Aesculus HippocastanumBotanical Name
: Aesculus HippocastanumFamily Name
: HippocastanaceaeCommon Name
: Horse Chestnut, European Horse ChestnutPart Used
: Horse Chestnuts, Leaves, Bark, Seed
Uses : Horse chestnut is an astringent, anti-inflammatory herb that helps to tone the vein walls which when slack or distended may become varicose, haemorrhoidal or otherwise problematic. The plant also reduces fluid retention by increasing the permeability of the capillaries and allowing the re-absorption of excess fluid back into the circulatory system. This plant is potentially toxic if ingested and should not be used internally without professional supervision. It also posses alterative, analgesic, haemostatic and vulnerary properties. The bark is anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, febrifuge, narcotic, tonic and vasoconstrictive. The plant is taken internally for the treatment of a wide range of venous diseases including hardening of the arteries, varicose veins, phlebitis, leg ulcers, haemorrhoids and frostbite. It is also made into a lotion or gel for external application. A tea made from the bark is used in the treatment of malaria and dysentery and also in the treatment of lupus and skin ulcers. A tea made from the leaves is tonic and is used in the treatment of fevers and whooping cough. The seeds are decongestant, expectorant and tonic and are used in the treatment of rheumatism, neuralgia and haemorrhoids. Oil extracted from the seeds has been used externally as a treatment for rheumatism. The powdered roots are analgesic and have been used to treat chest pains. It has been used for swelling and pain due to varicose veins and chronic circulation problems. It has also been used for reducing the swelling of haemorrhoids or veins (phlebitis).