Are horse chestnut products effective for treating varicose and spider veins?

Possibly. Some studies have shown some mild beneft in the use of horse chestnut in venous insufficiency.
Folklore. While there may be many benefits of homeopathic medications and various natural supplements most of their claims have not been truly evaluated in a scientific manner.
Sometimes. Horse chestnut extract can often be very effective for treating SYMPTOMS related to vein disease, but does not help with prevention of vein disease or to help the vein condition to resolve. Medical studies on horse chestnut extract on vein disease shows that many patients obtain improvement or relief of leg symptoms of discomfort, swelling, and fatigue. See a vein specialist to discuss further.
Not really. I've had some patients use them. They weren't impressed...either was I. I guess it won't hurt. Give it a shot, there is some articles that claim it works.
Not really. Horse chestnut might help swelling from varicose veins--maybe. It will not and cannot treat varicose and spider veins though.

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Do some people take horse chestnut seed extract for vericose/spider veins?

Chestnut seeds? Never heard of this before. Read more...
Some benefit. The nih & natural medicines comprehensive database states horse chestnut seed extract is "…likely effective for [v]aricose veins & other circulatory problems (chronic venous insufficiency). [it] …can reduce some symptoms of poor blood circulation, such as varicose veins, pain, tiredness, swelling in the legs, itching, & water retention". http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/1055.htm. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
Neither. Neither have ever been shown to have any effect on spider veins. Read more...

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

Horse Chestnut. The only decent studies I have seen support horse chestnut but more for venous insufficiency not spider veins. Read more...
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. Read more...

Horse chestnut seed extract in pill form for spider veins?

No help. Unfortunately, horse chestnut seed extract can't and won't improve the appearance of spider veins. If you have any symptoms due to your spider veins, horse chestnut seed extract might make a difference, but even that is unlikely since horse chestnut is most likely to help swelling and you probably won't get that from spider veins. The best way to get rid of spider veins is sclerotherapy. Read more...
Spider Vein Therapy. Horse chestnut extract is indicated for symptoms of varicose veins such as pain / swelling & is usually used in conjunction with compression stockings. It can rarely help with spider vein discomfort, but will not help them go away. Sclerotherapy vein injections is the best treatment for spider veins since it causes them to resolved & usually spider veins are only a cosmetic issue for patients. Read more...
Vein evaluation. There is no medical evidence to document that horse chestnut will improve the appearance of varicose or spider veins. Homeopathic supplements such as horse chestnut, escin, diosmin and bioflavonoids are just that-supplements. They are not 1st line treatment for varicose veins. It would be prudent for you to have a venous evaluation by a vein specialist. Read more...