Varicose Vein Treatment Advice That Doesn’t Work – Here’s What Works

Varicose Vein Treatment Advice That Doesn’t Work – Here’s What Works

Varicose Vein Treatments – The Worthless vs the Worthy

The Cause of Varicose Veins and Five Worthless Home Remedies

Varicose vein treatment advice is cheap. It doesn’t cost anything to give. But the correct advice from a true expert in the field – priceless.

Stethoscope with a tablet computer on wooden table. Medical backgroundMany people get their medical advice from the internet.

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.

A recent cartoon sums it up. One person asks another if they got two medical opinions. The other person answers, “Yes, I used two search engines”.

The goal of this article is twofold – to dispel the most common misconceptions from Dr. Google about varicose veins treatment and their cause.

Then we’ll sum it all up by telling you what really works to help you get rid of your varicose veins.

Let’s start with misconceptions about the cause of varicose veins and then discuss five useless treatment tips.

The following list is a sample of fake medical advice about the cause of varicose veins that is simply not true.

These things are just associated with veins.

They’re not a cause and effect. That’s an important distinction.

For example, the moon causes tides.

The moon is associated with crazy behavior in some people’s minds.

It doesn’t cause crazy behavior.

Many people with varicose veins want to know, “What causes varicose veins”?

Likewise, menopause, sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and stress don’t actually cause varicose veins.

These things are just associated with varicose veins.

Factors That Don’t Have Anything to Do with Causing Varicose Veins

Let’s start off with the true cause of varicose veins is.

varicose vein risk factorsHeredity (genetics) is the main risk factor for varicose veins.

Pregnancy, hormones and being overweight just speed up that genetic process.

There are many women who have had numerous children and many obese people who don’t have an abnormal vein on their legs.

Now that that’s clear, lets dispel the most popular but misguided advice for varicose veins that is an absolute waste of your time and money.

Let’s get started.

Tip #1 The Truth About Support Stockings

Wearing support stockings just makes your legs feel better if you already have varicose veins.

Compression stockings don’t:

  • Prevent varicose veins
  • Keep your varicose veins from getting worse
  • Make your varicose veins improve or get smaller

You should only wear compression support stockings for two reasons.

The reasons are to make your legs feel better or after a vein treatment.

It has been proven that wearing support stockings should not be recommended as the first line of treatment if you have symptomatic varicose veins.

Vein experts have proven that the first thing a doctor should recommend is definitive minimally invasive treatment when people complain about symptoms from their varicose veins.

Tip #2 Useless Exercise Advice to Get Rid of Varicose Veins

valves in varicose veins diagramDon’t get me wrong.

Exercise is important for improving your overall health.

However, exercise alone won’t fix every medical problem.

Unfortunately, no matter how hard you exercise, it won’t improve or repair the damaged valves in your varicose veins.

Since varicose veins are caused by the valves inside of the veins not functioning properly, no amount of exercise can mend those valves.

Exercise will not make your varicose veins smaller, less painful or go away.

Tip #3 Useless Lifestyle Changes and Home Remedies 

The following lifestyle changes are often offered by most of the most popular medical web sites for managing varicose veins.

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Why do these web sites have annoying pop ups?

Maybe, they’re trying to sell you something.

None of their recommendations have any effect on your varicose veins at all!

Heeding this advice may make your legs feel better temporarily but they will do absolutely nothing to improve your venous circulation in the long run.

As soon as you take those stockings off your veins and symptoms will immediately return.

Here are the most commonly parroted tips (with no proof of efficacy) that are of absolutely no use long-term if you have varicose veins.

  1. Avoid crossing your legs when sitting.
  2. Get your circulation moving with regular exercise.
  3. Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time.
  4. Avoid tight clothing, especially around the waist.
  5. Avoid walking on concrete.
  6. Avoid high heels.

Tip #4 Useless Supplements and Essential Oils

alternative medical creams for varicose veins

Creams and potions won’t get rid of your varicose veins. Don’t waste your money.

Places that advertise or recommend the following “cures” have a hidden agenda.

They want to sell you something.

They just want to make a sale and move on to the next mark.

These places need a sucker. If you’re sitting at a poker table and don’t know who the sucker is, you’re it.

You’re their target. They need two things.

A good enough sales pitch and someone who will believe it.

Their enticing ads and sales talk have turned more heads than an Army doctor.

Here are examples of worthless remedies, potions and extracts that are currently being hawked for treating varicose veins.

  • clary
  • frankincense
  • sweet scented geranium
  • myrrh
  • yarrow
  • peppermint
  • rose
  • ginger

The list is never ending.

In the old days, snake oil was the panacea.

Nowadays, people want their medicines to be natural and organic.

These concoctions are clearly worthless – except to the con artist who sells it to unsuspecting and trusting people who are all too eager to join their Conga line.

Look at the Google Ads when you type in supplements and essential oils at the top of any search page.

There is absolutely no good peer reviewed scientific data that any of this advice has any effect on varicose veins at all.

But their sales pitch is convincing. Their hard sell is as tenacious as a debt collector.

Save your money!

These hucksters dive for your money like a wide receiver in the NFL.

Remember, just because its touted as a natural remedy doesn’t mean it’s a guarantee for authenticity or efficacy.

Tip # 5 Useless Dietary Changes

Varicose vein therapies

None of these treatments above work to get rid of varicose veins except for sclerotherapy.

There’s a chiropractor “doctor” who failed to get into medical school three times but has successfully worked the internet giving advice about medical conditions.

He ranks highly on search engines for homeopathic cures, natural treatments and home remedies for varicose veins and a wide variety of other medical conditions.

His name is Dr. Axe. Here is Dr. Axe’s medical training, history and story.

Here are the trigger words or keywords that homeopathic practitioners like him have beaten to death.

They advise using ingredients found in nature that are “anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, organic and all natural”.

Their trendy mantra is to eliminate toxins.

Be careful when you see any of these keywords in ads for your health.

They are red flags and tip offs for identifying a huckster trying to sell you unapproved pseudo-medical remedies.

Here are examples of the unsupported advice and recommendations that this chiropractor makes for varicose veins:

  • High fiber foods
  • Omega-3-foods
  • Fresh herbs
  • High anti-oxidant foods
  • Vitamin E
  • Natural diuretics
  • Magnesium rich foods
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Spicy foods
  • Wild caught fish
  • Witch hazel

A witch doctor is the only cure not on these kinds of lists.

None of these foods or supplements will do anything to help your varicose veins.

Here’s What Really Works to Rid You of Varicose Veins

free sign

Beware of vein centers offering free screenings.

People want effortless, easy, fast and free.

Free vein screenings are just another marketing tool.

Real treatment solutions for varicose veins are not always effortless, fast, or free.

Unfortunately, the truth is that varicose vein treatments are not always simple.

In fact, in advanced cases, treating varicose veins can be very difficult.

Every individual’s vein problem is different.

One size does not fit all and neither is one type of treatment good for everyone’s vein problem.

Depending on the anatomy, location and severity of the varicose vein disease, treatments vary widely.

The most commonly performed and successful minimally invasive varicose vein treatments include:

  • laser ablation
  • radiofrequency ablation
  • mechanico-chemical ablation
  • sclerotherapy
  • phlebectomy
  • or a combination of the above

healthy legs sign with a stethoscopeThe proper treatment to regain healthy legs starts with a doctor who can effectively and safely perform all of these minimally invasive office procedures or their equivalent.

You also need to find a doctor who has had training and experience in treating all of your veins. Some interventionists just ablate or laser the underlying veins and don’t treat the surface veins on the skin.

Choosing the right vein specialist for the right advice will improve your chances that your entire vein condition is properly diagnosed and treated.

Preferably that’s a board certified vascular surgeon with a strong interest in treating veins who also specializes in veins.

You must be aware that most vascular surgeons are more interested in treating arteries and have devoted most of their training fixing arteries.

Also, don’t choose a part-time vein doctor or a doctor who treats veins “on the side”.


Want healthy vein free legs again?

Our advice is don’t fall for fake internet advice for varicose veins including lotions, potions, and worthless home remedies. These dogs won’t hunt.

Modern minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins can change your life for the better.

It’s as clear as a title on a cinema marquee.

The Happel Laser & Vein Center is a medical practice committed to the non-surgical treatment of varicose vein disease.

We were the first vein center in the Pittsburgh area to offer new technologies including laser for varicose veins.

We are also the only vein center in the city that has been inspected and accredited.

Call us today at 724-969-0600 for a consultation with a board certified vascular surgeon/vein specialist for advice about varicose veins that you can trust.

About The Author

Dr. John Happel

Dr. John Happel has been in practice as a surgeon since 1986 in the Pittsburgh region. He specializes in vascular surgery and has subspecialized in the treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1999. Dr. Happel is board certified in vascular surgery and recertified in vascular surgery in 2012. He was chosen in 1985 to fulfill the position for the vascular surgical fellowship at the world renowned Mayo Clinic.