Varicose veins and herbs

Varicose veins and herbs is the treatment of choice for an ankle ulcer.

Varicose veins and the subsequent ulcers are caused by the failure of the valves primarily in the lower legs, but in other places too. Haemorrhoids, for example.

Varicose veins ulcers

Varicose veins ulcers are extremely painful.

This valve failure increases the blood pressure in the veins, so that normal perfusion of the tissues of the lower legs cannot occur - movement of blood from the arteries, through capillaries to the veins, and hence back to the heart. The result is ischemia: too little oxygen and nutrients to the skin and the, subcutaneous tissues below the skin.

But the real damage is done by repeated ischemia and re perfusion.

When the apoxia, lack of oxygen, in the tissues becomes severe, extremely painful varicose veins ulcers occur. Stripping the veins may help, compression bandages may help, certain drugs may help, and there is now another.

Natural cure for varicose veins

Melladerm is the proprietary name for a wound healing gel consisting of

  • Raw honey 400mg
  • Berberidaceae 1.7mg
  • Beta sitosterol 0.6mg
  • Small amounts of the anti oxidants vitamin C and E.

When the gel comes in contact with the wound, fluid is extracted from the surrounding tissue by osmosis. Honey, having a very high flower sugars concentration, sucks the fluid out of the wound.  Raw honey is also an anti inflammatory.

Oedema, swelling, which causes the pain, is reduced and the wound is  cleansed resulting in healing of the ulcer. 

The raw honey facilitates the destruction of the diseased skin, and promotes migration of the healthy skin cells to the damaged area.

Owing to the strong osmotic properties of honey, melladerm also has anti microbial properties. It literally sucks the water out of bacteria, destroying them.

Berberidaceae is a common group of plants and this stage I am unaware why the manufacturers have included it.

Phytosterols are a cholesterol like compounds in plants, controlling the movement of fluids in plant membranes. Beta sitosterol is but one of many of them; it is found in tiny quantities in all salads, vegetables and fruits, and particularly in avocados.

And, it would seem, I'm being presumptuous, the manufacturers of Melladerm have included it in their gel preparation because it also helps control the movement of fluids in human tissues.

Phytosterols for this reason are also one of the best remedies for an engorged prostate gland.

There are many home remedies for varicose veins ulcers.

Prevention is the best cure. It's easy to say, but stop smoking now, and get that extra weight off. It simply adds to the problem of poor circulation, and will compound varicose veins and varicose ulcers.

Don't stand for long periods of time. And, if you have to stand, in the queue at the post office, for example, march on the spot. It's the repeated contraction and relaxation of the muscles in the legs that acts as a venous pump, transporting blood up the veins and back to the heart.

Don't sit for long periods either. Regularly get up and move before the swelling starts in the lower legs; and before they start aching and burning; then it's already too late to go and lie down. Think control and natural cure for varicose veins.

When travelling long distances, regularly move the feet, exercise the ankles, using in particular the calf muscles. Go regularly for short walks, perhaps every hour. Every half hour go upstairs, to the loo, do something different. Move, in short.

And every day at least once for a longer walk. Should you also be diabetic, you MUST follow the disciplines associated with diabetes. Eat right, take your medication, exercise every day, take the right minerals and vitamins. Re-perfusion is what occurs when the blood circulation is restored AFTER ischemia. So you must go and lie down regularly, with the legs elevated, BEFORE the ischemia occurs, if you have serious varicose ulcers.

Surgery @ Varicose veins and herbs

Now that many surgeries and the Affordable Care Act are covered better, more folks are contemplating surgery as a viable treatment option. All treatments for all disease, including Chiropractic, can have side effects and serious sequelae. Rather live with your unsightly spider veins. This is a sad story. I have/had a friend who through long hours of standing at work developed varicose veins. There was no ulcer. He was very fit, 60-ish, a runner, weight good, never a smoker... two days after surgery a thrombosis developed in the leg, formed an embolus and he had a stroke and died.

My advice? If you have varicose veins in legs go through the disciplines of conservative treatment, and try to avoid the dangers of modern adventurous medicine. Even anaesthetics are dangerous.

Sometimes surgery may be necessary but, if you can, avoid it, and consider varicose veins and herbs rather.

ANECDOTE @ Varicose veins and herbs

I found out about Melladerm from a good friend, one I still have!, who has struggled with venous ulcers in her lower leg. She too is otherwise very healthy, and what's more a non smoker; varicose veins ulcers are extremely painful. Finally after years of struggle, she found out about Malladerm. I'm just sorry that her before and after photos on her mobile did not come out.

Do you have before-and-after photos after treatment of varicose veins ulcers ? I'd love to have them...

Raw honey for varicose ulcers

Raw honey, like grass fed beef, is quite hard to come by.

Most of the foods you buy in a supermarket have been processed in one way or another. That would include flour, for example, margarine, milk, chocolate, various meats, and most delicacies other than fresh fruit and vegetables, and meat.

The same is true of honey. Just as there is a vast difference between an orange and OJ, there are vital differences between raw honey and what you would find on the supermarket shelf.

My advice is avoid everything that your great grandmother would not recognise as a food. The vast majority of supermarket food is highly processed, whether by the farmer, beekeeper, or miller; it's hard work finding natural, organic food. Our healthy living tips will contribute.


Varicose veins and herbs


The haemorrhoids are the cushion that form a very important aid in the passage of the stool through the anus. They are made up of blood vessels and other tissues, and are a quite normal, and important part of the rectal passage. Read about them on Wiki if you want more details.

Constipation (= lack of fibre in the diet) means increased straining at the stool which increases the venous pressure, making this cushion engorged and distended. After a long period on a diet deficient in salads, vegetables and fruit (fibre) these veins (now called "piles") may become inflammed and swollen. They can become so severe that they are strangulated causing varicose veins ulcers.

Interestingly, a diet deficient in plant material is also deficient in phytosterols, the very substances that control the movement of fluids in tissues in plants. I wonder if natural cure for varicose veins in the leg like Melladerm might help for fluid-engorged piles in the short term? In the long term all that is required is a return to a sane and normal diet, rich in vegetable fibre and phytosterols. What are phytosterols?

The trick, as in all of health, is to do something before the crisis arises. Stop smoking before the heart attack, get your blood pressure and cholesterol down before the stroke and start eating a normal amount of fibre, particularly the soluble fibre, before you get piles or bowel cancer. Think varicose veins and herbs and fibre before operations. A friend descibed the op as like having barbed-wire stuck up your rear end!

Why on a Chiropractic Help website?

The reason is simple. On a regular basis chiropractors are faced with patients with aching legs; not it's true with varicose ulcers, but an examination and diagnosis are important. Is it restless legs syndrome? A sciatic or femoral neuritis? Side effects from statins? Or from the varicose veins that are often visible, but may be an incidental finding.

One other less common, but interesting condition is called intermittent claudication. Aching leg or legs only when in motion, and relieved immediately by rest.

Home remedies for varicose veins

Try smearing a little raw honey over a corner of the varicose ulcer, and see what happens.

Healthy living tips

Healthy living tips are but one small way to return to natural living enjoyed by our ancestors. Better hygiene, clean water and judicious us of antibiotics have greatly improved our lot. But our food leaves much to be desired.

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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