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Information on Horse Chestnut including the benefits and uses of using Horse Chestnut. Your Health are located in Australia are a group of alternative / holistic doctors and use Horse Chestnut as part of a holistic approach to health.
Horse Chestnut
Botanical name

Aesculus hippocastanum


Horse Chestnut extract has been shown to promote circulation through the veins, promote normal tone in the walls of the veins, reduce fluid leakage out of veins, and reduce inflammation in the veins and their supportive connective tissue. This has made both topical and internal Horse Chestnut extracts popular in Europe for the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins and oedema (fluid retention). Circulation disorders and trauma associated with swelling may be the sign of a serious condition – consult your healthcare practitioner before self-treating with Horse Chestnut.

Conditions commonly used for
  • Chronic venous insufficiency, including varicose veins
  • Haemorrhoids, bruising
  • Fluid retention associated with varicose veins, post-surgery, radiation treatment and sports injuries
Common dosage range

Horse chestnut seed extract (standardized for aescin content) to provide 100-150 mg of aescin per day

Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

  • Horse chestnut extract at recommended amounts is generally safe. In rare cases may cause itching, nausea, and upset stomach.
  • Topically, Horse Chestnut has been associated with rare cases of allergic skin reactions.
  • Horse chestnut should be avoided by anyone with liver or kidney disease unless under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
  • Certain medications may interact with horse chestnut. Please consult with your qualified healthcare practitioner.
Links & Other Information

It is not within the scope of the YourHealth website to provide comprehensive information on documented or potential herb-drug interactions. Please seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner or click on the following links for more information.

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this herb, any conditions or therapies mentioned.

A Medical Practitioner specialising in Integrative Medicine, a qualified Nutritionist or Naturopath will be well trained in the use of nutrients, including their proper dosage, contraindications and potential drug interactions. Although many herbal remedies are available over the counter, self-prescribing is not recommended except for minor ailments, and best results will be obtained by seeking the advice of a qualified herbal medicine practitioner. Any plant substance, even those that are used as foods, can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

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