Stasis Dermatosis

Putting it very simply, Stasis Dermatosis is an outward sign of an internal issue.  It is a direct result of  poor circulation in the extremities.  I’m sure you’ve heard of varicose veins.  Well, this is like varicose veins on steroids!

Basically, blood flows down and out to the extremities and , when things are working properly, then flows back up to the heart.

 In this case (which is called venous insufficiency) the blood vessels are weakened and, sometimes, actually ruptured so the blood pools in areas in the extremities and does not return as it should.

When that begins to happen, something that looks like a rash shows up on the surface of the skin. It can lead to swelling and painful open sores, usually on the lower legs and ankles.  Doctors often recommend staying off your feet and wearing compression stockings, etc.  It can develop into more serious conditions.

Some things you can do right away are:

Regular exercise such as walking.

Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time.

Elevate legs when sitting and when sleeping.

Keep legs moisturized, but avoid products containing lanolin. Calendula cream is very good as calendula is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.  It helps to reduce the risk of bacterial infection and encourages new tissue growth.  ( do not use Calendula cream for long periods of time – alternate occasionally with something like Chamomile.

Drink plenty of water.

A high fiber  (at least 30 grams of fiber daily) whole foods diet can help.

Avoid all  sugars including artificial sweeteners.

Make sure you are getting plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids.


Now for the herbs that are helpful:


Horse Chestnut



Horse Chestnut will help to tighten and tone veins and vessels and reduce swelling.  It will help with the pain and itching.  Horse Chestnut is anti-inflammatory and astringent.

Try to get the seed extract that contains 50 mg of aescin (the active component) and take 300 mg two times a day.

Take this for at least a week by itself before you add anything else.


Ginkgo_biloba_010       Ginkgo Biloba


The Ginkgo tree is the oldest surviving species of tree, in case you did not know.  It’s been used in Chinese medicine for over 4,000 years.

Ginkgo stimulates the circulatory system.  The National Institute of Health says that compounds in ginkgo dilate blood vessels and strengthen capillaries and, therefore, blood flow to the extremities is increased.  Due to this increased blood flow pain will lessen.

Take 500 mg daily split into 3 doses.

Caution:  Do not take with blood thinners.  Also, stop taking several days, at least, before any kind of surgery.


Hawthorne Berry           hawthorne_berry


Hawthorne Berry dilates and relaxes blood vessels.  It’s actually considered a heart tonic and an equalized, making it good for almost all heart conditions.  It helps to increase blood flow and oxygen circulation and stamina.

Recommended dosage is 600 mg per day




Last, but certainly not least, is Cayenne.  This is the best blood stimulating herb known.  It is a good pain reliever, but also helps with digestion as it increases stomach secretions and saliva and is soothing to the digestive tract.  It is excellent for circulation and increasing blood flow.

Start out with just one capsule per day.  Take it with or after a meal and with plenty of water.  If you can tolerate it, the powder is really better because, when it hits your mouth, the reaction in your stomach begins.

After a couple of weeks, add a second pill.  Add a third after another week or so.  You can take them at mealtimes rather than all at once.


I hope this has been useful information for you and that you, or someone you care about, will find relief from this somewhat debilitating condition known as stasis dermatitis.

Please comment below and let me know of your experiences and results.









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  1. Rob S. says:

    Wow, I have varicose veins but this seems to be a lot worse. I can’t stand the sight of varicose veins. Stasis dermatosis is something I want no part of. I like the choice of herbs that help. I’ve taken ginko biloba before but not the others. I do make sure I get enough of omega 3 fatty acids too. And I always drink plenty of water.

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks for the comments Rob. I don’t want any part of it either! Not only does it look bad, it’s very painful too! Sounds like you do try to do the right things for your health.



  2. Dario says:

    Wow I didn’t know that the Gingo tree is such an old tree.
    It’s nice how it’s been used in medical purposes in China. They are really known for cures by natural medicines.

    Thanks for this useful well written post Debby!

    Keep up the good work, there is so much informative posts on your website.

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thank you for your comments Dario. Yes, the Chinese system of medicine is very old and more accurate than I can imagine for that time in history! When I studied herbalism, I was taught about American herbs but based on the Chinese theory of medicine. I’ve found that has served me well.

      I will look forward to hearing from you again sometime.


  3. Robert Basaker says:

    Hi, Debbie, I enjoyed visiting your website and this article was very informative. I am always looking for natural remedies for diseases.
    Your information on Stasis Dermatosis was very useful. I I do exercise and only drink lots water. I am going to purchase some of the natural herbs you recommend. Which one would be your first choice?
    Keep up the great service to your viewers.

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Robert, thanks for stopping in and commenting. If you have stasis dermatosis I would first recommend the horse chestnut. Be sure it is from the seed and not the whole plant so you don’t risk getting nausea. And, as I often say – be sure to test any herb out for at least a week before you add anything new to your regime so you can be sure what the results are for you with that specific herb. Stop in again and let me know how you’re doing.



  4. Julie says:

    Hi Debby,

    Very informative and interesting article. I don’t have any of these symptoms. Thank my lucky starts. This must be a terrible disease to have to deal with. It is a good thing there are some remedies that can assist with this condition. It amazes me how many natural ways there are that can treat such ailments such as this. Thank God for the herbs that have been placed upon this Earth that we can utilize as a natural cure or at least to give some comfort to these conditions.


    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thank you so much for your comments Julie. You are absolutely right. God has given us every thing we need on this earth for our health and well being. Actually, many pharmaceutical medications were derived from herbs.



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