Horse Chestnut Herb - Uses And Side Effects
The horse chestnut tree is native to Asia and northern Greece, but it is now cultivated in many areas of Europe and North America. The tree produces fruits that are made up of a spiny capsule containing one to three large seeds, known as horse chestnuts. Traditionally, many of the aerial parts of the horse chestnut tree, including the seeds, leaves, and bark, were used in medicinal preparations. Modern extracts of horse chestnut are usually made from the seeds, which are high in the active constituent aescin (also known as escin).
Common doses of horse chestnut
Horse chestnut comes as extract using aescin (a mixture of certain compounds) to standardize the concentration. Some experts recommend the following dose:
Uses of horse chestnut herb
The bark has tonic, narcotic and febrifuge properties and is used in intermittent fevers, given in an infusion of 1 OZ. to the pint, in tablespoonful doses, three or four times daily. As an external application to ulcers, this infusion has also been used with success. Specifically, horse chestnut may help to :-
Side effects of horse chestnut
aCall your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of horse chestnut:
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care practitioner about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you're taking, especially blood thinners such as Coumadin and aspirin.
Important paints to rememberDon't use horse chestnut if you're pregnant or breast-feeding.
What the research shows
Researchers may test horse chestnut for treating varicose veins because most people with the condition don't like to wear the therapeutic compression stockings often prescribed. Horse chestnut may be a more acceptable alternative.
Other names for horse chestnut: -
Other names for horse chestnut Other names for horse chestnut include aescin, chestnut, and escine.
Products containing horse chestnut are sold under such names as Horse Chestnut Extract, Venostasin Retard, and Venostat.
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