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which is better for spider veins- ginkgo biboba or horse chestnut?

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 57 years experience
Veins: To the best of my knowledge neither has ever been studied in a scientifically valid manner. Classic homeopathic remedies are aesculus and hammamelis. These are to control symptoms and are not curative.
Dr. Ted King
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Neither: Neither have ever been shown to have any effect on spider veins.
Dr. Mila McManus
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Horse chestnut: I would try horse chestnut or butchers broom.
Dr. Lornell Hansen
Phlebology 27 years experience
Horse Chestnut: The only decent studies I have seen support horse chestnut but more for venous insufficiency not spider veins.
Dr. Ted King
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Neither one: Gingko has never been shown to have any beneficial effects on veins whatsoever. Although horse chestnut is supposed to stabilize vein walls and make them less "leaky", so that you might have less swelling, it has no effect on the appearance of spider veins.

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