Varicose Veins

A twisted, widened vein with incompetent valves.


Sugars, pastries, soft and alcoholic beverages, breads, candies, etc., leach the calcium out of the body, causing varicose veins, cramps, Charlie horses, loss of teeth, nervous upsets, etc. [SNH p.531]

Herbal Aids:

Red Oak: Use the decoction as a wash, and bathe 3-4 times daily (dilute for open sores); also a fomentation may be wrapped around the affected part and covered well with flannel. [SNH p.139]

Tormentil: Apply the decoction as a fomentation, wrap with plastic bandage; when nearly dry, renew the application. Also drink the decoction internally. [SNH p.168]

Witch Hazel: Apply a lint bandage and keep it constantly wet with the fluid. [SNH p.171]

Comfrey Mucilage: Paint the part with pure olive oil to prevent sticking, then saturate a thick layer of cotton with comfrey mucilage and apply to the affected parts. Cover with plastic or waxed paper, bandage, and leave on until nearly dry. Make a fresh application by following the same process. If pus is present, paint the part with oil of garlic instead of olive oil and take 1 teaspoonful of the oil, internally. This will prevent or stop putrefaction and pus formation, which will hasten the healing process. Give fomentation wrung out of a strong decoction. [SNH p.310] Mucilage of comfrey root: See formula using comfrey root, distilled water, honey and glycerine. [SNH p.310]

Herbal Calcium Formula: Dr. Christopher's Calcium Formula:  A wonderful natural calcium capsule, tea or tablet made up of horsetail grass, oat straw, comfrey root and lobelia. As explained in the book "Biological Transmutations," the silica in horsetail grass converts to calcium, and the other herbs work in close conjunction with this master calcium herb. We need calcium for nerve sheath, vein and artery walls, bone, teeth, etc. This combination is all pure herbs. It is also helpful for cramps, "Charlie horses," and for all calcium needs in the body.

Children with crowded, crooked teeth who later must have the wisdom teeth pulled because of a too narrow jaw are lacking calcium in the body. The pregnant woman should increase her natural calcium intake now for two people, so as to build for the child a good wide jaw and tooth material. Sugars, pastries, soft and alcoholic beverages, breads, candies, etc., leach the calcium out of the body, causing varicose veins, cramps, Charlie horses, loss of teeth, nervous upsets, etc. [HHH p.185]

Oak Bark: Dr. Christopher would ask his patients to go on the mucusless diet, and he had wonderful results with the following treatment. He made a strong white oak bark tea, simmering it gently until it reduced by three-fourths. Then he soaked stockings of white cotton in this concentrated tea and asked the patient to wear them, covering them with plastic, all night. He would also paint the legs with the concentrate, if stockings were not available. Many women had their varicosities reduced miraculously this way. You can drink a small quantity of this tea as well, if desired. [EWH p.167]

We find that it is best to use wet flannel or other kinds of non-synthetic cloth soaked in the fomentation. These should be left on all night. For the leg area, white cotton or wool socks or stockings soaked in the tea, pulled over the afflicted area and covered with plastic wrapping make good fomentation material. Cut the toe end off a stocking and it can be pulled up onto the knee or other parts of the leg area for more localized treatment.

To clean and feed the veinous structure internally as well as externally, one fourth cup of oak bark tea in three fourths cups of water (distilled is preferred) may be used three or four times a day. With each cup of tea, it is best to take one half teaspoon or more of cayenne to speed up the action. The cayenne may be taken in capsule form or mixed in half a glass of water. [NL 2-10]

Dr. Shook's Liniment of Peppermint: Dr. Shook recommended making Liniment of Peppermint. To do so, heat 1 pint of pure olive oil, and add to it 1 dram (teaspoonful) of oil of Peppermint, 1 dram, menthol crystals, and 1 dram of flowers of camphor. Mix in a warm jar or bottle, shaking until dissolved. Let stand until cool, then keep in a cool place (ShoA:258). This can also be used to reduce varicose veins, clear up acne, boils, abscesses, eczema, etc. [UW-Peppermint]

Bayberry: Externally, Bayberry can improve atony of the skin, where the tissues are loose and flabby (Cly:61). Nearly all sources recommend it for bleeding or spongy gums, applied as a strong decoction or as a tincture. For nasal stoppage or inflammation, or for nasal polyps, sniff the powder, only a small amount, carefully into the nostril, holding the other nostril closed (Hut:60). For a sore mouth or throat, especially a chronic sore throat, gargle the decoction or reduced infusion. To reduce the infusion, prepare as usual, one teaspoon to the cup of boiling water. After steeping three to five minutes, strain, and then simmer gently to half its original amount, this makes a tea three times as strong as the infusion, called three power. A fomentation (a cloth soaked in the warm preparation and applied to the affected area, afterwards covered) on varicose veins can relieve, cure, and even prevent this unsightly condition (Tie:79). [NL 5-5]


1. Cayenne: After purchasing your book 'School of Natural Healing' and learning the value of cayenne pepper, I have been taking it regularly since last December. I have had a heart problem 18 years and have had a pace maker for the last six years. I had been on digorin and inderol for seven years. With the use of the cayenne along with your health food program, my health has improved greatly. I no longer have to take any heart medication and my health in general is much improved. I am even rid of most of my varicose veins. [NL 1-12]

2. Oak Bark Cures Severe Varicose Veins: (See formula from # 6 above). One of our students in the Provo, Utah area visited a lady who was suffering from varicose veins so severely that she had difficulty walking or standing for even a few moments, or even sitting down with her feet on the floor. At night the throbbing and pain would be so intense that she would have to elevate her legs for relief; then, in 15 or 20 minutes, the throbbing and pain of the elevated legs would become so painful that she would have to lower her legs again. Consequently, this woman could get no more than 20 to 30 minutes of sleep at a time. Upon seeing such suffering, our student told her friend about the healing properties of oak bark tea, which she had recently learned about in a lecture. The friend said, "Use anything you have to help, this is unbearable." So our student went home, prepared the tea and applied it to the victim's afflicted limbs. Following instructions, she took gauze and daubed on the tea, allowing it to dry. Another coat was added to the entire area of both legs. She planned to apply the 10 or 12 coats recommend lightly bandaging the legs and allowing the oak tea residue to be absorbed into the skin. It has been found that this procedure would give relief, and ofttimes would lessen the dark vein and/or phlebitis color by 20%. However, after only six coats of tea, the patient said she was drowsy and would like to doze off a few minutes, and asked our student to return and finish later. The husband said, "Oh, she never sleeps but a few minutes, never over a half hour." Upon this, our student went home, with the agreement to return when her patient awakened. That was around 9:00 - 10:00 in the evening. To the surprise and joy of everyone, the woman slept all night and woke up the next morning feeling refreshed. She was given more treatments and received complete relief. [NL 2-10]

See Also:

Herbal Calcium Formula: Dr. Christopher's Calcium Formula
Cayenne: Dr. Christopher's many Cayenne Combinations

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