General information

Horse chestnut

Valuable medicinal raw materials in folk and traditional medicine. It has a venotonic, vascular strengthening, anti-edema, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effect. At home, it can be used to prepare decoctions, tinctures, oil, alcohol tincture, fresh juice.

The healing properties and contraindications of horse chestnut were first experienced by a French doctor in 1896. He successfully applied this medicine to hemorrhoids. And revealed the main value of chestnut - its venotonic, vessel strengthening properties. The plant prevents the formation of blood clots in the blood vessels. The need for this plant in modern medical practice is increasing every year. Many medicines can be prepared at home, but no pharmacy can do without ointments, suppositories, capsules, injections, tablets, tinctures based on horse chestnut. Unfortunately, the number of vascular diseases has increased significantly and "rejuvenated."

Horse Chestnut Features

What are the beneficial properties of horse chestnut? What parts of the plant can be used for medical purposes? How to harvest raw materials? What diseases can I take? What can be contraindications?

There is no need to give a botanical characteristic of horse chestnut. Many beloved, beautiful and very ancient tree. In the pre-glacial period, whole groves of chestnut were found in Europe. Northern Greece is considered the birthplace of this species. There is a tree in South, Eastern, Central Europe, grows in India, North America, East Asia, China, Japan. Often chestnut is grown as an ornamental plant. With its crown, beautiful candles in the spring, the tree adorns the city parks, alleys, gardens.

Water chestnut does not belong to the sapindo family. So popularly called grass swamp sweet, or Chinese water chestnut. Widely used in cooking, especially in China. Rich in carbohydrates, potassium, manganese, vitamin B6.

Healing properties found in all parts of the plant - fruits, peel of fruits, leaves, branches, bark, flowers.

  • When to start harvesting. Horse chestnut flowers are harvested in May and June. Leaves are also recommended to shoot during the flowering period. Fruits are harvested in the fall, and the bark and branches - in early spring.
  • Features of drying. Leaves and flowers are dried in natural conditions, avoiding direct sunlight. Fruits are harvested under trees, shaken off, torn down. It can be dried in natural conditions, but when it is cold and damp, electric dryers are used (however, the temperature should not exceed 25 ° C).
  • Storage All parts of the plant can be stored no more than 1 year, it is necessary to protect from moisture.

The use of horse chestnut fruits as feed raw materials has been known for a long time. It is also known that the fruits were endowed with special magic power - it was supposed to carry 3 fruits in a pocket or in a bag to avert all diseases. And only at the end of the XIX century the healing properties of this plant were discovered, it was officially started to be used in pharmaceuticals and harvested as medicinal raw materials.

Healing action

  • What are the healing properties of chestnut flowers? They contain flavonoids, tannins, mucus, pectins, glycosides. The most valuable of flavonoids is quertecine, which stimulates the processes of tissue metabolism, tones the cardiovascular system, normalizes blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, puffiness, acts as a wound healing agent. Also belongs to strong antioxidants.
  • What are the valuable fruits (seeds)? They contain many glycosides, saponins, thiamine, tannins, fatty oil and vitamin C. The most valuable substance in fruits is saponin escin, which lowers blood viscosity. The glycosidic substance esculin is also appreciated. It stimulates the production of antithrombin, strengthens the capillaries, reduces their permeability, improves blood circulation in the veins.

The same nutrients found in the bark, branches and leaves of the tree.

  • hemostatic,
  • absorbable
  • wound healing
  • vessel strengthening,
  • bactericidal
  • anti-inflammatory,
  • astringent
  • pain reliever
  • decongestant,
  • anticonvulsant,
  • venotonic.

Horse chestnut fruits

Unripe fruits are endowed with malic, citric and lactic acids, lecithin, calcium, and iron. They contain globulin and vitamin C. The fleshy kernels of a medicinal plant have many useful substances, such as zinc, chromium, barium, selenium, nickel, silver, iodine, and boron. The fruits of this wonderful tree give people an energy boost. There are many ways to use such a gift of nature. If you simply carry 2–3 chestnut fetuses in your pocket, then the pains during articular rheumatism are reduced. You can make applications of ground chestnut kernels with the addition of clay, a warming mass can relieve inflammation of the joints.

How to distinguish edible chestnut from horse chestnut? The shell of the edible chestnut is thickly covered with thin spines, and the horse chestnut has sparse spines.

Tincture of fruits: cut into four parts of chestnut fruit should be placed in a jar, pour vodka, filling to the top, close tightly and insist on the sun for three days, then 40 days at room temperature indoors. The resulting tool is recommended to rub the joints, apply it to the diseased veins.

Chestnut seeds are an excellent diuretic and hemostatic agent for hemoptysis and nosebleeds. A decoction of dry chestnuts acts as a diaphoretic for colds.

Horse chestnut extract

Horse chestnut extract contains escin, which removes swelling and leg fatigue in the treatment of varicose veins. The product contains triterpenesonins, is characterized by capillary-protective activity and has anti-inflammatory effect, increases the tone of the veins. Extract normalizes blood pressure, regulates cholesterol in the blood.

Horse chestnut leaves

The leaves of chestnut differ in the content of glycosides, pectin and tannins, vitamin K. They are used in traditional medicine as a raw material for the preparation of decoctions and infusions for internal bleeding. Horse chestnut leaves harvested from May to September. They are dried, laying out a thin layer in attics or under a canopy. The finished raw material must have a green color and a pleasant smell.

Horse chestnut recipes

Infusion of horse chestnut bark: you need 1 teaspoon of crushed bark for 2 cups (400 ml) of cooled boiled water. It is necessary to insist the composition of 8 hours, then strain and take 2 tablespoons 4 times a day.

Infusion of bark for external use: you must take 50 g of bark per 1 liter of boiling water, boil for 15 minutes and insist for 8 hours, and then strain. The resulting tool make a cool sedentary bath with hemorrhoidal bleeding for 15 minutes after bowel emptying.

Infusion of fruits or flowers of chestnut: take 50 g of raw materials for 0.5 l of vodka, insist two to three weeks, you need to take 30–40 drops a day 3-4 times.

Broth from the peel of the fruit: it will require 5 g of peel per cup (200 ml) of boiling water, boil the composition for 15 minutes, take 1 tablespoon 3 times a day.

When treating hemorrhoids, it is recommended to chew fresh chestnut fruit. When hemorrhoidal bleeding cones should use a bath of decoction of chestnut branches.

Broth from the branches: you will need 50 grams of branches of chestnut, 1 liter of water with the addition of grass water pepper. It is necessary to sit in the bath for 5–15 minutes; water should be at room temperature.

Infusion of fruits: you should chop 2 fruits of horse chestnut and pour a glass of boiled water in a thermos, insist 2 hours. Take the medicine 2 tablespoons 5 times a day for chronic diarrhea and kidney disease, for inflammatory diseases of the upper respiratory tract.

Horse chestnut flowers

For therapeutic purposes, horse chestnut flowers are used in many diseases, it is an ideal raw material for making tinctures and decoctions. Chestnut flowers have unique properties that allow to achieve excellent results with endarteritis, hemorrhoids, leg ulcers, vein lesions caused by various injuries. Horse chestnut flowers are useful for radiation sickness. Tinctures and decoctions can be used to treat adenoma and prostatitis. The ability of the substances contained in flowers to restore the amount of protein in the blood structure favors recovery from cystic fibrous mastopathy and brain tumors.

Infusion of chestnut flowers: 1 tablespoon of dried flowers and 200 g of water should be brought to a boil, insist 6-8 hours. Take the tool sips during the day. On the day you need to drink from 1 to 1.5 liters.

Horse Chestnut Cream

Cream with chestnut helps to restore the structure of the skin and strengthens the walls of blood vessels, shows the properties of lymphatic drainage means. It is a good prevention of varicose veins and serves to maintain skin tone. At home, creams can be prepared on the basis of fatty oils, for example, cream, or olive oil, suitable and essential oils, tinctures. All components of the cream are mixed, you can store this mixture for several weeks in the refrigerator.

Horse chestnut based ointment

Horse chestnut is a true wonder of nature, it is one of the most beautiful trees, which gives coolness in summer and heals from all sorts of ailments. From its fruits, flowers and leaves you can cook a lot of different therapeutic agents. Lubricating sore spots on the skin with a special ointment with horse chestnut, you can quickly relieve inflammation and eliminate venous diseases.

Recipe ointment: you must chop 5 pieces of chestnuts or 5 tablespoons of chestnut flowers, add 0.5 liters of vegetable oil, boil in a water bath for 1 hour, cool and strain.

Contraindications to the use of horse chestnut

Contraindications include atonic constipation, gastritis with low acidity, poor blood clotting, menstrual failures and hypotension, as well as pregnancy and breastfeeding.

When taking funds based on horse chestnut nausea, heartburn may occur. Therefore, they must be taken only after a visit to the doctor, performing control of prothrombin blood.

Article author: Sokolova Nina Vladimirovna | Phytotherapist

Education: A diploma in medicine and treatment was obtained at the NI Pirogov University (2005 and 2006). Advanced training at the Department of Phytotherapy at the Moscow University of Peoples' Friendship (2008).

Description of the plant horse chestnut ordinary

Horse chestnut (epithet ordinary helps to distinguish it from other species belonging to the genus Horse chestnut ) belongs to the family Konskokashtanovyh, and is a tree, whose height reaches 36 meters.

Horse chestnut (hereinafter this particular name will be used, without the epithet "ordinary") has a low-lying, sprawling dome-shaped crown and a trunk of a regular cylindrical shape. At the same time, the trunk of this wind-resistant plant with a strong root system is dressed in dark brown lamellar bark.

Horse chestnut leaves are palmate and slightly toothed with long petioles.

White flowers, enclosed in erect conical panicles, the size of which is 10–30 cm, have small yellow spots (or specks). Each panicle consists of 20 - 50 flowers, which have an interesting property: for example, the yellow spots turn red after the flowers cease to release nectar. Changing the color of specks is a kind of signal for pollinating insects that stop visiting flowers.

Most often, one panicle contains 1 - 5 fruits, which are green boxes with many thorns. In such boxes, you can find one (rarely two or three) nut seed, which is popularly called chestnut. The size of each shiny chestnut brown color is 2–4 cm in diameter (at the base, horse chestnut fruits ripening in August – September have a whitish scar).

I must say that the tree has received its name for several reasons - firstly, due to the similarity of the shade of the horse chestnut fruit shell with the “ordinary” chestnut tree, and secondly - because of the leaf scars remaining on the shoots of the plant after the leaf fall, its shape horse horseshoe.

In addition, there is a version according to which the seeds of this plant were brought to the territory of Central Europe by the Turks as feed for horses. It was for the purpose of distinguishing fodder fruits from edible chestnuts that the first were called horse.

Where does a horse chestnut tree grow?

The home of horse chestnut is the south of the Balkan Peninsula, namely Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria, where this tree grows in deciduous forests, adjacent to alder, ash, and also maple and linden.

In Russia, horse chestnut is cultivated in a temperate zone, that is, in areas of the European part of the country.

Collection and storage

In the period from May to June (that is, after the flowering period), fan-shaped branches of horse chestnut are replete with green cocoons covered with long spikes. In such cocoons are fruit nuts, which have healing properties. At the same time, not only the fruits of the plant, but also all the other parts of it: roots, leaves, flowers, bark, and also a nutshell can boast of medicinal qualities.

Seeds (or fruits) horse chestnut is cleaned from pericarp and dried, spreading out on racks with a layer not exceeding 5 cm in thickness. Raw materials are dried for 3–4 weeks (when drying in special dryers at a temperature of 40–60 degrees, the process is reduced to 2–3 days). Properly dried fruits, which have a shelf life of two years, have a rounded shape (about 4 cm in diameter), a rich brown color, a shiny surface, a gray spot at the very base of the fruit and an astringent taste.

Bark tree is going to spring (after pruning trees), withdrawing from the branches, which "turned" 3 - 5 years. Dry bark in the attic or in a ventilated area. Stored dried horse chestnut bark for a year.

Leaves horse chestnut harvested from May to September (it is important to prepare raw materials before the yellowing of the leaves). In that case, if the harvesting of raw materials is carried out from the same tree, the leaves are collected at the end of summer, that is, before the foliage falls.

It is recommended to harvest leaves from saplings, the height of which does not exceed 2–3 meters, since collecting a third of the foliage on the tree will not harm it. The raw materials are dried under a canopy, in a dryer or in a room with well-organized ventilation, laid out in a layer with a thickness of about 10 cm. In order to speed up the drying process, in the first two or three days, the drying leaves are turned over twice a day. In properly dried leaves, the stalks break during the bending, while the raw material itself has a green color, a weak pleasant aroma and a weakly binding taste. The shelf life of the leaves is one year.

Composition and properties of horse chestnut

Saponins (escin)

  • increasing the tone of venous vessels
  • elimination of venous stasis,
  • stimulating the release of hormones,
  • strengthening the vascular wall and capillaries,
  • removal of puffiness
  • decrease in lymph flow.

This class of substances denatures protein cells, resulting in the formation of a protective film with bactericidal and astringent properties, which has found application in the treatment of diseases of the oral cavity, burns, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders and poisoning with heavy metals or vegetable poisons.

This complex carbohydrate, overcoming the gastrointestinal tract, is converted into glucose, which is the most important source of energy, ensuring the full functioning of all muscle groups (including the heart).

Vitamin C

  • promotes the absorption of vitamin E,
  • participates in the synthesis of corticosteroid hormones responsible for adaptive reactions occurring in the body,
  • strengthens the immune system
  • eliminates inflammation
  • fights germs and viruses
  • promotes the maturation of collagen.

Vitamin A
  • ensuring the normal growth and development of all internal organs,
  • strengthening and stabilization of cell membranes,
  • strengthening immunity
  • promote cure of cancer,
  • maintaining the protective functions of the skin and promoting its regeneration.

Vitamin K
  • ensures the full functioning of the kidneys,
  • prevents hemorrhage provoked by low blood clotting.

Vitamins of group B
  • normalize the functioning of the brain, central nervous system, heart, vascular, endocrine, muscular and digestive systems,
  • promote the synthesis of hemoglobin
  • strengthen hair, skin, nails,
  • promote the production of steroid hormones.

Vitamin B1 (or thiamine) takes an active part in all metabolic processes of the body without exception, thereby normalizing the work of the digestive, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. In addition, thiamine stimulates brain activity and promotes blood formation, improves appetite and tones the intestines.


  • stopping the growth of tumor cells
  • accelerating wound healing
  • decrease in blood clotting,
  • reducing the risk of thrombosis.

  • regulation of the functioning of the heart,
  • stabilization of the central nervous system,
  • promoting the expansion of blood vessels
  • increased urine excretion
  • neutralization of pathogenic microbes,
  • promote the dilution and sputum removal.

  • deduce radionuclides, salts of heavy metals,
  • suppress the putrefactive intestinal flora,
  • eliminate constipation
  • reduce the accumulation of atherosclerotic plaques,
  • normalize metabolism
  • reduce cholesterol levels
  • accelerate the healing process.

  • protection of the body from carcinogenic effects from various aggressive prooxidants,
  • suppression of premature aging,
  • reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, as well as eye cataracts and other diseases triggered by the damaging effects of prooxidants,
  • suppression of the processes of gradual transformation of cells into malignant ones.

Flavonoids (Rutin)
  • reduces capillary fragility and permeability,
  • dissolves atherosclerotic deposits,
  • promotes blood clotting,
  • reduces blood pressure
  • slows heart rate
  • lowers intraocular pressure
  • enhances the process of bile formation,
  • removes puffiness,
  • facilitates the course of allergies.

  • elimination of inflammation
  • accelerating wound healing
  • promoting sputum excretion.

Organic acids
  • promote the biosynthesis of alkaloids, glycosides and amino acids,
  • significantly slow down the putrefactive and fermenting processes in the intestine, thereby ensuring its regular emptying,
  • remove from the body both toxins and slags,
  • improve the condition of the blood vessels
  • stimulate the formation of red blood cells
  • normalize the nervous system.

  • activates the course of oxidative processes,
  • provides full fat metabolism,
  • improves brain function
  • normalizes the heart,
  • increases the body's resistance to the negative effects of toxic substances,
  • stimulates the process of bile secretion
  • participates in the formation of both red blood cells and hemoglobin.

Globulin binds sex hormones (testosterone, estradiol, progesterone), thereby regulating their biological activity.

Fixed oils

  • regenerates tissues and cells of the body
  • relieve inflammation
  • regulate metabolic processes
  • eliminate the harmful effects of carcinogenic substances.

The composition of horse chestnut, in addition to the listed components, includes a whole complex of mineral substances, macro- and microelements, including calcium, iron, nickel, zinc, boron, chromium, barium, selenium, iodine and silver. This unique composition provides widespread use of plants in the treatment of many diseases and conditions.

Horse chestnut properties

  • Pain reliever
  • hemostatic,
  • anti-inflammatory,
  • wound healing
  • bactericidal
  • diuretic,
  • venotonic,
  • antithrombotic,
  • antioxidant,
  • decongestant,
  • antitumor,
  • sudorific
  • antipyretic
  • astringent
  • antisclerotic.

Horse chestnut oil

Oil action:

  • eliminating leg fatigue,
  • relieving muscle tension
  • improving blood circulation
  • soothing and toning the skin,
  • improvement of complexion
  • exfoliation of the old (dead) cell layer,
  • increase skin elasticity
  • reduction of the subcutaneous fat layer
  • stimulation of excretion of toxins, which contributes to weight loss,
  • removes puffiness and puffiness of eyelids,
  • tightens and visibly smoothes wrinkles.

Oil properties:
  • decongestant,
  • tonic
  • rejuvenating
  • astringent
  • soothing
  • cleansing.

Indications for use of horse chestnut oil:
1. Persons with an enlarged subcutaneous fat layer, that is, having a second chin or a modified oval face.
2. Patients suffering from varicose veins, thrombophlebitis and hemorrhoids.
3. Persons whose skin is prone to irritation.

Oil is applied with massaging movements on the lower extremities. In this case, the application of the agent is carried out in the direction of the vessels, that is, from the feet and to the knees.

Face skin is rubbed with oil twice a day.

"Chestnut kvass"

Fruits of horse chestnut (25 pieces) cut into two halves, put in a gauze bag, which also puts a small load in the form of stone. A gauze bag is placed in a three- or five-liter jar, and poured with 2.5 liters of cooled boiled water. Then a glass of sugar and the same amount of whey are added to the mixture (sour cream can be used for lack of whey).

Important! The gauze bag must be on the bottom of the jar, which is covered on top with a triple layer of gauze and placed in a warm and necessarily dark place for further fermentation. After two weeks, kvass can be consumed two glasses a day for one month.

After kvass is filtered and filtered, the remaining chestnuts are again filled with water, to which a glass of sugar is added to three liters of water. Such a "secondary" kvass is ready for use one day after the leaven. In such a simple way, kvass is prepared from a single portion of chestnuts for several months. But it is still recommended to add three or four new fruits to the yeast every two weeks.

Horse chestnut kvass has a very pleasant taste and useful properties. So, this drink, perfectly quenches thirst, promotes effective cleansing of the body from radionuclides, as well as heavy metals. In addition, this kvass restores in a short time the epithelium of the mucous membrane of both the stomach and the intestines, not to mention providing the body with many mineral elements and vitamins that promote health.

Preparation of medicinal raw materials, the composition of useful compounds

Around August-early September, the chestnut tree puffs mature and become suitable for further use. For the preparation of medicinal drugs kernels are separated from the peel (pericarp), laid out in an even layer, left to dry for about a month. When a dryer is used for this case, a temperature of + 60 ° C is sufficient. Enough a couple of days to achieve the desired state of the fruit. The horse chestnut prepared in this way retains its healing qualities for about 2 years.

For medicinal purposes, the bark is harvested in the spring - it should be removed from the branches that are at least 3 years old. Dry the bark in a well-ventilated room, so it retains its healing properties for about a year. As for the inflorescences, they are collected during flowering. Immediately after collecting, flowers are laid out on a clean surface, in a sunny place, after which the rest of the time is dried in the shade. Leaves, as well as flowers, can be harvested from May to September - they can be stored for no more than one year.

All of the above parts of the tree contain flavonoids, vitamins, acids, enzymes, and other useful ingredients.

Consider them in more detail:

  1. Glucosides help to cope with the problems of the central nervous system, work on the expansion of blood vessels.
  2. Organic acids contribute to the removal of toxins and toxins from the body, and also optimize the condition of the blood vessels.
  3. Fatty oils help the speedy healing of wounds, stop inflammatory processes.
  4. Vitamins of groups "A", "B", "C", "K" help to strengthen the immune system, provoke the production of hemoglobin. The presence of vitamin "A" helps fight cancer, "includes" the regenerative processes in the body.
  5. Coumarins dilute blood.
  6. Tannins help fight inflammation.
  7. Pectins help treat cardiovascular diseases.
  8. Flavonoids help reduce pressure (arterial, ocular).
  9. Starch, whose initial component is A-glucose, works as a source of energy for the muscles (especially for the heart muscle).

In addition to the above substances, the chestnut kernels contain chromium, iodine, calcium, iron, bromine.

Therapeutic tinctures based on horse chestnut

As practice shows, people's experience, namely chestnut fruit tinctures have the most effective therapeutic effect. Among the many recipes for decoctions alcohol tincture confidently ranks first in popularity. This is really a powerful tool that is literally under our feet.

Fruits of chestnut, tinctures, how to do, what to use? Alcohol tincture successfully treats rheumatism, gout, helps fight joint inflammation, relieves pain. In case of such dangerous diseases as leukemia or a brain tumor, a horse chestnut provides effective support to the body, contributes to the earliest possible recovery, along with the administration of essential drugs.

Chestnut tincture, photo:

The so-called classic tincture on chestnuts is done as follows: we take 20 fruits, peel them, cut them into small pieces, grind them in a meat grinder. Pour the obtained gruel with 1 liter of vodka, remove it in a dark place (10 days), then filter through gauze fabric. A more concentrated infusion is also prepared; a glass (250 g) of strong vodka is taken for only 8 chestnut kernels.

From the chestnut color can also be made alcohol tincture. To do this, the flowers are separated from the leg, take 50 g of raw materials, pour half a liter of vodka, and then remove the container in a dark place for two weeks. Thus, you get a great remedy for varicose veins of the lower extremities, which can be taken orally or externally. Inside - 30 drops to one tablespoon of water three times a day (20 minutes before meals). External application does not imply contraindications, restrictions.
Chestnut flowers, tincture, photo:

Beautiful, useful horse chestnut, healing properties and contraindications to its use should be considered. Despite the fact that the positive qualities in chestnut-based preparations are much more than cautions, they should be treated without fanaticism. Excessive use of an undoubtedly valuable chestnut tincture can cause skin irritation and provoke an allergic reaction. As the sage said: “the spoon contains medicine, and the cup contains poison,” everything should be in moderation. Use this nature-given healing medicine. Be healthy!

What is useful horse chestnut?

The healing properties of horse chestnut are determined by chemical composition. The seeds contain triterpene saponins (escin), tannins, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B1, coumarin glycosides esculin, fraxin. The bark contains tannins, escin, esculin, fraxin, vitamin B1. Horse chestnut leaves are rich in carotenoids (provitamin A), pectins, glycosides esculin, fraxin. The flowers have a large amount of flavonoids (rutin), mucus, tanning and pectin substances.

Due to the combination of powerful glycosides in the horse chestnut — esculin, fraxin, and escin — with vitamins and other substances, the horse chestnut exhibits many beneficial properties. The main properties, for which horse chestnut is valued in official medicine and are prepared from its extract pharmacological preparations - venoprotective, venotonic, anti-inflammatory and improving microcirculation in the veins. And also, of course, antithrombotic, reducing blood viscosity.

In folk medicine, the following properties of horse chestnut are also noted:

  • venotonic, accelerates blood flow in the veins,
  • antithrombotic, reduces blood viscosity, prevents thrombosis,
  • pain reliever
  • wound healing, bactericidal,
  • decongestant, diuretic,
  • febrifuge and diaphoretic,
  • astringent
  • antisclerotic, removes low-density cholesterol from blood vessels, dissolves plaques,
  • antitumor (antioxidant), removes harmful toxins, heavy metal salts and radionuclides, used after radiation therapy,
  • pain reliever
  • hemostatic, reduces capillary permeability,
  • anti-inflammatory,
  • antipyretic
  • astringent, normalizes gastric acidity, improves digestion,
  • eliminates vascular spasms, lowers blood pressure,
  • when used in ointments, it externally contributes to the conduct of active substances deep into the center of inflammation, heals old and festering wounds, extensive burns, frostbite, deep abscesses.

Talking about chestnut, I always remember a case from the life. Every year I prepare herbal ointment for wounds, burns, frostbite, pressure sores according to my grandmother’s recipe, which also includes horse chestnut.

This is our grandmother's family recipe, in which we were convinced more than once with those near and far.

My friend got into surgery with a deep abscess after injection. The wound was deep, festering, put drainage. The treatment went hard, the temperature rose and all signs of intoxication began. I decided to try to offer my ointment for treatment, brought a jar to the hospital. The patient asked the doctor to bandage with this ointment, convincing him that the remedy was prepared by a pharmacist under aseptic conditions. The doctor gave the go-ahead. What was his surprise when he saw a quick result from the use of horse chestnut ointment. But the story continued.

In the next room, a young man was prepared for amputation of the phalanx of the finger, since outpatient treatment did not produce a result. The rumor about the "miracle tool" came to him. The guy began to beg my friend to share and ointment with him. After 12 hours of exposure, amputation was not needed.

What diseases apply horse chestnut?

Preparations, which include horse chestnut is used for:

  • vascular atherosclerosis, Raynaud's disease, venous congestion, thrombophlebitis, trophic leg ulcers, endarteritis,
  • varicose veins, venous congestion,
  • neuralgia,
  • hemorrhoids,
  • gall bladder diseases
  • increased acidity of gastric juice,
  • diseases of the spleen (malaria, lymphogranulomatosis), leukemia,
  • edema, both renal and cardiac,
  • vasospasm, heart disease, hypertension,
  • articular pains, arthritis (including shoulder hip arthritis), rheumatoid arthritis, arthrosis, spinal hernia, gout,
  • osteochondrosis, radiculitis, lumbago, muscle inflammation, sciatica,
  • diseases of the genitourinary system,
  • bronchitis, shortness of breath, bronchial asthma, pulmonary tuberculosis, pleurisy, whooping cough,
  • prostate, prostate adenoma,
  • anemia,
  • oncology, radiation sickness,
  • uterine bleeding, menopause.

Horse chestnut flowers are applied externally in the form of rubbing in diseases of the joints, spine, veins, in the treatment of thrombophlebitis, endarteritis, with hemorrhoids and other diseases. Chestnut tincture is widely used in many diseases inside.

Horse chestnut leaves in the form of complex collections are used as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, as well as for vascular diseases, gynecological diseases, uterine bleeding. Horse chestnut bark is part of the complex fees for diseases of the joints, is part of the gastric fees, has astringent and antipyretic effect.

Contraindications to the use of horse chestnut:

  • pregnancy,
  • breastfeeding (lactation),
  • low pressure (hypotension)
  • severe liver and kidney disease, renal failure,
  • intestinal atony with constipation,
  • children up to 12 years old
  • violation of the menstrual cycle.

With an overdose when ingestion can be heartburn, nausea, pain in the heart.

Recipes with horse chestnut

Horse chestnut tincture

We take the fruits of horse-chestnut, clean them from the prickly pericarp, clean the nuts from the brown shell, like potatoes.

We grind the peeled fruits of chestnut horse blender (or through a meat grinder), weigh 100 grams of this stuffing and pour 1 liter of vodka.

Let it brew for 7 days daily shaking in a dark, cool place.

Take pre-filtered inward 15 drops in water three times a day.

It is used in conditions that develop on the background of venous pathology:

  • edematous syndrome,
  • thrombophlebitis,
  • heaviness in legs, pains, calf cramps,
  • phlebeurysm,
  • atherosclerosis, vascular spasms, hypertension,
  • hemorrhoids,
  • outwardly for the treatment of blood flow disorders, bruises, bruises, etc.

Pharmaceutical preparations of horse chestnut:

Escuzane (in the form of tablets, drops, dragees, gel and cream), Esculus (ointment), Herbion Esculius (gel), Esculus compositum (drops), Venitan (gel, cream), Reparil (drops, gel).

Horse chestnut ointment

Peeled and chopped horse chestnut fruit 50 grams pour in a thick-walled saucepan 250 g of melted domestic lard

and 250 grams of badger fat pharmacy Barsukor. Bring to a boil and let stand on a small light for 30 minutes. Turn off, strain through cheesecloth into a sterile jar.

It is used externally for diseases of the veins, hemorrhoids, diseases of the joints, spine.

Currently, horse chestnut is widely used in the collection of dietary supplements and "dietary supplements" creams in combination with other herbs and substances.

As always, you should consult a doctor before use.

Pharmaceutical Herbalist Vera Vladimirovna Sorokina


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