I've said this before, but can I just repeat that the problem in the jugulars and azygos is very different from those in the leg veins for two reasons:
1. the leg veins need to push against gravity to get the blood back to the heart. The neck veins do not need to push.
2. varicose veins are usually swollen and distended. In CCSVI the veins are actually blocked with stenosis. It's a different situation-
Here's how horse chestnut works:
HCSE works in multiple ways to support the health of your capillaries and veins. It is a direct tonic substance for veins and valves, a source of nourishment that enhances their structure. It has been shown to close small gaps in veins that allow fluid leakage that contributes to edema. In addition to its structural support for veins and values it has a regulating function relating to both capillaries and veins that involves ion channels and the flow of calcium in particular. Its actions are unique and fascinating.
On the one hand HCSE relaxes the endothelial lining of capillaries, enhancing friendly nitric oxide production, and reducing inflammation. This generally supports lower pressure or push coming from the arteries (lower general blood pressure). It also helps seal up capillaries that leak too much water into the tissues, helping to reduce edema. On the other hand, while assisting the structural integrity of veins and valves, it increases the pressure in veins so they can pump blood more efficiently against gravity (as opposed to the relaxing effect it has on capillaries). It also helps improve flow through the closely related lymphatic system, another pressure system that can get backed up and cause problems for circulation. This is a unique combination of beneficial actions that are helpful to lower leg circulation.
It is this action of increasing pressure which I believe is contraindicated in CCSVI. Just FYI-
Husband dx RRMS 3/07
dx dual jugular vein stenosis (CCSVI) 4/09
dual stents placed 5/09
CCSVI in MS