Horse Chestnut

From our list of ailments, see what Horse Chestnut  can be used for:

  • Varicosities

Natural Remedies using Horse Chestnut 

Horseradish is made from the root of a plant that is so ubiquitous its origins have been lost. It is quite pungent and has the power to make the eyes water and the mouth burn.

Dosages (Horseradish Tree) — 1 tsp root bark tincture in syrup every 3 hours for malaria and nephrosis (JFM).

Varicosities

The Benefit of using Horse Chestnut  as a natural cure

Relieves hemorrhoids Horse chestnut is an excel-lent reliever of hemorrhoids and the accompa-nying symptoms. It can be infused into an oil or made into a suppository for direct application. Mineralizes teeth Although I’ve no experience with such, some recommend chewing horse chestnut husks to mineralize the teeth. Contraindications Should not be used by those on blood thinners. Use internally short term only.

Contraindications, Interactions, and Side Effects (Horsemint) — ‘Hazards and/or side effects not known for proper therapeutic dosages” (PH2) (but PH2 designates no specific quantified dosage!

Activities (Horsemint) — Analgesic (f; DEM); Antiemetic (f; CEB; FEL); Antiseptic (1; CEB); Antispasmodic (f; HHB); Carminative (f; PH2; PNC); Deodorant (1; CEB); Diaphoretic (1; FEL); Diuretic (f; FEL); Emmenagogue (f; CEB; PH2; PNC); Rubefacient (f; CEB); Stimulant (f; PH2; PNC); Vermifuge (1; CEB).

‘Hazards and/or side effects not recorded for proper therapeutic dosages” (PH2). Animals grazing the plant are often intoxicated; symptoms include accelerated weak pulse, conjunctival hemorrhage, difficulty in breathing, dilation of the caecum, dizziness, elevated temperature, gastroenterosis, and megalosplenia. Grazing horses have suffered fatalities, as have mice fed only on this plant 3–4 days (PH2). CAN cautions that the pulegone in the volatile oil is an irritant to the GI tract and kidneys. Because of the irritant oil, its use in nephrosis, pregnancy, and lactation is to be avoided. Contraindicated, reportedly, in epilepsy, lactation, nephrosis, and pregnancy. In view of the lack of toxicity data and the reported cytotoxic activity of ursolic acid, excessive use of ground ivy should be avoided (CAN). But, all plants contain cytotoxic compounds and many, if not most, contain ursolic acid (JAD). Pulegone is an irritant, hepatotoxic, and abortifacient principle. In view of the lack of toxicity data and the possible irritant and abortifacient action of the volatile oil, the use of ground ivy during pregnancy and lactation should be avoided (PHR).