The benefits of horse chestnut in the circulatory system are well known, being a common ingredient in phytotherapeutic preparations for both internal and external use. Effective against cellulite, skin inflammations protects and acts as a sunscreen.
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The horse chestnut, native to southeastern Europe and Asia, is known in much of the world. Although the healing properties of its shiny brown seeds are less well known, which are poisonous, are processed to produce an effective medication for veins.
The brown of the Indies is a basic remedy for veins and capillaries. As astringent and anti-inflammatory effects on the veins of the body, tightens and tones as the walls of the damaged veins and irritated. When removing the liquid to come out of the veins, reduces inflammation and congestion of the veins, as well as local swelling, and is the first choice in the treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency (poor vein health).
Is usually taken in pill or capsule standardized, but also can be applied over the varicose veins and superficial skin lotion, ointment or gel. Do not apply on broken skin or ulcerated. Its effectiveness is amply demonstrated, but usually must be taken for several months to see improvements as healing venous circulation can be very difficult. A clinical trial of London `s Barts hospital in 1996 showed that horse chestnut extract was as effective in treating varicose veins of the legs as compression stockings.
Horse chestnut can be used to treat other problems affecting the veins, such as hemorrhoids and spider veins, and is effective in treating cramps, swelling and fluid retention in the legs. It can be taken to treat conditions such as thrombosis deep freeze and leg ulcers, but only on medical advice. Prevents and helps reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis, such as during long flights. The oil extracted from the nuts is used topically in France for rheumatism, while in the United States used a decoction of the leaves to treat whooping cough.
Horse chestnut contains coumarin derivatives, responsible for significant vitamin activity P. Its action is multiple increases capillary resistance, decreases permeability and has an anti-inflammatory and anti-edema. A antihaemorrhagic (epistaxis), astringent, anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictor. Improves blood circulation and produces relief of pain from hemorrhoids. It is a specific circulation, vascular (capillary fragility, varicose veins, venous insufficiency, hemorrhoids, thrombophlebitis). Also in obesity, muscle sprains and menopausal disorders (metrorrhagia, dysmenorrhea). In cutaneous capillary fragility (blotches). Muscle cramps night. The bark and leaves, diarrhea, sore throat, stomatitis, gingivitis. Popularly used also for the treatment of cough, arthritis and rheumatism. Indicated in cases of angina pectoris, tinnitus, bruising, leg cramps, varicose veins, leg ulcers, venous thrombosis, hemorrhoids, phlebitis, capillary fragility, menstrual pain, pulmonary embolism, fever, etc ...
Contraindicated in pregnancy, lactation and children under ten years. Treatment with anticoagulants. The saponosides content in cotyledons of seeds can cause irritation of the digestive mucosa. Contraindicated in renal failure. The horse chestnut bark shows no side effects. The seed, because it contains escin can cause severe poisoning. In the latter case use is recommended clinical under strict control.
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