First of all I would like to thank you for your generosity of spreading so much 'healthy' information on Earth Clinic and furthermore for taking the time to read this e-mail.
I'll make this short:
I am a 39year-old alpinist, plenty of climbing, 20Km and more of trail running weekly, the gym and swimming are part of my activities, however I developed varicose veins (hereditary perhaps) and have passed also due to a PhD thesis the last years sitting a lot in front of a computer reading and writing, which must have aggravated or triggered my inclination.
My varicose veins are not bulging or anything really advanced, just blue veins, no ulcers ... and obviously troubled circulations in the back of my left knee and calf, and occasionally painful by now.
When visiting the doctor for an eco doppler prescription, I was prescribed Calcium Dobesilate pills (500mg per capsule twice daily), and a cream containing: 1 gr. Aescin (Horse Chestnut) and 5 gr. Diethylamine Salicylate and I must admit I was actually even happy that my doctor agreed in my continuing to take Wobenzym N (enzyme therapy), which I had already started voluntarily way before my visit, due to researching the Internet; it seemed that he prescribed a more or less "natural compromise".
The doctor's Calcium Dobesilate pills replaced my natural approach which was considered too weak: based on herbal supplements such as Horse Chestnut, Gotu Kola, Red Vine-leaf, Butcher's Broom etc.
When coming across your post as seen in attachment to this e-mail on Calcium I became quite worried, especially since after 3 weeks of taking my new pills I am actually experiencing pain in the left leg (stings and cramp-like short period pain) which is the only one with varicosity, and actually a worsening of my condition though it's not much visible but felt, ... and although I go for long walks and do everything for my circulation; I.e. Cayenne, fresh Garlic, Ginger, 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic Demeter Quality) and 1 Lemon + 1/8 teaspoon Sodium Bicarbonate with a fibre rich diet and keep well hydrated with 2 Liters of water daily.
Obviously after long and fast walking the veins disappear almost or are very little visible, yet occasionally still painful.
Is Calcium Dobesilate perhaps similar to Calcium intake?
Now I am thinking of adding the following to which I ask your advice, which if you approve as a good combination, I will post on Earth Clinic as well, as it is based on weeks of reading and cross-referencing websites:
Nattokinase: 1 capsule daily 2000FU
Pycnogenol (OPC 99High): 1 capsule 430mg daily
Vitamin C: 1gr. daily, in addition to the 3-4 different fruits I eat
Vitamin E (400UI/10mcg): 1 capsule daily
Zinc 50mg: 1 capsule daily
Any advice or thoughts on Calcium Dobesilate or the combination mentioned above, are more than welcome and obviously without any responsibility on your part whatsoever!
Thanking you in advance for your kind efforts, I look forward in hearing from you ... no matter how short the reply might be due to time restrictions and remain with,
San Francisco, Ca
Chevy Chase, Md