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the introduction of horse chestnut extract
Risun Bio-Tech Inc  Jan 22, 2017

The Introduction of Horse Chestnut Extract


    Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is a traditional remedy for leg vein health. The tree is also 

commonly known as conker tree. It tones and protects blood vessels and may be helpful in ankle oedema 

related to poor venous return. Utilised extensively throughout Europe as an anti-inflammatory agent for a 

variety of conditions, in addition to being used for vascular problems. The plant is taken in small doses 

internally for the treatment of a wide range of venous diseases, including hardening of the arteries, varicose 

veins, phlebitis, leg ulcers, hemorrhoids and frostbite.


    Horse chestnut is an astringent, anti-inflammatory herb that helps to tone the vein walls which, when slack 

or distended, may become varicose, hemorrhoidal or otherwise problematic. The plant also reduces fluid 

retention by increasing the permeability of the capillaries and allowing the re-absorption of excess fluid back 

into the circulatory system.


Treats chest pain


    The seeds are decongestant, expectorant and tonic. They have been used in the treatment of rheumatism, 

neuralgia and hemorrhoids. A compound of the powdered roots is analgesic and has been used to treat chest 

pains. Extracts of the seeds are the source of a saponin known as aescin, which has been shown to promote 

normal tone in the walls of the veins, thereby improving circulation through the veins and promoting the 

return of blood to the heart.


Strengthens veins


    Veins that are either weak and/or under chronic stress are more likely to fail and therefore more likely to 

allow leakage of fluid from the vessels into the tissue space leading to swelling. Fluid accumulation is more 

common in the legs and far more likely in individuals who stand for extended periods of time. Prolonged 

standing and obesity can increase pressure within leg veins causing weak veins to swell, leak and deteriorate 

into varicose veins. Aescin, performs an antioxidant function and has a general vasoprotective role by 

protecting collagen and elastin (the two chief proteins that form the structure of veins). By protecting these 

key vessel proteins, veins and capillaries stay strong and maintain their structural integrity when exposed to 

stress.


    A study out of West Germany, reported in the early 1980s, showed one commercial horse chestnut 

product affected both the collagen content and architecture of the varicose vein and helped make the veins 

more normal.