The fruits, flowers, and leaves of the Hawthorn (crataegus spp.) plant are great for people with varicose veins because it helps strengthen and protect the entire cardiovascular system. According to studies, the blending of compounds that is rich in antioxidants aids in the lowering of blood pressure as well as the prevention of blood clots. This powerful cardiovascular herb can be utilized as a tincture, tea, or standardized extract; you can use the berries, flowers, leaves, or all three parts in combination.
Dosage information: up to nine 500 to 600 milligram capsules per day; or up to 3 cups of tea per day (steep 1 teaspoon of dried berries in 1 cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes); or 10 to 30 drops of tincture up to three times per day. Caution: If you are taking any digitalis or digoxin-based drugs, consult your physician before using hawthorn or products that contain it.
References: The Herbal Drugstore written by Linda B. White, M.D., and Steven Foster