Varicose veins and herbs

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

Poor circulation in the lower leg and the subsequent ulcers are caused by the failure of the valves primarily in the ankle area, but in other places too. Haemorrhoids, for example.

This page was last updated by Dr Barrie Lewis on 9th August, 2019.

Varicose veins ulcer

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 vein ulcers occur. Stripping the veins may help, compression bandages are useful, certain drugs contribute, and there is now another option.

Natural cure for varicose veins

Melladerm is the proprietary name for a wound healing gel for varicose veins and herbs 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; a natural cure for varicose veins with herbs does exist. 

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 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 cholesterol-like compounds in vegetation, 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 for variscose veins and herbs because it also helps control the movement of fluids in human tissues.

Phytosterols for this same 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 the subsequent ulcers.

Don't stand for long periods of time. And, if you have to 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. Long airline flights can literally be life threatening.

And every day at least once for a longer walk. Should you also be diabetic or insulin intolerant, you absolutely MUST follow the disciplines associated with diabetes. Eat right and especially cut out all the glycemic starches, take your medication, exercise every day, and 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.


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 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 can be life threatening.

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

Varicose veins and herbs

I found out about Melladerm for varicose veins and herbs 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 and herbs that have cured the 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's how food companies make a profit, often to the detriment of that meal. That would include flour, for example, margarine, milk, chocolate, 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, raw honey and what you would find on the supermarket shelf are chalk and cheese.

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

Google appears to frown on too many links, so phrases in bold, like that raw honey above, need to be put into the Site Search function in the navigation bar on your left if you want more information.



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 inflamed 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 a natural cure like varicose veins and herbs for ulcers 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 described the operation 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 a thorough 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. It's akin to angina; insufficient blood during exercise.

Varicose veins and herbs need to be readily available to all of us, and particularly smokers.

Home remedies for varicose veins

Try smearing a little raw honey over a corner of your varicose ulcer, and see what happens; it's loaded with the pollen from many flowers, some of which of course are herbs of one sort or another. 

Don't stand for long periods either and, when you do, go up on your toes; the contraction of the calf muscles forces the blood back upwards towards the heart.

Constrictive stockings help too, of course.

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 the judicious use of antibiotics have greatly improved our lot, but our food leaves much to be desired.  One not so small consequence is the need for thoughts on varicose veins and herbs.

It's a good thing to include the best medicinal herbs daily in your food; that is why those enjoying a wide range of coloured foods every day enjoy greater vitality and well-being.

Google appears to frown on too many links, so phrases in bold, like Helen's 15 euro salad below, and best medicinal herbs above, need to be put into the Site Search function in the navigation bar on your left if you want more information.

  1. Chiropractic Help
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  3. Varicose veins and herbs

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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 have left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he is 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 is 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 pain-free. 

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 is well pleased; sixty-five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he has 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 stroll 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; he has a short leg.

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. X-rays 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 few months 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 is a non-complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she is doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38-year 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 could not 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 should not be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that is so much bunkum.

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