Properties, benefits and uses of horse chestnut

For centuries, horse chestnut has been one of the natural medicines par excellence to treat circulatory or rheumatic problems.

Its medicinal properties have been used in both natural and traditional medicine, making it an ingredient used in the pharmaceutical industry for the development of various medical treatments. Thus, it is a product easy to find in herbalist or pharmacy.

In this article, we provide you with all the information about horse chestnut and the multiple benefits it offers for the health of your body.

What is horse chestnut?

The horse chestnut tree, as its name suggests, comes from India, more precisely from the Balkans, from the north of this country. Then it spread to other countries like Bulgaria and Greece, as well as throughout the Himalayan region and Constantinople, as far as France in the 16th century.

Its scientific name is Aesculus hippocastanum. It is a large tree, which can reach up to 25 meters in height. Its crown is completely rounded, while its leaves are large and oval; In addition, its flowers are grouped in a pyramidal shape.

Its seeds resemble those of the common chestnut tree, although the horse chestnut tree has nothing to do with it. These seeds are more flattened and this is precisely the medicinal part of the plant, like its leaves and bark.

Properties of horse chestnut.

Horse chestnut has medicinal properties that stand out from other plants, such as its vasoconstrictor, anti-inflammatory and benthic action. Its seeds, leaves and bark are a source of flavonoids, holm oaks, aesculins, minerals, tannins and allantoin. In addition, horse chestnut contains citric acid, protein and angelica.

Benefits of horse chestnut.

  • Helps prevent vascular problems.
  • It promotes blood circulation, also prevents the formation of varicose veins and reduces the pain caused by these varicose veins.
  • It is an excellent diuretic, thanks to the action of aesculin as a stimulant of renal function, thus preventing water retention and promoting detoxification of the body.
  • Helps fight hemorrhoids. In these cases, applying creams to the affected area is recommended to help fight inflammation and pain.
  • Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, horse chestnut is used to reduce inflammation of the prostate.
  • It is an excellent natural medicine to fight against pain, numbness, heaviness or tingling in the legs, as well as to fight against rheumatic pain.
  • Helps stop bleeding, both in wounds and bruises. To do this, washes or compresses with leaves of horse chestnut are applied to the affected area.
  • Helps fight redness of the skin or microcirculation problems, especially on the face. It is thanks to the action of allantoin that the plant contains, an excellent ingredient for the skin.
  • Prevents diarrhea. In these cases, infusions of the leaves or bark of this plant are recommended.
  • It is also used to fight against gingivitis, conjunctivitis and minor burns. For these photos, washes with infusions of the leaves and bark of the plant are used.

Use of horse chestnut.

The use of horse chestnut is recommended either in infusions (from its leaves and bark), tinctures, creams or capsules.

Contraindications.

  • Its use is not recommended in pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • It is not recommended for use in children under 12 years old.
  • Its use is not recommended in patients being treated for diabetes, blood clotting problems or kidney problems.
  • Its use is not recommended in people with gastrointestinal problems.
  • Consumption of the capsule without any medical prescription is not recommended.

Remember to always consult your doctor before starting any treatment with herbal remedies.