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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.


Ankle 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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