Horse Chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Main Facts about Horse Chestnut tree
The trees are native to Eastern Europe, but now are cultivated worldwide. The fruit is a dark nut inside of a thick, leathery husk. The pink and white flowers grow in clusters. The dried seeds of the plant are of most medicinal interest. Its name originated from the belief that this plant was able to cure horses while, in reality, Horse Chestunut is poisonous to horses.
Using Horse Chestnut treeAccording to the results of numerous clinical trials the seed extract of Horse Chestnut tree has been proven to be effective for a short-term treatment of chronic venous insufficiency (CFI), a condition associated with varicose veins, pain, ankle swelling, itching, and nighttime leg cramping. Horse chestnut seed extract is also used to treat hemorrhoids.
Horse Chestnut tree is a remedy for: Hemorrhoids
Caution!Do not take if pregnant. Do not take if you are taking warfarin, aspirin, or other blood thinners. The most commonly cited adverse effects include nausea and stomach discomfort. Other complaints include headache, dizziness, and itching. Rare cases of severe allergic reaction have been reported. Raw Horse Chestnut seeds, leaves, flowers, and bark are poisonous when taken by mouth.