Information on Horse Chestnut

Latin NameAesculus hippocastanum
Other NamesAesculus
Part UsedBark, Seeds
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, cream.
AffectsDigestive system, Integumentary system, Respiratory system, Cardiovascular system
CautionsMay cause digestive irritation.
Botanical InfoA large tree with palmately compound leaves with five coarsely-toothed leaflets and long spikes of fragrant pinkish-white flowers.
DescriptionHorse chestnut has been shown to have a tonifying effect on the venous system and is used both internally and externally for varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and phlebitis. It increases blood circulation, reducing fragility and leakage from tiny vessels, and can be used long-term for leg cramps which occur at night. Recently, extracts from horse chestnut, called aescin, have been added to creams and other preparations used externally for sports injuries such as sprains and strains, bruises, and venous problems.

Horse Chestnut has a taste of ACRID, BITTER and a temperature of COOL.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Tincture5-20 drops 3 x daily
Ointmentcream applied 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Horse Chestnut

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Anal fissuresvenous tonictincture, tablet
Bruises, bruises easilyvein tonictincture
Capillary fragilityvein strengtheningtincture
Edema, with venous stasisvenous tonictincture, tablet
Hemorrhoidsvenous tonic, astringenttincture or tablet internally; cream externally
Phlebitisanti-flammatorycream externally, tincture internally
Varicose veinsvenous toniccream externally, tincture internally
Sprainsantiinflammatorycream

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