Varicose and spider veins, as well as other vein-related disorders such as chronic venous insufficiency affect up to 50% of the American population, which makes it one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States. Although at the beginning varicose and spider veins are mainly a cosmetic concern, with time they can develop into bothersome painful conditions. Despite this potential danger, most people would rather try a home remedy or a dietary supplement for their varicose veins than go see a specialist and have their legs properly examined.
There have been countless articles written about various natural products and home remedies that can work miracles on venous disorders. Today, we are going to look into one specific natural product recommended for varicose and spider veins – apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar, also known as cider vinegar of ACV, is made from apple must or cider. It usually has a pale to medium amber color and must be organic or unpasteurized. Apart from its obvious usage in cooking, apple cider vinegar has been recommended as a supplement to treat various issues, as well as help with weight loss (due to its mechanism that prolongs the sensation of satiety). Among others, apple cider vinegar is said to relieve various types of pain and swelling, including bulging varicose veins. According to some sources, it also helps get rid of spider veins. To get the full benefit of apple cider vinegar, most sources suggest, soak a piece of cloth in apple cider vinegar and wrap it around the areas affected by varicose and spider veins for half an hour, twice a day, for at least a month. You can also mix apple cider vinegar with water and drink it, or try it in tablets.
For as magical as apple cider vinegar is being described, there has been no profound research carried out to confirm the positive effects on varicose and spider veins. I don’t see any harm in trying this natural remedy if you suffer from a mild case of varicose or spider veins. However, if you are experiencing more serious symptoms, it is advisable to discuss the issue with a medical professional and have your legs thoroughly examined. Varicose veins can be caused by other severe conditions that need consultation and medical attention.