The scientific name of horse chestnut is Aesculus hippocastanum and it has originated in the Balkan Peninsula. The horse chestnut tree is also known as conker tree. It is mainly cultivated in the Northern hemisphere. The nuts are present inside the dark leathery fruit. Once the fruit dries the nuts are released. Horse chestnuts should not be eaten raw as they contain a poison called esculin. The seeds, bark, flowers etc of horse chestnuts all have therapeutic uses. Mentioned below are some of the amazing benefits of horse chestnuts.
Useful Against Varicose Veins
Horse chestnuts are useful in treating varicose veins. They are particularly useful in giving relief from the pain and the inflammation and also help in improving the circulation.
Useful Against Arthritis
Since horse chestnuts have anti inflammatory properties they are widely used in the treatment of arthritis. They give relief from the muscle pain and also the pain in the joints.
Prevents The Premature Ageing Of Skin
Horse chestnuts have compounds such as flavanoids which help in preventing premature ageing of skin and helps in keeping the skin young and beautiful for a longer time.
Useful Against Leg Ulcers And Frostbite
The anti inflammatory properties of horse chestnut come handy in treating leg ulcers and frostbite. In these cases they can be used as an ointment for external application.
Useful Against Hemorrhoids
Horse chestnuts have astringent action and hence can be used to get relief from hemorrhoids.The compound aescin is useful against hemorrhoids.
Improves Male Fertility
Horse chestnuts are found to be useful in improving male fertility. They are found to increase the density of the sperms.
Useful Against Cancer
It is believed that horse chestnut is useful in the treatment of cancer as they eliminate carcinogenic cells and also help against tumors.
Useful Against Chest Pains
The root has analgesic properties .Therefore the powdered root is used in the treatment of chest pains.
Useful In Reducing Edema
Horse chestnut can be used to reduce fluid retention that is edema especially the one that is caused due to trauma or sports injury.
Useful For Respiratory Tract
The seeds of horse chestnut are useful for the respiratory tract as they can be used as decongestants and expectorants.
Useful For The Digestive System
The seed of horse chestnut is useful for the digestive system and has been found to be useful in the treatment of diarrhea.
Gives Relief From Leg Cramps
Horse chestnut is found to improve blood circulation and elasticity of blood vessels and thus helps in giving relief from leg cramping.
Useful Against Phlebitis
Since horse chestnut is useful in improving circulation it is also used in giving relief from phlebitis that is the problem of swollen veins.
Useful Against Skin Infections
It is believed that the horse chestnut leaf is useful in the treatment of skin infections particularly eczema.
Good For Women
The extract of horse chestnut leaf is useful in the treatment of menstrual pain and hence it is useful for women.
Thus we can see that horse chestnut has a number of uses but it needs to be administered under the guidance of a qualified medical professional.