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Capillary Fragility

Capillary Fragility


Capillaries are the smallest blood vessels. If broken, they release blood, causing swelling and bruising.


Capillaries become increasingly fragile with age, or in response to treatment with corticosteroid drugs and in the presence of vitamin C deficiency (notably scurvy). Vasculitis is an inflammation of blood vessels, usually due to antigens, including viruses. The effect, however, is the same i.e. weakening of the blood vessels. It is the basic disease process in purpura.

Signs & Symptoms

People with fragile capillaries have a tendency to always exhibit small bluish-purple areas of bleeding under their skin (“purpura”).

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function:
        Circulatory Support &

General Supplements

Bioflavonoids 500-2000 mg
Zinc 10-30 mg

* Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.


All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

A variety of nutrients have been tried, including the typical range of antioxidants, including: Vitamin C, vitamin E and bioflavonoids along with the mineral zinc.

Where vasculitis is involved, selenium supplementation has also proven beneficial, while one form: “hypersensitivity vasculitis” may require food sensitivities to be taken into consideration.

Homeopathic Remedy

Arnica montana tinct.
Hamamelis virginica

Treatment Schedule

Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies may be single strength (of fairly weak potency e.g. 6X ) or a blend of several weaker strengths (6X, 8X, 10X).

This may comprise a single remedy, or several remedies.

Doses are administered on a 3 times daily (tid), between meals,schedule and continued for 3 days.

Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose.

Solid preparations are usually 2 or 3 pellets per dose.

Children use 1/2 dose i.e. 1 pellet.

If there is aggravation of the symptoms, stop taking the remedy and consult a homeopath.


Murphy, R. : Homeopathic Medical Repertory. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1993.

Murphy, R. : Lotus Materia Medica. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1995.

Pert, J.C.: Homeopathy for the Family. The Homoeopathic Development Foundation, London. 1985 edition.

Herbal Approaches


Aloe vera
Gotu kola

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Calendula Essence,Cypress Essence,
Lemon Essence.

Related Health Conditions

        Leg cramps
        Restless Legs Syndrome
        Varicose veins



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