Horse chestnut. Properties. Medicinal Plants

Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
In medicine the bark is used alone, because unlike the fruit, has no side effects.

Horse Chestnut: Properties
* Horse chestnut contains coumarin derivatives, responsible for important vitamin activity P.
* Your action is multiple: it increases capillary resistance, decreases permeability and has an anti-inflammatory and antiedematous.
* It is a antihaemorrhagic (epistaxis), astringent, anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictor. Improves blood circulation and produces a relief of pain due to hemorrhoids.
* It is a specific movement, vascular (capillary fragility, varicose veins, venous insufficiency, hemorrhoids, thrombophlebitis).
* Also in obesity, muscle strains and disorders of menopause (metrorrhagia, dysmenorrhoea).
* In cutaneous capillary fragility (cuperosis). Muscle cramps at night.
* The bark and leaves, diarrhea, pharyngitis, stomatitis, gingivitis.
* Popularly also used to treat coughs, arthritis and rheumatism.

Horse chestnut: Contraindications
- Pregnancy, lactation, children under ten years.
- Treatment with anticoagulants.

Side Effects of Horse Chestnut

- The saponosides content in cotyledons of the seeds may cause irritation of the digestive mucosa.
- Do not prescribe dosage forms containing alcohol to persons with ethyl problems.

Toxicity: 0 - 1 - 2 - 3
- The poisoning usually occurs in confusing the seeds with the brown, then may appear gastroenteritis, mydriasis and drowsiness.
- As with any medicinal plants that can be taken in tincture or fluid extract should always be kept in mind the alcohol content.

(0 = none, 1 = something toxic, 2 = toxic, 3 = very toxic)

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