Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is a large deciduous tree best known for its fruit commonly known as conkers used in the popular children’s game. Evidence suggests that extract from the seed of the horse chestnut is a safe and efficient short term treatment for venous insufficiency and maintaining healthy veins.
Horse chestnut covers conditions such as swollen veins (phlebitis), varicose veins and haemorrhoids. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is available as Viridian Organic Horse Chestnut Tincture 50ml, Lamberts Horse Chestnut Complex 60 Tablets or A.Vogel Venagel 100ml, which is particularly good for rubbing into tired, heavy legs.
Yes! Horse chestnut has highly-prized soothing, toning and anti-irritant properties on the skin.
To date, long term use of horse chestnut is inconclusive with current research only showing results for the short-term treatment of varicose veins. If you wish to supplement with horse chestnut extract for a long period of time, seek the appropriate consultation of your GP first.