Health Information for Horse Chestnuts

Health Information for Horse Chestnuts

The Balkan Peninsula is the home to the horse chestnut, though it has spread to various areas of the northern hemisphere (for example, they are common in rural New York).  This chestnut has been employed for centuries as a form of natural, holistic medicine and nutritional supplement.  Every part of the horse chestnut tree can be used for some purpose – the seeds, bark, leaves, and of course, the nuts themselves.  The seeds in particular are popular for their benefits to the body’s vascular system.

 In Turkish medicine, horse chestnuts are often used to create a special tea which aids in softening and passing of kidney stones, alleviate stomach problems, and increase blood flow.  It is still frequently used today as a natural solution for all of these problems and more.

Nine Reasons Horse Chestnuts are Great for Your Health

Improve Your Blood Flow

People who eat horse chestnuts or take supplements made from them exhibit better circulation in the blood stream.  This in itself carries a wide range of health benefits.

Defend Against Cancer

Natural alternatives to modern cancer treatments are always very attractive due to the intensity of the procedures.  Horse chestnuts fight cancer by killing cancerous cells and, in many cases, have resulted in reduction in the size of tumors.

Rid Yourself of Varicose Veins

When used topically, horse chestnut cream can treat and ultimately remove all internal and external effects of varicose veins.  Most horse chestnut cream reviews reflect success in this treatment.

Anti-inflammatory Effects

Both as a topical and internal medicine, horse chestnut supplements, ointments, or simply the nut itself can aid in the body’s natural reduction and prevention of inflammation.

Prevent Leg Cramps

Using this herb in a cream form can aid in the relief or prevention of leg cramps.  It provides the effect of locally improving circulation and elasticizing the veins.

Promote Healthy Veins

Simply put, ingesting this chestnut in any form will improve the health, functioning, and longevity of your veins.

Natural Binding

Extracts from the horse chestnut’s seeds can be used as a light natural binding agent.  This can help in dispelling diarrhea without risking constipation from normal consumption.

Treat Hemorrhoids

One can find relief from pain and discomfort from hemorrhoids due to the astringency of this herb.  Hemorrhoids are actually a variant of varicose veins, so horse chestnut cream is the best option in this case.

Natural Fertility Treatment

Finally, horse chestnuts may be used to treat infertility that comes as a result of varicocele.  This is a type of varicose vein as well.

Possible Negative Effects

Most side effects to horse chestnuts result from allergic reactions.  These reactions are rather rare, but nonetheless still possible, so it is important to be aware of them.  Some allergic responses include: swelling of the tongue or lips; development of hives or rashes; breathing becoming difficult due to the throat constricting; bleeding from various areas; muscle or joint pain; and extremely sensitive blood vessels resulting in easy bruising.  You may also notice less urination and, in the event of toxicity, high blood pressure.  As with all herbs and medicines, be sure to consult your doctor before taking horse chestnut supplements or introducing them into your daily diet.

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