Horse Chestnut - Benefits And Side Effects
Botanical name: Aesculus hippocastanum
Actions: Anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, astringent, bitter, cellular proliferator (especially to the vascular walls), expector ant, febrifuge, mild narcotic, nutritive.
Parts used : Bark, dried horse chestnut seeds, dried horse chestnut leaves
A native of the Balkan peninsula (Greece-Albania), it is now cultivated in many countries for shade and ornament. Other members of the family are native trees and shrubs of the north temperate zones and of South America. It can reach 30 meters tall, and has striking candles of blooms in spring and early summer. Individual flowers have crumpled white petals with a yellow basal patch that changes to a dull red colour. The fruit has a lathery cae covered with short pickles. The seed are used to play "conkers".
Today, horse chestnut seed extract is still used for these conditions and is particularly popular in Germany, where it ranks among the most common prescription herbal remedies (after ginkgo biloba and St. John's wort).
Medical uses and benefits of Horse Chestnut
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