Horse Chestnut  is Commonly Used to Treat Varicose
You may have heard that horse chestnut, as a topical or cosmetic application, may help with varicose veins by improving their appearance. However, did you know horse chestnut may also help treat other ailments, 
including providing some relief from joint inflammation and swelling, cramping, diarrhea, fever, enlarged prostate and hemorrhoids as well as eczema, menstrual pain, and bone fractures? 

Horse chestnut is a plant that has various parts, including the flower, leaves, seeds and bark, which are used to make medicines to treat the aforementioned ailments. It may be sound strange but something that is supposed to help can also be very deadly. That’s because horse chestnut is poisonous if eaten raw because it contains esculin. It is typically found in supplement form or as a cream or gel. When using horse chestnut as a supplement, it is recommended that it be taken after a meal to reduce the chances of an upset stomach. Also take it with a full glass of water. Stick to the directions on the package about how much to take.

In learning why horse chestnut can be used as a medicine, research has found that it has substance known to thin the blood and helps to stop fluid from leaking out of veins and capillaries. Yet, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet evaluated horse chestnut for its effectiveness or safety, so it is important to take particular care when using it and consult your physician first.

What is known from other research studies is that there are certain people who may want to seriously consider avoiding horse chestnut. These include those how have had a history of heart disease, intestinal diseases, blood clots, low blood pressure, kidney disease or liver disease. Horse chestnut does not interact well with certain drugs, including aspirin, ketoprofen, naproxen or ibuprofen. Horse chestnut also does not interact with other herbal supplements and medications, including ginger, garlic, danshen, warfarin, heparin and fever-few. You may also want to avoid it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is also one herbal supplement not recommended for children.

There are some specific side effects to be on the lookout for when taking horse chestnut. These include allergic reactions like swelling and difficulty breathing, bleeding in the gums and nose, decreased urine, skin rash or unusual bruising. Others have reported burning or stinging when using horse chestnut cream or gel on their skin. Horse Chestnut supplements can be purchased from a range of chemists, health food stores and online (including reputable suppliers such as Nature’s Best.)

Author Bio;
This article was written by Carly. When not writing, Carly enjoys playing with her two dogs and training for her first 5K run.

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