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Benefits of Horse Chestnut – Where to Buy Horse Chestnut Extract

Updated on July 13, 2011

If you will go through the books of naturopathy or natural/alternative medicine, you will see a lot of mention about horse chestnut which is a beautiful and tall deciduous tree. Horse chestnut extract has been used since the ancient times for treatment of various disorders of circulatory system mainly varicose veins. The scientific name of horse chestnut is Aesculus hippocastanum. This deciduous tree belongs to the family of Hippocastanaceae which is a small group of shrubs and trees that grow up to 15 to 20 meters high. It has an erect stem with grooves on it. The dark green leaves of horse chestnut tree face each other and are long stalked with oval and lanceolate leaflets and serrated margins that are much wide towards the apex. Horse chestnut tree’s flowers are pink and white yellow that are rarely grouped in cluster and form pyramids. Horse chestnut fruit is covered with a barbed capsule with seeds in between called as chestnut browns. The horse chestnut fruits ripen in the autumn month.

History and Symbolism of Horse Chestnut

Aesculus is Latin name of oak and hippocastanum means chestnut. Horse chestnut was named so because the ancient Turks used its fruits to feed their horses. It was in 1960s when Germany began serious studies on this ancient herb and eventually they found that horse chestnut extract was beneficial for treatment of diseases of leg veins like varicose veins. Buckeye native to North America is the third most common herbal product sold in Germany after St. John's Wort and ginkgo biloba for the treatment of varicose veins.


Extract made up of horse chestnut is good for varicose veins and skin
Extract made up of horse chestnut is good for varicose veins and skin
Horse chestnut pure extract
Horse chestnut pure extract

Origin and Distribution of Horse Chestnut

This big and huge tree which was native to northern India, the Balkans, Greece, Asia Minor, Caucasus, Bulgaria, and the Himalayas was brought from Constantinople to France in the year 1615. Today, horse chestnut is popular all over the world in temperate zones, especially in North America and Northern Europe.

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Extraction of Horse Chestnut

Horse Chestnut Extract is prepared with its seeds that have high content of active component aescin or escin and these are harvested in early autumn.

Many Benefits of Horse Chestnut

Horse chestnut extract is antispasmodic, veinotonic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and haemostatic. Since 1960, horse chestnut extract has been used in natural medicine for the treatment of circulatory system disorders such as venous inflammation, varicose veins, and cellulitis. Problems such as severe inflammation of blood vessels are treated by the medicinal effects of aescin and aesculina two components that have ability to prevent increased resistance of blood vessels and edema formation. Horse chestnut extract also has flavonoids and ascorbic acid or vitamin C. Some components of horse chestnut extract are beneficial in cases of capillary fragility and this herbal nut is ideal for toning the arteries and capillaries. The astringent properties of horse chestnut make it very useful for treating hemorrhoids and other skin disorders. Horse chestnut also provides a firming effect on the skin.

Horse chestnut tree
Horse chestnut tree

Horse Chestnut Extract for Skin

Bark of horse chestnut is rich in allantoin which is highly protective and beneficial for the health of skin. Healing properties of horse chestnut extract make it unique from other herbs of its kind. Horse chestnut has an anti-ulcer and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and therefore this extract is used in many creams and products. Horse chestnut has the highest proportion of allantoin and this element helps in reduction of inflammation of injuries caused by sprains, blows, and bruises by reducing edema and this is the reason why horse chestnut extract is used in sports creams and sports sprays.

Horse Chestnut Extract for Varicose Veins

According to naturopathy, horse chestnut extract helps in treatment of circulatory system problems mainly varicose veins, heavy and swollen legs, poor circulation, and hemorrhoids by reducing swelling and edema. Horse chestnut extract is good for skin because of its anti-inflammatory and astringent effects. It works as a venotonic and prevents reddening of skin and open pores.

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      Ching16 

      5 years ago

      this horse chestnut is also available in dubai

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      shyam 

      5 years ago

      well I like this horse chest nut medicine

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      Chris 

      6 years ago

      I wonder if anyone here has tried it and can confirm its benefits.

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      Lara 

      6 years ago

      Somebody knows if the horse chestnut cream is good in rosaceea ?

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      Saurabh 

      7 years ago

      Hi Soni, thanks for such a nice article. I wonder if this is available in India.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for your additional information on use, benefits, and risks of horse chestnut seed extract. Thanks for the link also.

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      Bob Woolmer 

      8 years ago

      The use of horse chestnut seed extract (HCSE) for chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is common in Europe. The scientific name for horse chestnut is Aesculus hippocastanum L. The effects of CVI may include leg swelling, edema, varicose veins and itching. The use of HCSE is not advised for people with diabetes, hepatic or renal problems or for children.

      http://www.herbs4usa.com/horse-chestnut-extract-13...

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Natural Horsemanship.

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      Natural Horsemanship 

      8 years ago

      Great List.. I think I'm gonna pick one of those.. :)

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes lxxy, each and every day we learn something new and I have found hubpages the best place to learn and share new, different, original, unique things.

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      lxxy 

      8 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Hah, my progenitor's home state used to be Ohio. It was the buckeye state--had these things all over the yard! Never knew they were so potentially healthy and helpful!

      Guess you learn something new everyday.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot for going through this hub Veronica.

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I have to tell my mother-in-law about this. Great hub.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Horse chestnut extract is available in US and why should we worry about searching for this such herbs and herbal products as they are all available on Amazon.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      great hub and topic, I need this one, women hehe -- I have small varicose veins, not noticeable but I am scared it is going there, and all I do is to lift my feet up after work, I don't know if ths is available here in the US?? Thanks soni, Maita

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      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yeah, you are right psychicdog.net.

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      psychicdog.net 

      8 years ago

      they used to roast these chestnuts when I was a kid. They're really nice to eat in their own right.

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