Fuller’s Earth for Varicose Veins: Yes or No?

Up to 50% of American population is now being affected by various venous disorders, such as varicose and spider veins, and chronic venous insufficiency. Our current western lifestyles make our veins more vulnerable and prone to develop varicose veins, and what was formerly mainly the problem of old people is now becoming an issue for people as young as 35 years of age, both females and males (although women are still more affected than men). Most people’s first reaction to bulging, rope-like veins on their legs is to change their lifestyle and diet, find some over-the-counter treatment or look for natural remedies and herbal supplements. That is not an entirely bad idea since at the beginning, spider and varicose veins are mainly a cosmetic concern.

Fullers earthThere are so many natural products and herbal supplements on the market now that it’s becoming harder and harder to find the right one for your specific condition and determine whether it’s effective or not. That’s why we are going to look into one specific natural remedy recommended for varicose veins and see if it is worth trying out – Fuller’s Earth clay.

Fuller’s Earth is a clay material, also known as bleaching clay or Mulatni Mitti in India. It has excellent absorbent properties and has been used in Indian folk medicine to treat various skin issues for centuries. It contains calcium and is supposed to ease some of the symptoms of varicose veins, such as swelling and discoloration. The home remedy recipe suggests to mix Fuller’s Earth with enough water to make paste – or sort of a mud pack, which you will apply on varicose veins during the night and wash off when you wake up next morning.

Fullers earth2Despite its long tradition in Indian medicine, Fuller’s Earth has never been proved to have positive effects when treating varicose veins by actual research or study. Trying out this natural remedy probably won’t do any harm, but at the same time, the swelling in your legs and ankles tends to disappear throughout the night even without a mud pack – that’s because your legs are elevated and the damaged vein valves don’t have to work against gravity. When you start experiencing symptoms of varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency, it is advisable to schedule an appointment with a medical professional to have your veins thoroughly examined and discuss potential treatment options. Even mild symptoms of a venous disorder can result in a serious condition that requires medical attention.

Published on: 24 August 2015
Posted by: Veins