Horse Chestnut

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What other names is Horse Chestnut known by?

Aescin, Aescine, Aesculus hippocastanum, Buckeye, Castaño de Indias, Châtaignier de Mer, Châtaignier des Chevaux, Chestnut, Escine, Faux-Châtaignier, Hippocastani Cortex, Hippocastani Flos, Hippocastani Folium, Hippocastani Semen, Hippocastanum Vulgare Gaertn, Marron Europeen, Marronnier, Marronnier Blanc, Marronnier Commun, Marronnier d'Inde, Marronnier des Chevaux, Pu, Spanish Chestnut, Venastat, Venostasin Retard, Venostat, White Chestnut.

What is Horse Chestnut?

Horse chestnut is a plant. The seed, bark, flower, and leaves of the plant are used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse aesculus hippocastanum (Horse chestnut) with aesculus californica (California buckeye) or aesculus glabra (Ohio buckeye). All three may be called horse chestnut. This sheet refers to aesculus hippocastanum (Horse chestnut).

Likely Effective for...

  • Varicose veins and other circulatory problems (chronic venous insufficiency).
  • Pain, tiredness, tension, swelling in the legs, itching, and water retention (edema).

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Hemorrhoids, diarrhea, fever, cough, enlarged prostate, eczema, menstrual pain, soft tissue swelling from bone fracture and sprains, arthritis, rheumatism, and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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