is clearly an underestimated herb--one that has the backing of an impressive array of clinical trials--for the management of chronic venous insufficiency.
This pilot investigation aimed to specifically measure lymphatic flow using non invasive nuclear medicine 'gold standard' pre and post herbal medicine interventions of a standardised herbal formulation of horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), butcher's broom
(Ruscus aculeatus) and ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) (Horsechestnut Complex[R]) in a group of normal volunteers.
The light but rich cream contains organic butcher's broom
and citrus extract, which tone and help strengthen capillaries, and Avene spring water, known for its soothing and anti irritant properties.
(Ruscus aculeatus) is an herb that increases circulation in the legs by constricting veins.
Rich cream packed with essential oils and plant extracts such as anti-inflammatory cypress, arnica and butcher's broom
Ella Bache's famous Creme Tomate, developed in the 1930s, has butcher's broom
extract to help calm redness, pounds 18.
Good shrubs for shade include the spotted laurel, Aucuba japonica, Berberis linearifolia, a tough evergreen barberry with orange spring flowers and purple berries, Viburnum tinus, an evergreen with clusters of white winter flowers, and butcher's broom
, Ruscus aculeatus, a 30cm (1ft) shrub with insignificant flowers but red berries on female bushes in autumn, and, for partial shade, Choisya ternata, the Mexican orange blossom, with glossy leaves and white flowers.