How to Treat Varicose Veins Naturally – Dr. Berg


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Dr. Berg talks about varicose veins and what to do to fix this problem.

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Dr. Berg, age 57, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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  1. Doctor I am 19 , healthy, highly active , I exercise almost daily and I started developing varicose veins at the age of 16. Genetic play the greatest role .

  2. I was told to exercise with my legs higher than the rest of my body like riding a bicycle in the air, etc. This has really helped. My veins are much better.

    • ​@Manjesh Sp just change your life style and stay away from oxidized fats. Use olive oil, butter or pork fat, beef fat instead. take up running if you can.

    • @Manjesh Sp I was able to get the ones in my thighs reduced greatly to the point where you can just barely see them if you look hard, but the ones in my ankles have reduced in size but are still pretty visible. But it’s still kind of early I’ve only recently made changes to my diet and lifestyle about 6-7 months.

  3. My varicose veins appeared when I was 16. I had them removed from both my legs a couple of years ago as they were getting worse, and now I’m having new ones in my left leg. Also wanted to mention that I’m very athletic and healthy no one in my family has them and I’ve never been pregnant🤷🏻‍♀️

  4. My legs look so much better now than 15 years ago when I had poor circulation. I had spider veins and thick lines behind my knees that were pinkish purple. It was a daily leg cramp that alerted me to do something about it. I invested $65 on electric leg compression. I also bought an electric foot massager, about $50. Both were from Amazon. I used the leg compression 3-4 times a week and I don’t know for how long because I remember putting lotion on the back of my knees and there was no spider vein in sight! I took photos on my phone and I had to enlarge them to really look for the ugly discoloration. Geez! I was ready to accept aging and there’s a $65 cure for spider veins! Btw, my feet look better too! One doctor on Youtube suggested Nattokinase, Vit C, K and E supplements to help with leg cramps. I have not had one serious leg cramp in almost a year. That’s a true story.

    • Thank you so much for info about electric massager – really helpful – l never considered it. I have ordered one from Amazon. Thanks again and all the best from France!

    • Kindly guide how u treated varicose veins. What I understand from ur comment is that u used leg compression . How to use and from where to buy it

  5. Dr. Berg, not only are your videos very interesting and informative, but you’re also an excellent presenter of your videos!

  6. I’m a yoga teacher and always very active. I have varicose veins the back of my right knee and calf. They’ve been there for 40 years. I’ve been practicing yoga for 20 years.

    • Yes. They were bad looking on my calfs. , and inter thigh . Hot to the touch. At a nagging pain in one location on both thighs. And in the calf muscles It went away. Do not know the cost these days for the copper. But was cheap at the time. I had had the surgery. In the 90’s But they came back. So I went looking for an alternative.

    • @Charles Coker wow. thank you. i will look into it. completely healed? how did you find out this copper solution? google? did you take it for 6 months?

      sorry for the lots of question. 😀

    • i am a bicycle rider for over 20 years, 50/100 miles a week. i developed bulging veins on the front of my left shin. in the past 10/15 years, they are worse right below the knee. they have gone from the shin now down the leg and ankle. i have started wearing a compression sock on that leg. soooo….

  7. Dr. Berg, thank you so much for the health quiz you provided for us. I received my results instantly and your input is extremely helpful. Your contribution to my health and well-being is greatly appreciated 😇🙏

  8. My friend walks at least 5 miles daily, does basic weights, eats very well, yet has varicose veins all of her adult life. She had one child, that was a preemie, with no excessive weight gain during the pregnancy. There must be another reason or two for them to develop. She did everything right. Makes one wonder.

    • I have the same issue. Although the last few years I have been sitting more due to a new job which doesn’t help matters but I walk daily and work out.

  9. I’m Canadian. I went to a vein specialist in Ottawa and she injected saline solution to collapse the non functioning veins. I needed five or six treatments over a several months. Non surgical intervention. Problem disappeared for good.

  10. Ok. I am a registered Vascular ultrasound tech with 23 years of experience. I can tell you with great confidence that over 95% of my patients have venous reflux (also known as venous insufficiency). I have found this in late teenagers and young athletic people as well. It is easy to say that it’s genetic, but the truth is we all get some vein deficiency as we age. It can cause aching, throbbing, restless leg syndrome, swelling, spider veins, and varicose veins. To the more severe degree, it can cause skin discoloration (appears like freckles or dark skin in the lower legs) and the worse case scenario is a non healing wound or ulcer.
    The common denominator is gravity. As we age, we spend more and more time on our feet. In our 20s, we at some point start to say “ man, my legs are getting tired. This getting old sucks.” Millions of people have this and it is undiagnosed. Most people won’t talk to their doctor about it because they think it’s normal for their age. When I do a venous ultrasound, i look for veins that allow blood to fall back towards the foot. These veins are incompetent and aren’t doing their job. Certain veins can be treated by different ways to send the blood to the deep veins which are almost always normal. The end result is to send the blood from a bad vein to a good vein. For most people, the symptoms go away. This is fixed with a quick office procedure.
    So how do the majority of us get bad veins? I think genetics plays a role for those who develop varicose veins early in life. But we all stand on our feet for long hours and nobody wears any good support socks. Everyone wears little ankle socks or no socks at all. The blood pools in the veins as we stand for long periods of time. The normal vein begins to stretch and the valves start to separate and lose function. It slowly gets worse with time. It is not a serious condition. You don’t have to do anything about it unless it is affecting your quality of life. Conservative treatment is to wear support hose (20-30 mm/Hg) and to elevate your legs as much as possible. I managed my leg pain with support hose for 15 years. I eventually had enough of it and had my veins fixed 4 years ago. I have been good ever since. I forgot to mention that usually most people have more pain, swelling, and /or varicose veins on the left leg. This is due to the way our left iliac vein (located in the pelvis)is positioned between the right iliac artery and the lumbar spine. This is called May-Thurner syndrome, but most people do not have this. This also can be fixed with a stent. For the people who have had a DVT ( deep vein thrombosis or blood clot), your problems with chronic swelling, pain, discoloration, and ulcers may give you trouble for years to come. Support hose and elevation is your best bet. The deep veins cannot be fixed.
    If this sounds like it’s you or someone in your family, I recommend finding a good vascular surgeon for a consult. There are many people who fix veins, but only a few are good at it. I have seen plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and general surgeons do vein work because it pays well. A good vascular surgeon should know what’s in your best interest. Almost all insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare pay for vein procedures. Be wary of vein practices that want cash only. Some will say pay up front and then hope your insurance will pay you back. Not a good thing to do.
    I think the world of Dr Berg. I started Keto 4 months ago and I have lost 60 lbs. I just wanted to give some advice and my expertise as a registered Vascular tech with many years of experience scanning veins. I hope this helps someone. God bless.

  11. Thank you for so many explanations of how our body works. We are never taught any of this. Appreciate your videos!

  12. I think it goes beyond this, doc. In my late 20s, when I was a top athlete, no extra weight at all, my varicose veins began. I think genetics play a part. Did not hear you mention that.

    • @Bryce Rasco you are so right!
      Cop out statement blaming genetics is so passes, since dietary habits are genetic in nature. Change your diet and you change your “genetics”.

    • @RJB it has been proven that we can change our genetics by changing our diet. This is explained further by science of epigenetics.

    • @Barbara Knowles No, it’s also genetic. I know many women who have perfect legs following multiple pregnancies. There are many factors, genetics being one of them.

  13. I have hereditary varicose veins. Started seeing them in my legs at 11 years old. Both mom and dad had them. I was also an avid walker / runner…never overweight. I’ve actually got cavernous hemangiomas and vascular abnormalities. So don’t feel bad peeps…it’s not always our fault.

    • It’s hardly hereditary,but what is passed along to children from parents is eating habits, and even “favorite food choices ” over others in which vitamins deficiencies develop and only make it appear to be hereditary.

    • @Mana Lisa THANKS for that comment. I, too, have had venular problems since my athletic childhood; not athletic since about 24, but your comment really lets me know what I already knew. I’m 62 now:/ Yes, TG that we at least have legs and eyesight. 5 star comment<3

  14. This makes sense to me. I developed varicose veins with each pregnancy but mostly with my last one. I had to wear pressure hose daily to help me deal with the increase in blood volume or I would get terrible headaches. After my daughter was born is when I really noticed the varicose veins. I also have slightly higher estrogen.

  15. Hi @Dr Berg, very thankful for making a lot of educative videos. Can you also make one about what is lipoma and how to get rid of it.

  16. Dr. Berg, I have now been watching your videos for the past three months and I think that you are amazing. Thank you for helping us with all this great information

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