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Balanced Living, Year-Round Health

Why Vein Health Is Important to Women

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by St Francis Herb Farm

It’s no secret that women have specific health needs. They have a unique physiology, which is reflected in aspects of hormonal, mental, structural – and cardiovascular health.

Imbalances in the cardiovascular system can show up in the body in many ways, one being varicose veins – enlarged veins that often occur in the legs. While often a cosmetic concern for their darkened and/or bulging, twisted appearance – they can also come with symptoms of aching, heaviness, and burning in the legs or lead to a more serious condition. Spider veins are similar, but smaller, flatter, and sometimes web-like in appearance.

How do Varicose Veins Appear?

The human circulatory system is made up of a network of blood vessels: those that carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to capillaries in tissue throughout the body are arteries. Veins, on the other hand, return blood to the heart, in a one-way flowing system controlled by valves.

Veins can become weakened and develop ‘chronic dilation’ where valves no longer seal properly, and blood can flow backwards and pool – visible in varicose veins. These are often seen in legs, where veins must work pumping blood against gravity to get the blood back up the heart.

Why Women are at Greater Risk

Women are four times as likely as men to have varicose veins. The main reason for this is the hormonal phases and fluctuations throughout a woman’s life: the monthly menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause that influence venous health by relaxing the walls of the veins. Many pregnant women experience a flare up of varicose veins, as the increased volume of blood can put more pressure on veins. Use of birth control pills, estrogen, and progesterone can also be contributing factors.

Other factors that can contribute include:

  • weight
  • age
  • genetics
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • sitting or standing for extended periods

Vein Tonic by St Francis Herb Farm

The Difference of a Daily Vein Tonic

Regular activity and movement, leg elevation and a healthy diet can all support efficient blood flow, but herbal support can make all the difference in helping to relieve symptoms of sluggish venous circulation, and even help to prevent varicose veins from worsening.

Vein Tonic consists of herbs uniquely focused on the circulatory system, including:

Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum, seed)  Contains active ingredient aescin, which decreases capillary permeability, and helps relieve symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Improves vein tone by promoting prostaglandins, which induce contraction of veins.

Stoneroot (Collinsonia canadensis, root) a classic astringent tonic herb for the veins.

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna, leaf, flower, and berry)  “The heart herb” valued for its properties in strengthening the arteries, veins, and heart. 

Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica, tops)  Known as “the herb of longevity – possesses antioxidant benefits and can help improve circulation. 

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, leaf)  Can help reduce swelling and increase blood flow by promoting the dilation of vascular (vein) walls. 

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium, leaf and flower)  An antispasmodic herb ideal as a vein tonic. 

Daily efforts to improve circulatory health, are easily enriched by adding Vein Tonic to your health regimen. Simply taking 90 drops (3 ml) twice daily can help relieve feelings of heaviness, itchiness, swelling and achiness in the legs associated with varicose veins, support chronic venous insufficiency, offer relief from hemorrhoids –  all by helping to get your blood going with the (healthy) flow!

It’s also important to remember that venous problems aren’t always visible. If you have a previous health condition and/or suspect any circulatory issues, consult with your health practitioner.

Vein Tonic is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Have questions? Just visit our Great Questions Answered page to learn more or to submit a question.

References available upon request.

Vein Tonic (formerly Veinasis)

Ingredients

Ginkgo
Hawthorn
Horse Chestnut
Yarrow

Ginkgo

(Ginkgo biloba) also known as the Maidenhair Tree, is the only living species of the Ginkophyta - all others are now extinct. Ginkgo is native to China, and has been found in fossils dating back 270 million years. Ginkgo contains high levels of falvenoids and terpenoids - both known for their strong antioxidant effects. It has also been used as an anti-inflammatory, for circulation and heart health and for treatment of stress.

Hawthorn

(Crataegus monogyna) – a plant often referred to as “the heart herb”, is a member of the rose family.  Its benefits are derived from its flower, leaf and bright red berries, which are all rich in protective flavonoids -- potent antioxidants that can help decrease inflammation. Hawthorn has a long history in traditional medicine as a circulatory tonic that increases cardiac output (pumping out blood efficiently) by improving the heart's muscle tone and vascular integrity.

Horse Chestnut

(Aesculus hippocastanum) is a flowering tree native to a small area in the Pindus Mountains and Balkan mixed forest or South East Europe. It's beautiful spring flowers have resulted in it being planted as an ornamental tree in parks and cities around the World, where summers are not too hot. 

It's health benefits include: an anti-inflammatory, circulatory aid, antioxidant properties.

Yarrow

(Achillea millefolium) is a flowering plant which is native to Asia, Europe and North America. It is a common herb that is sweet smelling and is often found growing in meadows and fields and along roadsides. Yarrow is an antispasmodic herb and also has astringent properties.

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