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Horse Chestnut Seed Extract for Leg Pain
Risun Bio-Tech Inc  Jul 26, 2016

Horse Chestnut Seed Extract for Leg Pain 

   More than a third of American adults use some form of complementary or alternative medicine,according to a government report. Natural remedies have an obvious appeal, but how do you know 

which ones to choose and whether the claims are backed by science? In this occasional series,Anahad O’Connor, the New York Times “Really?” columnist, explores the claims and the science

behind alternative remedies that you may want to consider for your family medicine cabinet.

    The Remedy: Horse chestnut seed extract.

    The Claim: It helps relieve leg pain and other symptoms of venous insufficiency.

    The Science: Poor blood flow in the veins of the legs is one of the common problems that develop as we age.

    But when the problem becomes severe enough, it can result in a condition called chronic venous insufficiency. People who have the condition can find themselves struggling with a host of 

bothersome symptoms like leg pain, pruritus (itchiness), hardening of the skin and edema (swelling of tissue under the skin).

    Wearing compression socks or stockings, one of the more traditional solutions, can be helpful but also uncomfortable for some people, causing them not to use them. But one alternative

 remedy, popular in Europe, is to use extracts from the seed of the horse chestnut, a large and leafy tree native to the Balkans and other parts of Europe. The extract contains beta-aescin 

and other compounds believed to help strengthen blood vessel walls and reduce swelling and redness.

    Over the years, numerous studies have examined whether horse chestnut can actually make a difference. Most have found that it works well, but some studies have either suffered from poor 

design or were financed in part by commercial interests.