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 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.
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 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.