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Horse Chestnut Seed Extract For Chronic Venous Insufficiency

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What is Horse Chestnut?
Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is a tree native to the countries in the Balkan peninsula. For centuries, various parts (bark, flower and seed) of the this tree have been used in traditional medicine.

The fruit of horse chestnut tree contains a brown seed which looks like chestnut. Unlike sweet chestnut, horse chestnut is not edible. Raw horse chestnut seeds, bark, leaves and flowers are poisonous. After they have been processed and their toxins removed, they are safe to be used.

Traditional Uses of Horse Chestnut Seed Extract
- rhemautism
- arthritis
- hemorrhoids
- gastrointestinal disorders
- neuralgia
- backache
- fever
- cough

Current Uses of Horse Chestnut Seed Extract
In Europe, horse chestnut seed extract is widely used by doctors for treating:
- chronic venous insufficiency
- varicose veins
- hemorrhoids
- edema (swelling)

Chronic venous insufficiency is condition in which the veins are unable to return blood from the legs to the heart effectively. This is usually due to valve damage in the leg veins or blockage in the veins (deep vein thrombosis). Blood pools in the veins, thereby stretching and damaging them.

Signs of chronic venous insufficiency
- dull ache, tired and heavy feeling in the legs
- leg/ankle swelling
- itching
- leg ulcers
- discoloured skin or skin damage on legs
- varicose veins

Properties of Horse Chestnut Seed Extract
The primary constituent in horse chestnut seed extract is aescin. It has the following beneficial effects:
- anti-inflammatory
- anti-edema
- anti-oxidant
- venotonic (improves vein)
- vasoprotective (protects vessels)

Clinical Studies on Horse Chestnut Seed Extract
The use of horse chestnut seed extract for treating chronic venous insufficiency is supported by numerous studies. Aescin (or escin) in horse chestnut extract improves vein tone and strength, inhibits enzymes that breaks down the vein wall, reduces inflammation and fights free radical damage.

Chronic venous insufficiency patients who took horse chestnut seed extract (100-150 mg/day of aescin) experienced significant improvement in symptoms. When compared to placebo, there were reduction in lower leg volume, leg circumference at calf and ankle, leg pain, fatigue, itching and tenseness.

A study found that horse chestnut seed extract therapy (50 mg aescin, twice daily) was as effective as compression stocking therapy for chronic venous insufficiency. While compression stocking is a standard treatment for chronic venous insufficiency, it can cause discomfort and result in poor compliance. Hence, horse chestnut seed extract may be a more favourable alternative.

No severe side effects were reported in the studies. Horse chestnut seed extract is safe, well tolerated and acceptable by patients.

Forms of Horse Chestnut Seed Extract

 - Liquid extract or tincture
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- Capsules
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- Topical gel/cream
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- Topical homeopathic
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