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October, 1st 2003 – April, 1st 2004
October, 15 & 16, 2003
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2004 Conference Committee
Left to Right – Norm Provencher, Greg Philibotte, John Lysy, Dennis Francoeur, David Berard, Tracy Bartlett, Sally Becker, Kathy Pender, Don Maurer, Lyman Cousens and Cathy Cote
Members not in photo: Cathy Burns, Dave Pierpont, Veronica Dearborn, Howard Sceggell and Rick Mason

Congratulations Sally – You’ve Done It Again!

Recent Health Announcement on Varicose Veins:

The National Institute of Health approximates that nearly 60% of people have a vein disorder of some sort. When it comes to varicose veins, natural treatment is a lot less intrusive remedy than other options on the market right now. Since there is no ‘cure’ for this type of disorder of the blood vessels (also known as ‘spider veins’), home remedies are commonly sought after.

Although varicose veins are more of a cosmetic problem, they can cause pain and irritation if left untreated. Even with treatment, in some cases, minor irritation may be an ongoing symptom.

How Varicose Veins Form

The results of several medical studies have shown inconclusive results as to the exact triggers that form irregularities in the blood vessels. There are several factors that researches agree play a significant role in varicose veins in particular. Genetic disposition towards weak vein valves, hormones, age, prolonged periods of standing, and a poor circulatory system all play their part in this disorder.

No matter the cause, varicose (or spider) veins form as a result of the breakdown of valves within the blood vessels. These valves, in their normal state, stop blood from running down your leg and continue their path towards your heart. As these valves stop working, the blood flow stops moving in its intended direction and can pool up, swelling the blood vessels and causing damage. Read more about what causes varicose veins on the next page.

Home Remedies & Natural Treatment for Varicose Veins

Since cosmetic surgery isn’t an option for most people, nor is it a first resort, home remedies tend to work for most people. In fact, some people are able to get rid of 90% of the symptoms by using a varicose veins natural treatment in just a few months.

Compression Stockings

Compression stockings are usually one of the first courses of action when dealing with spider veins. There are several different types of socks or stockings on the market these days. They come in all sorts of styles as well. There are even some that look just like pantyhose, so you can feel more secure about wearing a dress again. If you’re a man, then the look of these stockings might not be for you. Either man or woman, you should be aware that although these compression stockings for varicose veins relieve pressure and irritation while you wear them, it isn’t a long-term fix.

Varicose Veins Cream

There are several over-the-counter creams available that treat this blood vessel disorder. Most of them, if not all, have ingredients that increase circulation naturally. In varicose vein creams, the herbal remedies that are typically used consist of calendula extract, bilberry, horse chestnut extract, and/or vitamin E.

Horse Chestnut Extract

To supplement compression socks and/or creams, a lot of people find horse chestnut on varicose veins to be effective. Horse chestnut cream (or extracts taken orally) work by toning the skin and can significantly reduce pain. Many consider this form of treatment as good as wearing compression socks.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Another common natural remedy for damage to superficial blood vessels is apple cider vinegar. It helps to improve the efficiency of the blood’s circulation throughout the body in a natural way. It has also been found to reduce cramps, itching, pain, swelling, and minor irritation. When using apple cider vinegar for varicose veins on a regular basis, many people have found this to be a great alternative if they don’t want to spend the money on creams or compression socks.

Prevention of Varicose Veins

While no one can truly avoid this blood vessel disorder in its entirety, there are certain precautions to take as you age. Avoid standing on your feet for longer than needed. Exercise regularly. Maintain a well-balanced diet. Reduce stress as much as possible. Also, make sure to get regular checkups from your physician.