Horse Chestnut Overview:
Horsechestnut is a large tree with a long histroy of use for treating vascular conditions like varicose veins and other forms of poor vascular tone. Its common name originated from a belief that horsechestnut seeds were able to relieve panting horses.
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- Poor vascular tone
- Vericose veins
- Burst blod vessels
- Leg ulcers
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Breast feeding
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Anticoagulant medication use
Main Herbal Actions:
Horsechestnut is manly used for its astringent and antinflammatory activity specific to the vascular system. It's also used for fluid accumulation, chest pain, rheumatism, neuralgia, hemorrhoids, and sinus congestion.
Europe & North America
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Constituents of Interest
- Conker Tree
Horsechestnut is a large tree, growing up to 39 meters tall.
The Sapindaceae family of plants contains 138 genera, and 1858 different species. The Aesculus genus contains 13-19 different species. Other famous members of the Sapindacea family include maple (Acer spp.), lychee (Litchi chinensis), longan (Dimocarpus longan), Guarana (Paulinia cupana) Ackee (Blighia sapida).
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Clinical Applications Of Horse Chestnut:
Horsechestnut is a reliable vascular tonic, suitable for most forms of vascular insufficiency or fluid retention. Varicose veins, spider veins, burst blood vessels, and peripheral vascular and arterial insufficiency are all indicated for use wth horsechestnut internally.
The esculin may be toxic in higher doses. Many horsechestnut extracts will remove this component to improve safety.
Do not use horsechestnut in combination with pregnancy or breastfeeding.
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