrow) 1.5 parts
Zingiber officinalis (ginger) 1 part
Cinnamonium zeylanicum (cinnamon) 1 drop essential oil per ounce
Thirty drops, three times a day.
swelling gone within two weeks. Burning and stinging pains in lower leg
and thigh greatly improved. After about two weeks, numbness and tingling
of the hands was experienced. With the reduction of the dose to fifteen
drops three times a day, that side effect disappeared, and the patient
continued to improve.
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