Millions of people seek medical attention for varicose veins annually. Unfortunately, this is due solely to cosmetic reasons.
Veniti medical professionals say that varicose and spider veins are signs of a more serious underlying problem. Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is when blood pools and clots inside a person’s leg, causing severe pain, swelling, and discoloration. Doctors recommend leg elevation, a more active lifestyle, and weight loss as treatments to CVI, but there is a new, effective option scientists are now exploring – a poisonous seed.
Spiders and Horses
The Aesculus hippocastanum is a large, deciduous tree native to South Eastern Europe. The tree goes by its scientific name largely due to its rarity and unremarkable appearance, save for its fruit. It consists of a green spiked shell that covers a brown nut-like seed called a conker or horse chestnut. These seeds are slightly toxic, causing sickness when eaten.
Despite their ironic tendency to cause tremors to horses, horse chestnuts contain a valuable chemical that can treat CVI. Aescin, an enzyme extracted from the conker, has been proven effective as a remedy for venous diseases. The enzyme can also remedy bruises, works as an anti-inflammatory agent, and has potential cancer treatment uses.
Conker’s Good Leg Day
Pharmaceutical companies process horse chestnut seed into oral medication. These companies sell tablets containing 20 to 120mg of Aescin as prescription medicine. CVI sufferers can also use oral tinctures and topical gels containing 2% Aescin.
Several temperate countries are now cultivating horse chestnuts for their medicinal value. Farms in the United Kingdom, Iceland, New Zealand, and Canada are bringing conker’s potent enzyme to clinics and patients all over. Companies are hoping that with the introduction of horse chestnut seed extract as an accessible remedy, more people would be willing to submit to treatment. Chronic Venous Insufficiency awareness is relatively low, especially since it shares its acronym with a number of other illnesses.
With high obesity rates and sedentary living, venous diseases are becoming more common in the country. Doctors and cosmetic surgeons are informing the public of the serious health issues varicose and spider veins present, especially since the disease is highly treatable and preventable. Viable solutions to medical issues arise even in places where you least expect them to. If science can turn poisonous seeds into a medicine, there no longer is an excuse to refuse treatment.