Relief from varicose veins was once only found through surgery or vein stripping procedures. Fortunately, there are now a variety of alternatives to these procedures (foam sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation, VNUS, ambulatory phlebectomy, etc.) that have proven successful in eliminating these problem veins and relieving their symptoms. While these non- or minimally-invasive venous treatments are readily available at clinics across the country, many patients still insist on natural ways to relieve this condition. These are usually much cheaper options and can usually be performed or practiced in the comfort of one's own home. Some of these treatments may be combined with traditional treatments, while others may be used on their own. Those interested should discuss their options with a specialist in their area before adopting any lifestyle changes or practicing any natural remedy for varicose veins. Increasing one's fiber intake may be helpful in reducing the pressure on varicose veins. Fiber improves digestive health so that pressure in the veins and valves in the pelvic area caused by constipation is relieved or reduced. Vegetables, certain fruits and whole grains are good sources of fiber that may relieve constipation and thus varicose veins. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of bioflavonoids are thought to strengthen the vein walls. Many recommend grape-seed extract supplements as a source of bioflavonoids. Vitamin C is also important in ensuring that veins get the nutrients and support they require. Vitamin C not only supports vein structure, but is important in the overall health and well-being of individuals. Fruits are often high in Vitamin C, while many supplements and daily vitamins are also available that provide this vitamin. Compresses are one home remedy that has helped patients suffering from pain or throbbing resulting from varicose veins to find relief. Cool compresses may be effective in relieving swelling in problem veins. Some have found that soaking their legs in a warm bath and then a cool bath is effective in reducing the pain associated with varicose veins and improving circulation. Lying down with the feet elevated a few inches above the heart may also be helpful. This encourages the blood in the legs to flow towards the body, thus reducing the pressure on varicose veins in the legs. Certain herbal therapies may also be helpful. Patients interested in this treatment should speak with a professional experienced and knowledgeable about the various herbal medicines used to treat varicose veins. Pycnogenol, horse chest nut seed extract and butcher's broom are examples of herbal medicines thought to be effective in relieving varicose veins. In some cases, physicians may recommend natural or home remedies such as these to relieve varicose veins before recommending other procedures that may be much more expensive and time consuming. Individuals suffering from varicose veins should seek medical consultation immediately, as this condition is a sign of unhealthy circulation. For more information about varicose veins, treatments for varicose veins or natural remedies such as those listed above, consult a licensed specialist in your area.