Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum)

Horse chestnut seedHorse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum) is a tree which commonly grows throughout the regions with temperate climate in Northern Hemisphere in parks and forests, in housing developments, both urban and rural areas. It is native to Greece and the Mediterranean region and now has been widely cultivated around the world. To Europe, this tree was introduced in the sixteenth century by a famous plant collector John Tradescant, and since those times horse chestnut seed, bark, leaves, and flowers have been used in alternative medicine for a variety of conditions and diseases. Apart of that, in many countries of modern Europe horse chestnut leaves and seeds have numerous other uses, including producing beer, producing special type or starch, producing soaps and other cosmetic products, cooking, and so on.

Horse chestnut benefits are numerous, and horse chestnut products have high medicinal values despite the fact that they are slightly poisonous. As the researches have shown, horse chestnut seed and nuts contain glucosides and alkaloid saponins, which are considered a little poisonous. That is why it is necessary to be very cautions and never start any kind of treatment involving horse chestnut without talking to a health care specialist. Breastfeeding and pregnant women, as well as those who have liver disease and liver problems, should avoid using this natural remedy. Pills and extracts are the most common forms of horse chestnut products, and there are also creams and other special formulas with this medicinal plant. Anti-inflammatory and venotonic effects are considered the mos valuable horse chestnut benefits. Below, check out the list of the most common uses of this remedy and the diseases that can be treated by using this natural treatment.

  • Horse chestnut benefitsUsing horse chestnut benefits can be good to those who need blood thinning medications since this natural remedy contains components that thin the blood.
  • Ventonic effects which are attributed to a high content of aescin (escin) can be used to improve our tissue quality and strengthen our cell membranes.
  • Treating and preventing varicose veins are probably the most known therapeutic uses of horse chestnut.
  • Similarly, this natural remedy can be recommended to those who suffer from hemorrhoids, swollen veins, and other related conditions.
  • Extracts and home remedies with horse chestnut seed has been used for centuries as an effective solution for chronic venous insufficiency and all kinds of circulatory problems.
  • Historically,  horse chestnut extract and infusions were used to tame malaria, dysentiry and other serious epidemic infections.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties of this natural remedy have a wide variety of applications and can be used against virtually any kind of inflammation, starting from skin infections (including eczema and dermatitis) and ending up with joint pains related to rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Horse chestnut infusion can be used orally to reduce fever and relief the symptoms of common cold.
  • The same remedy is recommended to lower the symptoms of menstrual irregularities.
  • Some studies have shown that this natural remedy can help prevent enlarged prostate.
  • This natural solution can be recommended to those patients who suffer from type 2 diabetes. According to the experts, horse chestnut benefits include lowering blood sugar.
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