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horse chestnut

a herbal product taken from a tree or shrub found worldwide. Its bark, flowers, leaves, and seeds may be harvested.
uses It is used for fever, fluid retention, frostbite, hemorrhoids, inflammation, lower extremity swelling, phlebitis, varicose veins, and wounds. Horse chestnut seeds may have efficacy in the treatment of varicose veins and other forms of venous insufficiency. There is insufficient reliable information regarding efficacy of the bark, flower, or leaf products for other indications.
contraindications It is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation and in children until more research has been completed.
A deciduous tree, the bark or fruit of which contains coumarins, flavonoids, saponins, tannins; it is believed to be anti-inflammatory; it is administered as an extract or decoction for arthritis, haemorrhoids, varicose veins, and to stimulate circulation; it is used topically for muscle pain and cramps
Toxicity HCs are poisonous, and may be fatal in children

horse chest·nut

(hōrs chest'nŭt)
(Aesculus hippocastanum) The nuts from this tree, after preparation, are made into a liquid used for its purported value as a tonic and narcotic.

horse chestnut,

n Latin names:
Aesculus hippocastanum, Aesculus california, Aesculus glabra; parts used: seeds (extract), bark; uses: varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, phlebitis, fever, hemorrhoids, edema, inflammation; precautions: whole seeds are toxic; patients on anticoagulant medications or who have kidney or liver dysfunction. Also called
aescin, buckeye, California buckeye, chestnut, escine, Ohio buckeye, or
Spanish chestnut.
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Treatment of patients with venous insufficiency with fresh plant horse chestnut seed extract: a review of 5 clinical studies.
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being cut not to the threat Dr Darren Evans, reader in ecology and conservation at Newcastle University, said: "The leaf miner moth is really damaging to horse chestnut trees.
Dr Darren Evans, Reader in Ecology and Conservation at Newcastle University,said: "The leaf miner moth is really damaging to horse chestnut trees.
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A 300-year-old horse chestnut tree in the grounds of the country estate where prime minister Benjamin Disraeli lived has been declared the largest in the country.
Now Professor Hugh Evans, who leads a project for Forest Research in Wales, says the horse chestnut tree itself is in jeopardy because the leaf miner bug disfigures its leaves as it feeds by "mining" inside them, causing the leaves to go brown in mid or late summer.
A company that runs parking lots in the English cities of Leeds and Manchester is temporarily letting drivers pay with the dark brown seeds that fall from horse chestnut trees each autumn.