Leg vein problems can result in chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Valves in veins help carry blood from the legs back to the heart. When the valves become weakened or damaged, you may experience swelling, pain, fatigue, tension, and itching in the legs.
Varicose veins and blood clots (deep vein thrombosis) are risk factors for developing CVI. Numerous human studies confirm the benefits of horse chestnuts for treating chronic vein problems. Horse chestnut seeds reduced the amount of fluids in lower legs as well as ankle and calf swelling in people with chronic leg problems.
In a laboratory setting, horse chestnut extract has shown cancer-fighting effects on cells related to leukemia, cervical cancer and breast cancer. The most drastic of these were Jurkat cells, used to test a type of cancer known as acute T-cell leukemia, in which the lab tests found a cell death rate of nearly 94 percent.
Edema is caused by the buildup of fluids under the skin, leading to swelling. It can affect the lower legs and feet, and symptoms include stiff joints, aching limbs, skin color changes, and weight gain. Escin is the compound that helps reduce swelling and fever, helps the contraction of veins and pushing blood back to the heart. It acts by blocking the release of inflammatory compounds and reducing the activation of immune cells that increase inflammation.
Extract of horse chestnut contains some incredible antioxidants, which can help your body to fight free radical damage and more effectively fight disease. Studies have discovered both quercetin and kaempferol glycosides in horse chestnut, two antioxidants praised for their intense disease-fighting capabilities.
Hemorrhoids are also caused by swollen veins in the anus. In a study of 80 patients (DB-RCT) with hemorrhoids, escin (40 mg) improved bleeding and swelling in over 80% of patients during two months.
In a study of 219 Chinese male patients with infertility (due to prostate vein swelling) 60 mg of escin for 2 months improved sperm quality, motility, and amount (by at least 30%)
Because of it's beneficial effect on blow flow, circulation, veins and its powerful antioxidants, it is a great help to keep a healthy skin!
The most common form of horse chestnut originated in the Balkans but is now found in all temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. You may hear this referred to by various names, though; for example, horse chestnuts native to the U.S. are called “buckeyes.”
Conker trees, as they’re also known, are particularly popular in Great Britain. Conkers is a common fall game in which you thread yarn through horse chestnuts and take turns hitting your opponent’s conker. Unfortunately, many of the horse chestnut trees in Britain are in danger of extinction from a combination of leaf-miner moth infestation and disease. Some sources say that the two million trees currently in Britain might be gone by 2031.
The tree is also well-suited to city growth and is one of the trees often used to line urban streets, including many in Paris, France.
Although the origin of the name “horse chestnut” is usually based on their use with horses, another potential contributing factor is the fact that the leaf stalk leaves a “scar” on the tree after falling that resembles an inverted horseshoe with nail holes.
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