Indian Horse Chestnuts, a Partner against Varicose Veins

· September 19, 2014

Indian horse chestnuts have come out in the last few years as one of the biggest aids in fighting the effects of varicose veins and to treat restless leg syndrome.  This problem of chronic venous insufficiency affects a large part of the population. It is also annoying, makes our daily lives difficult, and has a very anti-aesthetic component that has always made varicose veins one of the most uncomfortable conditions, with the most complex of treatments.

Fortunately, there are several existing studies that guarantee Indian horse chestnuts’ effectiveness as a venoconstriction regulator and antiedemas, which is why the components of its seeds are used to treat all of these associated illnesses.  They achieve good results in patients that have been under little observation and medical supervision.  Here, we’ll tell you more about it.

What are Indian Horse Chestnuts?

Indian horse chestnut is a tree native to Asia, but that can be found all over the world.  In fact, we are used to seeing it majestically in our parks.  It is surprising to prove what great medicinal properties each of its parts has:

  • Leaves: they are very effective at treating eczema, menstrual pain, soft tissue swelling due to fractures or sprains, and even joint pain.
  • The bark is frequently used to treat malaria and dysentery, and it is even being studied to see what effects it may have on people affected by lupus and skin ulcers.
  • Seeds: it is precisely in this element of Indian horse chestnuts where the most studies and research has been done.  There are thousands of scientific publications that support that its principal component, the “aescin”, significantly reduces inflammation and pain in the legs.  It is an excellent venosis medication that promotes circulation and prevents water retention.  In fact, the “European database of natural medicines” qualifies it as “effective”, as does the Pharmaceutical College of Barcelona (Spain), supports its venoconstriction properties.

How do Indian horse chestnuts work?

Indian horse chestnuts contain a component in their seeds, the “aescin”, which favors normal blood circulation.  This also prevents the production of edemas by promoting liquid loss through the urine.  It is especially appropriate when we feel this well-known swelling in the veins in the legs, the heaviness at the height of the knees, or the inevitable cramps that cause so much pain.

Indian horse chestnuts act as well at strengthening our capillary resistance, resolving edemas and reducing inflammation.  It is also very useful when we have those typical spider veins on the legs, or those frightening ulcers.  Their properties have even been studied for alleviating hemorrhoid problems.

How to consume Indian horse chestnuts?

Indian horse chestnuts

You can find Indian horse chestnuts in natural stores or herb stores in capsules.  This is a standardizes extract from these seeds that is frequently commercialized in the form of pills, as well as in creams, and even ointments.  The most appropriate dosage is 400 mg a day, which would equal 2 capsules a day.  Take then before breakfast, and after dinner.  In this way, for example, we can alleviate nocturnal muscle cramps.

Is there any disadvantage to taking Indian horse chestnuts?

We should warn you of something important: never eat the leaves, flowers, or bark in  raw form, as they are poisenous.  It is best to consume the medicinal preparations made in the laboratories, where they isolate all their components and synthesize those that are not beneficial.  You should also limit your consumption to Indian horse chestnut capsules, if you are one of the following people:

Pregnant, diabetic (they can diminish blood sugar), and patients with liver problems, as they have a component that could not be beneficial for these populations.

So, let’s just wrap up by saying that this native Asian tree, so common in our lives, locks up in their tree bark sap, leaves, and seeds, a beneficial partner for circulation, and is a natural treasure that can help a lot of people.