Varicose veins and Spider veins starting to show up on your legs? A little ankle swelling here and there? Achy legs and feet after walking?
There’s a new treatment approved by the FDA, touting great results, available by prescription now.
Vasculera is a new treatment for dietary management of Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). It is being classified as a “Medical Food”. (Is chocolate a medical food?)
First let’s talk about what your doctor needs to find out before he will write out the prescription. He/she will need to take a thorough history of how long you’ve had the veins or swelling, what makes them worse, and better and other influencing factors. If he decides the symptoms of CVI are not due to any internal condition that needs attention, you will be on to the next test.
Ultrasound – You will be scheduled for ultrasonic evaluation of the valves of your major and minor veins in your legs. They will do real time evaluation of the integrity of each valve starting at the top of your thighs to the ankles, pressing on areas lower than the valves to watch it handle a burst of blood flow. You will be asked to take a deep breath, hold it and bear down to see the competency of the valves, making sure there’s no leaking or backflow which leads to pooling, swelling and varicosities.
Once you’ve passed this test, and you’ve discussed the findings with your doctor, he/she will let you know if you are a good candidate for Vasculera. Seems they save surgical treatment for the really tough cases these days.
(And I put off going in for treatment because of the old tales I’d been told – may or may not be true – which included the surgeon tying off the offending large vein, clamping it, giving the clamps to the most junior resident doctor in the room and telling him to run to the door, stripping the veins out of your leg. Have any of your ever heard of this? I hope it is a wives tale!)
Anyways, I made the cut, and have my one months complementary supply of Vasculera in my hot little hands. I will take one tablet a day with food, and come back to see my Vascular Specialist in 30 days. Appointment is made, and I will bring back the results to you in a few weeks.
From the Vasculera.com website:
“Why is Vasculera a medical food and not a drug?
Since the components of Vasculera are purified chemicals found in foods, there is no need for this to be a drug. As required of all products classified as medical foods, the ingredients in Vasculera have been determined to be generally recognized as safe (GRAS), a food safety distinction at the FDA.
What are the sources of diosmin and alka4-complex?
Diosmin is semi-synthetically produced from hesperidin, another flavonoid found in citrus. Diosmin is also found at low concentrations in oranges and some other citrus fruits in both the rind and juice (see the USDA flavonoid database). Alka4-complex is an antacid produced by mixing certain bases found in other products in such a way so that it can survive harsh environment of stomach acid and be absorbed through the small intestine into the blood.
What is the mechanism of action of Vasculera?
Vasculera acts by restoring toward normal the metabolic aspects of CVI, including modulation of venous tone and capillary resistance, management of lymphatic drainage, venous acidosis and inflammation in the microcirculation. Vasculera manages manifestations of CVI, including hemorrhoidal disease, by managing the vascular integrity of the veins and inflammation in the microcirculation.
What is the indication of Vasculera?
Vasculera is indicated for the clinical dietary management of the metabolic processes of Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) under physician supervision. This means that Vasculera can be used to help manage other forms of CVI besides hemorrhoids including varicose veins, spider veins, edema, lymphedema, traveler’s edema, stasis dermatitis, and venous ulcers.
What evidence do we have that Vasculera works?
Extensive published and peer-reviewed clinical studies exist on diosmin, the primary ingredient in Vasculera, to show safety and efficacy. There are dozens of clinical studies demonstrating that the diosmin in Vasculera manages CVI of the legs”
(*There is an OTC product, Hesperidin, which has the diosmin ingredient but does not include the alkanizing complex, Alka-4 complex, which Vasculera contains, thereby missing the treatment of the acidosis prevalent in treating vascular inflammation.)