Aeswlus hippocastanum Hippocastanaceae Also called Conker tree.
A native if Anatolia, the horse chestnut is an elegant tree that can reach a height if 30m. It is thought that the tree gets its name from the tiny horseshoe-shaped marks complete with what look like nail holes - that cover its branches. The fruit, a prickly capsule, contains the large seed, known as a conker.
Conkers contain a saponin known as aescin, which constricts blood vessels, counteracting oedema (swelling) and inflammation. They also contain flavonoids and tannins. The bark is rich in coumarins, notably aesculetin, which has vitamin P properties. Vitamin P is a term used for bioflavonoids - pain-relieving substances that have an antibacterial effect and promote circulation
Horse chestnut is an effective treatment for vein disorders and fragile capillaries. In 1994 French scientists showed that aescin increases blood flow, decrease capillary permeability, has an antiinflammatory action and protects against free radical damage. Horse chestnut is therefore a good remedy for haemorrhoids, varicose veins and chronic (long-term) venous insufficiency, which can cause oedema (swelling) in the lower legs. Topical aescin gels are prescribed for haemorrhoids, ulcers, varicose veins, sports injuries and bruising
This hardy tree can be grown from seed - a conker. Plant in a rich, welldrained soil in sun or light shade.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT vein and capillary disorders including oedema, piles and varicose veins INFUSION Put 1 sachet into 200m I of boiling water. Drink one to three times a day after meals.
CAPSULES (75mg) Take 2-3 capsules a day, at mealtimes. LIQUID EXTRACT Put 20 drops in a glass of water and take three times a day.
TABLETS (300mg) Take 1 tablet a day.
For external use
TO TREAT haemorrhoids (piles), sports injuries
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
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