Discover all the Horse chestnut benefits. Used in herbal medicine to help relieve venous insufficiency such as hemorrhoids.
The symptoms of venous insufficiency may be benign, like heavy and tired legs, but may also be much more serious, like varicose veins, painful hemorrhoids and even phlebitis. Aside from surgery (that eliminates the diseased veins but does not stop the progression of varicose veins), there are few treatments for venous insufficiency.
Support stockings are effective but so uncomfortable that very few people wear them.
Horse Chestnut seed extract is used for venous insufficiency problems (including phlebitis) and fragile capillaries.
Each 25 drop dose (0.76 mL) contains:
Fresh Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) seed tincture …767 mg standardized to 17.92 mg aescin.
1 mL of tincture contains 0.64 mL of alcohol (ethanol).
1 mL = 33 drops. Dropper included.
Adults: Take 25 drops with water, 3 times daily, during meals. Insalivate before swallowing.
Duration of use: May be used for up to 6 weeks.
Actions and pharmacology
Compared to the tablet, the tincture has the advantage of being more quickly absorbed and of allowing a fine-tuning of the dosage according to each patient.
The active ingredients of Horse Chestnut seeds are triterpene saponines (about thirty) collectively known as aescine or escine. Aescine increases vein wall resistance and reduces permeability (seepage), objectively reducing venous insufficiency symptoms (edema, swelling, etc.). Horse Chestnut seed extract is known for its phlebotonic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and vein wall protector effects. It inhibits elastase and hyaluronidase activity. These two enzymes degrade the vein wall and the surrounding tissues (like collagen) therefore increasing venous insufficiency symptoms and progression (like spider veins, varicose veins and hemorrhoids).
In vitro, aescine has demonstrated an anti-inflammatory effect.
Horse Chestnut seed cannot reverse varicose veins. Its effect is limited to symptom control and a slowing down of the disease progression, translating in an increased quality of life.
The German Commission E acknowledges its benefits in cases of: treatment of complaints found in pathological conditions of the veins of the legs (chronic venous insufficiency), for example, pains and a sensation of heaviness in the legs, nocturnal leg cramps, pruritus and swelling of the legs.